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Oct 21, 2015 11:53 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Jay Schneiderman Defends Residency In Southampton

Jay Scneiderman's home in Montauk.
Oct 21, 2015 11:53 AM

Residency questions from opponents have not fazed Southampton Town supervisor candidate Jay Schneiderman, who noted this week that no one chose to legally challenge his qualifications during the petitioning phase for the election, when it mattered.

According to Mr. Schneiderman, who has owned property in Southampton Village for the past six years and has rented in Southampton Town for the past nine years, his challengers have chosen instead to raise the residency argument after the petitioning phase was closed, making it a political tactic instead of a legal one.

“There are different laws that pertain to the residency situation,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “[My opponents] are smart, they have a bunch of lawyers on their ticket, and they could have challenged my residency—but they would have lost, because I meet every legal aspect of being a candidate. But if they had lost, it would have given me credibility. So they chose to make it a political challenge instead.”

A former East Hampton Town supervisor and a longtime resident of Montauk, Mr. Schneiderman said he first moved to Southampton Town nine years ago with his family when he started renting on Little Plains Road in Southampton Village. After the breakup of his marriage, he moved to Hampton Bays, where he started renting part time, splitting his time between Southampton and East Hampton towns. Then, six years ago, he said, he decided to make the switch to Southampton Town more permanent, saying his two children were attending Southampton schools, and he wanted to be closer to them.

At that time, he bought his current property, a small two-bedroom house on David White’s Lane in the village. Two years ago, he made the decision to demolish that house, which had fire, water and mold damage, and build a new house, currently under construction. It is slated to be completed within a month.

In May, Mr. Schneiderman moved to a temporary rental in Hampton Bays, where he stayed until September. At the time, he switched his voter registration from his Montauk property to the Hampton Bays residence. In September, he moved into his girlfriend Julie Stone’s parents’ house, owned by Dick and Barbara Stone, located near Southampton College on St. Andrews Circle. In October, he said, he switched his voter registration to that address.

He is still receiving a STAR property tax exemption—a distinction reserved for primary residences—on his Lee Court property in Montauk. Mr. Schneiderman said he was not aware he was still earning the school tax exemption on his East Hampton property, noting that the exemption is renewed automatically. The exemption, he said, will be transferred to his Southampton home when it is completed.

According to town officials, there are no official residency requirements for elected officials in the town code. Instead, the town defers to state code, which says only that a candidate for office must be a resident of the municipality they are elected to serve and registered to vote there.

While Mr. Schneiderman says his residency should not be a concern, his opponent, Richard Yastrzemski, disagrees. “What I have an issue with him is that the has been a master of getting and staying elected,” Mr. Yastrzemski said this week. “He has made a good job of doing that, and how he has done it is by changing parties and, as of recently, changing residencies. Frankly, four months ago, he couldn’t even vote in Southampton, let alone run for office.”

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Sounds like HILLERY moving to NY???
By knitter (1624), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 1:02 PM
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He had David Whites Lane rented to many Hispanics, and now he lives with his girlfriends parents? This is the financial wizard you want running the town? Maybe he can move in his moms basement if he loses.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Oct 21, 15 1:32 PM
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Well, there are about 12,000 hispanic people living in Southampton Town. Many - probably to your surprise - are citizens. If Jay rented to Hispanic people - legally - so what! But, in this case, you're wrong. Jay never rented his place to hispanic people, immigrant or otherwise. Nor, I know, did he rent to Irish folks, German folks, Scandinavian folks, or any ethnic or racial background that you can name.
By number19 (108), Westhampton on Oct 21, 15 10:37 PM
This financial wizard looks a lot better than the other candidate who's resume is a lot more bleak and believes he should be supervisor because "my family has lived here forever". Atleast Jay has held many roles within government and hasn't just been a Mayors "yes" man. Neither is ideal but I'll go with the better option
By mrobin (119), North Sea on Oct 21, 15 2:45 PM
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By June Bug (2375), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 21, 15 4:45 PM
Carpetbagger. Period.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 21, 15 3:23 PM
Quite far from it. Schneiderman has a strong history of doing well by & for the residents of the east end. The only carpetbagger in this game is the person he will hopefully replace. ATH has looked out only for herself & her fantasy of future high office, by whatever means necessary. Good riddance.
By East End 2 (139), Southampton on Oct 23, 15 12:11 PM
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So, let me get this straight. Jay claims to live in Southampton, yet takes his STAR exemption in Montauk. He either doesn't live in Southampton, or he is committing tax fraud in Easthampton... Which is it, Jay?

Either way, not right for Southampton. Vote row B for honesty & integrity.
By Draggerman (875), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 3:28 PM
And, I might add, his house is being built by non locals... He doesn't even support his so called neighbors, hiring a builder from out of Southampton town... Shame on you, Jay.

