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May 24, 2013 8:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Democrats Post Bender, Zappone and Throne-Holst For Town Board Election

May 29, 2013 10:13 AM
The Southampton Town Democratic Party announced its slate of candidates for the fall election last Thursday night, May 23, headlined by Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Town Council candidates Brad Bender and Frank Zappone.

In addition to Ms. Throne-Holst, two other incumbents also will be on the Democratic line, Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor and Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer.

In her bid for a third term as supervisor, Ms. Throne-Holst will be joined in the campaign by her deputy supervisor, Mr. Zappone, and Mr. Bender, with whom she also ran on the Democratic ticket two years ago, a race Mr. Bender narrowly lost to Councilwoman Christine Scalera.

Ms. Throne-Holst is a registered Independent who has been endorsed by the Democrats in all four of her successful election campaigns for town office. She will be facing former Supervisor Linda Kabot, a Republican, on the campaign trail for the third time.

Mr. Bender, also a registered Independent, and Mr. Zappone, a Democrat, will be challenged by political newcomers Jeff Mansfield and Stan Glinka on the Republican ticket.

“I’m going to run on my record,” said Mr. Zappone, who has been deputy supervisor since Ms. Throne-Holst took office in 2010. “I’m not running against anybody, I’m running for something.”

Mr. Bender, a builder from Northampton, said he would dedicate himself fully to his post in Town Hall, if he wins in his second bid. “This will be my full-time job,” he said.

The town clerk, Ms. Schermeyer, a registered Republican and a member of the party’s election committee, has been unchallenged for the office in two successive campaigns after being cross-endorsed.

Mr. Gregor is an Independent who was endorsed by the Democrats when he captured the highway superintendent post four years ago, believed to be the first time a Democrat had ever held the office. But Mr. Gregor’s frequent and sometimes public disagreements with the Town Board, and Ms. Throne-Holst in particular, had recently led to grumblings from political insiders, and Mr. Gregor himself, that he might see a challenge from his own side of the aisle—especially when fellow Independence Party member Chris Garvey screened for the office earlier this spring.

But on Tuesday night, Mr. Gregor was again standing beside Ms. Throne-Holst and the other Democratic-endorsed candidates. He will face the Republican nominee, David Betts, who is currently the head of the town’s Code Enforcement office.

The Democrats also stirred the political pot a bit on Thursday when they nominated a full slate of five candidates for the Town Trustees. Incumbents, and new Democrats Trustee Eric Shultz and Trustee Fred Havemeyer are running their first race as registered Democrats, having defected from the Republican Party following the 2011 elections.

In the heat of that campaign, the first time in decades that the Republicans did not have five incumbent Town Trustees seeking reelection, the Republicans shunned Mr. Shultz and Mr. Havemeyer midstream, dropping them from campaign literature and fliers and told them they would not receive future nominations because the two longtime Trustees accepted cross-endorsements by the Democrats. The lone non-Republican from that race, Trustee Bill Pell, an Independence Party member who broke the Republicans’ decades-old stranglehold on the Trustees seats when he won in 2009, will again be endorsed by the Democrats this time around.

The three incumbents will be joined by boatbuilder and shellfish grower Howard Pickerel and Democratic Party committeman John Bouvier.

Earlier this week the Republican Party nominated four candidates for the Trustees—Ed Warner Jr., Scott Horowitz, Ray Overton and Cornelius Kelly. Only one, Mr. Warner, is an incumbent. Just four nominees were proposed for candidacy at the party’s convention last Monday, but the GOP Executive Committee could award a fifth nomination if it can find a willing candidate.

The crowded pool of Trustees candidates jockeying to be among the top five vote-getters will lend particular weight to the endorsements of the Independence Party, which has the third-most registered members in the town, and the other smaller parties this year. The five candidates who secure the Independence nominations on June 1 will have a substantial leg up in the electoral mathematics.

