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Nov 8, 2017 12:14 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Democrats Sweep In Southampton Town Elections

Tommy John Schiavoni was elected as the newest member of the Southampton Town Board on Tuesday night.  DANA SHAW
Nov 8, 2017 12:27 PM

Four Democrats will serve on the five-member Southampton Town Board—for the first time in history—after Tuesday’s elections.

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, an Independence Party member—his recent switch to Democratic Party registration will take effect next week—easily won with 8,172 votes, or roughly 62 percent of all ballots cast for the town’s top post, during his first bid for reelection, defeating challenger Ray Overton, a Republican and a former Town Trustee, who received 4,872 votes.

Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, a Democrat, also kept her seat, bringing in 7,843 votes, or about 31 percent of the votes cast for Town Council. She will be joined at the dais by newcomer Tommy John Schiavoni, also a Democrat, who defeated incumbent Councilman Stan Glinka, a Republican. Democrat nominee Alex Gregor, the incumbent highway superintendent, also won reelection on Tuesday.

“I feel honored to be reelected,” Ms. Lofstad said on Tuesday night. “I am so looking forward to representing the people of Southampton for four years.”

Ms. Lofstad was first voted into office in January 2016 in a special election to complete the unfinished term of former board member Brad Bender, who resigned after he was arrested for selling prescription painkillers. Starting in January 2018, she will be serving her first full four-year term.

“I feel a little numb—I’m so happy,” Ms. Lofstad said as the night started coming to a close. “But I better get to bed soon, because I have a lot of work to do over these next four years.”

Mr. Schiavoni—who received 6,848 votes, and will be taking Mr. Glinka’s seat—shot his fist in the air in excitement when he realized he had secured a seat on the Town Board.

“I feel so honored. And so proud—I couldn’t have done it alone,” Mr. Schiavoni said. “This is a big statement, that the voters responded to what we ran on. I answered every question that was asked of me, and we ran a strong, clean race. I am just so honored.”

Mr. Schneiderman added to that sentiment.

“It’s hard work, but tonight it shows,” he said. “We have an extraordinary group of candidates to lead Southampton into the future.”

A little more than a third of registered voters in Southampton Town cast votes, up from 2015, the last “off year” election, when turnout was 29 percent, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Some suggested that this year’s Town Board election could be something of a referendum on a proposed golf resort in East Quogue, “The Hills at Southampton,” as the Democratic candidates for Town Council both voiced clear opposition during the campaign.

In the three election districts that include the East Quogue area, turnout was generally higher than the townwide average: 46 percent in ED 35, 41.8 percent in ED 18, and 32 percent in ED 27. In those districts, the vote was mostly split, but the Republican candidates had the edge: 738 votes for Mr. Glinka and 611 for Ms. Dombrowski-Fry, compared to 550 for Mr. Schiavoni and 506 for Ms. Lofstad.

Gordon Herr, chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Party, said he was proud on Tuesday night.

“I’m ecstatic, obviously,” Mr. Herr said at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays as he watched the results roll in. “We ran very strong candidates and had a very unified party. And now we have a true majority in the Town Hall.”

While Mr. Herr speculated that some of the Democratic success could have come from the national upswing in Democratic votes, he was quick to note that there were a lot of strong Democrats on the ballot in the local races, and no national issues on the ballot.

“We had great support from organizations which have not been involved in local politics before but have been galvanized by the national situation,” Mr. Herr said, referring to the high number of Democratic wins across the country on Tuesday that some interpreted as a repudiation of President Donald Trump. “We also emphasized strongly that we needed to have a solid local victory in order to have an enthusiastic base to help defeat [U.S. Representative Lee] Zeldin next year.”

Overall, Mr. Herr credited the candidates, however, giving a special nod to Mr. Schiavoni: “The fact that a first-time candidate, like Tommy John Schiavoni, was able to unseat a Republican incumbent speaks volumes.”

Mr. Schiavoni, a resident of Sag Harbor, had a strong showing in the western half of town, where he collected 46.9 percent of his votes—though that was still far behind his running mate, Ms. Lofstad, a resident of Hampton Bays, whose vote total included 52.4 percent from west of the Shinnecock Canal.

