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Dunleavy booted from November ballot; court tosses suit challenging election commissioners’ decision

Councilman John Dunleavy, left, in a light moment with Supervisor Sean Walter, second from right, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on in July. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Councilman John Dunleavy’s bid to appear on the November ballot as a candidate for town supervisor ended today in a Riverhead courtroom.

A lawsuit brought by the councilman was tossed by a state court judge because he failed to serve all parties within the time prescribed by law.

“It was dismissed on a technicality,” Dunleavy said after the proceedings today. “They have three days to serve it and they didn’t get it till the fourth day. So everything else was moot,” he said.

But the three-term Republican councilman said he’s not out of the running yet.

“I plan to run a write-in campaign,” Dunleavy said. “That’s what I’m going to concentrate on now.”

Dunleavy, who was term-limited out of office this year, sought a place on the ballot for town supervisor on the Libertarian Party line. His nominating petitions were ruled invalid by the Suffolk County elections commissioners for an error in his street address. His lawsuit challenging that ruling was dismissed today.

“I wish him luck,” Walter said tonight, “but not too much luck.”

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter and editor, an attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a “writer of the year” award from the N.Y. Press Association in 2015. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website. Email Denise.