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Oct 28, 2009 12:29 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town Board write-in candidate Prudence Carabine

Oct 28, 2009 12:29 PM

Prudence Carabine, 62, a long-time community activist, is waging a write-in campaign for a seat on the East Hampton Town Board. Earlier this year, she formed her own political party, The Bonac Beach Party, but her name was thrown off the ballot after her nominating petitions were tossed out by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Ms. Carabine is the former president of Peconic Community Council, which coordinates the Maureen’s Haven homeless shelter and other housing programs throughout the East End, and a former president of Habitat For Humanity of Peconic. She also ran a job agency in East Hampton for 15 years and became an advocate for victims of a cancer cluster among students who attended East Hampton High School in the early 1990s, after her son, Sean Carabine, fell sick with lymphoma.

She has taken a hard line on the 2010 town budget, and would like to see the Town Board salaries cut, along with all of the duplication of tasks that she says are prevalent throughout the town’s work force. She would like to see the budget cut 10 percent, much of which, by necessity, she said would have to come from salaries and benefits.

“If your intent is to be reelected, you can’t do it, but if you expect to get the job done, it’s easy,” she said. “I want to solve the problem and get out. I’m not interested in a career in government.”

Ms. Carabine, who lives in East Hampton, is married to Brian Carabine, who is taking a leave of absence from his position as commander of the East Hampton Veterans of Foreign Wars to help with his wife’s campaign. Her son, Sean, who had been a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, died in 2007 after a long battle with cancer, and her son Conlon Carabine is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Southeast Asia.

Ms. Carabine has been campaigning from one end of town to the other and has maintained a constant presence at the Town Board’s ill-fated budget talks this past month, reminding the board that it owes it to long-time taxpayers to cut as much as possible from the town’s 2010 budget.

“Do I sound like a spoiler to you?” she asked in a recent interview. “I don’t do anything without meaning to do it.”

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No doubt, Ms. Carabine is a nice caring woman. Unfortunately, too many people at this point are looking at her as a spoiler. The fact is if the best 2 people DO NOT win the seats on the Board votes that went to her most likely would have gone to the better qualified people. I am afraid after the election too many people will be blaming her if the outcome doesn't result in the 2 best qualified people. I am sure she thinks she is 1 or the 2 best qualified people. However, as a write in she simply ...more
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Oct 29, 09 8:29 AM
Ms. Carabine is definitely not a viable candidate and she does not listen to people. She is a spoiler and may let the wrong people win and our government will be the same.
By housewife (79), east hampton on Nov 2, 09 12:36 AM