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Jun 26, 2019 11:10 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Alex Gregor Beats Out Jay Schneiderman For Independence Line, Forcing A Three-Way Race For Supervisor In November

Alex Gregor, the Southampton Town highway superintendent, won Independence Party line for supervisor in November’s election.
Jun 26, 2019 12:07 PM

Alex Gregor, the Southampton Town highway superintendent, appears to have collected enough votes to take the Independence Party line for supervisor in November’s election away from incumbent Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

Additionally, in Tuesday’s party primary, former Town Trustee Fred Havemeyer, who stepped away from the board in 2013, earned one of five slots on the Democratic ticket to run for Trustee in November on the Democratic Party line.

The election results are unofficial at the moment—official totals may not be available until next week.

Mr. Schneiderman said on Tuesday that there were 12 absentee ballots that still need to be counted in his race against Mr. Gregor, but he would have to collect 10 of those ballots to get the party line.

Without the Independence Party endorsement, Mr. Schneiderman is still running for reelection in November on the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families party lines.

“I had four, now I have three,” he said of the lines. “Instead of one opponent, I now have two.”

Mr. Gregor’s potential win would set up a three-way race in the November election for town supervisor, with Greg Robins, the Republican nominee.

Heading into the recanvassing of the votes to make the results official, Mr. Gregor said, “Essentially, it was my wife and myself against the Southampton Democratic Committee and Fred Thiele Jr.,” referring to the state assemblyman and chairman of the local Independence Party committee, which had endorsed the incumbent. “We worked hard. We went out and met people, talked about issues, and collected signatures.”

Mr. Gregor added that he plans to continue targeting Mr. Schneiderman. “It boils down to, he’s a career politician who speaks politi-speak,” he said. “I’m just a guy who’s been trying to fix the road for 10 years.”

Mr. Havemeyer went into the Democratic Party primary with the idea that he and former Town Trustee President Eric Shultz would win the support of the party to be on the November ticket. The two former Trustees wanted to get elected to the Board of Trustees for one two-year term to help fix the Trustees.

That did not happen. Instead, Mr. Shultz earned the least number of votes out of the six Democratic candidates seeking five slots on the ticket, with 397 votes.

Joining Mr. Havemeyer, who collected 402 votes, will be Ann Welker, who received 640 votes, Andrew Brosnan, who received 521 votes, Bill Pell, with 476 votes, and David Mayer, who took in 451 votes.

“I’m very disappointed that Eric is not going to be on the ticket,” Mr. Havemeyer said. “He is an extremely intelligent and experienced person in politics and otherwise, and he would have been a valuable asset to the Board of Trustees.”

He added that he is currently coming up with a new strategy for the November election.

In another race, Southampton Town Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan, a Republican, was challenged by Gordon Herr, the Southampton Town Democratic Party leader, for the Independence Party line.

Ms. Kiernan, who was endorsed by the party before the primary, held on to her spot with 112 votes—Mr. Herr collected 48 votes.

“It’s really gratifying to know the people who went out are supporting me and feel good about the job I’m doing,” she said. “I’m thankful for that, for sure.”

The Working Families Party also held a primary with one name on the ballot, Town Board member John Bouvier. Two positions were up for grabs, with candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties seeking an opportunity to run on the party line.

By the end of Tuesday night, Mr. Bouvier had collected six votes, and there were 26 write-ins.

When the Board of Elections was asked who the write-ins were on Wednesday morning, they said the results would not be released until sometime next week.

Winners of the primaries will be on the ballot for the November 5 election.

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If Alex worked as hard at his Highway job as he did in this Primary election. we'd have a superior Highway Department. As it is now, he's a disgrace as its Superintendent. It would be worth it to see him win the General Election just so he'd have to step down from Highway.

Boy do I miss guys like Marty Lange and Tommy Lavelle.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 26, 19 1:05 PM
I would say that “disgrace” pretty much sums up Alex Gregor. The 85 people (1 school bus?) who showed up for him should wear bags over their heads today. Luckily, the Independence Party is already irrelevant, and will go away completely if this is the quality of their endorsements.
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Jun 26, 19 2:04 PM
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By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Jun 27, 19 8:39 AM
Alex Gregor is unfit for any political office in Southampton.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Jun 27, 19 11:26 AM
Schneiderman is the disgrace. Keeps buying property with CPF money and making sure his buddies as developers get the rights to develop those properties. I applaud Mr. Gregor for what he has done and I hope its time to drain the swamp over at Town Hall. Bunch of liberals who are chasing middle class people out and are ruining the Town as each day passes. Bouvier is the biggest joker town board member I have ever witnessed in my 50 years of living here.
By watchoutnow968 (56), Southampton on Jun 26, 19 2:16 PM
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what a disaster....
By bettyboo (38), Southampton on Jun 26, 19 3:12 PM
I’m sure Havemeyer bullet voted himself and left his buddy Eric out to dry.
He’s a disgrace to public office - a true wolf in sheep’s clothing.
By getalife (61), Southampton on Jun 26, 19 3:21 PM
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getalife GET A LIFE !
By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Jun 26, 19 11:30 PM
In November write in Eric Shultz for trustee.
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Jun 26, 19 10:03 PM


By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Jun 26, 19 11:25 PM
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 27, 19 12:08 AM
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So what I believe will happen is this will split the ticket and the Republicans will slide into victory. Demos have in the past voted for Independent but all were on the same ticket. So some Dem votes will go Indy, diluting their position. Interesting development.
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Jun 27, 19 6:21 AM
Nothing could be worse than the current board, which is incompetent and corrupt. They routinely make ill-informed decisions while acting like pompous asses. Not that we'll ever know, but Gregor couldn't possibly do worse.
By dave21 (16), westhampton on Jun 27, 19 11:14 AM
So which of the two serious candidates will Alex Gregor hurt more in the supervisor race in November? Will he steal more votes from Republican Greg Robins or Democrat Jay Schneiderman? Because that’s all Gregor is here, a spoiler, plain and simple. He has no chance of winning himself — I’ll go out on a limb with this, but it’s a strong limb — so all he can do is drag down the real contenders.

What motivates someone to do this? Is it hubris, narcissism, ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jun 27, 19 2:53 PM
Aah Turkey, why get your adult diapers in a twist? Alex can't possibly win right, so why all the angst:)?
By rabblerouser (46), Hampton Bays on Jun 27, 19 5:57 PM
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Jun 28, 19 7:42 AM
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By Alice Addertongue (2), Hampton Bays on Jun 28, 19 7:39 AM
OK folks, take the pledge:

"I will not vote for Alex Gregor until I'm at least 73 years old!"
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 28, 19 9:35 AM