Why should we support someone who doesn't support us?

Vote row B for honesty & integrity.
By Draggerman (875), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 3:32 PM
Crook - AND he supported that tennis camp on Major's Path that wrecked the whole neighborhood there between the school buses running through there all summer long increasing traffic - the lack of proper waste removal running into Little Fresh Pond - and the increase of noise level of what was once one of the last remaining quiet enclaves of Southampton.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 4:23 PM
Wahhhh Wahhhhhh
By CaptainSig (702), Dutch Harbor on Oct 22, 15 8:55 AM
I think it's Anna Throne Holst you are thinking of. The camp is owned by the Nassau county Democratic party chairman, Jay Jacobs. He used to be NY state Democratic Party chair until Cuomo kicked him OUT for all the negative publicity he caused when he sued a couple of locals for opposing him. Miss ATH was, of course, very happy to support him, rather than the locals who actually live, work & own homes here.
By East End 2 (139), Southampton on Oct 23, 15 12:18 PM
But he knew where his bread was buttered since the tennis camp was the investment of the party leader....cronyism and a scofflaw - what GREAT leadership.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 4:25 PM
"He is still receiving a STAR property tax exemption—a distinction reserved for primary residences—on his Lee Court property in Montauk. Mr. Schneiderman said he was not aware he was still earning the school tax exemption on his East Hampton property, noting that the exemption is renewed automatically."

Interesting statement from Jay considering that in 2014 NY State required ALL taxpayers with Basic STAR to re-register in order to continue their exemption. It was definitely ...more
By Theresa Kiernan (23), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 5:34 PM
If you are the actual tax receiver how is it that a certain STPD Capt can have a STAR exemption on his Hampton Bays home when he "lives" in East Quogue? Did that one fall through the cracks or just yet another republican good ole boy favor.
By mrobin (119), North Sea on Oct 21, 15 6:43 PM
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mrobin - I am the actual tax receiver, however, it is the Assessor who handles all administration of exemptions. I can assure you that the Town Assessor does not do politics and I don't even know her politicial affiliation. The Assessor's office has limited resources so the best they can do is make sure that everyone has only one star exemption. Does that make it ok - no, but in this case the difference in value between HB and EQ star is about $70 - do you want them to follow everyone around ...more
By Theresa Kiernan (23), Southampton on Oct 22, 15 8:24 AM
Talk about politicize. The tax receiver running on the opposite ticket for reelection posting about this. You just lost my vote.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Oct 21, 15 7:22 PM
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The facts are that he isn't violating the code requirements. if there were grounds to challenge this it should have been done during the petitioning process. This is exactly what gives our town a black eye - gratuitous nastiness and mud slinging of hard-working people who are willing to serve the public. I would rather focus on what the candidate has accomplished for us in his current role and where he stands on the issues that are most important to our community. Jay has my vote. Let's get out ...more
By sirpoochala (78), Hampton Bays on Oct 21, 15 9:29 PM
This (non-)issue is being raised now merely as a distraction from the important issues. Jay is a good man and has consistently fought the important fights. He'll be an asset to the Town of Southampton as Supervisor.
By jacmom (4), East Quogue on Oct 21, 15 11:14 PM
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I can't wait for Jay Schneiderman to be our Town Supervisor! If you've spent any time with him at all you recognize his integrity, intelligence, sincerity and dedication to our town and county. Yes, I'm active in Democratic politics and am proud of it, and support Jay every step of the way toward his victory on Election Day.
By Joyce Flynn (6), Quogue on Oct 21, 15 11:49 PM
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Excuse me while I throw up.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Oct 22, 15 12:23 AM
CARPETBAGGER!
By Draggerman (875), Southampton on Oct 22, 15 6:05 AM
I can't believe someone said this is just a distraction. Why do us regular people need all kinds of ID to get beach permits or have utilities in our name? The guy is using the star program on his primary residence, and its not in Southampton. Living in your girlfriend's mothers house is not residency. Lets see a lease a utility bill, drivers licence, tax return.
It makes me sick that some people have the nerve to blame the tax receiver for bringing this up. If you dont live in southampton ...more
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Oct 22, 15 8:11 AM
Its not about if he lives in Southampton or not - its about the fact he is lying again. Per his words "Mr. Schneiderman said he was not aware he was still earning the school tax exemption on his East Hampton property, noting that the exemption is renewed automatically" -

PER NYS: 2014, new legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

Jay do you think ...more
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Oct 22, 15 9:42 AM
Some folks here are calling Jay Schneiderman a carpetbagger, when the fact is that Jay Schneiderman moved to Southampton to be nearer to his children. I think we can all agree that it's a grueling haul from Montauk to Southampton, and for a father to seek a better way to maintain family ties is something with which we can all sympathize.

