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Nov 4, 2015 11:16 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Schneiderman Scores Supervisor's Seat In Southampton Town; Scalera Wins Reelection; Bouvier Earns Town Board Seat

Democratic candidates gathered at 230 Elm in Southampton Village. ALISHA STEINDECKER ALISHA STEINDECKER
Nov 4, 2015 11:16 AM

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman will take over the top job in Southampton Town come January, after beating his Republican opponent to the town supervisor’s seat on Tuesday.

After a long campaign, Mr. Schneiderman, a member of the Independence Party, won the race with 56.32 percent, or 5,630, of the votes. Southampton Village Deputy Mayor Richard Yastrzemski finished with 43.63 percent, or 4,362 votes. Mr. Schneiderman will replace Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who opted not to seek reelection in order to focus her efforts on running for Congress next year.

“I am really proud that they made that decision,” Mr. Schneiderman told members of the crowd who gathered at 230 Elm in Southampton Village, the Election Night headquarters for the town’s Democrats, on Tuesday night after the results were clear. He went on to explain that he had been nervous but that “the results tonight have been heartwarming.”

Joining Mr. Schneiderman on the Town Board will be Republican incumbent Christine P. Scalera, who garnered 27.39 percent, or 5,235 votes, and Democrat John Bouvier, who earned 25.16 percent, or 4,808, of the votes.

Fellow Democrat Julie Lofstad just missed out on a board seat with 4,698, or 24.58 percent, of the votes. Republican Damon Hagan came in last of the four board candidates with 4,365, or 22.84 percent, of the votes.

“I feel great,” Ms. Scalera said after addressing the crowd gathered at Villa Paul. “I feel really honored that the people voted me back into office. That means a lot to me, because staying positive on the issues really resonated with them.”

Ms. Scalera joked that with the campaign over, she would be spending the weekend sleeping and with her family before tackling bigger issues, like the town budget that is due to be adopted in the next few weeks.

Mr. Bouvier said he was thrilled to be joining the board for the first time.

“I usually am not at a loss for words,” he said. “But I am tonight. I am looking at all these faces and all of these people who worked so hard to do this.”

He added that he is proud to be a Democrat and proud of Southampton Town. “We need the help of everyone here,” Mr. Bouvier said, of his future endeavors.

Fred W. Thiele Jr., the chairman of Southampton Town’s Independence Party, on Wednesday morning reiterated his confidence in Mr. Schneiderman.

“I obviously am very happy and I am glad that he won,” Mr. Thiele said of Mr. Schneiderman. “I thought he was the most qualified candidate, and we continue to have a member of the Independence Party as town supervisor—I am happy for the town and I think Jay’s experience was the difference maker.”

Like Mr. Schneiderman, Ms. Throne-Holst is a member of the Independence Party.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Yastrzemski was greeted with a loud round of applause as he took the floor at Villa Paul’s, where the town’s Republicans had gathered for the evening, to concede the race, saying he was proud of the campaign he had run and that he would be back again.

“I want to thank the Republican Committee for backing me and having the faith to put me up as supervisor,” Mr. Yastrzemski said. “It was a good run. I slugged it out against a very big, formidable opponent. I’m sorry I didn’t pull through for you guys, but I appreciate you standing up for me and supporting me.”

On the other side of the town, Ms. Lofstad was also met with a round of applause on Tuesday night, and she said this would not be her last run for elected office.

“I look forward to coming back and maybe doing this again sometime soon,” she said. “And my running mates—they were awesome,” she added as she walked off the stage.

Mr. Hagan said he was also optimistic about the future, despite losing the race.

“I have no desire to give up my enjoyment of Southampton politics,” he said. “I think it would be a disservice to the 4,300 people who did support me not to stay active in politics. I know I have a tremendously large support base and I am certainly not going turn my back on all of those people.”

Also on Tuesday night, Republican Gary Weber was the top vote earner for Southampton Town justice, taking in 5,522 votes, or 57.77 percent. Democrat Adam Grossman received 42.19 percent of the vote, for a total of 4,033. Theresa Kiernan, who was running unopposed, retained her seat as the Southampton Town tax receiver.

At the Republican party, Chairman Bill Wright was disappointed in the outcome of some of the results, but noted that the Republicans had maintained the status quo on the Town Board, and also retained the majority in the race for Town Trustees.

“It is a shame that we were up against lies, up against mail pieces and up against things that made no sense whatsoever,” Mr. Wright said. “But we chose as a team not to go negative, and that shows the quality of the people that we have standing here right now,” he said referencing the Republican ticket.

Gordon Herr, the chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, was ecstatic on Tuesday night as the Democrats took several of the races.

“This team is so special,” Mr. Herr said. “We have had a great group of people to help us—not just the candidates.”

