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Feb 8, 2015 12:32 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Amos Goodman Of Springs Announces Run For Suffolk Legislature

Feb 10, 2015 3:58 PM

Although Suffolk County Republicans are not expected to hold their nominating convention until May, Amos Goodman, a financial consultant from Springs, has emerged as a likely choice to run for the County Legislature’s 2nd District seat, to be vacated at the end of this year by Jay Schneiderman of Montauk.

Mr. Schneiderman, a member of the Independence Party, has occupied the seat for 12 years and is term-limited.

Mr. Goodman, 31, a graduate of the University of Chicago and Georgetown, announced his candidacy this week and has received vocal support from Suffolk GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle.

“I don’t expect any surprises between now and May,” Mr. Goodman said Sunday. “I don’t know if anyone will come up. Certainly they’re within their right, but I will make the case that I am the most qualified candidate. I don’t relish the idea of some sort of primary, but it if happens, it happens.”

This will be Mr. Goodman’s first time running for political office. Since becoming involved in several state races last year as chair of a political action committee called Forward Long Island, he said he was able to gain a greater understanding of the machinations and daily working of politics, such as raising campaign money. “It was helpful for me because I, sort of, got a dry run of how to run a political campaign,” he said.

Mr. Goodman said he expects to spend upward of $200,000 on the Suffolk County Legislature campaign this year.

The Suffolk County Democratic Committee has not yet announced potential candidates for Mr. Schneiderman’s seat. Zachary Cohen, a Springs resident who ran on the Democratic ticket and narrowly lost to Bill Wilkinson in 2011 in the race for East Hampton Town supervisor, said recently that he is considering a run for Mr. Schneiderman’s seat. The legislative district spans from East Moriches to Montauk Point and includes Shelter Island.

Born in New York City, Mr. Goodman moved to Springs with his family when he was a child but they later moved to Los Angeles, where he attended high school.

Since moving back to Springs more than two years ago, Mr. Goodman has immersed himself in the community, joining several clubs and organizations, and taking an interest in local government.

“I can’t call myself a local, but my roots here are deep. I caught my first fish at Louse Point,” he said. “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is here.”

Getting the East End its fair share is one of the main reasons Mr. Goodman said he’s running for the legislative seat. He expects to spend a great deal of time working on ways to improve the local economy.

“People are not aware of what a big spender the county is,” he said. “I think fiscal issues will be a big part of the campaign.”

Mr. Goodman said local businesses are hurting and good jobs are hard to find on the East End. He’s also concerned that the area is losing its identity. “I don’t want this to be a place that is just a stomping ground for weekenders and summer people from the city,” he said. “Certainly they have a place here, but this is a distinctive community.”

The chairs of both South Fork Republican committees agree that Mr. Goodman should be the party’s choice in November. He “will be the fighter Southampton needs in Hauppauge,” Southampton Town Republican Party Chairman William Wright said in a prepared statement.

“He will make a highly effective legislator,” East Hampton Republican Committee Chairman Tom Knobel added.

Mr. Goodman, who is openly gay, said the party leadership at all levels is well aware of that and is supportive of him. He said he doesn’t want his sexual orientation to be a distraction in the election.

“It’s probably the least interesting thing I am,” he said. “It’s not a secret, but it’s one of 20 things I am. I’m not embarrassed about it. It’s not something I have to hide, but it’s not something I have to telegraph at every turn.”

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Really...Is it April yet?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Feb 8, 15 2:19 PM
Who???? Never heard of this guy.....is this another Republican Altschuler instant candidate recipe.......just add money and parachute in?????? Shouldn't you have to at least done something in the community before you you think you can lead it?????
By shadow captain (34), sag harbor on Feb 9, 15 11:51 AM
Looks like a play book on how to buy a legislative seat.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 9, 15 12:13 PM
"From Springs" and running for an East End seat but his canned photo is taken months ago in Central Park.

Why is 27east running such a fawning story about a wanna-be nobody with absolutely no credentials or reason to think that the party has any intention of making a toddler their nominee but here all of a sudden he is "the likely candidate."

