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Nov 5, 2009 1:07 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Throne-Holst defeats Kabot; Nuzzi and Malone beat Pope and Fleming

Nov 5, 2009 1:07 PM

Anna Throne-Holst will be the next supervisor of Southampton Town.

With 100 percent of election districts reporting, Ms. Throne-Holst, who ran on the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families lines, has received 6,884 votes to Republican incumbent Linda Kabot’s 4,990, a 58 percent to 42 percent victory, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Ms. Throne-Holst, who did not prepare a victory speech for election night, addressed the crowd of her supporters at Four Seasons Caterer in Southampton Village Tuesday around 11:20 p.m. surrounded by her sons, Sebastian, Max and Nicholas. She loosened her suit jacket, donned a colorful scarf and said she was “honored and humbled” by her win for supervisor. “This has been a wonderful, life-changing process,” she said.

She thanked Ms. Kabot for her years of service to Southampton Town and wished her well on her next endeavor. “She’s a talented woman and she has a lot to offer,” Ms. Throne-Holst said.

She asked her supporters to continue to support her as she transitions to Southampton Town’s top job.

“Please, everyone, stick with me,” she said. “I need every single one of you.”

“We ran a good campaign, as best as we could under the circumstances,” Ms. Kabot said during her concession speech, “and please know that I really appreciate all of the support and encouragement of so many people during this year’s race and for my prior years of public service.”

In her closing remarks, Ms. Kabot, red-faced and watery-eyed, spoke proudly of her time as an elected official. She said her “thick skin and strength of character” got her through difficult times in Town Hall.

But the supervisor, whose term ends on December 31, did not rule out another run for public office: “This door may have shut for me, but another door will open. You haven’t see the last of Linda Kabot yet.”

Incumbent Chris Nuzzi and running mate Jim Malone, the two Republican, Conservative and Independence party candidates for Town Board, bested the two Democratic and Working Families party nominees, incumbent Sally Pope and Bridget Fleming.

Ms. Fleming said during her speech at the end of the night that she was so proud because five months ago, no one knew who she was. But on Tuesday, 5,000 people have voted her.

After her remarks, she said she was very happy for the Democratic candidates who won that night, and she was very happy that people supported her during her campaign. “It shows that the town is ready for a change,” she said.

Ms. Pope thanked the party and her supporters. “You really made it possible,” she said.

Ms. Throne-Holst, who is not a member of a political party though she ran on the Democratic line, will be the minority member of the Town Board, with Mr. Nuzzi, Mr. Malone and Councilwoman Nancy Graboski in the Republican majority. A special election will occur to fill the Town Board seat Ms. Throne-Holst will vacate when she assumes the supervisor post.

Southampton GOP Chairman Ernest Wruck acknowledged that the defeat of Ms. Kabot was a setback for the party in it’s bid to increase the party’s majority on the Town Board. He called for the party to unite to take Ms. Throne-Holst’s vacated seat in a special election.

“We’ve kept control of the Town Board under very difficult conditions and I’m pleased by that,” Mr. Wruck said. “We now have three of the four votes on the Southampton board and it appears that there is a vacancy. We intend to win that vacancy and take control of the Southampton Town Board.”

A ballot proposition that asked voters on Tuesday if the town should change its procedure for filling vacancies in elective office from appointment by the Town Board to special election passed with 66 percent of the vote.

Deputy Supervisor Bill Jones said he was surprised by the margin at which Ms. Kabot was defeated.

He said the town’s fiscal crisis and Ms. Kabot’s contentious budget cuts for 2010 weighed down her ticket, contributing to the loss.

“People perhaps needed to blame somebody and the buck stopped with Linda Kabot,” he said.

Mr. Jones named personal issues including Ms. Kabot’s DWI arrest this past Labor Day as detractors to her re-election bid.

“Clearly that had an impact,” he said. “There were just too many hurdles with all that was going on in Town Hall and in her personal life.”

Democrat Bill Pell scored a darkhorse victory, ousting Republican Brian Tymann from the Board of Trustees.

