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Nov 5, 2013 10:46 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Overton, Burke-Gonzalez Clinch East Hampton Town Board Seats; Stanzione Ousted

Nov 6, 2013 4:32 PM

East Hampton Town voters on Tuesday ushered in a change on the Town Board, propelling Fred Overton and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez to victory over former Councilman Job Potter and incumbent Dominick Stanzione. Larry Cantwell, the unopposed Democratic candidate for supervisor, is now the supervisor-elect.

Mr. Overton, the town clerk, who is not registered with a party, but was endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties, sailed onto the board with 3,216 votes, or 28.2 percent, according to unofficial results. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez, a Democratic first-time candidate and former Springs School Board president who was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, earned the second open seat with 3,125 votes, or 27.4 percent.

Mr. Potter, a Democrat with a Working Families Party cross-endorsement, came in third, with 2,764 votes, or 24.24 percent, falling one spot short in his bid to return to board that he served on between 1998 and 2005. Mr. Stanzione, meanwhile, a Republican with cross-endorsements from the Conservative and Independence parties and the sole incumbent in the race, finished a distant fourth with 2,293 votes, or 20.11 percent, to lose his bid for a second straight term.

Mr. Cantwell, the recently retired East Hampton Village administrator who was cross-endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties, raked in 4,802 votes, or 98.22 percent. Eighty-seven write-in ballots were cast, though names were unavailable as of Wednesday morning.

The results will remain unofficial until the absentee ballots are counted, which will begin sometime next week, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. No recounts in East Hampton are expected.

When the winners take office on January 1, the makeup of the board will shift from its current 3-2 Republican majority to a 4-1 Democratic majority.

Before a jubilant crowd at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Village, where the Democrats gathered on Election Night to watch the results, Mr. Cantwell said how he had fully expected to have a competitive race for the supervisor’s post when he announced his candidacy in April, but even though that did not happen, it did not stop him from working hard and campaigning over the last seven months.

“It was important for me to show people that I wasn’t taking anything for granted,” he said, adding that he is the proud son of immigrant parents, a tale familiar from his campaign trail.

“They taught me what’s most important in life,” he said, “Work hard for what you want and treat everyone the way you want to be treated. And that’s the kind of government we want to bring to the town of East Hampton starting in January,” he said.

The Democrats also scored victories in the assessor’s and justice’s races. Incumbent Town Assessor Eugene DePasquale easily won reelection, receiving 3,209 votes, or 56.71 percent, to Republican Joe Bloecker’s 2,449, or 43.28 percent.

Justice candidate Steven Tekulsky also won easily over his Republican counterpart, Carl Irace, receiving 3,487 votes, or 59.55 percent, to Mr. Irace’s 2,367 votes, or 40.42 percent.

Eighteen candidates jockeyed for nine open seats on the Board of Trustees. All five Republican incumbents held onto their seats, with Stephanie Talmage Forsberg receiving 3,490 votes; Diane McNally 3,131; Timothy Bock 3,045; Nathaniel Miller 2,965; and Sean McCaffrey 2,836. Two out of three Democratic incumbents kept their seats: Stephen Lester with 3,431 votes and Deborah Klughers with 2,669. Joining the board will be Democrat Brian Byrnes with 2,492 votes and Republican Dennis Curles with 2,438.

Democratic incumbent Cate Rogers lost her reelection bid with 2,093 votes.

In uncontested races, Carole A. Brennan won the town clerk’s race with 5,281 votes, and Stephen K. Lynch won reelection as highway superintendent with 53,45 votes.

At Republican headquarters, Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, on Tuesday night, many people expressed surprise at Mr. Overton’s easy win. In his victory speech on Tuesday night he joyfully thanked friends and family for their help.

“We started our campaign, people before politics, riding on my experience of 25 years working for the town of East Hampton, and it worked. People listened,” he said. “We talked about balanced government and it worked, I think. We talked about our community. I don’t know what to say. I am humbled by the numbers. I couldn’t have done it without the team I worked with and the voters.”

At Rowdy Hall, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez received hearty applause.