The Republicans’ election night party, held less than two miles west, at Centro Trattoria & Bar in Hampton Bays, was more somber. GOP Chair Dave Betts stood on a fireplace hearth in the restaurant and called everyone’s attention to the news of the big Democratic win. “It’s been a difficult night,” he said.

Mr. Glinka, a Republican, lost in his first reelection bid, bringing in 6,017 votes. His running mate Thea Dombrowski-Fry, also a Republican, had 4,528 votes.

“I’m shocked,” Mr. Glinka said. “It’s amazing, because the outpouring of support that I had throughout the entire day, throughout the entire campaign, was giving me indications. Obviously, the voters proved me wrong tonight, and I congratulate the two winners.”

Also disappointed with the outcome, Ms. Dombrowski-Fry said she is going to continue to work to make the town the best it can be. “It was hard—I had one line,” she said, referring to the GOP line on the ballot. “I did my best, and I met a lot of great people, and I’ll try it again, I think.”

Mr. Overton added to that sentiment.

“I’m disappointed—obviously, I thought it would have been a closer race,” he said. “But, like I said, we identified a number of issues that are affecting the community—especially west of the canal—and we’ve been promised by the opposition that they are going to be dealt with. And they need to be. There needs to be progress over the next few years. And if there’s not, they need to be held accountable.”

The Republicans also faced a loss in the race for highway superintendent.

Incumbent Alex Gregor, a member of the Independence Party who was cross-endorsed by the Democrats, won a third four-year term at the head of his department, bringing in 7,485 votes, or more than 57 percent. He defeated his challenger, Lance Aldrich, a Republican, who collected 5,580 votes.

Mr. Aldrich worked under Mr. Gregor as a general supervisor until the highway superintendent eliminated his position in 2015. Still, Mr. Aldrich prided himself on running an amicable campaign.

“I have no regrets. I had a good run—I had a clean run. I made a statement when I was nominated that I would keep it clean and focus on the issues. The outcome, I’m disappointed with—but, of course, I would be. The people decided what they wanted, and I have to respect that.”

Additionally, a number of incumbents in uncontested races kept their seats in Tuesday’s election.

Longtime Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, a Republican who was been cross-endorsed by Democrats, earned her fourth four-year term of office. Ms. Schermeyer, who lives in Westhampton Beach and has held her seat since 2006, makes $109,242 annually.

Finally, both incumbent Southampton Town justices, Deborah Kooperstein and Barbara Wilson, were reelected. Each earns $72,207 annually and serves a four-year term.

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If you love high taxes, illegal immigration, group housing, uber, over-regulation, hatred of our nation's customs and traditions and out of control health insurance premiums, vote Democrat.
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 7, 17 8:32 AM
so only Dems love Uber?
By Pacman (62), Southampton on Nov 7, 17 9:24 AM
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Slimealive
Sit back and think about the fact that your post makes you appear to be a mindless nut.
By Reasons to be cheerful (1), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 8:09 AM
We call him "slimy" and other than mindless nonsense, he also spouts lies about whether Trump received campaign funds from the NRA (he did).

Welcome to the comments section!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 8, 17 8:17 AM
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We cannot all possess the brilliance you display in your complex strategy of lazily calling people who don't share your beliefs names.
Nov 8, 17 8:20 AM appended by SlimeAlive
Oh and Trump was the only Presidential candidate in 2016 to not accept even 1 penny from the NRA.
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 8:20 AM
The mindless nonsense (a belief that being a Democrat is intrinsically tied to the laundry list of grievances in your post irrespective of the individual) is evident to anyone reading.

But, to your credit, you didn't insist that Trump didn't get money from the NRA this time (he did) so I'll stop bringing it up going forward.

