Overton and Burke-Gonzalez Apparent Winners

In what would appear to be a stunning defeat for an incumbent, East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione failed to win re-election today, coming in last among four candidates.

According to unofficial results from the Suffolk Board of Elections, which did not include absentee ballots, Fred Overton and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez are the winners for the two open seats for town board.

The vote totals from the polls were Mr. Overton with 3,216, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez with 3,125, Job Potter with 2,764, and Mr. Stanzione with 2,293. Mr. Overton appeared on the ballot on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez had Democratic and Working Families backing.

Running unopposed for town supervisor, Larry Cantwell had 4,802 votes; there were 87 write-ins.

Steven Tekulsky defeated his Republican challenger, Carl Irace, 3,487 to 2, 367 for town justice, a roughly 60-percent margin of victory.

Eugene DePasquale will retain his post as East Hampton Town assessor, defeating Joe Bloecker, 3,209 to 2,449.

It was a big night for Jay Schneiderman, who scored a 60-percent win over Chris Nuzzi in the Second Suffolk Legislature district.

The mood was subdued at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, where local Republicans had gathered to wait for results. Mr. Overton said that he had believed that his chances had been good but that he was very surprised to lead the pack. Mr. Stanzione had no comment.

Mr. Irace said that running for town justice had been an "awesome" experience.
 

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With reporting by Stephen J. Kotz