Primary Day Results: Riverhead Supervisor Contest Too Close to Call

Riverhead's Grand Old Party is having a grand old primary this Thursday.
Riverhead’s Grand Old Party had a grand old primary Thursday.

Riverhead’s Republican town supervisor primary is likely to be decided by absentee ballots.

At the close of polling Thursday night, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who was chosen by the party to run for supervisor, had garnered 1,085 votes, while incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter had just 1,056 votes — a 29-vote spread. Just over 100 absentee ballots still need to be counted, and elections officials aren’t expecting to have the final results until next week.

The winner will face off against Democratic supervisor candidate Anthony Coates in the general election.

Mr. Walter still holds the Conservative Party line, so he will play a role in the general election even if Ms. Giglio wins the Republican line.

Tim Hubbard took top place in the town’s three-way Republican town council primary with 1,561 votes, followed by Jim Wooten with 1,154 votes and Robert Peeker with 1,065 votes.

Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Wooten will go on to run in the general election against Democratic candidates Laura Jens-Smith and Neil Krupnick.

Mr. Wooten, a retired Riverhead police officer who has been a councilman since 2008, also was not selected by the party, which backed Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Peeker, who are also both retired town police officers.

In hotly contested Riverhead Town Justice races for retiring justice Richard Ehlers’ seat, school board member and Southold assistant town attorney Lori Hulse took home the Republican line, with 1,247 votes. Riverhead Town Attorney Robert Kozakiewicz took home 864 votes.

Ms. Hulse also took home the Independence and Conservative party lines.

She took home 52 votes in the Conservative Party primary, followed by Mr. Kozakiewicz with 37 votes and Jeanmarie Costello with 22.

In the Independence Party primary, Ms. Hulse took home 100 votes and Ms. Costello took home 26.

No Independence for Scalera in Southampton

In Southampton, incumbent Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera was unsuccessful in her bid for the Independence Party line. Democratic candidates Julie Lofstad and John Bouvier, who were selected by the Independence Party, took home 132 votes and 120 votes, respectively, while Ms. Scalera took home just 114.

Southampton Justice candidate Gary Weber, a former county judge, won the Independence Party line, with 106 votes to Adam Grossman’s 89.

Mr. Grossman and Mr. Weber each won 2 votes in the Working Families Party primary.

Mr. Weber has the Republican nomination for the seat and Mr. Grossman has the Democratic nomination.

Goggins Takes Southold

Mattituck attorney William Goggins won the Southold Republican primary for Town Justice. Mr. Goggins took home 526 votes and Eileen Powers, an attorney with a practice in Riverhead took home 390.

Mr. Goggins will face Southold attorney Brian Hughes, the Democratic nominee for the seat, in the general election. The seat on the bench is being vacated by Justice Rudy Bruer, who is retiring this year.

William Goggins also won the Conservative Party primary in a three-way race that included Mr. Hughes. Mr. Goggins took home 38 votes, Ms. Powers took home 25 and Mr. Hughes took home 9.

The three candidates also waged an Independence Party primary for the seat. Ms. Powers won that primary with 25 votes, Mr. Goggins took home 24 and Mr. Hughes took home 13.

East Hampton Council Shuffle

There was a three-way race for the Independence Party line in East Hampton yesterday.

Republican Lisa Mulhern-Larsen was the top vote-getter, with 80 votes, followed by incumbent Democratic Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc with 72 votes and Democratic Councilwoman Sylvia Overby with 71.

Ms. Mulhern-Larsen and Mr. Van Scoyoc’s names will appear on the Independence Party line in November.

 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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

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