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May 18, 2015 9:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Throne-Holst To Challenge Zeldin For Congressional Seat

Anna Throne-Holst
May 20, 2015 12:46 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Tuesday afternoon that she will not seek reelection this fall—and instead will mount a challenge for U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2016 election.

Earlier this spring, Ms. Throne-Holst had said she was committed to continuing in her town role and was not looking forward to next year’s congressional race—even though she was seen as an immediate favorite for the challenger’s corner when Mr. Zeldin defeated six-term Democrat Tim Bishop. On Tuesday, she acknowledged that she had been approached about being a candidate for the federal post frequently in the past but had turned her sights to that prospect only very recently.

“I love my job as supervisor, and I so appreciate the people I work with and it’s a day-to-day relationship that I treasure,” she said on Tuesday afternoon. “On the other hand, I think my brand of ‘people not politics’ is sorely needed in Washington. I have a seven-and-a-half-year track record of minding the house and keeping a lid on taxes and cleaning up where cleaning up is needed. I think that’s the kind of legislating that is needed in Washington.”

Ms. Throne-Holst said the encouragement to challenge Rep. Zeldin has come from many corners of the Democratic Party, regionally and locally. She has not said when she will make an official announcement, though one is expected this week.

The three-term supervisor also said that once she came to the decision to seek the congressional seat, she decided it was not fair to Southampton Town residents to run for reelection to her town office in the interim. If she had won reelection to the supervisor’s office and had then won the congressional race, she would have had to leave town office with a year remaining on the term, leaving the town to hold a special election to fill its top post.

“I don’t want to mislead anyone—I’m not into smoke-and-mirrors, and I just didn’t think that was the right thing to do,” she said. “There’s a certain disingenuousness in that, and I wasn’t going to mislead my constituents and supporters.

“Instead, I will now focus all my attention for the next half a year on the business here—there’s a lot of work left to be done,” she said.

Ms. Throne-Holst is eligible to serve just one more two-year term as supervisor under town term limits law.

She was first elected to the Town Board in 2007, as a councilwoman, and then took over the supervisor’s office in 2009, defeating incumbent Republican Supervisor Linda Kabot. She won easy reelection to the post in 2011, when she was unchallenged, and again in 2013, in a rematch with Ms. Kabot.

During her tenure as supervisor, Ms. Throne-Holst oversaw steep cuts to town staffing levels, a broad reorganization of many of its government departments, and a rebuilding of financial accounts from deep deficits to robust reserves on the backs of stringent budget constraints. She has taken some lumps from groups of residents for her support of development projects like an apartment complex on Sandy Hollow Road and recently approved townhouses on the Shinnecock Canal.

Ms. Throne-Holst is expected to officially change her voter registration to Democrat before the election campaign gets rolling, as she would not be able to participate in a party primary otherwise.

She is currently registered with the Independence Party, which she helped establish as a political force in Southampton Town, but has been the Democratic Party’s candidate of choice in all four of her elections. When she first ran for office, she carried no political affiliation.

The supervisor is not the only person expected to seek to be East End Democrats’ choice to fight Mr. Zeldin next year. David Colone, a private equity manager and chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, has already announced he plans to seek the Democratic nomination as well.

Mr. Zeldin’s press officer, Jennifer DiSiena, issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of the congressman in response to news of Ms. Throne-Holst’s expected candidacy.

“Congressman Zeldin has been working tirelessly in Congress since January, all day, every day, on important issues facing his constituents,” the statement read in part. “Congressman Zeldin will not be outworked, outclassed or out-gunned in pursuing victories for his district.”

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He's all yours Southampton.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on May 18, 15 12:14 PM
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No Thanks
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on May 18, 15 2:47 PM
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Coming soon the Southampton: Waffle House.
By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on May 18, 15 12:38 PM
Scattered , Covered and Smothered - Love the W H
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 21, 15 8:13 AM
Southampton Town has a Democratic Party? Who knew?
By G (342), Southampton on May 18, 15 1:30 PM
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Nobody here in Southampton and this pathetic move makes that clear. Don't know who is dumber- Schneiderman for thinking people are stupid or Herr for being made so obvious a fool.
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on May 18, 15 1:51 PM
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By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on May 18, 15 1:51 PM
So proud of your response you need to say it twice?

