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Oct 29, 2009 4:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent candidate Alex Gregor (I,D)

Editor's Note: Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Bill Masterson is stepping down after 20 years of service, paving the way for a new face to control the town’s 450 miles of roads. Two Hampton Bays residents—Alex Gregor, who is running on the Democratic and Independence lines, and John McGann, the Republican and Conservative party choice—are vying for the Southampton Town highway superintendent spot. In 2009, the post paid a $102,000 salary. Both candidates answered seven questions via e-mail from The Southampton Press.

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Oct 29, 2009 4:15 PM

Age: 50

Hometown: Hampton Bays

Occupation: Drilling and environmental contractor

Education: Hampton Bays High School; Harry B. Ward Technical Center

Political Affiliation: Independence Party

Political Experience: Former chairman of the Southampton Town Independence Party

Do you think the town would benefit in any way from switching from an elected highway superintendent to an appointed one? Why or how?

Answer: I do not think the town would benefit from switching from an elected highway superintendent to an appointed one. The highway superintendent should be accountable to the public, not to whatever political majority prevails on the [Southampton] Town Board.

Question: Do you think the town should do away with leaf pickup? Why?

Answer: I do not think the town should do away with leaf pickup. It is one of the few programs that the vast majority of town residents utilize. Before we consider eliminating it, I would like to try to make the program more efficient and cost effective.

Question: Do you think the town should privatize its waste management operations?

Answer: I do not think the town should privatize its waste management operations. There are too many unknowns in the equation, such as cost to residents and hours of operation. I am also concerned about the possibility of out-of-town waste being trucked in to boost profits.

Question: Do you think the town’s drainage system is adequate? Why?

Answer: I do not think the town’s drainage system is adequate. The roads still flood in various locations. Untreated road runoff is still being directly discharged into surface waters throughout the town. The town still doesn’t have a coherent plan to deal with the cleaning and maintenance of existing storm drains.

Question: Do you have a plan to speed up the process in which people can report potholes or other dangerous road conditions?

Answer: Four years ago, I proposed to institute a pothole hotline, which would allow residents to report dangerous conditions by phone or internet, and check on progress. This is still a major part of my platform.

Question: What will you decide to cut back on in the highway department to help close the budget shortfall in the town?

Answer: If I had to cut back on anything to help close the budget gap, it would be discretionary spending, such as outside consultants. We need to make better use of our in-house expertise, as well as aggressively pursue grant opportunities for innovative programs.

Question: If Southampton Town decides to trim down the snow removal budget, what will you do to make sure the roads stay clear?

Answer: When it snows, the roads have to be plowed. The State of New York mandates that the town provide snow plowing. This is a non-discretionary budget item.

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I still know for a fact that Mc Gann will hold a promise to keep the roads clean / clear...I have no knowledge of or for Gregor.
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 29, 09 10:45 PM
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Peoplw forget that Alex Gregor was fired from the Highway Dept after working there for a year and suddenly stopped showing up. He said that it was for health problems, Asthma. How can you lead a unit if you can't go to the site??
Check the education levels of both people running for the office. Also, John McGann has supervised a unit of more that 80 persons. What has Alex done. IS ALEX IN FAVOR OF DRUG TESTING ???????????????
By Middleman (16), east quogue on Oct 30, 09 10:16 AM
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if he loses this one....Gregor for tax receiver in 2011!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 30, 09 12:01 PM
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I think this is the only position he hasn't tried to run for?
By flash2112 (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 09 12:07 PM
Alex Gregor got the endorsements of all of the newspapers. He knows the issues, people and the town. He is a "hands-on" guy who will do the job well.
Gregor has earned my vote!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 31, 09 9:33 PM
SHNative, are you kidding me ? WHAT HAS HE DONE? Other than run for office ? He got fired from the job is running to be in charge of. I'll ive you something to read>>>>>

To the Editor,
I have kept silent for far too long. I am writing to you to dispell one large myth who has been crusading like Don Quixote for the Office of Superintendent of Highways. While campaigning for this most important position, Alex Gregor has betrayed the voters with numerous distortions of the truth. ...more
By Middleman (16), east quogue on Oct 31, 09 9:47 PM
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Yup, and it sounds like Gregor will be Pete Collins' boss. Don't think that Mr. Collins does not have a horse in this race. He is political through and through, and Alex Gregor threatens his inside track with the ruling party.
ABSOLUTLY....I will be voting for Alex Gregor! So will many others. The endorsements of the newspapers have it right and you are just angry about it.
This one party rule in thrown must end
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Nov 1, 09 12:08 AM
Pete Collins is a Skip Heaney puppet who came to the town from western Suffolk,where the bottle got him. Collins bounced around within the Town, all the while reporting to the puppet master Heaney. When he finally found a place he could hide for the day he took it. That place is in street lighting where he gets a restfull eight hours of sleep. Look how fast he climbed the pay ladder under Heaneys' mismanagement. Then Collins figures out he could represent the town as a union president with Heaney ...more
By 5 More to Go! (3), Riverhead on Nov 1, 09 4:34 PM
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Re Alex Gregor and his several tries for office, and also his ups and downs in business: We used to teach our kids, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." When did that become a bad thing?
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 1, 09 9:19 PM
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Flash2112 - Alex has tried to run for this position once before and lost! And Middle man I agree with you I think the Sup. Of Highways should get drug tested before they are sworn into office.....!!!
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 9:21 AM
Lost by, uh . . .about 50 votes, and that against a long-time, handsomely financed incumbent. Not exactly a devastating loss.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 2, 09 5:13 PM
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Farm local...are you that desperate. Next time that you make such accusations you should place your own REAL name on your comment.
Shame on you!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 5:34 PM
Pete Collins shouldn't throw stones as he by far the biggest crook in SHT. He got hired and his promotion by backing up Heaney. CSEA should vote he and his VP out of office.
By LUVSH (28), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 1:17 PM
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A lot of us voted for him last time he ran simply because we wanted the other guy out.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 3, 09 2:29 PM