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So we can blame the Democrats for no more leaf pick up. What a lack of imagination.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 24, 13 10:06 AM
Welcome new passengers aboard the Ship of Fools! Please join the Kabot party which boarded recently. The galley is being stocked with fine wines and gourmet food, etc., as we prepare to depart.

Perhaps you will allow actor Michael Dunn to prepare you for our voyage together:

"My name is Karl Glocken and this is a ship of fools! I am a fool. You’ll meet more fools as we go along. This tub is packed with them. Emancipated ladies and ballplayers. Lovers. Dog lovers. Ladies ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 24, 13 10:38 AM
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Very erudite, very literary, PBR, but what is your reason for saying this? Toma Noku up there stated a specific grievance: "no more leaf pick up." I don't agree with him, but it's a substantive issue he's raised.

You haven't raised any issue. If you just criticize without stating any basis for the criticism, that's not responsible commentary, however entertaining it might be.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 24, 13 11:02 AM
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1. Since when are you the arbiter of "responsible commentary?"

2. Welcome aboard the Ship of Fools, and thank you for making my point in spades!

3. "basis for criticism" ? See 2. above!

Have a good weekend.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 24, 13 12:46 PM
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Well, my old friend George Lynch, let us start with this specific grievance and substantive issue. When will Anna "pay to play" Throne-Holst straighten out her campaign finance morass? Will she do so without throwing a good Democrat, Mike Antony, under the bus? When might Anna stop voting in favor of every resolution supported by her "developer" monied special interest contributors? When will she start recusing herself from voting on those resolutions? When will she state before voting that ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 24, 13 2:46 PM
Ho hum, you still need new writers, NTiger. Same old tired stuff, same old vendetta against ATH, despite her record of running the town better than anyone has in a long time.

For example, in case you hadn't noticed, Southampton recently reached into a $4 million surplus to reduce scheduled interest payments. (27east 5/15/13, "Southampton Town Uses Surplus To Trim Future Spending.") Surplus? Really? ATH's Republican predecessors couldn't even spell "surplus," much less achieve one.

For ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 25, 13 2:07 PM
Anna Throne-Holst has presided over the greatest scandal in the history of the Southampton Police Department. It seemed that each week yet another story of misfeasance and corruption broke into the news. In the face of this barrage of revelations (and in the face of a corruption probe by the Suffolk County DA), Ms. Throne-Holst has remained silent.

We waited for her to propose a plan to fix the department but none was forthcoming. It is fruitless to speculate as to the reason for her ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 24, 13 11:22 AM
We need a true Democrat to run against Anna and Frank McKay's republican off-shoot.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on May 24, 13 12:25 PM
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You said it Progressnow. This Democratic Party Executive Committee Dictatorship should resign en masse for the years of irresponsible management of the Southampton Democratic Party.

They DICTATED once again the candidates that Democrats will have to support - mostly Independence Party loyalists all over again that turns the stomachs of loyal Democrats who want Democrats on the ticket! No input from the Party faithful. Many disgusted, disenfranchised Democrats will literally sit this one ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 25, 13 2:25 AM
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Say Obbservant, were you there in the room at the Democrats' convention last Thursday? If you weren't there, you've been misinformed. If you were there, you're trying to misinform us -- there's another term for it.

I was in the room, and I know what happened. Anyone who was there will tell you that it wasn't anything like what you say. Your fictional narrative is really insulting to the Democratic rank and file - - - what kind of sheep would tolerate a proceeding such as you describe?

Regarding ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 25, 13 5:16 PM
Hi George, just a brief thought or two

Exactly how many Democratic committee persons were present at that there convention. Rumor has it not even enough for a quorum. Keep the slick salesmen's pitch going George. You have a rough field to hoe this time around.

and George I did notice you didn't answer my myriad of questions above. I take it that it is difficult to do so after Anna admitted she has been out of compliance with campaign finance filings for over 18 months. Anna ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 25, 13 9:17 PM
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Hahaha, what a riot revisionist fantasy TB, handing us a silk purse out of the Southampton/Independence Party sow's ear. My sources tell me that there was an obvious palpable effort in that gathering to put a brave face out of gathering clouds in this campaign. Unless you are not listening, there is a growing chorus of disgruntled Democrats behind the monolithic Executive committee's back who decry its hijacking of the Party into the role of sidekicks of ATH's Independence Party movement of ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 26, 13 12:03 AM
You really are in the fiction business, aren't you, Obbservant? Your "sources," is it? If there really are "sources," they're very poor ones, but I'm betting they don't even exist. I'm betting that all this comes out of the swamp of your own pathological resentment of ATH. Get help, won't you?

