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Nov 5, 2013 8:21 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: BOE Now Says Numbers Are Final: Glinka And Bender To Join Board; Throne-Holst, Gregor Both Reelected

Nov 6, 2013 2:37 PM

UPDATE: 10:23 a.m. Tuesday

The Suffolk County Board of Elections now says the numbers posted on its website are the final tallies, which include all precincts, excepting only 879 absentee ballots yet to be counted.

Board of Elections Commissioner Wayne Rogers’s office confirmed on Wednesday morning that there are no outstanding districts, and the numbers currently posted on the BOE’s website—which, at one point on Tuesday evening, had mistakenly been listed as totals with 39 of 42 precincts reporting—are actually the final numbers.

That means, unofficially, Stan Glinka (R) and Brad Bender (I) have won the two seats on the Southampton Town Board—but with just 301 votes separating the bottom three candidates, the absentee ballots could mathematically alter the outcome and give Jeff Mansfield (R) and Frank Zappone (D) a glimmer of hope.

Should the results hold, Mr. Bender, who was part of the Democratic slate, would give Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who easily won reelection on Tuesday, her first Town Board majority, with Democratic Town Board member Bridget Fleming.

The same is true with the Town Trustees race, where incumbents Bill Pell (I), Eric Shultz (D) and Ed Warner Jr. (R) have won reelection, and challengers Scott Horowitz (R) and Ray Overton (R) secured the two remaining seats.

Absentee ballots could affect either race, but it’s unlikely: Typically, absentee ballots break roughly the same as votes cast by regular ballots and rarely have a major impact on the final results.

UPDATE 12:15 a.m. Tuesday

While several races have been decided, it could be tomorrow—or even as long as a week—before the Town Board race is settled.

Initially, the Suffolk County Board of Elections told some party officials that the numbers posted tonight on the BOE website, which showed all 42 precincts reported, were actually the final numbers—even though they had not changed from the report at 39 precincts in.

Now, according to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who is chairman of the town’s Independence Party, said BOE officials have told him there are three precincts that experienced issues with their tabulating machines, and so the totals from those three precincts are not currently included in the vote totals. In fact, as many as 1,000 votes or more could be outstanding, and that doesn’t include the 879 absentee ballots received.

Mr. Thiele said he was told it could be up to a week until the BOE tallies all of the outstanding votes and declares final victors.

Currently, Republican Stan Glinka, with 5,857 votes, and Brad Bender, an Independence Party member on the Democratic ticket, with 5,746, are in the lead for the two Town Board seats. But Republican Jeff Mansfield is just 143 votes behind Mr. Bender, and Democrat Frank Zappone is just 158 votes behind him. As a result, both the three outstanding precincts and the absentee ballots could well play a role in settling the matter.

The race for Town Trustees likely could be in play as well. Incumbent Trustees Bill Pell (8,933 votes), Eric Shultz (8,746) and Ed Warner Jr. (7,161), all appear poised to be reelected safely. Challenger Scott Horowitz, with 6,399, also appears safe. But the fifth and final seat is in reach for Ray Overton (5,436), Howard Pickerell (5,163) and John Bouvier (4,953).

The races for town supervisor and highway superintendent appear to be settled, though the final vote totals could change.

Also on Tuesday, Sundy Schermeyer was unopposed for reelection as town clerk, as were Town Justices Deborah Kooperstein and Barbara Wilson.

UPDATE: 11:37 p.m.

Another incumbent Democrat, Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, had a hefty lead in another hotly contested race, ahead of his opponent, Republican David Betts, with 61.87 compared to 38.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results with the same number of districts reporting.

Ms. Throne-Holst had 7,081 votes to Ms. Kabot’s 4,985, while Mr. Gregor had 7,259 to Mr. Betts’s 4,470.

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m.

With her oldest son, Nick, watching on Skype over iPad from his dorm room at Yale University, Anna Throne-Holst gave a victory speech shortly after 11 p.m., when the results made it clear she would be returned for a second term as town supervisor.

“I’m happy about my race,” she said. “I’ll be very, very disappointed if Frank [Zappone] doesn’t have the seat he deserves on the Town Board. I’ll be happy if Brad [Bender]makes it.”

She continued: “I would hope, first and foremost, that the difference was my record and what my record actually is. I also think people are tired of the personal, nasty, down in the mud campaign. I don’t think the Pinnocchio nose helped,” she said, referring to an advertisement run in The Press by Linda Kabot, her challenger. “I don’t think going after my personal life was a deciding factor on whether you can run a town or not.”

At GOP headquarters, Ms. Kabot conceded: “There is a certain honor in trying and losing, but there is no honor in not trying. I’m proud of our grassroots effort. We did it the old-fashioned way ... I was up against a well-funded incumbent, and I fought a good fight.”

