Ms. Fleming, an attorney, took 54.6 percent of the vote to Republican William Hughes’s 45.4 percent. She received 2,567 votes on the Democratic line and 636 votes on the Independence Party line, according to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
Mr. Hughes, a retired Southampton Town Police lieutenant, received 2,662 votes.
“The Town Board has been in gridlock...” Ms. Fleming said while addressing the crowd at the Democrats’ election headquarters at 230 Elm in Southampton Village Tuesday night. “Now, we can really start working.”
Shortly after the results of the election became clear, Mr. Hughes thanked the crowd of over 50 people that gathered with him at Villa Tuscano in Hampton Bays, and said that he was surprised that... more