LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY ( / — The campaign for New York State’s 5th Assembly District is a two-way race with incumbent Douglas M. Smith on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence tickets challenged by Fred Ianacci running as the Democratic candidate.

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization and Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce invited candidates for races representing the local area to Meet-the-Candidates night on Oct. 8 to talk with members and the public. Chamber President Kevin Hyms and Civic President Dawn Hopkins moderated the event.

Smith and Ianacci attended. OnSachem News brings you the opening remarks and questions and answers for each candidate that attended in their entirety. Here is Ianacci’s session.


The following races, but not all candidates, attended the session. OnSachem News will add videos over the coming days for each attendee of their remarks and Q&A.

NY's U.S. Congressional District 1 

Nancy S. Goroff – Challenger (Did not attend Meet the Candidates)

Democratic, Working Families

Lee M. Zeldin – Incumbent (Attended Meet the Candidates)

Republican, Conservative, Independence

NY's U.S. Congressional District 2

Jackie Gordon (Did not attend Meet the Candidates)

Democratic, Working Families, Independence

Andrew R. Garbarino (Attended Meet the Candidates)

Republican, Conservative, Libertarian, SAM

Harry R. Burger (Attended Meet the Candidates)


There is no incumbent in this race because U.S. Rep. Peter King decided to not run for re-election.

New York State Senate District 3

Monica R. Martinez – Incumbent (Attended Meet the Candidates)

Democratic, Independence

Alexis Weik – Challenger (Attended Meet the Candidates)

Republican, Conservative

New York State Assembly District 5

Fred Ianacci – Challenger (Attended Meet the Candidates)


Douglas M. Smith – Incumbent (Attended Meet the Candidates)

Republican, Conservative, Independence

County Legislator, 4th Legislative District

Joseph A. Turdik


Nicholas J. Caracappa

Republican, Conservative, Independence

This race is considered a Special Election, which will be held as part of Election Day on Nov. 3, to replace the seat vacated by the death of Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Selden).

The full list of candidates running for elected office this November is available on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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