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Jul 22, 2013 11:14 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Brauninger Will Replace Havemeyer On Democratic Ticket; Warner Gets Independence Endorsement

Jul 24, 2013 10:24 AM

The Southampton Town Democratic Party reshuffled its Town Trustees slate this week, replacing Trustee Fred Havemeyer with a political newcomer, Bill Brauninger, on the ballot for the fall election.

Mr. Havemeyer announced last week that he was withdrawing from the race and will leave the board in December after 11 years.

Mr. Brauninger, who lives in North Haven Village and grows oysters in cages in Peconic Bay, was added to the Democratic ticket as a fill-in candidate just before the July 18 filing deadline. It is his first run for town office, though he has served on the North Haven Village Planning Board and on an advisory committee that oversaw Sag Harbor Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

A man who has worn many hats in both business and public life, Mr. Brauninger said his decision to run for elected office was not a difficult one.

“I don’t like being told that I can’t go on beaches,” Mr. Brauninger said this week, relating a recent conversation with a local official regarding access to a private beach. “It’s done for a love of the bays. I’m passionate about it.”

“We’re very pleased he accepted the offer to run,” Southampton Town Democratic Party Chairman Gordon Herr said on Monday. “He’s very well qualified, and he’s a lifelong environmentalist.”

Mr. Brauninger will have two lines on the November ballot, as he has been cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

On the other side of the ballot, Town Trustee Ed Warner earned another party line for his reelection bid just before the ballots were finalized last week. Mr. Warner, a Republican, submitted a petition signed by Independence Party members insisting that he be given party’s fifth endorsement for Town Trustee. The petition was approved by Frank MacKay, chairman of both the New York State and Suffolk County Independence parties.

Mr. Warner had initially been passed over by the party when it handed out its nominations to four other Town Trustee candidates. Mr. Havemeyer also was denied an Independence nomination.

The Southampton Town Independence Party leader, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., said the four bids had been given to those for whom there was consensus support among the party’s local elected officials. In addition to Mr. Thiele, that group included Town Trustee Bill Pell, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor.

Mr. Warner and Mr. Havemeyer did not have unanimous support, Mr. Thiele said at the time, though this week he welcomed Mr. Warner’s inclusion on the party line.

“A number of people spoke in favor of Eddie Warner, and he carried his own petition,” Mr. Thiele said. “I’m glad he did, and I think he deserves to be on the ticket.”

Mr. Warner will now have three lines on the ballot this fall: Republican, Independence and Conservative.

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For the life of me, I will never understand Indy endorsements. Their trustee candidates now include 2 republicans, 1 former republican, 1 republican until his party change takes effect, and 1 indy. What exactly is the criteria for this endorsement when hard working and honest people like Fred Havermeyer are passed over? Kinda makes one wonder...or should.
By Earthgirl (52), Southampton on Jul 24, 13 1:08 AM
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Don't bother to understand the Independence Party as it's an illegitimate party of nothing, nothing candidates, nothing leaders of dubious integrity whose questionable principles go Republican, Conservative, Democratic, and everything else except Independent.

This reveals itself with its cross endorsements without rhyme or reason explained rationally only by the logic of horse trading and political opportunism. The Party is simply a joke along with with most of its members.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Jul 26, 13 9:37 AM
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Comes the revolution, the folks who manipulated this one will choke on bitter regret. The victims here are not without potent means of retaliation -- a nuclear option, if you will -- and the revolution is drawing nearer and nearer.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 24, 13 10:30 PM
So George the folks who manipulated this one (Who according to the article were Fred Thiele, Bill Pell, Anna Throne-Holst and Alex Gregor)all have received the cross-endorsements and County Democratic Committee issued Wilson-Pakula's. They are your candidates.

Exactly what revolution are you speak of George. Ready to stop cross-endorsements and run Democrats? That is the nuclear option, George. Glad to see you have finally realized the folly of being the Southampton Democratic chapter ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jul 25, 13 11:21 AM
Please, if there is a god, please elaborate on the coming revolution.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 29, 13 3:44 PM
In my opinion, this news article only scratches the surface of the political machinations going on with cross-endorsements. Unfortunately up-island style politics has made its way into small town elections here on the East End and the tail is wagging the dog with the Democratic and Republican Party candidates with cross-endorsements to obtain ballot placement on other lines for Election Day.

