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Nov 3, 2015 7:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Cantwell, Incumbents, Reelected In East Hampton; Schneiderman Takes Southampton Supervisor Seat; Scalera, Bouvier Win Board Seats

Voters at the polls in Springs on Tuesday. KYRIL BROMLEY
Nov 4, 2015 9:30 AM

UPDATE: 11 p.m.

John Bouvier is currently on stage and thanking running-mate Julie Lofstad. He thanks the crowd to a deafening applause. “I usually am not at a loss for words,” he said, “but I am tonight. I am looking at all these faces and all of these people worked so hard to do this...”

He added that he is proud to be a Democrat and proud of the Town of Southampton. “We need the help of everyone here,” Mr. Bouvier said, explaining his future endeavors.

To Julie Lofstad, Mr. Schneiderman said, “I want you back in two years running with me.”

“I look forward to coming back and maybe doing this again sometime soon…,” Ms. Lofstad said to the crowd. “And my running-mates—they were awesome,” she said, as she walked off the stage.

Eric Schultz and Bill Pell won the Trustees race. Mr. Schneiderman said, “You are not just defending history, you are making history.”

Mr. Schultz said in his acceptance speech, besides the absentee votes that have not come in yet. “I just want to thank everybody—when I stood up here four years ago, you guys took me in. I want to thank you again for endorsing me.”

Republican Richard Yastrzemski has conceded the Town Supervisor race, saying that he is proud of the campaign he ran this year, and will be back again in two years to try again.

“It came close this time around,” Mr. Yastrzemski said. “I already went through a couple of opponents already and it was a good experience. I learned a lot, it whetted my appetite.”

Damon Hagan has also conceded the Southampton Town Board race, saying that he is excited to come back and try again.

“I have no desire to give up my enjoyment of Southampton politics,” he said. “I think it would be a disservice to the 4,300 people who did support me not to stay active in poltiics. I know i have a tremendously large support base and I am certainly not going t turn my back on all of those people.”

UPDATE: 10:45 p.m.

Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera will retain her seat and be joined at the dais by Democrat John Bouvier.

The two were the top vote-getters in Tuesday’s race, with Ms. Scalera finishing with 5,235 votes, or 27.4 percent of ballots cast, and Mr. Bouvier taking home 4,808 votes., or 25.2 percent.

Ms. Lofstad, Mr. Bouvier’s running mate, finished a close third with 4,698 votes, or 24.6 percent, while Mr. Hagan, Ms. Scalera’s running mate, finished in last place with 4,365 votes, or 22.8 percent of ballots cast.

It appears that four of the five Southampton Town Trustee incumbents will retain their seats and be joined by Republican newcomer Bruce Stafford. Incumbent Ray Overton finished in sixth place, according to unofficial results.

According to the same results, Republicans Ed Warner Jr. and Scott Horowitz, Independence Party member Bill Pell and Democrat Eric Shultz all won reelection on Tuesday night, with Mr. Shultz narrowly fending off a strong challenge from running mate Tim Corwin.

With all 42 election districts reported, Mr. Warner had 7,145 votes, Mr. Stafford had 5,731 votes, Mr. Pell finished with 5,707 votes, Mr. Horowitz received 5,384 votes and Mr. Shultz finished with 4,847 votes.

Mr. Overton finished the night with 4,791 votes, Mr. Corwin took home 4,766 votes and Mr. Law rounded out the field with 3,574 votes.

Democrats Bill Taylor, Francis Bock, Pat Mansir, Richard Drew and Tyler Armstrong and Republicans James Grimes, Diane McNally, Tim Bock and Sean McCaffrey won the nine open seats on the East Hampton Town Trustees board.

With the final unofficial results coming in from the Board of Elections, John Bouvier and Jay Schneiderman express excitement and hug fellow members of the Democratic Committee.

Mr. Herr announced that Ms. Lofstad will remain involved. “This team is so special,” he said. “We have had a great group of people to help us—not just the candidates.”

Town Trustee candidate Eric Schultz said that things can change rapidly, especially with the absentee ballots. “I feel confident,” he said. “Tim and I are neck and neck—if he wins, that’s great too.”

Jay Schneidermann won the race, according to the Board of Elections unofficial results.

“I am really proud that they made that decision,” he said of voters who came out to vote. “Some things he will address will be improving our water quality, addressing housing issues, keeping taxes down and overdevelopment.”

