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Jan 18, 2010 6:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board candidate Fleming receives Independence endorsement

Jan 18, 2010 6:11 PM

Bridget Fleming, the Democratic candidate for the Southampton Town Board seat vacated by Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, received the Independence Party endorsement Monday afternoon.

Ms. Fleming accepted the nomination, which was announced by party Chairman Steve Lynch, in front of the King Kullen in Hampton Bays.

“This is a crucial nomination,” Ms. Fleming said as she accepted the endorsement.

Ms. Fleming explained that not having the Independence Party endorsement when she ran for Town Board in November cost her the election. Ms. Fleming was defeated by Jim Malone, who had the Independence endorsement, by approximately 500 votes in last year’s race. She garnered 5,319 votes to Mr. Malone’s 5,847.

During the fall campaign season, Ms. Fleming and her Democratic running mates, including Ms. Throne-Holst, were first endorsed by the local committee of the Independence Party, which was chaired by current Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor. However, the party’s county leaders overrode the local committee and endorsed Mr. Malone and Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi instead.

Earlier this month, the Town Board scheduled the special election for March 9, making for a brief campaign season. Last week, the Southampton Town Republican Committee selected William Hughes of Hampton Bays, a lieutenant in the Southampton Town Police Department, as its candidate.

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, a member of the New York State Independence Party, attended Ms. Fleming’s nomination event and endorsed her as well.

“My one criteria for endorsing someone is seeing who will do the best job,” Mr. Thiele said. “Bridget will do the best job. It is my pleasure to support her.”

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Fleming is an impressive candidate who will do well for the people of Southampton Town. I am glad that the Independence Party recognized this and gave her their endorsement.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 6:46 PM
Don't go crazy now!!! She is the better choice of the two. Not the ideal person but better than her opponent.
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Jan 19, 10 5:35 PM
Does Ms. Fleming have it in her to stand up and say "no" to overpaid pension-eligible cops, or will she vote with Anna? Of course, it might not matter since the opposition is a cop himself. Will Ms. Fleming consider the needs of all Town residents above the interests of the parties who are backing her now? Would love to see those questions put to her in an interview, Mr. Shaw.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 6:53 PM
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Reiterating SusieD's question, does Ms. Fleming support requiring cops to retire when their twenty years of service are up, even if they don't want to, or does she support the STPD PBA's position that every cop should be allowed to stay on the payroll for as long as he wants, regardless of merit?

What does she think of the STPD PBA's behavior at Town Meetings over the past few years, and, particularly, the behavior of their President and Vice President?

This is Ms. Fleming's 2nd ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 18, 10 7:08 PM
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blah blah blah blah...blah blah blah blah,...(insert big word here), blah blah blah....20 years blah blah blah.....gestapo blah blah blah blah....blah blah blah......Kabot frame job......blah blah blah.....
By Bayman3142 (249), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 10:57 PM
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Some local "Independence" Party you folks got there. Has the local group ever not endorsed in lock step the Democrat candidates? Ever? It conducts itself in the complete opposite o the definition of "Indepenence"
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jan 18, 10 7:10 PM
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This is a crucial nomination" she said but still hasn't told us her community record from 2001=2010. What a joke.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 18, 10 8:12 PM
had the up island indy chairman not overruled the unanimous vote of the town indy committee which endorsed fleming and pope in the general....she wouldn't be running now because she would've already won.....such for "local" and "community" concerns
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 8:29 PM
It's over-Mr. Hughes can stop campainging now.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 18, 10 8:50 PM
Nice touch to make the announcement in Mr Hughes hometown.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 18, 10 8:50 PM
More like game on and EastEnd68 likely will be crying in his or her beer come 10:30 PM on March 9.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jan 18, 10 9:00 PM
Neither candidate has said a thing about STPD budget-busting patronage and the disrespectful and intimidating behavior of STPD PBA off-duty officers in uniform.

The only thing left to decide at present is which name to write-in in the election booth. (E.g. Diogenes[?])
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 18, 10 9:45 PM
I repeat...
bllah blah blah blah...blah blah blah blah,...(insert big word here), blah blah blah....20 years blah blah blah.....gestapo blah blah blah blah....blah blah blah......Kabot frame job......blah blah blah.....but add....intimidating...blah blah blah...I'm scared blah blah blah
By Bayman3142 (249), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 11:00 PM
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Still looking for that honest man or woman!
By diogenes (57), westhampton on Jan 19, 10 2:12 PM
So, there you are. Where have you been for the last 2300 yrs.?
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jan 21, 10 2:09 AM
Highhatsize:
Your posts about the same topic are SUPERFLUOUS. Is there not any other issue that a candidate should campaign on?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 22, 10 10:35 PM
Bridget Fleming is as sharp as a tack, a fact that was quite obvious when she served on the Noyac Citizens Advisory Committee. She cares. She listens. With her lawyerly training she doesn’t miss anything and she thoughtfully thinks things through. The fact is that she would be terrific as a town councilperson.
By bayleaf (1), Southampton on Jan 18, 10 9:47 PM
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Can you elaborate? Just what did she do on the CAC?
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 19, 10 7:44 AM
She has no record with Noyac CAC except to use it as political advertising. She has no local record period. As stated, her credentials are "sharp as a tack, she cares, she listens, lawlerly training.' Sounds like "Trust Sally" Pope to me.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 18, 10 10:27 PM
Well, it worked (once) for Mrs. Pope, didn't it?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jan 18, 10 11:44 PM
Unfortunately, they got the formula.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Jan 19, 10 5:15 PM
3 member Republican board immediately swings into action by appointing one of their cronies to the planning board despite pleas from various civic leaders to reconsider until a formal selection process is in place, then doesn't support the reappointment of Tamara Wright, only the best controller the town has had and the one person in town who fully understands how awful town finances were under the Heaney regime.

