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Bridget Fleming wins vacant Southampton Town Board seat

Publication: The Southampton Press
  Mar 10, 2010 2:23 PM

Bridget Fleming will be the newest member of the Southampton Town Board.

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 he lost.

“I’m the most shocked person in this room,” he said.

The Hampton Bays resident repeated his campaign mantra that Town Board officials need to have fiscal restraint, a platform that he said he thought would win him the special election.

“I thought our platform was a good platform,” he said.

The election was held to fill a vacancy created on the Town Board on January 1, when Anna Throne-Holst, a councilwoman at the time, was inaugurated as the new town supervisor. Ms. Throne-Holst was elected in November, ousting incumbent Republican Linda Kabot.

Ms. Fleming, of Noyac, ran for Town Board in November as well, but was unsuccessful. Republican Chris Nuzzi was reelected to the board and Conservative Jim Malone took incumbent Democrat Sally Pope’s seat.

Even after Ms. Fleming’s victory, the Republican-Conservative bloc, rounded out by Republican Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, will still hold a majority of the Town Board.

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Yawn.
By highhatsize (1891), East Quogue on Mar 9, 10 10:00 PM
you are soooooooooooooooo annoying
By BIGjimbo12 (200), East Quogue on Mar 9, 10 10:19 PM
Let me see, a choice between a lawyer and a cop. Hmmm, Doesn't work for me.
Here's a novel idea, how about someone we can trust. Nope, to simple.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Mar 11, 10 6:30 PM
She had a good line of BS, I hope those that did not vote are happy. Get ready for higher taxes, and you better not complain if you could not be bothered to even vote.
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 9, 10 10:28 PM
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reg rep,
Both candidates ran a good campaign. One wins one loses, thats the way it is, and you move on to the next one. Having said that, as a citizen of the town, I stand ready to give Ms. Fleming the opportunity to "show us what she's" got.
If taxes are your primary concern, look at your tax bill. Town candidates, regardless of party are put in the hot seat when taxes shoot up because of schools.
What is troubling, though, (and I felt the same in November before anyone attacks ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:04 AM
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So you stand ready to support Ms. Fleming while in the same breath saying that the voters of Southampton did not really elect her? Others may fall for your phony, sanctimonious pandering, but all one has to do is read your entire post to see the truth.

Bridget won because this is a democracy and she got the most votes because she was the better candidate. This district has become overwhelmed with neocons, yet she still won because the actual "voters" were smart enough to make the sensible ...more
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 8:13 AM
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So then, the same applies to what occurred in November when "this is a democracy and "they" got the most votes because "they" were the better candidates." Your words paraphrased to fit the November election where the Republican/Conservative/Independence party lines won.
"This "district" has become overwhelmed with neocons?" Please explain that one. What is a district? This was a town wide election with 42 election districts.

The point that I made, was that the margin of victory was ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 8:53 PM
Congratulations to Bridget. A winner in every way.
By number19 (86), Westhampton on Mar 9, 10 10:41 PM
Great, just what East Hampton needs, another Democrat. Will East Hampton ever learn? I doubt it.
By The_Realist (6), Sagaponack on Mar 9, 10 10:49 PM
wow, I knew some people were out of touch this time around, but that takes the cake!
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 9, 10 10:56 PM
"THE_REALIST"
This was a SOUTHAMPTON special election. Maybe you should get your glasses checked.
By lifesaver (93), speonk on Mar 10, 10 8:03 AM
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The election was in Southampton - and Bridget Fleming is just what we need.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Mar 10, 10 9:02 AM
Bridget is a person of integrity and ran an excellent campaign that made this clear to the voters. That's why she won.
By saltbox (5), Sag Harbor on Mar 9, 10 11:05 PM
She had more funding plain and simple. I never saw one Vote for Huges sign on the side of the road, not one. I couldn't even find his website until halfway throught the campaign but, I found hers just fine. I am truly sorry for the Town of Southampton at this point. It is truly a great place to live but if you go against a straight forward politician then I'm really not sure where your head is at. I mean all people ask for is a straight shooter and you get one, and then vote in a lawyer. Well I ...more
By danhfarrell (3), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 1:18 AM
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By ICE (1175), Southhampton on Mar 10, 10 2:04 AM
You didn't see one sign for Hughes because of the lack of support in his own neighborhood. Staunch republicans I spoke with said his antics with his retirement papers were the last straw......wouldn't pull the lever for him! Funding had nothing to do with it; the 2 guys on the board now have shown their true colors since Jan, and the intelligent people in this town aren't going to take it anymore!!!
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Mar 10, 10 7:30 AM
You're long link was disrupting the formatting of the page. This will work:

