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Jul 16, 2009 5:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Incumbents sweep in Westhampton Beach, Southampton

Jul 16, 2009 5:26 PM

Incumbents were victorious in village elections in Westhampton Beach and Southampton on Friday night.

In Westhampton,

Hank Tucker and Joan Levan cruised to victory, finishing with 380 votes and 332 votes, respectively.

Political newcomer Stephen Arrasate finished third with 184 votes, while business owner Elyse Richman, making her third bid for public office, earned 140 votes to finish fourth.

In Southampton Village, incumbents Nancy McGann and Paul Robinson both won their third two-year terms by a comfortable margin over challenger Christopher Broich.

Westhampton Beach

A total of 559 votes were cast in the Westhampton Beach Village election, including 35 absentee ballots that were not immediately opened because of the margin of victory.

“This sends a message,” said Ms. Levan, who ran on the Lightning Party line with Mr. Tucker. “It shows that what we stood for resounded with people.”

Both winners will serve two-year terms.

Ms. Levan was appointed trustee in 2006 when she filled the seat vacated by Mayor Conrad Teller after he took his current seat. She won election in 2007, the same year that Mr. Tucker, the owner of Holey Moses Cheesecakes in Westhampton, made his first run for office.

Mr. Arrasate, a retired Southampton Town Police officer, ran as a member of the Osprey Party. Ms. Richman, who owns the Shock clothing stores on Main Street, ran as a member of the Shock Party.


Ms. McGann, Mr. Robinson and fellow Citizens With Integrity Party member Mark Epley, who was running unopposed for mayor, were all winners on Friday. Mr. Epley received 603 votes.

In the trustee race,

Ms. McGann was the highest vote-getter in the trustee race, with 522. Mr. Robinson was not far behind, with 507. Mr. Broich, running under the Southampton Traditional Party banner, earned 277 votes.

A total of 752 voters participated in the election, including 60 who voted by absentee ballot.

There were several write-in votes Friday. For mayor, Stevenson’s Toys & Games owner Roy Stevenson received five votes, Southampton Historical Museum trustee Jackie Scerbinski received two votes, former Mayor William Hattrick Jr. received two votes, and Southampton School Board President Donald King received one vote.

William Bates, who served six years as a trustee on the Village Board, ending in 2008, received six write-in votes for trustee. Kim Allen and Regina Greeven each received two write-in votes for trustee.


In Quogue Village, incumbents Peter Sartorious and Randy Cardo, running unopposed, won reelection to the five-member Village Board.

Mr. Cardo, who also serves as the deputy mayor, was elected to his eighth two-year term on the board. He received 56 votes. Mr. Sartorious, who will begin his second term on the board, received 54 votes.

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Well, I'm certainly going to sleep better tonight, knowing that Joan and Hank will make sure there is never an eruv in our little village . . . that's what they promised, right?
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Jun 19, 09 11:51 PM
Did they?

I was under the impression that they promised to fight for resident's right to oppose the eruv. Apparently the Constitution having never been ratified in Westhampton Beach, such a pledge was desperately needed.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 20, 09 12:23 AM
The fear of the Ervu has won. Good l uck, do you really think they can keep the Eruv out without a huge legal battle? They have won the "fear factor"but time will tell who the real winners are.The voters have just voted for two more years of turmoil,best buckle up,this is going to be a bumpy ride,Cookhampton is in the drivers seat, be ready to pay a hefty fare! Looks like legal fees may be around the next corner!
By curious (77), westhampton beach on Jun 20, 09 6:22 AM
If your religion dictates that you should live a certain way, shouldn't you conform rather than try to change their system? Otherwise, shopping for a new religion may be in order. The Eruv, whether it is still an issue or not, is an issue for the synagogue and their constituents. The question here is: why is it necessary? Answer: it isn't. The Eruv is a guilt relief solution. I am not anti any relgion, however, I question why there is the need to make it easlier for anyone to practice their chosen ...more
By freelance (21), Westhampton Beach on Jun 20, 09 11:09 AM
Village residents spoke clearly and unambiguously. We will not accept a community with religious divisions, and we will not accept a community with divisions between those who were born here and those who have chosen to live here. This village embraces unity. From this moment forward there is no division between winners and losers. We are one village.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Jun 20, 09 12:44 PM
I'll believe it when I see it.
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Jun 20, 09 2:53 PM
Publius, you wrote "we will not accept a community with religious divisions...."
What do you call the J.P.O.E. who supported both Levan and Tucker.
I dont buy what you said before or now.
God Luck Westhampton Beach, your gonna need it.
By foundthefacts (8), westhampton on Jun 20, 09 4:40 PM
"foundthefacts" J.P.O.E. recognized that a small faction of separatists wanted public officials to declare that certain public property and roadways within boundaries in our community are private property belonging to them. These declarations, when they have been made, were complete with a lease agreement for the area in issue granting property rights from the government to the applicant.

As best I can tell, J.P.O.E. was incensed because good community relations that have existed were ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Jun 20, 09 5:29 PM
Why is it not mentioned that sysagogue brings some of the constituelts by bus ??
Its time for someone to look at this for what it is.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 21, 09 12:19 AM
Has hit the nail right on the head!!!
Lets see the mess that is going to cost US the tax payers more money.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 21, 09 12:23 AM
What does a bus have to do with all this.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 21, 09 10:12 AM
East End68
What does the bus have to do with this???
Why should the residents of Westhampton have to worry about the sysagogue when they bring people here by bus who DO NOT live here???

Looking at your other comments you are all so the one who said a cop on his cell phone does his job well and I asked you how did you know unless you were that cop on the phone and you never answered
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 22, 09 12:32 AM
I believe all churches are legally allowed to bus people to their services. I've never noticed that buses present any problem. And, no I am not the cop on the phone-I'm just a very observant resident who notices that the police in the Village do a very good job.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 22, 09 4:55 PM
Before you comment read what I saod. I never said it was not legal to bus people in.What I said if the sysagogue brings people in why should the residents of Westhampton Beach have to change the town for them???
The reason I asked if you were the cop is because you said he did a good job.How would you know??? Please do not say you are a "very observeant resident". You are either the cop who was talking on his cell phone or maybe your his fellow ...more
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 23, 09 12:24 AM