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Mary Kate Mullen |

Mary Kate Mullen is running for Islip town council member

Mary Kate Mullen

Mullen said she wanted to focus on keeping Islip affordable for residents. "I have three children here, and I want them to grow up here in Islip and be able to afford to stay here," she said, noting that she was the only one of former State Supreme Court Justice Michael Mullen's six children to remain on Long Island. If elected to the Islip Town Board, Mullen said she would work on "keeping the budget tight, making sure that spending doesn't go up and trying to keep taxes reasonable," she said. Another priority for her is the town's parks, which she said is "an asset of the town that we really need to cultivate and prioritize and make sure all the residents make use of." "It's such a beautiful town and we need to utilize the parks to their fullest," she said.

Mullen, 45, of Bayport, is running on the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Reform party lines. She grew up in Huntington and received a bachelor's degree in English from Fairfield University in 1992 and her law degree from St. John's University in 1995. Now a litigator for a Manhattan law firm, she worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office from 1995 to 2003. She is active in the Bayport-Blue Point Youth League, the Greater Long Island Road Running Club, and Our Lady of the Snow Parish in Blue Point. She is married and has three children.