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Apr 9, 2018 4:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Southampton Town Democratic Committee Chairman Neil Tiger Dies April 6

Neil Tiger at a Southampton Town Board meeting in December 2010. FILE PHOTO
Apr 10, 2018 10:31 AM

Former Southampton Town Democratic Committee chairman Neil Tiger died on April 6, 2018, at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care on Quiogue, of bladder cancer, said his sister, Abbe Tiger. He was 69 and was a resident of Southampton.

A graduate of Hofstra University--after a four year interruption to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972--he went on to get a law degree from Cornell Law School. He started in politics in the late 1970s.

He served three years as election commissioner from 2000 to 2002, worked as executive director and counsel to Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corporation from 2003 to 2011 and continued as a consultant through 2012. He was chairman of the Southampton Democratic committee and a candidate for the Suffolk County Legislature in 1992.

Gorden Herr, chair of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, said Mr. Tiger “was a great Democrat and was proud and public about his progressive views at a time when it was not a popular position in the Town of Southampton. Nevertheless, everyone respected his philosophy, his brilliant mind and his ability to get to the heart of an issue. He was a loyal friend—in fact he had good friends from all political persuasions. He will be missed.”

Former Southampton Town Clerk Marietta Seaman, who also worked for Suffolk OTB, carpooled with Mr. Tiger. “We started as two people on different sides of the political divide sharing a ride and we ended up great friends,” said Ms. Seaman. After his diagnosis, the carpooling became rides to chemotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Commack.

“He was incredibly intelligent about the law, politics and music,” said Ms. Seaman.

Another friend from across the aisle, former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, a Republican, said “Neil was a brilliant attorney with unmatched expertise in election law and was always politically astute. His sage advice helped many along the way, including myself. He crossed party lines to work with independent-minded people like me and trusted friends like Marietta Seaman to fight the good fight for what is right, just and in the interest of good government. I am grateful to have known Neil and thank him for his service to our country, our community, and for his generous spirit.:

In addition to his sister, he is survived by his wife, Kaye Umana of Southampton.

No funeral service is planned.

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Scary-looking man, but a passionate one, probably 25-30 years ago the brightest force in a moribund Southampton Town Democratic Party!

Before Neil, the was effectively no Democratic Party in the Town. Any success they enjoy today, started with Neil Tiger!

R.I.P. sir.

By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Apr 9, 18 5:56 PM
Rest In Peace, Mr. Tiger. I’ll miss your honesty and integrity.

By Draggerman (847), Southampton on Apr 9, 18 7:16 PM
Wait three days, I think he will resurrect...
By Funbeer (250), Southampton on Apr 9, 18 7:50 PM
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By DiseaseDiocese (288), Riverhead on Apr 9, 18 11:10 PM
I did not know the man but found his posts on here always very informative,including his willingness to challenge his own party. Condolences to his loved ones. Rest In Peace.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 10, 18 9:41 AM
As Mr. Wheeler says, Neil Tiger was there for the rise of the Southampton Democrats, but we won't hold that against him -- nobody's perfect. I will personally miss Neil's readiness to engage, his zeal and his legal erudition.

One scene I'll never forget was at a re-canvass of a vote for Town Supervisor. In that election, Neil had supported Linda Kabot's independent write-in campaign. The Board of Elections room was filled with the lawyers and volunteers for the Republicans and Democrats ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1902), Quiogue on Apr 10, 18 10:40 AM
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By Draggerman (847), Southampton on Apr 10, 18 5:15 PM
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By Turkey Bridge (1902), Quiogue on Apr 10, 18 9:28 PM
Got to know Neil pretty well during The Southampton Party days in the early 90’s. Decent fellow with his finger on the pulse of Southampton Town. Enjoyed his comments on 27 East. RIP.
By Doug Penny (63), Hobe Sound, FL on Apr 10, 18 2:47 PM
Rest In Peace, Neil.
You were an advocate for all the people of Southampton.
Your posts on 27 East will be greatly missed.

Sincerest condolences to the family.
By SpeedRacer (125), Southampton on Apr 10, 18 7:54 PM
Neil Tiger,

So articulate and politically knowledgeable, qualities that the current Southampton Democrats lack.

Your leadership and understanding of the political problems existing in this town are sorely missed.

By HamptonClassic (79), Southampton on Apr 10, 18 8:07 PM
as time goes buy sometimes you learn the people you most admire are your adversaries. may he rest in peace.
By ernest wruck (9), eastport on Apr 11, 18 8:40 PM
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