The Independence Party Platform (IndependenCE not to be confused with IndependenT) includes ...more
By Linda Kabot (14), Quogue on Jul 28, 13 9:05 AM
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Interesting comments IMO, especially regarding Mr. Havemeyer's abrupt withdrawal from the race.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 28, 13 11:38 AM
It matters not what the platform of the Independence Party may be, in reality it is the creature of Frank MacKay and endorses those candidates to whom he capriciously vouchsafes his favor. The reason that such a whimsical party endures is that voters pull the Independen[ce] lever in the mistaken belief that they are voting "independen[t]" (i.e. unaligned), giving it deceitful relevance. In fairness, Frank should be required to change its name from "The Independence Party" to "The Misleading Party."

One ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jul 28, 13 11:09 AM
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True, Highhatsize ... The vast majority of voters who registered Independence did so under the mistaken belief that the they were registering as "not enrolled with a Political Party" meaning Independent, or "Blank." Meanwhile such voters are actually part of this Independence Party that is led by Frank MacKay, the state and county party leader. I think that the elected officials who changed their registration to be enrolled as "Independence Party" did so out of opportunism - as a way to ensure ...more
By Linda Kabot (14), Quogue on Jul 28, 13 8:27 PM
LK - you state: "The vast majority of voters who registered Independence did so under the mistaken belief that the they were registering as "not enrolled with a Political Party" meaning Independent, or "Blank." Sooo... you're saying the "vast majority" of registered independents are ignorant/naive/dumb/fill-in-the-blank? That should help you get some votes in the up-coming election for sure!

Any stats backing up that claim? Or are only people who register Dem or Repub "smart" enough ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 28, 13 9:30 PM
Nature - I did not imply that the vast majority of registered IndependenCE voters are "ignorant, naive, dumb, fill-in-the-blank" - those are your words, not mine. In my opinion, most of the voters who are registered IndependenCE believe that they registered IndependenT when they checked off the box on the Board of Elections application form - not realizing that IndependenCE is a political party, with a county/state party leader named Frank MacKay. I back this opinion up with my experience in talking ...more
By Linda Kabot (14), Quogue on Jul 29, 13 8:58 AM
But to imply that they are unaware implies that they are "fill in the blank". I'm just saying it comes off as insulting and will likely not garner you too many votes from the IndepdENT IndependenCE voters.

Good luck...
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 29, 13 9:14 AM
If the shoe fits, wear it!
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Jul 29, 13 11:57 AM
What's that old Roger Miller tune?

"Shovels for sale or rent, rooms to let fifty cents?"
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 29, 13 12:43 PM
The new article in today's Press, about the DEC's "hands-off" attitude on recent bulkhead work in Southampton Village, may shed some light on Mr. Havemeyer's decision to withdraw from the race IMO.

The Golden Rule prevails, once again . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 1, 13 9:59 AM
This article has been posted online.

What an embarrassment to see the DEC cower with its tail between its legs.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 2, 13 5:11 PM

Getting back to the topic at hand, Fred Havemeyer, just like any trouble that originates in the Democratic Party in the last 5 years, this has Anna's signature fingerprints all over it. A person, Fred, admired and respected by the Democratic fold suddenly becomes a victim of vicious attacks from nowhere in his own party.

Political machinations are obviously behind this caper and when the dust settles, Fred will speak up and reveal the truth. Anna made a nefarious deal to bump him off. ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Aug 3, 13 1:55 AM
" . . . This is not a Democratic campaign, it is the start of a funeral cortege . . . "

Nicely written IMO.

Hopefully more of the disenfranchised will come out from behind closed doors to reveal all.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 3, 13 6:01 AM
Especially about the 11-day delay in releasing the ID and photo of the hit-and-run driver/suspect who mowed down Sister Walsh, almost 55 weeks ago.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 3, 13 6:24 AM