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Jan 27, 2016 10:39 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

In Special Election, Julie Lofstad Wins Open Seat On Southampton Town Board

Julie Lofstad and John Bouvier at Buckley's in Hampton Bays on Tuesday night.   DANA SHAW
Jan 27, 2016 11:07 AM

Democrat Julie Lofstad will replace former Councilman Brad Bender on the Southampton Town Board after winning more than 60 percent of the votes in a special election on Tuesday.

According to unofficial results on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website, Ms. Lofstad handily defeated Republican opponent Richard Yastrzemski, 2,771-1,721.

When the results were announced on Tuesday night, Ms. Lofstad said she was thrilled to be joining the board.

“I feel unbelievable,” she said while at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays, where members of the town’s Democratic Committee waited for election results. “You don’t get many second chances in life. I feel great and I’m looking forward to working hard on behalf of the people of Southampton Town.”

Tuesday’s special election had been set in December roughly one week after Mr. Bender was forced to resign after pleading guilty to charges of distributing oxycodone. Ms. Lofstad will finish out the remaining two years of Mr. Bender’s four-year term.

Both Ms. Lofstad and Mr. Yastrzemski ran for Town Board seats in the November general election. Ms. Lofstad narrowly missed winning one of two contested board seats to her running mate John Bouvier and Councilwoman Christine Scalera, while Mr. Yastrzemski, currently the deputy mayor of Southampton Village, lost his bid for the supervisor’s board seat to Jay Schneiderman.

Mr. Yastrzemski conceded the Town Board race at the Westhampton Beach VFW Post on Tuesday night, saying he did everything he could during the election, but that Suffolk County politics impacted the race when the Conservative Party chose not to support his campaign for a second time, instead throwing its weight behind Ms. Lofstad.

Shortly after the Conservatives’ endorsement of Ms. Lofstad was announced, Mr. Yastrzemski said, county Republican officials filed a petition protesting the endorsement—but the petition was dismissed because it was not filed within 10 days as required.

In total, Ms. Lofstad was endorsed by the Democratic, Independence and Conservative lines.

“We gave it another good shot,” Mr. Yastrzemski said. “The numbers speak for themselves. We were up against a behemoth of an opponent, that opponent being the Democratic Party.”

According to Bill Wright, chairman of the town’s Republican Party, the election was influenced by a feud between Suffolk County Republican Party Chairman John J. LaValle and County Conservative Chairman Edward Walsh. The feud has been going on for months, with news outlets reporting that the Conservative Party chose to cross-endorse two Democrats for the State Supreme Court in exchange for support for one of its candidates. In response, Mr. LaValle fired a party secretary and friend of Mr. Walsh. The two have been feuding over endorsements ever since.

“The bottom line is that Rich is one hell of a candidate,” Mr. Wright sad. “He took a stand on issues. The Conservative Party of the Town of Southampton backed a liberal Democrat because of county politics, and you see what happens.

“He knew that going in, but he took a stand and said he would not stand for that,” Mr. Wright continued. “This man stands on his morals and principles, and that deserves a round of applause.”

On Wednesday morning, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he is very happy Ms. Lofstad took the final seat on the board, adding that he she will make a positive addition. According to Mr. Schneiderman, Ms. Lofstad will have to wait to be sworn in until the county can finalize the election results, which typically takes at least 10 days.

The supervisor added that there are approximately 600 absentee ballots that must be taken into account, although, with a 1,050-vote difference between the two candidates, the absentee ballots will not overturn Tuesday’s results. There were also two write-in candidates in the election; the names were unavailable Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday night, the chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Party, Gordon Herr, said the Town Board is poised to make serious changes. Mr. Herr said the team of Ms. Lofstad, Mr. Bouvier and Mr. Schneiderman will work together to make positive strides, particularly in terms of water quality.

“I feel the voters realized that Julie was by far the best candidate for the job,” he said. “She’s somebody who obviously works across party lines, and somebody who is going to do a fantastic job for this town. I’m very excited about it. I think she’s a star—an absolute star—and she’s going to go far.”

