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Dec 9, 2015 8:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Richard Yastrzemski And Julie Lofstad To Face Off For Open Southampton Town Board Seat

Dec 9, 2015 11:20 AM

Republican Richard Yastrzemski and Democrat Julie Lofstad will face off in the special election to replace Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender on the Town Board in January.

Both candidates won the nominations from their respective parties this week. They have already re-launched their campaigns—both came up short in November in attempts to win seats on the Town Board.

The special election will be held on Tuesday, January 26, to fill the vacancy on the board, which will operate with only four members until that time.

Ms. Lofstad accepted the party’s nomination to run again on Sunday afternoon. A full-time resident of Hampton Bays, she narrowly missed a slot on the board in November following a campaign focused on quality-of-life issues and water quality, which she has said are related.

She is the founding member of the Hampton Bays Mothers Association, and has served on the Hampton Bays Parent Teacher Association and the Parent Teacher Organization.

Ms. Lofstad said she plans to use what she learned over the last six months to boost her campaign, and that while she is still focusing on the same issues, she hopes to tweak her approach.

“I am just really honored to be asked to run again,” she said. “I feel you don’t get many second chances in life, so I am looking forward to taking advantage of what I learned and adding some new stuff, talking to more people, listening to what their issues are, and getting into office so I can advocate on behalf of those I have and haven’t spoken to.”

Mr. Yastrzemski, who is currently deputy mayor of Southampton Village, accepted the nomination to run on Tuesday night. In November, Mr. Yastrzemski lost to Supervisor-elect Jay Schneiderman, but he said on Wednesday that the experience he gained while campaigning made him a stronger candidate. He added that if elected he will use his time on the board to learn as much as possible—for possible future runs for supervisor.

“Yes, I went for supervisor and it did not work out, but I was recognized for having a nice campaign, an honorable and respectful campaign,” he said. “The reason to run is because I like public service and I wanted to go up to a larger level, while still representing the community.”

A lifelong Southampton resident, Mr. Yastrzemski also focused on quality-of-life issues during his campaign, including traffic concerns and opening up lines of communication between residents and the board.

Mr. Bender was forced to resign his seat late last month after pleading guilty to charges of illegally distributing oxycodone. The winner of the election, which was scheduled last week for January 26, will finish out the remainder of Mr. Bender’s term. He won his four-year term in November 2013 and was sworn in on January 1, 2014, and the term is set to expire in 2018. The salary for Town Board members is $63,240 annually.

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By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Dec 9, 15 8:52 AM
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Well I'm just glad that those republicans at least put up some one that we have heard of and could answer a question in the debates.
By CleanWaters (79), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 9:34 AM
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... so Yaz wants to be elected to the town board so he can sharpen his skills for a run at supervisor. Seems like a nice guy but politically inept and unqualified. It is infuriating to me that he really has no has desire to serve on the board other than to advance his political career towards a position he has absolutely no shot of ever winning.
By William Rodney (552), southampton on Dec 9, 15 9:57 AM
Where do I start? Let's go first with the most important stuff. Richard Yastrzemski, in his years as an elected official of Southampton Village, has overseen a series of ruinous Village tax increases and even more ruinous beach damage caused by the hard structures that he allowed to be built on the beaches.

Think about it -- taxes and the beaches, the two most important issues to most voters, and Richard Yastrzemski has a disastrous record on both of them. This is not someone I want ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1957), Quiogue on Dec 9, 15 10:23 AM
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The voice of the Southampton Town Democrat Apparat has spoken, volumetrically!

You cold have saved a whole lot of keystrokes, TB, by simply pointing out that Yastrzemski comes out of the Epley administration, or that he couldn't even be bothered to drop 30-40 lbs. for his Town Board run.

He's not an appealing candidate! Still trying to understand how Lofstad didn't win a seat in November.
By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Dec 9, 15 12:00 PM
Please tell us more about the "ruinous" tax increases.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 15 12:29 PM
This, from a guy who backed Brad Bender. Great judge of character, TB.... Once again, holding that party line...

Wanna buy some oxy? Call a Dem.