Don't dismiss Schneiderman -- he's a ten-time winner and the last time out beat the popular GOP pick Chris Nuzzi like a hanging carpet.

And "G," are you serious? There's a very strong Democratic party in Southampton Town, and has been for sometime. Part of it is the growing change in registrations, and part of it is the lack of organization by the young Turks of the GOP and the divisiveness of the presence of Pat Heaney Jr.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 18, 15 2:08 PM
Wouldn't be surprised to see him get elected in Southampton. Beware the career politician. His only job is to get re-elected.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 18, 15 2:41 PM
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Frank, you have little idea what you're talking about. Strong Democratic Party in Southampton? How many jobs at Towh Hall has this incompetent Dem Exec Comm put on for Democrats "for some time now"? On 1 to 10, it is closer to ZERO!

Practically everyone at town Hall (Hiring Hall) is Republican. I wouldn't put down the Republican Party at all since they know how to deliver to their constituents! They are the organizational superiors in every way of the Southampton Democratic Party, who have ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 25, 15 8:12 AM
We don't need another pin head on the board
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on May 18, 15 2:50 PM
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term limits....What a concept!

Imagine a Congress that gets things done
By loading... (601), quiogue on May 18, 15 3:42 PM
Congress? Its a town board seat.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 18, 15 9:17 PM
duh...I said "imagine"
Fantasizing on an efficient Congress.
If term limits work for the county, why not the Congress?
If Jay winds up on the town board, you can thank term limits.
By loading... (601), quiogue on May 19, 15 12:36 PM
So jay wants to go from supervisor of eh town, then county legislator and now a town council member in Southampton. I don't know about everyone else but I would like to know why he he is going backwards. I mean that's like the president going back to the senate after he is term limited. Southampton town needs a new board member that is really there for the people, not the benefits of working for the government
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 18, 15 5:39 PM
The only interests Jay has in Southampton town is health benefits and another job that pays you to nod your head. It would be nice to see a candidate that wants to do whats right for the taxpayer, but that will never happen.
By theprogram (37), east quogue on May 18, 15 6:06 PM
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If he win's the Town Council seat, the Dem's will run Schneiderman for Supervisor in 2 years when ATH is termed out.

By reg rep (408), Southampton on May 18, 15 9:00 PM
We've already been down this road with guys like Jim Malone. Once elected he'll just be a seat warmer. I don't know of one thing that he has done for the East End and I've been here my whole life. If someone can say something then I'll gladly listen. I do see him in a lot of photos of parties and gatherings. Life has been pretty good for that guy. Let it continue but not on our dime.
By lirider (288), Westhampton Beach on May 18, 15 9:14 PM
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What else is this idiot capable of? He is basically a welfare recipient, needing public assistance. I'm tired of the same fools runni g for goverment over, and over again
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 18, 15 9:30 PM
Why don't you run? At least it would be a new fool instead of same old, same old.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 18, 15 9:55 PM
Another Independence Party insult Gordon Herr and the shameless Dem Exec Committee are shoving down the throats of Southampton Democrats. I'm sure the rationale is the same old defeatist "But he's a winner" nonsense those old coots in the Exec Commiittee have been using to repeatedly shut out true Democrats for office in favor of Indie members.

Democratic Committee members, put your foot down and refuse to get petitions and signatures for these Indie interlopers. Don't listen to the old ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 19, 15 1:53 AM
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There you go again, Obbservant, exhorting Democratic Committee members to do something when you are not a Committee member yourself. You know, they'd hear you a lot better if you were in the room with them.

Of course, if you were there in the room as a member, you could also hear those who disagree with you -- quite a few, I think -- and you might not like that.