I guess we can expect to see Diana Weir as his campaign manager soon.
By em (51), sagaponack on Feb 9, 15 2:09 PM
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By em (51), sagaponack on Feb 9, 15 2:09 PM
You really can't blame carpetbaggers like Adam Grossman and Randy Altschuler for sniffing around if there aren't local people willing to run for office. Where are they? If there's some specific reason why locals won't step forward, we need to find out what it is and try to do something.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Feb 9, 15 3:17 PM
Mistake, meant "Amos Grossman," not "Adam Grossman." Sorry.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Jun 6, 15 1:51 PM
Local people? where? They are out in the community working just to keep up with inflation and the need to pay their taxes on their home.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 9, 15 3:38 PM
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You can't make this stuff up... he says "I can't call myself a local."
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Feb 9, 15 4:38 PM
Just John LaValle's way of thanking him for raising money for Crocci's successfull State run.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Feb 9, 15 4:41 PM
Hi it's Amos. The photo was actually taken in Riverhead, although I could see how it looks like Central Park. And for those who don't yet know me, you soon will, as I'll work my hide off, both on the campaign trail, and as your Legislator once elected. Not sure why anyone would question my motives, and the idea that I'm trying to "buy" this seat is garbage. Judge me on my ideas, character, and record. Don't get distracted by attempts to change to subject away from the County's poor governance and ...more
By FLI-EH (1), East Hampton on Feb 9, 15 5:49 PM
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Hi, Amos. Riverhead? Hmmm . . . Riverhead's not in the 2nd Legislative District (the one in contention) any more than Central Park is. Nothing like having in-depth knowledge of the area you're seeking to represent. Check out those district lines, huh?

BTW, Amos, don't be insecure about trying to buy a seat in the County Legislature. Everybody does it. Right or wrong, it's become the American way. If you deny it, you just sound like a hypocrite, a prevaricator, and you don't want ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Feb 9, 15 11:25 PM
You raised money for an up-island candidate, most of it your own. Its appears to this voter that you did so in order to get your name out among the power brokers. Did you suck up to Mr. Walsh as well? Other than that, what have you done, (not plan to do) in your community?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 10, 15 12:04 PM
Amos - we deserve strong leadership with a deep connection to this community. Apparently the only thing you've learned from rubbing elbows with fat cat apparatchiks is how to deliver pre-packaged jargon. Which is unsurprising, really.

You come across as a narcissist and self-promoter, and people with actual roots here can smell it from a mile away. Don't try to smarm over questions voters may have by rattling off empty lines about "poor governance and overspending". And you do yourself ...more
By Jay_Greenberg (1), Riverhead on Mar 24, 15 5:18 PM
I always find these comments fascinating. First of all, how terrific is it that the East End has a candidate running for office that is younger than 50. "Toddler" is a curious word that a poster used. Amos Goodman and other younger candidates that hopefully will run are our future. It is unfortunate though, that Democrat tax and spend policies have made living on the East End unattainable for many of our young people. As to Mr. Goodman being a carpetbagger? I suspect some of these same posters ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Feb 9, 15 6:54 PM
Tax and spend has made this place unaffordable?

It would seem you missed noticing the more than 7 trillion dollars printed by the fed in the last fifteen years. The St. Louis Federal Reserve keeps track of these things, you know...
By Mr. Z (11697), North Sea on Feb 9, 15 11:31 PM
"I am the most qualified candidate". Interesting claim. I would prefer a candidate with skin in the game, someone who is raising a family, paying property taxes and working in the community, but let's see how this goes.
By theprogram (37), east quogue on Feb 9, 15 7:19 PM
Just John LaValle's way of thanking him for raising money for Crocci's successfull State run.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Feb 9, 15 7:33 PM
Hey Carole, aren't you an official in the local branch of the Tea Party?
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Feb 9, 15 7:36 PM
Sorry Justsay'n ..I am not an official in the Tea Party. But if I were, so what? One of the things that made this country great was that people with differing views, diverse social and political backgrounds could voice their opinions freely. It is troubling that some people don't believe that anymore.

Just askin' Justsay'n, might you be an official with the Communist Party? Since, you are not courageous enough to use your own name, anything is possible.