“I feel very happy,” said Mr. Pell, who has tried for a Trustee seat before but did not succeed. “It’s a long time coming.”

Mr. Pell will join the four incumbent Republicans who won reelection on Tuesday: Ed Warner Jr., Jon Semlear, Eric Shultz and Frederick Havemeyer.

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By WESTEND (15), quogue on Nov 3, 09 10:40 PM
Never underestimate the wisdom of Southampton voters to recognize a need for a change of leadership -- and it is not about Republican or Democrat (witness Virginia and New Jersey where Republicans are doing well and Southampton where one Republican is not doing well) but basic competence in doing the job.

Mismanagement, tax increases and arrogance are lethal combinations for any politician -- and Linda Kabot learns that the hard way this Election Night.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 10:50 PM
Brian Tymann learns it is not nice to ignore the pleadings of Westhampton residents when he turned his back on the Westhampton Cemetery and favored a small clique of wealthy homeowners.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 10:53 PM
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The Beach Blogger just posted a nice turn of phrase about this, that the Westhampton Cemetery is Tynann's political graveyard.

His stance on that issue showed that he was just a go-along, get-along water carrier for the rest of "the boys," And a West End guy at that!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 3, 09 11:44 PM
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Linda just conceded on channel 12 news. She had weak support east of the canal and west of the canal people just didn't like her.
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Nov 3, 09 10:57 PM
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time to pour golfbuddy and Sam a stiff cocktail ...
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 11:06 PM
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By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 11:10 PM
Good riddance, Linda. Despite the arrogantly fervent support of many posters on this site and the inexplicable endorsement of the SH Press, the people of Southampton seem at least smart enough to know your time had come.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 11:06 PM
What a shame. The only voice against STPD arrogance has been stilled.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 11:15 PM
The voice of arrogance was the only voice against arrogance?
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 11:31 PM
you ever get tired of blowing hot air?
By Bayman3142 (249), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 12:12 AM
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I've read you saying this over and over. Athough I was dead set against it at the outset, I do agree with you now (I don't know if I've been brainwashed by it being repeated so many times). I know some of the officers on that list and they are good people. In the end, you can replace them with new officers but you cannot replace their experience. However, I do concede that you have a good point when it means others will lose their jobs.

However, have you taken into your calculations ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 7:03 AM
Your ignorance and dislike of the police -- in total -- is off-putting. I bet when you need 'em, you won't hesitate for a minute to call a police officer. And Kabot -- look at her history -- was hardly a voice of integrity, readily catering to the STPD for their endorsement and their political contributions.

By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 09 9:16 AM
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What is your problem with the police department? Your comments show your lack of knowledge on the running of the department and the town. First, the budget was never adjusted for inflation or yearly changes in staffing as was the done in every other town department. second, no officer on patrol has a base salary over $100,000 a year, at 5 yrs, 10 yrs or 20 yrs. the only base salaries that high are sgts and above and that is on par with every department on long island. third, an offer was put ...more
By butterfly (11), brookhaven on Nov 4, 09 9:27 AM
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Every job has a certain amount of risk - police work obviously has a very high rik; and the pay and benefits reflect that. as for the budget never being adjusted for inflation - with due respect wage increases pretty much take care of that as does progression up the pay scale. Going to 12 hour shifts is not the panacea the union labels it - it means 77 or so less appearances a year per officer - as for the claim that will save OT =- ask what happened when the NYC PD went to an experimental 12 hour ...more
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 4, 09 12:17 PM
The wage increases you speak of stop after you have been employed with the Town for 7 or so years, depending on your hire date. There are no reviews/raises except in contract negotations. I've worked private industry and civil service for the past 16 years, so i'm pretty well versed in how they both work. My attitude does no reflect doing anyone a favor. It shows respect for the officers who put on that uniform everyday. As for acting as a professional, you have no idea my morals, character ...more
By butterfly (11), brookhaven on Nov 4, 09 6:29 PM
I am speaking of patrol officers...Sergeants are mandated on the road and behind the desk for every patrol squad. They are not amongst the rank and file police officers, they are supervisors. Being a Southampton Town Police Officer is not dangerous? You need someone to die in the line of duty to have it be dangerous? That is such ignorance. Last year an officer had to be cut from a police car after a woman ignored his lights and sirens; let us not forget the stabbing at the diner this summer; ...more
By butterfly (11), brookhaven on Nov 4, 09 6:37 PM
Too bad the voters were in a lose/lose situation. As bad as Kabot was, you will all find out how much worse Throne-Holst will be. God help the true Southamptonites because only the Hollywood type bleeding heart liberals who have slowly taken over the town will benefit and all the taxpayers will suffer. BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR!
By Walt (292), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 11:17 PM
Hollywood?! Sounds like sour grapes, Walt. But, hey, us bleeding heart liberals are not ones to rub salt in others' wounds so we'll leave you to wallow in your defeat - for now
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 11:28 PM
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Now the town has a lame duck supervisor. The Republicans still have the majority.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Nov 4, 09 12:26 AM
good riddance golfbuddy.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 4, 09 1:09 AM
Now THAT is some seriously deranged logic... Last time I checked, the so-called Hollywood bleeding heart liberals have been around here since the 1970s.

