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Oct 15, 2014 10:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor Gets Real Estate License

Oct 15, 2014 10:56 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst confirmed this week that she recently obtained a real estate broker’s license through Saunders Realty in Bridgehampton—though she said she still intends to run for reelection next year and has not ruled out a run for another elected office in the future.

Nonetheless, she noted that her tenure at Town Hall will last no more than the next three years, since the town limits a supervisor to four terms in office. Ms. Throne-Holst is in her third term.

“Either way, I’m term-limited out after ... 2017. That’s only three years out—and I’m a single mom with four kids, two of whom are still in school,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “It’s on the back burner while I’m in this office ... but I’d be remiss if I don’t start to think about my future. And it does not mean that is my only consideration.”

The supervisor said that obtaining a real estate license is not necessarily a signal that she will not seek another elected office once her time in Southampton Town Hall is done.

She also said she believes there would be no conflicts of interest in her role as supervisor due to her affiliation with Saunders. But her experience with land use issues from her time at Town Hall, she said, could be valuable to her as a real estate agent, both to the Saunders company and to the town as a whole.

“I’m well-poised to advise people on things they can do to protect their properties, or protect their historic integrity, or work with the town for preservation,” she said.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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She is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson NOT a Broker. You can look up any license on the DOS.
By lifesaver (115), speonk on Oct 16, 14 4:30 PM
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Sounds like a huge conflict of interest no matter what you call it.
By East End 2 (135), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 10:23 PM
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She didn't obtain her license from Saunders per se. She passed the state test --Salesperson, not Broker -- and "parked" with Saunders. And yes, it is clearly a conflict .. .agencies frequently represent property owners that eventually sell to the town through the CPF program. She could easily steer business to the firm, though I'm not saying she would--she is pretty honorable (for a real estate agent!).
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 16, 14 7:02 PM
"single mom with four kids". ATH is utterly shameless in pulling that card. Her & her ex-husbands kids are hardly suffering from circumstances of poverty.
By East End 2 (135), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 7:30 PM
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Divorcee with three adult children and one "adopted" adult child living in rentals with politically connected landlords would be the most accurate way of putting it...
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Oct 17, 14 9:01 AM
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Hey, at least she can now get a job which requires no talent whatsoever. Oh wait, she already has that job.......
By G (324), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 9:38 PM
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Does that license come with some exclusives from Farrel Building Co.?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Oct 16, 14 9:48 PM
All the more reason to not re-elect her. She has done her time and it's time to go. May she have the most success... somewhere else.
By lirider (251), Westhampton Beach on Oct 16, 14 11:21 PM
It is not unethical or criminal to obtain for Anna to obtain a real estate license. What is unethical or criminal is for her to receive huge campaign contributions from huge real estate developers who constantly demand from the Town Zoning variances or PDDs that subvert the people's will which is within the Supervisor's power to hugely influence or approve at the Town Board through quid pro quo backroom deals they are infamous for.

It is prima facie unethical or criminal for a Supervisor ...more
By Obbservant (440), southampton on Oct 16, 14 11:25 PM
Clearly the only ethical choice for the Supervisor is to recuse herself from any discussions or votes on matters to which her "real estate salesperson license employer" has a current or potential future interest in.

But then the aethical Supervisor has been rather remiss in filing the Campaign Finance Committee report that was due July 15, 2014.

As I have urged before the Town needs to redraft it's Ethics Code. The Supervisor's position is a full time job and any relationship ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Oct 16, 14 11:44 PM
She has been for all intents and person a real estate :"sales person" throughout her long time in office while she scrambled to create a resume for herself and suck up to brokers and lock in contacts. that might advance her career path. Not to mention flouncing around uttering stupidities and frustrating the public in service to developers and her dim ideas. Real estate interests are well represented in Town. Sundy Schermeyer, Town Clerk is also a real estate broker.. Herb Phillips, Chair of ...more
By Phanex (83), Southampton on Oct 17, 14 5:06 AM
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I'm not a big fan of ATH but what is wrong with someone looking for a future opportunity? There are so many wrongs going on in the world and this is what the board is worried about? Get a life!
By chief1 (2549), southampton on Oct 17, 14 7:45 AM
For all the noted reasons above, working in Real Estate in The Supervisor's current position is clearly a conflict of interest and would negate how others who worked for the Town had to adhere to that policy in past years which could also result in law suits. The Swearing in Oath covers this conflict.
By maggie (16), East Quogue on Oct 17, 14 7:54 AM
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By rabblerouser (45), Hampton Bays on Oct 17, 14 8:15 AM
"But her experience with land use issues from her time at Town Hall, she said, could be valuable to her as a real estate agent, both to the Saunders company and to the town as a whole.

