Town Clerk

Term: Four Years

Salary: $93,038 (Amount includes $5,000 stipend for role as registrar of vital statistics)

The town clerk is the custodian of all the town’s records, books and papers. The town clerk must attend all Town Board meetings and act as the clerk of the meetings, keeping complete and accurate records of the proceedings of each meeting and public hearing. The town clerk must maintain a minute book and enter a copy of each resolution in the minute book immediately after adoption by the Town Board. The town clerk also must maintain records of all adopted town ordinances and local laws, oaths of office, resignations, petitions, annual budgets, contracts and the town code. As registrar of vital statistics, the clerk is also responsible for keeping a permanent record of all births and deaths that occur within the boundaries of the town, as well as all marriage licenses applied for in the town. The clerk is responsible for issuing birth certificates, death transcripts and burial permits.

Josephine Passantino Makowski (D)

Photo: Alek Lewis

Josephine Makowski of Wading River is a newcomer to electoral politics making her first run for public office on the Democrat and Working Families lines.

She is employed as a programmer analyst at Suffolk County Community College. Makowski has worked for Suffolk County for 30 years. She has also been a union representative for Suffolk County Association Municipal Employees for many years.

Makowski has a bachelor of science degree in Information Systems from Dowling College.

A Brooklyn native, Makowski is the seventh of eight children. She is a first-generation Italian-American. Her parents owned a house in Wading River for many decades. She moved to the hamlet full-time in 1987.

“With my experience, I am more than qualified to be the next town clerk,” Makowski said.

James Wooten (R)

Photo: Denise Civiletti

James Wooten of Riverhead is a retired Riverehad Town police officer and a former town council member. He retired from the police force after 23 years on the job and sat on the Town Board for 12 years, the maximum allowed for a council member by the town’s term limits law. He worked part-time in the supervisor’s office in 2020 assisting with senior services.

A fifth generation Riverhead resident, Wooten graduated from Riverhead High School. Prior to becoming a police officer, he drove a school bus for the Riverhead school district. As a police officer, he served as president of the Riverhead Police Benevolent Association.

Wooten says he has “always been about serving the people of Riverhead.” The town clerk position “lends itself to just that,” he said. “There’s no politics. It’s just serving the people of Riverhead.”

Wooten is also running on the Conservative Party line.

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