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Mar 1, 2019 3:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton GOP Committee Makes Changes To Ticket

Mar 6, 2019 10:21 AM

Greg Robbins, a North Sea man who says he is concerned about increasing property taxes in the Town of Southampton, will lead the Southampton Town Republican Party ticket in November’s election, running against Democratic Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for the top seat.

The Town Republican Committee this week made a number of adjustments to the party’s slate of candidates, including replacing a previously announced Town Board candidate, James Ding, with former Town Police Detective Charles McArdle.

The committee also pulled the rug out from under current Trustee Bruce Stafford, who was removed from the ticket.

David Betts, the committee chairman, said on Friday that Mr. Robins, 69, was selected to run for supervisor last week. He added on Sunday that Mr. McArdle, 55, would replace Mr. Ding, 68, as a candidate for Town Board.

The decisions came nearly two weeks after the local party’s nominating convention, at which candidates were selected for the Town Board, Board of Trustees, tax receiver and town justice races.

Republican Committee members were left scrambling for a candidate for supervisor when Town Board member Christine Scalera, assumed to be the front-runner for the nomination, announced last month that she would not be running against Mr. Schneiderman this fall.

Mr. Robins, a retired teacher who taught at William Floyd High School in Mastic and who has lived in North Sea for nearly 50 years, said he has a number of concerns with how the town is being operated, but rising property taxes is the key issue that pushed him to run for supervisor.

“The supervisor said the tax rate has dropped,” Mr. Robins said, adding that the notion of a decreasing tax rate is misleading and does not mean that taxes for many homeowners are being reduced. For example, Mr. Robins said he lives in Bayview Oaks, a small North Sea community that used to be dominated by beach cottages. These days, the parcels are being purchased and bigger homes are being constructed in their spots, raising the value of the other homes in the area and causing tax bills to increase.

During his 50 years in the town, Mr. Robins served as a fire commissioner of the North Sea Fire District for nearly 20 of those years, and as a member of the department for 20 years.

He has been married to his wife, Linda, for 45 years, and together they raised two sons—Clinton Robins, 45, who is a captain in the U.S. Army, and Jared Robins, 25, who works at many of the estates throughout the town.

The elder Mr. Robins has never served in elected office but was the Town Republican Party chairman from 1985 to 1987.

Looking toward the campaign, Mr. Robins said he welcomed the opportunity to debate Mr. Schneiderman on any topic, including traffic concerns on the East End, rising taxes or anything else. “I think I will bring a whole new perspective to the Town Board,” he said. “I just have a deep love for Southampton.”

In an email on Sunday, Mr. Ding said “the deck chairs have been reshuffled,” and that he was no longer a nominee for Town Board. Instead, the committee selected Mr. McArdle, a Hampton Bays resident since 1986, where he raised a family with his wife, Jackie.

Before moving to Hampton Bays, he patrolled the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx for the New York Police Department. In 1988, he joined the Southampton Town Police, and within 14 months, Mr. McArdle was promoted to detective.

As a member of the Town Police, Mr. McArdle served as the Police Benevolent Association president for eight years. He retired from the force in 2005, after serving a total of 15 years.

Mr. Betts did not respond to questions about Mr. Stafford’s removal from the Republican ticket or who would replace him.

Mr. Stafford, a self-proclaimed lifelong Conservative Party member, confirmed on Tuesday that he was removed as a Republican candidate, and blamed it the Conservative Party. “My own party stuck it right up my ass,” he said.

Mr. Stafford said leaders of the Suffolk County Conservative Party refused to endorse any of the Republican Party candidates—like Southampton Town Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan and Town Trustee President Ed Warner Jr.—if he was on the ticket, so he was dropped.

As far as his run for re-election to Trustee, Mr. Stafford said he will not seek to retain his seat because he does not have a party endorsement.

Mr. McArdle and Rick Martel of Hampton Bays will run against incumbent John Bouvier, a Democratic candidate who is cross-endorsed by the Independence Party, and Craig Catalanotto, who was recently tapped to run for Town Board member Christine Scalera’s seat. Hannah Pell, the daughter of Town Trustee Bill Pell, will also seek election to the Town Board as an Independence Party candidate.

Mr. Pell and Trustee Ann Welker, both endorsed by the Democratic and Independence parties, will seek re-election to their posts, as will Trustee President Ed Warner Jr., who was endorsed by the Republican Party, and Scott Horowitz, who was endorsed by the Republican and Independence parties.

Also tapped for Trustee runs were Republican candidates Don Law, who unsuccessfully ran for Trustee in 2015 and 2017, and Thea Dombrowski-Fry, who unsuccessfully ran for Town Board in 2017, along with Democratic candidates Eileen Duffy, David Mayer, who earned the Independence Party nod, and Andrew Brosnan.

Theresa Kiernan will seek re-election to her position as the town tax receiver, and is being challenged by Democratic Committee Chairman Gordon Herr. Town Justice Gary Weber, also a Republican, will run for a second four-year term, against Democratic candidate Brette Haefeli.