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m.

With 39 of 42 precincts reporting, the Town Board vote totals are: Stan Glinka, 5,857 (25.85 percent); Brad Bender, 5,746 (25.36 percent); Jeff Mansfield, 5,603 (24.73 percent); and Frank Zappone, 5,445 (24.03 percent).

UPDATE 10:55 p.m.

With all but three precincts in, fewer than 400 votes still separate the four candidates for Town Board. Most observers are starting to talk as though the Town Board race could be the last decided--if it’s decided at all tonight.

Brad Bender and Stan Glinka currently hold slim leads for the top two seats.

Democratic Chair Gordon Herr said he’s “feeling very good,” though he added, “I think Anna is fine--the council we’re going to have to wait out.”

Said Town Board member Bridget Fleming: “It’s looking like it’s going to be a long night.”

UPDATE: 10:44 p.m.

Reportedly, 879 of the 1,314 absentee ballots that were sent out were returned by voters. They will be not be included in the unofficial numbers released by the Suffolk County Board of Elections tonight.

Gordon Herr, chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Party, noted that the absentee ballots are not likely to change any outcomes from election night, especially since most of the time absentee ballots tend to divide in much the same way as the regular votes in each race.

UPDATE: 10:31 p.m.

With 29 of 42 precincts reporting, Anna Throne-Holst (58 percent) holds a comfortable lead over challenger Linda Kabot (42 percent) for reelection as town supervisor.

Likewise, Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor looks to be building a strong lead over challenger David Betts, with the current margin being 60-40.

The race for Town Board will go to the wire, with fewer than 400 votes separating the four candidates for two seats. Brad Bender and Stan Glinka currently hold the lead, but only by the slimmest of margins.

The three incumbent Town Trustees, Bill Pell, Eric Shultz and Ed Warner Jr., appear to be cruising to reelection. The two other open seats are still up for grabs, with Scott Horowitz currently holding strong at fourth and Ray Overton currently at fifth.

UPDATE: 10:25 p.m.

The race for town board seats was tight with 27 districts’ results in and 13 still outstanding. Frank Zappone had approximately 34 percent of the vote, Bradley Bender 25.8 percent, Stanley Glinka, 25.6 percent, and Jeffrey Mansfield, 24.4 percent.

UPDATE: 10:05 p.m.

The Suffolk County Board of Elections was reporting incumbent Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst ahead of challenger Linda Kabot with 16 of 26 districts’ results: 61.02 percent of the vote versus 38.9 percent. Alex Gregor, the incumbent highway superintendent, had the lead over challenger David Betts with the same number of districts reporting, at 63 versus about 36.6 percent.

UPDATE: 9:55 p.m.

As the first results were announced at the Democratic Party gathering at 230 Elm in Southampton Village, a cheer went up when two Democratic nominees, Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor and Town Board candidate Brad Bender, had early leads.

Mr. Bender was less impressed: “I’m not counting any chickens till they’re all in the hen house.”

UPDATE: 9:29 p.m.

Republican Southampton Town Trustee candidate Scott Horowitz: “If the voters were paying attention, I’ll win. If not, we’re all screwed.”

UPDATE: 9:26 p.m.

Linda Kabot, Republican candidate for Southampton Town supervisor, arrived at the Villa Toscano restaurant in East Quogue, where the GOP is gathering, greeting everyone as she made her way through the packed restaurant.

Ms. Kabot said she was very nervous, though she seemed to be in good spirits.

Votes from Westhampton Beach were the first to come in, and they showed Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst holding a one-vote lead over Ms. Kabot.


Voters in Southampton Town are voting Tuesday for most of the municipality’s elected offices, with majority control of the Town Board at stake and tight races for highway superintendent and the Town Trustees expected.

Polls across the town opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.

Voters are casting ballots for 12 town offices: supervisor, two Town Board seats, five Town Trustees seats, superintendent of highways, town clerk and two town justices.

In the supervisor’s race, Republican Linda Kabot is seeking to regain her former post by unseating incumbent Independence Party Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who is cross-endorsed by the Democrats. Ms. Kabot served as supervisor from 2007 to 2009 before losing to Ms. Throne-Holst who is running for a third two-year term in the town’s top post.

Two Town Board seats are also up for grabs as Councilman Chris Nuzzi, a Republican, is prevented from seeking reelection by town term-limits and Councilman Jim Malone, a Conservative, chose not to seek reelection to a second term. With Democratic Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera mid-way through their terms, the Town Board majority, and even a potential four-vote super-majority, are on the table for either party.

