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Oct 30, 2019 11:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Schneiderman Wins Reelection In Southampton; Bouvier and Martel Win Town Board Seats; Fleming Returns To County Seat

Southampton Town Councilman John Bouvier with Southampton Town Supevisor Jay Schneiderman at the Silver Lining Diner on election night.   DANA SHAW
Nov 6, 2019 9:07 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11 p.m.

In the race for the Suffolk County Legislature 2nd District Seat, Democrat Bridget Fleming handily defeated her Republican challenger, former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, 11,605-7,828 votes, with 64 of 68 districts reporting.

Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone appeared poised to defeat his Republican challenger, John Kennedy Jr., 144,259-114,032 with 1,021 of 1,052 districts reporting.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 10:45 p.m.

According to unofficial election results provided by the Suffolk County Board of elections, Suffolk County Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, a Democrat, has handily won reelection. Mr. Schneiderman received 7,087 votes, compared to Republican challenger Gregory Robins, who received 3,788 votes and Independence Party challenger Alex Gregor, who received 1,942 votes.

In the Southampton Town Board race, Democratic Councilman John Bouvier was the top vote earner with 6,388 votes, with Republican Rick Martel close behind with 6,134 votes to secure the two open board seats. Challengers Charles McArdle, a Republican received 5,673 votes, while Democrat Craig Catalanotto received 5,416 votes and Independence Party member Hannah Pell received 773 votes.

Town Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan, a Republican, easily won reelection over her Democratic challenger, Gordon Herr, 7,267 to 5,162.

In a tight race for Southampton Town Trustee, the top five vote earners were Independence Party member Bill Pell, with 7,443 votes, Democratic Incumbent Ann Welker, with 6,771 votes, Democrat Eric Shultz with 6,016 votes, Edward Warner with 5,820 votes, and Scott Horowitz with 5,583 votes. Republican Donald Law trailed closely behind with 5,533 votes, Andrew Brosnan had 5,423 votes, Megan Heckman had 4,979 votes, Thea Fry had 4,378 votes, Frederick Havemeyer had 1,228 votes. David Mayer, who withdrew from the race, earned 4,771 votes.


Voters in the Town of Southampton will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast votes for their top candidates for many top positions within the town and county.

Positions to be decided include supervisor, Town Board, Town Trustees, the tax receiver, town justice, county executive and Suffolk County Legislature.

The road leading up to Tuesday’s vote began in February when the parties were required to put forth their slate of candidates. The ensuing process resulted in primaries where people lost the endorsement due to voter turnout, candidates dropping out of the race and parties not supporting candidates because they preferred to help out family members.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, a Democratic Party member who is cross endorsed by the Conservative and Working Families parties, is seeking a third two-year term in the top seat so he can continue to push for clean water, help constituents, and search for affordable housing opportunities.

“I’m a consensus builder,” he said. “I try to listen to concerns, bring people into the process … and help them understand the problem the town is trying to solve.”

Mr. Schneiderman is being challenged by Town Highway Superintendent and Independence Party member Alex Gregor, who grabbed the party’s endorsement from Mr. Schneiderman during a primary in June and is endorsed by the Libertarian Party, and Republican candidate Gregory Robins.

Mr. Robins hopes to address the steady rise of tax assessments throughout the town, which he said, are pricing people out of their homes, while Mr. Gregor wants to bring confidence back to the board.

Town Board member Christine Scalera, who served on the Town Council and was the lone Republican member of the board, is term-limited out and cannot seek reelection to her seat, which expires at the end of December.

Town Board member John Bouvier is seeking reelection to the post. The Democratic Party member who was cross endorsed by the Independence Party, said he wants to continue to work toward better water quality, affordable workforce housing and sustainability solutions, if reelected.

Joining Mr. Bouvier on the Democratic line is Craig Catalanotto, who began getting involved in his community when the Speonk Commons development — an affordable housing project — was proposed. At first, Mr. Catalanotto was against the development, but after working with Mr. Schneiderman and members of the community, a solution was found that many people were in favor of.

“I believe that we can balance housing needs, vibrant Main Streets, environmental issues and preserving open space with proper strategic planning,” he said. “I’m pragmatic, prepared, and enjoy working with people.”

Charles McArdle and Richard Martel, both members of the Republican Party who were endorsed by the Conservative and Working Families, hope to get elected to the two open seats on the Town Board.

Mr. Martel, who was also endorsed by the Libertarian Party, has a background in community service, and considers himself to be a problem solver who gets stuff done. One of his main focuses, if elected, will be to find a way to help young people stay in Southampton.

Mr. McArdle has also been vocal about keeping the next generation of town residents where they were raised.

“I am someone that has always jumped in and rolled my sleeves up to address any challenge,” he said. “I see a lot of issues in this town and I feel I can be part of the solution.”

