Protect yourself from making your political affiliations known! Put your campaign signs in the public right-of-way! | A public service announcement from the East End Beacon
Protect yourself from making your political affiliations known! Put your campaign signs in the public right-of-way! | A public service announcement from the East End Beacon

Yes, this season is silly. The Beacon had hoped to spare you from it, but alas, it’s time again to vote for local leaders. We’ll be updating you on what’s going on in the local races over the next month, but we promise we won’t update you too often. After all, none of us have time for silliness that isn’t our own. There’s enough of that in Washington.

We begin this week with an update on where you can go over the next few weeks to meet candidates, shake their hands, look them in the eye, and, if you’re lucky enough to have a baby, to let them kiss your baby in front of the cameras. What fun!

This year, there are only two town supervisor races, in Riverhead and Southampton, as every other East End town supervisor candidate is running unopposed. Go figure.

If you’re involved in local politics, and you don’t see your events listed here, please send an email to Don’t forget to tell us what time your event is at!

Riverhead Town

After a busy primary season in August, Riverhead’s chosen candidates have spent the past few weeks being meek and mild. But that’s going to change this Wednesday, Oct. 9, when they all get together for a debate sponsored by the Greater Calverton Civic and Wading River Civic Association Meet the Candidates Night at the Riley Avenue School at 7 p.m.

Republican incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter and incumbent town board members Jodi Giglio and John Dunleavy will square off against Democratic challengers Angela DeVito for supervisor and former State Assemblyman William Bianchi and real estate broker Millie Thomas for town board.

Riverhead’s big debate, sponsored by Riverhead Local and the Times/Review News Group, will be held at the Suffolk Theater at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Southampton Town

Former Republican Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, who wants her old job back, finally secured the Conservative Party line by one vote last week, after a tedious week-and-a-half of counting and challenges to the write-in primary held Sept. 10. The Conservative Party, which didn’t want Ms. Kabot on the line, put up conservative columnist Phil Keith just before the write-in primary, but Mr. Keith dropped out of the race before the official results were tallied. The upshot is that now the Southampton candidates who will actually be on the ballot in November can get back to slugging at one another, which should make for some good copy.

It can’t possibly make for as good copy as it did when the Ms. Kabot faced off against current Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst four years ago, when Ms. Kabot got a DWI in Quogue in the midst of the election and claimed Ms. Throne-Holst set up the police to ensnare her in a sting. But we do the best we can to make it interesting here in the press corps.

Ms. Kabot and Ms. Throne-Holst will be meeting residents of Flanders at the David Crohan Community Center on Flanders Road on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., along with their running mates. They’ll also meet residents of other hamlets in the town who actually take the time to come to Flanders.

The field for town council is wide open, as Republican board members Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone are not seeking re-election. Mr. Nuzzi is running for county legislature against Jay Schneiderman.

The Southampton GOP has chosen Bridgehampton National Bank Vice President Stanley Glinka and Jeffrey Mansfield, a Quogue native and investment banker, as candidates for those seats.

Southampton Democrats have put up Brad Bender, a builder who has been active in community issues in Flanders and ran unsuccessfully for a town board seat two years ago, and Frank Zappone, a former school administrator and active town Democrat who has been involved in civic issues in Tuckahoe and surrounding County Road 39.

The League of Women Voters will hold a debate between the Southampton candidates Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library.

Southold Town

Southold’s town council race will pit attorney and mediator Mary Eisenstein and Rothman’s Department Store owner Ron Rothman against Republicans Jim Dinizio, a communications business owner who was appointed in January to fill Al Krupski’s shoes when Mr. Krupski won a special election to the Suffolk County Legislature, and Bob Ghosio, a longtime town trustee and general manager of Burt’s Reliable fuel in Southold.

The North Fork and Mattituck chambers of commerce will hold a Meet the Candidates night on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Soundview Restaurant on Route. 48 in Greenport.

East Hampton Town

East Hampton has the opposite problem from Southold this fall — no one wanted to be the Republican candidate for town supervisor. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be fireworks in a town where political tensions ooze out everywhere.

Recently retired East Hampton Village Administrator Larry Cantwell is running for town supervisor on the Democratic line. Though Mr. Cantwell handily won a write-in primary for the Republican line, he has declined to accept the nomination.

His running mates are former Councilman Job Potter and Springs School Board member Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who will run against incumbent Councilman Dominick Stanzione and Town Clerk Fred Overton, who’s retiring from his current post.

The candidates will be at the Wainscott Chapel at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, to meet and greet members of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee and anyone else who feels like showing up.

Democratic town board candidates are then heading up to Sag Harbor on Sunday, Oct. 6 for a “listen-in” at Christ Episcopal Church at 11:30, after God yields the floor from the church’s 10 a.m. family service.

The nice women who vote who run the League of Women Voters are hosting a candidate debate Oct. 21 at the Cedar Street Firehouse at 7 p.m.

Also, it is required in East Hampton that you laugh about it and shout about it when you have to choose. Mrs. Robinson said so.

Shelter Island

Shelter Island’s Democratic Town Supervisor James Dougherty is also running unopposed this year, seeking his fourth term in office. He will be joined on the town board ticket by Robert Reylek, a builder and 21- year school board veteran. The two incumbent Republican town board members, Ed Brown and Chris Lewis, are running to keep their seats.

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

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