Staff writers Alisha Steindecker and Amanda Bernocco contributed reporting to this story.

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Regardless of who wins, thank you all for partaking in the process.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 15 9:44 PM
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Congratulations to ALL the candidates, whether you were elected or not, you ran good campaigns overall and worked very hard!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 3, 15 11:12 PM
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Congratulations to ALL the candidates, whether you were elected or not, you ran good campaigns overall and worked very hard!
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 3, 15 11:13 PM
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Congratulations to all the newly elected officials. Hopefully the overwhelming results in East Hampton will send the out-of-town commercial chopper pit bulls packing, and empower the EH Town Board to manage chopper noise in a meaningful way. Southampton Town would benefit greatly of course! Well done EH voters!

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By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 6:05 AM
" . . . out-of-town commercial chopper pit bulls packing . . . "
Hey, nice cadence and alliteration?

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 6:07 AM
Congratulations to the winning candidates and thank you to all the rest, it's great to see our political process in action. That being said, after the celebrations it's time to get to work!! There are important issues to deal with in Southampton Town, the PDD pay for play debacles, rampant over development and the potential erosion of our RIGHT to access our beaches. Fight for what is right for the residents and Freeholders ladies and gentlemen!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 4, 15 7:00 AM
Let's see now: $350,000 of helicopter money buys approximately 2000 votes?

That $175 per vote. Everyone knows you can't fly that cheap.
By Helicopter Tommy (9), Sag Harbor on Nov 4, 15 7:27 AM
Time for Hampton Bays to LEAVE the claws of Southampton Town ! Sad to say you elected the lesser of candidates by by-passing a Great Hampton Bays' native, Julie Lofstad. Shame on all you elites in the rest of the Hamlets! Julie should have been the PRIME demoCRAT candidate!
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 15 10:43 AM
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They will close our community airport within a year (two at longest) and sell it off to the highest bidders from the Quiet Skies/Gruber/Lipper group to be developed into McMansions. Such a shame to see an 80 year old tradition of local aviation killed by this administration.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 10:52 AM
Here is an example of who this administration is working with: Upon hearing the election results, "Kathleen Cunningham, the chairwoman of the Quiet Skies Coalition, yelled, "We showed them!" Someone else yelled, "Blackhawk down!" which garnered a lot of laughs." Nice that these vicious people think its funny to laugh at the deaths of 18 of our brave servicemen, whose bodies were subsequently mutilated and dragged through the streets. Then again this is the same group that posts the deaths of local ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 11:07 AM
that blackhawk down comment is disturbing and should be investigated by the democrat committee. If said person is in any form of an elected position/committee they should immediately resign and be publicly shamed.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Nov 4, 15 1:26 PM
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By Amelia Airport (48), East Hampton on Nov 4, 15 5:31 PM
The Black Hawk down comment troubles me also.

A public apology would be in order IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 7:13 PM
EH…………can not wait to see your real estate tank……………after these fetid demoCRAPS close the airport, the billionaires will leave and go up to Westchester County or RI where they can FLY in half the time it will take em to get to EH. EH Village will be the next Riverhead...
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 15 1:45 PM
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... nice coverage, enjoyed reading it, thanks.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Nov 4, 15 10:56 AM
Quoting LocalEH:

"They will close our community airport within a year (two at longest) and sell it off to the highest bidders from the Quiet Skies/Gruber/Lipper group to be developed into McMansions."

Sorry we will all have to wait that long for you to realize how delusional you have been all along . . .

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 11:50 AM
Doesn't matter who gets elected from what party. Developers and incorporated real estate investors run this town. All they need to do is threaten a lawsuit, claim they'll drag it on for years and the town will cave. More shopping centers with traffic lights leading to empty parking lots need to be built to bring traffic to a standstill on the main roads. More 20 bedroom McMegaMansions with a parking lot instead of a front yard need to be built to accomdate 40 weekend renters per house. That's ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Nov 4, 15 1:30 PM
"The ability to use money to totally destroy the place."

So you imply that the Hamptons are being destroyed. What is your idea of the perfect Hamptons? What time period was it "just right"?

10 years ago? 50? 100?

I bet in the 1950's there were plenty of people saying that the NYC folks were ruining "their" hamptons too.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 2:32 PM
Forget the Rich and Famous and fancy cars and traffic and high priced homes. This place has gone to hell because local kids, even with a masters degree, cannot find a job or a reasonably priced home to live in so they can remain in their own home town. Ask any of our four.
And no, we were not complaining in the 50' nor the 60's or the 70's. This place stopped being a nice place to live with the Wall St. money influx of the early 80's. Anybody from back then will tell you the "Society People" ...more
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Nov 4, 15 4:02 PM
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What a coincidence that the perfect Hamptons was during your prime time. Ya know when the Hamptons were "perfect" for me? When I moved here. And I bet most everyone will tell you that the Hamptons was most perfect when they a) moved here, or b) were old enough to appreciate it or look back on their best years.

