East End Supervisors
Incumbent Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell, incoming Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and incumbent East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell all won their races Tuesday night.

It was a night for incumbents in town races across the East End, with all incumbent town supervisors and sitting town council members re-elected to their seats.

Riverhead Town

Most eyes were in Riverhead Tuesday night, where embattled incumbent Town Supervisor Sean Walter was in a three-way race that put his entire political career at stake.

Mr. Walter, who did not receive the Town Republican Party backing this year, managed to eek out a healthy victory with only Conservative Party backing.

Mr. Walter took home 40.79 percent of the vote, or 2,874 votes, while Republican challenger Councilwoman Jodi Giglio took home 34.6 percent of the vote, or 2,438 votes. Democratic challenger Anthony Coates took home 24.41 percent of the vote, or 1,720 votes.

Councilman James Wooten, who won a Republican primary this year to keep his spot on the ticket after he also did not receive the support of the party, was handily re-elected, while Republican candidate Timothy Hubbard won by a solid margin to fill retiring Councilman George Gabrielsen’s seat. Mr. Hubbard took home 31.61 percent of the vote and Mr. Wooten took home 23.52 percnt of the vote.

Democratic challengers Laura Jens-Smith and Neil Krupnick took home 19.39 and 16.94 percent of the vote, respectively.

Robert Peeker, who lost the Republican primary to Mr. Wooten but maintained the Conservative and Reform party lines, took home 8.48 percent.

Republican candidate Lori Hulse won the Town Justice seat vacated by Justice Richard Ehlers with 60.83 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Jeanmarie Costello won 34.93 percent of the vote and Robert Kozakiewicz won 4.21 percent. Town Clerk Diane Wilhelm and assessor Laurie Zaneski, running unopposed, were both reelected.

Southampton Town

Democrat Jay Schneiderman, who has reached his term limit as the South Fork’s Suffolk County Legislator, won the Southampton Town Supervisor seat with 56.31 percent of the vote, or 5,630 votes. His Republican opponent, Southampton Village Deputy Mayor Richard Yastrzemski, received 43.63 percent, or 4,362 votes.

Incumbent Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is leaving office at the end of the year to pursue a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Southampton Town Council race returned incumbent Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera to the board, and brought Democratic candidate John Bouvier onto the board.

Ms. Scalera took home 27.4 percent of the vote and Mr. Bouvier took home 25.16 percent.

Democratic challenger Julie Lofstad took home 24.59 percent of the vote and Republican challenger Damon Hagan took home 22.85 percent.

In the Town Turstee race, Democrats Bill Pell and Eric Schultz, Republicans Scott Horowitz and Edward Warner Jr. were all re-elected to the board.

Republican Bruce Stafford upset sitting Republican Trustee Raymond Overton. Mr. Stafford took home 5,731 votes while Mr. Overton took home 4,791 in the at-large race.

Republican Town Justice candidate Gary Weber was elected to the Town Justice post with 57.77 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Adam Grossman, took home 42.2 percent of the vote.

Receiver of Taxes Theresa Kiernan was elected in an unopposed race.

Southold Town

Incumbant Republican Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell was easily re-elected with 64.66 percent of the vote, or 3,906 votes. His Democratic challenger, Damon Rallis, took home 35.28 percent.

Incumbent Republican Town Council members William Ruland and Jill Doherty also won easy victories Tuesday.

Ms. Doherty was the top vote-getter, with 3,658 votes, or 31.81 percent of the vote, while Mr. Ruland took home 3,433 votes, or 29.86 percent.

Democratic challengers Albie De Kerillis and Debra O’Kane took home 19.54 percent and 18.77 percent, respectively.

Town Trustee victories split between parties, with just the Krupski half of the second generation Democratic team of Nicholas Krupski and Matthew Kappell (sons of County Legislator Al Krupski and former Greenport Mayor David Kappell) winning a seat on the board.

Nicholas Krupski was the top vote-getter, with 30.8 percent of the vote, while longtime Republican Trustee David Bergen received 23.99 percent.

Republican candidate Glenn Goldsmith took home 23.95 percent of the vote while Matthew Kappell took home 21.23 percent.

Democratic Town Justice candidate Brian Hughes won a squeaker over Republican candidate William Goggins. Mr. Hughes took home 51.48 percent of the vote and Mr. Goggins took home 48.45.

Richard Caggiano won the tax assessor seat with 60.51 percent of the vote. Linda Sledjeski Goldsmith took home 39.49 percent. George Sullivan won the receiver of taxes seat, running unopposed.

East Hampton Town

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, a Democrat, won his second term in office with 67.70 percent of the vote, or 3,611 votes, while Republican challenger Thomas Knobel took home 32.15 percent of the vote, 1,715 votes.

East Hampton’s incumbent town council members were also re-elected Tuesday. Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc was re-elected with 30.38 percent of the vote and Councilwoman Sylvia Overby was re-elected with 28.21 percent of the vote.

Challengers Margaret Turner and Lisa Mulhern-Larsen took home 20.35 percent and 21.03 percent, respectively.

East Hampton’s winners on the town’s massive nine-member Town Trustee board are as follows: Bill Taylor, Francis J. Bock, Pat Mansir, Timothy A. Bock, James C. Grimes, Richard P. Drew II, Tyler Armstrong, Diane McNally and Sean D. McCaffrey.

Stephen Lynch, running unopposed, was re-elected East Hampton Town Highway Superintendent; Town Justice Lisa Rana, who was also unopposed, was also re-elected Tuesday. Jeanne Nielsen and Jill Massa were re-elected as town tax assessors.

Shelter Island

On Shelter Island, incumbent Town Supervisor James Dougherty, a Democrat, was again re-elected with 60.52 percent, or 610 votes. His Republican challenger, Arthur Williams, took home 394 votes, or 39.09 percent.

Democrat James T. Colligan and Republican Paul D. Shepherd won the Shelter Island Town Council races, with 38.12 percent and 40.25 percent of the vote, respectively.

Republican challenger Emory Breiner took home 19.95 percent of the vote.

Shelter Island Receiver of Taxes Annmarie Seddio, Assessors Barbara Jean Ianfolla and Quinn Karpeh and Superintendent of Highways Jay Card, Jr. were elected in unopposed races.

County Races

Incumbent Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, took home 57.16 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Republican James P. O’Connor, took home 42.79 percent.

Al Krupski will continue on as the North Fork’s Suffolk County Legislature, while Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming was elected to serve as the South Fork’s County Legislator.

Mr. Krupski, a Democrat, took home 11,732 votes, which was 74.91 percent of the votes cast, while Republican challenger Remy Bell took home 3,924 votes, 25.96 percent of the total.

Ms. Fleming, a Democrat, took home 59.93 percent of the vote with a total of 9,406 votes, while Republican candidate Amos Goodman took home 40.05 percent of the vote, or 6,286 votes.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

One thought on “A Night for Incumbents Across the East End

  1. It’s actually incumbEnt but in any case the East Hampton result is a great rejection of out of town money-corruption (as is the Riverhead result too, to a lesser extent).

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