By Draggerman (933), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 3:48 PM
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By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 10:26 AM
The only "cheap shots" I saw during the campaign were those mailers sent to my house from Jay Shneiderman. Rich has superior experience to Julie, he gets the voters! He is truly concerned for the ENTIRE town. Yaz has my vote!
By GoldenBoy (346), EastEnd on Dec 9, 15 10:36 AM
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By C Law (349), Water Mill on Dec 9, 15 10:54 AM
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By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Dec 10, 15 8:55 AM
Wow Turkey Bridge what do you know about Julie Loftstad? What has she done? Zero, but that's ok as long as she's a democrat.
Rich Yazstremski........ well he is just the alter ego of Mark Epley, not a leader a follower. Rich is a man with no opinion, no expression no common sense. He runs off the Yastremski name as if he was some salt of the earth potato farmer. Meanwhile he is a Yastremski through marriage, and is another self serving panderer to anyone who will give him a vote...... Gee ...more
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Dec 9, 15 12:10 PM
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By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 15 12:31 PM
Looking at this comment area, you can see what properties democrats have when voting. Important questions like "is he to fat?" Being asked here.

The political party of tolerance, open-mindedness, and acceptance at work folks.
By Inch_High_PI (29), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 12:10 PM
Julie Lofstad "She is the founding member of the Hampton Bays Mothers Associ ation..." The un-Bender canditate.

I have to agree with the critiques of Yazstremski he ran a viciously negative campaign, could not explain any achievements of his in office other than serving eight years in his post and being deputy mayor-he forgot to mention being Mr. Epley's poodle. I never got a sense of what he would do for the Town. In my opinion he dragged down the Republican ticket in the election. Because ...more
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 1:52 PM
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Vicious campaign you must be talking about the handout that Jay Schneiderman passed around.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Dec 9, 15 9:13 PM
I am personally extremely happy that YAZ will be running for the Town Council seat. We need people with real experience in governing, not another community member that has no idea what's involved in actually governing. No offense against Lofsted, I'm sure she is a nice person but if you saw any of the debates it was clear that she was simply following a script that was drafted for her by her committee and couldn't answer important questions without looking at note cards or to her running mates to ...more
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on Dec 9, 15 2:05 PM
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I saw the same thing.

It seems as though there is no real option here. What a shame
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 17, 15 7:51 AM
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By June Bug (2539), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 9, 15 2:16 PM
And how does that concern this election?
By GoldenBoy (346), EastEnd on Dec 9, 15 2:22 PM
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By June Bug (2539), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 9, 15 7:48 PM
Two defining points of view by the two candidates:

"so I am looking forward to taking advantage of what I learned and adding some new stuff, talking to more people, listening to what their issues are, and getting into office so I can advocate on behalf of those I have and haven’t spoken to.”

He added that if elected he will use his time on the board to learn as much as possible—for possible future runs for supervisor.

One speaker stresses talking to and ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 9, 15 2:55 PM
Sorry Neil we thank people in the military for their service. Politicians usually run to serve themselves, and stroke their ego. As far as I'm concerned they are both incompetent, and Yaz is coming from a village where the voter's have never mattered just the mayor's agenda.
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Dec 9, 15 5:26 PM
I vote for experience. Sorry would rather have someone with experience than absolutely no experience at all. Yaz is a way more qualified person for the spot than Lofstad.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Dec 9, 15 9:09 PM
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"Yes Mark",How high?" is not much experience. Sorry.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Dec 10, 15 12:24 AM
We need to find out how each candidate will vote when it comes to the change of zone application for the Tuckahoe Supermarket project. That will shed some light on whether they will look out for the Town residents' best interests or sell out to a UTI developer. This is an opportunity to break Queen Anna's grip on the Board, enough is enough.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Dec 10, 15 7:34 AM
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You seem to be hung up on the supermarket.

Worry about what the developers will build if they don't get the zone change. They can build almost the same square footage.

Maybe a drug rehab? No, really, they can.
By Draggerman (933), Southampton on Dec 16, 15 7:08 AM
And this is exactly what most people miss in debates on PDDs. We may not be happy with the results of the PDD but most times what we'd get without a PDD is a nightmare. There is an assumption at times that if the PDD isn't passed nothing will be done on the property. Property is typically purchased as an investment and the developer is going to build something, with or without the input from the community.

