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Jun 6, 2011 3:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Nuzzi Declines Republican Nomination For Supervisor

Jun 8, 2011 10:39 AM

Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi declined the Republican Party nomination for town supervisor this week, nearly three weeks after he was picked to lead the GOP ticket this November, leaving party leaders scrambling to come up with another candidate to challenge Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in the fall.

After spending weeks thinking about his decision, Mr. Nuzzi issued a lengthy statement on Monday afternoon explaining that while he was grateful for the support of the Republican Party, he would not run for supervisor this fall due to family commitments. He and his wife, Sandy, have four children all under the age of 6; their youngest son, Anthony, was born in January.

“I consider my time in public office as a privilege extended to me by the voters, and I know the extent of the personal and professional commitment it takes to endure a campaign and be successful in service,” Mr. Nuzzi said in the prepared statement. “Each time I decided to put myself forward for consideration, I carefully weighed the impacts of such a decision, as I believe there is no such thing as proceeding forward without being 100-percent committed. And opportunities to pursue these positions should be carefully balanced with the requirements of family ...

“However, after much thought and consideration, and based upon the current needs of family, I am reaffirming my decision to not run for supervisor at this time,” he continued. “Going forward, my commitment remains to serving the public as a member of the Town Board where I intend to continue to progress the economic, environmental and quality of life issues important to our community. I look forward to future potential opportunities where personal circumstances may allow me the ability to continue my efforts in public service.”

When reached on Wednesday morning, Mr. Nuzzi said he believes he made the best decision.

“It was a difficult decision for me, and of course there was a part of me that would love to pursue the challenge of the campaign and the possibility of serving in the position, but in the end you’ve got to weigh out your personal responsibilities at the time and professional responsibilities and you know I just realized the best thing for me is to reaffirm my initial decision not doing it at this time.”

Shortly before Mr. Nuzzi issued a written statement on Monday explaining his decision, Ernest Wruck, the chairman of the Southampton Town Republican Committee, released a statement of his own stating that Mr. Nuzzi was “the best choice for the people of Southampton.” Mr. Wruck added that the GOP will now contact other possible supervisor candidates, including several “non-political community leaders.”

Mr. Wruck also encouraged “anyone who resides in the town who has a sincere interest in running for Southampton supervisor on the Republican line to contact any Republican representative,” adding that the party is “reviewing its legal options as to selecting a new candidate.”

Before last month’s GOP convention, Mr. Nuzzi, who lives in Westhampton Beach and still has more than two years remaining on his current term, said he was not interested in running for supervisor. It would have been a safe run for him if he decided to challenge Ms. Throne-Holst, who was nominated last month by the Southampton Town Democratic Committee to seek reelection. In addition to his part-time position serving on the Town Board, Mr. Nuzzi holds a full-time job as the director of the South Fork office of Skyline Title LLC, a title search company.

Mr. Nuzzi and Mr. Wruck did not return multiple calls and requests seeking comment this week.

The town GOP has a deadline of July 14 to come up with a party designating petition nominating a candidate to submit to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. That petition must contain 500 signatures.

Republicans have nominated former Assistant Southampton Town Attorney Christine Preston Scalera and retired Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Bill Hughes to run for seats on the Town Board, incumbents Town Justice Edward Burke and Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan, who are seeking reelection, and five candidates for Town Trustee—incumbents Ed Warner Jr., Jon Semlear, Fred Havemeyer, Eric Shultz and newcomer Scott Horowitz.

The Southampton Town Democratic Committee endorsed Ms. Throne-Holst for supervisor, incumbent Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and Brad Bender, who is the past president of the Flanders Riverside and Northampton Community Association, for Town Board, and incumbent Bill Pell for Town Trustee.

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Smart move by Chris
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 6, 11 5:09 PM
Now who will the Conservatives select as a candidate for supervisor? Or will they leave it blank? Will the Republicans cross endorse a Conservative for Supervisor? Will the Republicans cross endorse the current Supervisor? Are there any enrolled Democrats or Republicans in Southampton Town anymore? They both seem to run members of other parties for town board positions. Will Bill Frankenbach arise from the ground or continue spinning six feet under? What has happened to the mighty Southampton ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jun 6, 11 5:58 PM
On and on with the old tapes, huh Tiger? You know, pretty much all the people you're talking about are way past their sell-by date. Wake up dude, it's 2011!

BTW, Nuzzi did the right thing. Family first.
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Jun 6, 11 6:17 PM
Its like Kinky Friedman told me "I've acclimated myself to the younger generation referring to me as 'dude.' In fact, I think I like it a little better than 'mister; because it means they think I'm hip, with it, now, today, or mod, as my father calls it. But when a man/woman in his/her forties . . . calls you 'dude', it's a rather saddening experience for more reasons than I wish to go into here."

So clam, which am I to think of the 'dude' reference by you?

