Recent Stories: Politics

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 26, 2017
The Southampton Town Democratic Committee has challenged almost all the signatures on Fred Havemeyer’s petition to force a primary in September against Supervisor Jay Schneiderman — 95 percent of them.

The Southampton Town Democratic Committee has challenged almost all the signatures on Fred Havemeyer’s petition to force a primary in September against Supervisor Jay Schneiderman — 95 percent of them.

Yesterday, Mr. Havemeyer called it a dirty tactic to wipe out the competition. Mr. Schneiderman, for his part, claimed Mr. Havemeyer had used the names of his running mates as a way to gain signatures, and also that he had used a “deeply offensive” phrase in speaking to the media.

Christopher Walsh
July 24, 2017
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, a former member of the Southampton Town Board, announced on Friday her intention to seek re-election to the Legislature for a second two-year term.

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, a former member of the Southampton Town Board, announced on Friday her intention to seek re-election to the Legislature for a second two-year term.

In a release on Friday Ms. Fleming, a Democrat, referred to her advocacy for East End interests including clean water, preservation of natural resources, battling tick-borne diseases and opioid use, and promoting economic development.

Star Staff
July 13, 2017
Tim Sini, the county police commissioner who is running to be Suffolk district attorney, and Bridget Fleming, who is seeking re-election to the County Legislature, will speak on Monday.

The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee and Resist and Replace, an activist group that seeks to hold local, state, and federal representatives accountable and to promote those opposed to Trump administration policies, has invited the public to meet candidates for two Suffolk County positions on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

The Suffolk County Democratic Committee’s chairman, Rich Schaffer, will present Tim Sini, the county police commissioner who is running to be Suffolk district attorney, and Bridget Fleming, who is seeking re-election to the County Legislature. Ms. Fleming, who lives in Noyac, is a former member of the Southampton Town Board. She was elected to the legislature in 2015.

Christopher Walsh
July 13, 2017
Zach Cohen, who is seeking to run for a seat on the East Hampton Town Board on the Democratic Party ticket, filed a petition with the Suffolk County Board of Elections on Tuesday to participate in a primary election that would be held on Sept. 12.

Zach Cohen, who is seeking to run for a seat on the East Hampton Town Board on the Democratic Party ticket, filed a petition with the Suffolk County Board of Elections on Tuesday to participate in a primary election that would be held on Sept. 12. Mr. Cohen’s petition has 835 signatures; 353 were required.

The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee formally nominated its candidates for townwide offices on May 17, passing over Mr. Cohen in favor of Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, a Democrat on the town board who is seeking re-election, and Jeffrey Bragman, an attorney and newcomer to politics. Barring a successful legal challenge to Mr. Cohen’s petition, a primary among the three candidates, and any others who filed a petition for candidacy, is likely.

Christopher Walsh
July 11, 2017
Representative Lee Zeldin has supported President Trump, but according to statements made on Tuesday, that support may be slipping.

This article was updated with the version that appeared in print on July 13.

The East End’s representative, Lee Zeldin, a Republican in his second term, was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. He has generally championed Mr. Trump since his inauguration, but according to statements made on Tuesday, that support may be slipping.

The fast-developing story about a June 2016 meeting between the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and people connected to the Russian government first became public on Saturday. Multiple American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russians actively sought to aid Mr. Trump’s election and harm the campaign of his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Christopher Walsh
July 6, 2017
Arthur Graham was elected to the East Hampton Village Board last month and took a seat among his colleagues this week.

“This is a brand new day, with a brand new member of the board of trustees, the rookie,” Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said at the East Hampton Village Board’s organizational meeting yesterday. The so-called rookie is Arthur Graham, who was elected to the East Hampton Village Board last month and took a seat among his colleagues yesterday.

Jackie Pape
June 20, 2017
Three were vying for two seats in Tuesday night's election, and just five votes separated the winner of the second seat from the third place finisher.

Three were vying for two Sag Harbor Village Board seats in Tuesday night's election, and just five votes separated the winner of the second seat from the third place finisher. 

Ken O’Donnell, the only incumbent running, was also the highest vote-getter, with 238 cast for him. His running mate, Thomas Gardella, the former Sag Harbor Fire Department chief, received 197 votes. That was not enough to win a seat on the board. That went to H. Aidan Corish, a political newcomer, who received 202 votes.

There were three write-in votes, one each for Jeff Peters, Thomas Schiavoni, and Chris Hubbard. 

Christopher Walsh
June 15, 2017
East Hampton Village residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a village board member to complete the final year of the late Elbert Edwards’s term.

East Hampton Village residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a village board member to complete the final year of the late Elbert Edwards’s term. Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.

Mr. Edwards died in October. Philip O’Connell, who was appointed to the board following his death, will face Arthur Graham on Tuesday.

Christopher Walsh
June 8, 2017
Philip O’Connell and Arthur Graham are vying for a one-year term on the East Hampton Village Board in the upcoming June 20 election.

