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Mar 15, 2011 3:25 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Heaney Seeks Nomination To Run Against Schneiderman

Mar 15, 2011 3:25 PM

As political parties contemplate their nominations for this year’s election, former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick “Skip” Heaney is gearing up to challenge incumbent County Legislator Jay Schneiderman for his seat representing the South Fork in the county’s lawmaking body.

Mr. Heaney said this week that he will seek the Republican and Conservative nominations to challenge Mr. Schneiderman this fall, and has garnered the support of local Republican leaders. He said it’s likely the Republican and Conservative parties will select their slates of candidates late this month or early next month, and added that he is “optimistic” about the prospect of being cross-endorsed by the two parties.

“It’s different for me this time, because I’m not an incumbent,” said Mr. Heaney, 66, an East Quogue resident who held the top position in Southampton Town from 2002 to 2007 and has worked for the county ever since. “I’m not currently an elected official, so I have been going through a screening process with the Republican leadership and with the Conservative Party, and those folks haven’t made their final decision. So I’m reluctant to jump out and say something that I wouldn’t be able to seriously undertake.”

Mr. Schneiderman, 48, a Montauk resident who has represented the 2nd District since 2004, said he will seek a fifth two-year term this fall, and expects to face Mr. Heaney.

“I’m going to run on my record,” said Mr. Schneiderman, a former East Hampton Town supervisor. “I’m planning on running. I’ll serve as long as the community wants me to serve. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot done in the seven years I’ve been here.”

Mr. Schneiderman, a former Republican who switched to the Independence Party in 2008, ran unopposed in 2009 after garnering five party nominations, but he acknowledged that was unlikely to happen again this time around. He said he suspected County Executive Steve Levy, with whom he has disagreed publicly about a number of issues recently, pushed Mr. Heaney to run.

“There has been issue after issue where he and I are on different sides of the issue, and I feel like I’m on the side of the residents of the East End,” Mr. Schneiderman said, referring to Mr. Levy, a Republican. “So I’m not surprised that he wants to get rid of me. I’m not surprised that he’d want a legislator that he’d feel he could control.”

Mr. Heaney said that while he enjoys Mr. Levy’s support, he was first encouraged to vie for the nomination by Republican Party leaders in Southampton and East Hampton towns, and has since been supported by Republicans in Brookhaven Town and at the county level. He said the economic climate has also played into his decision to reenter politics, acknowledging that people are concerned about taxes and the high unemployment rate.

“I’m one who has never withdrawn from public life, be it business associations or community organizations, and I know that people are very stressed,” he said.

After leaving Southampton Town Hall, Mr. Heaney joined Mr. Levy’s administration as commissioner of economic development and workforce housing and has since been transferred to the position of assistant commissioner of information technology.

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Are you kidding?
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Mar 14, 11 5:32 PM
This might enough to get me involved in politics, if only to find every legal and honorable way possible to keep Pat Heaney from having any influence on my life.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Mar 14, 11 5:49 PM
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this must be a joke! Heaney who left Southampton hall after putting the town in fiancial ruins is looking for another free ride. Get rid of the jerk
By left eq (28), Southampton on Mar 14, 11 7:19 PM
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His sterling economic performance as SH supervisor will no doubt boost his chance of success.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Mar 14, 11 8:01 PM
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Why should Heaney be held to a higher standard than Tim Bishop on budgetary matters. These are legislative positions and not executive positions. Bishop had deficits every year while running the college with a cumulative total of $ 70 million and look how often he's been reelected. Heaney's record is nothing compared to that.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Mar 14, 11 9:21 PM
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Southampton College's financial problems had to do with incredible revenue shortfalls and no amount of cutting could fix that. Very different scenario from Southampton.

Under Heaney's time, the tax revenues of Southampton went through the roof because of the unprecedented real estate boom, escalating real estate taxes and mortgage taxes that nearly doubled during Heaney's time. He just spent it all and then some ending up in massive deficits and a decimated Reserve fund.

Heaney ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 15, 11 1:22 AM
Great news - lets bump out all the political traitors that jump from party to party as it suits their political aspirations.

Maybe we can encourage Linda Kabot to run against the ultimate politico Fred Thiele - another "for political gain" person who jumps parties for his own purposes.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Mar 14, 11 9:26 PM
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It just keeps getting better and better around here!
By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 14, 11 10:44 PM

This is Saturday Night Live in Suffolk County all chronicled in living color in past issues of Southampton Press!