Hannah Pell, a member of the Independence Party, also hopes to get a chance to serve on the Town Board. At 24 years old, Ms. Pell has seen firsthand the struggles of the young professionals seeking ways to afford to stay in Southampton Town. “The Town of Southampton is in desperate need of a young voice,” she said.

Ms. Pell’s father, Bill Pell — an Independence Party member who is cross-endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative and Libertarian parties — has served as a Town Trustee for five two-year terms, and is seeking a sixth term in the position.

All five Trustee seats are set to expire at the end of the year.

Joining Mr. Pell on the ballot are incumbents Edward Warner Jr., who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines; Scott Horowitz, who is a Republican Party member and is cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties; and Ann Welker, a member of the Independence Party who is cross-endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Challenging them are Republican candidates Thea Fry, who has the Libertarian Party endorsement; Megan Heckman, who is cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties; and Donald Law, who is endorsed by the Conservative, Libertarian and Independence parties.

Democratic Candidate Andrew Brosnan is looking to get one of the five open seats on the Board of Trustees, as are Eric Shultz and Frederick Havemeyer, who are both running on the Libertarian Party line. Mr. Shultz, a former Trustee who stepped away from the board for two years, also has the Democratic Party endorsement, which he secured in the primary election in June.

Both Mr. Shultz and Mr. Havemeyer have stated they want to serve as Trustees for one term only, so they can bring integrity back to the board.

David Mayer will appear on the ballot for Trustee as a Democratic Party candidate, but he has dropped out of the race.

In the race for town tax receiver, Republican candidate Theresa Kiernan, who was elected to her post in 2007 and has served three, four-year terms, is being challenged by Southampton Town Democratic Party Chairman Gordon Herr.

Mr. Herr said he would like to see the position turned into a non-elected position that is appointed and works under the town comptroller, while Ms. Kiernan said she hopes to be able to serve the town for another four years.

Southampton Town Justice Gary Weber, a Republican, is running unopposed to a second four-year term.

Two candidates are facing off for the Suffolk County Legislature seat for the second district, serving the East End community from Moriches to Montauk and including Shelter Island. Republican Linda Kabot is looking to unseat Democrat Bridget Fleming, who has held the position for the last two terms.

Both contenders are appearing on three lines on the ballot. Ms. Kabot, a Republican, is cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Libertarian parties. Ms. Fleming, a Democrat, is cross-endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties.

Ms. Kabot is a former Southampton Town Supervisor, Town Board member and executive assistant to the late Town Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio, boasting 14 years of experience in town government. Ms. Fleming also served the Town of Southampton in the past, sitting on the Town Board for six years. She worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan prior to that.

The two candidates agree on some issues, like the importance of improving water quality on the East End and promoting the switch to advanced septic systems that reduce nitrogen output. But Ms. Kabot is prioritizing the need to restore fiscal solvency in the county, which is the most fiscally stressed county in the state for the second consecutive year, while Ms. Fleming plans to move forward with certain capital programs that she helped establish, like a new regional coastal resiliency program and a micro-transit pilot program that would bring more bus routes to the local area.

County Executive Steven Bellone is seeking reelection to a third, four-year term and is running as a Democratic Party candidate with the endorsement from the Protect the Taxpayer Party.

He is being challenged by Libertarian Party candidate Gregory John Fisher and John M. Kennedy Jr., a Republican Party member who is cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties.

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Didn’t Craig audition with the Republicans before the Democrats. No WFP endorsement either. Hmm.

Also. Why does the alleged domestic abuser Greg Fisher keep running for office? Can’t he take the hint yet?
By Alice Addertongue (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 30, 19 1:32 PM
Hampton Bays the time is now to stand up and vote Hampton Bays.

After the last two years of flim flam, bait and switch from the SHTB, there needs to be fair and truthful board representation.

Villages are true NIMBY's and much of the board live in these protect locations to illegally dump on non villages.
By ZGerry (50), Hamptons on Oct 30, 19 7:46 PM
Don't forget we already have a Hampton Bays Town Board representative. Has that helped?

Voting for someone from HB is good. But voting for someone from HB just because they are from HB, may not be. Hard to tell.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 19 9:07 AM
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Lol. Sure. A puppet. We need balance on the SHTB something Craig cannot do. Jay cut a deal with him over a beer.
By ZGerry (50), Hamptons on Nov 2, 19 9:10 PM
WOW !! Schneiderman is endorsed by the Conservative Party …. the party of Trump, Zeldin and the Teabaggers.

And that's OK with the Dem Party Leadership ?