Mr. Schneiderman explained that he had been nervous but “the results tonight have been heartwarming.”

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.

With all 19 districts reporting, Larry Cantwell took 67.69 percent, or 3,611 votes, defeating Republican challenger Thomas Knobel, who earned 1,715, or 32.15 percent, of the votes for supervisor.

Democratic incumbents Peter Van Scoyoc and Sylvia Overby defeated Lisa Mulhern-Larsen and Margaret Turner for seats on the East Hampton Town Board. Mr. Van Scoyoc garnered 3,146 votes, Ms. Overby had 2,922, Ms. Mulhern-Larsen had 2,178 and Ms. Turner had 2,108.

Southampton Democratic Committee Chairman Gordon Herr said that the race is “doing great” and “looks good.”

“So Jay is fine,” he said. “Hagan is out.”

With 35 districts reported out of 42 at 10:30 p.m., John Bouvier trails just behind Ms. Scalera. Mr. Schneiderman said that his race has narrowed a little bit, but he still has a good lead on his opponent. Whistles from the crowd, clouds and chants sound in the crowd. A few more people appear at the bar to get their final drinks while the final results come in.

UPDATE: 10:20 p.m.

Mr. Schneiderman continues to maintain his lead on Mr. Yastrzemski in the Southampton Town Supervisor race. With 23 of 42 districts reported as of 10:20 p.m., Mr. Schneiderman held a 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent lead on Mr. Yastrzemski.

Mr. Schneiderman announced that he feels good about the race, but that “we are only half way there.”

He added that he is very proud that Ms. Flemming ran such a good campaign and that he is proud of how she is doing, and that Mr. Goodman, her opponent, ran what he called a “dirty campaign.”

The crowd claps as Gordon Herr, Democratic Committee chair, joins the Democratic Party. The crowd chants, “Gordon, Gordon, Gordon,” as he embraces Mr. Schneiderman in a hug.

As the results continue to trickle in, East Hampton Town Board candidate Margaret Turner sat and chatted with fellow candidate Lisa Mulhern Larsen and friends and supporters over dinner.

Reflecting on the race, Ms. Turner stressed that the campaign was a learning experience at its core.

“It being my first attempt, it was quite an eye opener,” she said.

Ms. Turner said she gained a new level of respect for anyone running for office, noting the work, the time and high energy level that goes into it.

Her favorite part of the campaign, she said, was getting out and meeting people all over East Hampton.

“You don’t realize just how large East Hampton is until you’re knocking on people’s doors,” Ms. Turner said.

Larry Cantwell continues to hold a strong lead over Thomas Knobel, his challenger in the race for East Hampton Town supervisor, with nearly 70 percent of the vote and 15 of 19 districts’ results reported.

UPDATE: 10:15 p.m.

Francis Bock, Pat Mansir, Bill Taylor, Brian Byrnes, Richard Drew, Tyler Armstrong, Diane McNally, Sean McCaffrey and Timothy Bock were leading the race for East Hampton Town Trustee seats with 15 of 19 districts’ results in.

Mr. Schneiderman announced and received loud applause that he is still up about 61 percent to his opponent’s 39 percent, a commanding lead with 19 districts reporting out of 42. Shortly after, he announced the Town Board candidates, stating that Damon Hagan is “way behind” the others. John Bouvier is in the lead.

Brad Bender said, “Stay down there Damon.”

The crowd appears to be speaking in hushed tones, anxiously awaiting all of the results to come in.

With nearly half the election districts reported as of 10:10 p.m., incumbent Southampton Town Board member Christine Scalera and Democratic challenger John Bouvier both had exactly 2,440 votes each, tying them as the top vote-getters.

Julie Lofstad continues to sit in third place with 2,183 votes while Mr. Hagan is in last place with 1,899 votes. Twenty-two of the 42 election districts in the town have not yet been counted.

UPDATE: 10:05 p.m.

Peter Van Scoyoc continues to lead in the race for East Hampton Town Board, with 1,446 votes and nine of 19 districts reporting results. Sylvia Overby follows with 1,342 votes, with Lisa Mulheron-Larsen behind her, with 858, and Margaret Turner with 827 at this time.

Ms. Fleming has built on her lead on Mr. Goodman with 28 of 68 election districts reported as of 10 p.m. Ms. Fleming had already received 4,278 votes, or 63.7 percent of ballots cast, while Mr. Goodman has received 2,441 votes, or 36.2 percent.