Saying that the Hamptons have been ruined is really an insult to everyone who lives here, including those who can trace their bloodlines all the way back to the first ships. ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 4:17 PM
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No! I lived there 193- to 1990. In SHS during late 40's. We kids did not have any problem with the "beach people". They came out in June and left by Labor Day. You could shoot a cannon down Main Street on that weekend and not hit anyone! They knew their place and we knew ours. NEVER a problem with going to any beach except the sand in front of their Bathing Club. Never heard complaints from any of the owners of beach front homes.
The trouble started in the late 1970's and increased during the ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 4, 15 5:43 PM
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I answered Nature too quickly. That remark about the West Hampton air base was good I do not recall many houses out that road. but I love lto hear the stories my husband has about the air force training for "D" day over the potato fields in Bridgehampton. Many good memories.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 4, 15 5:49 PM
I guess you weren't here in the 1950's. People then were kinder, more respectful, more neighborly, and didn't hide behind hedges.
Before the big highways were built, there actually weren't many "NYC" people here, not even in the summer. Most of the big money lived in Fla in the winter and here in the summer, and everyone seemed to get along fine.
By hamptonyte (14), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 12:38 PM
Nope - I moved here in the mid 2000s. And it was great. You know what ruined the hamptons for me? Southampton College closing. Everyone remembers the olden days fondly. You don't think the white man ruined the hamptons for the natives?
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 2:38 PM
You "moved here", so that disqualifies you from having any idea when the Hamptons were ruined. The "first subdivisions" had no impact whatsoever because the area was not crowded then. The ruination started with the influx of the hoards when New York Magazine did a feature article on this largely unknown paradise sometime in the '70's. Then the second wave came after 9/11 when the citiots left NYC. Our water is now compromised, traffic is impossible, people are nasty, prices are ridiculous, only ...more
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 5, 15 5:57 PM
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Oh, how silly of me to think that I could move here for college and stay and be a productive member of the local community. I had no idea that I'm disqualified from having an opinion.

So it doesn't matter than my Grandfather and his brothers bought a piece of land in the early 1950's and spent their free time and money building a bungalow that still stands today and has gone through a few generations of owners? It doesn't matter than my mother has the fondest of memories of coming out ...more
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 7:09 PM
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Well said Nature.

June Bug, an apology may be in order?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 7:22 PM
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A whole lot WORSE! Most of the families that have lived in the Harbor since the 1700's have been priced out! As have a lot of the founding families of the East End. FYI the area is not known as OUT HERE to folks from here, just saying.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 6, 15 6:32 AM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 4, 15 4:43 PM
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ladies and gentlemen....time to take down all the signs! Sooner than later.
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Nov 4, 15 11:27 PM
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May be they can get rid of the guard at Town meetings when anna leaves... Also clean up the visual pollution campaign signs...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 9:38 AM
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Let's start a new chapter in Sothampton Town Government.If we have someyhing constructive to say attend Town Hall meetings and let our voice be heard.Now that Anna will be leaving I hope Brad and Stan will rise and shine.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Nov 5, 15 1:37 PM
I'm confident that Mr. Bender will live up to the expectations that his supporters placed in him when they voted him in.

Maybe Mr. Glinka will stop drinking the Kool-Aid and understand how important the environment is to our East End economy.

By FiddlerCrab (96), Westhampton Beach on Nov 5, 15 3:47 PM
Both Mr Bender and Mr Glinka had little reservation voting "yes" for "The Hills" project to proceed. Since their election, both have been too cozy with the developers in SHT. To date their voting record has been pro development.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Nov 6, 15 3:44 PM
Mr. Glinka should understand the importance of East End life style as it was when he was a kid. Both of his parents were born in the village, lived and enjoyed a good life. The recent folks that ran for office in Town have not had the best interest of the life style in this delicate island. It is a shame that $$$ has interfered to the extent that it has in the voting life of this little town. So much so that a local resident finds if difficult to run for office and continue his/her daily job until ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 6, 15 4:15 PM
On what possible basis would you be confident that Bender, from his performance will live up to expectations of the Democrats who elected him. Just that statement is an admission that after all these years, he hasn't! He has been nothing but an ATH pooch who has not one single time in any substantive issue had any idea different from his master.

Like ATH and Glinka, he has been staunch defender of these nasty PDDs of developers who are reliable contributors to their fundraising. He is a ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Nov 10, 15 7:39 PM
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Anyone that builds on the east end is a developer ruining the area. People living here don't cause congestion nor do they pollute.
What a stupid local yokel red neck attitude.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 7, 15 8:58 AM