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Jun 8, 2017 4:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Fred Havemeyer To Challenge Southampton Town Supervisor In Democratic Party Primary

Fred Havemeyer
Jun 14, 2017 8:59 AM

A former Southampton Town Trustee intends to challenge Jay Schneiderman for the Democratic Party line this September, a move that, if successful, could threaten the incumbent supervisor’s first reelection bid this fall.

Democrat Frederick Havemeyer, a lifelong Southampton Town resident and former Republican Party member, has been recruited by the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a nonprofit political organization that recruits and campaigns for pro-environment candidates, to challenge Mr. Schneiderman, an Independence Party member who has been cross-endorsed by the Southampton Town Democrats, for the Democratic line.

Mr. Havemeyer, 76, who lives in Bridgehampton, announced his intention to challenge the sitting supervisor in a primary election for the Democratic line at a rally held outside of Town Hall on Monday afternoon.

“Why am I doing this? That’s a pretty easy question,” Mr. Havemeyer said. “The government in this town over the years has drifted away from what is really the important set of issues. And the headline item in this particular area is ‘The Hills’ project in East Quogue.”

The organization selected Mr. Havemeyer to challenge the supervisor for the Democratic Party line because he is an environmentalist and, more specifically, opposes “The Hills at Southampton,” a proposed luxury golf course resort community pitched by the Discovery Land Company of Arizona and targets nearly 600 acres in East Quogue, according to Richard Amper, president of the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum who also serves as executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.

“The reason we’re here, the reason we’re geared up to go, is because government has failed us,” said Mr. Havemeyer, a private investor. “Our leader, in the form of our supervisor, is not doing his job. How somebody can wobble and be on the fence in a situation where a group from out of town—Arizona, mind you—with billions of dollars is proposing to build a golf course in an aquifer protection area …

“As I said in the beginning, that is completely nuts,” he continued.

Mr. Havemeyer’s strong opposition to the project is one of the main reasons the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum has decided to endorse him for supervisor, according to David Reisfield, the group’s executive director. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, Discovery Land is looking to build 118 residential units—all part of a proposal that would require Town Board approval of special zoning called a planned development district, or PDD.

“If you want to see a true environmentalist as supervisor of Southampton, join the bandwagon for Fred Havemeyer in the September 12 Democratic primary,” Mr. Reisfield said. “Schneiderman represents the ‘development-at-any-cost-crowd.’”

After learning last week that Mr. Havemeyer intends to challenge him for the Democratic Party line in September, Mr. Schneiderman said he welcomed the competition—though he also noted that he is not going to make a decision on the PDD application until the town receives the Final Environmental Impact Statement, or FEIS. Discovery Land is expected to file the first draft of that document before the end of the month.

“They certainly have the right to do that if they wish,” Mr. Schneiderman said, referring to those behind the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum. “The basis of the primary is that Fred Havemeyer is committed to voting against The Hills development.

“I believe it’s unethical for me to make a decision, make a final verdict on it, until the review process is complete,” he added.

In order to appear on the September ballot, Mr. Havemeyer will have to secure 500 signatures from registered Democrats in Southampton Town and file his petition with the Suffolk County Board of Elections before 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, according to Keith Davies, campaign manager for the Suffolk County Board of Election’s Democratic Committee.

As it turns out, Mr. Havemeyer could be the second former Southampton Town Trustee in the race for supervisor. Last month, Southampton Town Republicans tapped lifelong party member Ray Overton, 57, of Westhampton, to challenge Mr. Schneiderman in November. Mr. Overton served as Town Trustee for two years before losing his first reelection bid.

Damon Hagan, chairman of the Southampton Town Republican Committee, said he wasn't surpised to hear the news that there would be a democratic primary.

"Just as the republicans plan on holding Jay Schneiderman accountable, the democrats are too," he said.

After serving for a dozen years, Mr. Havemeyer opted in 2013 not to seek a sixth two-year term as a Southampton Town Trustee. He was appointed to the board in 2002, as a registered Republican, following the death of Trustee Peter Corwith.

While serving on the board, Mr. Havemeyer spearheaded several efforts to improve the environment, including measures to reduce the amount of runoff reaching Lake Agawam in Southampton Village, and treating Mill Pond in Water Mill with a clay-like compound that was supposed to lower phosphorous levels in the body of water and reduce the outbreak of algae blooms.

