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Jun 9, 2010 10:46 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Independence Party nominates Speonk lawyer for attorney general

Jun 9, 2010 10:46 AM

Southampton attorney Stephen J. Lynch has jumped into the race to succeed Andrew Cuomo as New York’s attorney general.

Mr. Lynch, 59, who is chairman of the Southampton Independence Party, clinched the Independence nomination at the party’s convention on Saturday in Colonie in Albany County. A former Southampton Town Republican Party committeeman, he will face Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who is the Republican nominee, plus the eventual winner of the five-way Democratic race to be that party’s candidate.

“Steve is an excellent attorney. He has a full understanding of different aspects of the law,” Frank MacKay, chairman of the Independence Party at the national, state and county levels, said this week. “At the same time, we’re not delusional. We know it’s an uphill battle. But keep in mind that third-party candidates can often shape the debate.”

Mr. Lynch, who works in Southampton and lives in Speonk, was appointed chairman of the Southampton Independence Party by Mr. MacKay last fall. He ran unsuccessfully for Southampton Town justice on the Independence line last November.

A Nassau County native who has lived in Suffolk County for more than 30 years, Mr. Lynch earned his law degree at St. John’s University School of Law, his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, and his high school diploma from Chaminade High School in Mineola. He worked in private practice for approximately 16 years and as a court attorney for a judge for another 16 years. He currently works as a law clerk for a State Supreme Court justice and is a past director of the New York State School Attorneys Association’s board of directors.

A longtime member of the New York and Florida bars, Mr. Lynch said he has gained considerable experience in education, municipal, appellate, and labor and employment law during his years working as a lawyer.

“At the convention, our chairman, Frank MacKay, introduced me as a longshot, and it’s true that I am not a lifelong candidate,” he said this week. “But I’m not a stranger to politics. I’m the leader of the Southampton Independence Party, and I’m eager and very positive about the campaign that lies ahead.”

Mr. Lynch also offered a glimpse at his reasons for wanting to be the next attorney general.

“In order for society to function, there has to be respect for the laws that bind us all,” the candidate said this week. “Time and again we have seen egregious examples of individuals and companies which act as if they are not subject to the law, and it is in such circumstances when arrogance or greed or another ill motive is operative that the population generally suffers, and it’s the role of the state’s chief law enforcement officer to guard the citizens against such conduct.”

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I have been a registered Independent since I was old enough to vote.

I saw long ago the two party system is fundamentally flawed. NO CONTEST on that charge.

If he's a man for the will of the people, he can go to Washington on my vote...
Jun 14, 10 8:35 PM appended by Mr. Z
Pay close attention to the LAST paragraph, I think he may already have my vote.
By Mr. Z (11420), North Sea on Jun 14, 10 8:35 PM
In your dislike of the two major parties, you have turned your vote over to Frank McKay of Islip. Unless of course you are a BLANK, not a member of the Independence Party. There is a difference you know.
Do you know what the philosophy of the Independence ( not Independent) Party is?
Ever see a platform that addresses issues?
90% of the voters in the Independence Party dont know they are registered party voters.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 9:28 AM
I don't necessarily HAVE to vote for my particular party candidate you know...
By Mr. Z (11420), North Sea on Jun 17, 10 11:12 AM
Mr. Z why would he be going to Washington? The NYS Attorney General works in Albany.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 15, 10 3:28 PM
A blinding flash of sober recognition -- good catch, ICE.
By Frank Wheeler (1815), Northampton on Jun 15, 10 4:20 PM
It was more of a figurative, Jimmy Stewart reference.

Even though I'm misinformed, I know who Mr. Smith is...
By Mr. Z (11420), North Sea on Jun 17, 10 11:33 AM
Mr Z is just the type of person the Independence Party wants. misinformed.
I admit, I missed that item as well.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 15, 10 4:22 PM
Its good to have real thrid choice as for to long we have been ruled by two and obvioulsy it doesnt work very well. Albany needs a big purge.
By North Sea Citizen (545), North Sea on Jun 16, 10 6:51 AM
"real" third choice? This endorsement will be part of a horse trading deal to be made by party political leaders.
Mr. Lynch has as much a chance at being the next states Attorney General as you do.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 16, 10 8:44 AM
1 member liked this comment
Frankly, it seems to be rather obvious what we've got does not work. AT ALL.

Maybe this guy deserves a shot, maybe he doesn't. Truthfully, it would seem he could be better than what we've presently got.
By Mr. Z (11420), North Sea on Jun 17, 10 11:24 AM
Actually, that should have been in quotes.

It was more of a Jimmy Stewart reference.
Jun 17, 10 11:11 AM appended by Mr. Z
An independent may be variously defined as a voter who votes for candidates and issues rather than on the basis of a political ideology or partisanship; a voter who does not have long-standing loyalty to, or identification with, a political party; a voter who does not usually vote for the same political party from election to election, or a voter who self-describes as an independent. Thanks: Wiki
By Mr. Z (11420), North Sea on Jun 17, 10 11:11 AM
Terry, my friend, do be careful. Can't be offending the oh-so-crucial Independence Party. After all, they make all the difference in November, can't get around it. And that business about not having a platform? That's genius, man! That's how they do it, none of this nonsense with policy or convictions, just pure dealing. The focus is on the win, and who gets what for making it happen. And it works. Caution, Terry, caution. I tremble.
By Turkey Bridge (1952), Quiogue on Jun 21, 10 11:53 AM
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