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Jul 26, 2018 3:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Schneiderman Pursues County Comptroller Race Despite Not Getting Anticipated Party Line

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman plans to stay in the Suffolk County Comptroller race taking palce this November, despite not getting all of the party lines he expected. GREG WEHNER
Jul 31, 2018 10:25 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman will be on the ballot in the Suffolk County comptroller race in November, despite disappointment that he failed to secure a key endorsement.

Mr. Schneiderman, a recently enrolled Democrat after years of being an Independence Party member, said he filed for acceptance into the race last week, and will run on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

But he won’t be running under the Independence Party line, as he had hoped.

“It wasn’t all the lines I hoped for,” said Mr. Schneiderman, adding that he believes his opponent, current County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr., will get the Independence Party’s endorsement. “If [he] drops out, the Independence Party can assign it to anybody—but I’m not expecting that I’ll get it.”

Mr. Kennedy also got the Conservative Party line, Mr. Schneiderman added, saying his chances of winning have been diminished because he did not get as many party lines as he targeted.

Mr. Schneiderman acknowledges that he considered dropping out of the race, but he said he decided not to, because the county needs someone like him to fix its finances.

“The finances are in such disarray,” he said. “Some of the practices are not sustainable, and I think I can get [the county] into a sustainable fiscal position.”

Mr. Schneiderman said the county is spending much more than it takes in from taxes, shortfalls of nearly $100 million a year. He added that it is time for the County Legislature to develop a plan to develop a sustainable budget, which he thinks he can help with.

“The county needs someone like me to fix the finances,” he said. “I’m willing to confront the problem and develop solutions that are real.”

Rumors that Mr. Schneiderman was going to withdraw from the race or that the race is unwinnable without the Independence Party line have made the rounds throughout the East End in recent weeks—but he rejected both suggestions this week.

Either way, he said, he plans to continue to serve as supervisor, which is something he said he is happy to do.

“I have 18 years without raising property taxes,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “That’s sort of a big deal. I have the experience to take the county back on its feet.”

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Just looking for another way to keep sucking of the government's teat. This guy is just a parasite.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Jul 27, 18 6:52 AM
What’s interesting about JS’s comments is he was a county legislator for until 2015. Did he ever vote against the county budget during his time representing our district. If he didn’t consistently oppose the county’s spending then he contributed to the current problem.
By roverton (64), Westhampton on Jul 27, 18 10:10 AM
If The Democrats and Schneiderman didn't sabotage Fred Havemeyer, a man of integrity, the Town wouldn't have the problems Jay has created.

To be realistic, Schneiderman will not become the Suffolk County Comptroller, and so we will have to monitor him for the remainder of his term. Then he can go back to Montauk and play his drums.
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Jul 27, 18 12:09 PM
"...18 years without raising property taxes." When exactly was this, Jay? Because since you've been Southampton Town Supervisor, my taxes have gone up EVERY year.
By MrsD (53), Hampton Bays on Jul 27, 18 1:20 PM
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the town just increases assessments
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 27, 18 2:22 PM
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By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Jul 27, 18 3:03 PM
A caricature of a professional politician trying to build up his retirement pension. .
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Jul 27, 18 3:35 PM
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18 years...such bull. Just say it so people hear it even though not true. My property taxes went up just this year! He will diminish services, not give Town staff raises except the department heads he appeases. Not to mention his own pockets. Then claim he's for the people so he can keep HIS job.
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Jul 28, 18 6:39 AM
Jay You could actually stick with a job for a bit and serve without ever climbing. You have not accomplished much that would warrant your next move and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of those who supported you

By lo-cal (78), southampton on Jul 28, 18 5:51 PM
Taxes don't go up? Why, because only assessments go up? Shame on us for letting this guy into Southampton. Please go back to Montauk and run your motel, not our tax bill.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Jul 28, 18 7:21 PM
Jay will fade away for a while and get another job like Bishop...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 29, 18 11:11 AM