Republican candidates Jeffrey Mansfield and Stan Glinka are seeking to keep the board majority in the GOP corner. They are both cross-endorsed by the Conservative Party. On the Democratic ticket, Independence Party candidate Brad Bender and Democrat Frank Zappone, the current deputy supervisor, are looking to wrest control away from the Republican-Conservative majority that has controlled the board for the last four years. Both are endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties as well.

Town Council seats are four-year terms.

For highway superintendent, incumbent Superintendent Alex Gregor, an Independence Party member, is seeking a second four-year term as head of the Town Highway Department. He is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence and Working families parties. He is being challenged by Republican David Betts, the current chief investigator and head of the town’s Department of Code Enforcement. Mr. Betts is also endorsed by the Conservative Party.

In the Town Trustees race, all five seats are on the ballot, with three incumbents seeking reelection and four newcomers seeking to join the board. The top five vote-getters will earn seats.

The incumbents are Ed Warner Jr., a Republican also endorsed by the Independence and Conservative parties, Eric Shultz, a Democrat endorsed by the Independence, Conservative and Working Families parties, and Bill Pell, an Independence Party member cross-endorsed by the Democrats, Conservatives and Working Families parties.

Also vying for a seat are: John V. Bouvier, a registered Democrat endorsed by the Working Families Party; Scott Horowitz, a registered Republican endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties; Howard Pickerell Jr., a registered Democrat supported by the Working Families and Independence parties; and Raymond B. Overton, a registered Republican whose candidacy is endorsed by the Conservative and Southampton Now parties. Bill Brauninger is also on the Democratic and Working Families lines but did not actively campaign for the seat after being nominated as a replacement for incumbent Trustee Fred Havemeyer, who decided not to pursue reelection early in the campaign.

Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer is also seeking reelection to another four-year term. She is unchallenged and endorsed by both major parties, as are Town Justices Barbara Wilson and Deborah Kooperstein.

Newly elected officials will take office on January 1, 2014.

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Folks. Remember when Alex Gregor said he would not pick up your leaves and then he did. Remember all those meetings he held and told no one about. Remember all the times he never showed up to meetings. Remember his inability to work well with others. You have a chance to express your feelings about all that and vote him out. Do it!
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Nov 5, 13 12:41 PM
And vote for a man that beat his wife with his gun as a police officer. Think i would rather have Mr. Gregor in there. Yes and Mr. Betts also can't even run code enforcement and you think he can the highway department?
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Nov 5, 13 6:11 PM
I am a registered republican and really dislike Alex Gregor, but the alternative is someone who can't do his code enforcement job. Hmm do I want to vote for the liar or the unable idiot?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 5, 13 12:51 PM
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Politics attracts the best of the best doesn't it?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 13 2:20 PM
Gregor is an independent thinker and does what is right.
Im voting for Gregor!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Nov 5, 13 2:49 PM
Independent thinker? The Town Board had to pass resolutions mandating him to do his job... There is nothing independent here. He needs someone to tell him to do his job because he is never around. He makes his own work hours and comes and goes as he pleases answering to no one.
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 13 3:58 PM
Upon Gregor's election, the very first thing that the ATH led Town Board did was to split his job, influence, and power by separating the Highways from Public Works, and then proceeded to systematically cut his budget repeatedly.

Then mandate him to do his job? First they cut his legs off and then mandate him to run a marathon! AND ATH SHEDS CROCODILE TEARS ABOUT GREGOR BEING UPSET? These are facts, folks

All politics, no people, all show and preening, never any substance.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Nov 5, 13 4:23 PM
Well have to totally disagree with you. As someone that is out there plowing the roads I saw Mr. Gregor out there plowing the roads and helping his workers out. So just don't sit here and run your mouth about someone unless you know what you are talking about.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Nov 5, 13 6:13 PM
yes I agree with you observant this was for SHTownHB comment.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Nov 5, 13 6:13 PM
does he hold a license to drive those trucks?
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 5:43 PM
what a pick up truck? i dunno why don't u call DMV and ask them if Mr. Gregor has a pick up truck license. LOL you know nothing about anything!!!
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Nov 13, 13 6:53 PM
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By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 13 3:55 PM
Dont get any splinters taking down all those full size VERY annoying signs
By baymen (26), hamptonbays on Nov 5, 13 6:06 PM
The highway barn also gets no equipment money in there budget either. SHTOWNHB is a joke and his comments are dumb
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Nov 5, 13 6:14 PM
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Can 27east be ANY slower in reporting results?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 13 10:22 PM
Numbers on Zappone are way off. Should be closer to 24% not 34%
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 13 10:35 PM
Is it not Gordon Herr, note Hare?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 5, 13 11:32 PM
I guess Mr Gregor is doing a pretty good job.............
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on Nov 5, 13 11:47 PM
Hit any potholes lately?
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 12:36 AM
Howard Pickerell is a Republican who allegedly changed his registration to get a
Trustee nomination. His change of party affiliation should take place 25 days after the election. We shall see.
By Earthgirl (52), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 12:51 AM
ATH is not a democrat
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Nov 6, 13 7:04 AM
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The article does not say she is a Democrat.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 12:23 PM
Anna . Congratulations.
Alex, Congratulations.
Brad and Frank. Hoping to write you both a big congratulations.
Carol Hulse Combes
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Nov 6, 13 7:46 AM
Does Kabot see the writing on the wall yet?!?!?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 13 9:18 AM
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Nature, don't you realize by now, Linda will never give up on her dreams. Never! And that doesn't necessarily only mean the Supervisorship. Life is a marathon, and the weak give up at the first few signs of exhaustion in the long distance effort.