Southampton Town Trustee Candidate Tim Corwin said that it is going to be a close race, but that his Facebook page, which has only been up for a few weeks, has already received 1400 likes, which he said is a positive response. “I am a pilot so we have been posting aerial photos,” he said.

“Part of me is hoping I get elected and the other part hopes I don’t,” he said, adding that if he does, he is the type of person who will hit the ground running. He thanked his wife, Tony Lee, for helping with his campaign.

UPDATE: 10 p.m.

As early results being to appear on the projector screen set up in the back of Indian Wells Tavern,the room of East Hampton Republican candidates and their supports grows quieter by the minute.

East Hampton Town Supervisor candidate Thomas Knobel said that although the results aren’t looking good at the moment, there are many more districts that have yet to post their numbers.

With results in from nine of 19 districts, Larry Cantwell leads Thomas Knobel 1,662 to 643.

Democratic Town Justice candidate Adam Grossman said he is excited to “see what voters decide.”

“I’d like to win and I knew from the start it would be a tough race.” Mr. Grossman is currently trailing 44.9 percent to Gary Weber’s 55 percent.

Republican incumbents Ed Warner Jr. of Hampton Bays and Scott Horowitz of East Quogue, Republican challenger Bruce Stafford of Sag Harbor, Independence Party incumbent Bill Pell and Democratic incumbent Eric Shultz were the top voter getters in the Southampton Town Trustees races with 15 of 42 districts reported as of 9:55 p.m.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Mr. Stafford had the second highest vote total, 13.8 percent, trailing only longtime Trustee Mr. Warner, who had 16.4 percent. Mr. Pell sat in third place with 13.5 percent, followed by Mr. Horowitz with 12.7 percent and Mr. Shultz with 12.3 percent.

Democratic challenger Tim Corwin currently sits in sixth with 11.6 percent of the vote, followed by Mr. Overton with 11.3 percent and Mr. Law with 8.2 percent.

UPDATE: 9:55 p.m.

Incumbent Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera and Democratic challenger John Bouvier are in the lead in the four-way race for the Town Board as of 9:50 p.m., with nine of 42 election districts reporting.

Ms. Scalera has 27.5 percent of votes case while Mr. Bouvier has 25.8 percent. His running mate, Julie Lofstad, had 24.4 percent of vote while Ms. Scalera’s running mate, Damon Hagan, was in last place with 22.3 percent of the vote.

UPDATE: 9:50 p.m.

With only three of 42 election districts reported, Independence Party member Jay Schneiderman jumped out to a commanding lead over Republican challenger Richard Yastrzemski in the race for Southampton Town supervisor.

Mr. Schneiderman, who could not seek reelection to the Suffolk County Legislature due to term limits, was leading his challenger with nearly 63 percent of the vote as of 9:40 p.m. Mr. Yastrzemski, the current deputy mayor for Southampton Village, received 37.2 percent of the first ballots cast, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Both candidates are vying for the seat that will be left open by Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who opted not to seek reelection to make a run for House of Representatives in fall 2016.

Incumbent East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell maintains a strong lead over his Republican challenger, Thomas Knobel, with 72.84 percent of the vote versus Mr. Knobel’s 27.15 and seven of 19 districts reporting.

UPDATE: 9:45 p.m.

In the race to succeed Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman in the 2nd Legislative District, Democrat Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming quickly jumped out to a 61.1 percent to 38.9 percent lead on Republican challenger Amos Goodman. Only four of 68 election districts had reported their results as of 9:35 p.m. according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

With results from four of 19 districts in, Larry Cantwell is leading the race for East Hampton Town supervisor over Tom Knobel 705 to 225.

With four of 19 districts reporting, Peter Van Scoyoc is leading the race for seats on the East Hampton Town Board, followed by Sylvia Overby, his fellow Democrat, and then Republicans Margaret Turner and Lisa Mulhern Larsen.

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m.

Supervisor Larry Cantwell told supporters at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton on Tuesday night that election watchers have reported an easy victory by all three incumbent Democrats on the Town Board.

“In almost every election district this was an overwhelming victory for all three of us,” Mr. Cantwell said.

Gathered with her husband and friends in a cozy booth in the center of Indian Wells Tavern, Lisa Mulhern Larsen glowed as she awaited the results of tonight’s election.

“I’m really excited,” she said with a smile. “The closer I get the more exciting it gets.”

