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Nov 3, 2009 6:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor incumbent Linda Kabot (R)

Editor's Note: As the November 3 election approaches, Southampton Town, facing a toxic mix of multimillion-dollar debt and a weakened local economy, is in financial turmoil. Two candidates vying for the Southampton Town supervisor spot—incumbent Supervisor Linda Kabot, a Republican, and Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, the Democratic nominee—have opposing views on how to steer the town to calmer waters. In 2010, the supervisor will earn a $102,000 salary. Both candidates answered seven questions via e-mail from The Southampton Press.

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Age: 41

Hometown: Quogue

Education: bachelor of science from Hobart & 
William Smith Colleges


Supervisor, Town of Southampton 
(Since January 2008)

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Councilwoman, Town of Southampton (January 2002-December 2007); Executive Assistant to Supervisor Vince Cannuscio (February 1996-December 2001)

Do you support the proposal that the town begin charging nightclubs and taverns that are deemed “trouble spots” for the extra police coverage they require to maintain law and order? Why?

While this concept may sound attractive so as to push the burden onto the property owner or tenant with respect to costly supplemental police services, I think it is disingenuous to say it is a viable proposal or legal at this point in time. The town can regulate places of public assembly, including nightclubs through licensing laws, occupancy checks, and zoning. Property taxes can be levied at a higher rate for commercial businesses, and ought be if the intensity of government services is greater for particular business uses. The truth is that many of these local businesses have increased their private security staff on-site and off-site and are actively working with the Police Department on other ways to ensure public safety. In fact, often the private security staff is actually retired police officers or off-duty police officers, which is the same situation for many special events and tent parties.

Do you think the town should pursue privatizing the recycling centers? Why?

It is something that should be explored, first and foremost. The Town of Southampton has been operating with a $3 million deficit in its waste management fund, as of year-end 2008. Since there is no more landfilling allowed on Long Island, and only about 15 percent of town residents use the transfer stations to recycle and dispose of household waste, the “green bag” program simply doesn’t produce enough money to cover the cost of trucking waste to states like Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio where it can be disposed of properly. Every alternative option should be open to discussion. And should the town decide to privatize, it would only affect transfer stations in Hampton Bays and Westhampton. North Sea and Sag Harbor would continue to operate as they currently do with municipal staff and the like due to the greater volumes handled at these sites and more recent taxpayer investment in infrastructure improvements to the tune of $3.5 million at North Sea alone.

Do you think the town should pursue privatizing the town animal shelter or contracting with a company to operate it? Why?

Yes. The animal shelter costs the town approximately $1 million per year to operate and the bulk of that pays for services and staffing the town is not mandated to provide. The town can work in partnership with the private sector or a not-for-profit foundation to continue to keep the shelter open but at a much lower cost to the taxpayer. Our primary concern is that the animals are cared for. Since a viable private organization has already submitted its proposal and the town is actively in negotiation, this matter should not be controversial, but unfortunately it has become a political football. The town is offering to cover utilities and insurance as the “landlord” and all other costs would be borne by the “tenant” and the town’s Animal Control staffing would be relocated to the shelter to oversee the private entity, ensure policy compliance and provide training and guidance concerning any dogs that are classified as “dangerous” pursuant to state law.

Do you think the PILOT program can be fixed in a way that benefits the town and the districts in need of relief? How?

Yes. All of the problems stem from the poorly drafted state legislation that created the PILOT program in the first place and subsequent bills which amended it, in particular with respect to the state-mandated allocation formula to be based on proportionate tax levies within the special districts rather than proportionate tax loss from preservation lands within the special districts. To fix them we need the cooperation of our state assemblyman, which has not been forthcoming in the way it was originally promised and filed earlier this year. Above all, we need to ensure that the original purpose of the community preservation program isn’t further subverted. It was designed to prevent taxpayers from having to bear the burden of a shrinking tax base caused by preservation lands being taken off the rolls. In 2002, this voter-approved PILOT program was exclusively linked to the Central Pine Barrens area and to make good on promises made by the state back in 1990s but now using CPF monies. It was never meant to compensate school districts for lost tax revenues from development that never happened or to be a subsidy to allow for such districts to increase their budgets for more spending.

