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May 20, 2009 10:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Board incumbents face familiar challenger; mayor unopposed

May 20, 2009 10:05 AM

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley will not face an opponent on the ballot in the 2009 village election, but his running mates will face a familiar challenger.

Christopher Broich, who last June had an unsuccessful run for a trustee seat on the Village Board, has thrown his hat back into the ring, this time to challenge incumbent trustees Nancy McGann and Paul Robinson.

The deadline to file candidacy petitions for the 2009 village elections was at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Each of the three incumbents is seeking a third two-year term and each is a member of the Citizens With Integrity Party, which has held all five seats on the board since Richard Yastrzemski was elected last year, taking over Good Sense Party member Bill Bates’s seat.

The Citizens With Integrity Party has held the board majority since 2005, when Mayor Epley, Ms. McGann and Mr. Robinson were first elected to office. Mayor Epley earlier had made two unsuccessful bids for Village Board.

Mayor Epley is a U.S. Navy veteran and the executive director of Seafield Center, an alcohol and substance abuse treatment inpatient clinic in Westhampton Beach that his father-in-law, George Benedict, founded.

Mr. Broich is the proprietor of Fortress Security, a private security firm, and a former Southampton Village Police sergeant who was fired in December 2007 by the same people he is now running against. Mr. Broich is challenging his termination in court. He was fired after a hearing officer found him guilty of 16 incidents of departmental misconduct, none of which alleged criminal behavior.

“Once I found out that there were no other candidates running, I determined that to truly have democracy you have to have an opposing voice in government, but you also have a choice for the voter,” Mr. Broich said Friday.

Ms. McGann is the manager of Town & Country Real Estate’s Southampton Village office. Before that, she worked for Allan M. Schneider Associates for about 27 years. She is also formerly the owner of McGann’s General Store on Hampton Road.

Mr. Robinson worked 26 years for Suffolk County. He was a caseworker and supervisor for the Department of Social Services. Now he manages rental properties that he owns in the village.

The Southampton Village mayoral and trustee election will take place Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane.

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I predict Mark will win with 58% of the vote
By Lefty46 (56), Westhampton on May 15, 09 6:40 PM
I sure hope Paul Robinson gets re-elected. He is a very nice guy and knows politics. He is great at what he does and is a very fair guy!
By courtesy (43), Southampton on May 15, 09 7:14 PM
Doesn't anybody see something wrong with two elected officials having a massive personal investment wrapped up in real estate which falls under the jurisdiction of their legislation?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on May 18, 09 2:33 PM
Doesn't anybody see something wrong with Chris Broich getting fired from the Police Department and now running for trustee in the village. All he wants to do is get back at the police department. He doesn't want to help our community. The only thing he is concernned about is getting back at the police department becasue he got fired. To me that is not right.
By courtesy (43), Southampton on May 18, 09 11:55 PM
Mr. Broich is a stand up man. The Village residents would be lucky to have him.
By NorthSea0007 (5), northsea on May 19, 09 8:41 AM
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 19, 09 8:00 PM