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Voters Guide

Donna M. Cumella |

Donna M. Cumella is running for Suffolk County legislator, 5th District

Donna M. Cumella

Cumella said she is concerned with the way the county spends money, citing its practice of using capital spending on operating costs and what she calls a "new layer of government" with the recently appointed performance management staff. "It's great that they want new initiatives," she said, but to cover it, "you have to increase your revenue stream." She said she wants the county to be more involved in fighting PSEG's proposed rate increase, and more transparent with "hidden taxes," such as parking ticket fees, which she calls "just another way to tax the residents."

Cumella, 54, is also running on the Republican, Conservative, and Reformed lines. The Port Jefferson Station resident is a manager for Suffolk County's department of information technology, responsible for all of the department's finance, contracts, and communications. She is the former director of information technology for A&E Stores Inc. Cumella received her master's degree in public policy from Stony Brook University in 2007. Married and the mother of two children, Cumella is the former PTA president of the Comsewogue J.F. Kennedy Middle School, where she also sat on the reading comprehension, legislative advocacy, and technology committees.