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Nov 3, 2009 11:38 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Voters cast their ballots today

Nov 3, 2009 11:38 AM

Election Day is underway in East Hampton and Southampton towns and a heated campaign season will come to an end when the polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.

The Southampton Republicans will be stationed at their election headquarters in Hamptons Bays tonight as the results come in and the Southampton Democrats will spend election night at Four Seasons Caterer in Southampton Village. The East Hampton Democrats will be at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Village and the East Hampton Republicans will be found in Amagansett, at Indian Wells Tavern.


Incumbent Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, a Republican, is seeking her second two-year term. Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, who is not a member of a political party but carries the Democratic, Independence and Working Families endorsements, is challenging Ms. Kabot for the town’s top job.

In East Hampton, there is no incumbent in the town supervisor race since former Supervisor Bill McGintee declined to run for reelection and then resigned last month. Democrat Ben Zwirn, who has the Working Families and Common Ground endorsements, and Republican Bill Wilkinson, who has the Independence and Conservative endorsements, are both after the job.

Town Board

Republican Southampton Town Councilman Christopher Nuzzi and Democratic Councilwoman Sally Pope, who were elected to office in 2005 and 2008, respectively, are running for reelection this year—but they are faced with two challengers. Political newcomers James Wilson Malone, a Conservative with the Republican and Independence endorsements, and Bridget Fleming, a Democrat with the Working Families endorsement, are jockeying for seats on the council, too. Mr. Nuzzi’s name also appears on the Independence and Conservative lines and Ms. Pope also appears on the Working Families line.

The East Hampton Town Board race includes no incumbents. Republicans Dominick Stanzione and Theresa Quigley are on the ballot against Democrats Patti Leber and John Whelan.

Mr. Stanzione also has the Independence, Conservative and Working Families endorsements and his running mate has the Conservative and Independence endorsements. Mr. Whelan carries the Working Families and Common Ground endorsements.

Prudence Carabine, of her own Bonac Beach Party, is waging a write-in campaign for East Hampton Town Board since her election petition to get on the ballot was thrown out.

Highway Supervisor

Alex Gregor, a member of the Independence Party who also has the Democratic and Working Families endorsements, is vying for the Southampton Town highway superintendent job against John McGann, a Conservative with the Republican endorsement. The outgoing highway superintendent, Bill Masterson, is stepping down after 20 years in the post.

In East Hampton, Democrat Scott King is seeking his second term as highway superintendent. He also has the Working Families Party backing. Republican Thomas Talmage is looking to unseat Mr. King. Mr. Talmage is also backed by the Independence and Conservative parties.


Five incumbent Republican Southampton Town Trustees—Brian Tymann, Jon Semlear, Frederick Havemeyer, Edward Warner Jr. and Eric Shultz—are seeking to be reelected, but face challenges from two Democratic candidates, Bill Pell and Chris Garvey.

In East Hampton, Democrats John Gosman, William Taylor, Joseph Gianninni, Christopher Russo, Juan Castro, Stephen Lester, Richard Madan, Joe Peel and Joseph Lombardi are up against Republicans Stephanie Talmage, Kayla Talmage, William Mott, Lynn Mendelman, Diane McNally, Norman Edwards Jr., Timothy Bock and Joseph Bloecker.

Town Justice

Three are competing for two Southampton Town Justice seats. Incumbent Deborah Kooperstein has all five party endorsements. Barbara Wilson, also an incumbent, is endorsed by the Democrat, Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties. Challenger Stephen Lynch is running on the Independence Party line.

East Hampton Town Justice Catherine Cahill, who is cross-endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families parties, is facing a challenge in Richard “Andy” Hammer, the Republican, Conservative and Independent candidate.


Incumbent Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer is running unopposed. She was cross-endorsed by the Republicans, Independents and Conservatives, and the Democrats did not put up a challenger.

Frederick Overton is unopposed in his bid for a new term as East Hampton Town clerk. He is cross-endorsed by the Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Conservatives.

East Hampton Town Assessor Eugene DePasquale faces no challenger.