Since the nickname was intrinsically tied to your previous lies, I'll stop using that one too in the spirit of comments section harmony :-)
Nov 8, 17 8:26 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
And your append takes you back to "Slimy"
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 8, 17 8:26 AM
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Let me correct you, if you want racist legislation, biased hiring, special treatment for the rich, poor municipal service for North of the highway, Local politicians supporting building projects that increase their personal business bottom line. Good old boy politics for Daddys Son, higher insurance costs , Keeping Klan like customs, Vote REPUBLICAN Trumpites
By 1percent (40), Quogue on Nov 8, 17 1:33 PM
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That also sounds like an overgeneralization, but Po Boy doesn't want me to care about his feelings so...
Nov 8, 17 1:46 PM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
Woops, wrong chain
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 8, 17 1:46 PM
Tell us again how Trump wasn't supported by the NRA...
By Arnold Timer (271), Sag Harbor on Nov 8, 17 9:08 PM
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The only Presidential candidate to not accept 1 penny from the NRA was Donald Trump.
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 3:49 AM
80+ yr old playbook
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 3:50 AM
They dumped thirty million into the Republican campaign. He is bought completely by the NRA. Try not to be so naive.
By Mets fan (865), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 5:54 AM
They dumped thirty million into the Republican campaign. He is bought completely by the NRA. Try not to be so naive.
By Mets fan (865), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 5:56 AM
And aside from the millions that supported Trump through Super PACs, the candidate ACCEPTED a direct donation from the NRA of $1,000 which is verifiable by anyone with an internet connection and two brain cells.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 5:59 AM
DUMP GREGOR.
DUMP SCHNEIDERMAN.
DUMP GLINKA.
THEY DUMPED ON US
By pw herman (704), southampton on Nov 7, 17 8:47 AM
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No one should vote for Jay Schneiderman if you want truth, transparency and accountability in government. He sent out yet another series of propaganda and false news on Sunday disputing the ad from CCHB. He must think voters are idiots. He took credit for a 10% increase in property values in HB. All property values are up in NYS. Is he taking credit for Riverhead too? Riverhead is up MORE than Hampton Bays. Does he want a trophy for doing his job and taking care of the infrastructure of the ...more
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 7, 17 9:06 AM
DUMP GREGOR
By Pacman (62), Southampton on Nov 7, 17 9:20 AM
better luck next time
By dtrain (6), Dallas on Nov 8, 17 5:01 PM
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better luck next time
By dtrain (6), Dallas on Nov 8, 17 5:01 PM
Write in Fred Havemeyer and vote for Julie Lofstad and Tommy John Schiavoni!
By Taz (285), East Quogue on Nov 7, 17 10:23 AM
No one in Hampton Bays should vote for Tommy John after he said at the debate the issue of the illegal use of the motels and the adverse effect on the schools is a "hampton bays" problem. He clearly showed his true colors.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 7, 17 10:57 AM
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Democrats will find out tonight if stealing signs is a useful tool in campaigning. For that reason I’m voting Row B.
By GoldenBoy (324), EastEnd on Nov 7, 17 11:22 AM
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Same people stole a sign off my neighbors lawn also absolutely outrageous.
By widow gavits (136), sag harbor on Nov 7, 17 4:17 PM
My Dem signs were taken from in front of my house for six days in a row until the Sign Dogs gave up when I replaced them every day.
By Turkey Bridge (1742), Quiogue on Nov 7, 17 6:01 PM
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"Stupid is as stupid does".
By pw herman (704), southampton on Nov 7, 17 6:12 PM
LOL. George, you’re a target.
By Draggerman (668), Southampton on Nov 7, 17 11:51 PM
Those in the know are aware of the underground group that steals signs of all parties....only b/c they are all so ugly.

