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Oct 23, 2015 11:31 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Candidates Spar In League Of Women Voters Debate Thursday Night

Candidates Damon Hagan, John Bouvier, Julie Lofstad and Christine P. Scalera at the League of Women Voters debate on Thursday night. BY DANA SHAW
Oct 23, 2015 3:01 PM

The final debate of the 2015 campaign season was held on Thursday night with candidates for Suffolk County legislator, Southampton Town supervisor and Southampton Town board going head to head one last time before heading to the polls.

In the at times heated county legislator debate, opponents Republican Amos Goodman and Democrat Bridget Fleming agreed that county finances need to be addressed as quickly as possible, but disagreed on pretty much everything else. According to Ms. Fleming, she is most qualified for the county position because of her experience as a Southampton Town councilwoman and her past public service work as an assistant district attorney fighting sex crimes, saying she has the knowledge and focus to handle any of the county's issues. For Mr. Goodman, he said he is most experienced in the business world and has worked on large scale budgets in the past. His experience growing businesses, he said, could be used to repair the county's floundering finances.

In the supervisor debate, Republican Richard Yastrzemski and Democrat Jay Schneiderman covered several topics, including aircraft noise, Planned Development Districts, hiring a town manager, the Tuckahoe Center and water quality. Both candidates discussed the looming possibility that Community Preservation Funds will be able to be used for water quality issues, saying there is potential to make strides in the issue.

For Town Board, Democrat John Bouvier, Republican Damon Hagan, Democrat Julie Lofstad and Republican Christine P. Scalera are all focusing on quality of life issues, saying that traffic, water quality, affordable housing and code enforcement are all interrelated. All four are promising to increase the quality of life for all of the town residents while preserving the rural nature of Southampton Town. The issue of affordable housing is split between the candidates, with Mr. Bouvier and Ms. Lofstad pushing creating a system matching senior citizens with extra space with younger members of the work force to provide housing. For Ms. Scalera and Mr. Hagan, the focus was on streamlining the process of getting rental permits.

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Ms Fleming was the lone Town of Southampton elected official to vote, NO when "The Hills" was first proposed. Therefore, she has my vote!!!

Ms Scalera although pleasant enough has demonstrated by her voting record on "The Hills" that she will not have my vote. Both Ms Lofstad & Mr Bouvier appear more concerned by PDD's and they have my vote. Mr Hagan has no community involvement and I feel that he will not vote to curtail PDD's.

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By crusader (391), East Quogue on Oct 23, 15 1:45 PM
Bridget Fleming's eloquent and passionate closing statement about public service, in contrast to the snarky cheap shots of her opponent, was a high point of the evening.

Likewise Jay Schneiderman's cool, knowledgeable responses to every question were a similar contrast to his opponent's constant sniping about who lives where and who's been here longer and whose house is more appropriate. Who cares, when it's really about who can do the job better?

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By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 23, 15 3:13 PM
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Thou doth protest too much. Ms. Scalera truly has proven herself. She clearly knows what her job is and has done it well. You Turkey have sided with every Dem that has been up for election despite their inadequacies. All pleasant enough as you say but when it comes to looking for those with the experience, knowledge and ability to lead Ms. Scalera is head and shoulders above the rest. Mr. Hagan has a good background and demonstrated a grasp of the issues. Ms. Lofstad seemed impassioned but incapable ...more
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on Oct 23, 15 5:37 PM
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Living in your girlfriends mothers house without a lease isn't legal residency. If it was the Republican not to have residency you would be crying foul. You are so transparent Turkey.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 23, 15 4:22 PM
Ms Scalera was a one term board member when she lived up island as she was a do-nothing, and she has been a do-nothing here. She does not deserve a second term.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Oct 24, 15 9:21 AM
Didn't think it possible. You are funnier than you are crabby. Ms. Scalera's star continues to rise and shine and you can't stand it. Keep it up Ms. Scalera. Your skills and ability shine.
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on Oct 24, 15 6:22 PM
a rubber stamp for Her Royal Highness Queen Anna our own Political Prostitute. NO VOTE FOR YOU!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 24, 15 4:57 PM