1)First, Skip Heaney looks like he cooked the books of Southampton Town with his wonderwoman CPA Comptroller, that has cost the Town almost $2 Million in forensic accounting fees just to unravel the Madoff accounting systems they developed to conceal the ugly deeds.
2)Then the forensic accountants tell us that unbeknownst to us, Heaney amassed approx. $20 Million in ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 15, 11 12:32 AM
Linda a/k/a (Obbservant) ...oh we can tell it's you by the VERBOSE nature of your blog..You must have a lot of time on your hands now that you have manipulated the acquittal of your drunken driving charges.
The sad story here is that you still cannot "LET IT GO"... Nearly 4 years have gone by..the Town is NOT bankrupt or in financial ruins... You hired the “forensic auditors” because your controller couldn’t balance a checkbook… the State audited 2008 and 2009 and ...more
By sandandsea (1), Hampton Bays on Mar 15, 11 10:14 AM
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Skip Heaney destroyed the Republican Party, he fought with Vince Cannuscio, he fought with Linda Kabot, tried to boot Nancy Grabowski and when the majority of the Republican party finally turned him away for Kabot he ran against the Republicans on the Conservative line. During that time period he also ran the Town financially into the ground. What really worries me about Heaney is that he has the full support of Fred Thiele. As a life long Republican I can't imagine why we would nominate him ...more
By jimmyk24 (13), east quogue on Mar 15, 11 8:37 AM
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By uncleronk (136), southold on Mar 15, 11 9:13 AM
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Go for it Skipp give us one more chance to so we can vote against you,,,,,,,,what kind of world do you live in,do you have NO SHAME,do you want to do with Suffolk Co what you did to Southampton Town,
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Mar 15, 11 9:21 AM
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I am happy to see that 99% of the opinion's are against political hacks like Mr. Heaney. Since The Town of S.H. is a microcosm of the federal system of government tax and spend. It is refreshing to see more people are recognizing the systemic corruption that starts at the local level in both parties. I can only hope "We, The People", can change our corrupt system of government before its to late.
By rrc1049 (63), Bridgehampton on Mar 15, 11 9:39 AM
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Good. So he is definitely off-the-page for a re-run as Town Supervisor, leaving the field clear for Linda Kabot to resume the Supervisor's chair. Since her potential opponents for the Republican nomination would be one of the Kratovilleites (Nuzzi, Malone or Grabowski), this should be a no-brainer.

Once the salaries of the STPD are rationalized, budget deficits will become surpluses.
By highhatsize (4213), East Quogue on Mar 15, 11 11:26 AM
You really want to go backwards? She was not a good supervisor.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 15, 11 4:21 PM
This is based on what, DD -- simply because she was not "Progressive?"

She did one BIG thing that Heaney never did -- she dove head-first into the Town's finances, and let the taxpayers know what the true story of Heaney's legacy was, even though she took a hit on the fact that she was a Town Board member at the time Supervisor Heaney was doing most of his dirt.

"Guts" goes a long way in my book, as does integrity and personal responsibility. On those bases along, she was heads ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 15, 11 11:54 PM

Frank, I agree with you. On balance and if one simply looks at the facts, Linda Kabot was one of the best Supervisors Southampton ever had. She was fairly independent and at that time, She and Nancy Graboski represented that rare breed of Independent public servants who bucked their own party when they thought it was wrong and was secretly admired by many non-partisan Democrats and of course by many non-Heaney Republicans.

Heaney handed her a disaster waiting to be discovered, found ...more
By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Mar 16, 11 10:16 AM
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Mr. Wheeler, one need only look at the state of the town's finances upon Kabot's departure to know what an ineffective manager she was. If the best we can do is recycle failed leaders then we are in real danger.

I do not know why you find the idea of "progressive" leadership so threatening. Is it that you prefer a "regressive" approach?
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 16, 11 1:18 PM
The genuinely progressive approach (as opposed the "Progressive" label you and so many others here find so appealing) is to look at the facts and not continue to punch up your little "the Town was a mess under Linda" macro.

Even though you had been associated with the problem while serving in the Heaney administration, she went straight at it as soon as she was calling the shots as Supervisor.

That's called "Responsibility," and not only is that an admirable trait, but it completely ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 16, 11 6:43 PM
It is a fact that when Linda left office the town's finances were a mess. She had a direct and influential role in causing that mess.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 16, 11 9:17 PM
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By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Mar 16, 11 11:22 PM
Yes, she had contributed to the problem as a Trustee by not staying on top of the Town's finances, but the REAL "direct and influential role" was that of the Town's chief fiscal officer, Supervisor Skip Heaney.

Why do you think he tried to rig the GOP ticket four years ago, so that she and Nancy Graboski had to run a primary?

