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Mar 9, 2010 10:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Special election today for Southampton Town Board seat

Mar 9, 2010 10:08 AM

The special election to fill the Southampton Town Board seat vacated by Anna Throne-Holst is underway today.

The Democrats put forth attorney Bridget Fleming, who had an unsuccessful campaign for Town Board in November, and the Republicans nominated retiring Southampton Town Police Lieutenant William Hughes, who has never run for political office before.

Ms. Throne-Holst, a councilwoman at the time, was elected town supervisor in November. When she took over the post of supervisor from Republican incumbent Linda Kabot on January 1, it created a vacancy on the Town Board that a new town law mandated must be filled by special election.

Polls close at 9 p.m. The Republicans are celebrating election night at Villa Tuscano in Hampton Bays, and the Democrats will be at 230 Elm in Southampton Village.

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The better candidate is Bridget Fleming, because:
[1] Her experience as a prosecutor, local attorney, welfare fraud fighter, and mediator is better suited to the give-and-take of Town Board business than that of her opponent, Bill Hughes. His record, though distinguished, is in the military and the police, where it's all top-down, that's-an-order interaction, not nearly as good a fit for the debate and compromise of local government.
[2] Revitalizing our economy to generate jobs is vitally ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1876), Quiogue on Mar 9, 10 10:31 AM
She's got my vote
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 9, 10 12:40 PM
Wow! That certainly relieves the mystery! All along anyone reading the 2tEast posts were certain you two were undecided.
Are the seats in the Democrat echo chamber as they are in over on the Republican side :) ?
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 9, 10 1:41 PM
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Your smarmy reply is exactly what is expected and just as irrelevant as ever.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 9, 10 2:35 PM
C'monnnnnn.... he's right. You are going to vote (D) regardless of candidate. Admit it. Come on admit it. Be proud.
By double standard (1506), quogue on Mar 9, 10 9:40 PM
that joke was supposed to say "as comfortable".....have a nice day -
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 9, 10 1:42 PM
I urge everyone to go out and vote today to prevent this election and date, (Southampton Town Council Race, March 9, 2010), from becoming iconic as the democratic election with the worst turnout in the history of western civilization.
By highhatsize (3766), East Quogue on Mar 9, 10 2:06 PM
Whiile I would agree that all my R friends heed your adviice HH (wink,wink).....what makes you think this special election will have any significantly different (lower) turnout than other special elections?
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 9, 10 2:30 PM
to DJI13:

I believe that most voters will see these candidates as equal in qualification,(or lack thereof), equally ignorant, and equally vague in intent and will stay home since it makes no difference who wins.

By highhatsize (3766), East Quogue on Mar 9, 10 3:02 PM
It makes a tremendous difference - look at the makeup of the current 4 member board -
We need Bridget, and we need a balanced Town Board.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Mar 9, 10 3:06 PM
Two points there HighHat -
Their respective intent is clear, Ms. Flemming will drive the board left while ceding our Dongan Patent rights to the DEC and the state -
Mr. Hughes will drive the board toward fiscal conservatism while standing up for our Dongan Patent rights.
Second point is you have banged your drum that neither of these candidates warrant a vote, so don't cry in your milk now urging people to avoid low turnout.

By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 9, 10 4:33 PM
Many of the "Dongan Patent" rights have already been ceded to NYS. The State Leg. reduced the number of trustees to five from twelve. They also changed their elections from annual to biennial. Both of these changes went against the language in the Dongan Pantent. You should read it so you are aware what you are attempting to defend, so as to be better able to do so.

Interesting side note is the Town government who called themselves the Undertakers at the time of the Patents did not want ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Mar 10, 10 2:27 AM
DJII13 The conservatives really screwed your candidate, if Hughes had the 2nd line he would have blew Fleming away. Eddie Walsh is a disgrace.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Mar 9, 10 10:22 PM