She has never backed down against anyone, be they party bosses, or abusive Gestapo like police unions. She'll always done what is right for the people. She especially will not strategically "liaison dangereuse" with politicos or extremely wealthy ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Nov 7, 13 5:23 AM
If you believe that the "gestapo-like police unions" really set Linda up, then why are you not banging on the door of the respective Chiefs of Police, the County DA, and every media outlet demanding an investigation? For the same reason Linda isn't/didn't. Because she wasn't set up. She knows it, the press knows it, everyone knows it. If you don't, then you fail as a citizen by not demanding justice as you see it.
Linda gets a "A" for her effort here, but the voters for the ...more
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 7, 13 11:48 AM
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Blank is on the ball. It's not about her being weak or giving up or anything like that. You have now lost a race for Supervisor 3 times, and this is AFTER you were supervisor and a board member. It's not like the people haven't given you a chance - they did and they overwhelmingly do not want her to come back.

I hope for her own mental state she gives up trying to reclaim her place as Supervisor. The people do not want it. It doesn't mean she doesn't have some other place in politics ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 13 9:13 AM
She couldn't even find the towns money. She had money all over the place in different spots. Maybe she should of ran for trustee.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Nov 13, 13 6:56 PM
Congratulations to Anna and Alex!
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Nov 6, 13 10:22 AM
"I am on a drug it's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it, you will die. Your face will melt off..." Charlie sheen.

"I don't consider myself a loser, I'm a winner"...Linda Kabot
By Jimmy MacDoogan (43), Flanders on Nov 6, 13 11:42 AM
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It's all that Tiger blood she's got...
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 13 12:17 PM
“There is a certain honor in trying and losing, but there is no honor in not trying."

How much honor is there in repeated attempts with the same result?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 6, 13 12:19 PM
Da Nile is a very long river, with many twists and turns . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 12:20 PM
I like Linda personally. In office and before she seemed like a very hard worker. She's smart. And I appreciate her wonkiness in an era in which you wonder if a lot of these guys even read the bills they're voting on.

The positive traits, though, are utterly overshadowed, at least in the eyes of the electorate, by the almost comically bad political strategy. And this is on her, because irrespective of whoever is advising her, she needs to be the one who ultimately decides what to project ...more
By BigBlue (12), Water Mill on Nov 7, 13 1:00 PM
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Warm congratulations to all the candidates, winners and losers. Anyone who makes the sacrifices necessary to run and serve the people deserves our respect and commendation, whether they achieve the office or not. Here's hoping that those who won will do well in office, and that those who didn't will continue their public involvement. We can't afford to lose any of you.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 6, 13 11:45 AM
"I am not bi-polar, I am bi-winning. I win here and I win there"
Charlie sheen.
By Bayman3142 (249), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 11:55 AM
With over 800 absentee ballots to count I don't think your headline is accurate in regard to the Town Council race. This race is too close to call before counting the absentees!
By dairyqueen@aol.com (3), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 12:03 PM
How is it that Southampton took longer to count votes than Smithtown and East Hampton? Are our voting machines trustworthy? What was the problem?
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Nov 6, 13 5:47 PM
I can't speak for all but I do know one machine just would not accept the key needed to print out the reports.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Nov 7, 13 6:01 PM
Brad, A BIG CONGRADULATIONS. Still hoping for Frank. ..Carol Hulse Combes. YEA.....
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Nov 6, 13 6:29 PM
Congratulations to Alex Gregor! Keep up the great work your doing Alex. Hopefully, the new town board will recognize your needs in the highway department and provide you the requisite resources necessary to effectively
do the job.
By Jimion (129), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 13 10:30 AM
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By Jimion (129), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 13 10:30 AM
Great news and congratulations to everyone. Brad is going to be an excellent addition to the board. Good luck to all.
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 11, 13 7:05 PM