BTW, Goodman makes ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Feb 9, 15 7:49 PM
Sorry Carole didn't mean to upset you. It's just that I read your frequent letters to the editor in all the East End publications railing against government. Someone said you were an official. My bad. I asked a question that's all. As far a your neighbor, maybe you should give him a map of the district he's running for so he can take his next photo-op in it, instead of Riverhead.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Feb 9, 15 8:27 PM
Has anyone asked Chris Nuzzi about his intentions? Did anyone from the Press bother to call Nuzzi who was the Republican candidate for the seat in 2013? Did anyone from the Republican leadership bother to call Nuzzi? Chris Nuzzi is a proven vote getter, especially in Southampton. Interesting fact - in 2009 when Chris Nuzzi was RE-elected to the Southampton Town Board he received 34 more votes than Anna Throne Holst who was running for Supervisor - no small feat seeing Nuzzi was in a four way ...more
By polewatcher (8), east hampton on Feb 13, 15 8:19 PM
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POLE WATCHER, Chris Nuzzl lost in 2013 by 20 points. Isn't that enough reason to look elsewhere?
By LLGSD (4), Southampton on Feb 16, 15 5:28 PM
Losing to long time incumbent Jay Schneiderman by only 20 points is an excellent result and an affirmation that the voters, irrespective of party, would likely elect him over Ms. Fleming who needs to show some independence from ATH for most voters to seriously consider her for more serious office.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Feb 17, 15 8:35 AM
Absolutely not. He ran against someone who ran 5 times for the position and won. Some people I know said give Jay his last term to finish out his run, tie up all his issues, and then we can elect Nuzzi and he can start his legislative career. The fact that Chris Nuzzi consistently beat non-incumbents in the core of the district (Southampton), including beating the person he would probably run against (Fleming) by almost 2,000 votes is something that cannot be ignored. On the east end we should ...more
By polewatcher (8), east hampton on Feb 16, 15 5:59 PM
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Oh, and one other thing ----- in 2008 Lee Zeldin lost to Tim Bishop by almost 20% ----- was that enough to look somewhere else and discard Zeldin and never turn to him again?????? Of course not. Like Zeldin, Nuzzi is young, smart, knows his district, is right on the issues, and has practical experience that creates staying power and a knowledge base that is earned not anointed. Sorry LLGSD, you sound like someone who is not a student of politics, at least east end and Suffolk politics, but someone ...more
By polewatcher (8), east hampton on Feb 16, 15 6:22 PM
POLE WATCHER, You may be the one person in the 2nd district who is actually passionate about Chris Nuzzi.

Clearly you're not Chris Nuzzi, because if he was half as passionate as you are about his candidacy, he would have showed up to the East Hampton screening last week and made his case.