I would say it's a good thing to support Bridget Fleming.
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Jan 19, 10 12:17 AM
Lt. Hughes, who won in a landslide against two other hopefuls for the nomination, said he is anticipating that he will also secure an endorsement from the Southampton Town Independence Party.

0-1 for Mr Hughes
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jan 19, 10 7:47 AM
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As we saw last Summer, the Independence Party is anything but.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jan 19, 10 8:43 AM
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As a newcomer to politics Bill Hughes probably took the so called "Independence" party leadership at their word when they said it would be an open process. I think he could be forgiven for not realizing they have become nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Democrat party. Let alone that they were now invovlved in the same sort of deal making with up west special interests. The same ones and types you all howled about so loudly last summer.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 10 8:42 AM
At this point, it would seem essential that a balance on the Town Board would create some "checks and balances". For that reason, and others, Ms. Fleming has my vote
By rabbit (65), watermill on Jan 19, 10 9:07 AM
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So, rabbit, can I assume that you will be voting against Tim Bishop this fall as our congressional representative? The democratic party has a massive majority in both the house and senate, and by your line of reasoning it would seem essential that a balance in congress would create some "checks and balances"
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 20, 10 4:09 AM
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Can somebody someday tell me what the Independence Party represents?
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 19, 10 9:36 AM
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good question - if you ever get the answer, let the public know. IndependenCE does not mean IndependeNT. The party's name choice was a clever marketing ploy. A vast majority of IndependenCE party members truly believe that they are "not affiliated with any party" which is incorrect. If those people would only re-register as the BLANK - NO PARTY AFFILIATION that they originally intended, the party as a whole would cease to matter at all. They've grown to become nothing more than election-spoilers.
By Uniblab (24), Water Mill on Jan 19, 10 6:38 PM
If the Independence Party is a rubber stamp for the Democrats, then how did small-time goon Nuzzi and the Great Legal Scholar Malone of Touro College slither their way onto the town council?
By rabblerouser (46), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 10 3:50 PM
Your parents must be proud of you.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 19, 10 4:05 PM
My reference was to the local "Independence" party leadership, which in various incarnations has never failed when it had the abiility to deliver it's line for the Democrat ticket, up to an including this year when it's local chairman and local vice chairman attempted to trade the line for their own cross endorsements on the Democratic line.It's a proud history that goes back to George Guldi trading the entire Democrtic line to the then Southampton Party for his own cross endorsment, only to have ...more
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 10 4:07 PM
Congratulations Bridget on your nomination,,,hope to see you out ther campaining,dont take it for granted,,we need you to support the Supervisor,,,give me a call if I can be of help,,,Bill Clinton,,,the other one
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Jan 19, 10 5:37 PM
It's been long said that "Democrats don't beat Republicans...Republicans beat Republicans." Whatever the reasons why an overwhelming number of the GOP Committee members chose Bill Hughes as the designee, HE IS THE OFFICIAL CANDIDATE. Why do the R's keep silently (or not) working against their own designated candidate? The person may not have been your first choice, but obviously his credentials and promises to do a good job resonated with the majority. But go ahead, continue to trash your own ...more
By Uniblab (24), Water Mill on Jan 19, 10 6:45 PM
Uniblab.....not to worry about the Republican majority, they (you) will still have the majority on the Southampton Town Board after March 9th.
One of the issues in this election is whether the Republicans get a super-majority on the board or the people get more balance on the town board with Fleming. One party rule is never good.
Fleming is an impressive candidate who has excellent credentials. She impressed me last fall, and I am glad that she is doing so well in this race. She deserves ...more
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 19, 10 7:12 PM
I didn't say "after March 9th" - I said "later on." Nancy Graboski's position will be up for grabs next. If the R's win this seat, they'll have a 4-seat majority. If not, they'll have a 3-seat majority, but they'll have to fight like hell to keep any majority come next election. And by the way - very funny for you to assume I'm a Republican. My wife thought that was hysterical when she read it. She's always said that being "Blank" was always a good choice for me.
By Uniblab (24), Water Mill on Jan 19, 10 10:09 PM
So SHNATIVE, can I expect your ballot in November to be cast against Tim Bishop? "One party rule is never good," as you put it, and the democrats have massive majorities in both the house and senate. In fact, they didn't even let republicans in the "secret meetings" where they hashed out the healthcare proposals. By your logic you are a hypocrite if you support Tim Bishop.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 20, 10 4:15 AM
The Independence Party does endorse Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I believe the different towns endorse those people who they believe can do the right job regardless of their party affiliation. Some even endorse both Democrats and Republicans in the same election. I believe the Independence party believes in good government and always has. That's why it was started in the first place. There should not be a one party rule. Look what happened in East Hampton Town.