On the county level, District Attorney Thomas Spota, Treasurer Angie Carpenter and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco are all running uncontested races for reelection. They each carry Democratic, Republican, Independence and Conservative endorsements.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who switched his affiliation from the Republican Party to the Independence Party last year, is unopposed in his reelection bid for the 2nd Legislative District.

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Well I did my duty and cast my vote. Good luck Linda Kabot. Whatever will be, will be.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 3, 09 11:50 AM
Few have seen an election season like this one and early projections and "street talk" seems to have Kabot losing this one. It is the best course for taxpayers and, quite frankly, the best course for Linda. We may have disagreed on her management of the Town but she should be thanked for her public service, nonetheless.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 3:20 PM
I agree and whoever wins, should start looking at what overpaid employees are costing the Town
By LI86 (1), Suffolk County on Nov 3, 09 9:32 PM
Vote Kabot and her cohorts out of office and vote for dignity and competence to in town government
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 11:51 AM
1 member liked this comment
Go Anna,
Get this town together!!!
By dbnyeve (19), wading river on Nov 3, 09 12:35 PM
1 member liked this comment
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 3, 09 1:05 PM
Get out and Vote..Today is your chance to vote for change if you don't like the people in office or to re-elect those that you do want to remain in office for another term..But you silence your voice either way if you don't vote...SO VOTE!!!
By jrw1262 (8), Westhampton on Nov 3, 09 1:09 PM
Get out and Vote! And good luck to all it has been fun blogging!

By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 2:13 PM
Thankfully, all the political signs will go soon.

I'm off to vote!
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 3, 09 2:24 PM
Goldenrod: dont count on it. Dan Russo STILL has one up in Eastport atop a building. Didnt he pack his bags a long time ago??
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 3, 09 2:30 PM
At approx 12 noon today I was out doing some shopping at Stop and Shop after casting my vote at Hampton Bays library,as I approched the entrance to the store I OBSERVED a female with a handful of papers approching customers as they entered the store as I approched she shouted out make sure you vote when I asked who she represented ;after all this directive was directed at me:she waved a flyer with a picture of LINDA KABOT and said she saved the animal shelter,,she then said she was a local veternarian,,,when ...more
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 3:08 PM
What??? Your decision making is not swayed by people yelling at you???
I thought that tactic was a slam dunk.

It is unfortunate that people feel that if you don't agree with them you must be stupid.
I like your approach better... "It's none of your business"
By double standard (1506), quogue on Nov 3, 09 3:32 PM
If you do not VOTE today, plain and simple: you abandon your right to complain about the government or elected officials or politics.

So PLEASE get out and exercise your democratic privilege.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 3:23 PM
My guess is that anyone who cares enough to debate here sure as heck is getting out to vote today.
By double standard (1506), quogue on Nov 3, 09 3:33 PM
Hey doublestandard: your comment "It is unfortunate that people feel that if you don't agree with them you must be stupid." Unfortunately there is alot of that going around in this forum quite often. Thank you for pointing it out!

By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 3, 09 3:37 PM
Do the math. Even if one accepts that only the six police officers that the Chief selected for retirement in 2008 should have been retired, that is still over $1M that we would have in hand today to mitigate the terminations of forty-four Town employees.

Vote for rational decision making. The STPD mobbing of the Town Council Meeting in 2008 was a successful intimidation of the Town Council to keep undeserving police officers on the payroll.

Vote for civilian control of the uniformed ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 3:48 PM
and the tours highhat
74 less tours a year per officer times 100 officers
overtime for one and all!!!!
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 3, 09 4:26 PM
Push me over with a feather...ooops! I mean a fist, Bill Jones1!!!
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 4:37 PM
To highhatsize-I voted early this morning and voted in favor of keeping vetearn police officers on the job. Safety is more important than your math.
By eastquogueguy (22), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 5:19 PM
To North of Highway:

If every cop serving beyond twenty years were replaced with newly hired patrolmen, we would still save 2/3 of the current payroll. That is how dramatic longevity increases are. There need be no overtime.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 8:10 PM
Great plan-an inexperciened police force with no one to train them. Buy cheap you get cheap.
By eastquogueguy (22), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 9:33 PM
Look at highhatsize's history - he has a hard on for SH cops. It's pretty much all he writes about.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 9:36 PM