“I’m well-poised to advise people on things they can do to protect their properties, or protect their historic integrity, or work with the town for preservation,” she said."

Really? Ask the home owners on Sandy Hollow...Guess she won't be steering clients there...Except maybe ...more
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Oct 17, 14 8:18 AM
Aha, guess the hall monitors are out. I repeat: her blatant sales pitch at the end of the article is shameless.
By rabblerouser (45), Hampton Bays on Oct 17, 14 8:32 AM
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Rest in Peace, Sister Jackie Walsh.

July 9, 2012 -- mowed down and left to die on the side of the road, 11 days for the PD to release the alleged driver's photo and ID, and no recent updates from the Supvervisor since that tragic event.

What a tangled web we weave . . .
By PBR (4880), Southampton on Oct 17, 14 8:39 AM
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In all fairness she is not the first supervisor who held a liicense and had real estate interests in the town
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 17, 14 9:17 AM
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This is news, why??
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Oct 17, 14 10:18 AM
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Ask her how much rent she is paying to our esteemed local judge who was recently slapped on the wrist for his ethics.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Oct 17, 14 12:38 PM
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The Duke de Noyaque?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Oct 17, 14 1:29 PM
It figures. If she can't get appointed to higher office, she is going to need a way to support herself.
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Oct 17, 14 4:03 PM
Just as long as we don't have to go on supporting her and her struggling family in their waterfront villa. Little Miss Supervisor's fashion show has lasted long enough.
By rabblerouser (45), Hampton Bays on Oct 17, 14 4:51 PM
Yep. The Duke and the Queen. Seen on many occasion power walking along Long Beach.
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on Oct 18, 14 11:34 AM
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By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Oct 18, 14 12:13 PM
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By ChrisDiPetta (35), on Oct 18, 14 6:55 PM
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By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Oct 18, 14 3:31 PM

ATH will make an excellent salesperson with her extensive background in community affairs and politics and zoning related matters. It's not news, that's very true. In fact, it's a really silly article. But why bash her for moving on with her life? Everyone has to make a living.

Agreed on the comments that it's in conflict with her current role in politics. You can't serve the community while potentially playing on the other side of the fence. At least she will not be doing it while ...more
By Harbor Master (103), Sag Harbor on Oct 18, 14 5:35 PM
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Saunders Realty is lucky to get her-a real assest
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 19, 14 7:20 AM
If you don't vote - don't complain. Put Nov. 3rd. 2015 into your phones or calendars. Get absentee ballots if you'll be out of town. Edmund Burke said "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil - is for good men to do nothing".
By FiddlerCrab (91), Westhampton Beach on Oct 19, 14 10:14 AM
Amazing how politicians grow to think all of their constituents are complete idiots.
To have this woman pronounce to the world that this is not a conflict of interest is absurdity on steroids. Just another example in our fair town of "you can't make this stuff up" .
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Oct 19, 14 2:18 PM
It is a conflict of interest, an obvious one. She should have waited until her term was up before announcing it.
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Oct 19, 14 5:23 PM
Sure beats waitin' tables.
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Oct 19, 14 9:25 PM
Did I see Anna putting up a bunch of balloons and an arrow pointing to Town Hall announcing an open house for real estate developers.......
By watchdog1 (488), Southampton on Oct 20, 14 10:24 AM
We are all "concerned about our future", and she should be worried about not collecting a paycheck after the election next year! I just can't figure out if she is arrogant, stupid, or just plain silly to place her license with a firm now. I suspect it is an unfortunate combination of all three.
By truthinfact (8), amagansett on Oct 20, 14 1:18 PM