I think your partisanship often gets in the way of the facts.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 18, 11 11:30 AM
When Linda Kabot left office the town's finances were a mess. That happened on her watch. I did not vote for Kabot and I am not a supporter of the current Supervisor and I am a registered blank/independent.

Partisanship? No, but I do believe facts are important. By the way, unless you know me personally, and if you're using your real name we have never met and we are certainly not friends nor have we ever had an in-depth conversation, then you really have no idea what I do and do not ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 18, 11 6:33 PM
The tax reassessments are what got him in the election and they will get him again.
By Cosmo123 (7), East Hampton on Mar 15, 11 1:23 PM
Lets hire a professinal town supervisor with a track record of top performance and stop relying on well -meaning ,(at best), amateurs with political axes to grind.
By Sag (54), Sag harbor on Mar 15, 11 3:22 PM
Skip it, Skip!

The Good Ol' Boy days from Eckharts are over.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 15, 11 3:54 PM
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"During that time period he also ran the Town financially into the ground. What really worries me about Heaney is that he has the full support of Fred Thiele. As a life long Republican I can't imagine why we would nominate him but if we do I will vote Democratic for the first time since Jimmy Carter ran against Richard Nixon."

Jimmyk24: Fred Thiele is the nexus between Anna TH and Skip Heaney's unholy alliance during the last election for Supervisor that had many Democrats' and Republicans' ...more
By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Mar 15, 11 7:27 PM
It's interesting you make that connection between Anna TH and Skip common sense, because they have something else in common, the support of the PBA. Skip ran against Linda on the Conservative line and it has become quite obvious that the Conservative line is just an arm of the PBA these days. You may remember the picture in the paper of Anna with the Police bagpipers and her being quoted as "men in skirts, what more could a women want". I know many good police officers and I am not bashing police ...more
By jimmyk24 (13), east quogue on Mar 15, 11 7:46 PM


And guess what Jimmyk, if you've been watching the budget discussions on SEA TV and the Press, the largest nightmare cash deficits incurred during Heaney's time were accrued by the Police Dept, some $8 Million, which required the hefty legal maximum tax increases of 5% each year during 2009 and 2010 to pay for those illegal deficits which were violations of NY State law for many years, if you can believe it..

Some of those deficits were bonded, meaning the Town had to borrow money ...more
By Common Sense (56), Southampton on Mar 15, 11 9:15 PM
Many people still don't get it. The Republican and Democratic Parties have no place in small town government. The People always end up getting screwed because of these egomaniacs. This is about SERVING and taking care of thePEOPLE in our great township
By tom mac (3), Sag Harbor on Mar 16, 11 12:42 AM
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Heaney was thrust into a political seat when his father died. Perhaps that is why he thinks he is part of a dynasty. It is more like the vampire culture we live in, reviving the undead. He was undistinguished, unfit, uncouth, and unconcerned with the public good when he was in the Supervisor's office. Steve Levy rewarded him for his lousy service with another -high-paying job plus car. Heaney created J. Murphree in his gov't lab and now we are stuck with him. How fast can you back pedal? ...more
By Phanex (83), Southampton on Mar 16, 11 11:46 PM
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Linda Kabot for Southampton Town Supervisor

Linda K. (and) all-the-way; smart and gutsy she tells “it” as it is.
No hack this lady.
All should REMEMBER; isn’t that so, Ms. Grabowski?
Linda afforded all voices a fair and open forum.
Mine was a particularly disquieting voice advocating an “unpopular conviction”, semimonthly, every month, for more than three years at the Town Podium.
Ms. Kabot never disrespected the right to express a provocative ...more
By fazool (22), Southampton on Mar 17, 11 1:30 AM
Hah! Funny.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Mar 17, 11 8:10 AM
Phanex, you are so right, Heaney's old man spent years trying to destroy marty lang and eventually split the republican party opening the way for the "southampton party". His father was all about tearing someone down rather than improving the party...the apple does not fall far from the tree. I do not believe this is the goal of progressive republicans like Chris Nuzzi but obviously Chris is not able to keep committee people in line and we seem to have anarchy in the republican party and it resulted ...more
By angelo kametler (3), southampton on Mar 17, 11 9:58 PM

Frank Wheeler: Do not feel compelled respond to Dagdavid's assertions as none of them have any substance or evidence behind them - just unsubstantiated opinions.. You have a point that to a certain extent (a very small one) Kabot had some culpability for not overseeing the accounting and financial shenanigans apparently perpetrated by Heaney and his "super CPA" Comptroller Charlene Kagel as extensively reported by forensic accountants FTI.