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Why are there signs in Spanish?
By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Jan 26, 16 1:58 PM
Required by US Justice Department
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 9:04 PM
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Feliz que haya ganado Julie
By Mate (52), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 10:03 AM
Absentee ballot sent , voted for Julie on the CONSERVATIVE line.
By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Jan 26, 16 1:59 PM
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Voted for Julie Lofstad, who's been working for the community for over 15 years as a private citizen, and now needs to realize her potential as an elected official.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 26, 16 2:53 PM
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Yeah, thanks for calling me Sunday morning, I just got to bed after working all night in the storm...

By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 5:09 PM
Dagger,

You are spewing your venom at the wrong guy. Dems aren't call Reps, and you/ve said you are a Rep. So if you got a call Sunday morning it was from Yaz' folks.

But it would be unusual for either side to be making phone calls on a sunday morning.

Glad you made it safely through the storm/

In a matter of hours we shall all be experts on the Special Election unofficial vote tally.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 5:19 PM
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Mr. Tiger,

I received a call from GL himself... Just laid down. He wanted to discuss Julie... I told him he had the wrong number.

Certainly you find humor in this? I do.
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 6:20 PM
If in fact it was GL himself it is humorous.

However GL does not know who you are.

Anyway its all over but the counting and legal arguments during remcanvass.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 9:07 PM
Wow the number of people working at HB libray voting station was overwhelming.I was the only voter there at 11 30 am and felt I was about to commit a crime so many people watching me and listning to my name and where i lived.......are they ALL paid.
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 3:09 PM
don't worry-most of them are deaf as a post
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jan 27, 16 7:25 AM
U r a sadly misinformed malcontent.None of the poll workers watch U nor have any interest in where U live or frankly care what your name is .They follow the specific guidelines of the Election regulations.....to insure all voters can vote for his or her candidate with as little INTRUSION as possible........ In a PUBLIC place! if U don't like the Voting this way........get an absentee ballot and do it in private at home! PAID little for being there from 5 am-9:30 PM..why don't U sign up and deal ...more
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 16 4:06 PM
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I voted for Rich-no shock there.

By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 5:15 PM
YAZ
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 26, 16 6:32 PM
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YAZ!
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 7:52 PM
Congratulations to Julie Lofstad our Town Council person elect. Absentee and affidavit ballots a mere formality, not capable of changing the results.

Let us applaud both candidates for a fairly clean campaign.

This was a clear cut victory for the Supervisor and his team.

Board party composition will now be 2 Dems, 2 Reps, 1 Indy

My condolences to Yaz and DH. But Town elections come every two years.

To all those Yaz supporters I was fortunate enough ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 10:17 PM
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Mr. Tiger,

Yes, Julie has won. I wish her the strength to keep the convictions she had as a spokesperson for Hampton Bays and to be her own person.

That being said, it will be interesting to see who becomes Town Attorney. I guess we'll never know if Rich would recuse on a vote for DH...

And, yes, GL did call me on Sunday. He doesn't know he called Draggerman, he was making calls, getting the vote out. I used to do that for Mayor Romo, when he ran.

Run Rand, ...more
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 8:42 AM
Dragger,

I think you know me well enough to drop the formality and just call me Neil.

If you don't have an enrolled Democrat in your household it was political malpractice for you to get a phone call.

And yes, run, Rand, run.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 10:22 AM
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No. My wife remains independent & I, as you can deduce, am a Republican. I have heard from other registered Republicans that they got calls as well.

Political misconduct is harsh. Grazing in another mans pasture may be better. Anyway, I almost wet myself laughing when GL identified himself. At least he made a live call. I received numerous robo-calls from Ms. Fleming on behalf of Julie, as late as 8pm last night.
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 2:07 PM
I did suggest to them that calling too late only annoyed people and did not motivate anyone to go out and vote except possibly for the opponent of the caller.

They might have called Dems and female blanks (independents as opposed to Independences), could be why you got a call.

Personally I hang up on those calls, if I answer them at all.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 4:09 PM
The winners tonight are the citizens of Southampton.
By CleanWater (122), East Quogue on Jan 26, 16 10:27 PM
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The winners tonight are the citizens of Southampton.
By CleanWater (122), East Quogue on Jan 26, 16 10:27 PM
The race is run, the victory won. It was a good, spirited contest, with good people on both sides. I'm of course delighted with the result and enormously proud to have been part of the extraordinary Julie team -- it was a joy and a privilege to work with these people. My best, too, to Messrs. Yastrzemski and Hagan and their folks for a serious and thoughtful campaign.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 26, 16 10:42 PM
We can go back in the water!!!

