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Taylor K. Vecsey
November 9, 2017
Julie R. Lofstad and Thomas John Schiavoni, won two open town board seats, ousting Stan Glinka, the Republican incumbent.

Once the votes were counted Tuesday night, Jay Schneiderman had not only won another term as Southampton Town supervisor, but his party’s majority on the town board had gained strength.

Mr. Schneiderman’s Democratic running mates, Julie R. Lofstad and Thomas John Schiavoni, won two open town board seats, ousting Stan Glinka, the Republican incumbent. The victors will join Councilman John Bouvier, a Democrat, leaving Councilwoman Christine Scalera the lone Republican town board member.

Carissa Katz
November 7, 2017
Democrats in East Hampton Town have swept the races for town supervisor and town board, with Peter Van Scoyoc holding a decisive lead over his opponent, Manny Vilar, in the race for supervisor.

Democrats in East Hampton Town have swept the races for town supervisor and town board, with Peter Van Scoyoc holding a decisive lead over his opponent, Manny Vilar, in the race for supervisor. His running mates, incumbent Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeff Bragman, an attorney, were also at the top in their races for a seat on the town board, trailed throughout the night by the Republicans’ candidates, Paul A. Giardina and Gerard Larsen.

November 7, 2017
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Taylor K. Vecsey
November 7, 2017
Republican incumbent Stan Glinka lost his re-election bid Tuesday night, if unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections Tuesday night stand.

Southampton Town voters gave Jay Schneiderman a second term as Southampton Town supervisor in Tuesday's election, and elected two more Democrats to the Southampton Town Board, apparently ousting Republican incumbent Stan Glinka, according to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections. With the re-election of Julie Lofstad and the election of her running mate, Thomas John Schiavoni, Mr. Schneiderman not only maintained a majority, but saw it gain strength.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 7, 2017
Timothy D. Sini, a 37-year-old Democrat serving as the Suffolk County police commissioner, handily won the race for Suffolk district attorney Tuesday night, but the sheriff's race is razor thin.

Timothy D. Sini, a 37-year-old Democrat serving as the Suffolk County police commissioner, handily won the race for Suffolk District attorney Tuesday night. Mr. Sini received 62 percent of the vote over Raymond Perini, a Republican. Christopher Garvey, who ran on the Libertarian ticket, received 1 percent of the vote. 

Star Staff
November 6, 2017
Tuesday is Election Day, and voters on the South Fork have several important decisions to make.

Tuesday is Election Day, and voters on the South Fork have several important decisions to make. In East Hampton and Southampton Towns, there are races for town supervisor, town board, and trustee positions. Countywide, voters will elect a new district attorney, who is in charge of prosecutions throughout Suffolk, and a new sheriff, who is in charge of the county jails, amid county political corruption scandals. And, not to be forgotten, there's the all-important constitutional convention question, so don't forget to flip your ballot!

Christopher Walsh
November 2, 2017
Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same? This is the first of three questions that will be put to New York State voters on Tuesday, appearing on the flip side of the election ballots.

Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?

This is the first of three questions that will be put to New York State voters on Tuesday, appearing on the flip side of the election ballots. 

The State Constitution requires that every 20 years voters decide if a convention should be held to amend it. If a majority votes no on Tuesday, there will be no convention. If the yeas prevail, three delegates from each senatorial district will be elected in November 2018, along with 15 at-large delegates who will be elected statewide. The delegates would convene in Albany in April 2019. 

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
A member of the Independence Party, Gerard Larsen is on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets. Mr. Larsen, who is known as Jerry, recently retired from the East Hampton Village Police Department, where he was chief for 13 years.

A member of the Independence Party, Gerard Larsen is on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets. Mr. Larsen, who is known as Jerry, recently retired from the East Hampton Village Police Department, where he was chief for 13 years. 

East Hampton is in serious need of leadership that will listen, he told residents at an environmental forum last month, and he is that leader. Multiple police unions and coalitions have endorsed his candidacy. He and his running mates have more management experience and proven records than their Democratic opponents, he said. 

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
Jeff Bragman is seeking a seat on the East Hampton Town Board, running on the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence ballot lines.

Jeff Bragman is seeking a seat on the East Hampton Town Board, running on the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence ballot lines. He moved to East Hampton more than 30 years ago after graduating from Yale University and working as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He has worked here as an assistant town attorney representing the zoning, planning, and architectural review boards, and has a private law practice and a house in Northwest Woods.

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
For a first-term East Hampton Town Board member, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez has had a full plate.