Befitting the genteel nature of East Hampton Village and its government, Philip O’Connell and Arthur Graham, the two candidates for the village board in the June 20 election, have spoken highly of each other and of the present board. Though their backgrounds differ, their views on most issues are largely in sync.

They are vying for a one-year term.

Christopher Walsh
May 10, 2017
Tyler Armstrong, an East Hampton Town trustee who recently received the Democratic Committee's nod to run for a second term, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in November.

Tyler Armstrong, an East Hampton Town trustee who recently received the Democratic Committee's nod to run for a second term, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in November, but will complete his term, which expires at year's end.

Christopher Walsh
April 13, 2017

As expected, the East Hampton Town Republican Committee formally endorsed its 2017 slate of town board candidates at its meeting on April 5. Manny Vilar, a sergeant with the State Parks police, is the party’s candidate for supervisor.

Christopher Walsh
April 6, 2017

Democrats to Hold Elections Forum

Christopher Walsh
April 4, 2017
Reg Cornelia, the chairman of the East Hampton Republican Committee, has announced the imminent opening of the committee's new headquarters at the Red Horse Market complex in East Hampton.

Reg Cornelia, the chairman of the East Hampton Republican Committee, has announced the imminent opening of the committee's new headquarters at the Red Horse Market complex in East Hampton.

Christopher Walsh
April 3, 2017
East Hampton Town's deputy supervisor announced on Monday that he would seek the office of supervisor in the Nov. 7 election.

Peter Van Scoyoc, East Hampton Town's deputy supervisor, announced on Monday that he would seek the office of supervisor in the Nov. 7 election. The announcement follows Supervisor Larry Cantwell's January announcement that he would not seek a third two-year term.

Star Staff
January 22, 2017

Following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, the East Hampton Town Republican Committee celebrated the occasion that night with an inaugural ball of their own at the American Legion in Amagansett. 

Christopher Walsh
November 17, 2016
“I leave with only positive thoughts,” former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Friday, three days after her campaign to unseat Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District ended with a loss.

“I leave with only positive thoughts,” former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Friday, three days after her campaign to unseat Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District ended with a loss. Mr. Zeldin, a first-term Republican, easily prevailed over his challenger, winning 59 percent to Ms.

Carissa Katz
November 10, 2016
Although a majority of Suffolk County broke for the Trump-Pence ticket at the polls on Tuesday, a closer look at district-by-district results shows that the Clinton-Kaine team came out on top in almost every one of the Election Districts between Tuckahoe and Montauk.

A close look at South Fork district-by-district election results for the 2016 presidential race shows that although a majority of Suffolk County broke for the Trump-Pence ticket at the polls on Tuesday, the Clinton-Kaine team came out on top in all but one of the 37 Election Districts between Tuckahoe and Mont

Christine Sampson
November 9, 2016
The atmosphere at LTV Studios in Wainscott, which the East Hampton Town Democrats rented Tuesday night for an election-watching celebration, was far from celebratory.

The atmosphere at LTV Studios in Wainscott, which the East Hampton Town Democrats rented Tuesday night for an election-watching celebration, was far from celebratory.

Star Staff
November 8, 2016
Tuesday is Election Day, and if you experience a problem at the poll, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is standing by to help.

Tuesday is Election Day, and if you experience a problem at the poll, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is standing by to help. 

Anyone with issues at a polling place on Election Day can call the attorney general's hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov, while the polls are open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Christopher Walsh
November 8, 2016
Representative Lee Zeldin, a first-term Republican serving New York’s First Congressional District, has won re-election over former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

With 455 of 473 districts reporting, Representative Lee Zeldin has apparently won a second term serving New York’s First Congressional District, easily defeating his challenger, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

Star Staff
October 28, 2016
The deadline to apply by mail for an absentee ballot is Tuesday at midnight.

The deadline to apply by mail for an absentee ballot is Tuesday at midnight. Registered voters who will be out of town on Nov. 8, Election Day, or who may have trouble getting to their polling stations, have been advised to vote absentee.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 3, 2016
Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, will be in East Hampton this weekend for a fund-raiser for Americans for Responsible Solutions, which seeks to reduce gun violence.

Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, will be in East Hampton this weekend for a fund-raiser for Americans for Responsible Solutions, which seeks to reduce gun violence. 

Christopher Walsh
April 25, 2016
The East Hampton Democratic Town Committee voted on Wednesday to endorse David Calone as their preferred candidate to run for Congress against Representative Lee Zeldin.

The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee voted on Wednesday to endorse David Calone as its preferred candidate to run for Congress against Representative Lee Zeldin, recommending that Democrats vote for Mr. Calone in the June 28 primary in which he will face former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

Star Staff
April 18, 2016
The polls for New York’s presidential primary on Tuesday will be open here from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The polls for New York’s presidential primary on Tuesday will be open here from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.