ICE wrote:
@danhfarrell - Read this article which address the facts of their respective funding: http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=264091
Mar 10, 10 8:34 AM appended by BOReilly
Make that "Your"
By BOReilly (121), 27east Web Editor on Mar 10, 10 8:34 AM
"You're" an editor and you wrote "You're long link..."?

Shame on you!

Now please have the professionalism to leave this posted.
By VOS (540), WHB on Mar 10, 10 12:16 PM
YOU'RE right. Hazard of working in a rush.
By BOReilly (121), 27east Web Editor on Mar 10, 10 12:23 PM
Huges is a retired from Police department so what is your point!!!!!!
By Bridgehampton (36), Bridgehampton on Mar 13, 10 11:07 PM
She won because of the 2nd line, without the Independence party line she would have lost. As you can see Hughes received more R votes than her D votes.
So don't ever think it had anything to do with having integrity.
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 12:11 AM
She won because she got more votes, plain & simple! Had Hughes had the Independence Party endorsement I would have still voted for Fleming, only I would've had to have done so on the Democratic line. I dare say I'm not the only person that voted in this manner.
Sorry, for you that your man lost.... Happy for the balance of power his loss represents!
By ICE (1175), Southhampton on Mar 10, 10 1:55 AM
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Ditto to ICE ......nice try, reg rep, but you're really grasping at straws. She won because she also got all the votes from the republicans who are embarrassed by their choice of Jim Malone in Nov. He's totally clueless up there; just does whatever Nuzzi does.
Now we can at least have an intelligent discussion between the 3 board members who actually give a damn about this town!
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Mar 10, 10 7:36 AM
Change is continueing in the Town. Now maybe business as usual will stop and we can get the town back on its feet after years of mismangament.
By North Sea Citizen (308), North Sea on Mar 10, 10 6:22 AM
But notice she received 2253 votes less than she did in November.
(5456 - 3203 = 2253). Hmmmmmm . . .
By SamIAm (35), hampton bays on Mar 10, 10 6:24 AM
She won. Period.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:09 AM
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By blbandit (15), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 5:14 PM
Well I hope the Republicans are happy, they exacted their pound of flesh from Fred Thiele by giving the seat to the Dems. By not nominating Rebecca Molinaro who would have run on three lines and been a sure bet to win because of the Independence vote they showed how petty small town politics can be. Its time to get rid of Marietta Seamen and all her cronies who caused this debacle.
By westendoftown (18), Speonk on Mar 10, 10 6:45 AM
So it is your opinion, that we ( both parties) should be held hostage to the "deal makers" from up west?
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:19 AM
SamIAm, a challenge for you. You claim that Bridget received more votes in November compared to this special election. Please find me a special election where the winner received more votes compared to the general election. I'll spare you the effort, you can't do it. Voter turnout in special elections are smaller compared to general electrion turnouts.
By number19 (86), Westhampton on Mar 10, 10 7:02 AM
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Please feel free to celebrate your win today by removing the exorbitant amount of signage that you have littered our town with ~ Thank you!
By cmac (67), East Quogue on Mar 10, 10 7:26 AM
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Give her a chance! She just won.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Mar 10, 10 4:18 PM
Congratulations to Ms. Fleming. Now is the time for all citizens and Town Board members to work together to fix our problems, and we have plenty.

The first step will be for the Town Board members to attend ALL scheduled work sessions and Town Board meetings. Tomorrow's work session was cancelled by ATH just a couple of days ago, and there is still no press release on the Town website announcing this. [The work session "agenda" is the ATH memo.]