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Taxes are too high! How original / What a joke!

Every politician starts with - "Our taxes are too high". So what did Zeldin and the Republicans do? They gave a tax break to the 1%ers and did away with a good part of Southampton Town residents tax deduction - or simply a tax increase to the middle class. This also increases the deficit, which means a tax increase in the future to pay the extra interest burden.

Maybe Greg Robins should think it over a bit, before he sings that ...more
By SpeedRacer (143), Southampton on Mar 1, 19 5:53 PM
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Well said, SpeedRacer. Sounds like a very thin platform to present to the voters, especially when you consider that it’s bogus, as SpeedRacer so ably demonstrates. Jay Schneiderman’s been a hard-working and knowledgable Supervisor, and it will take a whole lot more than this to beat him.
By Turkey Bridge (1949), Quiogue on Mar 1, 19 8:37 PM
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By themarlinspike (357), southampton on Mar 2, 19 8:08 AM
Jay Schneiderman is a political hack who is out for Jay Schneiderman, seemingly always looking for greener pastures. He is the poster boy for term limits.
By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Mar 2, 19 11:48 AM
Jay Schneiderman is a political hack who is out for Jay Schneiderman, seemingly always looking for greener pastures. He is the poster boy for term limits.
By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Mar 2, 19 11:49 AM
Single biggest reason for rising taxes is??????? School taxes to pay for pensions and benefits and hes after higher taxes? He happens to be collecting one of those pensions lol
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Mar 2, 19 2:28 PM
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Dump Sleazy Jay Schneiderman.
By themarlinspike (357), southampton on Mar 3, 19 9:37 AM
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I have been registered to vote for 18 years and have voted for exactly 1 republican. Greg would be number 2. He is a good man who will do right by the local people of this community.
By greenmonster (20), southampton on Mar 3, 19 5:29 PM
greenmonster This is how we ended up with the Russian Asset in our White House. Don't be fooled.
I am not Jay Schneiderman's best supporter, but I know he has the ability and background to run the Town of Southampton unlike Greg Robins, who has no track record. Being a lifelong Republican, maybe even a Teabagger, is enough to disqualify him.
By SpeedRacer (143), Southampton on Mar 4, 19 12:50 PM
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Jay has been a Republican, Independent and now Dem. Whatever suits him. A phony, in other words. Was so anxious to leave SH for County position for twice the salary - but he lost. So now he loves us again? Out with him!
By Taz (638), East Quogue on Mar 4, 19 12:54 PM
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By Brandon Quinn (188), Hampton Bays on Mar 4, 19 5:24 PM
You know guys, this is America. Moving up is an important part, maybe the biggest part, of the whole American idea. Most people who came here did so in order to better themselves. Throughout business and industry, upward mobility is the goal, the big motivator.

So what’s the problem with a public servant, a politician, like Jay Schneiderman trying to move up in life? It’s not as though he just became supervisor, because he’s served a considerable period in that post. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1949), Quiogue on Mar 5, 19 9:09 AM
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When he ran for Supervisor he made a commitment to serve his term. He has ample opportunity to now "to move up in life".

What a bunch of malarky
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Mar 5, 19 9:19 PM
Well put
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Mar 5, 19 9:13 AM
The very concept of a ‘career politicisn’ Is contrary to one of the founding principles of our great nation. Serve the public then get out and get back to being a productive member of society !
By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Mar 5, 19 3:57 PM
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If someone does right by their constituents, who are you to tell them they shouldn't support the person they like?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 5, 19 4:21 PM
It was argued early on in our country but never took hold. Term limits for the president is a good idea. As for the rest, elections are the thing that works. Some of the ideas of our founding fathers are antiquated and never took hold as our country matured. Public office is an honorable thing, the voters decide who serves.we do have term limits in many offices, it’s been effective till now, why change?
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Mar 5, 19 4:31 PM
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Because of professional leeches such as Schneiderman, Pelosi , Schumer et al
By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Mar 5, 19 5:53 PM
Translation: "Because of politicians I don't like."
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 5, 19 6:04 PM
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Got it.
By Fred s (2599), Southampton on Mar 5, 19 5:59 PM
feel free to include ANY politician in federal office for more than 2 terms!
By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Mar 5, 19 10:03 PM
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I appreciate the consistency in desiring term limits for liked and disliked politicians alike, but I always just go back to: if I like the person I'm voting for, who are you to tell me I can't vote for them?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6686), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 5, 19 10:31 PM
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Perhaps we could use one that actually knows what neo-feudalism looks like.
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Mar 5, 19 10:19 PM
Way to go Bruce, you are a "TRUE" class act!!!

The "Rose Hill Mob" will miss you or not.
By SpeedRacer (143), Southampton on Mar 6, 19 12:24 PM
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By bigfresh (4384), north sea on Mar 6, 19 9:07 PM
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