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Feb 27, 2013 8:31 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suskind Eyes Return To Town Board

Feb 27, 2013 10:29 AM

Former Southampton Town Councilman Dennis Suskind is considering a bid to return to a seat on the Town Board in this November’s election.

Mr. Suskind, who served on the Town Board from 2001 to 2005, said this week that he is contemplating a bid for the office he left nearly a decade ago and plans to ask both the town Republican and Democratic parties to screen him as a candidate.

“I’m still thinking it over, but I was going to inform the parties this week … that I would like to screen,” Mr. Suskind said on Tuesday.

When he first served on the Town Board, Mr. Suskind was nominated and won election on the Democratic ticket. He did not seek reelection in 2005. His seat was won by current Councilman Chris Nuzzi, a Republican, who is now in the last year of his second term and is prevented from running again by term limits.

Mr. Suskind said he would be equally open to running as either a Republican or a Democrat and, should he choose to enter the race, would welcome an endorsement by any party that wished to support him.

Mr. Suskind, 70, is a former investment banker and one-time partner at Goldman Sachs. Since leaving office, he’s been involved in a couple of local real estate and development deals, including the Water Mill Station office complex currently under construction.


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No no no no no
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Feb 27, 13 9:44 AM
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We do not need a developer and ex-Goldman Sachs exec on our town board, especially one that does not even care which party endorses him. We need fresh, innovative people. The democratic party needs to run a progressive, democratic voice against Throne-Holst and stop looking at the same limited group of revolving-door also-rans.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 27, 13 10:41 AM
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Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, the bar is set pretty low for a "voice". ATH has apparently lost hers or the cat got her tongue
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Feb 27, 13 11:36 AM
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If the people running the Democratic Party unilaterally again select Throne Holst again to run under the Democratic Party, without the votes of the Committee members and other members of the Party, I urge the Democratic Party voters to boycott this election, or at least vote for a Third Party candidate for Supervisor, who will actually support the peoples' issues.

ATH has dined from the Democratic pantry for so long without giving back, while at the same time carousing with the Cionservative, ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 1, 13 3:22 AM
Are elections intended to bring in new LEADERS or followers?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 27, 13 11:52 AM
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Staff all over Town Hall breathed a sigh of relief when he left. He was always asking for special favors for his friends which made them uncomfortable as they felt they had to comply for their job's sake. Jovial guy, lousy town board member. Unfortunately he's probably willing to buy his way back in again and some party might take him up. Wasn't his offer up to $250,000 last time? Few candidates can match that.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Feb 27, 13 1:05 PM
Is Dennis Suskind stating that he will run Democratic or Republican --
Question: Who and What does this individual stand for??? I am
disappointed regarding how our politics are decided. We need people who
are interested in keeping the East End rural.
By East Ender (64), Southampton on Feb 27, 13 3:27 PM
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More important the keeping us Rural is someone who will work hard to honestly represent the residents of this town and do it in an open & transparent manner. No more hiding behind closed doors where "deals" get made. No more positioning so they can use our town as a political launch pad. Open discussions about our town government.
The last person I know who worked like that on the town board was Jim Drew. I may not have agreed with his politics but you could never question his integrity.
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Feb 27, 13 5:17 PM
Goldman, God and Country I hear is his motto.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Feb 27, 13 10:51 PM
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What a loser. he can't make up his mind as to what political affiliation he's with. Bad politics and a flip flop...please go back to the hole you crawled out of Dennis :/
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Feb 28, 13 3:32 AM
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The Democrat and Republican labels are absurd and irrelevant on the Town level. There was even a movement several years back to eliminate them from Town races.

If he were running for a Village office (where the two parties are prohibited), 2/3 of the above comments wouldn't even exist.
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Feb 28, 13 7:37 AM
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Party affiliation is not irrelevant. The two parties have drastically different philosophies on a number of very important issues and many of these local politicians have their eyes set on state or national office which means they will act according to party platform on a range of issues from property taxes to development proposals.

Right now on the town board you have 3 republicans, a supervisor who claims she is independent and is not, and one democrat who sought higher office and ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Feb 28, 13 8:47 AM
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Jim Malone is not a Republican. The TB has 2 republicans.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Feb 28, 13 8:18 PM
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And the deals are already being made. See link at top of article to "GOP and Throne-Holst talk..."
By rabblerouser (46), Hampton Bays on Feb 28, 13 9:12 AM
By whatapity (106), Tuckahoe on Feb 28, 13 10:42 AM
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OK, two quick points:

First, the Southampton Democrats always take a vote of all comittee members to nominate candidates for public office. To say otherwise is flat wrong.

