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Sep 2, 2009 12:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Kabot won't appeal to Board of Elections

Sep 2, 2009 12:26 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot has decided not to appeal a decision by the Suffolk County Board of Elections to toss out her petition to appear on the Integrity Party ballot in this fall’s general election.

Although she initially said she planned to fight the ruling, the supervisor said Wednesday morning that she had changed her mind. What influenced her decision, Ms. Kabot said, was the town’s financial condition.

“My focus needs to be on the town right now—that’s what I was elected to do,” she said. “Politics comes with the territory, but it is not my chief focus.”

An appeal would have cost her $8,000, she said, and would not have been worth it.

The supervisor also said she didn’t want to go through the process of suing her opponent, Anna Throne-Holst, saying that spectacle was not in the best interest of the town. “We sit next to each other and have to work together,” Ms. Kabot said. “I didn’t want to put the voters through that.”

The Board of Elections sent a letter to Ms. Kabot last week informing her that her petition was invalidated. That decision came about a week after Mike Anthony, the former chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, filed a challenge to the petition, arguing that many of the signatures on it were not valid.

According to Cathy L. Richter Geier, the Board of Elections’ Republican commissioner, Ms. Kabot collected 902 signatures, more than the 859 she needed to appear on the ballot. Of those, 143 signatures were ruled invalid, leaving Ms. Kabot with only 759 valid signatures, 100 fewer than she needed.

Initially, Ms. Kabot said she planned to appeal the ruling claiming the move to keep her off the Integrity Party line was an attempt at “election-rigging” by Democratic Party bosses at the behest of Ms. Throne-Holst, Ms. Kabot’s sole challenger this fall.

“This is yet another example of dishonest political maneuvering by party operatives—this time from Anna Throne-Holst’s camp,” Ms. Kabot said.

Ms. Throne-Holst said last week she would not engage in political rhetoric over the ruling. She did say, however, that Ms. Kabot had every right to appear on the ballot if her signatures were valid ones.

“It’s about democracy. It’s about following the law,” she said. “If you have enough valid signatures then you should be on the ballot. If you don’t have the signatures then you shouldn’t be, no matter who you are. It’s just that simple.”

Ms. Kabot argued that Mr. Anthony’s objections lack substance and focused instead on “smudges on dates, squiggles in signatures and other nitpicky aspects of the filed petition.”

“I think it is pure political sabotage to attack voter signatures on nominating petitions in this manner,” she said. “Moreover, it has been my experience that there is no fair play at the Board of Elections at all.”

Mr. Anthony said he objected to signatures on the basis that the signers were not registered voters and not Southampton Town residents and he pointed out that the Board of Elections, not the Democrats, threw out Ms. Kabot’s petition. And while Ms. 
Geier refused to comment on Ms. Kabot’s assertion, she did say that the elections board is made up of a bipartisan panel “to be fair and equitable to all.”

For a signature to be deemed valid under Board of Elections guidelines, it must correspond with the name of a voter registered in Southampton Town who resides at the address listed on the petition. And while anyone, including those not registered with a political party, can sign the Integrity ballot, a signature becomes void if it has already appeared on a different petition.

Town Councilwoman Nancy Graboski defended Ms. Kabot and criticized the Democrats’ actions.

“The challenge undertaken by Michael Anthony at the behest of Anna Throne-Holst is against the principles of the Integrity Party, which advocates for ballot access and voter choice,” she said. “For all their constant crowing every two years about ‘one-party rule,’ the Southampton Democrats are a bunch of hypocritical, disingenuous, underhanded sneaks trying to keep another party off the ballot.”

The Integrity Party flap is the latest in a string of challenges Ms. Kabot has faced in her bid for reelection. At its convention in May, the Town Republican Party snubbed her and instead chose then Southampton Town Conservative Party Chairman Jim Malone to run for supervisor. Ms. Kabot then vowed to force what was expected to be a bitter primary, and party leaders later relented, giving her the GOP’s endorsement. Ms. Kabot also expected to get the Conservative Party nod, but its leaders opted not to endorse a candidate for supervisor.

