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May 29, 2018 12:34 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Announces Run For Suffolk County Comptroller This Fall

Jay Schneiderman. PRESS FILE
May 29, 2018 5:04 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will run for Suffolk County comptroller on November’s ballot, but he will not be stepping down from his town position to campaign.

Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat who said he will be picking up a petition next week from the Suffolk County Board of Elections, announced his run on Tuesday.

“It would be a great honor to serve the county as comptroller,” he said. “I think I would be an independent and vigilant fiscal watchdog for county residents.”

Mr. Schneiderman will challenge incumbent Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, a Republican, this fall. Mr. Schneiderman and Mr. Kennedy formerly served together on the Suffolk County Legislature.

Both Mr. Schneiderman, who currently makes $117,147 plus benefits annually in his town post, and Mr. Kennedy, who makes $197,681 plus benefits annually, formerly served together on the County Legislature.

According to the comptroller’s website, the post serves as the chief investment officer for the county, administers the collection of delinquent taxes and bail, and maintains the records of the county’s 600,000 tax parcels.

The supervisor said he would not step down from his town post to campaign, but would do so if elected. He won reelection to a two-year term as supervisor in November 2017.

He pledged that the campaign would not get in his way of running the town over the next several months. “My main focus is to run the town—to manage the Town of Southampton,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “My duties will come first.”

If Mr. Schneiderman is elected to the county comptroller position, he would have to resign his supervisor post, and Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone likely would sit at the dais in Mr. Schneiderman’s place to conduct meetings until a replacement was elected. His position would be more in line with a town manager, as he wouldn’t be able to vote with the Town Board.

Mr. Zappone would serve as interim supervisor until a special election could be held to fill the position through the remainder of Mr. Schneiderman’s current term in 2019.

The move would not be unprecedented: When then-Supervisor Fred W. Thiele Jr. left his position mid-term in the mid-1990s when he was elected to the State Assembly, the town’s administrator, Richard Blowes, served as acting supervisor until former Supervisor Vince Cannuscio was elected in a special election.

Mr. Schneiderman was backed by County Executive Steve Bellone on Tuesday. “Jay Schneiderman has the integrity, competence and independence needed to be an outstanding county comptroller,” he said in a written statement.

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LIsten to me people. This is not a joke. You vote for this man to be in charge of the $$ and you'll regretit for all eternity. Southampton Town cannot afford any more skimming of our funds so this guy can buy his way to Albany. Trust me on this!!!
By SlimeAlive (1102), Southampton on May 29, 18 2:12 PM
Well said...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on May 29, 18 3:13 PM
Go Jay go I have a sign up on my lawn can’t say what it says but it’s not a compliant.
By watchdog1 (509), Southampton on May 29, 18 4:24 PM
Code Enforcement should be able to tell you what you have to do to get that sign to be compliant. 631-728-3400
By Pacman (232), Southampton on May 29, 18 4:42 PM
My neighbor has an aesthetically offensive sign next to their driveway : (

I can't vouch for how he handles government money but Mr. Scneiderman is meaningfully involved on the east-end, frequently attending events and seems to me like a nice guy who genuinely wants to help his community.

What has Mr. Schneiderman done that illustrates his inability to effectively and sensibly carry out the duties of Suffolk County Comptroller? What has the incumbent accomplished that should ...more
By Aeshtron (281), Southampton on May 29, 18 6:22 PM
You mean you want to have respectful dialogue and debate? You actually want examine a subject with reason? You are willing to approach something with an open mind? That's crazy talk!!!
By Craigcat (249), Speonk on May 30, 18 11:35 AM
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Moving up is the American way. Jay Schneiderman has given good service as Supervisor of East Hampton and Southampton Towns, plus twelve years as a County Legislator. So why shouldn’t he move up to a County position as Comptroller if he can?

Jay’s getting flak from than one source for this move. To those who say he’s somehow breaking faith with the voters, I say, grow up, you elect a guy to one office and you better be ready to see him try to move to a higher office if ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 29, 18 8:21 PM
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Jay Schneiderman is a complete and utter fraud as a public servant, TB -- you'll defend him because he's now a documented Democrat, but look at your property tax bill!

Don't know if you really are a waterfront Hamptons-ite, but your taxes over there must be most substantial than mine arem-- and I've had two (2!) tax increases in the past four years because the camera-preening Supervisor likes to spend our money.

And he's a carpet-bagger to boot!



By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 30, 18 9:27 AM
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Pretty sure Jay had to raise taxes to make up for the abhorrent state ATH put the Town into. Zero percent budget increase for 5 years? If a private business ran that way, they would be out of business in a hurry. Costs go up every year. What she did was irresponsible and now the Town has to play catch up on its crumbling infrastructure thanks to her.
By eagleeye (66), Sag Harbor on May 30, 18 2:09 PM
Jay is the poster boy as to why there should not be career politicians!! He has been suckling at the government teat for far too long and has done well for himself but not for his employers. The facti is that he tried to sell one of OUR TOADS to Shinnecock Golf Club at the behest of Bloomberg!! Good riddance!
By bigfresh (4044), north sea on May 29, 18 8:52 PM
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One of our toads? He didn’t! That sob!! Those damn golfers have been after our toads for years, use em for practice. That’s it, I’m done with this guy!
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 29, 18 9:12 PM
TB, did your boy Jay try to take our toads?

