Registered Democrats have the opportunity this week and next to cast their ballots in a four-way race for the 1st District Congressional nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin. They can also weigh in on a five-way race for 1st District State Senate and the opportunity to challenge Republican nominee Anthony Palumbo, who currently holds the 2nd District State Assembly seat.
In a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Monday, the five hopefuls —Laura Ahearn, Valerie Cartright, Nora Higgins, Skylar Johnson, and Tommy John Schiavoni — sought to differentiate themselves and win the right to face off against Republican Anthony Palumbo, who currently represents the North Fork in the State Assembly, in the November election.
The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island & North Fork will hold a pair of Democratic primary debates via Zoom and SEA-TV in Southampton next month.
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, East Hampton businessman Perry Gershon, and Stony Brook University chemistry professor Nancy Goroff, the three Democratic challengers, have been forced to abandon live campaign rallies, candidate forums, fundraising events, and even door-to-door canvassing during the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Councilman John Bouvier announced their support for Ms. Fleming in the 1st Congressional District race.
On Saturday, Village Trustee and mayoral candidate Arthur Graham announced that he will now be running in tandem with a new candidate, David Driscoll, who will join a now four-way race for one of two trustee seats that will be on the ballot.
The former director of interns for Tommy John Schiavoni’s State Senate campaign claimed in a Facebook post this week that she was the victim of sexual harassment by Brookhaven Town Democratic Committee members — and was fired from her paid position because she reported the harassment.
Southampton Town Board member and State Senate hopeful Tommy John Schiavoni announced this week that he has received three key endorsements in his bid to seek the Democratic nomination for the 1st District Senate seat.
Just weeks after State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced he was not seeking reelection to his post, after serving the 1st District of New York for 44 years, Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, a Republican like Mr. LaValle, has thrown his name into the mix as a candidate for the seat.
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, this week announced that State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. had endorsed her candidacy.
Tommy John Schiavoni, the Southampton Town Councilman from Sag Harbor running for New York State Senate, retracted a statement critical of Senator Kenneth P. LaValle shortly after it was released following the announcement of Mr. LaValle’s retirement late last week.
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin for his 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November, has picked up two key East End endorsements.
Friends, Colleagues, Family Honor State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle At Retirement Announcement On Friday
The mood was bittersweet at the Village Center in Port Jefferson on Friday morning as New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s friends, family and colleagues — from both sides of the aisle — honored him as he made an official announcement that he will not seek reelection to another term in the State Senate in Albany next year.
Just prior to the official announcement on Friday, Mr. LaValle agreed to a conversation covering his time in office, his most important friendship and what’s next in his professional life.
Candidates Weigh In On LaValle Retirement