“This is a bit surreal for me,” she said, thanking her family and supporters. “It was grueling at times, with five televised debates.” She promised her children she would start cooking and doing laundry again, though a man hollered from the back of the restaurant, “Larry has other ideas.”

“I’m just really excited. I’m grateful for girl power,” she said.

Her running mate, Mr. Potter, thanked his friends and supporters and congratulated Mr. Overton.

“I think it’s going to be a great board,” he said, adding, “I’m not going anywhere. You’ll see me. I’ll work on my campaign in two years.”

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Buh-bye Dom.
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Nov 6, 13 12:01 AM
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Yeah, good riddance.
By Trish (91), Sag Harbor on Nov 7, 13 7:18 AM
We awaken to a new day dawning for democracy . . .

A welcome good-bye to back room deals behind closed doors . . .

Get ready for the Democratic tidal wave in November 2014 IMO.

Will the lame-duck EH Town Board have the decency not to vote on FAA funding before the new board takes office?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 5:54 AM
Back room deals?? They began with Job Potter, Deb Foster (where has she been?) Tony Bull- *** Marvin Hyman (nice guy, local attrorney), our "retired Justice", and the rest of .... please.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Nov 6, 13 8:51 PM
Ta ta Dom.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Nov 6, 13 2:28 PM
Hopefully the old Town Board will have the decency to vote on the FAA funding before the new board takes office to prevent a crazy fringe group of malcontents from closing our community airport. Once the FAA funding is issued the airport is more protected from these weekend whiners.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 6, 13 4:32 PM
Just as you did in August, you make the same spurious claim that some group wants to close the airport, yet you did not post any follow-up documentation of your claim then, nor do you now.

How can you keep ignoring that the Quiet Skies Coalition website says "We want to preserve East Hampton airport as a local asset . . . ? "

Certain individuals no longer associated with QSC may wish otherwise, but they hardly amount to a "crazy fringe group," now do they?

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 5:02 PM
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Your alliances, colors, and interests are VERY clear PBR ... is another moniker for you TLSKQ etc. etc. et. al? Unfortunately, airport money became an issue for all of local newspapers because of the sheer dollars groups expended to "advertise" this "non-issue" for the majority of residents in EH - who live no where NEAR the airport and are just struggling to pay mortgages and survive while working 2-3 jobs to "live" here. We can all agree that we like the "medi-helicopter vacs" though, can't ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Nov 6, 13 8:46 PM
Actually I did post quite a bit of documentation and direct quotes from the QSC, which you are clearly a member of, but you had your buddies on here delete them every time I posted them. Nothing like using censorship to prevent the truth from being told.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 9, 13 12:15 AM
Get your facts straight. The East Hampton Airport has been upgraded by the FAA to REGIONAL AIRPORT. it is no longer the community airport it once was. In fact, nothing would be better than if it would return to being the community airport it used to be.
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 9, 13 8:17 AM
Just to put some perspective on the actual size if the group who is trying to close the airport that employs nearly 100 local residents, is responsible for the creation of 647 jobs for local residents, generates $48 million in local spending, and is used by hundreds of local recreational pilots... One person complained to the town about aircraft noise 551 times in July alone, an average of more than 14 times a day, every day. That person, along with someone else in the area who filed hundreds of ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 10, 13 12:07 PM
localEH, in reply to your 11/9 12:15 post, as I recall your deleted posts under the other article [link below] did not quote directly from QSC, but instead from prior members, who no longer represent QSC. A big difference, which you keep ignoring.

Also, back in July, you never replied to my requests for more documentation, so please re-post the DIRECT QUOTES FROM QSC (in present times) to which you refer, and cite the sources for them, including the EH Star as needed. [The 27east terms ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 13 2:03 PM
PS -- it should go without saying that I have no control over what the editors here delete as off-topic, inappropriate, etc..

All you have to do is re-word your points, avoid using URL links, and your thoughts will be seen here for further discussion.

Also, you never posted a citations for your accusations (here and in July) that the Press supports closure of the airport. Please supply them now. Thanks.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 13 2:14 PM

Re: your 12:07 post, you continue to exaggerate, and stubbornly refuse to post exact quotes and citations qbout "who is trying to close the airport . . . "

The QSC site says that organization wants to preserve the airport as a local asset.