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Count me in Fred...
By knitter (754), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 4:10 PM
Interesting, waiting on repealing PDDs might be Jay's downfall. I think Fred really cares about Southampton.
By JM11968 (58), southampton on Jun 8, 17 4:27 PM
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Sounds like a one issue candidate...Notorious for blocking the Tuckahoe center project too. But what is he going to do about the traffic crisis? For instance...What about affordable housing? What other experience does he bring to the table?
By Toma Noku (550), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 4:28 PM
For the first time in my life I would like to be a Democrat, at least until after the primary. GO FRED!!!
By bigfresh (2783), north sea on Jun 8, 17 4:29 PM
What traffic crisis??? To many people trying to get here.
Try going to Manhattan, The trip is h l. Go to Kennebunkport. They advise you if you don't like the traffic, don't come back...
The rich and famous will get tired of the Hamptons and go some where else.
By knitter (754), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 5:05 PM
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Well, the traffic crisis which Fred H. used as a crutch to oppose the Tuckahoe center for one...As I recall, Fred, a BH resident, was a vocal opponent to that projrct as it might have impacted negatively on the rental property he owns nearby in SH Village close to Tuckahoe center.
By Toma Noku (550), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 5:49 PM
Great news!!!
By Hillsnbells (35), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 5:47 PM
Great news. About time someone had the chutzpah to take a stand. Our supervisor and town board have been bought it seems.
By zappy (25), east quogue on Jun 8, 17 5:50 PM
where can I sign your petition? great news!!
By xtiego (575), bridgehampton on Jun 8, 17 6:49 PM
where can I sign your petition? great news!!
By xtiego (575), bridgehampton on Jun 8, 17 6:49 PM
PS I'm a republican looking for a change
By xtiego (575), bridgehampton on Jun 8, 17 6:50 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By chief1 (2274), southampton on Jun 8, 17 7:10 PM
Great news. You have my vote
By rv (24), watermill on Jun 8, 17 8:26 PM
Thank you Fred, once again putting others first at a time you deserve a much earned rest after your many years of exemplary public service. No surprise. Go Fred!
By TheTurtle (110), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 8:58 PM
South of Hill not impacted by traffic Toma... But I do agree we need another market, but the politicians nixed them...JMO
By knitter (754), Southampton on Jun 8, 17 10:29 PM
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God help us if this clown is running the Town. I can't decide if this is more terrifying or comical. I guess a little bit of both.
By getalife (50), Southampton on Jun 9, 17 5:59 AM
Jay sears and high hat have some splainin to do. What a horror show
By SlimeAlive (505), Southampton on Jun 9, 17 6:27 AM
The hard core Democrat Party elite will not back Fred , all the more reason to get out the vote in the primary, win that and we'll have Supervisor Havemeyer.
By bigfresh (2783), north sea on Jun 9, 17 6:32 AM
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Thank Christ for Frederick Havemeyer !!!
By pw herman (562), southampton on Jun 9, 17 7:24 AM
Be good to have a Supervisor who will work harder for the Town's residents than at getting his photo in the papers and on 27East!

New respect for Fred!



By Frank Wheeler (1697), Northampton on Jun 9, 17 11:45 AM
Democrats have no original ideas or rising stars- locally or nationally. We are watching the demise of a once great political party
By even flow (386), East Hampton on Jun 13, 17 6:11 AM
Divide and Conquer. They're breaking out the champagne in the pro-Hills camp. Split the Dem vote and you go straight to a GOP victory and Town Board approval for the golf mega-resort.
By Turkey Bridge (1682), Quiogue on Jun 16, 17 3:58 PM
Karma...
By Lion (151), southampton on Jun 16, 17 5:13 PM
Not over yet, Lion.

It should be very enlightening, by the way, for the folks challenging Jay Schneiderman to see who's cheering them on. Lion, I'm sure, needs no introduction. Am I right or am I right?
By Turkey Bridge (1682), Quiogue on Jun 16, 17 10:08 PM
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Pro-Hills Camp Party? Aren't the Democrats running a paid Hills Lobbyist for Trustee?
By Gillnetter (65), Hampton Bays on Jun 19, 17 8:19 AM
Lion, the 8-10 people showing up to this announcement this week were hardly an overwhelming show of force for Mr Havermeyer.