Ms. Throne-Holst has the endorsements of the Democratic, Working Families and Independence parties.

Brian Bossetta

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By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 28, 09 9:29 PM
Is this article accurate, were the petitions thrown out ? Or did the the Democrats just file specific objections to the Integrity Party petitions. It seems when something negative is happening about Kabot this reporter jumps on it with a big headline .
Is this fair and balanced reporting? It does not seem to be fair at all.
I like to know where the article is about what happened at the town board meeting on August 25th regarding the health care rally on Hampton Rd.
Speakers were not ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Aug 28, 09 9:37 PM
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Looks like only the beginning of golfbuddy's long comment is actually relevant to this story, and most of that is based on a couple of faulty premises. First, reporters don't write headlines. Editors write headlines. Second, headlines are supposed to be big.
By easthamptoner (34), easy hampton on Aug 28, 09 10:36 PM
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easthamptoner...your like no easthamptoner I know of...could you most likely be from OLA? (special interest group)...There were no falulty premises and the rest of your comment was petty...I'm sure you were quite upset with the truth of the comment from golf buddy esp. because there was 100% truth written and 100% stated by such an educated, sincere and careing man as Rev.Havrila.
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 1, 09 7:05 AM
If Kabot did try to sneak that grossly deficient a petition past her opponents, she's stupid.

And while she's hard-headed and tenacious, stupidity hasn't been one of her hallmarks.

And "golfbuddy," stick a sock in it!. The not-very-reverend-like Donald . Havrilla is an intolerant bully and buttinski who is the second-most shameless "media-whore" in Southampton Town after Lucius Ware!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Aug 29, 09 1:06 AM
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Dear golfbuddy:

Thank you for your question, which gives me the opportunity to clarify my article.

Yes, the Democrats did file specific objections to Ms. Kabot's petition, which led to a review of those objections by both the Democratic and Republican commissioners from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Friday, the BoE found that enough of the signatures collected by Ms. Kabot were invalid and the petition was thrown out. Ms. Kabot has until Tuesday to appeal the ...more
By Brian Bossetta (17), Southampton on Aug 29, 09 11:18 AM
Mr. Bossetta,
Thank you for the clarification, and happy that you actually read this blog.
OK, so these petitions can be appealed and during the appeal process if a higher authority says that nothing was wrong with some of them the decision can be overturned and the petitions will stand as being legal. As you see Mr. Wheeler a process has to be followed.

Could you also answer why the SH press did not cover the story about the rally on Hampton Road and the outburst at the Town ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Aug 29, 09 1:47 PM
Brian: I, too, am glad that you read the comments on this very important story. I will not speak for Linda Kabot. She is very capable of defending herself and you well know. However, I have to point out a tremendous amount of hypocrisy on the part of the objectors, many of whom were aided by their Integrity Party endorsement in the past. Those will be brought to the attention of the public at the appropriate time.

There is no doubt in my mind that there was an enormous amount of collusion ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Aug 30, 09 10:51 AM
Integrity Party Guy let me ask you a question. How thorough was this year's screening proecess by the IP to endorse candidates? And, if there was no process involved, aren't you just interested in throwing Kabot a few votes.

OK. that was my question, here is my statement: If the Integrity Party is a real party, then I'm the centerfielder for the New York Yankees.
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Aug 31, 09 1:08 PM
Golfbuddy. I'm jealous, can't golf anymore because of arthritis. Anyway, the pro-Bishop, pro-healthcare reform event at Tim Bishop's Southampton Office was called as a press conference, not a debate, not a rally. a press conference. We habded out press kits to the press.