Shameful attendance record IMO, similar ...more
By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:26 AM
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PS -- Last sentence should say "you work for US!"
By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:34 AM
Mr. Hughes's shock at losing by such a wide margin shows how out of touch he is with the public's dissatisfaction with the old Republican men's club order in Southampton.

Mr.Hughes may have been great in the military, and a good police officer, but as the PBA ad in the Press said last week, "there is no letter 'I' in the word 'Team' ."

Top-heavy directorial management styles have no place in Town government. Teamwork is what we need.

Let's all pull together going forward.

The ...more
By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:32 AM
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PBR, why don't you get off the sidelines for a change?

I want you to read that ad again. It essentially states thast the concept of "chain of command" or "table of organization" is nothing but poppycock. By the reasoning presented in the argument, the Chairman of General Motors is responsible only to his 2 Vice-Presidents, and not the thousands of employees under him.

PBR further bables:

Mr. Hughes's shock at losing by such a wide margin shows how out of touch he is with ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:15 AM
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By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 6:27 PM
According to the Sarbanes-Oxley act, PBR is wholly incorrect.

Mr. Hughes ran a good campaign, but apparently Bridget ran a better one.

Let's see what she is made of...
By Mr. Z (5602), North Sea on Mar 12, 10 3:03 PM
Congratulations to Ms. Fleming and her campaign.
Despite very clear politcal philosohpical differences, both candidates and their volunteers deserve lot of credit for working extermely hard and with much passion, which produced a fairly high turnout for a special election. In that sense democracy was a winner.
That said when the final analysis is done, I suspect it will reveal that the unaffiliated voters (blanks and those who thought they truly registered as independent of any perty) were ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 10, 10 7:37 AM
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I am a Democrat that voted for Ms. Fleming under the Independent line....
By Bel (86), southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:40 AM
Bel, it is not the "independent" line, but the "independence" line. Two completely different things. The "independence" line has a platform much more in keeping with Republican ideals.

Nevertheless, your vote for Bridget was a smart one.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:06 AM
peoplefirst, in all honesty here, please show me a link that shows any kind of platform for the "Independence" party.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:21 AM
Terry, do you believe the Independence party has no agenda beyond creating a third choice? They fawned all over Scott Brown and then tried to get Harry Reid to step aside. Try google, read some of what the Chairman has said and then you can make an educated response.

Remember everyone, elections have consequences, even if Terry doesn't like them. Congrats, Bridget!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 9:01 AM
It isn't a matter of like or dislike re the consequences of an election. I congratulate Ms Fleming on her win, as stated elsewhere.
My challenge is to you for claiming that the Independence Party is "more in keeping with Republican ideals"
I sure do believe that the party leaders have an agenda. Independent or "blank" voters may not, but most assuredly the "Independence Party" does.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 9:40 AM
SamIAm

In special election a very low % of the community votes...that is spec ted /normal
By Bel (86), southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:42 AM
danhfarrell

If you read an article in the Press you will learn they have almost the same amount of money....
By Bel (86), southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:46 AM
Bill Hughes didn't win because he is and honest person. Now what politian do we know that is actually honest?
By pcon327 (1), Hampton Bays on Mar 10, 10 7:47 AM
Wow, such sour grapes on this board. Bill Hughes lost because he got less votes. This is a democracy we live in. More people voted for Bridget because they believed in her and her message. This is an overwhelmingly Republican district, but Mr. Hughes lost anyway. Elections have consequences and Ms. Fleming will be able to bring balance to a lopsided board.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:08 AM
Plain and simple truth.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Mar 10, 10 8:18 AM
The photo of Hughes with Kabot in the background says it all. We've moved on.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:20 AM
Congratulations Bridget Fleming! Now we can get going!

Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone put the final nail in Mr. Hughes' coffin at the last town board meeting. Thanks guys!

