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May 21, 2013 9:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot Gets GOP Nod For Southampton Supervisor; Glinka and Mansfield For Council

May 22, 2013 7:56 AM
Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot will challenge Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst for the town's chief executive seat this fall, the third time the two have faced each other at the polls.

Ms. Kabot recieved the unanimous nomination of the Southampton Town Republican Party on Tuesday night, after the only other person to have screened with the party for the supervisor's post, James Sanford, withdrew his name from consideration earlier in the day.

Ms. Kabot's running mates on the GOP ticket will be a pair of political newcomers: Hampton Bays resident Stan Glinka and Jeff Mansfield, who were nominated as the candidates for the two Town Council seats on the ballot in November. Mr. Glinka is a banker for Bridgehampton National Bank. He is a Southampton native. Mr. Mansfield is a former financier who lives in Bridgehampton.

Mr. Glinka, 43, and Mr. Mansfield, 48, will be looking to keep the two seats in the GOP's corner after the departure of Republican Councilman Chris Nuzzi and Conservative Party Councilman Jim Malone, who both gave farewell speaches on Tuesday to the party that had shepherded them into public office.

Mr. Nuzzi, who is prevented from seeking re-election by the town's two-term limit, is running for a seat on the County Legislature. Mr. Malone chose not to seek election to a second term because he will begin an MBA program in New York City later this year.

Also on the GOP ticket will be David Betts, currently the town's chief code enforcement officer, who got the party's nomination for Highway Superintendent. He will challenge current Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor and, possibly, a third candidate, for the post, which was held by GOP member William Masterson for 20 years prior to Mr. Gregor's election in 2009.

Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer recieved the party's nomination for re-election and is not expected to have a challenger in the election.

The party nominated four candidates for the Town Trustees race: incumbent Ed Warner Jr., Scott Horowitz, Ray Overton and Cornelius Kelly. There are five Town Trustees seats up for election. Republican incumbent Jon Semlear declined to seek re-election to an 11th term on the Trustees, where he has served for 20 years. In his farewell speech he implored the party leadership and the newly nominated candidates to focus their campaign on their own qualifications, rather than the shortcomings of their opponents.

"In other words," Mr. Semlear said, "keep it positive."

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Now we (the voters of SH) have a real supervisor election. Let the campaign begin. Good luck Linda!
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 21, 13 10:59 PM
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Yes we can all drink to that...(as long as we keep under .08...)
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 21, 13 11:17 PM
I believe Ms. Kabot was acquitted of the crime of which she was accused by a jury of her peers. If you were accused of the same thing and acquitted, Toma Noku, perhaps you could walk a mile in her shoes. Or not. Being accused of a crime is no walk in the park - pun intended.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on May 21, 13 11:35 PM
Keep it in your pants board watcher. I voted for her even after her acquittal. But the kitchen is going to get hot so learn to take the heat.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 22, 13 12:08 AM
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This will be a real choice, though not as good as it could have been if the Democrats ran their own Democratic candidate instead of fielding an illegitimate Independence Party candidate yet again. But self respect comes hard for this party,

Kabot will get the vote of the people as she crusades for the common folk instead of an agenda for developers' interests who want to pave over whatever open space we have. Just check public records of the big ATH contributors.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 22, 13 1:47 AM
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By witch hazel (224), tatooine on May 22, 13 8:19 AM
What about highway superintendent?
By Local dad (51), West of Nothwest Bub on May 22, 13 5:49 AM
Hey Dems, wanna beat this also-ran and her banker/financier republican cohorts? RUN A FREAKING DEMOCRAT!! My only choice is an pro-developer-independence/republican ATH and these guys? Pathetic.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 22, 13 1:05 PM
I'll run! My slogan will be "Pave America".
By whatapity (106), Tuckahoe on May 22, 13 1:10 PM
Let's hold the Hosannas until we hear what she has to say about p.d./patronage reform.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 22, 13 7:15 PM

Highhatsize, Kabot's attempt to tighten up and rationalize the out of control STPD compensation and benefits was what aroused the ire of those overindulged, overpaid, overovertimed, and underworked PBA Gestapo storm troopers thugs that they massed in protest in Town Board meetings to humiliate her.

They even concocted a phoney arrest, handcuffed the Supervisor for the ultimate humiliation like a common crook and thief, incarcerated her overnight, to damage her reputation and cause ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 23, 13 5:59 AM
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All that aside... she DID admit to drinking, and they DID have probably cause to pull her over and she DID do terrible on the sobriety tests, so let's not make it out to be a witch hunt
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on May 23, 13 8:59 AM
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Oh, and P.S. she refused a breathalyzer and blood test. She knew her licenses would be suspended by doing such. No one who is stone sober refuses a breath test which would a) exonerate them, and b) prevent their license from being suspended.

