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Sep 13, 2011 12:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Campaign Diary: Conservative Leaders Endorse Randy Altschuler For Congress

Sep 13, 2011 2:49 PM

Randy Altschuler, the Republican candidate challenging Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop for his 1st District seat next November, has garnered endorsements from local Conservative Party leaders across Suffolk County.

Party officials across the 1st Congressional District, which encompasses most of central and eastern Suffolk County, including Southampton and East Hampton towns, announced their support for Mr. Altschuler in a statement released earlier this month.

“This was an easy choice,” Southampton Conservative Chairman and Town Councilman Jim Malone said in the statement. “Despite an expensive and divisive primary last time, Randy came within a whisker of defeating Tim Bishop. With unified support this time from the Conservative and Republican parties, I am confident Randy will be our congressman in 2013.”

East Hampton Conservative Party Chairman Vincent Downing also supported Mr. Altschuler in the statement. “The liberal policies of President Obama and Congressman Bishop are destroying our economy, and Long Island has been particularly hard hit,” Mr. Downing is quoted as saying in the release. “We need to get someone like Randy in Washington to clean up the mess they’ve created and implement conservative fiscal policies that will reduce taxes and grow our economy.”

Mr. Altschuler has also received endorsements from Suffolk County GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle and Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh.

“Today’s endorsements demonstrate the broad support Randy has garnered from both the Republican Party and Conservative Party here in Suffolk County,” Mr. Walsh said in the statement, which was issued on September 7. “There will be no repeat of 2010. Randy is the only candidate who can defeat Tim Bishop, and the growing support behind his campaign proves it.”

Democratic Club Talks Budget

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst discussed the challenges of budgeting for 2012 at a meeting of the Southampton Democratic Club, according to a statement recapping the event issued on September 12.

In a keynote address called “Money Matters,” Ms. Throne-Holst said that town officials are looking to close a $4 million hole created by a 2-percent tax levy cap enacted by the State Legislature earlier this year. A tentative 2012 budget is due on September 30.

Ms. Throne-Holst also said her priorities are to ensure financial stability and avoid the fiscal mismanagement of the past, according to the statement. In the last year and a half, the town has been audited 11 times by private accounting firms and the state comptroller’s office. “Anyone who has been audited knows how strenuous and time-consuming one can be, let alone 11,” Ms. Throne-Holst said in the statement.

The supervisor, who is running unopposed for reelection in November, called on her fellow Republican and Conservative Town Board colleagues to dissolve party lines and work together to create a 2012 budget, according to the statement.

Southampton Campaign Events

Two Southampton Town Board candidates are hosting campaign events later this season.

Brad Bender, an Independence Party member who is looking to fill one of three seats that will be up for grabs on the Town Board in November, is kicking off his campaign on Sunday, September 18, at 11:30 a.m. at 1152 Montauk Highway in Water Mill.

Bridget Fleming, a Democratic incumbent town councilwoman, is looking to get reelected in November. She is hosting a campaign fundraiser at Oakland’s restaurant on Dune Road in Hampton Bays on October 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a hot buffet, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 per person. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by September 21 by sending a check to the Committee to Elect Bridget Fleming, P.O. Box 2009, Sag Harbor 11963.

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