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Jan 16, 2016 4:39 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Candidates Participate In Press Conversation Saturday

Southampton Town Board candidates Julie Lofstad and Richard Richard Yastrzemski sat down with Southampton Press Executive Editor Joe Shaw at the Parrish Art Museum to discuss local issues.  DANA SHAW
Jan 20, 2016 11:22 AM

When it comes to the larger issues in Southampton Town these days, the two candidates in the special election for the vacated Town Board seat—Julie Lofstad and Richard Yastrzemski—are, for the most part, on the same page.

During a conversation-style event held at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Saturday—hosted by The Press News Group and led by Executive Editor Joseph P. Shaw—Ms. Lofstad and Mr. Yastrzemski both agreed that major proposed projects throughout the town, such as The Hills at Southampton, a mixed-use planned development district in East Quogue, and the Tuckahoe Center, a shopping complex anchored by a grocery store slated for County Road 39, should be vetted more before either of them could offer their support.

The candidates will face off in the special election on Tuesday, January 26. Whoever wins will fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Brad Bender, who was forced to resign in November after he was arrested on drug charges. Ms. Lofstad and Mr. Yastrzemski will also participate in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters on Thursday, January 21, at 7 p.m. at the Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach.

When it comes to The Hills, Ms. Lofstad, the Democratic Party candidate in the race, said that if the developers of the nearly 600 acres of land wanted to build as of right, without the intensified development allowed under a PDD, then they should be allowed to. She said the town should make sure the entire community is behind it before approving a PDD.

“I would love to preserve the property,” Ms. Lofstad said. “I think if we could save it, we should save it.”

Republican Party candidate Mr. Yastrzemski concurred, noting, though, that the project proposal spans privately-owned land that the town and Suffolk County, at one point, had the opportunity to preserve, which would have prevented the project from ever being proposed.

“In a perfect world, I would love to see nothing happen,” Mr. Yastrzemski said. “If [preserving it] comes up again, then I’m all for that.”

As for the Tuckahoe Center, both candidates said that they believe the scope of the project, as it stands now, is too big for its proposed site. However, they disagreed on whether there should even be an additional grocery store at all, and whether it should be up to the town to find a new location.

“It doesn’t affect just that small community. There’s going to be a lot of traffic impacted,” Ms. Lofstad said. “However, I do know there are people in that community who want a grocery store, so, yes, we should look at alternatives.”

“That’s not the taxpayers’ problem. It’s not the town’s problem, or its role, to facilitate that piece of property,” Mr. Yastrzemski said, noting that the proposed site is, like the proposed site of The Hills, privately owned.

Mr. Yastrzemski, who currently serves as deputy mayor in Southampton Village, added that the recent addition of a Stop & Shop in the village, which replaced a Waldbaum’s, has changed the conversation regarding the need for a new supermarket in Tuckahoe. “Since Stop & Shop has come in, there has been an uptick in quality,” he said. “There’s always been a wide selection of boutique markets” in the village.

Ms. Lofstad and Mr. Yastrzemski both supported the idea of putting at least a temporary halt to all new PDD applications, which, when approved, allow more intense development in return for a “community benefit.” Each candidate offered different ways in which that idea could be tweaked, however.

“Let’s take some time, let’s fix it,” Ms. Lofstad said, noting that she would support a moratorium on PDD approvals while the overall PDD law was reworked, a plan that some Town Board members support. “I think one of the biggest things is the community benefit. What exactly is a community benefit? A community benefit should be something that … does it serve a critical purpose in your community? And does your community support it as well?”

Mr. Yastrzemski said that, having been a part of implementing a moratorium on building in Southampton Village, he knows firsthand how difficult it can be. Applying a full-blown moratorium on PDDs may not be the way to go, he suggested.

“It’s not easy to do it, for one. It’s a lot of hoops to go through, so it’s not a term to be thrown around lightly,” he said. “Zoning is vital, it’s important, and it has to be utilized properly.”

Other topics of discussion included water quality—both candidates agreed that it is one of the most important issues the South Fork faces—along with traffic, managing unincorporated roads, the town’s leaf pick-up program, and whether the Town Police Department needs more manpower.

Ms. Lofstad said it is crucial that the town work toward getting grants and other incentives to help replace septic systems for waterfront homes in particular, which is just one aspect of improving the quality of the region’s water bodies.

“If we don’t start doing something now, then when do we start?” she asked. “We still don’t know what’s going to happen 10 years from now with the stuff we’re putting in the ground.”