Do you support the idea of waiving the tax cap for one year in order to eliminate the deficits and debt uncovered in the general, capital, police and waste management funds this year? Why?

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I am disgusted with The Southampton Press' lopsided endorsement of Kabot and I will cancel my subscription to this right wing rag.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Oct 29, 09 6:22 PM
LOL the Press a right wing rag! I'm as shocked as you with the endorsement of LK and shocked with the Independent endorsement of ATH. Its like a role reversal!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 30, 09 11:41 AM
Speaking of right wing rags . . .
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Oct 30, 09 2:30 PM
See, thankfully the voters had their own presence of mind on Kabot. The Press endorsement is irrelevant.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 09 11:05 PM
I'll drink to that.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 29, 09 7:13 PM
By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on Oct 30, 09 8:06 AM
gee, wonder what changed between this scathing editorial of Linda Kabot by the Press and their recent endorsement of her? Things that make you go Hmm. Read it for yourself folks:


In a “Viewpoint” published in this edition of The Press, Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot starts off with an apology regarding recent discussions about the town’s capital budget: “As supervisor, I publicly apologize for the confusion, controversy and blame game.”

But there ...more
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Oct 30, 09 6:23 PM
FCM, will you also stop pushing your left wing liberal agenda on 27east after you cancel your subscription????
By hamptons2009 (12), westhampton on Oct 30, 09 11:28 PM
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Linda lost! HAH!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 3, 09 11:09 PM
Linda Kabot was endorsed by the SH Press because she is the better candidate.
ATH is wishy-washy just like they said and so his her 13 point plan.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 31, 09 12:25 AM
well, the Press would certainly understand wishy-washy....such as writing a scathing editorial of someone, just one of many, and then endorsing that someone later. Plus, they probably don't care for the 13 pt plan because it wasn't written by an anonymous source....
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Oct 31, 09 10:40 AM
Tim Tanuka
As expected when you have no real comment because you lack any knowledge on the real facts you make comments like this.
The 13 point plan may as well been blank just like your democrat candidate.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 31, 09 1:49 PM
blank? 3 lines to 1...and that 1 line wasn't even kabot's at first...the gop committee voted by a huge margin to nominate malone, why was that voters? ... and a slew of endorsements to kabot's 1. That's some blank!
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Oct 31, 09 2:01 PM
Tim Tanuka
I can't understand why the SH Press endorsement has so many of you Dem's so upset. Get over it already. Ms. Kabot was the right choice.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 31, 09 6:05 PM
Every year the STPD gets $3.6M allocated in the budget to continue 27 cops on the payroll who were contractually required to retire years ago on their twentieth anniversay of employment. Linda Kabot was the only Town Council member who suggested that this perk, handed out by the Heaney Republican good ole boys, should be ended. The result was the STPD uniformed invasion of a Town Council meeting.

Were these 27 cops retired, (on $100K annual pensions), the forty-four Town employees currently ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 31, 09 9:48 PM
I'm not upset, golfbuddy...just pointing out a fact....kabot has 1 endorsement...the shp....throne-holst has the express and indy and just about every other one you can have....just a fact...i do realize that some find facts objectionable
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Oct 31, 09 11:44 PM
Tim Tanuka
It was you that did not understand why the press endorsed LK. The SH press endorsed LK for many reasons, this is also just a fact. I also do realize that some find facts objectionable.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Nov 1, 09 12:31 AM
i'm not saying WHY they endorsed her.....all I said was that the SHP was the ONLY endorsement she had...simple fact.....again....folks can read the above editorial and decide the why for themselves
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Nov 1, 09 8:47 AM
Add Newsday to ath column...
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Nov 1, 09 10:00 AM
By EQMama (29), East Quogue on Nov 2, 09 4:19 PM