By Phaedrus (8), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:25 AM
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Go bridget!
Its nice to see someone run (and win) for elected position that is in it for the right reason, public service. That's what its really about. I find it so unfortunate that some politicos out there (in both towns, and I don't know the impetus for Mr. Hughes' campaign) who run (and unfortunately win) on a campaign based on grudges, bad faith, promises for political favors and revenge. That is how both Towns got and will continue to get into trouble.
We need more Bridgets!
By ehboardwatcher2010 (21), sag harbor on Mar 10, 10 8:52 AM
Number 19 and Bel:
the point is she spent more and got less in a time when we need to spend less and get more. Hope this isnt an indication of how effective she will be on the town board.
By SamIAm (35), hampton bays on Mar 10, 10 9:06 AM
danfarrell You must be one h of a chauvanist!!!!!!!!!!
By summertime (469), summerfield fl on Mar 10, 10 9:22 AM
Congrats Ms. Fleming !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Mar 10, 10 9:31 AM
Terry: Knew she would win. You are the kiss of death when supporting a political candidate. Thanks for your help in aligning yourself with Hughes. Love, the free world.
By rocky (78), shampton on Mar 10, 10 10:38 AM
I, and others here, as well as Mr Hughes and Ms Fleming can look in the mirror today and say, "Well Done"
You and rabblerouser, however can go back under your rock where you feel most comfortable.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 2:17 PM
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Thank you Terry for your productive posts here. Please see new comment below.
By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 6:26 PM
Hey Hughes you have a short memory. That picture of you standing next to Kabot is sad. You turned your back on your own with your comments and actions. One thing though that you have achieved, is that you have become a politician. Congratulations, you become everything you have despised.
By rocky (78), shampton on Mar 10, 10 10:42 AM
I am extremely proud and happy that the voters elected such a quality person!
By rabbit (63), watermill on Mar 10, 10 11:03 AM
It really had to come out this way, given all the factors we've been discussing for weeks. Warm congratulations and best wishes to Bridget Fleming on a well-earned win, and a special nod to Terry and DJ for their gracious words above. Classy comments, gents.
By Turkey Bridge (1012), Quiogue on Mar 10, 10 11:48 AM
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Bravo to Bridget and bravo to Southampton. Voters saw that Malone and Nuzzi have strangled the board's ability to operate and didn't want the same out of Hughes. Bridge will help break that deadlock. Residents across the country are tired of "politians" who work to serve their own agenda at the expense of the taxpayer. Bridget, like Anna, will work for the taxpayer first, always and foremost. I think they have more courage than most all others I know. Bravo!!
By Dodger (101), Southampton Village on Mar 10, 10 12:01 PM
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Ditto that, TB. Congrats to Bridget Fleming & Bill Hughes for running good, substantive campaigns, just as DJ & Terry said.
By fidelis (194), westhampton beach on Mar 10, 10 12:12 PM
Fleming won because voters saw no difference between the candidates so they voted for, "balance".

Had Mr. Hughes pledged to reform Town policy that allows unqualified cops to stay on the payroll at a cost of a million plus dollars a year, he would have won.

We may not be ideological, but were ARE frugal.

Perhaps next time.
By highhatsize (1891), East Quogue on Mar 10, 10 12:28 PM
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How do you know what was in voters' minds? Did you conduct exit polls? I voted for Bridget because she was the better candidate. Your well documented hatred of the police clouds your judgment.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 4:07 PM
Actaully Bill, I do not believe that would have gotten him elected either.
By blbandit (15), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 5:17 PM
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By Bayman3142 (55), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 1:13 PM
another win for the Town PBA.
That aside, congrats to Ms Fleming
I wish her well in her representing the interests of the Town's residents.
By North of Highway (273), Westhampton Beach on Mar 10, 10 2:50 PM
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Congrats, now please gather up the signs, there is enough trash along the highways.
By Talbot77 (49), southampton on Mar 10, 10 2:55 PM
Congrats to Bridget! I had a great time helping a wonderful woman win a seat on town council to help make our community a better place :)
By LMVT (47), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Mar 10, 10 6:10 PM
Terry,

Thank you for your productive and intelligent posts here and on other article message boards.

Is your full name Terry Flanagan per your 2/26 post (2:09 PM) under another article here, and were you ever associated with Mr. Hughes's campaign?