A Montauk native, Mulhern Larsen said she hopes her position on the town board will allow her to help make the town a place her kids and future generations can come and enjoy as she did.

Looking back, the real-estate agent said she would have utilized Twitter more in terms of campaigning after seeing how effective it was for other candidates.

Win or lose, she said this race has made me more passionate about politics than ever.

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.

“We are still going to be awhile I think, at least a half an hour until we start seeing results,” Mr. Schneiderman said to the crowd at Democratic headquarters.

Former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop showed up with his daughter Molly, who has helped on Mr. Schneiderman’s campaign. “He has been a really great friend and probably the biggest help has been to allow Molly to work for our campaign,” he added.

The bar is packed at the Southampton Republican gathering, as appetizers are passed around. There are random bursts of laughter as candidates mingle with family and friends.

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley is excited to hear the results as he awaits to hear if his deputy mayor will be leaving to take the Town Supervisor position.

“I think it will be a good night for the Republicans,” he said.

UPDATE: 9:25 p.m.

The Southampton Republican Trustee candidates are all bored and casually joking around as they await the results.

“Honestly, my allergies are bugging me,” incumbent Scott Horowitz joked. “But I’m also excited. It is good to have campaigning behind us.”

Trustee Ray Overton was slightly nervous, saying he was excited to see what changes the board can make during the next term.

Ed Warner Jr. agreed, saying there have been a lot of changes happening lately on the board and he was hoping to keep going. “Since we started making changes in March and initiated new programs, I am curious to see if the public is positive to the changes,” he said.

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m.

Amos Goodman entered the Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, where the town’s Republican faithful were gathered, with a grin. Although he spoke at a rapid, possibly nervous rate, he said he was feeling great.

“I think we’ve had a hell of a six months,” he said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done and honestly I think we’re going to pull it off. I always new it was going to be as challenge with a political newcomer against, but I’m optimistic. My gut says it’s going to be close.”

In Southampton, Democratic Town Board candidate John Bouvier said that he feels “optimistic” about the election. “We have gotten a really positive response,” he said. Town Board candidate Julie Lofstad added, “We have had a great time.”

Mr. Bouvier showed off his dance moves as he posed for photos with The Press.

Ron Fabian, a member of the Republican committee, said he is proud of how hard the Republican candidates, and those supporting them in the committee, worked during this election.

“The general census of opinion of everyone in the committee is that everyone did what they had to do,” Mr. Fabian said. “I think we have a very good chance.”

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m.

Supervisor candidate Richard Yastrzemski is feeling relaxed waiting for the results on Tuesday night while waiting with his family, Diane, Laine and Cole.

After spending the day campaigning in his truck, outside of stores and making phone calls, Mr. Yastrzemski said he is getting his second wind and is excited for the next few hours.

“As I told my daughter this morning, it is like sending out invitations to a party, and now we are just waiting to see who comes,” he joked.

UPDATE: 9:10 p.m.

“Wherever I am, Jay has got my vote,” said Karen Boland of Speonk at Democratic headquarters. “He has protected so many things we love.”

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is mingling as Oped Jean Louise, originally form Haiti but who now lives in Speonk, plays guitar on stage for those who are here. Mr. Schneiderman and Mr. Jean Louise play music together, as Mr. Schneiderman plays the African drum.

Bradley Bender, Town Councilman, said he has a good feeling about tonight, as he worked closely with Bridget Fleming and other democrats. “We worked well and the big thing to be proud of his farmland preservation.”

The crowd erupts as Julie Lofstad, Democratic candidate for Town Board, walks into the Polish Hall. She appears to be in good spirits.

At Republican headquarters, Christine Scalara is feeling “cautiously optimistic” as she floats around the Republican party with the support of her 11-year-old daughter, Kylie.

“She gets to stay up late and dress up,” Ms. Scalara said of her daughter. “She has come out to a lot of meetings with me so it’s good for her to see how it all works.”

She added that she is proud of the campaign and is feeling optimistic about the outcome.

UPDATE: 9:05 p.m.

As members of the Southampton Town Democratic party finish setting up at 230 Elm in Southampton Village, supporters and candidates are slowly trickling in.

Independence party candidate Jay Schneiderman, who has been endorsed by the Democratic, Working Families and Women Equality parties and who is running for Southampton Town Supervisor, appeared to be nervous when he walked into the Polish Hall. He stated to supporters that so far there has been a high voter turnout.