By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Dec 17, 15 8:08 AM
Jay Sneiderman had more to do with bringing that shelter into Hampton Bays then he did getting it out. Wake up Hampton Bays.
You want to solve the affordable housing issue, stop letting greedy landlords fill their single family houses with multiple families, jacking rent up to sometimes twice what they would get if they weren't breaking the law.
What are the candidates views on that issue? Because sanctuary towns are unsustainable.
By jams (128), hampton bays on Dec 10, 15 10:19 AM
Aren't these comments by, of & for the people who either elected or witnessed a mockery of democratic process as a drug addicted victim was elected to represent us? Bender "didn't realize the (drug) problem was so big." His personal drug problem or society's? How could he fail to notice? Drug stupor prevented him from understanding an obvious problem? The failure to see this stares right at us and also the problem of our process. Where are those among us who can lead? True leaders are neither ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Dec 10, 15 11:16 AM
For me this race is about the future of development in Southampton. Current PDD have allowed developers free rein to circumvent existing zoning. Yastrzemski has a history of favoring development projects regardless of public opinion.

The most important and largest tract of undeveloped land is in EQ and "The Hills" project. In a Newsday article when Yastrzemski was running for SHT supervisor he was asked about, "The Hills". While Schneiderman indicated it was still possible to preserve the ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Dec 10, 15 11:24 AM
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Hi Crusader. I have two questions for you. 1. How does Schneiderman think it can be preserved? 2. What do you mean when you say Lofstad is open minded on "The Hills" project?
By SportsMom (16), Quogue on Dec 12, 15 8:13 PM
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By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Dec 10, 15 5:21 PM
Interesting update on this race in Newsday. The Conservative Party has endorsed Lofstad because of her answers given on "The Hills" project in EQ.

Yastrzemski was endorsed in his bid by the Conservatives for SHT supervisor. He did not get the endorsement this time around.

The environment does matter.........forget the partisan politics and vote for someone who will protect it in SHT!
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Dec 10, 15 6:56 PM
If you think that the Empire of Eddie Walsh does ANYTHING for the betterment of the public, you are very mistaken. It is horse trading, plain and simple. Walsh doesn't do anything unless he is getting something in return.
If in fact Ms. Lofstad has accepted the Conservative line as an endorsement, she just lost my vote.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 15, 15 4:14 PM
sgt202 in the scope of the politics here and the future of our town does that really make a difference? Rich was brought in a loving home and has prospered over the years by such an upbringing regardless of his parents issues. let it rest it's old news.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Dec 10, 15 8:04 PM
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Truthfulness matters. Capitalizing on someones good reputation is dishonest.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Dec 11, 15 1:31 PM
I was talking to a friend of mine that is a Registered C - he is not into politics but is disgusted with his party - First we had Malone and his whole drama in the town of Southampton , then this past election the C's went with the D's for county judges and now they are backing a liberal D for town board. What a joke of a party. The worst part is she will be out helping ATH run against our Republican and Conservative Congressman.
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Dec 11, 15 9:22 AM
Also i wonder how the Democrats of Southampton will feel when they realize for Julie to get the endorsement of the C's - she would have told them the following - 1 - against Anti Gun Control - against Gay Marriage - and Pro Life - Way to sell out and have no Values!
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Dec 11, 15 10:25 AM
Really?? Maybe her endorsement had more to do with the Suffolk County Republican boss LaValle removing Conservatives from offices by flexing his Republican muscles. In turn, the Conservatives are not going to give a Republican the Conservative line on the ballot. That's called political payback.........

It is possible for some of us to ignore voting the party line to preserve the environment. Clearly Lofstad will do that and she has my vote. However, in the race for Congress I supported ...more
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Dec 11, 15 10:50 AM
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And you were present at her screening and heard what questions were asked and how she responded/

I don't think so.

None of the 3 items you pontificated about above are local issues of concern or within the purview of Town Board members.

Perhaps the east end Conservative leaders were focused on local issues such as PDD's, conservation and our quality of life and other environmental issues.