Just curious for the facts, not some slam-down ad hominem attack.
By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 6:31 PM
Or John McGann's campaign for Highway Supt.?
By PBR (3988), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 7:34 PM
You're thanking Terry for productive and intelligent posts? HAH! Best one I've heard today.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 9:03 PM
Yes yearrounder, laughable isn't it? Considering that productive and intelligent posts are totally uncharacteristic of the posts on 27east.
By Bayman1 (215), Sag Harbor on Mar 11, 10 7:18 PM
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By rabblerouser (31), Hampton Bays on Mar 11, 10 11:07 PM
To Westendoftown
I couldn't agree more, with all due respect to Bill Hughes being a very good man.
It was Marietta Seaman and some of her republican cronies that caused this debacle. Help from Seaman is like the kiss of death, no one has any respect for the former town clerk. She was elected and then left for an up island job paying 150k. The robo call with her voice was a waste of time and money.
The only saving grace is that the Reps still have the majority.
These dems are scary ...more
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 6:45 PM
This party.... that party... who cares? Just get to work and do a good job. Then we can throw a party.
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 10, 10 7:44 PM
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So reg rep you agree with westendoftown, that after Fred Thiele left the Republican Party for the Independence Party it should have turned around and annointed his hand picked candidate?
Personally I thought Ms. Molinaro was a strong but unknown candidate who had a bright future with the Republican Party, if she had been willing (and she still maybe for all I know) and capable of doing the groundwork of getting to know the committee members as opposed to being thrust upon them.
But I think ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 10, 10 7:50 PM
DJII13
I have no ax to grind, this is just my opinion. Again, with all do respect to Mr. Hughes, I believe Ms. Molinaro would have been the winner last night if she had gotten the nomination. With 3 lines she could not have lost. Why did the conservative's leave the line blank? I don't look at the situation as annointing Thiele's hand picked candidate. I look at it as a win for a republican. So you would rather cut your nose off to spite your face?
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 8:38 PM
Conservatives left the line blank because the county chair pulled the designating power from the local Conservative as the local Republicans did not fall into line and back Ms. Molinaro. I think many were not convinced that Ms. Molinaro would be a Republican if she got elected, given that she was not widely known by the committee and her bona fides were working for Thiele. Especially when there were other good choices, What's the point of backing someone if you don't know if they will be on your ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 10, 10 9:58 PM
I understand it would have been a gamble, but one thing for sure Bridget will never be on the rep team.
Moving forward, Bishop has to go for sure, maybe Thiele too.
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 10, 10 10:16 PM
RegRep, such a sore loser! HAH! Thank goodness the "voters" of Southampton were intelligent enough to see the choice clearly.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 8:09 AM
I think Fleming will be an asset to the board with her background. Also, we need some balance. Currently there are 2 republicans who will probably vote as told; Graboski who has a bit of independence in her; Throne-Holst who ran on Dem line but is an independent not a dem and Fleming who is a Dem.
That means Nuzzi and Malone will have an edge to gum things up if that's what the GOP wants. Hopefully they will put the needs of the town first and not the need to make Throne-Holst look ineffective ...more
By baywoman (88), southampton on Mar 10, 10 10:52 PM
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I like that "put the needs of the Town first" what a refreshing idea.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Mar 11, 10 5:06 PM
Now we'll see if the Southampton Republicans/Conservatives adopt the national party's obstructionist tactic of being The Party of No, in order to deny any accomplishment to the administration of Anna Throne-Holst, just as their Washington guys are trying to block everything that Pres. Obama proposes.
If I were betting, I'd say that Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone may well do just that, and vote against whatever the Supervisor presents, Bridget Fleming will be inclined to support ATH on many (though ...more
By fidelis (194), westhampton beach on Mar 11, 10 10:29 AM
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I will never understand the ridiculous allegiance that so many people have to one party or the other. Right now, at this very moment, republicans are spending oodles of time plotting against democrats. And at this very moment, democrats are plotting against republicans. And at this very moment, neither side is working on solutions to problems. Look at health care for instance. We can't get a consensus on the best course of action? Obama's plan has been rejected by the people, but he thinks he is ...more
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 11, 10 10:31 AM
There are real differences between the two parties both nationally and locally and that is why many of us feel allegiance to a party platfrom, but not necessarily the individual candidates.

