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Here’s The Story

“Retain Sartain.” You’ve seen the signs. What’s the story?

Southampton Town Justice Karen Sartain was appointed to her position at the beginning of this year, and she is now asking the voters for their support on November 3 as she runs for election for a full term.

The Southampton Town Board appreciated the personal qualities and experience that Karen Sartain brought to the work of our Town Justice Court. I believe the voters will also. We can be certain she does the job with reason, intelligence, fairness and respect for all.

Judge Sartain describes herself as hardworking and efficient, as well as compassionate. She is also thoughtful and articulate. She understands that it is not easy for people to show up in court and believes that they deserve an efficient and respectful process when they need to be there. She strives to run an efficient and respectful courtroom and be fair to everyone who comes into her courtroom — plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers and court staff.

Judge Karen Sartain brings valuable experience to her position. Licensed to practice law in both Florida and New York, she worked as an assistant public defender in the Miami Public Defender’s office. Before starting her law practice in Southampton, she was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, where she represented clients in the Southampton Town Justice Court.

With the changes required by COVID-19, she helped streamline the process for virtual hearings and suggested the walk-up window that will allow people to handle most matters without needing to enter the court.

To hear more from Judge Karen Sartain, you will be able to catch her spots on WLNG every day during “Swap & Shop,” or on “Dawn Patrol” on WRIV. She welcomes questions through her website at or by email to

Now, when you see the “Retain Sartain” message on her lawn signs, you know the story and you know Judge Karen Sartain deserves your vote.

With Judge Karen Sartain at work, we can trust that the operation of our court is in good hands.

Sally G. Pope