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Dec 9, 2009 1:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Republican Party screens candidates for vacant seat

Dec 9, 2009 1:42 PM

Four people screened before the Southampton Town Republican Committee last week for a chance at the nomination to run for Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst’s soon-to-be vacant Southampton Town Board seat.

Ms. Throne-Holst, having been elected supervisor in November, will vacate her council seat at the start of her new term on January 1. The ensuing special election to fill the seat and the remaining two years of Ms. Throne-Holst’s council term is expected to be held sometime in March or early April.

At the screening, held in Hampton Bays on December 3, GOP candidate-hopefuls included Dr. Tod Granger of Noyac, Scott Horowitz of East Quogue, William Hughes of Hampton Bays and Rebecca Molinaro of Remsenburg. Former Councilman Dan Russo of East Quogue also screened before the committee, but later decided to withdraw his name from consideration. The committee is expected to endorse a candidate at its upcoming nominating convention in early January.

“I’m rather impressed with the slate,” Southampton Republican Committee Chairman Ernest Wruck said on Monday. “They come from diverse backgrounds and different areas of the town. ... We’ll see where it goes from here.”

Mr. Horowitz, Mr. Hughes and Ms. Molinaro have never held elected office. Dr. Granger was a member of the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1992. All are registered Republicans.

Dr. Granger, a practicing dentist in Sag Harbor, and Ms. Molinaro, a former aide to New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., did not return a request for comment.

Mr. Horowitz, 45, first screened before the Southampton Republican Committee earlier this year for a chance to run in the November election. The committee ultimately nominated Councilman-elect Jim Malone, who won election alongside Republican Councilman Christopher Nuzzi, who was re-elected to a new term.

Mr. Horowitz, who owns Shore Line Insurance in Rocky Point and is the president of the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club, said his experience in small business would be an asset to the board.

“As a taxpayer, I feel it would be beneficial to have a person who has to make payroll and make weekly payments on the board,” Mr. Horowitz said. “I’m not a politician, I’m a small businessman.”

Mr. Hughes, 59, a lieutenant on the Southampton Town Police Patrol Division, also served as a senior master sergeant in the Vietnam War. He said he is nearing the end of his police career, but would like to continue serving the community.

“I believe in good government and I want to be part of it,” Mr. Hughes said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Meanwhile, Brad Bender, a Democrat from Flanders, said he is interested in running for the vacant seat on the Democratic ticket. Chris Garvey of Hampton Bays, who was defeated in November for a seat on the Southampton Town Board of Trustees, and Bridget Fleming, who lost her bid for a seat on the Southampton Town Board, are also said to be under consideration for the nomination. Mr. Garvey and Ms. Fleming did not return calls for comment.

Mr. Bender said he wants to give the community of Flanders a voice on the Town Board, and help attract development to the area. Mr. Bender is president of the Flanders, Riverside, Northampton Community Association.

“It is time for someone to step forward who is a true public servant,” Mr. Bender said. “It’s time for someone from Flanders to stand up for the people who have less, and that’s going to be me.”

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Hey, Mr. Finlayson, if you're going to write about both Democratic and Republican party matters, how about mentioning both in the headline? Seems that would be more accurate and give the reader a better idea of what's in the story.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Dec 8, 09 4:29 PM
Hey, Turkey Bridge, if you're going to make a fuss about uneven treatment "in the press," make sure you're talking apples and apples.

The Town Republican Committee screened four (4) potential candidates.

How many did the Town Democratic Committee screen?

O, that's right, they haven't screened anyone yet, and the names mentioned on the Democratic side are all said to be "interested."

I don't find the headline -- which I would wager was NOT authored by Mr. Finlayson ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Dec 8, 09 6:21 PM
Hey, Frank, why don't you take your own advice and instead of your usual attack on another poster, comment directly on the story itself. Its not up to you to decide what someone feels is bias, especially given your extreme right-wing bias on all issues. Yes, Frank, the "stalker" is back and until you stop behaving like a complete ___________ I'll respond to every whiny post you submit.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 09 2:08 PM
Well Said FW!
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Dec 9, 09 10:12 AM
I believe someone who is to be considered to be on SOUTHAMPTON TOWN COUNCIL should be FROM SOUTHAMPTON TOWN!!!!!!!! To live and work here is to understand FULLY the beauty of this area AND what the problems are IN THE COMMUNITY TO THEN HELP AS A COUNCIL MEMBER TO THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THEY ARE UPHELD TO!!!!thus no other pandering to those who only want to take from the community and not really be PART OF THE COMMUNITY!!!!
SO ANYONE READING THIS SHOULD LET THE TOWN COUNCIL KNOW THIS NOW!!!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 9, 09 11:45 AM
Are you attempting to state that someone mentioned in the article is NOT a resident of Southampton Town?
By Terry (380), Southampton on Dec 9, 09 12:56 PM
As far as I can tell, all the hopefuls listed ARE from Southampton Town and active members of the community... Did I miss something??
By Mrs. HB (4), Hampton Bays on Dec 11, 09 12:48 PM
Thats what we need another public servant retiring from the police department to take his pension and get a town salary on top of it. I bet his campaign promise will be to give back his town board salary, what a joke.
By fran (1), shinnecock hills on Dec 12, 09 8:16 PM
Hey Fran - Did he earn his pension? If he were elected would he deserve to be paid like other memebers of the Town Board? Is he a good person? An upstanding member of our community? What are his postions on the important issues facing the town? Shouldn't the answers to those questions be whats really important instead of automatically disqualfying hime?
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 10:20 AM
Dr. Granger is excellent, good luck!
By sagharborlocal80 (2), Sag Harbor on Dec 15, 09 3:26 PM
Yes Fran, interesting perspective. We certainly would not want anyone with any knowledge, experience or insight into how the Town works to have a seat on the body which governs it. Very thoughtful.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Dec 19, 09 11:19 AM
Hughes on the board sounds like a "Praetorian" move to me.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 19, 09 5:09 PM
What exactly is a "praetorian move" ?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Dec 21, 09 10:54 AM