The republican party(according to the RNC) believes in deregulation, that corporations are equal to individuals, that insurance company profits are more important than health care, that banks and wall street should regulate themselves, that there is no room for government outside of tax breaks to the ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 11:17 AM
Thanks for your point of view. As a business owner I would argue that there are too many restrictions on businesses and way too many taxes. I will also argue that Democrats spend too much and tax too much. The liberal Democrat clings to ideology at the expense of making decisions based on reality. That's not to say that there are not a myriad of problems with the RP.
But I do understand what your point.
My wish is that independents could participate in the primaries so we don't get stuck ...more
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 11, 10 12:41 PM
Let's hope they do, but I have a feeling party politics will get in the way - national political stances have a way of trickling down.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 4:10 PM
Lets not forget that Mr. Obama takes smoke breaks while deciding what's best for our health care system. Or the multiple time tax evader in charge of our revenues. It's sickening to witness this double standard crap.
You want hope and change? Check back with me on Nov 11th.
By double-D (96), southampton on Mar 11, 10 4:21 PM
You want it to not be about parties and then you make such a ridiculous attack on President Obama and other democrats? The republican party got us into this mess fighting illegal wars off the books and with 2.5 trillion dollars in tax cuts to the rich while middle class Americans lost jobs, savings, and homes not to mention health insurance.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 7:12 PM
So angry. You keep on looking out of one eye and let me know how well that serves you. The Bush admin was terrible. That doesn't make the Obama admin any less terrible. Dems are so in love with the concept of Obama that they look past the reality of Obama.
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 11, 10 7:35 PM
Aaahhh I see. PF you confused my posts w/ Double-D. I believe my posts were equal in harsh judgment of the Dem and Rep parties.
Viva Le Moderates!
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 12, 10 9:34 AM
Yes I did confuse you for double-d and yes, your comments were equal in harsh judgment, unlike double-d who deserved a dose of his own medicine.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 12, 10 10:19 AM
Regardless of the party affiliation.. our local government should be focused on spending as little money as possible, while maintaining the quality of life that our community has come to expect..There should absolutely be a spending freeze across the board until we are through this financial crisis.. which will probably take us 5 years or so to wade through... our government is not here to serve us... (ironically with our money).. but to assure that basic laws and regulations are adhered to so that ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Mar 11, 10 1:33 PM
How many times have Nuzzi and Malone gave a no vote that involved party politics? Out of all the resolutions that have passed in the last 2.5 months how many resolutions did not pass because of a no vote or dead lock of a 2-2 vote. Also, how many times did Nuzzi vote WITH ATH in the last 2 years.
You guys just won't be happy until this liberal democrat agenda of ATH and Bridget ruin this town. The members on the TB can't always agree on issues. Did ATH and Nuzzi always agree with the past supervisor? ...more
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 6:00 PM
Too bad, reg rep! You lost, now sit back enjoy as us liberals take over this neocon town and turn things around! Speaking of not being able to get along with others that disagree with you . . . Your glass house is single-paned.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 7:15 PM
That was funny. It was a joke right?
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 12, 10 9:39 AM
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By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 7:55 PM
You're not asking questions, your making accusations. Big difference.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Mar 12, 10 8:06 AM
LOL I didn't loose. Won't don't you try answering some of my questions yearrounder.
I'm sure the liberals will turn this town around but only for the worse outcome ever.
By reg rep (396), Southampton on Mar 11, 10 7:55 PM
'reg rep', you really ought to make an attempt to improve your spelling and grammar. Your posts put you right up there with 'dumb and dumber', your heroes on the Town Board. Try watching the taped sessions-Malone can't can't get any more obvious about his need to check with Nuzzi before making a comment. He's totally clueless up there...and STILL collecting his big, fat slalry from the County, which he vowed give up if elected in Nov.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Mar 14, 10 2:19 PM
***lol! salary!!
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Mar 14, 10 2:20 PM
Does anyone know how many registered voters there are in Southampton Town? I'm curious to know the % turnout in this election.

