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May 21, 2015 5:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Jay Schneiderman Will Run For Southampton Town Supervisor

Jay Schneiderman
May 27, 2015 11:36 AM

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman officially announced on Friday that he will run for Southampton Town supervisor in this fall’s election.

Mr. Schneiderman was expected to get the Southampton Town Democratic Party’s endorsement at its nominating convention last night, May 27.

Mr. Schneiderman will seek to replace Anna Throne-Holst, who announced last week that she would not run for reelection to a fourth term in the supervisor’s office, and will instead join the race for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Lee Zeldin for the 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2016 national election.

Mr. Schneiderman made his announcement on Friday evening via a joint press release by his office and the Democratic Party.

“While I don’t have all the answers, what I do have is a wealth of experience and a willingness to reach out to all members of our community to develop consensus-driven solutions,” he said in the statement announcing his intentions. “I look forward to a spirited campaign filled with ideas about how to move Southampton forward, and I hope the residents of this extraordinary town will give me the opportunity to serve them in this new capacity as their town supervisor.”

It does not appear as though he will have to face Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera in the supervisor's race. Ms. Scalera has declined to comment on her intentions but is expected to seek re-election to her a second four-year term on the council.

Veteran Southampton Village Trustee Richard Yastrzemski is still seen as the most likely nominee from the party to challenge Mr. Schneiderman.

The Southampton Republican Party will hold it's nominating convention tonight, May 28, at the Southampton Elks Lodge.

Mr. Schneiderman served two terms as the supervisor of East Hampton Town, from 2000 to 2004, both as a Republican, before running for the county post.

He switched his registration to the Independence Party in 2008 and has received cross-endorsements from the Democrats in three elections since then. Ms. Throne-Holst is also an Independence member who has been uniformly cross-endorsed by the Democratic Party, to which she is expected to change her registration to ahead of the congressional race.

Ms. Schneiderman will have served six two-year terms on the Suffolk County Legislature when his current term ends on December 31. He is prevented from seeking reelection again by the county’s term limits law.

Mr. Schneiderman lived most of his life in Montauk, where his family owns and operates a hotel. He has maintained a residence in Southampton for several years but had kept his permanent address and official residence in Montauk.

He switched his voter registration from his Montauk address to his current address in Hampton Bays, where he is renting a house, this month. He is building a house in Southampton Village that he expects to move into permanently this summer.

“I’ve been representing Southampton for 12 years—the office is in the town, and I started renting in Southampton nine years ago, when I put my kids into the Southampton School District,” Mr. Schneiderman said on Monday of his official leap from East Hampton to Southampton. “A number of people wanted me to come back to East Hampton and do that again”—meaning run for town office—“and one of the reasons I decided not to do that is that my children are in Southampton now.”

Mr. Schneiderman pointed to his record as East Hampton’s supervisor, and four years of tax cuts or flat tax rates, as a direct map of what he will be looking to bring to Southampton.

The Suffolk County Democratic Committee on May 20 officially nominated Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming to be the party’s candidate for the 2nd Legislative District seat that Mr. Schneiderman will be vacating at the end of the year. The 2nd Legislative District covers all of the South Fork, from Eastport to Montauk, and Shelter Island.

Ms. Fleming, who will have been on the Town Board for five years when her current term ends, announced earlier this month that she would be seeking the nomination. She would have been eligible to serve one more four-year term on the Town Board.

“Smart fiscal policy, defense of our environmental resources, and strong ethical reform in government have been key to protecting our community, and on the county government level, I believe I can extend this important work and make a positive impact in the county post,” Ms. Fleming, who lives in Noyac, said in a statement released by the party on Tuesday. “So many of our challenges, like water quality, transportation and energy issues, and an economy that meets the needs of the local community, require regional approaches and coordination among multiple towns. If elected, I will welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues countywide to meet those challenges.”

