Donna Koch wins Northport mayoral race

A former village clerk is set to take over the mayor’s seat.

Donna Koch

Residents of the Village of Northport voted for Donna Koch for mayor on March 15. She beat current administrator Dave Weber Jr. for the spot, with an unofficial result of 1,015-799.

Until 2020, Koch worked as a full-time clerk for the village for 20 years. Two years before taking office, she was deputy village clerk.

In a March 10 article in The Times of Huntington & Northport, Koch said she decided to run after attending village board meetings. She said she felt like the board was rushing into meetings and found department heads had nothing to report, including the treasurer. She also felt that the council was disrespectful to the residents.

“That’s when I knew I wanted to run for mayor and bring this village council back to a position of respect, transparency, with open, honest and informative meetings,” Koch said.

Trustees

In addition to choosing between mayoral candidates Koch and Weber, voters chose three trustees, two for a four-year term and another for a two-year term. Mary Biunno presented herself unopposed for the justice of the village.

By the end of the night, Meghan Dolan and Joseph Sabia won four-year terms with 1,034 and 982 unofficial votes respectively, and Ernest Pucillo won the two-year seat with 880 votes.

In the March 10 article, Dolan, a public and private sector litigator, said running for village administrator was not something she would have ever thought of doing. The co-founder of Not In Our Town Northport, which works with the community, school administration and police department to combat hate and bigotry, said her experience working in the village in recent years has inspired her to show up.

“While attending and speaking at village meetings, it has become clear to me that new voices – voices of women, parents and young people – are essential to continuing to make Northport Village the best it can be,” she said.

Joseph Sabia, who has had an unsuccessful run for administrator three times and mayor once in the past, is the owner of Sabia’s Car Care.

He said not only as a business owner, but as a member of the Northport Police Department and the Northport-East Northport School Board from 2011 to 2014, he saw a lot in the village. He has also been attending village council meetings for 10 years.

“I have lived in the village for over 45 years,” he says. “I have a business here, and I live here, and I raised my family here, and after attending meetings I realized how this place is run,” he said. “It’s very poor.”

Among the issues of concern
Koch, Dolan, and Sabia are finance and stormwater runoff.

Pucillo could not be reached for comment. The final official vote tally was not available at the time of going to press.