Elections & Politics

Scalera Considers Run for Southampton Supervisor; Schneiderman Seeks Third Term

Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera is considering a run for Southampton Town supervisor after having served nearly two four-year terms on the Town Board, the maximum allowed under the town’s term-limit rules. Democratic Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, meanwhile, announced he will seeks reelection to a third term.

State Election Reforms Spur Local Political Parties to Action

“I am thrilled about the election reforms. While they made them effective this year, which made us have to move quickly, I’m very happy about it for our voter base,” Cate Rogers, the chairwoman of the East Hampton Democratic Committee, said.

Incumbent East Hampton Democrats Will Seek Re-election

Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby and Councilman David Lys all expressed their interest during a meeting of the committee last Monday, January 16.

East Hampton Republicans Tap Vilar as New Party Chairman

Mr. Vilar, who lives in Springs and recently lost a bid for a town board seat in a special election, received unanimous support from the party’s executive committee.

Two Face Felony Charges in Election Petition Fraud Investigation

Two members of East Hampton Town political committees are facing felony forgery charges following an investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, which examined signatures on nominating petitions for candidates running for local offices during the 2018 elections.

Schneiderman Concedes County Comptroller Race

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Wednesday officially conceded the Suffolk County comptroller’s race to his opponent, incumbent comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr.

Grassroots Effort Got Out the Vote For Gershon in Sag Harbor Area

By the midterm elections earlier this month, Ms. Morris’s house had become ground zero for a get-out-the-vote operation that drew dozens of volunteers from across the South Fork. Main Street Conversations and its friends had become a well-oiled political-action machine, one of several local political groups and single volunteers energized to resist the Trump presidency from its beginning by supporting his opposition on Election Day.

Schneiderman Waiting on Absentee Ballots Before Conceding Comptroller’s Race

Southampton Town supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who mounted a campaign for Suffolk County comptroller this year, has not yet conceded that race.

In New York, Democrats Now Control Senate, Assembly and Governor’s Seat

With Democrats capturing a majority of the State Senate on Tuesday, and retaining their hold over the State Assembly, the party now controls all three levels of state government in Albany.

Zeldin Defeats Gershon To Win Third Term in Congress

Democrats took back the House of Representatives after eight years in the minority on Election Day but the party’s momentum did not extend to the First Congressional District on New York.

Lys Wins Election to One-Year East Hampton Town Board Term

Incumbent East Hampton Town Board candidate David Lys, running as a Democrat, on Tuesday held off a challenge from his Republican opponent, Manny Vilar, with nearly 70 percent voter approval across East Hampton Town.

Gershon Signs Vandalized; Zeldin Calls ‘Shenanigans’

Perry Gershon, the Democratic candidate running to represent the First Congressional District, on Sunday said one of his campaign signs had been vandalized with a spray-painted swastika.

Lys, Vilar Feeling Confident as Election Day Approaches

The East Hampton Town Board special election is to fill the final year of the four-year term vacated when former board member Peter Van Scoyoc was elected town supervisor in 2017.

LaValle Urges Opponent ‘To Focus’ On ‘One Thing’ to ‘Effectuate a Change’

State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle admonished his challenger, Greg Fischer of Calverton, at a debate at the Hampton Bays Senior Center hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on Thursday, October 25.

Veteran Assemblyman Spars With First-Time GOP Challenger

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons sponsored the debate between New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who is seeking his 12th two-year term in office, and first-time candidate Patrick O’Connor of Shinnecock Hills.

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