Mr. Yastrzemski agreed that upgrading residential septic systems was an important piece of the puzzle, but added that targeting commercial business districts was also crucial. He pointed to Southampton Village’s proposal to establish its own sewer district to serve the business district.

“It’s only one tool, sewer districts. It’s an island-wide issue, not just a Southampton issue,” he said. “Everybody knows it’s expensive.”

As for traffic tie-ups on County Road 39, Ms. Lofstad said she strongly supports using blinking lights, or changing traffic patterns twice a day, which she said is done in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Yastrzemski, on the other hand, said that expanding use of the Long Island Rail Road would be “probably one of the more beneficial ways” to reduce the number of cars on County Road 39 and Montauk Highway beginning in Water Mill, where traffic often backs up.

Lastly, each candidate was asked why they believe they are the ideal pick for the vacant Town Board seat.

“I don’t care whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or a Martian—I’m going to help you,” Ms. Lofstad said. “We have some of the most wealthiest people in the country who live here, and some of the most disadvantaged. I think that you need to have an open mind and look to help all these kinds of people.”

“Campaigning for the job and doing the job are two completely different things,” Mr. Yastrzemski said as he held up a pamphlet he received in the mail that he described as negative campaigning critical of his financial record on the Village Board.

“There’s a difference between negative campaigning and doing the job—experience” he continued. “As I pointed out, we have passion, we have drive. Every candidate has that. It’s the experience of having done private budgets, municipal budgets. That’s what government is really all about.”

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I cant believe Julie Lofstad said we dont need more cops. With the overcrowding in housing in Hampton Bays and the crime in Flanders you would think that she would be in favor of more law enforcement.
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 16 4:56 PM
Funny I was there the entire conversation and never heard her say that. You Republican Committeepersons will say anything to try to save your floundering campaign.

The campaign manager Damon Hagan even posts here under the name Draggerman. Afraid to tell the readers who he is and how much credibility his comments deserve.

And you Gillnetter aren't you also a Republican committee person?

You guys give politics the bad name it has earned.

Stop insulting the intelligence ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 5:09 PM

I'm not Damon Hagan....

Damon posts under, funny enough, his own name.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 6:48 AM
I was also at the event. I believe it was posed as a question by Joe and he asked if they thought the SH Police Dept was sufficiently staffed and Julie said yes, which could be interpreted as saying we do not need more police. Let's go to the video tape...
By Theresa Kiernan (26), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 12:01 PM
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So nice to see a Republican not afraid to comment under their own name.

That said, saying the police department was sufficiently staffed showed to me a potential elected official who understands the costs incumbent in expanding the size of the police force.

Now we know and understand that Yaz voted to raise taxes in the Village to cover police overtime. I thought Ms. Lofstad realized that before you look to spend funds and increase taxes you have to look at other ways to provide ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 10:24 PM
I liked Rich's point on the negative campaigning. It gets really old after a while. It's nice that her children have not had to see the negative adds. It's refreshing to see a candidate run a clean campaign. She try's to come off as cheery and innocent but those adds prove otherwise. And yes Gill we without a doubt need more cops I like the idea of less brass and more patrol!!!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jan 16, 16 5:07 PM
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I saw the mailing in questioned. It wasn't negative It stated facts concerning tax increases in Southampton Village your go voted in favor of.

Truth is never a negative GoldenBoy
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 5:10 PM
I must say as a Hampton Bays resident I am disgusted with the campaign signs by the democrats and Lofstad saying "Revitalize Main Street". Your party has neglected us for long enough along with Flanders. Enough is enough. Maybe we wouldn't have to revitalize Hampton Bays, but the democrats always put us on the back burner and totally neglect us. . Makes me sick how pathetic of a attack the democrats had on Mr. Yastrzemski by playing dirty politics. People time for a change. This party has turned ...more
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 16, 16 5:08 PM
Exactly how much has Republican council person Glinka done for Hampton Bays since his election?

Come on KT give us a break.

Scoring brownie points with the future republican town leader ain't gonna get any votes in Hampton Bays or Flanders for a guy from Southampton Village with a history of voting for every tax increase he could.

Meanwhile Julie Lofstad has a proven track record of getting things done for Hampton Bays and Flanders as a civic activist imagine what she ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 5:32 PM
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One more thing...to me negative adds show signs of weekness and no confidence on her own platforms
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jan 16, 16 5:13 PM
It wasn't a negative ad. It stated facts about your guys performance on the Southampton Village Board.

It those facts are negative, its because Yaz approved raises taxes and expenditures on the Village Board.