The Republican Party has not yet formally nominated its candidate to face Ms. Fleming, though party leaders have thrown their support behind political newcomer Amos Goodman, and local party leaders said no others have screened for potential nomination.

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I look forward to hearing her proposals for solving the traffic nightmare that engulfs the region. Hopefully there is more there there than opposition to a much needed supermarket.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 21, 15 5:39 PM
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Jay Schneiderman has a good record of addressing roads and transportation. A few things he's accomplished: County Road 39 additional lane and road widening, engineering study for Riverhead traffic circle, new roundabout at intersection of CR104/CR31, repairs to Quantuck Creek Bridge, Sunday bus service initiated and various and sundry smaller local projects throughout the East End. Jay would be the first one to tell us that more needs to be done, but he has a track record of making improvements ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on May 30, 15 10:04 AM
A point of clarification, will he be running under the Democratic/Republican/Independen[ce] line or will he actually have something to say other than "I wanna be supervisor."

Holy mother of god, Jay, do you not recognize when a string has reached its end?
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 22, 15 10:44 PM
God must be capitalized.
By greeneyedlady (55), East Quogue on May 23, 15 8:11 AM
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With Bridget Fleming having given up on the rootless, unprincipled Southampton Democratic Executive Committee under Gordon Herr and Anna that have made her life on the Town Board a nightmare, the Dems have absolutely no battle tested luminary in reserve for the next election cycle. Bridget's finally moving on after years of relentless behind the scenes assault from Anna and the Dem Exec. Commiittee. Bon voyage with the Democrats further West.

Having backed and developed nothing but interloping ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 23, 15 12:21 AM
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For the 3rd time now, Obbservant, if you've got all the answers, if you know so much about how the local Democrats are messing up and so much about how to fix it, why don't you join the Dem Committee and fix it?

You are a Democrat, right? Come and help if you think you can. According to you, we need a lot of help.

I agree with much of what you're saying in substance. For example, Bridget Fleming has often been ill-treated by the leadership, as you charge, and not just in minor ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 23, 15 1:28 PM
Um -- how many elections has Mr. Schneiderman lost?

I don't know the man, but there are an awful lot of non-specific vitriol comments aimed at him.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 23, 15 1:54 PM
Is she a Dem? Is that an attempt at sarcasm? Everyone knows Obbservant is Linda C. Go back and read all her posts.
By Yesouthh (21), water mill on May 23, 15 7:19 PM
ROFLMAO...Its a K...C is the paint and cheese..She's very sensitive about that.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 23, 15 8:09 PM
Frank has never had any vitriol in any of his posts.(roll eyes)
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 23, 15 9:05 PM
" but it's a small-d democratic organization, and the majority goes sometimes one way, sometimes another. That's how democracies work, if you recall your civics."

The Southampton Democratic Executive Committee is anything but democratic, starting from screening and approving candidates and not providing enough space for dissenters to register their no votes. Gordon tends to fill Committee openings with those friendly with his views and who will vote for him as Chair and the Executive Committee ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 24, 15 8:48 AM
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Guess I'm very naive. Couldn't imagine any who wasn't a Democrat having so much concern for the welfare of the Democrats. Apparently I was wrong.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 24, 15 6:04 PM
I remember years ago when the Democratic Party in Southampton Town was flat on its back. Remember? Suddenly, the Committee was revitalized, mostly because the revitalizers didn't spend an inordinate amount of time whining on a website, but, instead, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

Words are extraordinarily cheap.

By number19 (111), Westhampton on May 28, 15 9:21 AM
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Revitalized? By marginalizing hopeful future Democratic leaders who can't get on the ticket and ruthlessly hounding the only Democrat on the Town Board to the point of driving her up island?

