Two candidates are vying for one Village Board seat while three are running unopposed in the North Haven municipal election slated for Tuesday, September 15.
President Donald Trump made a brief fundraising swing through the Hamptons on Saturday, making appearances at two parties that campaign officials have said would generate $15 million in donations to his reelection campaign.
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With thousands of absentee ballots outstanding — an estimated 85,000 have already been received by the Suffolk County Board of Elections and more are expected to arrive in the coming days — the final results of Tuesday’s Democratic primary races may not be known for two weeks.
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.