South Fork Mayors Throw Support Behind Fleming

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming. PRESS FILE

It appears Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming is on a roll when it comes to endorsements.

Just days after longtime New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced he would support the Sag Harbor resident in her bid to win the Democratic Party nomination to run for Congress against Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin, on Thursday, four South Fork mayors threw their support behind her candidacy.

North Haven Mayor Jeff Sander, Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius, Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy, and Sagaponack Mayor Don Louchheim all announced their endorsement of Ms. Fleming.

“Mayors Sander, Sartorius, Mulcahy, and Louchheim are all staunch advocates for their Villages and our mutual constituencies. I’m proud to have them on my team as we fight for real representation in Congress,” Fleming said on Thursday in a press release issued by her campaign. “These Mayors understand that in our fight for a clean environment and to lift the cap on the SALT tax deduction, we need someone who’s more focused on us here at home than the politics in Washington. Our district’s been deserted for too long as Lee Zeldin has made his priority the defense of the President. I’m running to stand up for our local communities and I’m excited to have these distinguished public servants by my side.”

“We’re lucky to have a candidate like Bridget Fleming running for Congress. She’s dedicated, driven, and clear-eyed about the challenges that face us here in Suffolk County,” said North Haven Mayor Jeff Sander. “She’ll focus on us in Congress — not the politics of the day. And she’ll fight for what’s right and just in a political world often lacking that. Bridget presents our best chance to flip this seat in November and thus I’m proud to support her.”

“I have known Bridget Fleming and seen her work for ten years, first as a Councilwoman and more recently as a Legislator,” said Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius. “I have witnessed and admire greatly the passion and doggedness that she brings to her position on behalf of her constituents. Those traits plus her proven talent as a campaigner make her the perfect candidate to regain the Congressional seat in our district, and I am pleased to endorse and support her campaign.”

“Bridget Fleming is the right person at the right time for this district to send to Congress. With the dysfunction of Washington, we need someone who’s going to cut through the gridlock to get things done for the people she serves,” said Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy. “Bridget’s advocacy for our environment, our water, and our way of life are refreshing in today’s political climate and that’s why I’m proud to endorse her to be our next Congresswoman.”

“Bridget Fleming has been an effective, hard-working, responsive representative for the residents of Sagaponack in the County Legislature. I am confident she will provide the same excellent representation for us in the US Congress,” said Sagaponack Mayor Don Louchheim. “Bridget has the tenacity to fight to improve our environment, protect our water quality, and be a champion for our values. I enthusiastically endorse her candidacy.”

The four mayoral endorsements continue a long string of support for Ms. Fleming. She’s already been endorsed by IBEW Local 25, making her the only candidate with union support. She’s also picked up the support of former 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, and Shelter Island Supervisor Gerard Siller.

Ms. Fleming announced last week that she’d raised almost a quarter million dollars in her first 36 days in the race.