And by the way - none of them actually vote here, because this is not their primary residence. What they do is pay huge taxes - that support the bloated budgets created by our lousy public servants. Hopefully that will change someday.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 4, 09 11:11 AM
I guess next time Linda will blow... There's always a "next time" , leopards don't chnge their spots!!!
By hamptoniteforlife (15), WHB on Nov 3, 09 11:31 PM
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Well "SAM" and "GOLFBUDDY" what are you going to complain about now??
Linda has the nerve to say we have not seen the last of her yet !!!
Than all I ask is
What bar do we see you at LINDA ????
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 3, 09 11:36 PM
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Congrats to ATH! Time for a change. I'm sure ATH will not put the blame on everyone else like Kabot did. (I'm sure she won't) Good Luck ATH!!!
By Stella (11), Westhampton on Nov 3, 09 11:37 PM
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"This door may have shut for me, but another door will open. You haven’t see the last of Linda Kabot yet." Nah, way too easy.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 11:49 PM
God help us...the woman can't take a hint.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 5, 09 7:07 PM
As excited as I was to receive this news via a mailing list I certainly did not knowingly, nor willingly subscribed to... I was more excited wondering what definition of 'conceded' applied..
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 12:48 AM
i am concerned for the animal shelter
By big (14), sag harbor on Nov 4, 09 5:55 AM
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Good Luck Anna!!!