For a first-term East Hampton Town Board member, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez has had a full plate. Among her leadership roles has been serving as the point person on noise restrictions for East Hampton Airport. Her other areas of responsibility include being liaison to the Human Services Department, the disabilities advisory board, and the Montauk Playhouse board of managers, and serving on the planning committee for a new town senior citizens center. She was also involved in drafting the town’s rental property registration law.

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
Manny Vilar, the Republican and Conservative Party candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor, is an East Hampton native and lifelong resident who is a first sergeant in the New York State Parks Police.

Manny Vilar, the Republican and Conservative Party candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor, is an East Hampton native and lifelong resident who is a first sergeant in the New York State Parks Police.  

With three decades in law enforcement, Mr. Vilar sees public safety as the foremost concern of government, and better enforcement of town codes as the solution to a myriad of problems in the town. He has stressed the value of his experience in labor relations and as a negotiator, as the founding president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, and his experience and contacts in state government. 

David E. Rattray
November 2, 2017
An anonymous limited-liability company backed by wealthy homeowners who take helicopters to and from East Hampton has contributed half of all money raised by Republicans in their bid to gain control of Town Hall.

On the eve of an important local election, the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee and its candidates held a fund-raising edge over the Republicans. This was despite almost $75,000 in late donations to the East Hampton Town Republican Committee from a mystery group linked to the town airport.

According to reports filed with the New York Board of Elections, the Republican committee brought in just over $52,000 between Oct. 3 and 23, nearly all of it from a single source. The top-dollar donor was the same contributor that gave the committee $24,970 in September, GNYG, a limited-liability company with a Midtown Manhattan office building address. It donated $25,000 to the Republican committee on Oct. 10 and $24,940 on Oct. 16.

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
Paul Giardina is a nuclear engineer by training and was with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Office of Indoor Air and Radiation in New York City before his retirement in 2016.

Paul Giardina is a nuclear engineer by training and was with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Office of Indoor Air and Radiation in New York City before his retirement in 2016. He has a degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree, also in nuclear engineering, from New York University’s Institute of Environmental Medicine. Before joining the E.P.A., he worked for Consolidated Edison, the New York City and Westchester power and heating utility. He is a former director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection hazardous waste management program.

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who would like to step up as East Hampton Town supervisor, is the deputy town supervisor.

Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who would like to step up as East Hampton Town supervisor, is the deputy town supervisor. He was elected to the town board in 2011, following six years on the town’s planning board and five years on the zoning board of appeals, the last year as its chairman. Previously, he operated a residential construction company and charter fishing business. 

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee will host a campaign rally with food, live music, and drinks on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Neighborhood House on Three Mile Harbor Road.

Giardina Proposes Business Incubator

Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Board, has proposed an incubator for the growth of retail and services businesses that he has dubbed the Paumanok Center for Innovation.  

The center, Mr. Giardina said in a release, would be an employment engine and alternative business model that would further the town’s reputation as a magnet for investment. Priority would be given to products and services that are made or sourced here, or depend on traditional skills and crafts of the East End and Suffolk County. The intended beneficiaries are those with family roots or significant experience living on Long Island, he said. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 2, 2017
Jay Schneiderman is hoping for a second term as Southampton Town supervisor, saying there is a long list of his accomplishments, while Ray Overton, who was tapped by the Southampton Town Republican Committee to run for the top spot, is pointing to infrastructure quality and spending.

Jay Schneiderman is hoping for a second term as Southampton Town supervisor, saying there is a long list of his accomplishments, while Ray Overton, who was tapped by the Southampton Town Republican Committee to run for the top spot, is pointing to infrastructure quality and spending. 

Mr. Overton, a former town trustee, is not closely related to Fred Overton, an East Hampton Town Board member. “I think there are a lot of people who are disappointed in the supervisor,” he said in a recent interview. “I think there are a lot of people who feel he is nothing but a politician.” 

Christopher Walsh
November 2, 2017
Voter turnout will be high among East Hampton’s senior citizens, according to an informal poll taken early this week, but most of those gathered at the town’s senior citizens center on Monday were tight-lipped as to their opinions of the 2017 campaign and those asking for their vote.

Voter turnout will be high among East Hampton’s senior citizens, according to an informal poll taken early this week, but most of those gathered at the town’s senior citizens center on Monday were tight-lipped as to their opinions of the 2017 campaign and those asking for their vote. 

As they gathered at the center on Springs-Fireplace Road that day, discussion was lively — until a reporter showed up, at least. 