Oh, and by the way, good luck with finding those "Republican Party candidates . . . who stand for the people, not developers." Won't be easy.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 26, 13 6:45 PM
Anna Throne-Holst is a liar and dishonest.
When is she going to get into compliance with her campaign finances. She is not above the laws even though she thinks she is.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 26, 13 8:18 PM

You're losing your touch and logic as a pit bull TB, which you used to have. Neal Tiger and I have made several charges against the Dem Executive Committee, its patently un-"Democratic" process you are binding the Committee members and the Party faithful to support, yet not having an open inclusive process so that Committee members can have their comments, pros, and cons.

That's how you get the rank and file and crucial committee members to go gung ho in this long election season that ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 27, 13 2:04 AM
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ATH is a pro-development, moderate Republican - NOT a democrat! The problem, Turkey, is that the SH Democratic party only wants to chalk up a win and are apparently to lazy are too damned right wing to go out and recruit actual DEMOCRATS! who will stand up to developers and fight for the average Joe. I will not vote democratic party until they place an actual democrat on the ballot and, if Kabot and her banker friends win, so be it, it won' t make any damned difference.
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Jun 3, 13 3:38 PM
At least gregor worked in a field loosely related to highway work... what is Bett's experience? What qualifies him to run Highway? If the majority of the population is unhappy with Gregor, watch out...

As for Bender, I can't see one good reason to vote for him. Having met him several times I can only say my personal dealings with him have been far from pleasant and he is not someone becoming of a public official (though, nowadays the standard has eroded heavily). Glad Scalera isn't ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on May 24, 13 11:37 AM
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Looks like a vote for NOTA!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 24, 13 6:10 PM
Brad Bender spends all his free time helping Flanders or volunteering in civic groups. Figures you wouldn't like him you are one of the hot air bittys from HB that want no change.Meanwhile HB slips into the abyss. As far as Gregor goes he is just as arrogant as you can get not to mention clueless. Just because you were a mechanic doesn't make you a highway superintendent.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 25, 13 8:12 AM
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Just what is a "bitty"?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 3, 13 6:03 PM
None of the trustie candidates, on both sides, can fill Jon Semlear's waders. You'll be missed Jon! I agree the Dems need to cut bait with the Indies and cast ATH out to sea.
By bobypines (7), southampton on May 24, 13 4:38 PM
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The article was just updated.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 24, 13 9:00 PM
barf..., I just threw up in my mouth.
By whatapity (106), Tuckahoe on May 25, 13 12:59 PM
The article was just updated again, judging from the time stamp at the top.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 27, 13 3:05 AM
Time for the Town Trustees to go public on the DEC SNAFU at the Little Plains bulkhead situation IMO. This election should be about CHANGE!

By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 29, 13 9:23 AM
Part-time, town board employees don't do crap and earn, what, about $70 grand a year! Time to cut that salary in 1/2 and then attract folks who are in it for the town and not themselves.
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Jun 3, 13 3:41 PM
And who would these people be? 1/2 of 70K is 35K. Do you know people who can give up their primary income to go to weekday meetings, rubber chicken dinners, ribbon cuttings etc? I'm not saying what we have as elected officials are saints or guided by any noble causes, but reality does come into play.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 13 11:03 AM
one problem with that hazel these people on the Town Board are unemployable. Where could they ever find work when they don't even know what the meaning of the word is.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 3, 13 4:44 PM