But if you are to assign minor culpability ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 18, 11 3:03 PM
Dear Observant, you know me so why not use your real name when you hurl personal insults. By the way, I know who you are and I am not surprised that your "bravery" is fed by what you believe to be your anonymity. You'd have more credibility if you had the courage of your convictions rather than hiding behind an alias.

Fact: Linda Kabot left the town's finances a mess.

Opinion: She does not deserve another chance.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 18, 11 6:43 PM
Have to agree with dagdavid, Linda Kabot left when the town's finances were a mess....that's a fact. His opinion is she does not deserve another chance. That is debatable but he gave you a fact and an opinion, nothing unsubstaniated there. What say you Obbservant?
By jimmyk24 (13), east quogue on Mar 18, 11 7:14 PM


JimmyK: This is my last post on this thread as the arguments have become circular and unproductive . A little research from the archives of the four Hamptons newspapers including this one show all the reports from the forensic accountants state that the offending problems occurred from 2003 to 2007, none under Kabot's time, without exception.

The fact is there is all the problems, the mess, were there when she took over. There is absolutely no report from anywhere that she originated ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 18, 11 8:01 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 19, 11 12:39 AM
I post an opinion directly related to the article, you come and insult me personally and you will not post more because the arguments are circular and unproductive?!

I guess that means you've chosen not to accept my challenge to use your real name. Not to worry, I will not reveal your identity as it is your privilege to post here under an alias, but in the future if you want to attack me personally, do it to my face. You have plenty of opportunity to do so and I would welcome the chance ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Mar 19, 11 12:39 AM
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You can do whatever it is you want to do. But to be productive and make sense, simply back up your claims, not just say you have facts, that never get logically supported.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Mar 19, 11 1:20 AM
Nice of you not to reveal the poster. This GRIM ALterer of truth DIspenses much nonsense. Besides, most of us already know her true identity.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Mar 19, 11 10:16 AM
Well iguess you straigntened me out obbservant one, but my comment was only to state that dagdavid gave a reasonable fact and opinion and you attacked him instead of laying out the informative facts as you just did now. I am sorry to see that you will not comment anymore because I have benifited from the information you provided but I am not willing to accept this information without any discussion. I guess I am just a dinasour that should keep away from blogs and go back to playing horse shoes ...more
By jimmyk24 (13), east quogue on Mar 18, 11 8:21 PM
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Just to return briefly to the point of the above article, without invective or unnecessary attacks: Jay's done a good job as County Legislator, Skip did a bad job as Southampton Supervisor -- case closed.

Just to play the Linda Kabot game for a minute, like prettty much everyone else here: dagdavid has it right -- she left Southampton's finances in a mess and doesn't deserve another chance
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 19, 11 10:24 PM
Now now TB, had Jay not switched parties you wouldn't be saying such things. Can you show me where he has done anything differently as an "I" as opposed to when he was an "R"?
Other then selling out the residents of the Northwest corridor?
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 21, 11 2:03 PM
You're right, Terry, I think Jay's done a good job all along, but -- to give you a straight answer -- if he hadn't switched, I wouldn't be saying it out loud. The question for you is, are saying Skip Heaney's the better choice? Straight answer, now.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 22, 11 9:53 PM
nEVER AGAIN.REMEMBER THE CLOTHES LINE LAW.NOT INYOUR FRONT YARD.
By WHALE56 (13), Southampton on Mar 21, 11 9:52 AM
Jay's OK, and that's saying a lot for a politician .

By someguy (6), southampton on Mar 21, 11 1:43 PM
The past comes around again ...let's not forget the history here ...he should never be elected again...that goes too for Kabot, and Bishop (and R.Altschuler---don't even think about it!)
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 21, 11 3:21 PM
The reality is that Mr. Scneiderman has worked tirelessly for this community. Mr. Heaney's record speaks for itself. The question is simple and not related to political affiliation: Who will serve us best? It seems obvious.
By JVB (7), Westhampton on Mar 21, 11 3:49 PM
Please God, No!
By Bandguy (23), Sag Harbor on Mar 21, 11 8:18 PM
I say Linda should have a chance to finish what she started.

Maybe "the books" were a "mess" when she left, but the mess that was left to her could not, in any possible way, be cleaned up overnight.

When it comes to Skip, listen to Nancy, and "Just say NO.".
By Mr. Z (11814), North Sea on Mar 22, 11 11:01 PM
We just got rid of Linda...now they want to give us back Skip...you just can't make this stuff up!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Mar 24, 11 7:27 PM