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Jun 18, 2019 1:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Primaries Set For Southampton Town Races

Jun 21, 2019 2:46 PM

Southampton Town primary elections are set to take place on Tuesday, June 25, with match-ups on the ballot between Democratic, Independence and Working Family party members.

Incumbent Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor will face off for the Independence Party line in the race for town supervisor.

During a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on June 12 at the Rogers Memorial Library, Mr. Schneiderman and Mr. Gregor differed on issues regarding immigration, jobs for the Shinnecock Indian Nation members and taxes. The latter issue resulted in a tussle between the two, with Mr. Schneiderman standing by his record reducing the tax rate, and Mr. Gregor saying that tax bills continue to go up.

Mr. Schneiderman is currently endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families parties, and his challenger for the Independence Party line, Mr. Gregor, is a party member.

The Democratic Party has six Southampton Town Trustee candidates vying to be one of five candidates representing the party on the ballot on November 5. The candidates include incumbent Town Trustees Bill Pell and Ann Welker, newcomers David Mayer and Andrew Brosnan, and former Trustees Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer.

The Democratic Party initially nominated Mr. Pell, Ms. Welker, Mr. Mayer, Mr. Brosnan and Eileen Duffy, but Ms. Duffy stepped out of the race to petition for a chance to seek a seat on the Town Board.

Her move resulted in not getting the endorsement from the party, and numerous appeals were denied by the courts because it appeared she was running for both positions.

As a result, two candidates she included in her petitions to run for Town Trustee, Mr. Shultz and Mr. Havemeyer, were added to the ticket, bumping the number of Democratic Party candidates for Trustee from four to six and forcing a primary within the party.

Southampton Democratic Party leader Gordon Herr is running for the town tax receiver spot against incumbent Theresa Kiernan, a Republican. Both candidates are seeking the Independence Party line and will face off in a primary on Tuesday for that line.

Mr. Herr is looking to take the party line away from Ms. Kiernan, who was selected by the Independence Party.

Two seats are up for Town Board this November, and the Working Families Party is holding a primary that involves write-in candidates. Incumbent Town Board member John Bouvier, who is also a member of the Democratic Party, received the Working Families Party endorsement, and will appear on the ballot.

In addition to his name will be two blank spots for voters to write in preferred candidates. Hosting this sort of primary could bring in many different names, including Republican Party members Charles McArdle and Richard Martel, and Democratic Party member Craig Catalanotto.

Primary elections will take place at regular polling locations from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, and the winners will move on to the main election on November 5.

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Working Families party write in candidates Charlie McCardle and Richard W. Martel will work hard for ALL of Southampton Town.
By rmartel (6), hampton bays on Jun 18, 19 3:28 PM
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I am writing today as the designated candidate of the Independence Party to ask for your vote. I have been serving as the Tax Receiver for the past 12 years, and have been working hard on behalf of the Town taxpayers to run an efficient office and maintain a consistent budget. When I took over in 2007, the office had a full time staff of 7, which I have been able to reduce to 3 without sacrificing the high level of service that property owners expect and deserve. I am very proud to have achieved ...more
By Theresa Kiernan (26), Southampton on Jun 22, 19 5:28 PM
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You are the only republican I’ve voted for in years, keep up the good work.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Jun 24, 19 2:00 PM
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Craig Catalanotto deserves election. His commitment to the well-being of the Town has been consistently demonstrated through his work on his local CAC.
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Jun 21, 19 10:14 PM
One of the most promising newcomers to enter elective politics in a while is Craig Catalanotto, running for Town Council in the Working Families Party primary. Craig's tireless efforts in reaching an accommodation acceptable to all for the Speonk affordable housing project demonstrate perseverance over the long haul. Together with his other work, in the CAC and elsewhere, on an abundance of local issues and his determination to bring people together, Craig Catalanotto shows us just what we need ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 22, 19 9:10 AM
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Agreed, Turkey Bridge, that the "Trustees" have some work to do in regaining the community's respect"

That is why, it is imperative for all registered Southampton Town Democrats to ...





By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Jun 22, 19 1:03 PM
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By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jun 24, 19 6:13 AM
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By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jun 24, 19 7:51 AM
I think it was the last part that got you deleted.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Jun 24, 19 7:59 AM
If it ain't broke don't fix it. Support Theresa Kiernan as Town Tax Receiver.

By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 24, 19 9:13 AM
conservatives please vote tuesday june 25,2019 for two local east enders mike and Bruce for the 10th judicial district convention on the conservative party 1st assembly district.
By taxpayer1 (72), Southampton on Jun 24, 19 1:24 PM