I realize the Reps in Town, at least that segment of them supporting Yaz ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 11, 15 1:41 PM
Those are precisely the values needed in our elected officails
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Dec 11, 15 2:24 PM
I find these statements with regards to looks appalling. Especially because I am a long way off from a size 6. I thought important things in races were experience and issues.
Now I’m told Julie gets in front of the Conservatives and tells them she’s pro life, pro development and she’s in favor of the Tuckahoe project and against the golf course but for the as of right construction at the Hills. So a democrat is now ultra conservative??? I have voted democrat since Kennedy ...more
By CleanWaters (79), Southampton on Dec 11, 15 10:32 AM
Consider Clean, that the only think in your litany above that Lofstad actually said was she was against the Hills proposal. She is on record as indicating that. Not so on any of the rest of your list, and is, in fact, in favor of a year moratorium of any PDD's while the PDD law is redrafted.

As for Schneiderman's acceptance of developer contributions, he is the lead on the PDD moratorium.

We need to watch what he says and how he votes, but he is not yet a toll of the developers.

You ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 11, 15 1:53 PM
"We need to watch what he says and how he votes, but he is not yet a toll of the developers".

Is that like "we have to pass it to see whats in it?"

I like knowing what my politicians stand for prior to electing them.
By Draggerman (933), Southampton on Dec 12, 15 7:05 AM
First Schneiderman has already been elected.
Second he has said he wants a moratorium on PDD's.
Third he has received campaign finance donations from developers.
Fourth I said now we have to see what he does.
Fifth I take him at his word regarding his stance on the issue, but the proof, as they say is in the pudding. Hence my caveat of watching to see how he governs.
Sixth Lofstad has also said she will vote for a PDD moratorium.
Seventh my understanding about her opponents ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 12, 15 1:39 PM
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By Draggerman (933), Southampton on Dec 12, 15 5:28 PM
Julie is Pro development? and is for the Tuckahoe Center? Great!
By Draggerman (933), Southampton on Dec 11, 15 6:34 PM
The PDD moratorium is a bit of a dog and pony show as developers now turn to MF zoning with density increases, which only requires 3 votes. Speonk being the latest target, specifically N Phillips Ave. Last week we heard 2 proposals that would add 197 bedrooms on a total of 11 acres. That's just 2 projects and both require up-zoning, and there's the potential for many more. So we need a board that's willing maintain zoning standards and say no to over-development. Judging by the posts above, I don't ...more
By Craigcat (255), Speonk on Dec 13, 15 8:29 AM
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Craigcat, you're right if you mean that fixing PDDs won't fix everything, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to fix PDDs. They're a big part of the development scene, and the 1-year moratorium is the right way to go. The PDD setup needs an overhaul, and as our new Councilman, John Bouvier, said at one debate to the moratorium opponents, "You don't try to fix the car while you're driving it."

As for the rest of it, the three-vote-only zone change applications, you are correct in saying ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1957), Quiogue on Dec 13, 15 12:34 PM
TB-Recent History makes you wrong and shows the opposite. In fact party affiliation has had no impact on proposals. The two PDD applications moved forward in the last four years were unanimous. Democrats, Republicans etc. And the two openly not supporting the change of zone Tuckahoe project were Ms. Scalera a Republican and Ms. Fleming, a Democrat. I think those are what you lawyers call facts and while I know you don't like them to get in the way of a good argument they remain true. We all know ...more
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on Dec 13, 15 10:58 PM
Roughrider, the history of which we're both speaking comprises much more than just PDD votes. There's a whole gamut of development applications, including zone changes, variances, permits -- not every project is a PDD; indeed a vanishingly small percentage of the development proposals brought to the Town are PDDs.

I say again, anyone who looks honestly at that history -- all of it,not just the PDDs -- will admit that it's the Democrats who look hard at these things, and the Republicans ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1957), Quiogue on Dec 14, 15 12:00 PM
Was your last sentence really necessary, George?

This campaign ought to be about where the candidates stand on the issues of importance to the present and future of our town.

I have long felt that the greatest qualities a candidate and elected official should possess is a strong history of common sense, add honesty and the ability to think.

Experience in life not just holding a seat in public office, not just who's family has lived in town longer.

