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Apr 8, 2009 11:52 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Councilwoman closer to deciding on supervisor

Apr 8, 2009 11:52 AM

Southampton Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst said the fund-raiser she held at the Southampton Publick House last week was part of her “testing the waters” regarding a run for town supervisor.

If the crowd that packed the pub Thursday night is any indication, Ms. Throne-Holst—elected on the Democratic Party line but officially without party affiliation—can expect to receive both Republican and Democratic votes, as the parties were evenly represented at the event.

While Ms. Throne-Holst still has not made an announcement about her candidacy for the town’s top post this year, Republican New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who introduced her at the gathering, hinted that one might be in the offing.

“It’s been my privilege to work with Anna while she’s been on the Town Board,” Mr. Thiele said. “In the short amount of time she’s been at Town Hall, she’s done so much. We’ve forged a great working relationship, and I look forward to working with her on bigger and better things—you read into that what you want.”

“I’m not sure what Fred meant exactly,” Ms. Throne-Holst said later.

Although last week’s event had the appearance of a campaign event, she remains steadfastly noncommital about her future plans. Should she choose to vie for the supervisor’s seat and lose, she would still have two years remaining on her Town Board term.

“This is a very important decision for me and for my family, one that I’ve said before I’m mulling over but haven’t come to any decision yet,” she said.

Mr. Thiele said the diverse crowd spoke to Ms. Throne-Holst being a “consensus builder, not a divider,” and that he is backing the first-term councilwoman because, in his opinion, “she’s about the public good, not the political good.”

The assemblyman also said he had never seen such a bipartisan gathering at a political fund-raiser for an individual candidate. “I haven’t seen a crowd this diverse since the bar scene in Star Wars,” he quipped.

Democratic Party Chairman Gordon Herr, Democratic Town Board member Sally Pope, and former Town Board member Dennis Suskind, a Democrat, all attended the event, as did mayors Greg Ferraris of Sag Harbor Village and Mark Epley of Southampton Village, both registered Republicans.

Ms. Throne-Holst said she was proud to have such a broad spectrum of supporters, not just members of the different political parties but also representatives of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association and the Civil Service Employees Association.

“I especially want to thank my boys in kilts,” Ms. Throne-Holst said, speaking to the members of the Eastern Long Island Police Pipes & Drums, who performed at the event. “I mean, what more can a girl ask for?”

Though she ran on the Democratic ticket in 2007, Ms. Throne-Holst is not officially registered with any political party. “This is why I’m a blank,” she said, referring to the diverse crowd. “I was elected to represent the whole town, not just members of any particular party or only those who voted for me.”

Ms. Throne-Holst said the fund-raiser surpassed her expectations. “It just simply could not have gone any better,” she said, though she added it didn’t push her toward making a decision.

“The truth is, I love working for and with the people of Southampton Town. It’s a privilege. And I want to keep doing that. I just haven’t decided yet in which capacity I can best serve.”

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Run Anna, run!!! :)
By Terry (380), Southampton on Apr 7, 09 6:54 PM
Yes, please,PLEASE!! And please take Sally Pope with you and clean house for once and for all. You'll never do it on your own as long as the old guard stays in the majority.
By foodie (74), Remsenburg on Apr 7, 09 7:08 PM
Running is a no brainer. An inflated clown could beat Linda
By Lefty46 (56), Westhampton on Apr 7, 09 10:06 PM
Hey Anna - are you going to give the police an even bigger pension for the union's support and pass that cost along to future tax payers? At least Linda asked what the cost might be.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Apr 7, 09 10:47 PM
Run Anna, we need more representation in North Sea & Noyack.
By North Sea Citizen (528), North Sea on Apr 8, 09 6:37 AM
Anna Throne-Holst has been asking the questions that led to the recent inquiries as to the capital budget. Without her we would not even know about this financial mess, this and the fact that she is not owned by any political party makes her the right candidate. Southampton Town deserves to have a Supervisor who acts on behalf of the everyone in the town. She would have my vote!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Apr 8, 09 9:51 AM
I'll vote for Anna !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Apr 8, 09 1:00 PM
Ms. Throne-Holst was a breath of fresh air in Southampton Town politics, but now it looks like her true colors have started to reveal themselves.

In these perilous economic times -- in which Supervisor Kabot has demonstrated a dismal failure of leadership -- can we afford to have a leader like Ms. Throne-Holst give the store away to the Town PBA or expend Town resources on caring for the undocumented workers?

I understand humanitarian concerns, but I long ago learned that charity ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1810), Northampton on Apr 8, 09 1:14 PM
Thiele endorsing Throne-holst? H'mmm --Sour Grapes over the beating his good bud Heany took last election? Funny how polotics work!!!
By kpjc (159), east quogue on Apr 8, 09 5:17 PM
MS. ANNA THRONE-HOLST IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING WE HAVE COMING. THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY ISSUES AS TO WHY OR WHO SHE IS SEEN IN PICTURES WITH AS LONG AS SHE IS BI-PARTISAN IN HER WAYS, IDEAS, BELIEFS, AND OPINIONS. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SOMEONE THAT IS THIS GOOD THINKING ABOUT THIS OFFICE IS BETTER THAN WHAT WE ALREADY GOT. MOVE OVER KABOT BRING IN THE HOLST. I HOPE SHE RUNS AND WINS SO WE CAN LISTEN TO SOMEONE WITH A REAL VOCABULARY RATHER THAN SOMEONE WHO USES MADE UP WORDS IN HER EXPLANATIONS ...more
By localbigboy (7), southampton on Apr 8, 09 5:49 PM
A note to Frank Wheeler and others like him: Stop attempting to use immigration as a basis for all of your arguments. The country has moved on. Fear is the tactic of a neo-con regime that no longer holds sway. Accept the revolution of humanity and liberalism and move on.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 8, 09 7:35 PM
Ms. Throne-Holst is a breath of fresh air in Southampton Town politics!!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Apr 8, 09 11:39 PM
Dagdavid, the country has not moved on. Its a major concern for most of the country. Just cause you need the cheap labor does not put all of us there. If politicians did what their constituants wanted , immigration policy would have been established. Now they are all just jockeying for the 12 million votes that are making the bums salivate.
By squeaky (289), hampton bays on Apr 9, 09 11:28 AM
Squeaky, I have no need for "cheap labor". When I say the country has moved on, that is based on fact. A majority of polls show that most Americans are more concerned with education, jobs, energy, health care and environment than they are with immigration. It is NOT a "major concern for most of the country." Granted, there are always raving zealots who blame immigration for all of societies ills, but a younger, more enlightened population does not share your unfounded fear.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Apr 9, 09 1:17 PM
Don't vote for Anna. She supports illegal immigration!
By Walt (285), Southampton on Apr 14, 09 11:45 AM
Dagdavid, why is it so important for you to marginalize the illegal immigration issue with terms such as "the tactic of a neo-con regime," "raving zealots," etc.?

Are you actually of the opinion that "illegal immigration" is not a serious issue?

Obviously you're like to think that "the country has moved on." That sort of thinking WILL bring back a neo-con regime -- and NO ONE wants that!

You need to get your head out and look around your Town a little more.

By Frank Wheeler (1810), Northampton on Apr 14, 09 1:34 PM
This picture depicts two people I would never vote for.
Maybe I will run (for cover, ha, ha)
By Daddy-o (6), southampton on Apr 14, 09 2:30 PM