Recent Stories: Politics

David E. Rattray
November 5, 2013

An hour after the polls closed, Carissa Katz, The Star's managing editor, reported from the Dems election night HQ in Rowdy Hall that with 7 of 19 districts' numbers brought in from the polls, unofficially, Fred Overton was in the lead for town board. Following him were Kathee Burke-Gonzalez , Job Potter, and Dominick Stanzione in the race for two open seats.

Stephen Kotz reported from the Republican's redoubt at Indian Wells Tavern that Steven Tekulsky had a lead over the Republican Carl Irace for town justice.

David E. Rattray
November 5, 2013

An hour after the polls closed, Carissa Katz, The Star's managing editor, reported from the Dems election night HQ in Rowdy Hall that with 7 of 19 districts' numbers brought in from the polls, unofficially, Fred Overton was in the lead for town board. Following him were Kathee Burke-Gonzalez , Job Potter, and Dominick Stanzione in the race for two open seats.

David E. Rattray
November 4, 2013

East Hampton's Democratic candidates have a sizeable registration edge going into Tuesday's voting, according to numbers from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

According to the Suffolk County Board of Elections, of the 16,116 registered voters in the town, 6,375 were listed as Democrats, compared to 4,043 Republicans.

November 3, 2013

An outdated list of East Hampton Town polling places was published in the print edition of The East Hampton Star Thursday.

The correct locations are:

Election District

1 East Hampton High School

2 Pierson High School

3 Amagansett Firehouse

4 Springs Firehouse

5 East Hampton Emergency Services Building

6 Montauk Playhouse

7 Wainscott Old Schoolhouse

8 John M. Marshall Elementary School

9 Springs Firehouse

10 Montauk Playhouse

11 East Hampton Emergency Services Building

November 1, 2013

 

Citizens for Access Rights asked East Hampton Town and County legislator candidates to respond to a number of questions related to beach access. The questions are below. Their responses can be found at: http://www.citizensforaccessrights.com/assets/candidateanswers2013.pdf

 

October 31, 2013

Those who have closely watched the campaigns or are big supporters of one or more of the candidates may want to join the Republicans or Democrats for the election night excitement on Tuesday.

Republicans will be gathering at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett to count the returns, celebrate their candidates, and congratulate winners starting around 9 p.m., when the polls close.

Democrats will make their headquarters at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, where they will be poring over results.
Polls are open on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

October 31, 2013
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    For Mike Bottini, the outdoors has been both his passion and his profession. He was an environmental planner for the Group for the South Fork and has taught at St. Lawrence University, Long Island University, the City College of New York, and the Ross School.

David E. Rattray
October 24, 2013

The East Hampton Environmental Coalition this week posted the results of a questionnaire sent to the five candidates for East Hampton Town Board quizzing them on environmental issues.

Questions covered issues including the candidates' backgrounds and environmental outlooks and specifics such as flood-zone planning, dark skies rules, and dealing with climate change.

Stephen J. Kotz
October 24, 2013

    Martin Drew of Springs, a political gadfly and frequent writer of letters to the editor, announced last Thursday that he would run a write-in campaign for East Hampton Town supervisor.

    A semi-retired contractor and real estate investor, Mr. Drew, 47, said he was undaunted by the prospect of trying to defeat Larry Cantwell, the popular former East Hampton Village administrator, whose name will be the only one on the ballot, under the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families lines.

Star staff
October 24, 2013

Dems’ Campaign Rally

    The East Hampton Democratic Party has invited people to an “old-fashioned campaign rally” on Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Neighborhood House. There will be live music, free food and drinks for adults and children, and the Democratic candidates for town supervisor and town board, Larry Cantwell, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, and Job Potter, will be on hand. The Neighborhood House is on Three Mile Harbor Road.


Gansett Gathering for G.O.P.

Janis Hewitt
October 24, 2013

    It was mostly quality-of-life issues in Montauk that were discussed at a candidates forum hosted by the Concerned Citizens of Montauk on Sunday at the Montauk Firehouse. The current East Hampton Town Board administration was harshly criticized for everything from approving the Shark Attack Sounds party permit for almost 4,000 people at the Montauk Yacht Club over July Fourth weekend to not hiring a coastal engineer to analyze the erosion issue in downtown Montauk.

Star staff
October 17, 2013

Independence Buffet

    Candidates running on the Independence Party line in East Hampton Town will meet voters tonight from 6 to 8 in the community hall at the St. Michael’s senior housing complex in Amagansett.