Seriously, like I told ya when he was first running for supervisor, we were just a stepping stone on his path. Which is fine, but don’t BS us with how you want to be in SH to be near your kids. I bet there will be a for sale sign on David Whites if he wins.
By Draggerman (860), Southampton on May 30, 18 8:09 PM
Turkey Bridge Suffolk county is bankrupt and Jay was there the whole time. By the way do you still have your waterfront house with the cesspool system leaching into the ground? lmao hypocrite
By chief1 (2603), southampton on May 29, 18 9:55 PM
A lot of people do. Sadly, when most of the homes were built out here there was little thought about the long term impact on our waters. Same goes for the fertilizers and pesticides that we have used, and continue to use. Now state, county, town govt are actively exploring solutions, which will only work if we all change our habits. So I'm glad that you are aware of the problem, Chief. I also hope that you will be part of the solution.
By Craigcat (249), Speonk on May 30, 18 11:45 AM
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This position requires a person who understands and acts with the highest standard of governance, transparency and accountability - not a personable guy who is a musician and former chemistry teacher. Supervisor Schneiderman insists that he "lowered taxes" when the reality is just that property values went up more than the tax increase. He "gets" what needs to be done in Hampton Bays and it is about time he does something about it and not just kick the can down the road like his predecessor did. ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (327), Hampton Bays on May 30, 18 8:53 AM
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Take neely with you.
By knitter (1604), Southampton on May 30, 18 11:51 AM
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Hey pw Herman, he’s a decent drummer.
By Fred s (1988), Southampton on May 30, 18 3:14 PM
Perhaps Ms Scalara will step up and run for Supervisor. I think it might be her time.
By bird (755), Sag Harbor on May 30, 18 8:47 PM
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Jay - Another carpetbagger and opportunist!!! Using our beautiful town for his own benefit, he does not give a crap about SH. Move up-island Jay!!!! He will not win as comptroller. When he runs again as Supervisor in SH vote him OUT!!!!
By luvdogs08 (15), southampton on May 30, 18 9:53 PM
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Jay, go and take some of the board with you.
PLEASE...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on May 31, 18 10:21 AM
I'v e met with Jay and let me tell you, his word is NOT his bond.
Personally, I'm even sorry to see him as town supervisor.
Jay is all about collecting money from middle class hard working individuals and spending it only God Knows Where.
When I moved to Southampton, we had an automatic burglar and fire alarm reset aannualy, as is the practice in Riverhead and most of Suffolk County. With Jay in power, we lost our automatic reset. For many years there was no reset at all and if you had ...more
By jediscuba (56), Suthampton on May 31, 18 8:09 PM
The Supervisor's office no longer can differentiate between lies and the truth. Jay has now dug his hole so deep, he is not going to be able to dig out. Jay needs to stay just where he is and we need to have the pleasure to vote him next year. I can't believe I can actually say I now have more respect for ATH since at least she didn't run for Town Supervisor when she knew she was going to run for Congress the following year.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 1, 18 12:04 PM
When you elect a politician who's only in it for himself, you get a politician who's in it for himself. Jay is a joke.
By HB90 (156), southampton on Jun 3, 18 4:54 PM
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Jay is an absolute empty suit who has not accomplished/done a single thing in his term.
By politcal pawn (117), Flanders on Jun 4, 18 6:00 PM
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Jay caved to political pressure from the East Quogue erosion control district donors . There was an agreement to open up the parking area at Triton Lane (Hot Dog Beach) and have a kayak / paddle board launch site on the bay side but the donors put the squeeze on him and the deal just disappeared like it never happened. FOLLOW THE MONEY
By bigfresh (4044), north sea on Jun 5, 18 6:36 AM
Interesting. I thought the Supervisor's office was just filled with liars - now they may be thieves too. Pray for their souls.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 18 8:10 AM
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By luvdogs08 (15), southampton on Sep 17, 18 8:34 PM
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Jay has been the sole (only) voice and leading force in the HB Water situation. He deserves the credit for the solution which should be revealed soon. Jay is intelligent and skillful.
No politician will please all of the voters all of the time. That would be impossible.

Vote for Jay for Comptroller and let him proceed to his next level of service.
By Red Flag (33), HamptonBays on Oct 29, 18 9:36 PM
Jay has been the sole (only) voice and leading force in the HB Water situation. He deserves the credit for the solution which should be revealed soon. Jay is intelligent and skillful.
No politician will please all of the voters all of the time. That would be impossible.

Vote for Jay for Comptroller and let him proceed to his next level of service.
By Red Flag (33), HamptonBays on Oct 29, 18 9:36 PM