Please advise me when or where a press conference was held where the organizer's of the press conference allowed an opponent to invade their press conference and let them speak. Did George bush let the Nancy Pelosi speak ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Aug 31, 09 1:35 PM
The appeal process will resolve this once and for all.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 31, 09 5:11 PM
Well, if my memory serves me well, Andrea Schiavoni sure seemed to believe that the Integrity Party was real not only last year when she won with our support but the year before when she did well enough to get a second chance. In fact, Anna Throne-Holst herself sure seemed to believe that the Integrity Party was real. She just doesn't now because we didn't endorse her like all the other parties did. I can guarantee you that she would certainly not have turned down our endorsement this year. ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Aug 31, 09 5:52 PM
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I'm proud to say that I signed that petition and I'm a registered Republican.
Keep at it Linda !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Aug 31, 09 7:30 PM
#19 This is in response to your question above.
I contacted a couple of press people: they received nothing in regard to any press kits.
Websters definition of press conference: An interview given by a public figure to the press by appointment.
Definition of Rally: To unite, to muster for common purpose, to arouse for action, to come together again to renew an effort, to join in a common cause, a meeting intended to arouse group enthusiasm.
This was a rally as stated by every ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Aug 31, 09 8:20 PM
Golfbuddy. Did you read the article in Hamptons. com. Some of her story was taken from the press package that was handed out. Every local git a notice about the press conference at Tim Bishop's office. I'll say it again. Name me a press conference where the entity or organization calling the press conference deferred to an opponentand let them speak. It doesn't happen.

Integrity Party Guy: If you have so much integrity, then submit candidate petitions with signatures with a little...umm... ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Aug 31, 09 11:01 PM
Linda can talk about very prominent and honest people who signed her Integrity Party petitions but I can speak about a few I know, too. Ed Mackiewicz of Hampton Bays was a parachute rigger for the Air National Guard for eons. He started at Floyd Bennett Fiield in Brooklyn and moved to the WHB with the 106th where he packed literally 10's of 1000's of parachutes for PJ's like me for many, many years. He was the most conscientitious "perfectionist" and fastidious craftsman I have ever seen in the ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on Aug 31, 09 11:16 PM
"according to the Democrats, the entire Palmer-Killian family are frauds."

Well, IPG, even a blind pig roots up a truffle from time-to-time.

But I agree with you -- whoever you are -- about the Party bosses.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Sep 1, 09 1:54 AM
The democrat protesters at this rally were trying to control the dissent at this public gathering. Thats exactly what's done in socialized countries a controlled gathering. This rally was organized to show that people are in support of this bill, about 20 showed up we have 55,000 people in SH Town, I would say not a very big show of support.
Is Bishop happy with the outcome? Is he pleased with the results that some people's rights were violated. Even Bishops spokesman made sure he told the ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 1, 09 8:19 AM
It sounds like Linda Kabot messed this up. This is how she is as supervisor; she does not take responsibility for her mistakes and blames everyone else. Haven't we had enough of this woman?
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 1, 09 8:27 AM
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Golfbuddy, why is it that guy's like you can't wait to scream socialism? Can you even define socialism? Let me help you:

Have you or your kids enjoyed the benefits of a public school education? If yes, then you are a socialist. Have you ever driven on public highways? Socialist. Do you now or will you receive social security benefits? Socialism, baby. Do you now or will you participate in Medicare? Socialism at its best. Have you accepted unemployment benefits? Do you believe ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Sep 1, 09 12:42 PM
Let me help you purchase an airline ticket so that you can go live in communist country and please do drop me a note and let me know how it is.
Better not try to speak against the government. BTW I hear they have real good socialized medicine just for you, baby.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 1, 09 9:14 PM
This article has nothing to do with health-care. The town has nothing to do with health-care. Let's stay focused on town wide issues. We still have millions of dollars missing in town hall.....what are we going to do???
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Sep 2, 09 9:53 AM
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Strike Three
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 2, 09 10:59 AM
Just when we thought it was safe to think of Nancy Graboski as a hard-working public servant with a low political profile, she goes ballistic, calling the Democrats "hypocritical, disingenuous, underhanded sneaks" just for trying to have the law obeyed. One doesn't expect intemperate language like this from Ms. Graboski; the pressure on her friend Linda must be getting to her.