Second, for the view that party affiliation is not that critical in local politics, check out my comments under the link above, "East Hampton Democrats Hold First Screenings." They're too long to reproduce here, but the gist is that we all have to be practical and work together, and there's no particular Democratic ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 1, 13 11:03 AM

TB, there is no difference between who wins, Republicans or Democrats? All Southampton Democrats know otherwise no matter how you try to justify the Democratic Exec Comm's lack of principles.

Because bottom line,it's all about jobs, isn't it? You mean you haven't noticed? How many decades have you been here?
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 2, 13 4:00 AM
Hey Turkey. The Dems and the GOP have Executive Committees that pick the candidates. It is not a vote by all committee members. Nice try though.
By G (342), Southampton on Mar 1, 13 2:33 PM

No question about it. At least the GOP allows primaries where Republican voters have a choice when people disagree with the Exec Committee.

Kabot and Grabowski ran in Primaries against the Executive Committee's choices. When was the last time The Dem Exec Committee allowed something like that to happen.

I would love Fleming, a true Democrat to run a primary against Throne Holst. We all know who's going to win.

By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 2, 13 3:45 AM
Hey G -- and Obbservant -- you're wrong. Are you on the Southampton Democrats' Executive Committee? I am, and I'm there in the room when we hold a vote of the entire General Committee (84 members at full strength) before nominating any candidate for office, as we always do.

A primary, of course, is another stage, an actual election in which all the locally registered members of a party can vote. Under the law, if more than one candidate gets petition signatures from a stated percentage ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 2, 13 7:59 AM
Are the committee votes weighted or does everyone have equal vote?
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 2, 13 10:54 PM
All equal.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 3, 13 10:24 AM
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 3, 13 2:48 PM

Is that so? When was the last time the Committee membership had a real vote (secret to prevent ostracism and the typical marginalization by the Executive Commiittee.


TB, enough history revisionism to justify Politburo practices by the Executive Committee. It is unbecoming of you to outright and boldly lie.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 4, 13 5:09 AM
please NO NO NO!!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Mar 1, 13 8:21 PM
"Accused Cop Opts To Retire - Supervisor says claim wasn’t an isolated one" 10/20/05

"A fellow detective accused Lt. Armstrong of perjury after Ms. Jennemann was convicted in May 2004, and a subsequent Suffolk County Police Bureau of Internal Affairs report found that he likely lied when he said, under oath, that he was at the scene of the Bridgehampton accident, in which farm worker Henry Anthony Yarrell was killed. Colleagues, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was never ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 3, 13 2:59 PM
Democratic Party Candidate - Fleming - Member Democratic Party

Republican Party Candidate - Kabot - Member Republican Party

Independence Party Candidate - Throne-Holst - Member Independence Party

Gee willikers what a treat it would be to see the Party's run their own members for Town Supervisor. No cross endorsements. No Wilson-Pakula's. Let the best woman win!
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Mar 5, 13 10:26 PM
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ATH and Flemming sat there as impudent little mice and let the 3 amigos run the town. They have a voice, everyone on that board has the voice of the people if they wish to shout. The 3 amigos chose to protect there friends and the others looked away.
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 5, 13 10:29 PM
As one who has actually been there at most of the Town Board meetings for the last four years I have to take issue with your characterization of the stance taken by Bridget Fleming and Anna Throne-Holst. "Little mice" is about as far from the way they've conducted themselves as any description could be. "Looked the other way" is even worse, as it suggests complicity.

On the contrary, many have criticized this Board for an excess of acrimonious debate, or what some call bickering. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 6, 13 4:56 PM
Yet through it all, any good thing that come from Town Hall are due to the tenacity of Ms Fleming and ATH, and any bad things are the fault of the Republicans. It' the new math.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 6, 13 5:04 PM
Yes, it definitely is a math issue and they could not get anything through without republican support, but does that mean you do not put anything up for a vote without knowing that you have their support. I would argue that they should put up the issues that they feel strongly for even if they will get voted down by the amigos... then the public can see what is happening.
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 6, 13 5:17 PM
But, you're off the beam again. I'm sure you know that I don't hold any view as extreme as what you say -- that all good comes from the Dem/Indy side and all bad comes from the GOP/Conservative side. That's ridiculous, but you had to throw your little spitball, didn't you? I wouldn't even respond, but I did want to answer our friend OU (see below), and you got to go along for the ride.

OU, I don't disagree with what you say, and I believe that ATH and Bridget Fleming have introduced ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 7, 13 8:11 AM