Karma is totally right. The people of the town are not stupid and they realize that this misinformation and hyperbole presented by the opposition to The Hills needs to be ignored. They are like climate change deniers and flat-earth believers. Science means nothing to them, as does rights, due process, respect for the law, respect for planning, and common sense.

This ...more
By Mark Hissey (121), East Quogue on Jun 17, 17 1:16 AM
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From the Long Island Builders Institute Newsletter November 2016:

"The LIBI Community Outreach Committee has been hard at work this month on a mobilization for Discovery Land Group’s project called “The Hills at Southampton”.

"This Outreach mobilization has been a model of how we mobilize our members. We were able to collect over 600 signatures in support of the project on petitions from our members and their employees. We were able to provide numerous speakers ...more
By CleanWater (98), East Quogue on Jun 19, 17 12:54 PM
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Well said!
By A Great American (9), East Quogue on Jun 22, 17 1:02 PM
Well said Mark Hissey!!!
By A Great American (9), East Quogue on Jun 22, 17 1:04 PM
@MarkHissey @AGratingAmerican,

That's not how Karma works, you're really confusing things here by introducing this reference.

And Mark, if your opponents are a minority (which is highly debatable), this does not mean that they are in the wrong because of that. And just because you say you have a majority that does not mean that the law is on your side.

I know that you're not stupid or insincere, Mark I know that you have the best interest of the town and environment ...more
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (354), southampton on Jun 22, 17 1:11 PM
Gee, Mr. Hissey is back, I guess Havemeyer troubles him.....
By Taz (195), East Quogue on Jun 17, 17 9:34 AM
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Now what could possibly be the logic for me being troubled by him? Seriously?

By the way, look up "ellipsis".

And look for the rules on ell
By Mark Hissey (121), East Quogue on Jun 17, 17 11:00 AM
My hope is that Havemeyer will remember that there are issues in Hampton Bays that have gone dormant under the current administration. We have an illegal housing issue, illegal motel usage. Incredible school taxes relative to the rest of Southampton due largley to the illegal housing. And motel usage. The environmental impact will only be solved by addressing the current density issues facing the Hampton Bays Community. An open discussion is to the benefit of all residents.
By tom (46), Hampton Bays on Jun 17, 17 12:24 PM
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REMEMBER SANDY HOLLOW !!!!!!
VOTE FREDDY HAVEMEYER !!!!!!
By pw herman (562), southampton on Jun 17, 17 6:11 PM
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... hey Mark, when can I get a copy of the FEIS?
By William Rodney (432), southampton on Jun 17, 17 8:09 PM
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When it is ready and filed of course. Clerk's office.
By Mark Hissey (121), East Quogue on Jun 18, 17 4:23 PM
Try to take it easy on democrats today. Father's Day is never easy for them.
By SlimeAlive (505), Southampton on Jun 18, 17 10:43 AM
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From the Long Island Builders Institute Newsletter November 2016:

"The LIBI Community Outreach Committee has been hard at work this month on a mobilization for Discovery Land Group’s project called “The Hills at Southampton”.

"This Outreach mobilization has been a model of how we mobilize our members. We were able to collect over 600 signatures in support of the project on petitions from our members and their employees. We were able to provide numerous speakers ...more
By CleanWater (98), East Quogue on Jun 19, 17 1:00 PM
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Q.E.D.
By Taz (195), East Quogue on Jun 19, 17 1:18 PM
We need to have a primary. The so called leadership of my party is running a lobbyist from the Hills for Trustee. No one is reporting on it I had to ask my friends about it after seeing it in the comment section on this site. How can you be a pro-environment party when you run a mouthpiece for PDDs? Go Fred!!!
By CleanWaters (54), Southampton on Jun 19, 17 3:53 PM
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The article states Fred needed 500 signatures by June 13....So did he surpass his goal ???

Would love a follow up on that

Go Fred!!! He'll drain the swamp !!
By toes in the water (501), southampton on Jun 20, 17 7:13 AM
springs fair