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Jul 28, 2009 6:35 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Schneiderman gets Democratic endorsement

Jul 28, 2009 6:35 PM

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman has received the Suffolk County Democrats’ endorsement in his bid for a fourth term as the legislature’s 2nd Legislative District representative.

Mr. Schneiderman, a former Republican who joined the Independence Party last year, received the Republican and Conservative party endorsements last week, after his opponents on those party lines dropped out of the race.

The County Democrats had until Friday to place another name on the ballot after Thomas Henry dropped out of the race on Monday.

Mr. Schneiderman’s only barrier to a win is now a primary being waged by George Guldi, who held the 2nd legislative seat before he was ousted by Mr. Schneiderman in 2003. Mr. Guldi is currently facing felony fraud and grand larceny charges in an alleged mortgage fraud scam.

“We did decide to endorse him, so he will be facing George Guldi in a primary. It will be a rematch of his race six years ago,” said County Democratic Party Chairman Richard Schaffer.

Mr. Schaffer said that the Southampton Town Democrats had lobbied him heavily to place Mr. Schneiderman’s name on the ballot, but East Hampton Democratic Party Chairman Bill Taylor said this week that he was disappointed in the choice of Mr. Schneiderman to head his party’s ticket.

“I guess they’ve found that Jay is pliable enough to work with anyone,” said Mr. Taylor this week. “We’re against everything he stands for. Most of our disdain for him comes from his time as supervisor, which Southampton didn’t have to endure.”

Mr. Taylor added that he believes that most of the financial problems facing East Hampton under its current Democratic Town Supervisor, Bill McGintee, were the result of financial promises made by the town during Mr. Schneiderman’s tenure as supervisor.

Mr. Schaffer, however, said that he believes Mr. Schneiderman’s name, which would appear before the Town Board candidates’ names on the ballot, will help the town Democratic ticket during a contentious election.

“We’re very happy with the outcome of Jay Schneiderman’s candidacy,” said GOP chairman John Behan. “He may have a primary against George Guldi, but I don’t foresee the Guldi primary being a real threat to the Republican Party. George Guldi is about to be a criminal. He’s certainly being investigated as a criminal.”

Mr. Guldi did not return calls for comment. Mr. Schaffer said this week that the county Democrats are not planning to challenge Mr. Guldi’s petitions. The primary will be held on September 15.

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Mr. Schneiderman is a "former" republican who seems to have forgotten he has switched parties. Bad choice by the dems.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Jul 24, 09 5:09 PM
Bill Taylor is suffering from the greatest case of political denial anyone could imagine. The only financial mistake Jay Schniederman made during his four years as East Hampton's Supervisor was not abolishing Mr. Taylor's do nothing, know nothing town job that costs taxpayers $100,000 a year with benefits. Jay schniederman left McGintee with a $13 million surplus as certified by the State Comptroller. Mc Gintee has turned that $13 million sirplus into a $18 million deficit, also certified by the ...more
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Jul 26, 09 1:23 AM
To Dagdavid -- huh?

Jay switched parties true. But so what? You can't change his outstaanding local record as East Hampton Town Supervisor leading a Republiocan majority from 2000 to 2003. Jay made clear when he switched parties to Independence that it had to do with some national issues, but that locally he was still a Repbublican because they represent the local community much more than the Democrats. Maybe the County Democrats (other than Levy and Zwirn) have come to realize that ...more
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Aug 3, 09 11:31 PM