You ought to read everything ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jun 6, 11 7:33 PM
I think I did good, Tiger. Except for the dude riff, I at least got you talking about what's happening now, not what went down years ago when your generation was screwing everything up. You did screw it up, you know, I've heard what a bloodbath the dem party was when you ran it. For a guy who left his party in the toilet, you sure have a lot to say about what people should do now. You remind me of Skip Heaney that way. You gripe about the dems not running a slate of 100% card carrying kissup ...more
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Jun 6, 11 9:13 PM
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I have been informed that Bill Frankenbach is very much still alive and well. It is Samuel Clemens who is longer breathing. I apologize to Bill and wish him well.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Jun 6, 11 9:26 PM
Straight, forthright, honorable. No doubt a hard choice for Chris Nuzzi, but priorities are priorities.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 6, 11 6:36 PM
(Sigh.) Nuzzi was no prize. His most appealing quality was that he was NOT ATH. The mendacious cop groupie seems a shoe-in.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 6, 11 6:47 PM
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Wruck is a joke. This disaster of a Committee really got themselves in a bind. I'm curious about 2 things - one: why haven't they been looking for alternatives for the past few weeks? And two: why doesn't the big boss of the Southampton GOP, Marietta Seaman, who seems to have plenty of time on her hands to attend board meetings and act like she's calling the shots, step up to the plate and run for Supervisor?
These people are laughable...good move nominating someone who wasn't interested....
By getalife (61), Southampton on Jun 6, 11 7:52 PM
In Scooby voice "RUT ROW" What now Shaggy???
By Local dad (51), North Sea on Jun 6, 11 9:13 PM
Marrietta's respected, but not in charge. She's also retired and not looking for a new job. Current GOP leaders are indeed disasters. They are incapable of long term planning, have no plan B, and are too open to outside influences. They've managed to accumulate enough proxies and votes to control the committee, but they are doing the party and the Town no favors. They should step down.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jun 7, 11 1:53 AM
That's because serving two masters is impossible. Let these candidates decide if they want to satisfy their parties or the people of the town - can't have it both ways.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jun 7, 11 10:25 AM
Well said...except, she really is mostly in charge...amongst a few others - that should all step down.
By getalife (61), Southampton on Jun 7, 11 8:49 PM
The masters they serve are not the people of the town or their own party.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jun 7, 11 11:39 PM
It's kind of refreshing that a candidate doesn't have a powerlust in this Age of Wiener.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Jun 7, 11 9:31 AM
It probably was a smart move by Chris. He could have beaten ATH but it would have been a massive effort. I think those who long for the days of a completely two party system in NYS need to quit living in the past. Neil Tiger, of all people (having worked at the board of elections) has to know that the largest growing group of voters are independents. In fact, they are more than a third of total voters. Both of the two major parties try to ignore them hoping that somehow they will "go away" ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Jun 7, 11 11:32 AM
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Wow, what faith could anyone have with the Southampton Republican party's leadership ability to lead if Mr. Wruck is encouraging 'anyone who is interested in running' to contact them? This isn't 5th grade class president elections, shouldn't they know who the best qualified people to run in their party is?
By RealLocal (76), Bridgehampton on Jun 7, 11 1:55 PM
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By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 7, 11 10:32 PM
Actually RealLocal, if you have followed Town Politics for any number of years you would know it is just like 5th Grade Class Elections. This applies to both sides. not just the GOP.

Only difference is 5th graders are honest & cannot do any real damage. In the SH Town GOPs case, they need someone who is willing to move right now from Brookhaven & tote the Party line.
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 7, 11 2:21 PM
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aybe ol' Nature Boy should throw his name in the hat. Do I got any supporters out there?!?!
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 7, 11 4:14 PM
Run, Nature, run!
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Jun 7, 11 9:18 PM
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Count me . . . out
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jun 8, 11 11:27 AM

I give you 100 percent credit for putting your marriage and children in this decision first. Why chance loosing a Supervisor election when you still have two more years of guaranteed income.
Carol, East Quogue
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Jun 8, 11 10:04 AM
Smart move on Nuzzi's part. Makes him look above the fray when in actuality he was unelectable due to his slimy back room dealings with Malone and Grabowski. (Also probably the reason she didn't run)
By bird (829), Southampton on Jun 9, 11 9:30 AM
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I strongly disagree. Southampton Town, although changing with a greater influx in the last seven to eight years of sophisticated liberal Democrats from Manhattan that has shown up in a great increase of registered Democrats, is still a Republican/
Conservative town! Demographic changes will assure that demographic trend continues. But for now, they still control the Town Board, and Town decisions, just as they have for many years!

But, considering the Republican/Conservative edge ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Jun 9, 11 11:51 PM
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By Lewis&Lewis (1), Southampton on Nov 9, 11 4:21 AM