We won't let the offer of $$$ allow us the put our population in danger.

We will not do what "Amity" did.

Take that Carpetbaggers!

Congratulations to the voters of Southampton.
By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Jan 26, 16 10:43 PM
Watch ALEC BALDWIN's pro-environment 1 minute video:

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-Quogue/468168/Alec-Baldwin-Joins-Local-Campaign-Against-The-Hills-PDDs
By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Jan 26, 16 10:51 PM
It should not go unnoticed that only approximately 12-14% of the eligible voters participated in this election.

It really is kind of disgraceful to have that few people decide on matters of such importance to the personal lives of all our registered voters and remember the number of registered voters does to reflect all those who could be registered to vote.

A number far less than 12-14 percent have been able to determine the direction of the Town for the next 2 years at least. ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 26, 16 10:56 PM
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Carolyn Zenk - I've seen her stand up to Anna on the video of two Town Board meetings. She did it with reserve, class & strength. Ms. Zenk also stopped Anna from giving some developers a "2nd bite at the apple" by informing the Pine Barrens Commission that they could not open up their hearing (last October 21st) - since 90 days had passed since some critical anniversary (even though Anna tried to pull the wool over everyone's eyes). The editors of the
Southampton Press commented on Anna's ...more
By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Jan 26, 16 11:43 PM
It should not go unnoticed that 7/8 of the electorate has absolutely no faith in the red and blue political machines actually performing for the taxpayers rather than promoting their own self-perpetuating, self-aggrandizing, self-serving campaigns.
By VOS (1230), WHB on Jan 27, 16 1:35 AM
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Bingo!
By cedric (22), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 7:29 AM
I said it before and I'll say it again NTiger breaks more news on here then the Southampton Press. Did she actually apply for the job? I ask because Tiger seems to be the only guy who knows. I'm still waiting for the press to let us know who applied because we only seem to hear after NTiger posts it here. Is the a separate Tiger Talk news line I could subscribe to?
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 16 10:26 AM
The voter turnout is sad. It's amazing to see how many residents are not informed on what goes on in town hall. What's more sad is to see those uninformed people that do vote, vote just on party lines and not on candidates policies.
By GoldenBoy (350), EastEnd on Jan 26, 16 11:29 PM
Maybe some of us who didn't vote, didn't do so for a reason--and are registering our disgust with what is really no choice at all. If there isn't a whit of difference between the parties why legitimize the uniparty corruption?
By cedric (22), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 7:32 AM
Cedric,

I think if you really wish to show your discontent with the party candidate choices it might have a greater effect were you to vote by writing in the name of someone other than the party choices.

I do that quite often.

If enough people who don't vote simply because they are frustrated with the candidates presented to them, the political leaders will catch on. As it stands neither party in Town has much incentive to bring additional voters out, although after yesterday's ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 10:20 AM
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And more years of HB getting ignored great. Town of Southampton is getting so pathetic.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 26, 16 11:43 PM
Wonder how many more organizations are going to have to be formed until the dems in charge do their job. More years of increasing taxes with nothing to offer. It's disgusting how quick this party is ruining Hampton Bays. SMH.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 27, 16 12:03 AM
I am a Republican, and I couldn't vote for that blow hard Yazstremski. The guy has done nothing but taise taxes he is a complete blowhard lap dog for Mark Epley.
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Jan 27, 16 7:11 AM
East Quogue is a hamlet in the sights of the ultra affluent developer the Discovery Land Company. Right from the get go their project should not have been allowed to move forward. Past elected SHT officials have ignored the will of the residents, environmentalists, scientists, etc. The only exception was Bridget Fleming who voiced her concerns and was the lone SHT councilperson to vote against it.

That being said, this past November this longtime Republican crossed party lines to vote for ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Jan 27, 16 7:36 AM
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Best of luck julie you ran a good race - few things - Neil Tiger you seem like a good guy and it was fun commenting with you. I would like to make one statement. Let's put bets in on how long it takes guys like Jermey Brandt and the rest of his conservative crew to call julie and pressure her to vote a certain way or to help get jobs for his crew that in any other world would not last 2 days on the job. I hope she is ready to stand up against them cause it's coming folks. So this race changed my ...more
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 7:40 AM
Farmlocal, I couldn't agree more. I gained quite a bit of respect for NTiger, but still feel the same way about Turkey Bridge.