By housewife (79), east hampton on Jan 19, 10 10:06 PM
"I believe the Independence party believes in good government and always has"

Can you find that for me under some Independence Party web site or something?

The party was started by a bilionaire, Tom Golisano, and is run now by Frank McKay. The party is the tail wagging the dog for the benefit of Mr McKay and friends.

I would really like it if you could prove otherwise.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 10 7:56 AM
To a select few on this blog (you know who you are):
Stop trying to cloak your support for Fleming over Hughes in the guise of "a balanced team of both parties" on the town board. This is not why you are planning to vote in this manner, it is simply a false notion to try to persuade those of us on the fence to support Fleming. Be honest with us, and yourselves, you'd have no intention of voting republican if the democrats had the majority on the board.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 20, 10 5:19 AM
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Who are you to question someone's motives? Would you vote Democrat? There is a difference between the parties, a REAL difference so yes, it is about balance.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 10 9:33 AM
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I have voted democrat in the past, and would do so again if I felt the candidate would do the best job-- not simply because the party is in the minority. Fcmcman, I am merely pointing out that the standard some people are claiming we should all follow is not even followed by them in similar situations (ie- congress and senate).
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 21, 10 12:24 AM
AlwaysLocal.......our Southampton Town Board is controlled by Republicans, and EVERY other board in the town is controlled by Republicans. We are missing millions of dollars. Yes...we need balance.
If the situation was reversed, I would vote Republican especially if that candidate had the impressive qualifications of Fleming.
For this race, Fleming is a good candidate who will do well on the board, and yes, she has my vote.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 20, 10 8:23 AM
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So, are you saying that you will NOT vote for Bishop in the fall? It's the same situation, but on a different level of government. Will you continue to avoid the question, or will you answer this simple question for us?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 21, 10 12:36 AM
AlwaysLocal is right. The posters on this board arguing for balance were the same ones arguing for the need for a complete Democrat sweep last November. But given their candidate's, Ms. Flemming's. percieved weakness as newcomer to town without much of a record of community invovlement you can understand why they feel it is imperative to change the subject. Unfortunetely such blatant hypocricy only hurts and does not help their candidate for any true undecideds who might be posting or reading here.
By DJII13 (155), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 10 8:36 AM
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Hum, you Republicians sound scared
By rabbit (65), watermill on Jan 20, 10 8:56 AM
I notice that you refuse to answer the question too. Hypocrite?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 21, 10 6:27 AM
Are the issues facing the town political issues? Will the financial mess, open space/ development, property taxes, immigration issues, preservation of the beaches and resource management be resolved by a single party?

I think they( political parties) get in the way. Small town government can find answers to questions and enact legislation that will be to the benefit of a majority of residents. It can also assess and mitigate any percieved negative impact on the minority.

Forget ...more
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jan 20, 10 9:23 AM
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I think the intent of my previous statement was misunderstood, allow me to clarify my point. When selecting a candidate for whom you will be voting, the political party of which they are a member should be of very little (if any) importance. Select the best person for the job based on the issues, not whether or not they are red or blue. Unfortunately some people vote based on party affiliation, who might not vote in this manner if party affiliations were not known. The two party system has become ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 21, 10 12:45 AM
always local, thank you for answering the question!
By rabbit (65), watermill on Jan 21, 10 9:20 AM
There was no question asked to me, as far as I can tell. Did you have a question for me, or was that a clever attempt at dodging the issue I was discussing?
(Don't worry, I don't expect you to answer this question either)
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 22, 10 1:01 AM
Last time around my family and I were impressed by Ms Fleming’s credentials but when we saw her at one of the community forums she ducked a question of whether or not she would use taxpayer funds to build a hiring hall for the criminals who have jumped or borders. Instead she regurgitated the garbage that comes out of Tim Bishop's mouth, "You can't deport 12 million criminals..." This cost her the 6 votes in my immediate household. Now we seem to have a choice between someone who will aid and abet ...more
By bird (829), Southampton on Jan 21, 10 11:42 AM
I am supporting Bill Hughes for the Special Town Council Seat. Our Committee met the other day and discussed whether we would support him. We decided that he will work towards him being elected. I met with Mr. Hughes and felt that he was very direct and had been in a decision making capacity for his working carreer. I feel he will work for all the people of the town as he has been a public servant of this town and wants to extend that service to the town board. I feel he will be an asset.
By RonM (8), Hampton Bays on Jan 27, 10 9:58 PM