He can't claim to be the candidate with experience in government and then try to run and hide from that record of tax raising governmental experience

Its a goose gander situation.

He made his tax increasing voting history bed and now the guy has got to sleep ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 5:20 PM
Islander, KT, Republican Commiteeperson

if memory serves me correctly over the last 8 years, 6 years had a Republican Town Board majority who did nothing to aid Hampton Bays or Flanders Northampton and only less than 2 years with a Dem/Indy majority.

So who's shucking whom?

And while I am an enrolled Democrat, I am not part of the Southampton Democratic Committee or associated with that organization in any fashion. Can you say the same about your relationship with the ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 5:13 PM
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Yes, Tiger. I can say that I am merely an enrolled Republican. I am not involved with the Southampton Republican Committee... Other than knowing them all socially.

My posts are truly my posts.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 6:52 AM
Joe Shaw did an A plus job in leading this conversation he has earned my thanks and I am sure of others on both sides of the political spectrum.

His questions were all relevant and he gave each candidate a good opportunity to express their concerns and ideas without limiting them to 30 second sound bites.

Hopefully the Press will continue to hold these election discussions in the future, at least where single candidates are involved. I understand multiple candidate races like ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 5:36 PM
I agree with you about Joe Shaw. He did a wonderful job and it was a great discussion. However I am not a committee member, sorry to disappoint you. What I am is a well informed resident. As far as the high taxes in the village we all know the village is a different beast. When residents ask for safety and quality they get it immediately unlike the town where there are more hoops to jump through. What really hurt the village was the fallout in 2008 and the rising costs to cover pensions.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jan 16, 16 5:45 PM
Golden Boy,

I heard Yaz offer that defense to his raising taxes, etc as the mailing said he did.

However you are missing a point here. If Yaz claims his experience enables him to make the hard choices it would appear as you say that in Southampton Village there never are hard choices just raise taxes. The Town doesn't have any additional hoops to jump through it has a tax base of residents who don't want to see their taxes raised.

It needs elected officials who are willing ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 6:13 PM
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Hey, we don't need nobody else, we got NTiger swattin' em down! Seriously, these guys go off with these unbridled fantasies and NTiger brings them back down to Planet Earth with a bang.

Since Mr. Tiger has handled the dee-fense so brilliantly, I can do some of the nice-nice, an unaccustomed role for me.

It was a great format, the casual conversation, and Joe Shaw is to be congratulated for conceiving and executing it. Both candidates did better than they have before, probably ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jan 16, 16 6:01 PM
Mr. Tiger unfortunately you should know who I am. I used to do service at your house back in 98. You we're that miserable guy over in Southampton I could never forget. So try and get your facts correct. Experience is getting my vote. Have a good one Tiger I can tell much hasn't changed since 98.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 16, 16 9:47 PM
I had forgotten you did the pool back then but yes it confirms you are who I was told you were and thus a republican committee person.

Oh I am much more a miserable guy now than I was back then.

Glad you remembered.

Now try to be an honest commenter here.

Maybe you can make me less miserable.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 10:42 PM
NTiger - you should spend less time on 27 east and more in the shower - tell Linda and Marritta I said hi. It seem crazy you carry there water. -
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 9:49 PM
Don't spend that much time on 27 East, these comments are quick writes.

Linda and Marietta are quite capable of carrying their on water.

As a matter of fact I ought to ask them to carry some of mine.

I just call them as I see them farm local and I am not afraid or embarrassed to hide who I am.

Should I assume you are another Republican Committeeperson masquerading as a concerned citizen?

This is getting to be more and more fun.

One little stick ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 16 10:49 PM
I'm Damon like Obama is a Christian...

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 6:58 AM
That's a rather Nixonian non response response. Since we all know that Obama is a Christian it seems to indicate you are Damon.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 11:55 AM
Neil just so you know I don't hide from anyone. Could care less if people know who I am. I speak my mind and your party is absolutely pathetic. I find it funny 27 east giving out personal information to the liberals. Neil you were always a guy that liked experience, and used to preach that to me while cleaning your pool and now you change your mind. Your like woman at a clothing store.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 17, 16 5:12 AM
27 East hasn't given out any personal information to my knowledge. But lotsa folks know the real names of posters here and it seems I have acquired some folks as friends here who wish to share their knowledge about posters.