I hope Julie can keep her integrity. You know the Conservatives have a favor to be repaid. If you can't see that, Turkey, then you probably should hang up your political hat. Nothing is free in this game.

NTiger, I look forward to bantering with you on the next go round. ATH v Calone should be interesting...
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 9:49 AM
I think Calone v Zeldin will provide us with even greater bantering.

I don't imagine we will have much dispute over the Calone - ATH primary, should such a primary become necessary.

But for now we still have Paris, er, the Town Attorney appointment.

Again it has been fun.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 10:42 AM
Neil,

I agree. I've said previously that I expect ATH to fade off into real estate. Maybe she and Linda Kabot can share a desk...

Calone has already made moves to separate himself from Sagaponack Barbie. The County planning commissions rejection of the Tuckahoe Center was the first shot fired in that battle. And we get a new convenience store to sell milk, beer coffee and Lotto tickets.
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 6:08 PM
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Best of luck julie you ran a good race - few things - Neil Tiger you seem like a good guy and it was fun commenting with you. I would like to make one statement. Let's put bets in on how long it takes guys like Jermey Brandt and the rest of his conservative crew to call julie and pressure her to vote a certain way or to help get jobs for his crew that in any other world would not last 2 days on the job. I hope she is ready to stand up against them cause it's coming folks. So this race changed my ...more
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 7:46 AM
Hey, NTiger, lie down with dogs and . . . . there you go. Better luck next time.

Farm local, you're wrong as usual. Apart from Ms. Lofstad's manifest integrity, the Conservative contribution here wasn't enough to warrant any patronage. Take away all the votes they delivered and give them to Rich, and Julie still would have won by a comfortable margin.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 27, 16 8:13 AM
George,

You lost me! Haven't a clue what you mean by that opening line.

Please explain.

I thought we were on the same side this time around.

And George being a bit of a realist any agreement that might have been made between the Dems and Conservatives would have been made at the County not Town level. Since Conservative County leadership grants Wilson-Pakula's.

The debt, if any, could easily be reciprocated found in any number of County level positions ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 10:39 AM
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Thank you Mr. Tiger. We should be running and winning as Democrats only and stop this kowtow to the lesser parties. Could there be deals made up island? Possibly. However it is far more likely we shall see the miscreants of the Conservative Party in Southampton Town Hall very soon.
By CleanWaters (80), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 11:30 AM
water quality is important
By kuali (32), southampton on Jan 27, 16 8:51 AM
whatever the commentators think of the candidates, the number of votes cast is a disgraceful statement on either the number of registered voters who don't care enough to vote or everyone went to Florida before the snowstorm.
By newresident (6), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 16 9:59 AM
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I wonder how turkey loser is doing today?
By GoldenBoy (350), EastEnd on Jan 27, 16 10:02 AM
Mr. Bridge, You made my point regarding the Democrat Party. We do not need the Conservative party and its criminal leader Ed Walsh and his henchmen Jeremy Brandt and Michael Torres to win races, nor do we need Fred Thiel and his independence party with its Brad Benders and its Anna Throne Holsts. So why do we as Democrats continue to sully our party and our ideals by continually associating with lesser party lines. We win with one line, the Democrat line and should forsake all others. Democrats ...more
By CleanWaters (80), Southampton on Jan 27, 16 10:16 AM