If by revitalizing you mean repeatedly promoting the futures of Indy Party members and get nothing in return, absolutely nothing, and then basking in the victory of anti-Democratic principles like Anna's for her purely selfish gain and ambition, you are revealing again the clueless thinking and strategy ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Jun 2, 15 7:32 AM
well said
By Justsay'n (42), Southampton on May 23, 15 6:00 AM
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And here is the result of putting Party before principles.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 23, 15 7:23 AM
HAHAHA, i really cant help but laugh, so Jay is now a Democrat from Hampton Bays, jesus christ i really hope everyone sees through this and the voters dont let him run our Town. As a democrat I am offended, and i bet a million dollars if he wins, he will decide not to run after how ever many years it takes for him to get all of his lifelong benfitts
By hamptons34 (30), Westhampton on May 23, 15 8:49 AM
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He is the Chinese Menu of politicians.
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on May 23, 15 10:38 AM
Ugh, argh, good grief, say it ain't so.
By rv (38), watermill on May 23, 15 12:50 PM
Well maybe he can make sure the beach is cleaned of wine bottles and other garbage when his drum buddies finish their drum playing on the beach.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 23, 15 3:47 PM
Term limits or musical chairs?
By Doug Penny (64), Hobe Sound on May 23, 15 5:30 PM
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I find it offensive that someone can make a career suckling at the political teat.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 24, 15 7:24 AM
OK, bigfresh & Doug Penny & Hamptons 34 & the rest of the vitriol crowd, what we're looking at with Jay Schneiderman is a career in public service, doing the people's business. Now if we attribute any wisdom at all to the people, then note, please, that the voters in their wisdom have returned Jay Schneiderman to office time and time again.

What does that tell you? Why on earth would you get rid of a guy like that? If you knew a plumber, a good plumber who knew his trade, and answered ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 24, 15 6:23 PM
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What you may or may not realize George is that Doug Penny did exactly that. Did his public service for a term and left.

Jay was not well liked by the Dems in East Hampton. He's done, for the most part a credible job in the County Legislature. Let us say he tries.

As with most incumbents, once they get in, they stay. And Jay did have some races both on the Rep and Dem lines without an opponent actively campaigning against him.

You'd have to look at the shape East Hampton ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on May 24, 15 6:58 PM
Interesting that you should equate the "service" of a politician to that of a plumber. The end product is the same, sewage.
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 24, 15 8:31 PM
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Vos and marlinspike, that's admittedly a clever remark, but that's all it is, sort of middle-school clever. If there's any seriousness at all on this comment board -- an open question -- and if you're at all serious about that remark, then you're quite beyond any reasoned discourse.

Interesting to note that Obbservant is a Like under VOS's smear, considering her past political career (assuming she is who two other posters say she is). That career has included some significant accomplishments, ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 25, 15 10:52 AM
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TB, clever remark, middle school clever, smear? You again totally miss the point. You have ATH's three PDDs, totally against the zoning meant to protect the people that has outrage so many Southampton communities, that she has rammed through.

And what do the Rechler waterfront project, the East Quogue mega development and illegal golf course, and overdevelopment in Sandy Hollow have in common? Yes precisely - tons and tons of toxic sewage to pollute our groundwater, our increasingly toxic ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 26, 15 6:42 AM
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I stand by my comment. I took VOS and marlinspike to be writing about politicians in general, which I believe is how anyone would take it, except of course someone obsessed with a particular politician. If any individual was targeted by VOS, it would have been Jay Schneiderman, since the preceding discussion had focused on him. Go back and look at the post as an objective reader, if it's possible for you to get your mind off ATH.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 26, 15 8:52 AM
Don't waste your time telling us about reasoned discourse when that's the antithesis of what the self-serving politicians and their cadre strive to avoid. Job hopping from venue to venue does nothing to illustrate a desire to actually serve the people but only demonstrates how political insiders (if the shoe fits...) circle the wagons against the public good.

And I must apologize to the plumbers - they are noble professionals.
May 26, 15 2:38 PM appended by VOS
CORRECTION: "...the antithesis of what the self-serving politicians and their cadre are striving for."
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 26, 15 2:38 PM
You prove my point.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 26, 15 5:07 PM
TB, obsessed with ATH? Is that one of the deflectionary tactics you learned at Moot Court. Well it's juvenile and sophomoric. This is real life and real issues - Democratic issues my friend that you have forgotten in adopting your new credo, "but she's a winner".