Keith, there are many kinds of experience as I told you back then. If only "experienced people" got elected to public office at some point there would be no one with experience left to run. Now that might actually be an improvement to what we find as elected official ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 12:11 PM
Sorry Neil I rarely post on 27east.
By Damon.Hagan (34), East Quogue on Jan 17, 16 9:00 AM
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The real Damon Hagan in the house!

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 9:09 AM
Again that Nixonian non response response.

Very lawyerly I will give you that credit.

Rarely post under the Damon name, but certainly leaves open that you do post with other names.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 11:57 AM
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 12:10 PM
Well as long as you are here for the nonce, what about that rumor you want to be Town Attorney and the other about you wanting to be Town Rep Committee leader?

More so why should the good folks of Southampton vote for your guy?

Apart from opening patronage positions to a Republican majority.

Exactly what have the Republican majorities of the last 8 years done to deserve the support of the public once again?

Dance for us, Damon, please.

By the way I lived ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 12:18 PM
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Tiger, I am TRULY not Damon...

Can I still be Town Attorney? That would be fun... Especially since I don't have a Law degree.

Damon.Hagon is the one and only DH. He may post under other names, I don't know, but he certainly isn't posting as Draggerman.

Your detective skills leave much to be desired...

As for patronage positions, how about Freddy's wife being on the short list for Town Attorney? Is that not patronage by your boy Jay?

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 12:40 PM
Ok let us say you are not Damon. Forget Town Attorney, run for Town Board I'll assist in your campaign.

This think about Freddy's wife is intriguing to me. As far as I have been able to tell from my sources she has submitted no CV or application. I haven't a clue as to her qualifications other than assuming in Albany she is an enrolled Republican working the Senate majority leaders attorney staff (also from my understanding patronage positions.)

Bottom line is for the most part ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 1:52 PM
Tiger, I'll be surprised if she doesn't get it. More of the same on Hampton Road, I'm afraid.

Jay should hire DH, if he applied. No calls of nepotism there...
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 8:35 PM
If he (DH) has the qualifications he should apply. Although I think he would have to decide whether he desired that position or Town Republican leader.

BTW Draggerman you might not qualify as a non attorney for Town Attorney but you could become a Town Justice Court Justice.

just something to think about.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 10:43 PM
Yes, I remember a Town Justice that was a Carpenter by Trade. He was a fair, yet tough, Judge. His first name was Paul?

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 7:37 AM
I think this special election is about faith in government. Brad Bender left in disgrace and ATH sold out to developers. The new board has an opportunity to regain the faith of the community. Hopefully voters will vote for people and ideas rather than party. If we continue to accept zoning changes and density increases, we'll lose the beauty and charm of our towns. I'm looking forward to the debate on Thursday night.
By Craigcat (258), Speonk on Jan 17, 16 12:59 PM
We already lost the beauty and charm because the dems let the rich build anywhere they want. Hunters get filtered out by the dems and fisherman. All they care about is giving the democratic rich whatever they want so they can buy the votes. This is also a party that tried to hide Benders problems and put them on the back burner and we saw where that got them. Increasing taxes, drug dealers and a very inexperienced candidate. Time for a change, and I'm sick of the everyday corruption that this party ...more
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 17, 16 2:11 PM
Then you must have forgotten what you saw the first six of the last eight years when the Town Board was controlled by a Republican Board majority.

What is the factual basis of saying it is the party that tried to hide Bender's problems? I mean come on Keith, what hat did you pull that out of.

You might also want to check the State BOE website and look at who has been contributing to your party and its candidates over the last 8 years.

You need to improve your credibility ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 10:30 PM
Neither side has been immune from taking $ from developers. When you look at the political influence that some of these builders bring, then combine that with the housing authorities push to maximize density with each proposal, because it represents a quick fix as opposed to an equitable and sustainable fix, then it becomes clear that we need our board to act in interests of the constituency. If they fail, or can't be trusted, then mutiny in the form of incorporated village becomes the next line ...more
By Craigcat (258), Speonk on Jan 18, 16 8:28 AM
Also Mr. Tiger if Julie thinks we have enough law enforcement in Flanders tell her to check the crime rate and police blotter. Mr. Tiger did those pool chemicals get to your brain?
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 17, 16 2:12 PM
I realize how frustrated you all must be.

See my response to Ms. Kiernan regard this hyped up attempt to find an issue against Ms. Lofstad.

I love watching it.

