Recent Stories: politics

Christopher Walsh
January 26, 2016
Registered Democrats who hope to see Senator Bernie Sanders on the ballot in New York State's April 19 presidential primary have been asked sign two petitions at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Registered Democrats who hope to see Senator Bernie Sanders on the ballot in New York State's April 19 presidential primary have been asked to sign two petitions at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 21, 2016
The time has arrived for Southampton Town voters to select a new member of the town board, and make it whole again after the abrupt departure of Brad Bender, who resigned amid drug charges in late November.

The time has arrived for Southampton Town voters to select a new member of the town board, and make it whole again after the abrupt departure of Brad Bender, who resigned amid drug charges in late November.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 14, 2016
With the special election for South­ampton Town Board less than two weeks away, voters will have a chance to learn more about where the candidates stand on important issues come Saturday.

With the special election for South­ampton Town Board less than two weeks away, voters will have a chance to learn more about where the candidates stand on important issues come Saturday. Conversations with Richard Yastrzemski, a Republican, and Julie Lofstad, a Democrat, will be held at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill at 1 p.m.

Carissa Katz
December 31, 2015
As East Hampton Town’s re-elected supervisor and town board members prepare to be sworn in next week for new terms, the book is mostly closed on the 2015 election season here — the most expensive one in the town’s history.

As East Hampton Town’s re-elected supervisor and town board members prepare to be sworn in next week for new terms, the book is mostly closed on the 2015 election season here — the most expensive one in the town’s history.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 22, 2015

The first of the campaign materials have been mailed as the candidates gear up for the special Southampton Town election next month to find a replacement for Brad Bender, a councilman who resigned amid drug charges. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 10, 2015

In a fast turnaround, the two major parties have selected candidates for the upcoming special election in the Town of Southampton to fill the vacancy left by Brad Bender, who resigned late last month after pleading guilty to a drug-related charge.

Christopher Walsh
November 20, 2015
An unofficial recount of the votes for East Hampton Town trustee, including absentee ballots, has shifted that body's expected majority even more in the Democrats' favor, from the 5-4 expected on election night, to 6-3.

An unofficial recount of the votes for East Hampton Town trustee, including absentee ballots, has shifted that body's expected majority even more in the Democrats' favor.

Christine Sampson
November 5, 2015
Bridget Fleming’s victory on Election Day felt “overwhelming,” the South Fork’s newly elected Suffolk County legislator said yesterday, after about 60 percent of the ballots were counted in her favor.

Bridget Fleming’s victory on Election Day felt “overwhelming,” the South Fork’s newly elected Suffolk County legislator said yesterday, after about 60 percent of the ballots were counted in her favor.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 4, 2015
Jay Schneiderman, an outgoing Suffolk County Legislator and a former East Hampton Town supervisor, will be the next Southampton Town Supervisor.

Jay Schneiderman, an outgoing Suffolk County Legislator and a former East Hampton Town supervisor, has been elected the next Southampton Town supervisor. 

David E. Rattray
November 3, 2015
East Hampton Democrats' strong showing in the Tuesday election carried over to the town trustees contest.

East Hampton Democrats' strong showing in the Tuesday election carried over to the town trustees contest. Unofficial results posted around 10:35 p.m. showed what would be a 5-to-4 Democratic majority.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 3, 2015
Bridget Fleming received nearly 60 percent of the vote over political newcomer Amos Goodman.

Bridget Fleming is headed to Hauppauge. 

Star Staff
November 3, 2015
Even as early results trickled in on Tuesday night, Larry Cantwell, the Democratic incumbent East Hampton Town supervisor, called it "an overwhelming victory for all of us," including incumbents Peter Van Scoyoc and Sylvia Overby.

Update, 10:45 p.m.: Just as all of the districts in East Hampton Town reported in, Tom Knobel conceded in the race against Larry Cantwell for town supervisor and on behalf of his Republican running mates in the town board race.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

Francis Bock is a former trustee, having served two terms including a year as clerk. A Democrat, Mr. Bock works for the town’s Department of Housing and Community Development. Since leaving the trustees in 2009, “I don’t see that they’ve advanced at all,” he said. “I see the condition of the harbors, the channels, the ponds that are being poisoned.

Star Staff
October 23, 2015

Seven of the nine East Hampton Town Trustees are seeking re-election for additional two-year terms.

They include the Republicans Diane McNally, Tim Bock, Sean McCaffrey, and Nat Miller, and the Democrats Deborah Klughers, Brian Byrnes, and Bill Taylor.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A Montauk native, Jim Grimes, a Republican who founded the landscape design and contracting firm that bears his name, is seeking a first term as a trustee. A member of the town’s nature preserve committee, he worked at the New York Ocean Science Laboratory in Montauk during his schooling, and later studied horticulture and floriculture.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A former three-term trustee, Joe Bloecker, a Republican, made an unsuccessful bid for town assessor in 2013. He has thrown his hat into the ring once again because “the trustees need experienced help. There’s a lot of stuff going on that I don’t think should be.”

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A native of East Hampton, Joshua Davidson, a Republican seeking his first term as a trustee, lives in Springs and works for Saskas Surveying Company of East Hampton. He is a nephew of Ms. McNally.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

Mike Havens, a Republican seeking his first term on the board of trustees, is a third-generation commercial fisherman.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A 12-year member of the town board who served as its liaison to the trustees and a 10-year veteran of the planning board, Pat Mansir, a Democratic candidate who lives in East Hampton, is making a third run for trustee.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A water sports enthusiast and manager of Main Beach Surf and Sport in Wainscott, Rick Drew, a Democrat, is a former information technology consultant. That experience, he said, “can help a new trustee board craft a vision for the trustees that will more effectively manage our natural resources, particularly with respect to clean water.”

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A 27-year resident of Amagansett, Rona Klopman is seeking her first term as a trustee. Ms. Klopman, a Democrat, said her career as a teacher spurred an interest in public affairs, and she wants to preserve the town’s natural beauty.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

Steven Lynch Jr., a Republican who lives in Springs, is making his first run for office. “I am trying to preserve a part of the community,” he said, “not only for our generation but, most importantly, for future generations.” Mr. Lynch’s 8-year-old daughter “loves the beaches and the water,” he said.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A native of East Hampton from the Damark family, Tyler Armstrong, a Democrat, said that his study of ecology led to an understanding of “how much everything is connected, and how much people rely on the environment, especially here, where our economy depends on it too.” The abundance of marine life can be greater still, he said, with cleaner waters.

Christopher Walsh
October 23, 2015

A Democrat who chairs the town’s nature preserve committee, Zachary Cohen of Springs lost the 2011 race for town supervisor by 15 votes. His run for trustee, he said, is an effort to move from an advisory to a decision-making role and a natural extension of his efforts to balance preservation and public use.