This ain't why earnest principled people join political parties.

ATH is a very minor speck of fly passing through, given life only by an unprincipled feckless, local yokel Democratic leadership keeping down its own membership.

All ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on May 26, 15 9:01 PM
And TB has proven he is nothing more than a sycophantic apologist for the status quo. It would be so refreshing if these insiders sought to better things for the populace rather than the insiders but first they would need to recognize the abysmal failure of the current system. "Circle the wagons" indeed.
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 27, 15 11:07 PM
"the Rechler waterfront project"

Are you referring to the canal property? The one with the Nitrex system and the groundwater barrier? The things that would address the pollution in our bays, but which a few NIMBY neighbors are against?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on May 28, 15 5:00 PM
It's a farce. Rechler doesn't even own all the property their plans show them building on. The county owns the area between the existing buildings and Montauk Highway and they also want the county to move North Road to the east to give them more room.

Only when the corporation is open about their plans should any of their projects get the first measure of consideration.
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 28, 15 11:51 PM
Would be nice if a sitting Town Board member ran for Supervisor. Perhaps Jay could start with a run at Board member before he leaps into the head position.
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on May 25, 15 4:14 PM
Agreed. Let's just name the elephant in the room- Scalera. No offense meant. Scalera would be the best shot at Supervisor. She is respected by all sides. She certainly has the experience and demeanor and would be quite effective. Also, as far as I can see she doesn't seem to be motivated by the same old same old self interest. I guess we will see soon enough.
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on May 26, 15 10:04 AM
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the town needs to clean house, new supervisor, town clerk, town attorney, tax receiver and the head of human resources.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 26, 15 8:47 PM
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This is going to be a fun year.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 26, 15 9:58 PM
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PARTY UBER ALLES!!! Pitiful bunch of sycophants.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 27, 15 6:06 AM
Scalera has been an ineffective board member. She was a one termer up island before they slid her out the door. Same should be done here. Because she and her husband are loyal committee people, the GOP found her a job in Brookhaven before it pointed her in our direction. She rarely speaks, doesn't know the area and is beholdened to the Independence Party for its endorsement if she wants to run for anything again, so she does what it and Anna tells her to do. If you are in favor of PDDs and zoning ...more
By Crabby (63), Southampton on May 28, 15 9:03 AM
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Crabby you are. Scalera has been more effective than any other board member and ask her why she chose not seek re-election up island i'm sure she'd be glad to tell you. Not my story to tell but I when I asked the answer was simple. I can understand being intimidated but attempting to smear good people is not productive and personally I find it refreshing that she doesn't just blather as do most. I as do many find her to be articulate and on point. She and Anna have disagreed plenty she's just ...more
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on May 29, 15 3:38 PM
Getting back to the subject of this story, which is Jay Schneiderman running for Supervisor, lets see who the Republicans put up for the job next week. Whoever it is, it's hard to imagine that it will be someone with anything like Jay Schneiderman's experience or ability.

Some object to the fact that Jay's experience has been gained in a long career in public service, but I say. what's wrong with making your career in public service? I think a lot of these objections are just partisan ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 28, 15 11:12 AM
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I and 50 others will get my/our vote if you simply properly repair Tuthill Lane in Remsenburg and take the credit for it. It's been over 12 years or so since repaved. The residents drive up the wrong side of the road to get to South Country Road. A real danger at night as the road hardly fits two card on it. We are really having a problem with the Supervisor of Highways, whom we call Alex What's his Name, who claims "no money in budget", but does other roads in the Town with no complaint .
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on May 28, 15 12:52 PM
Jay reminds me of a person in a supermarket...a political supermarket...with a shopping cart, rolling up and down the aisles shopping for public office. Aisle 1, County Legislature. Aisle 2 Southampton Town. Aisle 3 East Hampton Town. In the deli department we have the Republican Party on sale. Democrats can be found in the bakery, while if it's Independence Party you crave then look no further than the meat department. You can also find many specials on Blanks (no party affiliation) at the ends ...more
By getalife (61), Southampton on May 29, 15 9:46 AM
What you're talking about is one of the unintended consequences of term limits, When you have term limits, an official just has to leave his/her job at a certain time, no matter how good they are at it, no matter how satisfied the voters are with them, that's it, all because of an artificial line drawn with no regard to individual performance.

