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Jun 20, 2014 10:03 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Moore Ousts Teller As Westhampton Beach Mayor

Jun 22, 2014 9:45 PM

UPDATE: 11:15 P.M.

In a text message, Westhampton Beach Mayor-Elect Maria Moore thanked those who voted for her on Friday and stated that she is looking forward to beginning her tenure at Village hall.

“I’m honored that the voters of Westhampton Beach chose me to represent their interests, and I cannot wait to get started making our collective vision a reality,” she wrote.

Voters in Quogue, meanwhile, overwhelmingly approved a proposition that will allow volunteer firefighters in the village to continue adding to their special retirement fund, known as a Length of Service Award Program, even after they turn 65. That measure passed 90-7, according to officials.

Also, Mayor Peter Sartorius, who was unchallenged, received 84 votes to earn another term in office. Village Trustees Kimberley Payne (92 votes) and Jeanette Obser (84 votes) also were unchallenged and won reelection.

UPDATE: 10:20 P.M.

Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller took Friday’s election loss in stride, though he did note that he has no immediate plans to attend future board meetings in the village.

“The people voted and the numbers are in,” he said shortly after the ballots were counted, “so I can go home now.”

Asked what he plans to do in the future, the 84-year-old former police chief stated: “I’ll do what I normally do—putter around and take the garbage out. I’ve got a couple of places upstate to take care of, so I’ll still be busy.

“I haven’t seen a mayor in this village come back for a board meeting after being voted out,” he continued. “Progress in the village moves on.”

Ms. Moore did not immediately return calls seeking comment following Friday’s election victory.

UPDATE: 9:25 P.M.

Political newcomer Maria Moore ousted longtime Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller on Friday, denying the incumbent of a fifth two-year term by nearly 100 votes.

Ms. Moore, an attorney with a practice in Westhampton Beach, received 284 votes while Mr. Teller finished with 187 votes, according to village officials.

Westhampton Beach Village Trustees Charles Palmer and Ralph Urban did not have to fend off challengers this year and, as expected, both were reelected to second terms. Mr. Palmer received 301 votes and Mr. Urban finished with 265 votes.

ORIGINAL STORY

Voters in Westhampton Beach and Quogue will cast their votes for their respective villages starting at noon on Friday.

Polls are open in both villages until 9 p.m., with voting in Westhampton Beach taking place in Village Hall on Mill Road and voting in Quogue taking place at the Village Firehouse on Jessup Avenue.

There is only one contested race between the two villages, with political newcomer Maria Moore challenging Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller, who is seeking his fifth two-year term in office.

Westhampton Beach Village Trustees Charles Palmer and Ralph Urban are both running unopposed for their second terms. Likewise, Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius along with trustees Jeannette Obser and Kimberley Payne are unopposed in their reelection bids.

Quogue voters also will decide on a proposition that, if passed, would allow volunteer firefighters in the village to continue adding to the department's special retirement fund after turning 65.

The proposition will enable volunteers who respond to a sufficient amount of calls for service to continue adding to the village's Length of Service Award Plan after reaching retirement age, which they currently are unable to do. Volunteers are able to access the fund once they turn 65 or under special circumstances, such as becoming disabled.

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waiting for the results
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jun 20, 14 9:05 PM
Thank you Mr Teller for a job well done. Congrats to Ms Moore and Joan
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jun 20, 14 9:36 PM
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Maria is no one's puppet and will be a great Mayor, congratulations for a well earned victory.
By tenn tom (234), remsenburg on Jun 20, 14 9:46 PM
Good Riddens.
By Summer Resident (233), Southampton N.Y. on Jun 20, 14 9:58 PM
Way to go Maria. Welcome our new mayor the first female mayor in the Hamptons whb where the Hamptons begin again. Our renewal !!
By pgg6259 (5), westhampton beach on Jun 20, 14 10:08 PM
Quogue had a Mayor 15-20 years ago -- Thelma Georgeson -- worked with her son Buzzy in the old days.
By Frank Wheeler (1811), Northampton on Jun 21, 14 1:32 AM
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Thank you, Frank. Also, more recently, Laura Nolan served as mayor of North Haven Village. She stepped down in 2013.
By Frank Costanza (19), Westhampton Beach on Jun 21, 14 7:52 AM
Lauren Fortmiller was the mayor of Sag Harbor in the early 2000's.

RIR
By Robert I Ross (247), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 14 4:00 PM

this is a great victory, not only for Maria Moore, but for our Village that sorely needs a major change in direction. Maria has earned a mandate from the residents to accomplish all the changes she campaigned for. It is going to be an exciting time for WHB, instead of same old, same old!
By 313758 (8), westhampton on Jun 20, 14 11:08 PM
Lots of luck to this Village.
By beachbme11978 (78), Westhampton Beach on Jun 21, 14 9:33 AM
Ray's sweetheart deals are engraved in stone
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jun 21, 14 11:00 AM
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By kahuna (67), Tampa on Jun 21, 14 2:24 PM
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By kahuna (67), Tampa on Jun 21, 14 4:11 PM
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By Sug Tonmi (25), southampton on Jun 21, 14 4:20 PM
I lived and worked in Westhampton Beach from 1989 until 2012. The village was as good as it was because of Conrad being chief and mayor. He will be missed.
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jun 21, 14 8:15 PM
Thank you to the editor for removing some comments
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jun 22, 14 9:01 AM

Prudent editorial governing has trumped "Freedom of. Speech"... When the speech is gutter worthy ....
Can't run around spewing the venom that came from one who gave his target no opportunity to refute.... Not that he should dignify such preposterous claims.
Best wishes Connie for your decades of public service....
Used to run through the community as you biked by me!!!!!
Also "Shared h the Pilgrim".........
By kahuna (67), Tampa on Jun 22, 14 9:45 AM