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Oct 5, 2011 10:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Candidates Talk About Issues

Oct 5, 2011 11:46 AM

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot was given a surprise opportunity to make her case for another shot at the supervisor’s seat in North Sea on Monday evening, shortly after announcing a write-in campaign against Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

Although the night was primarily a public forum for questions for Southampton Town Board candidates Bill Hughes, Christine Preston Scalera, Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and Brad Bender, Ms. Kabot and Ms. Throne-Holst were each given two minutes to address a room full of residents at the North Sea Community House during the North Sea Community Association’s meet the candidates night.

“This is an unusual year, because we have a latecomer,” began Virginia Styler, a member of the association. “The candidate for the Southampton Town supervisor’s position has someone running as a write-in candidate and everyone has the right to run for any office they choose to on any level.”

Ms. Kabot addressed the audience and asked for their support. She also gave them instructions on how to write in her name on the ballot on Election Day.

“For me, it’s about service above self,” Ms. Kabot said. “It’s about doing the right thing for the people of this great town. It’s about courage and strength of character. It’s about better 
representation and real results. It’s about sound fiscal management, less spending, less government and working in the best interests of our taxpayers and residents.”

Ms. Kabot was followed by Ms. Throne-Holst, who promoted her tentative $80.2 million budget that was submitted on Friday. She also criticized Ms. Kabot for proposing to raise taxes in her administration while making “random cuts.”

“With me, it’s not about revisionist history,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “It’s about comparing two administrations.”

The four Town Board candidates answered questions from the public on a range of topics. Subjects that were raised included how best to financially encourage young people to live on the East End, how to help businesses thrive in town, what the candidates plan to do to make the town more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other issues.

The candidates were also polled on their thoughts on a plan to borrow $125 million to spend on Community Preservation Fund open space purchases. Ms. Scalera and Mr. Hughes, both Republicans, said they would be cautious because of the large amount of money in question. Ms. Fleming, a Democrat, and Mr. Bender, a member of the Independence Party who has been cross-endorsed by the Democratic Party, were supportive of the plan, adding that now is the time to buy because property values and interest rates are at all-time lows.

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So basically, Rohma's saying the Supervisor candidates spoke for no more than 5 minutes total, but I'm gonna make most of my story about them, because that's what I feel like doing, It was all about the 4 Town Board candidates, but you wouldn't know it reading this story. Here's my take:

Bridget Fleming -- owned the night, on top of everything, facts, figures, background, the whole pie. Helps to be the only incumbent.

Brad Bender -- good background, civic association, goes to ...more
By clam pie (161), Westhampton on Oct 6, 11 2:57 PM