“I want to welcome everyone here tonight, thank you all for coming out,” he said. “I am glad that you are here and with us, you have been with us the whole time, not just today, so thank you all.”

“It is 8:58 p.m., two minutes until the polls close,” Mr. Schneiderman said.

At Republican headquarters, Damon Hagan is happily walking around the party faithful carrying his son, Ty, and said he is excited to hear the results.

Mr. Hagan said he was excited for the night, saying campaigning was a lot more fun than he expected.

“I enjoyed meeting so many people, you walk into a room with 400 people and an hour later, you’re friends,” he said. “I am looking forward to a Republican win across the board.”

UPDATE: 9 p.m.

The mood is upbeat but anxious at Villa Paul’s in Hampton Bays as the members of the Southampton Town Republican Committee set up camp to wait for election night results.

“I mean we feel good, we really put a good team on the street,” said Bill Wright, chairman of the committee. “We had a full operation of ‘get out the vote’ with about 45 volunteers out today and calling, so if everything is as it should be, and they voted how we think, it should be a good night.”

Original Story:

The polls are open in both Southampton and East Hampton towns, with registered voters deciding several key local political races by the end of the day.

There are contested races for supervisor in both towns, with two newcomers—Republican Richard Yastrzemski and Independence Party member Jay Schneiderman—both vying for the top spot to replace Anna Throne-Holst, who is not seeking reelection. In East Hampton, Democratic incumbent Larry Cantwell is hoping to earn another term, but is being challenged by Republican Tom Knobel.

There are also contested races for the town boards. In Southampton, four candidates are seeking two seats, with incumbent Republican Christine P. Scalera and Republican running mate Damon Hagan being challenged by Democrats John Bouvier and Julie Lofstad. There are also two open seats in East Hampton, with incumbents Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc, both Democrats, hoping to win challenges from Republicans Lisa Larsen and Margaret Turner.

All five Southampton Town Trustee seats are also up this year, with Democrats Bill Pell and Eric Shultz, and Republicans Scott Horowitz, Ray Overton and Edward Warner Jr. all hoping to retain their seats. They are being challenged by Democrat Tim Corwin and Republicans Donald Law and Bruce Stafford.

There are 18 people running for nine seats on the East Hampton Board of Trustees. They are Bill Taylor, Francis J. Bock, Rona Klopman, Pat Mansir, Zach Cohen, Deborah Klughers, Brian Byrnes, Rick Drew, Tyler Armstrong, Tim Bock, Joe Bloecker, Diane McNally, Sean McCaffrey, Nathaniel Miller, Steve Lynch, Jr., Joshua T Davidson,Michael Havens, and James Grimes.

In Southampton, two men are competing to fill the town justice role being vacated by Judge Edward Burke Sr.—Democrat Adam Grossman and Republican Gary Weber. In East Hampton, Democrat Lisa Rana is running unopposed to retain her justice seat.

The tax receiver positions in Southampton also uncontested, with Republican Theresa Kiernan running. Jill Massa and Jeanne Nielsen are also running unopposed in East Hampton for reelection to two tax assessor seats. East Hampton Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch is also running unopposed.

On the county level, Democrat Bridget Fleming is being challenged by Republican Amos Goodman for the Suffolk County Legislature.

For more information on the candidates, go to 27east.com and check out the election guide, and check back to 27east.com throughout the evening for results.

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Regardless of who wins, thank you all for partaking in the process.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 15 9:44 PM
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Congratulations to ALL the candidates, whether you were elected or not, you ran good campaigns overall and worked very hard!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 3, 15 11:12 PM
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Congratulations to ALL the candidates, whether you were elected or not, you ran good campaigns overall and worked very hard!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 3, 15 11:13 PM
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Congratulations to all the newly elected officials. Hopefully the overwhelming results in East Hampton will send the out-of-town commercial chopper pit bulls packing, and empower the EH Town Board to manage chopper noise in a meaningful way. Southampton Town would benefit greatly of course! Well done EH voters!

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By PBR (4952), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 6:05 AM
" . . . out-of-town commercial chopper pit bulls packing . . . "
Hey, nice cadence and alliteration?