It is not ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 14, 15 1:59 PM
> "You know better than to make comments like that last sentence."

Patently, he doesn't. His Democrat partisnship takes control of him anytime there's a keyboard within in reach.
By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Dec 14, 15 2:38 PM
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Hey Turkey Bridge look at Schneiderman your favorite Democrat and list all his donors here. It is a who's who if up west developers. So cut the crap about all this Democratic anti development bs its getting old.
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Dec 14, 15 2:53 PM
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Look up Jim Morgo and Morgo Public Private Strategies. Morgo Public Private Strategies is a private-sector consulting business that specializes in municipal approvals and community acceptance. He's pretty much on every donor list. He's a former Suffolk County Legislator and he's currently working with developers looking to up-zone in Remsenburg-Speonk.
Southampton town board will soon show who's side they are on. My hope is that one or both of the special election candidates truly work for us ...more
By Craigcat (255), Speonk on Dec 15, 15 10:28 AM
The partisan hacks posting here are a joke!! Who really cares about party affiliation in the local arena? Vote for the candidate that best represents your opinions and looks out for the residents, not their donors or political party.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Dec 14, 15 4:10 PM
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Just to note, the Conservatives never had the opportunity to screen Julie Lofstad during the first round, therefore they were never in a position to endorse her prior to the special election.
By theprogram (37), east quogue on Dec 14, 15 8:25 PM
Why would she screen with them and seek their endorsement? If she truly is a Democrat and one of us why would she be getting in to bed with those right wing extremists? And if she is a conservative how did she get the Democrat endorsement? Does anybody have conviction and values anymore or is it all about doing and saying whatever it takes to get in to office?
By CleanWaters (79), Southampton on Dec 15, 15 2:49 PM
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NTiger and Frank Wheeler: You're not happy with the last sentence of my post above? Really? Just to recap, I wrote: "I'll just add that anyone who followed the last campaign and concluded that Richard Yastrzemski brought more wattage to it than Julie Lofstad, is even dimmer than Yaz himself."

Your specific complaint was "You know better than to make comments like that last sentence" (NTiger), and "(p)atently he doesn't" (Frank Wheeler), the idea being that I'm treading into some no-go ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1957), Quiogue on Dec 15, 15 11:41 AM
Golly, TB, you don't know when to take "Yes!" for an answer, do you?

To clarify, my "Patently, he doesn't" comment was in response to Mr. Tiger's "You know better than to make comments like that last sentence" assertion, which referred to you "I'll just add that anyone who followed the last campaign and concluded that Richard Yastrzemski brought more wattage to it than Julie Lofstad, is even dimmer than Yaz himself."

I see now that you've now backed off your apples and oranges ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Dec 15, 15 12:48 PM
George, what I got from your comment: "I'll just add that anyone who followed the last campaign and concluded that Richard Yastrzemski brought more wattage to it than Julie Lofstad, is even dimmer than Yaz himself." was not the relative merits of Lofstad and Yastrzemski intelligence, but a criticism of any individual voter who didn't agree with you.

You opine that Lofstad has the greater level of intelligence as between her and Yastrzemski, which is fine from your perspective, but then, ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 15, 15 1:24 PM
NTiger, you're a lot of things, but low-watt surely isn't one of them. You're right that all I meant is the first part, I.e., that Julie strikes me as a whole lot sharper than Yaz. Your reading of the second part -- my putting down those who think otherwise -- is overly literal, as I was just using hyperbole to emphasize how great I think the difference is between them. I do, however, understand how it could be misread. Of course, I do think you should give me credit for not being so low-watt myself ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1957), Quiogue on Dec 15, 15 3:51 PM
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As candidates should choose their words carefully, so should those of us who venture forth our opinions on these pages.

I never think you low wattage, but sometimes those partisan amperes reach deeply into the red zone. Sometimes the bull dog needs to put the muzzle on.

At least we have been able to clarify your meaning.

Cheers.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Dec 15, 15 4:43 PM
Turkry Bridge would vote for Hitler if he was a Democrat. Just my opinion.
By chief1 (2770), southampton on Dec 16, 15 7:42 AM
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Any chance we could have them share the position? I like them both.
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