Friend? Relative? Business associate?
By LLGSD (4), Southampton on Feb 16, 15 8:57 PM
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Len (aka polewatcher), you're just embarrassing yourself at this point.
By VillageGOPer (3), East Hampton on Feb 16, 15 9:05 PM
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This is Len here (based on the content of the story, the comments and the fact I am friends and a former co-worker of Chris' I assume your derogatory comment is aimed at me). I have never done anything to embarrass myself (my wife may not agree with that, but, well she's my wife and loves me). GOPer your comment is embarrassing for GOPers in East Hampton which is why I am just trying to do my best work for everyone in Town and am out of politics -- probably too old for you to vote for anyway.
By Lenny Bernard (6), Amagansett on Feb 16, 15 10:46 PM
I just got off the phone with someone who called and told me that a supposed GOPer attacked me personally on 27East. At least they thought the reference was to me -- which I believe it is. I read the article and the comments above carefully and polwatcher can speak for polewatcher, but I will speak for me. I have no problems with the debate. Personally, I am a Chris Nuzzi supporter as most people know (heck, he was the candidate two years ago and a two term councilman). I also know, because ...more
By Lenny Bernard (6), Amagansett on Feb 16, 15 10:06 PM
Sounds like I was spot on!
By VillageGOPer (3), East Hampton on Feb 16, 15 10:40 PM
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Don't give yourself so much credit. Someone was reading this rather old and obscure story and gave me a heads up. You were spot on however that this polewatcher and I pretty much feel the same way about Nuzzi. Did it ever cross your mind that there may be few a people out there like polewatcher, friends of Chris, supporters of Chris, etc., who all feel the same way? I've spoken to at least a dozen people who expressed what I describe above on this matter. I'm not apologizing for sharing the ...more
By len bernard (3), Amagansett on Feb 16, 15 11:14 PM
Whatever the GOP party leaders did or didn't do with respect to Nuzzi can hardly be blamed on Amos. I happen to know him and believe in him. He's gonna win this election and represent us ably because he has the energy, ideas, and vision. You owe Amos an apology.
By VillageGOPer (3), East Hampton on Feb 17, 15 12:29 AM
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I think you, LLGSD, Westhampton332 (if you are all different people) and others, who are so quick to turn their backs and demean someone who has always represented his constituents very well, owe Chris Nuzzi an apology. I spoke to a EH committee member who did not even know that there was a screening last week and a Southampton committee member who knew nothing about the Southampton leader's decision to represent that the Southampton committee supports Goodman. Nothing against Amos - it looks like ...more
By len bernard (3), Amagansett on Feb 17, 15 7:09 AM
I personally am very pleased with new blood and applaud Goodman for putting himself out there and taking the heat. If Nuzzi wanted to run again, why has he been AWOL for the last two years? Wasn't he a no-show to the EH screening? Talk about contempt! Guess he prefers to have his proxies gripe and moan, which tells you everything you need to know.
By WestHampton332 (2), Westhampton Beach on Feb 16, 15 11:43 PM
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And Bernardo, seriously?
By WestHampton332 (2), Westhampton Beach on Feb 17, 15 12:01 AM
I am a serious person and you obviously are someone who has never been a Nuzzi supporter. Pretty interesting that the theme of last evening among you, VillageGOPer and LLGSD is Nuzzi did not show up to screen in East Hampton. Sounds pretty coordinated and orchestrated. I know who Village GOPer and FLI-EH are, I'm pretty sure about LLGSD, Carol Campolo I know and respect, Polewatcher actually called me, but you I'm not sure of. And Bernardo, seriously? That's it, I am done here, time to do some ...more
By len bernard (3), Amagansett on Feb 17, 15 7:19 AM
This is it for me, but I must ask -- GOPer, are you Frankie ? Someone just called and told me it was you. If that is the case I am very disappointed and you know why. Since only a close few know you as Frankie, I'm not giving anything away and respecting your identity. Let me know when I see you next.
By Lenny Bernard (6), Amagansett on Feb 17, 15 6:19 PM
It's nasty antics like this that make our young folks cynical about politics, and reticent about assuming the mantle of leadership. I was on the fence about Amos, but he has my vote now.

Lenny, I should have listen to BW about you... what a sorry spectacle indeed.
By LLGSD (4), Southampton on Feb 17, 15 9:26 PM
LLSD, you are also GOPer and probably few others on this thread. BW (Bill Wilkinson - you won't even use his name) supported Chris with his time and money last election, look it up. My relationship with him is irrelevant. We all know who you are (everyone) so I really can't take any thing you say seriously. On the fence for Amos? You work for Amos. Of course you are going to vote for him - this has become very sad and extremely disappointing. I did not want to believe who you are but the people ...more
By Lenny Bernard (6), Amagansett on Feb 17, 15 9:58 PM
So I work for him? Actually I've never met the man in my life, although I hope to?

Who do you work for? I mean really?
By LLGSD (4), Southampton on Feb 17, 15 10:44 PM
Nice try
By Lenny Bernard (6), Amagansett on Feb 18, 15 7:36 AM
I agree with another poster above that back biting comments often scare away potential candidates. But, that is politics today on all levels and getting involved in the political process is not for the faint of heart. That said, Chris Nuzzi is a terrific young man. I supported him in his last election. He comes from a wonderful East Hampton family and as such he is a very important and valued member of our community. I am very disappointed that he did not screen with the EHTRC last week. Indeed, ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Feb 18, 15 12:57 AM
Carole - you are great and I admire you and appreciate the kind words.. Please call Chris to find out what is happening. He knew nothing about any screening in EH other than what he read in the papers. He has never been approached or given the courtesy of being asked his intentions by anyone in leadership, and as Bill Wilkinson said in January 2013, isn't it a little early to be screening? The fact there are no announced candidates in any Town for any position in Suffolk County at this point ...more
By Lenny Bernard (6), Amagansett on Feb 18, 15 7:52 AM