And personal attack snide remarks never help you with credibility issues.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 10:32 PM
And yet you continue with them
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 16 1:05 PM
I was unable to attend. Did either candidate address the epidemic of illegal overcrowded rentals in Hampton bays and/or the same of fraudulently registered and uninsured vehicles on the road? Real question as the answer determine my vote.
By jams (129), hampton bays on Jan 17, 16 9:19 PM
What i don't understand is why n.tiger seems to know who's applied for the town attorney position but the supervisor won't tell the Southampton Press? Shouldn't the town have to give us the list? Its a public position. I shouldn't have to look at the rumor mill on here. The Supervisor should be more forthcoming.
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 17, 16 9:51 PM
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I did not say I knew who applied for the town attorney position, I don't.

Neither do any of you folks saying Mrs. Theile has applied.

If you read my comment in this string above you would have seen

"We need to be to see the resumes (CVs) of those seeking the position and the public should be allowed full access to any documents submitted by those persons or on their behalf before the Board votes in a new Town Attorney. That position should not belong to the Supervisor ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 10:38 PM
According to Newsday Jay has indicated Mrs. Thiele has applied and is likely to be his choice. Damon Hagan has also applied.

There is an indication in that article that Fred would have to step down as Indy Town leader.

The last Town Supervisor not to get their choice for Town Attorney approved was Mardythe DiPirro who the Republican Board majority saddled with a Republican Committeeperson as her Town Attorney.

But to his credit he knew who to invite to go see Miles ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 11:06 PM

"Mr. Schneiderman has said there are two candidates being interviewed for the position, but declined to name them. However, sources have confirmed that NancyLynn Ferrini, who is currently counsel for the State Senate majority in Albany—and is the wife of State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.—is the front-runner for the position."

The fix is in. I'm fairly positive DH isn't on the short list... It also sounds like Jay will select prior to the special? Is that legal to appoint ...more
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 7:42 AM

You need to read the Newsday story.

As far as selection prior to Special, realistically how does Jay come up with the 3 votes necessary. As of today 1 Indy, 1 Dem, 2 Reps.

The Special Election will decide which side controls a majority.

And hopefully before a vote on filling the position takes place we will all be afforded the opportunity to review the competing CV's and be given an opportunity to question the Supervisor and Board members at a Council meeting.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 11:24 AM
Im impressed. NTiger posts something on here at 12:18 pm and Jay is quoted saying it to Newsday at 10:50pm. With backup quotes from democrat leader Fred Theil. (i know what you are going to say but if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and gives you his party line) Are you sure you arent Jay? Why can't we get the whole applicant list? Or heres a question for the Southampton press why is Jay/Tiger giving a local story in your backyard to Newsday? I had to read about Brad Bender when newsday ...more
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 18, 16 8:35 AM

I searched high and low looking for a post by NTiger at 12:18 pm and just couldn't find it.

I saw the Newsday Rick Brand piece some time after 11 pm last night and thought it worth well commenting on it here since it has been a topic of discussion and I think all sides have a right to know what's going on and what qualifications our next Town Attorney has apart from connections to local political committees.

Am I Jay. Gee, that would explain why I (NTiger)didn't ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 11:41 AM
It was a post you made in response to draggerman. Its the one you wrote that starts "Well as long as you are here for the nonce" and ends "You have no idea how much fun you and are cohorts here are providing this senior citizen."
By NTiger (431), Southampton on Jan 17, 16 12:18 PM
Its right above.
What annoys me is why does The supervisor not just give the list of applicants. All we had last week was fred thiels wife. Its a public job. The applicant list should be open. We should know ...more
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 18, 16 12:23 PM
We are in total agreement on the topic of the Town Attorney appointment being made totally transparent. Those who have applied, whoever the 5 may be should be revealed, their resumes posted publicly and the public (us alls) should not only be allowed to question the Supervisor and Town Board with regard to the applicants but we are entitled to have responses to the questions we ask of the Supervisor and other Board members.

One potential problem I can see with the Town Attorney being related ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 7:13 PM
I wish this article actually addressed the questions asked and the answers given. Mr Yastrzemski has my vote because he has done a good job in the Village and has been against the Tuckahoe project since day one. I have seen him take the heat around town for that from the builders and he always holds his ground. Can someone explain the if you have had enough vote row c signs i am seeing. I have had enough of those Conservatives and their corruption charges like Ed Walsh is facing. I know that Julie ...more
By CleanWaters (80), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 4:21 PM
Interesting take, Cleanwaters. Thank You.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 18, 16 6:02 PM
gobble gobble
By turkeyloser (22), east quogue on Jan 18, 16 10:02 PM
I love brad under and julie lofted
By turkeyloser (22), east quogue on Jan 18, 16 10:03 PM
IMPOSTOR ALERT!! Joe Shaw, someone is being allowed to post under my screen name. Note that it's this person's first post. I expect it's the same person posting as "turkey loser" above (2 posts), but I can't object to that one. I do strongly object to the fake Turkey Bridge, though.