long standing group on the east end.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (401), southampton on Nov 7, 17 7:00 PM
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KUDOS to our superb Councilwomen, Julie Lofastad for her LANDSLIDE re-election! No one other than our homegrown HAMPTON BAYS FISHERLADY has done more to protect our waters, schools and HAMLET !
By carsrus (57), Hampton Bays on Nov 7, 17 10:38 PM
It was a landslide victory for Democrats in Southampton and East Hampton Town races.
By Arnold Timer (271), Sag Harbor on Nov 8, 17 12:09 AM
You now have a true progressive Democratic Party majority in the Town Board, not the phony Democratic majority we had under Throne Holst and the drug pusher specifically chosen by the Dem Executive Committee that drove Bridget Fleming out of Southampton. Wonders happen when the larger enlightened Dem Committee gains influence.
By Obbservant (439), southampton on Nov 8, 17 12:22 AM
Congratulations to all who got elected / re-elected (even 2 faced Alex)!
By Summer Resident (208), Southampton N.Y. on Nov 8, 17 12:53 AM
Thank you to the Southampton community, specifically, the EQ residents, the Pine Barrens Association under the leadership of Dick Amper, the Group for the South Fork under the leadership of Bob Deluca,, Ron Kass' CLEAN, Al ALgieri and all of the other environmental groups for getting so very involved this year. That is the power of a democracy. More power to Julie Lofstand for standing up to the bullying and maintaining her dignity and integrity - hopefully it will rob off on the re-elected supervisor. ...more
By zappy (41), east quogue on Nov 8, 17 5:49 AM
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Discovery's attacks on Julie were completely out of bounds and completely backfired. Kudos to SH voters for rejecting those tactics and shoving it right back in Discovery's faces. We vote for people and policy here, not for scare tactics and negative nonsense.
By Craigcat (164), Speonk on Nov 8, 17 10:40 AM
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Who on earth is voting for Jay Schneiderman!?
By SlimeAlive (627), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 5:58 AM
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Crushing loss for Hampton Bays. Those that voted for Jay showed they are more concerned about party politics than true leadership, stewardship, and accountability. Such a sad commentary.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 6:37 AM
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Doesn't seem like much good is going to happen in HB for the next few years. Not sure why people think that after a first term of doing nothing for HB, someone is actually going to care and do the job they were elected to do.
By bb (721), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 8:45 AM
The former administration killed HB by closing all the bars. When the bars closed the money / people went else whee.
By JM11968 (66), southampton on Nov 8, 17 8:57 AM
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Not everyone who colored in the circle for Schniderman voted for him. Many voted against Overton and his positions. It is my firmly held belief that all ballots should have a line for "None of the Above". If nobody gets more than 50% of the vote, it's a do over with new candidates.
By bird (627), Sag Harbor on Nov 8, 17 1:39 PM
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Lyft lovers?
By Pacman (62), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 3:26 PM
Get the message Lee Zeldin?
By Toma Noku (579), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 8:57 AM
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The tears of the conservative 27east commenters will be flowing heavily today
By johnj (687), Westhampton on Nov 8, 17 9:03 AM
It must be easy to do your victory dance in Westhampton. I really don't understand how anyone in Hampton Bays thinks Jay and Tommy John are going to do anything to help Hampton Bays.
especially the "moms". I guess they listened to Julie and her minions about how great things are and how they hate the negativity. Let's see if they are made fools of like some of us were the last time.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 9:26 AM
and what exactly did Glinka accomplish in four years? Besides sticking his head in the trough of the corrupt Southampton Republican Party. Don't worry stan I'm sure they'll find a cushy spot for you-just get out your checkbook
By CaptainSig (644), Dutch Harbor on Nov 8, 17 4:35 PM
Could you explain what exactly that means? What are you accusing him of?

I saw much more of Stan than I saw of Julie in the same amount of time. I heard much more from Stan during meetings that I heard from Julie in the same amount of time.
By bb (721), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 8:37 PM
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THE END IS NEAR
By pw herman (704), southampton on Nov 8, 17 9:32 AM
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Congratulations and best of luck to the winners.
By Craigcat (164), Speonk on Nov 8, 17 10:19 AM
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Gotta love pw’s post, “THE END IS NEAR.” Forgive me, pw, if I ever called you a one-trick pony. You’re entirely wrong as always, but very entertaining. Such talent deserves recognition.

Congratulations to the winners and to ALL who ran for office. It’s a big commitment putting yourself forward to serve the community, and every single person who participated in this election, as candidate or active supporter, as winner or loser, deserves our thanks. So thanks ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1742), Quiogue on Nov 8, 17 11:32 AM
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Turkey Bridge .... You're the man. Job well done. The future generation of Southampton Town will thank You even if they never meet you.
GB
By SpeedRacer (61), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 10:06 PM
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to Turkey Bridge:

Ditto the congrats.

