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May 16, 2014 5:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Lawyer To Challenge Mayor

May 23, 2014 1:29 PM

In the area’s only contested village election next month, Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller will be challenged in his bid for a fifth term by attorney Maria Moore.

Mr. Teller, who was elected trustee in 2005 and mayor in 2006, is running on the Village Unity Party ticket in the June 20 race, while Ms. Moore, who serves as treasurer of the Westhampton Free Library Board of Trustees, is running with Trustee Charles Palmer on the Progress for Westhampton Beach Party ticket. Mr. Palmer is seeking a second term on the Village Board.

Mr. Palmer ran in 2012 on the Lightning Party line along with current Trustee Ralph Urban, who also is running unopposed for reelection next month. Mr. Urban is running on the Key Party ticket this time around.

A former Southampton Town and Westhampton Beach Village police chief, Mr. Teller succeeded Robert Strebel as mayor in 2006. Mr. Teller won reelection in 2008, and in 2010 fended off a challenge from current Village Trustee Hank Tucker. Mr. Teller ran unopposed for the seat in 2012.

Ms. Moore has never held elected office. Her husband, Thomas, was appointed to the Westhampton Beach Village Zoning Board of Appeals in 2008, but resigned in 2010, three years before his term was up. Mr. Moore, a law clerk, authored controversial resolutions during his time on the board, including one that barred then-Village Attorney Hermon “Bo” Bishop for sharing his legal opinions in public.

All terms are for two years. Voting will take place on June 20, from noon to 9 p.m., at Westhampton Beach Village Hall.

In Quogue, all three incumbents—Mayor Peter Sartorius and fellow board members Kimberley Payne and Jeannette Obser—are unopposed in their respective reelection bids.

Mr. Payne has served on the board since 2006 and will begin his fifth term in July. Ms. Obser has six terms under her belt. Mr. Sartorius was appointed mayor in 2009 after former mayor George Motz resigned after pleading guilty to securities fraud in federal court. Mr. Sartorius won his first two-year term as mayor in 2010.

All three seats hold two-year terms. Taxpayers can cast their ballots on June 20, from noon until 9 p.m., at the Quogue Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.

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Good luck Maria, you will make a great mayor!
By tenn tom (199), remsenburg on May 17, 14 7:35 AM
Finally an alternative. And a good on at that!
By realistic (439), westhampton on May 18, 14 5:57 PM
Teller deserves another term-he's earned it.
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on May 22, 14 10:28 PM
I thought the term was 2 years, not 5 as reported
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on May 22, 14 10:33 PM
thanks for the corrections
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on May 23, 14 1:47 PM
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