One aspect of this year’s race for townwide offices including supervisor, town board, and trustees has left some voters decidedly annoyed: the campaign signs that sprouted like invasive weeds on nearly every inch of open space. 

Christopher Walsh
Joanne Pilgrim
David E. Rattray
November 2, 2017
Tuesday may be an off-year Election Day as far as national and New York State elections are concerned, but for Long Island’s townships the stakes are high.

Tuesday may be an off-year Election Day as far as national and New York State elections are concerned, but for Long Island’s townships the stakes are high.

In East Hampton and Southampton there are competitive races for town board and supervisor, and several important county positions are in play as well. 

East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc hopes to follow Larry Cantwell as supervisor. Mr. Cantwell is not seeking re-election after four years in the post and plans to retire from public life. East Hampton Town Councilman Fred Overton is also not seeking re-election.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 2, 2017
In addition to the supervisor’s race, Southampton voters are contemplating other contests, with two seats open on the town board and two incumbents hoping to hang on to their positions.

In addition to the supervisor’s race, Southampton voters are contemplating other contests, with two seats open on the town board and two incumbents hoping to hang on to their positions. 

Councilman Stan Glinka, a Republican, and Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, a Democrat, are the incumbent town board members. Joining Mr. Glinka on the Republican ticket is Thea Dombrowski-Fry, a newcomer who is a teaching assistant in the Southampton School District. Ms. Lofstad’s running mate is Tommy John Schiavoni, a teacher who is on the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals and the Sag Harbor School Board. Town board members serve four-year terms.

T.E. McMorrow
October 26, 2017
Timothy Sini, the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, and Independence candidate, and Ray Perini, who will appear on the Republican and Reform Party lines, each hope to be elected to replace Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.

For the first time in a long time, voters will elect someone to be the Suffolk County district attorney who is not named Thomas Spota. Mr. Spota, who is 76, decided not to run this year, after winning four consecutive elections, beginning in 2001. Timothy Sini is on the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, and Independence lines; Ray Perini is the Republican and Reform Party candidate. 

Mr. Spota’s office has come under fire in the last few years, particularly after the conviction last year of James Burke, the Suffolk police chief, on multiple charges stemming from the beating of a suspect due to a personal vendetta. Mr. Spota had mentored the police chief for many years.

Jackie Pape
October 26, 2017

Having served four four-year terms as an East Hampton Town assessor, Eugene DePasquale, the Democratic incumbent, is vying for re-election. His opponent is Tina Silverman of East Hampton, a newcomer to local politics. 

“I think we could be doing much better,” Ms. Silverman said of the assessors office’s use of technology. “It can be more efficient; we can improve systems and improve how the community is serviced.” 

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 26, 2017
Lawrence M. Zacarese, an assistant chief of the Stony Brook University police, and Errol Toulon Jr., a former New York City deputy corrections commissioner, are vying for the position in what has shaped up to be one of the most lively county races of the year.

Without doubt, Suffolk County will have a new sheriff regardless of the outcome of November’s election. Lawrence M. Zacarese, an assistant chief of the Stony Brook University police, and Errol Toulon Jr., a former New York City deputy corrections commissioner, are vying for the position in what has shaped up to be one of the most lively county races of the year.

Mr. Toulon is the first African-American to be nominated for sheriff or any other major county office, such as executive, clerk, or district attorney. (DuWayne Gregory became the first person of color to be elected as presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature in 2014.)

Star Staff
October 26, 2017
Republican party Saturday, Democrats offer free coffee in Springs

A G.O.P. Celebration

The East Hampton Town Republican Committee will host a celebration on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at East Hampton Point restaurant. Representative Lee Zeldin and State Senator Phil Boyle of Bay Shore are scheduled to attend. Food, networking, and live music by the HooDoo Loungers are also on the bill. Admission is $30. 

 

Coffee With the Democrats

Christopher Walsh
Jackie Pape
October 26, 2017
The trustees, a governing body distinct from the East Hampton Town Board, were granted jurisdiction over the town's common lands, including many of its beaches, bottomlands, and waterways, by the Dongan Patent of 1686. Eighteen candidates will vie on Nov. 7 for nine seats.

Eighteen candidates will vie on Nov. 7 for the nine seats on the East Hampton Town Trustees.

The trustees, a governing body distinct from the East Hampton Town Board, were granted jurisdiction over the town's common lands, including many of its beaches, bottomlands, and waterways by the Dongan Patent of 1686.