Thiele, LaValle Returned to State Offices; Schiavoni Reelected Southampton Justice

Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni celebrates with Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming on Tuesday night. Stephen Kotz photo.
Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni celebrates with Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming on Tuesday night. Stephen Kotz photo.

By Stephen J. Kotz

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. of Sag Harbor easily won reelection to his 12th term on Tuesday, defeating his no-show opponent Heather Collins on Tuesday by a 61.6-to-38.4-percent margin.

NY State Senator Kenneth LaValle.
NY State Senator Kenneth LaValle.

Meanwhile, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, running for his 21st term, cruised past Gregory Fischer, by a 67.2-to-32.7-percent margin.

In the only local race, Democratic Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni easily defeated her Republican challenger, Ernest Wruck, by a 66-to-34-percent margin.

“I can’t thank you enough for this honor,” Ms. Schiavoni told a small gathering of Democrats at Union Cantina restaurant in Southampton Village, which included members of her family, and fellow elected officials including Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Councilman John Bouvier, and Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming.

Her reelection was one of the only bright spots for the party as big-screen televisions on the walls told an increasingly grim story about the presidential race.

“I’m very pleased to see her reelected,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, “particularly in light of what was going on at the national level. It just shows how well respected of a judge she is.”

Justice Schiavoni, who also had the backing of the Independence, Conservative, Green, Working Families, and Women’s Equality parties, received 14,916 votes, while Mr. Wruck received 7,78 votes.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele.
Assemblyman Fred Thiele.

Mr. Thiele, running on the Independence Party line, with Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party cross-endorsements, received a total of 30,574 votes. Ms. Collins, who was on the Republican line but did not actively campaign, received a total of 19,061 votes.

In East Hampton, Mr. Thiele received 6,916 votes to Ms. Collins’s 2,411. In Southampton, he bested her by a 14,377-to-7,833 margin.

“On the East End, voters judge you on the job you do, not party affiliation, and I think that was the case again,” said Mr. Thiele. “I’m thankful for the support. Now it’s time to get back to work.”

Mr. LaValle could not be reached for comment. But running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, he turned away Mr. Fischer by a 96,169-to-41,976 vote margin.

Mr. LaValle edged his challenger by a 4,722-to-4,557-vote margin in East Hampton Town and a 14,161-to-8,213-vote margin in Southampton.

Mr. Fischer enjoyed modest success in the Sag Harbor area, winning in East Hampton districts 2 and 8, which cover from Division Street to Swamp Road and Northwest Woods, and in Southampton districts 3 and 21, which cover North Haven and Bay Point and Sag Harbor Village.