From Newsday – 2 newcomers challenge 2 trustees in Babylon election

In Babylon, incumbent trustees Kevin Muldowney and Alice Vanderveldt will be challenged at the polls on Wednesday by newcomers Darrell Conway and Elizabeth Rye.

Muldowney, 64, a trustee for 20 years, is also deputy mayor. He said during his tenure he and the other officials have helped keep the village “neat and clean and pretty” while trying to be “fiscally responsible to all of our residents” and keep taxes down, something he hopes to continue.

Alice Vanderveldt, 48, was appointed to the board in 1996 and elected the next year. She has been a special-education teacher at Ronkonkoma Middle School since September and previously managed broadcasting for the New York Islanders.

Challenger Elizabeth Rye has lived in the village for eight years and said she wants to maintain its “at home” feeling and quaint downtown. A retired New York Police Department detective, Rye, 44, has been a Babylon bay constable since 2005. She also works as an independent investigator for companies


Fellow challenger Darrell Conway is an attorney who has lived in the village for 22 years and served on the Babylon School Board for six years.

I admit that I have no idea who is running or what the issues are. Any opinions?