SHNative has it just right, in both comments. As she points out, this failed petition, like the financial disaster, ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Sep 2, 09 12:19 PM
Golfbuddy, I noticed that instead of actually rebutting the facts made by people first, you instead choose to cry communism. Do you have nothing more productive to contribute?
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Sep 2, 09 12:43 PM
both you and people first are on the left and I'm on the right side of these issue so it's a moot point to keep this going.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 2, 09 10:49 PM
Ahhh, more lies from Kabot. $8000.00 to appeal the B.O.E. decision? No, that is simply not true. There are lawyers available though the Party that handle this type of thing every election cycle - and for free. And what would Kabot have called her own challenge to Heaney & Stinchis petitions had she not cut a deal and abandoned it? Would everyone be screaming about Kabot calling their petition signers frauds?? This is just more smoke & mirrors and blame from Kabot.

The real story should ...more
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 3, 09 11:02 AM
What makes you say that there are lawyers available through the party that are free. They do not get paid from the party? Do you mean they work totally for free?
Please explain your statement.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 3, 09 12:07 PM
INTEGRITY??? Not a word commonly used when regarding politicians..............quite amusing.............I can hardly stop giggling.......... : - D
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 3, 09 12:54 PM
Golfbuddy - on the local & County level there are many lawyers involved in politics. Each Party has a crew of lawyers who have signed up to help with petition challenges. The Party itself can certainly bring in outside Counsel, but can only pay for it if there is no primary involved. So, around petition time lots of these volunteers ready themselves to defend signatures. I watched this whole process as a petition carrier many, many years ago. I was impressed at how impartial the B.O.E. people were. ...more
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 3, 09 1:10 PM
I understand that lawyers volunteer time to the party to help with petition challengers but I think you are misunderstanding what the $8,000 in lawyer fees were for. This was the lawyer fee to take this process 1-2 steps further, taking it the supreme court level and have a judge make the final decision. These fees are paid for by the candidate and I don't think any lawyer would take time out of his practice to go to court etc. for free.
Are you sure you voted for Kabot, from some of ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 3, 09 2:48 PM
Actually Golfbuddy there are a group of Supreme Court Justices who handle these cases too. The fee to file w/ the S. Court is less than $400.00. Call the B.O.E if you
have any doubts, they will be happy to explain the process in detail. Or, look it up online. It's a neat process, I have followed a few challenges over the years. Besides, where do you think Town Attorneys come from - the Party faithful.......

Not a Dem, no axes here - I prefer a chainsaw. I like to look @ local news ...more
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 3, 09 4:08 PM
I got it, so your just an insane person, breaking chops and having a good time. OK then good job.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 3, 09 10:10 PM
If you say I'm insane GBuddy - then it must be so.............lol. But then, I'm not ranting about sending people to communist countries and the like. Funny, funny stuff.

I just like making a point here & there about Politicos when they get caught doing stupid things. I find it funny when people write opinions & comments that others disagree with they are immediately called insane. You must be a Limbaugh fan there buddy, but then - what do I care.

The bottom line is we have out ...more
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 4, 09 11:12 AM
ATH? Attila the HUN?? Sorry, couldn't resist........
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 4, 09 11:25 AM
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By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 8, 09 10:09 AM
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By G (342), Southampton on Sep 8, 09 11:32 AM
Mr. Hamptons and MaryMac are a little tough on Linda, but certainly one must bear the consequences of one's actions if one is found guilty. Of course, the old-boy Republican crew will be shedding no tears over this development. They'ver been gunning for Linda ever since she forced a primary and beat Skip Heaney two years ago.

This year the Republicans denied her their nomination even though she was a sitting Supervisor of their own party, givng the nod instead to Conservative Party chairman ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Sep 8, 09 11:44 AM
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By G (342), Southampton on Sep 8, 09 3:23 PM
Hi, folks.

