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Editorial
October 19, 2017
The role of supervisor is unique in East Hampton Town government. Nowhere else is there a town office in which the role of presiding officer, titular figurehead, and agenda-setter is so entwined. As such, the direction of town government has tended to reflect the personal style and outlook of the person who held that elected office, which has a two-year term.

The role of supervisor is unique in East Hampton Town government. Nowhere else is there a town office in which the role of presiding officer, titular figurehead, and agenda-setter is so entwined. As such, the direction of town government has tended to reflect the personal style and outlook of the person who held that elected office, which has a two-year term. The supervisor oversees the drafting of town budgets, is the public face for Town Hall, and, though he or she has just one vote along with the other members of the town board, has a greater role in establishing priorities for action.

Christopher Walsh
October 19, 2017
Democratic candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and town board defended the present board’s environmental policies and accomplishments at a forum last Thursday at Scoville Hall in Amagansett, while their Republican challengers criticized the Democrats’ record and offered their own proposals.

Democratic candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and town board defended the present board’s environmental policies and accomplishments at a forum last Thursday at Scoville Hall in Amagansett, while their Republican challengers criticized the Democrats’ record and offered their own proposals. 

Concerned Citizens of Montauk and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund co-sponsored the forum, in which the parties’ candidates answered questions in separate sessions. 

David E. Rattray
October 19, 2017
Financial disclosures for East Hampton Town races that will be decided this Election Day show similar bottom lines between the Democratic and Republican fund-raising committees and candidates and very little heat.

Financial disclosures for East Hampton Town races that will be decided this Election Day show similar bottom lines between the Democratic and Republican fund-raising committees and candidates and very little heat.

With the supervisor position and two town board seats to be decided, there is a sharp contrast to two years ago, when hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies associated with East Hampton Airport flowed to the Republican side.

In 2017 so far, Democrats took in just over $103,000. The Republicans showed income of slightly more than $95,000. The figures come from disclosures filed with the New York State Board of Elections since the beginning of the year. They reflect activity through Oct. 2. Election Day is Nov. 7.

Editorial
October 19, 2017
Anyone who has been on the roads lately will have noticed new, huge political signs here and there. That they are hard to miss is the point, but they are illegal.

Anyone who has been on the roads lately will have noticed new, huge political signs here and there. That they are hard to miss is the point, but they are illegal.

While the average reader might not know the rules on temporary signs like these, the candidates and their supporters surely should. Because some of the political rank and file evidently do not — or don’t care — here are the basics: Signs on public property in East Hampton Town, such as roadsides, must be less than six feet in area and be removed after seven days. They also are supposed to be placed perpendicular to property lines. The town code, which can be found online, makes these requirements plain. 

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a grassroots organization that identifies, recruits, endorses, and supports pro-environment candidates for public office, has announced its 2017 endorsements.

Environmental Endorsements

The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a grassroots organization that identifies, recruits, endorses, and supports pro-environment candidates for public office, has announced its 2017 endorsements. 

In East Hampton, Democratic Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who is running to succeed Supervisor Larry Cantwell, won the group’s endorsement. The forum also endorsed Paul Giardina, a Republican, and Jeffrey Bragman, a Democrat, for seats on the town board. Both are making their first bid for elective office. 

Mr. Bragman “has a particularly impressive record as an environmental champion,” Richard Amper, the group’s president, said in a statement.

 

David E. Rattray
October 12, 2017
The main committee supporting East Hampton Town Republicans missed a Friday deadline to provide a required campaign finance report to New York State regulators.

The main committee supporting East Hampton Town Republicans missed a Friday deadline to provide a required campaign finance report to New York State regulators.

According to the New York State Board of Elections, the East Hampton Town Republican Committee filed its last report in July. It was supposed to have provided an updated accounting of its income and spending at the end of last week.

Richard Gheradi, the Republican town committee treasurer, said that a computer problem had prevented him from uploading the report to the board of elections by the deadline and that he would do it by the end of the day on Tuesday. It finally popped up on the board of elections website yesterday.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Voters in East Hampton Town will have at least three chances in the coming week to hear from the candidates for East Hampton Town trustee.

Town Trustee Candidate Forums

Voters in East Hampton Town will have at least three chances in the coming week to hear from the candidates for East Hampton Town trustee. 

The Long Island Fishing Association and the Montauk Boatmen and Captains Association will host the candidates for a question-and-answer session at the Montauk Firehouse on Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Christopher Walsh
October 6, 2017
State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination to run for election to New York's First Congressional District, a move he had considered for several months.