However, as I have mentioned in the past, it is a mistake to respond to pw herman. He's an adolescent pretending to adulthood whose posts are the substance-free literary equivalent of his pulling his underpants over his head and shouting, "Look at me!" If you feed his craving for attention, he and his puerile inanity will only hang around. Ignore him and he will retreat to more age appropriate venues.
By highhatsize (3298), East Quogue on Nov 10, 17 10:04 AM
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Hampton Bays remains the toilet of the hamptons. Few more years of getting crapped on
By bigblue84 (45), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 11:35 AM
Great news for the East End. Finally, rational people doing their jobs and not supporting the 1%, wingnut conservatives and Trump knuckleheads. And the good news includes Democratic sweeps in NYC, NJ and Virginia. Onward and upward in 2018. Let's put balance back in Congress by ridding us of the con men serving the billionaire olygarchs who are driving American into ruin.
By Jolly Roger (3), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 12:48 PM
Dream
By Erin 27 E (881), hampton bays on Nov 8, 17 6:44 PM
Democrats can have NJ. The only people there are hostages and springsteen fans.

You can also have the popular vote, the governors seat in VA and all the school boards you want.

We'll take the Electoral College and the White House.
By even flow (496), East Hampton on Nov 8, 17 1:14 PM
Sorry to inform, even flow, but you'll be needing directions to the Big House.
By June Bug (1412), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 8, 17 1:32 PM
Who needs directions when Uber can take you there?
By Pacman (62), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 3:19 PM
Really am Proud that our local Community has taken a look at Democratic values and a more perfect way of giving a hand up that a hand down. I think its time to bring a little Democratic leadership in local towns like Quogue, that really doesnt have an election because all the Blue Jackets just run unopposed. Time to elect an Democrat.
By 1percent (40), Quogue on Nov 8, 17 1:39 PM
Are you saying that Jay, Bouvier & Julie weren't Democratic the past two years? Not to mention that Julie ran on the Conservative line as well. Does that make her less of a Democrat?
By bb (721), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 6:43 PM

The people have spoken. They don't want to live in the world Trump and his minions are trying to create. People on this site who support him, like 27dan, erin & widow gavits are going the way of the dinosaurs: extinct. However, unlike the dinosaurs, they won't be missed.

The man who wrote the anti-trans bathroom bill just lost the election to a trans woman in Va.. Just let that sink in for a while.
By johnj (687), Westhampton on Nov 8, 17 4:03 PM
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some of us whom have "spoken" and voted for democrats are also Trump supporters-we just refuse to vote for the corrupt Republican party in this town
By CaptainSig (644), Dutch Harbor on Nov 8, 17 4:40 PM
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and some of us that voted for republicans are not Trump supporters, Some of us voted on the issues facing our community and voted for the best people we thought would handle them. I can't believe anyone could vote for Jay if you followed what has gone on for the past two years. It is also sad that this became a one-issue election for some. The current Board is going to vote on the Hills and probably going to be decided in the courts. What a sad statement for our community.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 5:15 PM
the local election has absolutely NOTHING to do with President Trump, local politics has little in common with national politics, I voted for Trump and am quite pleased with his presidency so far, but voted for Tommy John Schiavoni and Julie Lofstad because they ,like Trump, represent what's important to me.
By bigfresh (2984), north sea on Nov 8, 17 6:08 PM
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If you were one of those that decided solely on the Hills, that may or may not actually be their decision, you have voted for a "limousine liberal" that we are stuck with for 4 years. Thank you so much.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 6:20 PM
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I don't give a crap about the hills or that fool algieri who thinks he's the mayor. Overton is not qualified he was a dunce as a trustee sat in the corner never said a word. I am ashamed to be a republican in this town- candidates are incompetant, the party is corrupt, a rep trustee commits crimes and he is covered, rep lieutenant should have been fired saved by rep town board- goes on and on. Disgrace
By CaptainSig (644), Dutch Harbor on Nov 9, 17 6:33 AM
You should be ashamed to be a republican in the Town. It is a mess and the democrats have a machine. You should have voted on issues. Can you say that Schneiderman has done anything in his two years except go to Good Ground Park, color ducks and play the drums at every event he can. Frank Zapone and Connie Conway runs the show as if they know what they are doing. Maybe Ray is not the shining star you had hoped, but he was better than Jay. Maybe work with you Committee and not poke them ...more
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 8:18 AM
Well it's nice to see that some people are able to put their Town over their Party. Now if you could just do the same for your country, that would be great.
By johnj (687), Westhampton on Nov 9, 17 3:59 PM
Why don't you people want a beautiful golf coarse community to add to your tax roles ? I don't get it? They said they had a plan to mitigate the nitrogen and agreed to have the course continually monitored ? That should be the end of the story ? So what is the real reason your against It ?
By Ditch Bum (314), Water Mill on Nov 8, 17 6:36 PM
don't you know why ? they don't like outsiders

