Meet Damon Rallis
Damon is a proud North Fork native and the descendant of one of Southold’s founding families. An employee of the Town of Southold since 2001, he has vast experience in our town’s government, its laws, and its history. He is well-versed in all facets of town government, and has the institutional knowledge, as well as the high-demand public and customer service experience, necessary to perform the duties of a public servant.
With nearly two decades of service the people of Southold Town, Damon has been involved in policy-making decisions, code creation, code enforcement and interpretation, and building plans review.
In addition to his work in local government, Damon is an award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor. Following a ten-year run at local weeklies as a beat-reporter and editor, he chose a new career path in civil service, but continued to pursue his passion for writing. Applying all of his prior experiences, he freelanced for various magazines, newspapers and online publications. In the years that followed he would delve into the promotion and marketing of musicians and small businesses.
Damon has made a name for himself in the web development community as well, first building websites and managing online marketing campaigns, and later joining a local web development firm where he was immersed in all facets of online publishing, including sales, design, content management, SEO and more.
Since 2007, Damon has continued to freelance for various individuals and companies. In that same year he began a new creative writing project using the moniker, “The Six-Fingered Monkey.” Those stories were featured on what would become a well-recognized humor website of the same name. In 2013, he shut down that project to focus his attention on his career in public service. Though he continues to serve a number of clients in a freelance capacity, but most of his creative efforts are now focused on bettering his community and fighting local corruption.
In 2015, Damon was nominated by the Southold Town Democratic Committee to run for the position of Southold Town Supervisor. Although he lost that election, Damon made a strong showing.
Following the 2015 campaign, Damon remained active in the Democratic Party, serving as both a member of the Southold Town Democratic Committee and as co-president of the Southold Town Democratic Club.
On May 24, 2017, Damon was nominated by the Southold Town Democratic Committee to run for the position of Southold Town Assessor. Although he garnered more votes on the Democratic line against his Republican opponent, he ultimately lost the race due to the archaic practice of fusion voting and cross endorsements in New York State.
In January 2018, Damon was named Vice Chair of the Southold Town Democratic Committee, a position that he continues to hold today.