You did it..
By dbnyeve (19), wading river on Nov 4, 09 6:05 AM
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We the People gave you the opportunity, Anna. Please do the right thing. Congrats.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 6:39 AM
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Well its a shame to see Linda go but she had a good run. I hope she continues in politics!! She will do well. And at least the win wasnt by a landslide. Losing by 16% is not too shameful. What is a shame is that only approx. 7,000 voters came out yesterday from the Town of Southampton. And did anyone else notice that news12's live results last night newsticker kept showing Linda as a DEM for the first 1/2 hr and a GOP the second 1/2 hr?? Cmon news12 get your act together.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 4, 09 6:57 AM
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Beg to differ : Glad to see you go Linda Best of Luck in whtever you do as long as you stay out of politics
By Michael B (5), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 09 7:10 AM
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The only shame here is Linda. She should be ashamed of herself for not owning up to her egregious mistakes and withdrawing. Even her "concession speech" was all about Linda! INever once did she mention her opponent (the winner) and the good work she's done. She's a bitter and vengeful woman. Hope she stays away, otherwise she'll let us all take the dive in order to make herself and her pals look good.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 5, 09 7:12 PM
Nothing like waking up to a greener and brighter future !! Best wishes to Anna and her sons !!
By Michael B (5), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 09 7:16 AM
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Thank Goodness Linda Lost! I saw all the "Keep Kabot" signs and couldn't help thinking, Hamburgler for Town Treasure and Mayor McCheese - lol. Good Luck Anne! Guess Tymann will be hanging out in his politcal graveyard.
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Nov 4, 09 7:46 AM
"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others." "Animal Farm" could happen in Southampton. If we don't watch carefully, Anna will give it all to the STPD.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 7:46 AM
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 09 8:52 AM
George Orwell's classic "Animal Farm." Check your library. Very interesting reading.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 9:25 AM
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Yeah... it's Orwellian to take $2500 in contributions from the police... They are taking over our sleepy town, with Anna as their Trojan Horse. I bet she has a direct line to Obama and his secret socialist cadre. Did you think of that yourself or get it from a Glenn Beck talking point?
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 4, 09 11:27 AM
At least we still got Nuzzi though! Congrats to him!
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 4, 09 7:51 AM
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Even better, we got Malone, who promised to actually do something. Congratulations to him!
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 7:58 AM
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By G (342), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 7:54 AM
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By double standard (1506), quogue on Nov 4, 09 8:46 AM
Anna showed a lot of class in her campaign, I'm sure she'll continue to show that class as supervisor.
By interestedtaxpayer (21), southampton on Nov 4, 09 8:54 AM
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Anna now needs to remember how she got there ... have a talented fiscal team and good manager, Anna, and watch the "store" better than you watched your campaign team. Good luck.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 09 9:20 AM
According to news12.com there were 11,000 people who came out from Town of Southampton so my mistake. Last I had heard it was 7,000. Glad to hear it! Does anyone know the results of the proposals?? news12.com only lists proposal #3 (yes to special elections for vacancies.) And I see Nuzzi only made it in by the skin of his teeth but thats ok!! I can live with that LOL! Hopefully he has the guts to run for Supervisor next time around.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 4, 09 9:22 AM
An un named source reported that ATH received a phone call late last night reporting that she had won the election.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 4, 09 9:42 AM
Check Kabot's phone records! Quick! I saw her make a phone call right around that time. I'm a single dad raising 5 kids in a wheelchair and i'm going bald, so you know I'm a reliable source!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 4, 09 12:45 PM
First, thank you to the former supervisor for her efforts during her term. I firmly believe that as time passes, your service to the Town will be better appreciated. Congrats and good luck to the new supervisor. I do firmly believe you will soon discover that winning the race is much easier than actually doing the job. To Jim, congrats on your win. I look forward to your presentations on operating changes within the town but I am very skeptical whether you will recieve the cooperation needed from ...more
By Native Westhamptonite (14), Westhampton on Nov 4, 09 9:55 AM
Congratulations to all the winners! Now, may all the candidates take their signs down quickly.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 4, 09 10:09 AM
And they won't ... greenies all until it comes to campaign trash
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 10, 09 10:45 PM
As you look at your tax bill, how important will it be that ATH has had a "wonderful life changing experience" by being elected Supervisor? Look for a replay of the Mardythe de Piero (remember her?) experience. The boys will allow her to preen in her bigger office, and sashay around with her dog as they close her out in preparation for Nuzzi's run for Supervisor next time around. Unless she gains some depth and ballast, the best that can be expected is that she will be ineffective and not cause ...more
By Phanex (83), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 11:15 AM
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Why is it a joke? Because a majority of voters elected someone you did not support? As for taxes, Anna and the others must now clean up the mess left behind from an orgy of republican spending and cronyism - where do you think the money will come from to pay for this mess? She is left with no choice but to raise taxes and cut jobs and, of course, the ignorant always blame the new guy.

Sounds to me like you have some personal issues.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 09 12:27 PM
Hmm. So one female candidate will "preen" in office - before she even takes over - when we just had another female supervisor in office. Did "the boys" allow kabot to spend us into the ground? If that's an example of "depth and ballast" then I would take ATH's so-called preening 10 times out of 10.

As for taxes, they've already raised them as high as allowed by the law - 2 years running.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 4, 09 12:44 PM
Anna's not going to be able to clean up much. The republicans now control 3 of 4 town council seats and may very well win ATH's seat at the special election when she becomes supervisor. So Anna may face four years of 4 republicans on the town council with her as the only not affiliated member on the council, very well could be a hard road to hoe!!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 4, 09 2:04 PM
Kabot says a new door is opening for her... hopefully it's at the town jail.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 4, 09 11:28 AM
To yearrounder, bayman3142,diy_guy,JimmyKBond and butterfly,

The people have spoken and I am not inclined to continue a debate whose point is moot. I congratulate Anna Throne-Holst on her victory. She ran an honest campaign.