By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Oct 30, 19 1:45 PM
Guess kabot isn't good at the real estate, so back to politics. Jay can get some pointers from kabot when he goes looking for a job...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 30, 19 4:34 PM
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As Turkey Bridge - George Lynch a member of democratic committee pointed out on another article, we get one party, one voice, one vote when we vote for a democrat. I have carefully followed the Town Board over the past 4 years and it is filled with mind numbing rhetoric. Millions of dollars and man hours wasted on the "Rube Goldberg" method of getting anything accomplished if at all, plus a number of arbitrary and capricious decisions. Councilperson Scalera often tried to bring the discussion ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 19 9:52 AM
Everyone is unhappy and complaining, so why not change it up and vote republican for town board and supervisor, Democrat for tax receiver and libertarian for trustees. Just a thought!
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Oct 31, 19 12:02 PM
I agree that the Town Board needs changes, The two remaining incumbents are democrats and we need political diversity on that Board - individuals that are going to stand up for what is right and not "go along to get along" and sell out the Town for political party kudos. The tax receiver does not set policy, so I would say if it isn't broke (which it doesn't seem to be) don't fix it. Theresa Kiernan seems to do a good job. I also don't think the Chairperson of the TOS democratic committee should ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 19 2:37 PM
Two excellent candidates for Receiver of Taxes. The challenger wants to safe even more money for tax payers by eliminating the well paid job! Is this in fact doable? Have other NY towns succeeded in eliminating the elected Tax Receiver job? Or are we stuck with the status quo by law??
By allenfein (72), Southampton on Oct 31, 19 6:44 PM
....save even more money...
By allenfein (72), Southampton on Oct 31, 19 6:45 PM
The Tax Receiver position has never been on the "highest paid" list from what I know. I am not a political science major, but it inherently doesn't make sense that it is an elected position - maybe to avoid it being a patronage job. Some one has to process bills, collect monies, and post payments. I have my doubts that the Chairperson of the TOS democratic committee is looking to "reduce" government. Theresa Kiernan and her staff do a good job at Town Hall. Don't try to fix what is not broken ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 19 8:59 AM
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As a political science major myself, I do agree that it does not make sense for the tax receiver to be elected.
By Coleyaz (2), Southampton on Nov 7, 19 1:37 PM
I agree that Theresa Kiernan has done her job very well, year after year!
By allenfein (72), Southampton on Nov 1, 19 12:03 PM
Thank you Dr. Fein!
By Theresa Kiernan (26), Southampton on Nov 2, 19 9:47 AM
Theresa Kiernan has doen, and continues to do an outstanding job as Receiver of Taxes. That position should be hers as long as she wants it.

On the other hand, Alex Gregor is a lazy bum! If there was a living, breathing Southampton Town GOP leader, he would have been voted out four or eight years ago!

Where are the Marty Langs and Vince Cannuscios of not that long ago?

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 4, 19 6:27 PM
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By banned (191), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 19 12:29 PM
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Thank you Frank Wheeler.
By Theresa Kiernan (26), Southampton on Nov 5, 19 5:00 PM
Vote Havemeyer, Schultz, Fry, Law and ????. Gregor looks good also...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 2, 19 8:54 AM
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Vote Havemeyer, Schultz, Fry, Law and ????. Gregor looks good also...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 2, 19 8:55 AM
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I thought Jay wanted to go work for the County. Did he change his mind again?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 19 9:37 AM
As soon as he turns over the HBWD to SCWA, he will move on to work for SCWA. Probably some time next year.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Nov 2, 19 10:42 AM
That's what we want...
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 19 6:10 PM
The taxpayers didn’t hire him as comptroller. TOS Supervisor is the next best thing. Jay is a career politician that will say and do anything to get voted back in.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 5, 19 7:19 AM
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No GOLF vote on Pine Barrens Commission needs Gregor as SH Spvsr-1 of 5 votes on PBC. JAY wld vote Yes, out with him. Let the people speak.
By Taz (725), East Quogue on Nov 2, 19 11:23 AM
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Vote tomorrow for Trustees... Havemeyer, Schultz, Fry, Law and ??? Gregor is my vote also... Jay and linda can't make it in real estate and NEED their jobs...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 4, 19 6:56 PM
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Please support Fred Havemeyer and Eric Shultz as they look to return to the Town Trustees board. They have been in this role previously and the community has seen their commitment, independent views, focus on water quality, and dedication as stewards of our waters / community access rights.
I also support a complete change with the Trustees currently in office: there was a recent unanimous vote where the current Trustees all agreed to give water-access property (one half of an acre) to a ...more
By nwpotap (5), southampton on Nov 5, 19 12:41 AM
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For Trustees: Havemeyer, Shultz, Brosnan, then Law, and maybe Fry (?) At a presentation entitled: “Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Drinking Water: ” at Stonybrook Univ-Southampton, this past Friday Nov 1, three of the Trustee candidates were there (only three out of the ten vying for that Board!) to listen and learn about such a critical topic, affecting us all. Thank you Fred Havemeyer, Eric Shultz, and Andy Brosnan for showing your commitment to the quality of our waters ...more
By nwpotap (5), southampton on Nov 5, 19 1:07 AM
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How would someone NOT receive taxes well?
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Nov 5, 19 7:58 AM
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Keep Kabot in Real Estate! Vote Fleming!
By G (342), Southampton on Nov 5, 19 10:20 AM
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By banned (191), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 19 12:22 PM
Friends from BOTH parties told me the worse we can do is VOTE for @Craig Catalanotto
By Mate (55), Southampton on Nov 5, 19 2:05 PM
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By taxpayer1 (72), Southampton on Nov 5, 19 2:12 PM
I was at HBs library this am and was shocked to see so many seniors mulling around at first I thought they were there to vote but to my amazement they were there to guide the voters through the new voting verification system.Please Please train these day labour offecials to give confidence to the voters I did not feel that way this am.The importance of this voting obligation is NOT a social occasion for seniors.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Nov 5, 19 2:48 PM
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Exactly my reaction. They've given ipads to a group that may not be tech savy. One ipad didn't work. I got the feeling it was user error because it did and didn't work within seconds. Difficulty hearing the answers to the questions they asked. After that I walked to the next table and was asked what I wanted. I want to vote! It was not confidence inspiring in any way.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 19 3:47 PM
I too, was at the HB Library after 1:30. There one ipad was not working. When I finally voted, my ballot was rejected three times and finally accepted the fourth try. The technology doesn't seem to be working. I don't think it is the men and women that are staffing the poles. I shudder to think what would have happened if it was a Presidential Election. The Board of Elections needs to look into these issues before next years election.

