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Clear Choice

At the debate on October 7 at the senior center in Hampton Bays, Bridget Fleming made a very convincing case and I strongly believe that she has earned another term to continue as our county legislator.

Bridget laid out as many of her accomplishments as she could within the allowable time constraints. And her list of accomplishments is long and varied: water quality improvements, safer septic systems, improved public transportation, affordable housing, opioid addiction progress, headway in tick-borne illnesses, to name just a few.

To her credit, challenger Linda Kabot, acknowledged Bridget’s substantial accomplishments several times over the course of the debate.

Oddly, Ms. Kabot kept hammering away all evening about the “dire” fiscal situation in Suffolk County. I say oddly because she is not running for Suffolk County executive, nor is she running for Suffolk County comptroller, who are the elected officials who are primarily responsible for fiscal matters at the county level.

Bridget cited many, many areas where she has had a direct positive impact on increased revenues and controlling spending at the county level, without any pushback from Ms. Kabot. Ms. Kabot actually criticized County Executive Steve Bellone by name. I’ll let Steve Bellone defend himself, but, I kept wondering why Ms. Kabot didn’t try to run for county executive or comptroller (in the last election) instead of the very different position of legislator.

Further, she cited her past position as Southampton Town supervisor as proof of her fiscal prowess. The record tells a very different story. During her stint as supervisor, the fiscal situation in The Town of Southampton could fairly have been called “dire.” She claims that her successor, Anna Throne Holst, reaped the benefits of all her hard work. Apart from the sour grapes, the voters chose NOT to re-elect Ms. Kabot to the post of town supervisor in 2009 and in 2011.

Bridget is seeking another term as your legislator to continue working hard and achieving positive results for you as your county legislator. Please join me and vote for Bridget Fleming on Election Day, November 5.

Dick Sheehan

Westhampton Beach


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