Election Day is underway in East Hampton and Southampton towns and a heated campaign season will come to an end when the polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.
The Southampton Republicans will be stationed at their election headquarters in Hamptons Bays tonight as the results come in and the Southampton Democrats will spend election night at Four Seasons Caterer in Southampton Village. The East Hampton Democrats will be at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Village and the East Hampton Republicans will be found in Amagansett, at Indian Wells Tavern.
Incumbent Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, a Republican, is seeking her second two-year term. Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, who is not a member of a political party but carries the Democratic, Independence and Working Families endorsements, is challenging Ms. Kabot for the town’s top job.
In East Hampton, there is no incumbent in the town supervisor race since former Supervisor Bill McGintee declined to run for reelection and then resigned last month. Democrat Ben Zwirn, who has the Working Families and Common Ground endorsements, and Republican Bill Wilkinson, who has the Independence and Conservative endorsements, are both after the job.
Republican Southampton Town Councilman Christopher Nuzzi and Democratic Councilwoman Sally Pope, who were elected to office in 2005 and 2008, respectively, are running for reelection this year—but they are faced with two challengers. Political newcomers James Wilson Malone, a Conservative with the Republican and Independence endorsements, and Bridget Fleming, a Democrat with the Working Families endorsement, are jockeying for seats on the council, too. Mr. Nuzzi’s name also appears on the Independence and Conservative lines and Ms. Pope also appears on the Working Families line.
The East Hampton Town Board race includes no incumbents. Republicans Dominick Stanzione and Theresa Quigley are on the ballot against Democrats Patti Leber and John Whelan.
Mr. Stanzione also has the Independence, Conservative and Working Families endorsements and his running mate has the Conservative and Independence endorsements. Mr. Whelan carries the Working Families and Common Ground endorsements.
Prudence Carabine, of her own Bonac Beach Party, is waging a write-in campaign for East Hampton Town Board since her election petition to get on the ballot was thrown out.
Alex Gregor, a member of the Independence Party who also has the Democratic and Working Families endorsements, is vying for the Southampton Town highway superintendent job against John McGann, a Conservative with the Republican endorsement. The outgoing highway superintendent, Bill Masterson, is stepping down after 20 years in the post.
In East Hampton, Democrat Scott King is seeking his second term as highway superintendent. He also has the Working Families Party backing. Republican Thomas Talmage is looking to unseat Mr. King. Mr. Talmage is also backed by the Independence and Conservative parties.
Five incumbent Republican Southampton Town Trustees—Brian Tymann, Jon Semlear, Frederick Havemeyer, Edward Warner Jr. and Eric Shultz—are seeking to be reelected, but face challenges from two Democratic candidates, Bill Pell and Chris Garvey.
In East Hampton, Democrats John Gosman, William Taylor, Joseph Gianninni, Christopher Russo, Juan Castro, Stephen Lester, Richard Madan, Joe Peel and Joseph Lombardi are up against Republicans Stephanie Talmage, Kayla Talmage, William Mott, Lynn Mendelman, Diane McNally, Norman Edwards Jr., Timothy Bock and Joseph Bloecker.
Three are competing for two Southampton Town Justice seats. Incumbent Deborah Kooperstein has all five party endorsements. Barbara Wilson, also an incumbent, is endorsed by the Democrat, Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties. Challenger Stephen Lynch is running on the Independence Party line.
East Hampton Town Justice Catherine Cahill, who is cross-endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families parties, is facing a challenge in Richard “Andy” Hammer, the Republican, Conservative and Independent candidate.
Incumbent Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer is running unopposed. She was cross-endorsed by the Republicans, Independents and Conservatives, and the Democrats did not put up a challenger.
Frederick Overton is unopposed in his bid for a new term as East Hampton Town clerk. He is cross-endorsed by the Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Conservatives.
East Hampton Town Assessor Eugene DePasquale faces no challenger.
On the county level, District Attorney Thomas Spota, Treasurer Angie Carpenter and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco are all running uncontested races for reelection. They each carry Democratic, Republican, Independence and Conservative endorsements.
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who switched his affiliation from the Republican Party to the Independence Party last year, is unopposed in his reelection bid for the 2nd Legislative District.