Now let's talk about what really matters, and that's how much the guy knows about Southampton. Jay Schneiderman has been representing Southampton for ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1927), Quiogue on Oct 22, 15 11:22 AM
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Ok Turkey Bridge lets see his driver's license or some other ID. Its a criminal offense to lie on a Star program application. It is criminal to lie about residency when running for office. Now this is getting ridiculous.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Oct 22, 15 2:46 PM
TB,
As usual you do your job well as a promoter of all Democratic candidates, this time however, it is all for nothing. Change the party to a Republican candidate doing the same thing and readers here are well aware of what your eloquent condemnation of said candidate would be. Facts is facts, your party could not come up with a candidate, so you run with what ya got. He IS a carpet bagger. Period.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 15 12:17 PM
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Turkey Bridge: Just explain this:

NYS: 2014, new legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years - SO how did Jays just renew it self ???

just a question : I'm sure you will write some long bs answer to defend your team which by the way i on the same side.... just want answers to how his STAR just renewed....
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Oct 22, 15 11:42 AM
... check his deleted emails.
By William Rodney (531), southampton on Oct 22, 15 3:02 PM
Thank you, Mr. Rodney! That's just what I was thinking, that this is beginning to look like the Hillary witch hunt -- sorry, "hearings" -- in Congress. It's just a bunch of partisans frantically scratching for some scrap of a technicality to discredit a good public servant who is, by the way, a very strong candidate.

And you know it's the "very strong candidate" part that bothers them, not the technicalities, about which they could care less, except for their attack value.

What's ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1927), Quiogue on Oct 23, 15 10:30 AM
Perhaps the "Republican lawyers" intentionally waited until now to make it an issue as is would be easier to discredit a candidate in the general election rather than eliminate him early. Not that that ever happens in party politics, but a possibility none the less. Can you feel the sarcasm dripping?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 15 12:21 PM
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At last nights League of Women's Voters this issue was put to rest by Mr. Yazstremski who admitted that Mr. Schneiderman was the owner of a home in Southampton Village.

Of course this was done in the most negative fashion as Mr. Yazstremski phrased it by saying although the house complied with Village Zoning the neighbors had complained to him it was too large.

So Schneiderman owns a home in full compliance with village zoning code but.....

Of course this is the most important ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Oct 23, 15 11:06 AM
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The question isn't whether Jay owns a home in the Village. It's "where is his primary home". He takes his STAR in Montauk. STAR is for PRIMARY residence only. It was renewed, as Ms. Kiernan pointed out, in 2014 by resubmitting paperwork.

That being said, Jay either doesn't have a primary residence in Southampton Town at this time, or he is committing tax fraud.

Which is it? Liar or cheat?
By Draggerman (875), Southampton on Oct 23, 15 1:06 PM
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Exactly where does the law state that a Supervisor candidate must reside in the Town prior to her/his election thereto. What section of Town Law or other provision of New York State law mandates a prior residency requirement?

Obviously if there were a residency problem Schneiderman's candidacy would have been challenged at the appropriate time after the filing of petitions.

It's just another make believe issue, one must assume because his opponent could not find anything in Schneiderman's ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Oct 23, 15 10:52 PM
Exactly where does the law state that a Supervisor candidate must reside in the Town prior to her/his election thereto. What section of Town Law or other provision of New York State law mandates a prior residency requirement?

Obviously if there were a residency problem Schneiderman's candidacy would have been challenged at the appropriate time after the filing of petitions.

It's just another make believe issue, one must assume because his opponent could not find anything in Schneiderman's ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Oct 23, 15 10:53 PM
Don't cloud this issue with Benghazi or Birther questions.
By Draggerman (875), Southampton on Oct 24, 15 11:35 AM
Jay Schniedermans house is on the corner of Pulaski St and David Whites la. This is public record, and the house has a building permit fot a bew home. At present it is half built WITH NO ONE LIVING THERE WITH NO CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY! ! THIS IS SHAMEFULL THAT THIS MAN IS NOT BEING HONEST!!!!
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Oct 24, 15 2:44 PM
The biggest problem is pensions in Suffolk County, and Jay Schneiderman has been there through that fiasco. The county has a run away budget with billions of dollars in shortfalls coming in the next decade. Suffolk County is broke on paper and mainly, because the legislature could not get a handle on police contracts. Nice work Jay.
By chief1 (2637), southampton on Oct 25, 15 10:07 AM
Will either candidate push to EXPAND our 24/ 7 4x4 BEACH ACCESS beyond the small scrap we have been pushed into?
By bigfresh (4179), north sea on Oct 26, 15 7:41 AM
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