Newley elected Riverhead Town Supervisor Tim Hubbard celebrates the results as they come in at Stonewalls Restaurant with his wife, Lisa. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Council Member Tim Hubbard won a decisive victory over Angela De Vito in the town supervisor race, leading Riverhead Republicans to victory in all town races on the ballot in this year’s general election, according to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Hubbard received 5,138 votes, 59.45% of the total cast, to De Vito’s 3,496 votes (40.45%), with all 22 Riverhead election districts reporting.

Republican council candidates Denise Merrifield and Joann Waski were the top two vote-getters in a field of four candidates for two open council seats, winning 4,992 (29.94%) and 4,875 (29.24%) respectively. Democrats Rene Suprina and Andrew Leven finished third and fourth in the four-way race, pulling in 3,463 and 3,338 votes, respectively.

Former council member James Wooten with 4,950 votes (57.77%) defeated Josephine Passantino Makowski, who had 3,323 votes (42.19%) to win election as town clerk.

James Wooten, Denise Merrifield, Tim Hubbard, Meredith Lipinsky and Joann Waski at Stonewalls Restaurant Tuesday night. Photo: Denise Civiletti.

The incumbent town officials on the ballot this year were re-elected without opposition. Assessors Meredith Lipinsky and Dana Brown, Receiver of Taxes Laurie Zaneski and Town Justice Lori Hulse were returned to office.

Hubbard will be sworn in as Riverhead Town’s 64th supervisor on Jan. 1, succeeding the present incumbent, Yvette Aguiar, who chose not to seek election to a third two-year term.

Hubbard is nearing the end of his second four-year term as a council member. He is a retired Riverhead Town police officer who had 32 years of service on the town police force, attaining the rank of detective first grade. A lifelong Riverhead resident, Hubbard lives in Aquebogue with his wife Lisa. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Supervisor-elect Tim Hubbard, with his wife Lisa and their children on Election Night. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Waski, of Aquebogue, and Merrifield, of Wading River, will fill two seats on the Town Board vacated by Council Member Frank Beyrodt, who decided not to seek a second term of office and by Hubbard, who chose to run for supervisor instead of a third term as a council member.

Council Member-elect Joann Waski speaks to supporters on Election Night. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Throngs of enthusiastic supporters packed into Stonewall’s Restaurant in Riverhead, where Hubbard and his running mates gathered to await the election results Tuesday night. It was a long wait, as the release of Suffolk County results was delayed for unknown reasons. The polls closed at 9 p.m. but results did not begin to appear on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website until after 10:30 p.m.

The first returns posted in Riverhead Town races showed the Democrats ahead, but Republican candidates quickly gained a commanding lead as the vote numbers went up on the screen, provoking cheers from the overflow crowd. By 11:15 p.m. corks were popping and champagne was flowing, as candidates, their families and supporters celebrated a resounding win.

“This is our third sweep in a row,” an exuberant Hubbard told the crowd, holding a glass of bubbly aloft. He congratulated the Republican slate “that ran a clean campaign.”

“We took the high ground. We did not wallow in the mud with our opponents,” Hubbard said. “We did the right thing and it showed,” he said. “Congratulations to everyone.”

Democratic candidates conceded after the Republicans declared victory.

“I am disappointed that we did not succeed, but I don’t feel that we lost,” De Vito said in an interview. “We spoke with a lot of Riverhead, I think we appealed to a lot of Riverhead and even though we don’t have a seat at the table, it doesn’t mean we’re not going to be there working on behalf of the people of Riverhead.”

Democratic supervisor candidate Angela De Vito at party headquarters on Election Night. Photo: Alek Lewis

The Democrats said they were proud of their campaign, crediting it as a key factor in the Town Board’s decision last month to cancel the sale of  more than 1,600 acres of town-owned land at EPCAL to Calverton Aviation & Technology.  The company, a Triple Five affiliate, had presented to the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency plans to develop the site with logistics centers that would receive packages by cargo planes landing at the site, creating an issue that drew hundreds to public meetings.

Democratic party chairperson Laura Jens-Smith thanked all the candidates and volunteers for their dedication to the campaign. “We have a lot more years to get ourselves organized and a lot more years to move forward. Because there’s a lot of heart, there’s a lot of soul in this group, and there’s a lot of people that believe in the Town of Riverhead,” she said.

-Alek Lewis and Courtney Blasl contributed reporting.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti (Republicans) and Alek Lewis (Democrats)

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