don't let their secret out shhh
By Erin 27 E (881), hampton bays on Nov 8, 17 6:43 PM
Because enough is enough. The current level of overdevelopment is sufficient.
By Mr. Z (9462), North Sea on Nov 8, 17 9:12 PM
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They also said sweet and low was safe, wmd’s were in Iraq and jet fuel took down the towers. Maybe they are lying in the name of profit. Either way you don’t want to gamble when it comes to our water supply.
By icecreamman (305), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 6:32 AM
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But you are gambling because you don't know what all those AOR houses are going to do! Who is going to be testing their nitrogen levels? What kind of fertilizers will they use? How many families are going to live there? How many more children in the schools...I really don't understand the object. If the choice was no building vs the Hills, I'd get it. One way or another you are getting building. Don't you want to try and control what happens there?

By bb (721), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 7:33 PM
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THE HORROR, THE HORROR
By pw herman (704), southampton on Nov 8, 17 8:35 PM
Thank you for including the East Quogue vote splits, it confirms based on my own numerous conversations in the local community what I felt was the overall opinion on the Hills, despite the unverified but commonly beaten drum of non-supporters commonly seeming to state as though it was a fact that "the EQ community overwhelmingly does not support it". I am referring only to EQ and not greater SH Township.
By gquogue (2), East Quogue on Nov 8, 17 9:34 PM
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While it looked close at times and even dark. at times...Courageous Councilwoman Julie Lufstad and newly elected Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni beat back the big money DLC and their candidates to help save and preserve the East End of Long Island. While these words might seem over the top, you weren't in their shoes. So Thank You Julie & Tommy John for a job well done.
By SpeedRacer (61), Southampton on Nov 8, 17 10:17 PM
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gquogue,, you are so right. What is surprising is that the OWNER of In BETWEEN spoke out IN FAVOR of the HILLS - How now is he supporting the anti-Hills Town Board? Maybe some of us in Hampton Bays and East Quogue should no longer support HIS restaurant. Has he seen the blight in Hampton Bays? Does he really think that the people he supported are going to do anything about it. The Town leadership is so anti-business development west of the canal and now it is going to be worse. Those east ...more
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 17 11:58 PM
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... you are out of line when you call for a boycott of a business because they don't agree with you - way out of line.
By William Rodney (461), southampton on Nov 9, 17 9:44 AM
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Can you imagine a scenario where a business supports something that would make you want to boycott them?

What if a business were refusing service to certain groups of people you sympathize with?

Or what if that business were donating funds to a cause you could not support in good conscience?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 9:53 AM
You are entitled to your opinion and I am as well. I don't support business owners that one day go to a public hearing speaking in support of the Hills to help local businesses and then support candidates that are against it. Look at the blight on Main Street, is the owner actively helping there? Is his party politics more important than Hampton Bays? I support those businesses that support Hampton Bays, not party politics. It was my go to place...not anymore.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 10:15 AM
I understand this issue is very important to you, but is it possible that the owner can support The Hills but vote for an anti-Hills candidate based on other issues that are more important to him?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 10:24 AM
Important to them locally or nationally? I support businesses that bleed purple first and then red or blue. If you are not with Hampton Bays, you are against us.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 10:42 AM
I won't pretend to know the owner's convictions, or belittle your right to boycott, but reasonable minds CAN disagree.