What is unclear about this statement?

Are you hearing other voices?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 13 2:19 PM
Spin, spin spin local Eh! Believe it or not denial of the noise pollution coming from your airport by pilots like you will be what closes the airport, not the complaints. Airport apologists and helicopter lobbyists can start all the noise hotlines and create all the bogus economic reports you want. That does nothing to alleviate the noise and pollution. When will you realize that YOU are the bad neighbor here?
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 10, 13 11:59 PM
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Apparently I hit a nerve by revealing the truth PBR and Amelia are trying so hard to hide from the public that they have been reduced to making personal attacks on me. How can QSC's own founders "no longer represent" them when QSC continues to post its founders' statements on their own website and QSC has never retracted or denied the statements of its founders? The 5/27/13 letter by QSC's co-founder was to another local newspaper and appears in several public places on the internet. You can also ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 12, 13 9:18 PM
As requested in July and above, please provide specific directions for finding the referenced documents on QSC's web site.

Your silence about providing specifics is deafening thus far.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 12, 13 10:45 PM
PS -- If the QSC web site presently contains any old historical documents (written by the FORMER leadership) buried in the archives somewhere, and these documents are inconsistent with QSC's stated goals at this time, then providing directions for finding the old documents would benefit all.

This is a serious suggestion, for your consideration . . .

Thank you.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 13, 13 7:30 AM
LOL@ EH LOCAL. What hits nerves is the continued 24/7 noise from airport traffic that benefits few but disturbs many. The continued, increasing effect on quiet enjoyment of our homes. The falling of property values and the effect of same on the tax base. Your weak attempts to divert discussion away from the real issue is funny in a sad kind of way. When will you realize that the small pilot who loves his airport is on the wrong side of this argument?
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 13, 13 10:55 AM
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So if I don't join your side (the side that wants to close the airport) you'll do what...close the airport? That IS the real issue. You want to close or severely restrict the airport to make it virtually unusable and are using lies and subterfuge to try to manipulate the public to get your way. We pilots are happy and willing to discuss reasonable means and limits to reduce noise, but that is not good enough for you. If you just were honest about your goals and intentions we could have meaningful ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 16, 13 11:00 AM
Finally on the same page, after many course corrections . . .

Thank you, localEH.

I do not speak for QSC, so I will bow out here. My interest has been only to correct inaccuracies ascribing certain historical statements to the current Quiet Skies Coalition. Please note that no comments were made about the substantive issues (noise, hours of operation, flight paths, etc.).

Hopefully this new wind direction reflects a willingness of most pilots to find common ground on ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 16, 13 1:35 PM
The quiet enjoyment of my home is my goal. I do not live next to the airport as you mis- represent here. I lived peacefully where I do know 5, 10, 15 and years ago while the airport was in operation. And then the helicopter and seaplane businesses started flying in and out 24/7.
Jets land after midnight and leave at 6 in the morning. What's unreasonable about ending that? What's unreasonable about requiring helicopters to maintain an altitude that doesn't bother people 2,3 and four miles from ...more
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 16, 13 9:39 PM
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And as for lies? Please read my posts here and print anything I have posted here that you know to be factually incorrect. Good luck with that! Then, when you are done perhaps you could list the 100 jobs that you say the East Hampton Airport provides. Quite a stretch...errr...lie.
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 16, 13 9:49 PM
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And therein lies the problem at the Airport. Those who would give away any hope of peace and quiet through local control would for a few government dollars rather sling mud than work towards a solution that leaves us with the small rural airport we once had. If the airport does ever close, which is extremely unlikely, the Pilots and the EHAA will have nobody to blame but themselves. Wake up and work with Quiet Skies.
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 6, 13 5:14 PM
Yes because nothing makes us pilots want to "work with" the QSC quite like threats of bulldozing the runway if we don't do exactly what the QSC demands. The term "work with" implies compromise but I have yet to see a single member of the QSC even pretend to be willing to move one inch on their extremist demands.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 9, 13 12:23 AM
Bulldozing the runway? That's a good one. Show us all where QSC advocates that. BULLSH**ING the public? EHAA specialty. Now that Stonewallzione is gone maybe there will be some progress. Progress = meaningful noise restrictions.