Just to answer a few questions we've gotten:

No, we're not allowing comments on the story about Ms. Kabot's arrest on a DWI charge. Our policy is generally not to allow comments on stories involving criminal charges--a few have slipped through the cracks in the past, but when we realized it we pulled the commenting off those stories. I think it's only fair to maintain the policy for the town supervisor.

We're monitoring comments here as well...if they cross ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 8, 09 3:42 PM
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Mr. Shaw, I think that is a good policy. Everyone has a chance to voice their opinion on election day when it comes to this particular candidate. Thanks for your keen judgement.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 8, 09 8:43 PM
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By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Sep 8, 09 10:30 PM
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By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 9, 09 7:32 AM
If you stand behind POLICY then you need to remove the article about the DWI that launched into the second story of the house in East Moriches........that involves criminal charges, doesn't it? Or does POLICY only benefit people who hold public office?
By MaryMac (43), Riverhead on Sep 9, 09 7:42 AM

If you take another look at that story, you'll see that the comments were removed and commenting was disabled.

Brendan O'Reilly
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By BOReilly (135), Hampton Bays on Sep 9, 09 9:18 AM
Just check out what former Supervisor Skip Heany has to say about Linda elsewhere this week, if you doubt that the man is still nursing a giant grudge over her defeat of him two years ago. As stated above, the old-boy Republicans are so hot to get rid of Linda Kabot that they'd rather live with Anna Throne-Holst hobbled by a hostile Town Board. The way to beat that ploy, of course, is to vote Anna in with a supportive Board -- Sally Pope and Bridget Fleming. This vengeful Skip Heaney, by the ...more
By fidelis (199), westhampton beach on Sep 9, 09 10:37 AM
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Boy, that policy sure would've been nice for Ryan Mcreedy, the southampton teacher facing drug charges. I wonder where the quick to sensor editor's were on that one. What a bunch of political BS. I'm sure that this comment will be sensored as well, so I'll just post it twice every day.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 9, 09 12:46 PM
Where was that policy for anthony odone?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 9, 09 12:59 PM
Or Guildi?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Sep 9, 09 12:59 PM
Censored not sensored.

Who was the arresting officer for the DWI? Was Ms. Kabot "set up" by someone phoning in from whatever cocktail party she was at? The police, whose generous pensions and lack of elected oversight make them a dangerous presence, certainly have reason to "do a favor" for politicians peeved by their protege's potential predicament .
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Sep 9, 09 1:01 PM
Hi folks. I'm here to throw myself on the mercy of the court of public opinion.

I will acknowledge fully that we're still struggling with how to manage commenting on certain stories. And I'm willing to say that our policies, as a result, can be a little inconsistent from time to time.

I think the criticism we're getting for not allowing comments on our lead story this week is fair. To be clear, I decided not to accept comments on that story, because it involves a pending criminal ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 9, 09 2:01 PM
Well said Mr Shaw and much appreciated. I hope we can all find a happy medium.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Sep 9, 09 2:54 PM
My former editor says he will not post comments about Ms. Kabot's DWI, which I believe is appropriate. However, dozens of comments were posted on this website to the article reporting the DWI arrest of former town comptroller Steve Brautigam, which I wrote and which included Ms. Kabot saying that Mr. Brautigam "excercised poor judgement."
By Brian Bossetta (17), Southampton on Sep 10, 09 9:12 AM
Of course they wont Brian, it's simple economics........ This is about ad revenue and
neither Brautigam or the E Hampton pols who are in legal trouble advertise in the Press. The comment section on the E Hampton Pols is still running, as are comments
about others. You should know better than most that if they piss off Kabot they will
not get access/interviews etc. etc.

The harshest & worst comments I have read are always in articles about hiring halls and illegal immigrants. ...more
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 10, 09 9:22 AM
The updated story on Ms. Kabot's DWI is now posted, and based on the input from commenters, we are allowing comments on that story, since Ms. Kabot is a public figure.

We will continue to take down comments that are inappropriate...
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Sep 10, 09 10:20 AM