It's possible the owner thought that, while The Hills would undoubtedly bring much benefit to the local area, the anti-Hills candidate brought other qualifications that mattered more to him.

In any event, my own opinion is that The Hills is a foregone conclusion regardless of who is on the board. I predict the people opposed to development on the east end will ...more
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 10:50 AM
Let me make it very clear that while I agree with the majority of HBP's comments above I vehemently disagree with his opening sentences. The owners of the business can certainly open their facility to a group without endorsing its policies. It was with that in mind that I "liked" his message.
By VOS (989), WHB on Nov 9, 17 3:25 PM
I agree that someone can rent out a restaurant and the owner does not know who the group is, but that is rare. Three of the four town council candidates were Hampton Bays residents. Shame on anyone that did not vote for 2 of them no matter which party they belonged to.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 4:55 PM
Why are there so many signs and billboards still standing? Why were they there to begin with? Has anyone ever been persuaded to vote for a particular candidate because they saw a name on a sign? Should someone using a sign as a reason to vote for a candidate even be allowed to vote?

Another fine example of how the political hacks show how much they put their little parties ahead of the people of the town. Clean up your mess, you hacks!
By VOS (989), WHB on Nov 9, 17 2:46 AM
How many write in votes did Fred Havermeyer receive please press news group?
By icecreamman (305), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 6:42 AM
The Board of Elections reports 75 write-in votes, or 0.75% of the total votes, without identifying the names.
By PBR (4813), Southampton on Nov 14, 17 7:40 PM
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If the “democrats” were also on the “conservative” line, the “working families” line and the “republican” line how can you say the democrats swept?

By even flow (496), East Hampton on Nov 9, 17 6:46 AM
I'm going to assume they're registered members of the Democratic party.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 6:50 AM
Want to make an ass out of you and me? One of the easiest ways to do it is to assume. Making assumptions is risky, full of ego, and typically inaccurate by its very nature.
By even flow (496), East Hampton on Nov 9, 17 7:36 AM
What if that assumption is based on the article?:

"Four DEMOCRATS will serve on the five-member Southampton Town Board" (literally the first sentence)

"Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, a Democrat"

"Tommy John Schiavoni, also a Democrat"

"Democrat nominee Alex Gregor"
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 7:43 AM
I think you meant democrat opportunist Jay Schneiderman not Alex Gregor. You should know who you voted for and their positions and not just their party. The victory dance that all of you are doing in HB for this battle is a loss of the real war. These people care nothing about Hampton Bays. Even if Julie fights for us, she now has 3 against us. Those of you that just followed along listening to people that you think you can trust were fooled. You should have looked at the facts. Some in our ...more
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 8:03 AM
So when you vote it's based on the facts and issues, but when others disagree it's because they got fooled?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 8:28 AM
Enough, clean up all of your polluting eye sore signs. All parties, thank you...
By knitter (870), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 8:06 AM
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Lawn litter.
By Resident tax (103), Hampton bays ny on Nov 14, 17 9:15 PM
Happy Days Are Here Again.
By watchdog1 (401), Southampton on Nov 9, 17 8:19 AM
You got it, watchdog1, happy days indeed, but along with that comes major responsibility. I’m sure that our new Town Board will be equal to it. They won’t please everyone, you never can, but they’ll do the job for the people.