By Hampton Hillbilly (10), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 19 6:39 PM
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seems as if the "new and improved" voting procedure is a make work project for otherwise unemployed folks. 3 different checkpoints staffed by 2 people each for each district?! Hope this is squared away before President Trump's re-election.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 5, 19 7:26 PM
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and the "Jay" reign continues, let's see how much more damage can be done in the non-Village areas int he next two years. The only recourse is now to litigate the structure of the Town Board and the unsubstantiated decisions.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 19 6:15 AM
The people have spoken. If the local Republican Party could find a candidate who could string two declarative sentences together and not immediately remind everyone of the bad old days when paper bags full of cash were handed to Party appointees to the zoning board (caught on video) then maybe we could have a real alternative to the current weasals we are all well aware control the public purse

Come up with a forceful plan to cut our property taxes in half, starting with the biggest line ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Nov 6, 19 8:10 AM
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dtree, what did did Mayor Koch say "the people have spoken and now they will suffer" Go back four years and see who approved an out of collective bargaining agreement - it was weeks after Julie was elected - Christine and Stan tried but were voted down by the 3 J's. The cost that year was estimated at $500K annually - I suspect that it is way more than that annually. The saying is "one hand washes the other and together we wash the face" - It seems to me in Town Government, it stops with "one ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 19 9:58 AM
Thank you Ma'am, may I have another!?
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Nov 6, 19 6:23 AM
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I hope that's the last we see of Kabot in our lifetime.Thank you Ms. Fleming
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Nov 6, 19 7:40 AM
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Ms. Kabot got more votes in her losing effort to a strong, sincere candidate than Jay got in his win. Maybe the Southampton Republican Party poobahs should put away their prehistoric misogynistic kneejerky boys and place Ms. Kabot up for re-election to the Town Supervisor position.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Nov 6, 19 10:52 AM
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Yea...wait 'til election day...we'll vote them out...Yea...:(
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Nov 6, 19 8:55 AM
A #utless monkey could do Alex Gregor's job. He has the support of 1.5 out of 10 people in this Town. Maybe Robins will run for Highway Super and clean his clock.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Nov 6, 19 9:02 AM
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Time to eliminate the Highway Department...total waste of money that Gregor has turned into a disfunctional political platform for himself. Town should have a DPW reporting to the board. REFERENDUM TIME!!!
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Nov 6, 19 9:42 AM
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the candidates, win or lose, for caring enough to get in there and make the big effort. We don’t have enough people who take a serious interest in local government, so you are all valuable to us.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 6, 19 11:00 AM
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John Bouvier rocks
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Nov 6, 19 11:16 AM
Yeah, back & forth in his chair.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Nov 7, 19 9:15 AM
Good day for local government. Bad day for the GOP nationwide.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 6, 19 12:37 PM
swapping the lump in the far right seat , Bruce Stafford, with Eric Schultz is a great thing for the Board of Trustees and the residents and freeholders of the Town of Southampton . There are still around 800 absentee ballots to be counted, things are not completely settled yet.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 6, 19 5:47 PM
It's official, Southampton town voters prefer career politicians over real, hard-working people who actually care about our town.
By Coleyaz (2), Southampton on Nov 7, 19 1:40 PM