Government: Southampton Road Closures, O’Connor Tapped to Run,


Suffolk GOP Taps O’Connor to Run in First Assembly District

Patrick O’Connor, a political strategist, programmer and small business owner from Southampton, has been nominated by the Suffolk County Republican Committee to challenge New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., an Independence Party candidate from Sag Harbor, in the race for the First Assembly District this November.

In a statement, Suffolk GOP chairman Dave Betts said Mr. O’Connor is “an original and bold thinker” who “cares about his community and will do a great job on the campaign trail and representing us in Albany.”

Mr. O’Connor said he will focus on the need to rein in the rising cost of living on the East End, and said he would be committed to “all East End residents and families, not just those who live in gilded homes in Sag Harbor.”

“The high cost of living has got to be stemmed,” he said in a statement. “From grossly skewed school taxes to unfunded mandates from Albany to local NIMBYism, it’s destroying our community. We cannot and indeed should not tackle any of the many other pressing issues the East End faces without first addressing the cost of living in a serious manner.”

Southampton Town Road Closures, Traffic Changes Expected

Southampton Town officials this week reminded area residents of several road closures and traffic pattern changes in the coming weeks for the U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course.

A full list of the changes can be found online at

League of Women Voters to Host Forum on Town Trustees’ Role

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will host a forum titled “The Role and Challenges of the East Hampton and Southampton Town Trustees” on Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

Panelists will include Francis Bock, East Hampton Town trustee clerk; Jim Grimes, East Hampton Town trustee; Edward J. Warner Jr., Southampton Town trustee president; and Scott Horowitz, Southampton Town trustee secretary/treasurer. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

Refreshments will be served and SEA-TV Channel 22 will tape and air the forum.