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination to run for election to New York's First Congressional District, a move he had considered for several months.

In an email to The Star on Wednesday, Mr. Thiele said Democratic Party leaders and community activists had approached him about the seat held by Lee Zeldin, a Republican serving a second term.

"I gave careful consideration to leaving my seat in the State Assembly to run for Congress. It is humbling that so many would think I would be a good congressman," Mr. Thiele said.

Christopher Walsh
September 28, 2017
Wastewater contamination, water quality, and Montauk beach erosion were the most serious concerns of 200 residents who responded to a telephone survey initiated by Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for the East Hampton Town Board, while noise from East Hampton Airport was the least important.

Wastewater contamination, water quality, and Montauk beach erosion were the most serious concerns of 200 residents who responded to a telephone survey initiated by a Republican candidate for the East Hampton Town Board, while noise from East Hampton Airport was the least important. 

On Monday, Paul Giardina, who is also on the Conservative and Reform Party tickets in November, discussed the results of the survey, which was conducted between Aug. 22 and 30 at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett.

Mr. Giardina, who until his retirement was a longtime federal official at the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke about several of 13 issues that were ranked in order of importance, as determined by the survey. 

Christopher Walsh
September 28, 2017
A cocktail party and fund-raiser for the re-election campaign of Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming will be held next Thursday at Christy’s Art Center in Sag Harbor.

A Fund-Raiser for Fleming

A cocktail party and fund-raiser for the re-election campaign of Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming will be held next Thursday at Christy’s Art Center in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $175, $75 for those under 30. Those planning to attend have been asked to R.S.V.P. by sending an email to bridgetfleming2015@gmail.com. 

Ms. Fleming, a former member of the Southampton Town Board, was elected to the Legislature in 2015. She is running on the Democratic Party ticket and is also supported by the Independence, Working Families, and Women’s Equality Parties. Her district, the Second Legislative District, comprises the South Fork from Montauk to Moriches and Shelter Island. 

Christopher Walsh
August 31, 2017
The three candidates vying for two seats on the East Hampton Town Board debated a number of issues Monday evening at the East Hampton Library, with a political newcomer who has the party’s backing repeatedly if gently attempting to draw a distinction between himself and the candidate who does not.

The three candidates vying for two seats on the East Hampton Town Board debated a number of issues Monday evening at the East Hampton Library, with a political newcomer who has the party’s backing repeatedly if gently attempting to draw a distinction between himself and the candidate who does not. 

Jeffrey Bragman, an attorney endorsed by the East Hampton Democratic Committee, discussed various topics with Zachary Cohen, a former candidate for supervisor and town trustee who did not receive the party’s endorsement but successfully petitioned to force a primary. Between them sat Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who was elected to the town board in 2013 and is in her first re-election campaign. 

Star Staff
August 24, 2017
A cocktail party fund-raiser to help elect Tommy John Schiavoni to the Southampton Town Board will be held in Sag Harbor on Sunday evening from 5 to 7.

A cocktail party fund-raiser to help elect Tommy John Schiavoni to the Southampton Town Board will be held in Sag Harbor on Sunday evening from 5 to 7. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. will be the special guest at the Back Page, behind Page at 63 Main restaurant. Admission is $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Mr. Schiavoni is a Democratic candidate for town board, running with Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, a member of the Independence Party who received the Democratic nomination in his bid for re-election, and Councilwoman Julie Lofstad.

Running on the Republican ticket is Councilman Stan Glinka and Thea Dombrowski-Fry.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 10, 2017
Fred Havemeyer’s name was stricken last week from the September primary ballot in Southampton Town after two Suffolk County Board of Elections commissioners denied petitions that would have allowed him to challenge Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for the Democratic Party line.

Fred Havemeyer’s name was stricken last week from the September primary ballot in Southampton Town after two Suffolk County Board of Elections commissioners denied petitions that would have allowed him to challenge Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for the Democratic Party line.

The town’s Democratic Committee, which is supporting Mr. Schneiderman, a member of the Independence Party, for re-election, had challenged 671 signatures of the 699 submitted by Mr. Havemeyer.

Gordon Herr, the party chairman, said this week by email that he “had a team of people who worked tirelessly in reviewing every single line of every single sheet of Fred Havemeyer’s petitions.” They found “major irregularities with the petitions,” he said.

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.