By PBR (4952), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 6:07 AM
Congratulations to the winning candidates and thank you to all the rest, it's great to see our political process in action. That being said, after the celebrations it's time to get to work!! There are important issues to deal with in Southampton Town, the PDD pay for play debacles, rampant over development and the potential erosion of our RIGHT to access our beaches. Fight for what is right for the residents and Freeholders ladies and gentlemen!!
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Nov 4, 15 7:00 AM
Let's see now: $350,000 of helicopter money buys approximately 2000 votes?

That $175 per vote. Everyone knows you can't fly that cheap.
By Helicopter Tommy (9), Sag Harbor on Nov 4, 15 7:27 AM
Time for Hampton Bays to LEAVE the claws of Southampton Town ! Sad to say you elected the lesser of candidates by by-passing a Great Hampton Bays' native, Julie Lofstad. Shame on all you elites in the rest of the Hamlets! Julie should have been the PRIME demoCRAT candidate!
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 15 10:43 AM
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They will close our community airport within a year (two at longest) and sell it off to the highest bidders from the Quiet Skies/Gruber/Lipper group to be developed into McMansions. Such a shame to see an 80 year old tradition of local aviation killed by this administration.
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 10:52 AM
Here is an example of who this administration is working with: Upon hearing the election results, "Kathleen Cunningham, the chairwoman of the Quiet Skies Coalition, yelled, "We showed them!" Someone else yelled, "Blackhawk down!" which garnered a lot of laughs." Nice that these vicious people think its funny to laugh at the deaths of 18 of our brave servicemen, whose bodies were subsequently mutilated and dragged through the streets. Then again this is the same group that posts the deaths of local ...more
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 11:07 AM
that blackhawk down comment is disturbing and should be investigated by the democrat committee. If said person is in any form of an elected position/committee they should immediately resign and be publicly shamed.
By politcal pawn (120), Flanders on Nov 4, 15 1:26 PM
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By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 5:31 PM
The Black Hawk down comment troubles me also.

A public apology would be in order IMO.
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 7:13 PM
EH…………can not wait to see your real estate tank……………after these fetid demoCRAPS close the airport, the billionaires will leave and go up to Westchester County or RI where they can FLY in half the time it will take em to get to EH. EH Village will be the next Riverhead...
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 15 1:45 PM
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... nice coverage, enjoyed reading it, thanks.
By William Rodney (558), southampton on Nov 4, 15 10:56 AM
Quoting LocalEH:

"They will close our community airport within a year (two at longest) and sell it off to the highest bidders from the Quiet Skies/Gruber/Lipper group to be developed into McMansions."

Sorry we will all have to wait that long for you to realize how delusional you have been all along . . .

By PBR (4952), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 11:50 AM
Doesn't matter who gets elected from what party. Developers and incorporated real estate investors run this town. All they need to do is threaten a lawsuit, claim they'll drag it on for years and the town will cave. More shopping centers with traffic lights leading to empty parking lots need to be built to bring traffic to a standstill on the main roads. More 20 bedroom McMegaMansions with a parking lot instead of a front yard need to be built to accomdate 40 weekend renters per house. That's ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Nov 4, 15 1:30 PM
"The ability to use money to totally destroy the place."

So you imply that the Hamptons are being destroyed. What is your idea of the perfect Hamptons? What time period was it "just right"?

10 years ago? 50? 100?

I bet in the 1950's there were plenty of people saying that the NYC folks were ruining "their" hamptons too.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 2:32 PM
Forget the Rich and Famous and fancy cars and traffic and high priced homes. This place has gone to hell because local kids, even with a masters degree, cannot find a job or a reasonably priced home to live in so they can remain in their own home town. Ask any of our four.
And no, we were not complaining in the 50' nor the 60's or the 70's. This place stopped being a nice place to live with the Wall St. money influx of the early 80's. Anybody from back then will tell you the "Society People" ...more
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Nov 4, 15 4:02 PM
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What a coincidence that the perfect Hamptons was during your prime time. Ya know when the Hamptons were "perfect" for me? When I moved here. And I bet most everyone will tell you that the Hamptons was most perfect when they a) moved here, or b) were old enough to appreciate it or look back on their best years.

