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Nov 4, 2008 11:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Pope, Schiavoni score wins for Dems

Nov 4, 2008 11:38 PM

Additional reporting for this story was done by Brendan O’Reilly.
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Stinchi's got it wrong again; the Republicans didn't get caught in the crossfire of Barack Obama, they got caught in the crossfire of George Bush.
By William Rodney (558), southampton on Nov 5, 08 8:06 AM
By TOMCAT (1), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 5, 08 8:17 AM
So it could not have been the 5% (max allowed) Tax increase the Repubs just shoved down the Towns throat that cost them the election? Marcus Stinchi and Helen Lawrence Wintermeyer should do the math and concede the loss. But if our Town leaders had been doing the math we would not have the tax increase and MANY other problems. Years of Republican mismanagement in the Town have brought us to this point and it is funny now to see them holding on to their petty delusions of victory and accomplishment ...more
By G (339), Southampton on Nov 5, 08 9:11 AM
remenber the bankruptcy bill remenber katrina there are people proability still living in shelters remenber gas prices going through the roof, the republicans did nonthing about .Now we have the Economy mess why do we have all these problems because of the republicans were in charge. Out here on L.I we hear about lowering taxes insted if the tax payer is late he is charged eleven point five percent fee .The voters need to do some house cleaning out here next
By jdpril20 (3), selden on Nov 5, 08 10:07 AM
Yes, it appears true. Mismanagement in the past by a Republican dominated town hall is being revisited on the current crop of candidates. Mr. Russo has publicly exclaimed his admiration for the prior Southampton Town Supervisor's management of the town - the same administration that got us into this mess. Remember that insanity is often defined as repeating the same behavior and expecting a different result. Ultimately most of the voters saw that and rejected Mr. Russo's argument that he was "different."
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 08 10:34 AM
Congratulations to the Dems. Let's take back town hall!
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 5, 08 10:59 AM
Now that the election is over can someone clean up the center of Hampton Bays Main St? There are too many emply stores. How about getting a few new stores other than nail salons and real estates. We need some upscale shops where neighbors and vacationers can shop and brouse.
By love the beach (1), hampton bays on Nov 5, 08 11:03 AM
Very sad if we cast a vote for a candidate just because of party. It should be soley on their merit. I for one am glad to see both sides representated on the town board and sad that we don't see the same on a national level. Think of government as the eagle..you need two strong wings to fly.

As far as the comment from "love the beach"...I doubt you will see upscale shops in Hampton Bays. The outlet center in Riverhead drained on all small retail businesses along with the economy. ...more
By BeachGal12 (8), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 08 10:07 AM
This was a tsunami brought on by "W"

While Andrea Schiavoni ran a great campaign, Pope didn't. The dems could have elected a peanut butter and jelly sandwish to that spot.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Nov 6, 08 11:00 AM
You can't blame Obama for everything. Perhaps Russo didn't campaign hard enough. He should have taken into account the national mood and addressed that. His final ads that tried to pull a switcheroo and say TRUST DAN (as Sally's motto was TRUST SALLY) were a bad idea, putting him in the position of underdog as a front-running incumbent should usually ignore the advertising of an insurgent. Why play on an underdog's ads? An underdog is supposed to be treated as less qualified. That, and the Independence ...more
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Nov 10, 08 9:50 AM
Dan had 10 months to prove himself on the town board. He did nothing. So the moral of this story: nothing gets you nothing, and never put your face on a Giant Bill Boards unless you are doing an under-wear ad in Times Square. As they are saying in town "he was Anna's toy and Skippy's Boy". His ads were Trust Dan, experienced proven leadership. Give me a break. Russo lied on his mailer, he is not from this community. I think Sally will do an excellent job on the Town Board. Dan you can go ...more
By real town resident (4), hampton bays on Nov 12, 08 6:46 PM
Actually, Dan worked very hard. And one must remember that the Democrats held the majority on the Town Board for four of the past eight years. And if one does the research, that is when the bulk of the spending, that is now coming back to haunt, was authorized.
On another site, I saw an opinion piece of interest. If the town leaders in East Hampton, Southampton and Southold are serious about cutting spending, they should give up their free cars and free gas. Taxpayers are paying for gas and ...more
By Hampton (50), Westhampton on Nov 18, 08 9:31 AM
I am a Republican and even I did not vote for Dan Russo. (Does that make me a maverick?? ha ha......)
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 18, 08 3:10 PM
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