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May 28, 2015 12:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Democrats Name Southampton Town Candidates; Lofstad, Bouvier Join Schneiderman On Ballot

May 29, 2015 9:24 AM

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman officially was given the Southampton Town Democratic Party nomination to run for town supervisor this fall.

The Democratic ticket will be rounded out with two Town Board candidates, Hampton Bays resident Julie Lofstad and John Bouvier of Westhampton.

Chairman Gordon Herr said he and other party officials are particularly excited about this year’s election, saying the slate is one of strongest in years.

“We decided that these were not only the best choices but that they are exceptional choices,” Mr. Herr said on Thursday morning. “We feel that we have an amazing slate, with Jay Schneiderman, who has tremendous experience and background. We are comfortable and optimistic.”

Ms. Lofstad is a longtime Hampton Bays resident and activist in Southampton Town, Mr. Herr said. She is particularly active in the school and business communities. “She will be fabulous on the board, and we think she is an absolute shining star,” Mr. Herr said.

Mr. Bouvier has served on several civic and administrative committees in Southampton Town over the years, and has been a part of several election campaigns. “He has been an absolute asset to the board and to the town, and he is here to do work,” Mr. Herr said.

The Democratic Party also tapped Adam Grossman to run for town justice, and Eric Shultz, Bill Pell and newcomer Tim Corwin to run for Town Trustee.

At the same time, current Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst officially has launched her campaign for Congress in New York’s 1st Congressional District, where she will take on Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin in 2016.

“While Washington politics have ground the federal government to all but a standstill, I have managed on a local level to show effective management of taxpayer dollars,” Ms. Throne-Holst said in a press release. “I have spent the bulk of my administration in the minority politically, but in the majority getting the job done for our working families.”

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C Scalera for supervisor or town clerk, E Shultz for town board, C Nuzzi for county legis. Just sayin.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on May 28, 15 3:18 PM
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I for one complement the Democrats for announcing their candidates...and still waiting for the Republicans to hit the "unpause" button and of course all the other parties and cross endorsers too.Sigh. Its tough being a true independent voter
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 28, 15 4:04 PM
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By zeke (40), southampton on May 28, 15 7:26 PM
Great job by the Democrats! Jay Schneiderman has been an excellent County legislator and is dedicated to building on that record as Town Supervisor -- from widening Conty Road 39 to eliminating sex-offender trailers in the Westhampton area, and many more accomplishments, Jay knows how to get things done. Bouvier will be a treasure! Wih a masters degree in engineering, undergraduate work in Zoology and years working in, on and under the water, there is not a better candidate to help inmprove th equality ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on May 30, 15 10:16 AM
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Look at the Dem slate and look at the GOP slate for town office. The Democrats have named people with real accomplishments and real commitment -- a 12-year County Legislator, an engineer with science background who's dedicated to saving our waters, a local businesswoman who's fought for everything important to Hampton Bays over the last 20 years, and Trustees who want to keep the Trustees working instead of signing their death warrant.

What do the Republicans offer us but the same good ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 31, 15 11:48 AM
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How's this for an idea: The voters should go to the next round of meet the candidates meetings and ask all town board / supervisor candidates if they will sign a commitment to propose and vote for a new law requiring that any PDD passed by the board must then be approved by the voters during the next general or school budget vote before it can take effect. Anyone who won't sign that commitment should not be elected. I cannot take credit for this idea but I do strongly endorse it. Any thoughts?
By bird (829), Southampton on May 31, 15 3:44 PM
Hmm . . . .a mandatory referendum for PDDs. Good idea.

We already have a supermajority requirement, 4 Town Board votes out of 5 for PDD approval, but it hasn't worked to block some egregious projects, so why not a referendum?

Frank Wheeler, responding to this proposal in another thread, says we have representative government, so why use a referendum? Fair question, but if the referendum is for this limited purpose, it's hardly replacing representative government.

Referenda ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 1, 15 11:06 AM
Yea, the referendum the public has is voting these people into office in the first place. You're really put all PDD development in the hands of residents? And who gets to vote? the whole town or just people in that "hamlet"? It would be so easy for developers to lobby their way into a landslide victory if it was predicated on a "special election".
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jun 1, 15 3:10 PM
I believe it should always be the whole town voting, on the basis that each of these projects has a town-wide effect.

The Hills, for instance, has water issues which clearly go beyond East Quogue, affecting the entire Shinnecock Bay system for surface water, and an unknown extent for groundwater.

Tuckahoe Center has the potential to strangle County Rd 39 even more than it is now, which is plainly a town-wide matter.

Any development that increases density -- which is ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 5, 15 11:10 AM
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