Saying that the Hamptons have been ruined is really an insult to everyone who lives here, including those who can trace their bloodlines all the way back to the first ships. ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 4:17 PM
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No! I lived there 193- to 1990. In SHS during late 40's. We kids did not have any problem with the "beach people". They came out in June and left by Labor Day. You could shoot a cannon down Main Street on that weekend and not hit anyone! They knew their place and we knew ours. NEVER a problem with going to any beach except the sand in front of their Bathing Club. Never heard complaints from any of the owners of beach front homes.
The trouble started in the late 1970's and increased during the ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 4, 15 5:43 PM
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I answered Nature too quickly. That remark about the West Hampton air base was good I do not recall many houses out that road. but I love lto hear the stories my husband has about the air force training for "D" day over the potato fields in Bridgehampton. Many good memories.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 4, 15 5:49 PM
I guess you weren't here in the 1950's. People then were kinder, more respectful, more neighborly, and didn't hide behind hedges.
Before the big highways were built, there actually weren't many "NYC" people here, not even in the summer. Most of the big money lived in Fla in the winter and here in the summer, and everyone seemed to get along fine.
By hamptonyte (13), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 12:38 PM
Nope - I moved here in the mid 2000s. And it was great. You know what ruined the hamptons for me? Southampton College closing. Everyone remembers the olden days fondly. You don't think the white man ruined the hamptons for the natives?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 2:38 PM
You "moved here", so that disqualifies you from having any idea when the Hamptons were ruined. The "first subdivisions" had no impact whatsoever because the area was not crowded then. The ruination started with the influx of the hoards when New York Magazine did a feature article on this largely unknown paradise sometime in the '70's. Then the second wave came after 9/11 when the citiots left NYC. Our water is now compromised, traffic is impossible, people are nasty, prices are ridiculous, only ...more
By June Bug (2599), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 5, 15 5:57 PM
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Oh, how silly of me to think that I could move here for college and stay and be a productive member of the local community. I had no idea that I'm disqualified from having an opinion.

So it doesn't matter than my Grandfather and his brothers bought a piece of land in the early 1950's and spent their free time and money building a bungalow that still stands today and has gone through a few generations of owners? It doesn't matter than my mother has the fondest of memories of coming out ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 7:09 PM
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Well said Nature.

June Bug, an apology may be in order?
By PBR (4952), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 7:22 PM
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A whole lot WORSE! Most of the families that have lived in the Harbor since the 1700's have been priced out! As have a lot of the founding families of the East End. FYI the area is not known as OUT HERE to folks from here, just saying.
By bigfresh (4593), north sea on Nov 6, 15 6:32 AM
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By chief1 (2788), southampton on Nov 4, 15 4:43 PM
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ladies and gentlemen....time to take down all the signs! Sooner than later.
By auntof9 (157), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 11:27 PM
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May be they can get rid of the guard at Town meetings when anna leaves... Also clean up the visual pollution campaign signs...
By knitter (1903), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 9:38 AM
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Let's start a new chapter in Sothampton Town Government.If we have someyhing constructive to say attend Town Hall meetings and let our voice be heard.Now that Anna will be leaving I hope Brad and Stan will rise and shine.
By watchdog1 (542), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 1:37 PM
I'm confident that Mr. Bender will live up to the expectations that his supporters placed in him when they voted him in.

Maybe Mr. Glinka will stop drinking the Kool-Aid and understand how important the environment is to our East End economy.

By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Nov 5, 15 3:47 PM
Both Mr Bender and Mr Glinka had little reservation voting "yes" for "The Hills" project to proceed. Since their election, both have been too cozy with the developers in SHT. To date their voting record has been pro development.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Nov 6, 15 3:44 PM
Mr. Glinka should understand the importance of East End life style as it was when he was a kid. Both of his parents were born in the village, lived and enjoyed a good life. The recent folks that ran for office in Town have not had the best interest of the life style in this delicate island. It is a shame that $$$ has interfered to the extent that it has in the voting life of this little town. So much so that a local resident finds if difficult to run for office and continue his/her daily job until ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 6, 15 4:15 PM
On what possible basis would you be confident that Bender, from his performance will live up to expectations of the Democrats who elected him. Just that statement is an admission that after all these years, he hasn't! He has been nothing but an ATH pooch who has not one single time in any substantive issue had any idea different from his master.

Like ATH and Glinka, he has been staunch defender of these nasty PDDs of developers who are reliable contributors to their fundraising. He is a ...more
By Obbservant (448), southampton on Nov 10, 15 7:39 PM
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Anyone that builds on the east end is a developer ruining the area. People living here don't cause congestion nor do they pollute.
What a stupid local yokel red neck attitude.
By chief1 (2788), southampton on Nov 7, 15 8:58 AM