However, as regards the police department, I have repeatedly posted this link to the preliminary budget so that readers can see for themselves just how much the cops serving past twenty years are earning.


Keep ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 4, 09 12:33 PM
looking at the budget, the officers you would see fit to remove are all ranking members, Sgt and above, with a few "regular PO's" at twenty years. Who should go, and how would you determine that? Do you think the town would let any ranking officers go, or would it just cut the patrol force? I have had experience with members of this department, and have yet to see this ignorance in the day to day officer on the street, what did they do to upset you?
By Bayman3142 (249), Southampton on Nov 4, 09 1:33 PM
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To Bayman3142:

I don't really understand your post. However, the people to decide which police officers should retire would be the Town Council with the advice of the Chief of Police. In 2008 the Chief selected six officers which prompted the mobbing by the cops of the Town Council meeting.

It is this mobbing that upset me. As an historical analogy, see the mobbing of the Reischstag by the brownshirts in 1933. (No, I am not saying that the STPD cops are fascists but they used ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 4, 09 5:18 PM
highhat size ... my only beef with your comment is all these folks ... town employees, police, civil servants are motivated to extract for themselves the ultimate benefit ... but it is your Town Council that ratifies, approves these huge benefits ... aim your fire at them -- Nuzzi et all feel to survive in office, they must hand over in total all that is asked by the "organized" police union ... so whose to blame, the requester or the grantor?
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 10, 09 10:42 PM
There was a board meeting in August 2008 where the PBA showed up in large numbers and were verbally abusiveand arrogant to the supervisor - a clear attempt to intimidate. But Highhatsize is correct, its all mute now as the union's choice has won the election. So be it.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 4, 09 2:32 PM
So it would be appropriate to sit back and allow someone to suggest you be fired and not try to fight for your job? I know i would be in there fighting to save my job if it were me.
By butterfly (11), brookhaven on Nov 4, 09 6:45 PM
I'm not sure I understand "littleplains olde england"'s retort to my posting: . "So one female will preen before she gets in office and another female was in office." I would like to advise this clear, coherent thinker that I among many others noticed the "preening" and self-satisfaction of ATH during the TIME SHE HAS ALREADY BEEN IN OFFICE. I assume it will continue if not get more pronounced now that she has had her life affirming victory. Get the point, with the problems ticking away, her ...more
By Phanex (83), Southampton on Nov 5, 09 11:41 AM
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I am so sad that the election is over for now,,,you see I looked forward to the mail man coming to my home each day with a bundel of neat shiney post cards all sporting pictures of our fellow citezens telling me they feel my pain and if I vote for them they will make eveything rignt here in paradise otherwise known as Southampton(BOTH SIDES OF THE CANAL)it was nice getting the mail and my Cockatiel named FLOYDE also benafitted from the election you see the shiney post cards made a perfect liner ...more
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Nov 6, 09 5:02 PM
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Congratulations to all the winners, and best regards to all the losers, on both sides. Whether we agree on the issues or not, and whether the campaigns were waged fairly or not, I believe that every one of you has at least a spark of interest in the public good, and some a great deal more than that.

That's why I can't go along with crass, broad-brush negative comments like that of Etians rd above. Call me naive, but I still feel that these folks who run for public office are doing it ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 9, 09 12:25 PM
I agree with you on this TB. Reading etians other posts reveal him to be the person he is really is,. His issue with the campaigner at Stop and Stop was a total delusion. I know the person involved.
Anytime anyone enters a race for public office, it takes much sacrifice, time and most of all money. Regardless of ones political affiliation in most cases it IS indeed an offer of service to the public and not an ego driven event.
Etians should consider doing more than watching, like maybe ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Nov 9, 09 1:54 PM