Now in production and scheduled for release during the general election campaign, “Hillary Clinton: Above the Law” will seek to “indict and prosecute” Clinton in “the court of public opinion” for alleged crimes and obstruction of justice, including the “biggest case of campaign finance fraud in U.S. history.”
By 27dan (2811), Shinnecock Hills on Jan 27, 16 5:57 PM
Congratulations Julie! You will be one of the very best additions to our Town Board in many, many years. I wish you the very best. Thank you for serving.
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Jan 27, 16 10:28 AM
As I have stated beforehand, Party means little in local elections, what counts is the person and where they stand on the issues that matter to our quality of life!
By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Jan 27, 16 11:23 AM
Did Brad Bender win? Gobble Gobble!!!
By turkeyloser (22), east quogue on Jan 27, 16 11:55 AM
New board = new chance to restore faith in govt. Best of luck to Julie.
By Craigcat (256), Speonk on Jan 27, 16 2:29 PM
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It would be great to see Ms. Zenk become Town Attorney.
By tenn tom (255), remsenburg on Jan 27, 16 2:33 PM
KUDOS to The BEST candidate............ Yesterday AND in NOVEMBER ! Julie Lofstad will provide us the down home spirit of WE, the common people ! Hampton Bays is now no longer the OTHER Hampton .
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 16 3:48 PM
That's what Flanders said when Bender was voted in
By GoldenBoy (350), EastEnd on Jan 27, 16 3:53 PM
Know who showed up in the US Senate after the snowstorm? Only women! Nary a man in sight. Want/need a job done? Get a woman. As Fred Astaire said, "Ginger (Rogers) does everything I can do, only she can do it backwards and in high heels".
By June Bug (2589), SOUTHAMPTON on Jan 27, 16 5:54 PM
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Yea just like Hilary. Keep dreaming June. She couldn't get the job done with her husband.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Jan 27, 16 6:09 PM
Warm congratulations, Julie. You're going to be a champion of the working people, and it was a joy to be part of your campaign.

Good race, Rich. You raised important issues in a straightforward way and gave us the benefit of your experience.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in this special election. Did anyone notice this whole deal was begun, run and finished in under two months? Pretty good. Why don't we do them all with this minimum of fuss and expense?
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 27, 16 8:57 PM
Quit gloating, Turkey. It's not gentlemanly.
By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 28, 16 10:35 AM
Great ! Another council person that wasn't vetted properly.(Do your own homework people...) Eventually the town and taxpayers will learn. Congrats to the candidates for running a clean race. Yaz won the debates, though Julie and the Democrats overwhelmed the Republicans in campaign advertising and literature. Seems to me the Republican party and leader were three steps behind in campaigning for Yaz. Congrats Julie...
By GoodGounder119 (3), Hampton Bays on Jan 28, 16 7:57 AM
Congratulations Ms. Lofstad.

The Town Board can now focus on the unfinished business, a lingering black cloud hanging over all of us, of the unsolved hut-and-run death of Sister Jackie Walsh on July 9, 2012. What is the status of the investigation? Why did the police never release the details of its investigative material, including forensic evidence of the identity of the ACTUAL driver?

Lots of unanswered questions . . .
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 28, 16 8:09 AM
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Correction -- hit-and-run death . . .
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 28, 16 8:16 AM
How do you reckon that this is the providence of the Town Board? I would think it was a police matter, A, and then, B, the Suffolk County District Attorney.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Jan 28, 16 2:52 PM
I was wondering that as well.

By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 28, 16 4:54 PM
To the extent the Southampton Police Department was the lead law enforcement agency in the investigation then the Town Board as the Board of Police Commissioners did have a responsibility to question the Chief regarding the questions PBR has been asking these many months.

So to that extend I can see some validity in PBR wanting to see the Board do something.

We all recognize that any time our wealthier population is involved, even tangentially there are questions that arise.

It ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 28, 16 8:42 PM
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Thank you NTiger for stating what one assumed would have been obvious. In an editorial the Press called this failed investigation a "gross miscarriage of justice," and it remains just as gross today.

Now we see if the new Supv. and team have the guts to dig deeper and exhume justice from the grave.

Rest in Peace, Sister Walsh.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Jan 29, 16 7:32 AM
FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation not letting up By Julian Hattem - 01/28/16 6:00 AM EST

Six months after it began, the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server shows no signs of slowing down.

Former FBI officials said the length of the probe is not unusual and speculated that a decision on whether to file charges against Clinton or her top aides could come later this year, during the heat of the general election campaign.

“I ...more
By 27dan (2811), Shinnecock Hills on Jan 28, 16 5:10 PM
I'm posting on an iPhone, so there's no place to click for delete as off-topic. Instead I'll just say here that 27dan's post above is as far off-topic as anything I've ever seen on this site. Whatever is in second place is probably one of 27dan's comments too, because he does this all the time, lives in his own tunnel looking neither right nor left.

