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Mar 19, 2013 11:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot Says She Wants To Run For Southampton Town Supervisor Again

Mar 20, 2013 10:13 AM

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot announced this week that she plans to once again seek the Republican nomination for her old seat in the coming election.

“Encouraged by the many enthusiastic responses that I have received to my recent letter sent to prior supporters to inquire if I should run for Town Supervisor in this year’s election, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring,” Ms. Kabot wrote in a letter to her friends and supporters, and posted on her personal website on Monday. “I consider myself to be a proven leader who has accomplished great things for the people of Southampton Town.”

Earlier this month, Ms. Kabot had circulated a letter asking supporters whether she should enter the supervisor fray.

The Southampton Town Republican Party will begin screening for the dozen local seats that are up for election in November beginning in April, and GOP Chairman William Wright has said that Ms. Kabot is welcome to screen.

A number of names have also been mentioned as possible choices for the Republican supervisor’s line, including current Town Councilmen Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone, and Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan. Incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member, is expected to secure both the Democratic and Independence lines.

Ms. Kabot and the Republican Party have had a rocky relationship since she entered town politics in the late 1990s, first as former Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio’s legislative aide, then through six years as a councilwoman and two as town supervisor. In 2007, she forced a divisive Republican Party primary election against then-incumbent Supervisor Patrick Heaney, and unseated the longtime party favorite.

Even though she was the incumbent supervisor in 2009, the party’s nominating committee declined to nominate her as their supervisor candidate—as they had once done to Mr. Cannuscio. That year, Ms. Kabot’s reelection campaign suffered a major setback when she was arrested and charged with DWI in Westhampton Beach. She was acquitted of the charge following a jury trial in February 2011.

Later that year and after Mr. Nuzzi declined the GOP’s supervisor nomination, leaving the party without a candidate on the ballot, Ms. Kabot mounted a last-minute write-in campaign and received some 3,000 hand-written votes, though she still lost to Ms. Throne-Holst.

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uh, yea, no! You had your shot. We're done with you, take the hint.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Mar 19, 13 1:07 PM
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By firecat911 (8), Hampton Bays on Mar 19, 13 2:19 PM
Wow. How out of touch can she get? Does she think that the voters here forget so easily? We're over you Linda!
By firecat911 (8), Hampton Bays on Mar 19, 13 2:19 PM
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Forget what?

It's not like she had child-porn on her computer or was caught dipping into public funds or sexting nude photos of herself to high school kids or playing late night phone footsie with a ranking official of the Town PBA.

She was arrested on a DWI charge and was acquitted. And whatever you may think of that event, even in the worst case, where is your sense of Christian forgiveness.

I didn't like that DWI arrest, but I remember what she did as both a Councilwoman ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 19, 13 8:24 PM
Yes, firecat please do tell FORGET WHAT? Your ok with having a supervisor like ATH who is a liar?
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Mar 19, 13 8:34 PM
I wonder, if she fails to win the screening, will she try and force a primary again, or run as a write-in candidate again?. If she doesn't win the screening, all she can accomplish by trying the other 2 options, is the securing of Throne Holsts 3rd victory.
By GALAXIE (43), SAG HARBOR on Mar 19, 13 3:42 PM

By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Mar 19, 13 6:08 PM
Not again. Please no more!!!!
By for truth and justice (11), Westhampton on Mar 19, 13 7:13 PM
Ugh can politics be anymore of a joke in this town? Stay home Linda!
By mrobin (121), North Sea on Mar 19, 13 7:53 PM
Good for you Linda! Don't listen to nay sayers. Just watch your back as you move forward.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Mar 19, 13 8:21 PM
Please Linda RUN! We need some honest elected officials in town hall.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Mar 19, 13 8:36 PM
I'll drink to that!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 19, 13 10:15 PM
Kabot is the only council member in the history of Southampton Town to stand up to the PBA - - - and she paid the price. In the next year or so, after the DA hands down his indictments, we may have a real opportunity to reform the deplorable STPD. However, that opportunity will be missed if the Supervisor's chair is still occupied by a PBA sycophant.

Good luck, Linda, and welcome back!
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 20, 13 12:19 AM
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Kabot was the Town Official who testified in court that the SOA should be allowed to break away from the PBA. But look at who she teamed up with, Tanaglia, Kiernan, Zarro, and Pierce.
It was a marriage of corruption. The SOA fund raises in the disguise of helping the community and then passing it to the Republic party at fund raisers and endorsement support. In return, the Republic party allows the SOA leadership to promote themselves no matter how corrupt or incompetent they are.
By Spinny OHO (94), Speonk on Mar 20, 13 7:39 PM
Spinny have you paid attention who the SHPBA donates some
money that they raise to? ATH's marriage to the SHPBA was the marriage really made in haven. They gave her money for her campaign, donating over the allowable limit. She had to give back money only after it was made public. She has not enforced the TOS retirement (20yr) law on the books, because they own her. They endorsed her and even had a life size billboard sign on the PBA office property when she ran for supervisor 4 years ago.
So ...more
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 6:44 PM
to Spinny OHO:

A counter-balance to the abusive misfeasance of the PBA was needed. Such was the SOA intended to be, an experienced corps of officers whose career advancement would be determined by professional performance rather than by thuggery and threats.

However, if the SOA is corrupt as you allege, then the effort was in vain. If the STPD is indeed composed of nothing but a mixture of incompetent SOA apparatchiks and abusive PBA oafs then there is NO reason for anyone to ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 21, 13 12:17 AM
Have you paid any attention over the past three week?
By Spinny OHO (94), Speonk on Mar 21, 13 9:53 AM
"Armstrong, a veteran Southampton Town cop who was accused of giving false testimony in court last year and faced 13 separate charges of misconduct from the police chief, will retire on November 1, halting the disciplinary action against him and leaving unanswered the question of whether or not he lied on the stand."
"“Even if he was found guilty of the charge, I still don’t think it would be fair,” Mr. Suskind said this week. “This is a guy who worked for more than 28 ...more
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 21, 13 1:02 AM
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I don't know what you are trying to forget, firecat, but the actual voters almost seated Linda Kabot last time on a write-in campaign. Imagine how well Linda will do when she actually runs against ATH. Ms. Kabot's accomplishments speak for themselves, with a proven history.. what has ATH really done? I will enjoy seeing that debate! Linda is like a walking encyclopedia, with a mind sharp as they come..
By fazool (22), Southampton on Mar 21, 13 9:05 AM