Stephen J. Kotz
October 17, 2013

    Candidates for East Hampton Town and Suffolk County office will appear together at two major forums this week — a Concerned Citizens of Montauk meet-the-candidates event on Sunday and a League of Women Voters debate in East Hampton on Monday.

    The Montauk event, the group’s 43rd, will take place at the Montauk Firehouse starting at 1 p.m. Typically the only time when all candidates appear together in Montauk, it often draws a standing-room-only audience.

Star staff
October 10, 2013

How it Was, How it Will Be

    Candidates for East Hampton Town Board will share their views on preservation following a screening at LTV tonight of a vintage film by the jazz age illustrator Hamilton King.

    The free program, from 5 to 7 p.m., is hosted by the East Hampton Historical Society and LTV. The film, which includes footage of East Hampton in the 1920s and 1930s, will serve as the springboard for a panel discussion with the candidates on the future of preservation in the town.

Carissa Katz
September 26, 2013

    Candidates for East Hampton Town supervisor and town board will meet at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street Saturday afternoon for the first of several debates scheduled over the next five weeks.

    This one, sponsored by the East Hampton Group for Good Government, is likely to include questions on the airport, deer control, wastewater, code enforcement, and the merits of a town manager, the group’s president, Jeffrey Fisher, said Monday. The debate will start at 2 p.m.

Carissa Katz
September 26, 2013

    The Northwest Alliance, a group formed to protect Northwest Creek and Harbor, Barcelona Neck, the Grace Estate, and the environmental quality of areas in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, has asked candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and town board to answer a short list of questions on water quality, the dredging of Northwest Creek, and aircraft noise “in the hopes of building a consensus on the urgency of the protection of this area,” according to T. James Matthews and Patricia Hope, members of the alliance’s steering committee.

Carrie Ann Salvi
March 29, 2012
The world premiere of a documentary film described as coming down “dead center” in the national controversy over illegal immigration.

    The world premiere of a documentary film described as coming down “dead center” in the national controversy over illegal immigration will take place at the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall on Saturday. It was made by Dennis Michael Lynch, an East Hamptoner whose first documentary, “King of the Hamptons,” was well received at the Hamptons International Film Festival last year and was sold out when screened at Christmastime at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

November 21, 2011
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Jeanne Frankl, the East Hampton Democratic Committee chairwoman, issued a statement Sunday in which she cautiously predicted a win for Zach Cohen in the absetnee vote counting over the incumbent town supervisor, Bill Wilkinson.

November 10, 2011
At Astro’s Pizza around 8:15 on Election night, Marilyn Behan, an East Hampton Independence Party candidate for town board, was “holding down the fort,” flanked by her family.

    At Astro’s Pizza around 8:15 on Election night, Marilyn Behan, an East Hampton Independence Party candidate for town board, was “holding down the fort,” flanked by her family, steaming plates of deep-dish pizza, and a barren board waiting for results.

David E. Rattray
November 9, 2011
The contest for East Hampton Town supervisor showed the incumbent, Bill Wikinson, holding a narrow lead over Zach Cohen, the challenger in results from the Suffolk Board of Elections.

    The early results posted for East Hampton Town supervisor showed the incumbent, Bill Wikinson, holding a narrow lead over Zach Cohen, the challenger in unofficial numbers from the Suffolk Board of Elections. Only 177 votes separated the Republican from the Democratic candidate, out of 5,955 cast. With this narrow a margin, absentee ballots may prove decisive; they will not be counted until next week. The county's tally as of Wednesday morning was Mr. Wilkinson with 3,066 and Mr. Cohen with 2,889.

David E. Rattray
November 9, 2011
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Unofficial results from the Suffolk Board of Elections Web site can be sifted through at your leisure. Unfortunately for some mobile users, the data is presented in a Flash format, which may not display on all devices.

November 4, 2011
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You can download a PDF file of a Town of East Hampton sample ballot suitable for printing on an 8-1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper by clicking here.

Due to a production error, the left-most column of the sample ballot printed in the Nov. 3 East Hampton Star was not visible, omitting the names of Loretta Sears and Nathaniel Miller, who are running for East Hampton Town trustee.

The official sample ballot from the Suffolk Board of Elections is almost 28 inches wide.

November 3, 2011
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An outdated list of East Hampton Town polling places was published in the print edition of The East Hampton Star Thursday.

The correct locations are:

Election District

1  East Hampton High Sch