Without term limits, the people get to choose, at the end of each term, whether they want to keep this person in office. If you notice, the voters ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 29, 15 10:18 AM
Being a politician was supposed to be a term of service, not a career.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 30, 15 7:06 AM
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You're right, it was the Democrats...and equally the Republicans because they all are looking to serve the parties and themselves and not the people. Those among us who vote for a party rather than a candidate are to blame.
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 30, 15 11:53 PM
Because he's good at getting elected. Note: that doesn't mean he's good at the job(s). I think we can all agree that crappy people get elected to office repeatedly.
By getalife (61), Southampton on May 31, 15 10:45 AM
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That's right Turkey Bridge, SERVE a few terms and out you go! "Career" politicians are the root cause of what is wrong with government, from the local level , to State office all the way to the Senate, politicians who have made a career of pandering to donors and lining their pockets at the expense of their constituents are SERVING themselves. 2 terms and that's all. A representative who doesn't have to concentrate on fund raising to pay for the next election cycle can do the job he or she was elected ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 31, 15 7:26 AM
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Or you could outlaw current campaign financing and have publicly funded elections. That way if someone actually does a good job you aren't forced to lose them to limits.

Foresight really isn't your strong point, is it?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 31, 15 2:54 PM
Classic Liberal position, tap the taxpayer for something the private sector should fund. Why not throw some class envy/ Marxist philosophical BS for good measure? Why should someone be on the taxpayer's payroll for more than 2 terms? Get out in the real world and EARN your keep. With term limits an elected official would be able to do the right thing for his or her constituents without worrying about pizzing off their campaign contributors. It would be a breath of fresh air.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 1, 15 5:31 PM
Serving the public is earning your keep in society. And, if such dutiful service consumes a majority of your time preventing you from retaining nominal gainful employment, a fair market wage is in order for one's service. Additionally, the People need a "sword" to hang over one's head, and that's called a "Recall Law" so "We" can fire those who betray their commitment to the commonwealth.

I propose ZERO private funding of elections. That way, there are no contributors to "pizz off". ...more
Jun 2, 15 10:10 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, you're one of the people who hacks the definition of the word "theory", when one should say "hypothesis", aren't you?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 2, 15 10:10 PM
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... with term limits, your vote becomes meaningless. If the incumbent is a bum, vote her out of office. Don't tolerate ineffectiveness, and dont wait until an incumbent is termed out - get rid of them now- no big deal. You just have to act.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on May 31, 15 2:12 PM
What we sorely lack is a recall law in NY state. Without one, we have little recourse but to wait for the bum's term to expire...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 31, 15 2:52 PM
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In an ideal world you might be right but in reality the incumbants have so rigged the system that it's more difficult to get rid of one of them then than an incompetent tenured teacher. Every aspect of the system is rigged against upsetting those in power, elected and not. Term limits at least force those commited to staying in office to run hard on a past record for a new office. Eliminates the comfort of having a "tenured" position.
By bird (829), Southampton on May 31, 15 3:29 PM
Its a shame we dont have a recall law on a national level
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Jun 2, 15 10:19 PM
A public servant is a good thing.

A politician is not a public servant.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 31, 15 2:39 PM
So true.

A friend used to say "Politicians think of the next election, a statesman thinks of the next generation".
By bird (829), Southampton on May 31, 15 3:15 PM
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