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VOTERS GUIDE Long Island Voters Guide: Nov. 7, 2023 general election

Josephine Passantino Makowski

Josephine Passantino Makowski is running for Town Clerk, Town of Riverhead

Josephine Passantino Makowski

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  • Makowski, 61, of Wading River, is making her first bid for public office. She also is running on the Working Families line.
  • She is a programmer-analyst in the IT department at Suffolk County Community College. She is the union representative for the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees and is the union’s white-collar unit president on the board of directors.
  • She graduated from Dowling College with a degree in information systems.  


  • Makowski said she would focus on setting up standard procedures for timely release of agenda information prior to meetings so people have time to look at what’s upcoming.
  • She said she would like to increase community outreach and for convenience would add a monthly visit to the senior center so residents could renew parking permits and take care of paperwork.
  • She said she favors holding more regularly scheduled evening meetings to make it easier for residents to do business.