Check out Frank Wheeler's post up above. He lives in the real world, and he's got it right.

Instead of banging ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 19, 15 10:58 AM
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Thanks to its habitual cross-endorsement of candidates from the Independen[c]e Party, the Democratic Party has become as relevant town-wide as the Liberal Party is state-wide.

What does a party stand for if it constantly endorses other-party candidates whose ideology is its polar opposite (Conservative Republican Anna Throne-Holst), or who are doctrinal cyphers (Brad Bender, Jay Schneiderman?)

I presume that the pragmatic reasons for this decision are that the local party wants ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 19, 15 7:42 AM
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 19, 15 8:58 AM
ATH is a carpetbagger. Schneiderman not so much.
By East End 2 (151), Southampton on May 19, 15 10:06 AM
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The Independence Party stands for nothing, has no platform and no goals. Ever been to one of its meetings? Politics are not discussed. It's all about getting jobs. On Long Island, meetings are about business networking and are packed with judges and judge want-a-bes. On May 6, 2014 the NY Times ran an editorial stating that the Independence Party should lose its prime place on the ballot and explaining why. Google it.
By moonpie (43), Southampton on May 19, 15 10:29 AM
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The Independence Party is, in my opinion, a vehicle for its leadership to provide jobs and judgeships for its favored individuals. For public elected officials on the East End it is a political bordello.

A political bordello you opine, yes, indeed.

Let us take as examples, Anna, Fred and Jay. Each was, if memory serves me well, at some point in their respective illustrious registered voter, party enrollee history at one point or another a Democrat. For a variety of reasons, ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 19, 15 3:03 PM
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Gregor for supervisor so than he can blame himself for not giving the highway department money.
By Local dad (51), Southampton on May 19, 15 7:10 PM
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congrats to Throne-Holst! As fo Schniederman, my comment above still stands, please dont make Southampton Town your last stop on your way to your pension and let someone who cares about the Town run for the this seat or any seat. The story says it best:

"But he had maintained his permanent residence, and voter registration, at his property in Montauk—until he switched his registration early this month to the address of the house he is currently renting in Hampton Bays while his Southampton ...more
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 19, 15 7:37 PM
The article and headline have been changed to focus on the Supervisor's plans.

Let's not forget that the hit-and-run death of Sister Jackie Walsh on July 9, 2012 was never solved, and that the details of the investigation were never released, ostensibly because it was an "active investigation."

Well, with the suspected driver long gone (after the SHT PD waited 11 days to release his ID and photo), and the Town Board about to be mostly new faces, perhaps someone could get to the ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 19, 15 10:01 PM
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Did you ever try to FOIL documents related to the case?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 20, 15 9:33 AM
... " there you go again" TB, really?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on May 20, 15 7:44 AM
What an appalling thought, a choice between Lee Zeldin or Anna Throne-Holst in congress!

Will she run as an Independen[ce]? If so, one hopes that the Suffolk County Democratic Committee will have the integrity (unlike its Southampton Town counterpart) to deny her the Democratic line. There is no reason for it to anoint this marzipan princess when there are so many REAL Democrats available.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 20, 15 9:37 AM
She is changing over to Democrat. Currently there are talks of the following Dems running against her:

David Calone (Suffolk County Planning Commission Chair - and winner of the Weakest Link. Also works under Mark Lesko at "Accelerate Long Island")

Mark Lesko (Former Brookhaven Town Supervisor before he abruptly resigned in the midst of difficult budget discussions to pursue "Accelerate Long Island" which he LITERALLY made up while he was Supervisor.