Congratulations to everybody, the winners and the losers. It’s a big commitment to offer yourself to serve the community, and whoever does it deserves a lot of credit. So here’s to everyone who participated in this campaign, both candidates ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1742), Quiogue on Nov 9, 17 9:00 AM
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This is the root problem with you George, it is the victory or defeat like some sort of a game or competition. For some of us, it is our lives and quality of life. Somewhere along the way, you all seemed to have forgotten that - on both sides.
By HB Proud (748), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 10:07 AM
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Yep, plenty of people are unperturbed by their proposed tax increases because they "won"
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 9, 17 10:15 AM
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Newsday's interactive map indicates East Quogue residents overwhelmingly voted for council members that support the Hills. The locals have spoken.
By A Great American (18), East Quogue on Nov 9, 17 12:31 PM
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What's with the alternative facts???
Newsday's interactive map shows the following: East Quogue (AD1,ED18) Lofstad:229, Glinka:213, Schiavoni:196, Fry:168 also just west of East Quogue (AD1,ED9) Lofstad:211, Glinka:196, Schiavoni:187, Fry:175. So Lofstad won in both EDs, Glinka beat Schiavoni by 26 votes in those EDs and Fry was behind everyone just like in the townwide count. So if the whole Town voted like East Quogue, the only difference is that Glinka would have won instead of Schiavoni, ...more
By Arnold Timer (271), Sag Harbor on Nov 9, 17 7:51 PM
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Newsday's interactive map specifically DOES NOT include the results for the HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT of Town of SOUTHAMPTON. Why would that be? Any one ?
By foodwhiner (112), Southampton on Nov 15, 17 11:06 AM
Newsday's interactive map indicates East Quogue residents overwhelmingly voted for council members that support the Hills. The locals have spoken.
By A Great American (18), East Quogue on Nov 9, 17 12:32 PM
So have the Politicians. But can you trust them? That remains to be seen.
By bb (721), Hampton Bays on Nov 9, 17 7:34 PM
That is not true.
Newsdays interactive map shows that Julie won in EQ as well as her landslide victory in the entire Town.
By CleanWater (116), East Quogue on Nov 10, 17 7:32 AM
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My guess is that the Hills project is going to pass no matter who said what, and you can't take back your votes.
By pigroast (10), East Quogue on Nov 9, 17 1:32 PM
pick up the damn signs already. fast to get them up very slow to take them down.
By xtiego (602), bridgehampton on Nov 9, 17 4:34 PM
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Team Zacarese seems to be the worst offender. I still see his signs up everywhere.
By Craigcat (164), Speonk on Nov 13, 17 12:03 PM
pick up the damn signs already. fast to get them up very slow to take them down.
By xtiego (602), bridgehampton on Nov 9, 17 4:34 PM
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The best thing about these results is the diminishment of the presence of the Independen[ce] Party.

How long will this duplicitous "party" continue to exist before the NYS Attorney General finally compels it to change its name to something that ignorant electors won't confuse with the word "Independen[t]?
By highhatsize (3298), East Quogue on Nov 11, 17 9:53 AM
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Somone must have a weekend pass
By They call me (2143), southampton on Nov 11, 17 1:13 PM
Take one and head over to Brownback's GOP Kansas template for conservative government.


One of the most secretive, "dark states": What is Kansas trying to hide?

BY LAURA BAUER, JUDY L. THOMAS AND MAX LONDBERG
The Kansas City Star
NOVEMBER 12, 2017 7:00 AM


“We’ve had a real problem with this current administration,” Hensley said. “This is the least transparent administration I have seen. To be able to even get basic information about ...more
By Mr. Z (9462), North Sea on Nov 13, 17 9:26 PM
If any party wants to secure power for years to come they should relieve us from having to use an area code to make a local call. Dumbest Gd rule in our town’s history.
By even flow (496), East Hampton on Nov 12, 17 6:20 AM
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Yes, it must be awful to turn the rotary dial that many times.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 13, 17 12:07 PM
I sincerely don’t mind your active trolling of my comments. It says much more about you than it says about me.

That being said, perhaps refraining when you have nothing to add would be a nice gesture towards this of us who must wallow through your fluffy wonder bread posts to get to posts with substance.
By even flow (496), East Hampton on Nov 15, 17 7:33 AM
Sorry, I should have been more direct: your grievance is dumb.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (546), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 15, 17 7:38 AM
Like I said....
By even flow (496), East Hampton on Nov 15, 17 7:44 AM
Why is it dumb ?
By Sturgis (242), Southampton on Nov 19, 17 10:18 AM
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