It’s Official: Schneiderman To Head Southampton Democratic Ticket

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By Stephen J. Kotz

The announcement comes a week after current supervisor, Anna Throne-Holst, who is also an Independence Party member with Democratic cross-endorsement, announced she would not seek reelection and instead would challenge freshman U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin in 2016.

Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, the lone Democrat on the board, was nominated a week ago by the Suffolk County Democrats to run for Mr. Schneiderman’s seat on the County Legislature.

Town Democratic chairman Gordon Herr said he was confident Mr. Schneiderman would win the supervisor’s race, even though the Republicans have yet to name a candidate. “He’s very well known, very well liked and a very good manager,” he said.

The Democrats also nominated Julie Lofstad, a Hampton Bays community organizer who has been involved in school issues, and John Bouvier, a Westhampton engineer who ran for town Trustee in 2013, as its town board candidates.

It tabbed Adam Grossman, who is currently the vice chairman of the town Zoning Board of Appeals, as its candidate for town justice to run for the seat now held by Ed Burke.

The Democrats have also nominated three candidates to run for town Trustee, incumbents Eric Schulz and Bill Pell and Tim Corwin of Southampton.

Mr. Schneiderman has lived in Southampton Town for much of the past decade. His family owns the Breakers Motel in Montauk.

He served two terms as East Hampton Town supervisor, from 1997 to 2001, before winning a seat on the County Legislature. He cannot run again because of term limits.

He was actively considering a run for Southampton Town Board but turned his attention to the supervisor’s seat after Ms. Throne-Holst announced her intention to aim for Washington.

In a press release issued on Friday, Mr. Schneiderman said he would also seek the Independence and Working Families nomination for supervisor.

“As former supervisor of East Hampton Town, I have a proven record as an administrator. I earned the town the highest credit rating in the state and delivered four consecutive years of tax rate reductions,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a release. “Combined with my record as county legislator, I have delivered 16 consecutive years of property tax reductions for the people I represent.”

 

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