By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 9, 13 8:09 AM
Per letter written by co-founder of QSC on May 27, 2013 about pilots and the airport: "They are in denial. They can't imagine the waking up one morning and finding the airport closed for good... it only takes determined political will to close the airport. Pilots at Merrill C. meigs Field in Chicago were also in denial and couldn't imagine a famous airport like Miegs Field could close, leaving their planes stranded on the tarmac. On March 30, 2003 Mayor Richard M. Daley ordered crews to bulldoze ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 10, 13 11:44 AM
Once again localEH, you appear to be quoting a man who was involved in the founding of QSC but who no longer represents QSC (and hasn't for a while), as has been pointed out to you ad nauseam in July and now.

Why haven't you adjusted your compass and altimeter?

Why do you keep misrepresenting the facts, misquoting people, and trying to raise a ruckus?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 13 2:25 PM
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PS localEH, please ID the publication date and location of the 5/27/13 letter you quote above.

Please also provide an exact name which was used to sign the letter, and also any organizational name was used in the signature.

These documentation requests were also made to you in July -- with NO detailed response from you.

Thank you.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 13 2:43 PM
Well there you go! The opinion of one individual on his own website. This is not and does not represent the views of QSC. And if you read further you will see that even with this seemingly extreme viewpoint there is still the preference for a smaller quieter airport. But you don't want a smaller, quieter airport now, do you local eh?
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 11, 13 12:05 AM
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Congrats to the electeds. Go Fred!
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Nov 6, 13 7:53 PM
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Wow. Even the inoffensive Dominick Stanzione got dumped. Could Wilkinson and Quigley have stunk up the E.H. Republican Party any worse? One wonders if Overton would have won if he had registered as a Republican instead of going bareback.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 7, 13 12:37 AM
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The EH Redumblican Party is as inept as they come and the whole poisoned well created by Wilkie and Quig only compounded matters. They deserved to lose and lose they did; they couldn't even muster a Supe candidate. Now to be fair the Cantwell surge was huge and deservedly so but you have to at least take the field if you even want to have a hope of winning.

As far as Dom goes, yeah, when you act like a fart in the wind and blow around trying to appease every one you appease no one. ...more
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Nov 7, 13 6:39 AM
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Yup. Dom's bout as charming as Arnold Ziffel on Green Acres.
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Nov 7, 13 6:13 PM
yeah all they did was clean up the mess left my McGintee.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Nov 7, 13 9:09 PM
Yes they did. And then they succeeded in enabling different quality of life issues in each hamlet. It's not always about the almighty dollar.

Maybe what we should do is find a board that can actually work together. Let the Republicans handle the finances. Len Bernard is a true asset. But defer to the Dems When it comes to the environment and the quiet enjoyment of our homes.

McGintee is gone so get over it. So is Wilkinson. So is Stanzione. Potter's not coming back. How about ...more
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 8, 13 8:29 AM
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Ok. I'll bite. How did they succeed in enabling different quality of life issues in each hamlet.
For the record I'm not griping. I am merely pointing out that Wilkenson inherited an awful situation. The town's finances were a wreck and he turned things around. He deserves some credit for that.
I do feel the best people won. Larry has been a great village administrator and I think Kathy and Fred will be great additions to the board.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Nov 8, 13 4:57 PM
Even the inoffensive Dominick Stanzione got dumped----did I read that correctly? Where were you while he was busy trying to deceive us, not voting on issues that might "hurt" him, spending airport surplus money like it was his own, without consulting the other board members. Inoffensive, you HAVE to be kiddin'. Long may he be gone......and fast may he go
By Trish (91), Sag Harbor on Nov 7, 13 7:24 AM
Related article on the airport issue and Mr. Stanzione's personal fiefdom being rejected by the voters:


By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 13 12:23 PM
Inexperience and lack of imagination triumphed on Tuesday. What does that say about EH voters? Larry's gonna have his hands full with this board. Time for a town manager.
By PAW47 (10), East Hampton on Nov 7, 13 9:37 AM