Kara Hahn (Suffolk ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 20, 15 3:15 PM
"marzipan princess" I love it
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on May 20, 15 6:01 PM
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Anna TH for Congress? Hahahahahahhaha! She's sold Southampton to the developers, just imagine what she could do in congress, if she got there. There is a real story about why she isn't going to seek re-election here, and it isn't this one.
By moonpie (43), Southampton on May 20, 15 10:49 AM
Could the support she withdrew for restrictions at East Hampton Airport be just one of those reasons? Her constituents were left to suffer another summer and year of increase in helicopters and other noise polluting aircraft.
By mcgrawkeber (47), East Hampton on May 21, 15 4:25 PM
... Fleming for Supervisor.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on May 20, 15 11:25 AM
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No way. Throne-Holst and Fleming both abandoned their constituents on the eastern flank of the town when they publicly, very publicly, announced they would no longer to support airport access restrictions both had formerly championed. Now, we know why---promises, promises for a more lucrative future for themselves in lieu of a more peaceful less polluted East End. Buyer beware of these two.
By Trish (91), Sag Harbor on May 21, 15 6:17 PM
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I guess some deals have been made, again.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 20, 15 11:31 AM
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By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 20, 15 11:33 AM
One can imagine the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) explaining to ATH that she would have to enroll as a Democrat and immediately start raising campaign funds. Oh by the way you better announce for Congress and indicate you are not running for re-election. It would give Congressman Zeldin a nice opening issue were you to announce for Congress the day after you won re-election or worse lost that bid.

Her move to suddenly get Democratic Party enrollment religion certainly ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 20, 15 5:26 PM
Well according to Newsday a lot of those questions have been answered - but I guess it's more fun to speculate from your soap box and have others stand back in wonderment at all of your political inquiries.

A recent article indicates that ATH is becoming a dem, announced she is not running for supervisor (because she doesn't think that it would be fair to run for something she doesn't plan on serving the whole term of) and Jay will be running for Supervisor.

Don't count on Christine ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 21, 15 10:40 AM

Read Newsday still trying to find an answer to any of the questions I asked.

Smoke and mirror responses by the Supervisor, canned responses, well rehearsed.

“I don’t want to mislead anyone—I’m not into smoke-and-mirrors, and I just didn’t think that was the right thing to do,” she said. “There’s a certain disingenuousness in that, and I wasn’t going to mislead my constituents and supporters"

Sorry but I think it ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 21, 15 8:50 PM
So who is to blame? The Independence party or the Dems? You make it sound like she has control of both - hey, those parties have to approve her nomination.

And in case you haven't noticed - the east end is a cross-endorsement haven. Why do you act surprised?

This is in no way a defense of her and I hope she gets whooped and gives the ol' real estate thing a shot. My guess is she'll be out of a job within 6 months because high playing clients expect to be pampered - not ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 22, 15 10:27 AM
Nature, its not just the East End that is a cross-endorsement haven, haven't been many times we have had an opportunity to select from two distinct party philosophies for county office going back to the Steve Levy era.