Joe, I'm sending you an email, too. Thanks.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jan 19, 16 3:18 PM
They can't spell either FWIW . . .

A fowl joker I guess . . .

PS -- "on Quiogue" ?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 19, 16 3:30 PM
I guess everyone wants to be Turkey Bridge

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 19, 16 5:57 PM
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By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 7:10 AM
Jay Schneiderman, Southampton supervisor, eyes Fred Thiele's wife for town post- article headline in newsday.
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 7:13 AM
I'm shocked.

Jay should be ashamed of himself. The best attorney he can get to apply is:

a) From Western New York.
b) Married to the Town Leader of his party
c) Additionally her Husband is Sag Harbor Attorney...
d) Did I mention that her husband is our state assemblyman?


Think about whether Jay deserves a majority vote on the Town Board before casting a vote in the special. Two weeks in office and he's already showing us what he's made of. Back ...more
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 7:37 AM

You weren't shocked but you should be now Mrs. Thiele is to be appointed an assistant town attorney in East Hampton on Thursday evening.

So apparently we will never know whether Supervisor Schneiderman would have made Fred's resignation as Independence Committee Chair in Town a prerequisite for appointing Mrs. Thiele to the Town Attorney position or presumably now ever see her resume or be able to question the Supervisor and Board members concerning her potential appointment.

The ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 12:27 PM
Wonder if anyone has seen Newsday today. Take a look and see the section where it's about Thiele's wife is the best candidate for the job. What a joke. Independence Party backs He dems And Lofstad this vote and the reason why? Thiele's wife needs a job. What a disgrace. Corruption at its finest. 132,000 a year. Town of Southampton wake up.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 20, 16 9:51 AM
Jay Schneiderman needs to be reigned in!

2.5 weeks in office and already showing signs of gross nepotism.

Vote YAZ. If for nothing else, to keep Jay honest...

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 10:22 AM
And Yaz of course would then recuse himself from any vote for Town Attorney.

or would he be guilty of gross voting for his campaign manager for Town Attorney nepotism.

I just love this Draggerman.

You really can't make this stuff up.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 12:35 PM
But, Mr. Tiger, Yaz has not yet been elected. Until then, we have no idea how the Town attorney situation will pan out. Yaz my recuse. DH may withdraw his name. Who knows.

We do know, however, that Jay was already discussing Mrs.Fred to be Town Attorney. Yes, yes, to the victors go the jobs... I just find it funny that Freds wife was the most qualified applicant in Jay's eyes.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 10:32 PM
Unfortunately or fortunately we will not have the opportunity to discover if we agreed or disagreed as intervening events have eliminated the possibility we will ever see her CV or that of the other potential candidates.

We can only guess on whether she was or was not.

I suspect that guessing will go mostly along partisan lines.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 5:14 PM
But you concur that until the hand is played, we know not what is in it.

Speculation is for naught.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 6:44 PM
Not only do I concur with that but I am not certain we will know what is in the hand even after it is played.

More lurks behind the curtains then is ever revealed Dragger. Makes the tip of the iceberg look like the majority of the berg.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 10:01 PM
I know someone who was an attorney at OTB, and was also the head of the local Democratic Party. Can you imagine
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jan 23, 16 11:58 AM
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I think I knew that fellow. Those events were separated by over a decade. And I believe he was hired as Corporate Counsel there by a Republican OTB President.

Curiously enough he was also once upon a time a Law Secretary to a prominent Republican Supreme Court Justice.

Don't suppose his graduation from an Ivy League Law School or undergraduate membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society had anything to do with those appointments.

But Chief I always enjoy seeing the world ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 5:19 PM
Ithaca is Gorges.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 6:46 PM
It looks like the Town of East Hampton got themselves a good assistant town attorney and Southampton has missed out.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 11:20 AM
Turkey Bridge just read your letter to the editor and what a bunch of crap you blow up peoples behinds. You talk about rundown parks? You make me disgusted. The parks are ruined because your people let this happen. Your democrats. The ones you put into office. Lets talk about HB. Your higher ups put a blind eye to Hampton Bays. With her getting in nothing will change but your buddy Jay having the power to do whatever he wants. HB is disgusting. Rundown looks like crap and your party wants to try ...more
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 25, 16 12:39 PM