Besen, 53, of East Northport, is running on the Independence party line. He is of counsel to Milber, Makris, Plousadis, Seiden in Woodbury. Before that, he had a private practice with a focus on civil litigation for 22 years in Garden City. He has been the village attorney for Northport since his appointment in December 2014. He was a Huntington Town councilman from 2006 to 2009. He lost re-election to the Huntington Town Board in 2009. Besen was appointed by the Huntington Town Board as a special town attorney in February 2010. He was an assistant town attorney for Huntington from 1998-2005. Besen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He received his law degree from the New York Law School, where he was the executive editor of the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1991. He is co-founder and past president of the East Northport Chamber of Commerce.