Here's what I foresee as the debate in the Town Council. The Repugs will want to raise fees for everything and fire people. The Demogs will want to do the same thing but will couch their approbation in REALLY, REALLY apologetic language. (The Repugs will be apologetic too, but, since they are social darwinists, not nearly so sincere.)

Neither will say ...more
By highhatsize (1891), East Quogue on Mar 11, 10 9:02 PM
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Did Bill Hughes congratulate Bridget Fleming on her victory? I'm only asking because Bridget made a point in her victory speech of reaching out to him. All I heard so far was that he was surprised he didn't win. Well, so be it. Let's see how things pan out. My hope is that Malone will take a few seconds away from making himself look like a beefcake (your ties don't always have to be blue, Jim) to actually focus on the business of governing, and that Little-Boy Nuzzi will develop a mind of his ...more
By rabblerouser (31), Hampton Bays on Mar 11, 10 11:22 PM
There are approx 35,000 registered voters in Southampton, how many of them are motor-voter registrants is not known, but one would suspect their interest in voting is minimal. That said just north of 15% turned out for this special election, whihc is higher than would be anticpated for an off season special election. Congrats are due to both campaigns for doing a good job of turning out more voters than usual. IN Southampton normal local elections will result in between 30-40% turnout depneding ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 12, 10 9:12 AM
I sure hope the town board gets along better than the people who are posting here. Govt. should be run like a business... Keep costs down. Make smart decisions based on analysis not emotion. Trim the fat. Get rid of non-producers and take care of the producers. Be brave enough to admit when something isn't working or if you were wrong and correct it. Surround yourself with smart people and get a consensus.

We have been filled up with so much garbage that we have come to expect it, and worse ...more
By double standard (1148), quogue on Mar 12, 10 9:49 AM
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It was amazing to me the amount of people who voted in Sag Harbor had no political affiliation with any party and they went big for Ms. Fleming.
By Dr Spock (29), Hampton Bays on Mar 12, 10 1:24 PM
to DJII13:

You state that 15% turnout is on the high side for a special election. Can you recall any contested special election in Southampton Town that had a lower turnout?
By highhatsize (1891), East Quogue on Mar 12, 10 2:06 PM
What is important is that the Fleming voters turned out in larger numbers! Thank goodness.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 12, 10 3:55 PM
No. This was unique becasue prior to this a vacancy would be filled by a vote of the board and a special election would be held the following November, during the general election, for whatever cycle it might be (state, presecdential etc).
So the 15% plus is charecterized as high compared with the rule of thumb for this type of election elsewhere which is 10%. You might look back to Assemblyman Fred Thiele's first election to the NYS Assembly which was also an off season special election and ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 12, 10 2:49 PM
DJII13: "and a special election would be held the following November,"

Would that have been a "special election" since it would be held coincident with a general election, or an "interim election?"
By Frank Wheeler (1185), Northampton on Mar 13, 10 10:17 AM
say hello to the new hiring hall.
By clamdigger (38), Quogue on Mar 13, 10 8:22 AM
Frank, my understanding is yes it would have been classified as a special election for the position, I am not aware that there is such thing technically as an "interim election" though I get your point.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 10 1:32 PM
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By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Mar 13, 10 8:41 PM
Hopefully now the Highway Supervisor will get the funds needed to fix the roads.
By Bridgehampton (36), Bridgehampton on Mar 13, 10 11:10 PM
Highway Superintendant already has $3.5+ million dollars to fix roads this year. How about filling the first pot hole of the season before borrowing even more. In one breath the Town Supervisor says town emplyees are so over worked to capcaity they cannot possibly take on the load of the sustainabilty efforts while the Highway Superintendant says his department is stretched to the max and having trouble having enough people to keep the equipment running, and in the next breath we should be borrowing ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Mar 14, 10 11:32 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe that granting the Highway Superintendent's paving request in full would have involved any additional borrowing. If the Supervisor says Town employees generally are working to capacity and can't assume new duties, and the Highway Superintendent says the same about his department, I don't see what "doesn't add up" about that; those two statements are perfectly consistent with each other.
The claim that this condition of being fully engaged argues against ...more
By fidelis (194), westhampton beach on Mar 15, 10 2:50 PM
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