Bottom line, the post should come down as grossly off-topic.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 29, 16 12:05 AM
If you hit request desktop site on your phone you can report as inappropriate sorry you don't like to face the facts my man
By 27dan (2811), Shinnecock Hills on Jan 29, 16 12:58 AM
27dan:

(1) It's not about facing facts, it's about innuendo and wishful thinking on your part.

(2) It's not about facing facts, it's about being wholly irrelevant and out of context. Why don't you just stand up in church in the midst of a service and start talking about stock prices? It's about the same thing.

By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 29, 16 10:16 AM
Seems like this is the political section to me ,


HALPERIN: FBI will likely interview Hillary...

State Dept. delays emails until after first primary states...
Jan 29, 16 10:49 AM appended by They call me
Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Has "Taken Millions From Regimes In The Middle East That Treat Women Like Cattle"
By They call me (2790), southampton on Jan 29, 16 10:49 AM
The intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.


By Draggerman (940), Southampton on Jan 29, 16 5:54 PM
to Draggerman:

"The intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails 'too damaging' to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding."
---------------------------------------

Well, I guess that caps it. What more is there to say? Two anonymous sources say that the emails were really bad. ...more
By highhatsize (4177), East Quogue on Jan 29, 16 6:09 PM
I've forwarded your brilliant comments to the FBI so they'll know it's OK to stop the investigation. Why didn't you tell them months ago. Look at the time they wasted. We're fortunate to have you right on the job. People on this site don't realize how well connected you are.
By joe hampton (3422), on vacation on Feb 1, 16 7:40 AM
If she admits to an error in judgment regarding the home server then she is open for criticism concerning her judgment.

That said, no one of us or any one of the many current Presidential candidate hopefuls has gone through life without committing some errors of judgment.

LBJ back in the Viet Nam war days walked into a press conference carry a Top Secret Codeword document where the then Codeword was caught on camera and had to be immediately changed world wide. Top Secret Codeword ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 29, 16 6:54 PM
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SMOKING GUN ~

Official: Some Clinton emails 'too damaging' to release
Catherine Herridge . January 29, 2016

Clinton's e-mail problems are worse than previously reported
EXCLUSIVE: The intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review..

The determination was first reported , hours before the ...more ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2034), southampton on Jan 30, 16 12:58 AM
Just to be wildly contrary and return to the subject of the article above, tenn tom wrote early in the thread that it would be good if Carolyn Zenk became town attorney, presumably as a result of this election. I think the suggestion first came from NTiger in another thread.

What I'm trying to get is, apart from the compensation package, what's the significance of who is town attorney? As far as I can tell, it's not a policy-making position but a ministerial professional job. So what's ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jan 30, 16 9:43 AM
Actually George what I said earlier in this thread was

" I joked to a Republican friend that it might turn out to be former Councilperson Carolyn Zenk."

Is the Town Attorney a policy making position or purely a ministerial professional job. That depends on who the Town Attorney is and her/his relationship with the Supervisor and Board Members.

Take for instance the former Supervisor's first choice and first Town Attorney, the one who missed Court deadlines. That was ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 30, 16 4:13 PM
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Carolyn Zenk our local Debbie Wasserman Schultz
By joe hampton (3422), on vacation on Jan 30, 16 1:47 PM
zenk would be a good choice
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 30, 16 6:01 PM
zenk would be a good choice
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 30, 16 6:01 PM
I remember her positions from when she was on the town board and I'm sure these days she must be busy defending Lena Dunham or tied up with some class action suit against the free market...


No thanks !
By joe hampton (3422), on vacation on Jan 30, 16 6:33 PM
Actually this thread is now starting to remind me of song by the Bee Gees

I started a joke which started the whole world crying
But I didn't see that the joke was on me oh no
I started to cry which started the whole world laughing
Oh If I'd only seen that the joke was on me

I looked at the skies running my hands over my eyes
And I fell out of bed hurting my head from things that I said
'Till I finally died which started the whole world living
Oh If I'd only ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jan 30, 16 8:06 PM
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REVEALED: OBAMA EMAILED HILLARY 18 TIMES!
FLASHBACK: CLAIMED HE LEARNED FROM MEDIA
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IOWA BERNING!
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