As to whom to blame, I blame the leaders of the two major parties, the Dems and Reps for not banning these third party cross-endorsements. Way back when Baranello and Buzz were the County Leaders of the Dems and Reps such a ban was agreed to. It didn't las that long but ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 22, 15 6:06 PM
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Nature, i usually think you make some good points but think you are way off on Scalera. Can't comment on the commute but if you ask anyone in town hall or out, she works harder then any other member of that board and has a firm grasp on the issues. The reasons you name as to why she wouldn't seek to run for sup reinforce that she is in this for the reasons we want all our representatives in office, because she really cares! She can seek to run for higher office (which i would personally welcome) ...more
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on May 27, 15 8:47 AM
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By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on May 27, 15 8:54 AM
Thanks - I like Scalera and she is different than most career politicians and a lot better than many past board members. I didn't mean to imply she does NOTHING, but it is a "part-time" job, whereas being an assistant attorney for Brookhaven was fulltime, and required a daily commute from Water Mill (not so much fun on summer Fridays). I just don't see her running for Supervisor with the risk of not winning.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on May 27, 15 9:05 AM
she would be a great supervisor however elected officials must listen to their Parties.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 27, 15 3:24 PM
Jay Schneiderman cringed when having to attend Leg. meetings in Hauppauge and even tried to make deals to keep himself closer to his real home, Montauk. Jay is surely working deals to set himself up for a place to land, outside the Leg., but being the Supervisor of Southampton is way too much work for the Montauk hotelier.
By theprogram (37), east quogue on May 20, 15 11:04 PM
Queen Anna would not have had a snowball's chance in hell to get re-elected to the Supervisor position after bending over backwards for every PDD that she could. With no other political experience besides Town positions, she will get to throw elbows with the rest of the east end real estate contingent instead of going to DC. Good riddance !!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 21, 15 6:13 AM
Amen to that, big fresh.
By Long Island Viking (28), Southampton on May 21, 15 8:17 AM
Long Live Lee Zeldin
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 21, 15 8:17 AM
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lisa Dunlap for town clerk. She is very professional.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 21, 15 12:01 PM
Anna Throne Holst for Congress---you gotta be joking!.
Having abandoned support for constituents living on the eastern flank of SH Town, by bowing to pressure from SH village, she withdrew her support for airport noise restrictions, together with Flemming and Scalera after having made much ado about supporting such restrictions.
A disgusting reversal and now it is clear why---so wealthy SHites would back her for congress. Constituents far beyond Southampton are also impacted by airport ...more
By Trish (91), Sag Harbor on May 21, 15 2:58 PM
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Precisely my response above!
By mcgrawkeber (47), East Hampton on May 21, 15 4:27 PM
She can't even straighten out the holes and level roads and lanes in remsenburg with her clerk road guy Alex. They can't afford the road tar she had him tell the residents. No budget left for repair?
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on May 23, 15 5:44 PM
A month after Alex Gregor dethroned Masterson, ATH immediately moved to reduce his budget, and split the Highway Dept influence and budget by splitting the Dept in two so Alex was left with a shell of the old department for which Alex was elected. she was determined to make him a one term official

Alex is a straight shooting guy, and earnest, no Brad Bender at all, who didn't slavishly kowtow to Anna like Brad. So he was treated and is still treated today like a persona non grata. Just ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 25, 15 7:23 AM
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Straight shooter? Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, if his shooting skills are anything like his management skills( or lack thereof). Where is the beef, what has he accomplished?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 26, 15 5:26 PM
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26 Shootings Over Memorial Day Weekend in Baltimore

Meanwhile First Lady Michelle Obama spoke today to graduates of Oberlin College. She encouraged the graduating class to "shape the revolutions of your time.

Is this appropriate behavior for the First Lady of the United States of America ?
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on May 26, 15 12:27 AM
That's a very appropriate posting.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 26, 15 5:24 PM
We have a Marxist in the White House so it's no surprise that His wife is of the same ilk.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 26, 15 5:48 AM
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And please, do entertain us with your definition of "Marxism".

I don't believe for one solitary moment you have one iota of an idea what the word means.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 28, 15 11:36 PM
Here's a ticket, Alex Road Guy and ATH. They obviously work against each other, and the voters. No road repair budget and no resurfacing unless it's the roads they ride! The budget was cut for this kind of work. I would even suggest DeBlasio instead of Alex and ATH to take over, and that would truly be a horror. But he wants to run against Hillary I understand.
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on May 28, 15 1:01 PM
Class struggle plays a central role in addressing society's allegedly inevitable development from oppression under capitalism to a socialist, ultimately class less society. Obama is an adherent to this ideal. A True Marxist. He , along with a few regular posters here are all about the class warfare and attempting to redistribute wealth from the most successful to those who are not. Marxists all.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 29, 15 5:47 PM
Here's where you come up ignorant. Marxism is a method of analysis, not a governmental system. It's alleged philosophy has been interpreted and implemented on multiple fronts by multiple governmental entities from dictatorships to free market socialist states, the former usually being the most oppressive, and the latter having a more than reasonable success rate.

Marxism is a philosophy according to it's creators predictions of the evolution of human society. From fuedalism right on ...more
May 30, 15 10:31 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, incidentally, Leninism is quite possibly the worst incident of star ****ing in history.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 30, 15 10:31 PM