Schneiderman, Bouvier Endorse Fleming In Bid For Democratic Nomination For 1st District Seat

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming swears in Councilman John Bouvier for his first term in 2016. PRESS FILE

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming this week announced two more Southampton endorsements in her race for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin for his seat in November.

On Monday, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Councilman John Bouvier announced their support for Ms. Fleming in the 1st Congressional District race.

“Supervisor Schneiderman and Councilman Bouvier have been friends and allies for years as we’ve represented the residents of Southampton and fought to bring them a better quality of life,” said Ms. Fleming, who sat on the Southampton Town Board prior to being elected to the County Legisalture. “I’m so honored that they’d choose to endorse me in this race as we strive to provide leadership that the 1st District has so sorely lacked.”

She added, “I look forward to them joining me on the campaign trail and then to joining them in government as we fight for a cleaner environment, quality, affordable health care, and a better place for all to call home.”

Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat, hailed Ms. Fleming’s achievements on both legislative bodies in his endorsement of her campaign.

“A former Southampton councilwoman, Bridget Fleming’s always been a champion for our town. As a board member, she fought for a cleaner environment, increased access to healthcare, and a more affordable way of life,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a release issued by Ms. Fleming’s campaign.

“I’m proud to endorse her for Congress because we need someone who is going to fight back against national policy that hamper us locally, and Bridget’s been doing that her entire career. I look forward to joining her out on the campaign trail and serving with her in this new capacity come January.”

Mr. Bouvier, also a Democrat, said in the release that he believed she was the best person for the job.

“Bridget Fleming has always been there for Southampton, and I’m proud to be there for her and endorse her candidacy for Congress. She’s ready to head to Washington and fight for this district because she’s been doing it at the local level for years already,” he said. “We need new leadership that will stand up against policy that leaves us behind — on the environment, on healthcare, and on taxes — and that’s in Bridget’s blood. I’m excited to help bring her message across this town in the coming months as a member of Team Fleming.”

According to her campaign, Ms. Fleming was previously endorsed by IBEW Local 25. She’s also picked up the backing of U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., former County Legislator and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, current Presiding Officer Rob Calarco, Legislators Al Krupski, Tom Donnelly, Dr. William Spencer, and Sam Gonzalez, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Shelter Island Supervisor Gerard Siller, former East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell, and East Hampton Town councilmembers Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Sylvia Overby.

The Democratic primary for Congress is scheduled for June 23. Ms. Fleming is running against Perry Gershon, an East Hampton businessman who lost to Mr. Zeldin in 2018, and Nancy Goroff, the chairwoman of the Chemistry Department at Stony Brook University, for the right to face Mr. Zeldin in November.