By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on May 23, 13 10:36 AM
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Probable cause, schomobable cause, that's means nothing if you don't have the goods and you can't prove anything. Woulda, coulda, shoulda is plain loser's bellyaching justifying the obvious conspiracy of evil perpetrated by the cops! As sworn testimony proved, Pat Aube jubilantly called Anna at 1:am in the morning to tell her they "GOT HER" - at 1:00 am for god's sake!!!!!!

Is there any possible good that can be read in that devastating testimony?

The burden of proof rests on the ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 23, 13 10:58 AM
riled up today I see. I'm not attempting to revise history and I'm not even claiming she was guilty. I'm simply stating that having watched the police video, the cops had every reason and right to pull her over. She admitted to drinking and driving and refused a breath test. The judge made a decision based on the evidence, end of story.

Your description of the night's events make it seem like she was out driving senior citizens to their doctors appointments and the cops swooped in, ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on May 23, 13 11:25 AM
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to Obbservant:

While I agree with you that Ms. Kabot was the victim of the STPD PBA, both sitting as Supervisor and driving her car, and while I certainly hope that this experience motivates her to reform the department, it's not a given.

She is still a Republican (even if the local bosses DON'T like her very much) and it is the Republican Party, as the dominant local political party, under whom the arrogant and corrupt p.d. formed its character. That wasn't accidental. Ms. Kabot ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 23, 13 1:07 PM
Nature you do not understand the history with Kabot and the PD. They could not stand her because of the retirement law. She had no choice but to refuse the breathalyzer and blood test. Just from what Kabot witnessed when they pulled her over, with one cop saying to another cop "Look who we got" she knew not to take any tests.
I would not have either if I were in her shoes.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 23, 13 10:40 PM
I do know one thing about Ms. Kabot, and that is SHE IS "obbservant"!!!
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on May 22, 13 10:03 PM
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SOS: Same Old Southampton
By littleplains (305), olde england on May 22, 13 10:12 PM
Betts is a joke, he could not even provide this community with positive results at his current position and now were giving him the hwy? Bad move, time for his skeletons to come out the closet to stop this progression...
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on May 23, 13 8:50 AM
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What a tangled web we weave . . .

It is probably safe to say that there are no Living Saints running for office, and that each candidate brings some dirty laundry and extra baggage to the table.

The NOTA party is looking better every day.

"None of the Above!"
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 9:49 AM
Z -- "Nota Bene!"
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 9:54 AM
Definitely not a living saint myself, but point noted.

"Citius venit malum quam revertitur."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 23, 13 8:40 PM
"Misfortune comes on horseback and goes away on foot."

Good one for some of the players in this election . . .

In the words of Monty Brewster -- NOTA.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 9:45 PM
Many of these Republican nominees are newcomers to elective politics. As newcomers, they have the opportunity, and the burden, of showing that they are not bound to the old cozy-comfy-chummy ways of the Southampton GOP.

If they open their mouths and sound like Chris Nuzzi or Bill Hughes, people will know they are more of the same. If they keep silent about local GOP history -- the patronage, the cronyism, the bullying, the financial mismanagement -- people will assume they are more ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 24, 13 10:49 AM
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Better yet if they open their mouths, and sound like Bridget Fleming thinking a farmers market in Flanders will help revitalize the area. Did she realize there is no business area, and no farming in Flanders? Or better yet ATH who thinks she has a surplus yet the roads are falling apart, taxes are going up, and we have lots of debt. Not to mention police scandels, and other employee nonsense.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 26, 13 9:54 AM
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Oh chief, how can one person get it so wrong? You say "no business area, and no farming in Flanders." Right, and that's exactly why Bridget Fleming got the farmers market started there, because there was no place for Flanders residents to get fresh produce. Now there is. You got a problem with that?

As for your ATH criticism, the fact is that we've gone from a $5 million deficit under the GOP to a $4 million surplus under Throne-Holst. ("Facts are stubborn things," remember?) But ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 30, 13 10:47 PM
to Nature:

You confuse facts with opinion. I (and many others) do not think that Linda Kabot manifested the slighted impairment. As for refusing a breathalyzer test, anyone who has reason to believe that he is on the cops' "list" would do the same. Regardless of the reading on the machine, he will be recorded as drunk.

Let's be clear as to the "probable cause" that the cops found, as well. Ms. Kabot didn't come to a full stop at a stop sign. If that were a symptom of alcohol ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 24, 13 11:02 AM
Kabot was found not guilty, meaning the case was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Thast is not the same as innocent.
By HB90 (164), southampton on May 25, 13 10:57 AM
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New additional passengers were just announced for the Ship of Fools getting ready to depart.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 24, 13 11:04 AM
Good luck and I look forward to an interesting campaign season.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 24, 13 1:15 PM
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 24, 13 7:53 PM