Anna Throne-Holst speaks at Democratic headquarters
Anna Throne-Holst speaks at Democratic headquarters at 230 Elm in Southampton

Incumbent Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst both handily won re-election in Tuesday’s only two contested supervisor races on the East End. Ms. Throne-Holst took home 58.6 percent of the vote against former Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s 41.2 percent. Mr. Walter bested Angela DeVito with 55.85 percent of the vote.

Southampton’s town council race was too close to call when Southampton Democrats called it a night just before midnight, with 879 absentee ballots outstanding and just a few hundred votes separating the candidates. As of midnight, Republican Stan Glinka was in the lead with 25.85 percent of the vote. Democrat Brad Bender had 25.36 percent followed by Republican Jeff Mansfield with 24.73 percent and Democrat Frank Zappone with 24.03 percent. The Suffolk County Board of Elections expects to finish counting the absentee ballots by the middle of this coming week.

Riverhead winners Jodi Giglio, Sean Walter and John Dunleavy celebrate at Cody’s in downtown Riverhead | Gianna Volpe photo
Riverhead winners Jodi Giglio, Sean Walter and John Dunleavy celebrate | Gianna Volpe photo

In Riverhead’s town council race, incumbent Republicans Jodi Giglio and John Dunleavy bested Democrats William Bianchi and Millie Thomas. Ms. Giglio took home 27.27 percent of the vote. Mr. Dunleavy took home 26.23 percent. Ms. Thomas took 23.57 percent and Mr. Bianchi took 22.85.

Mr. Walter called the election results “more of the same” for Riverhead, citing his hope that more shops will open on Main Street and more development will come to the EPCAL property in Calverton, as has begun to happen during his administration.

“We didn’t run a negative campaign. We didn’t throw mud. We didn’t say anything that wasn’t positive,” he told supporters at Cody’s BBQ & Grill in downtown Riverhead Tuesday night.

Ms. DeVito conceded the race not long after the results were announced and walked up the street from Democratic headquarters in the former Peconic River Yoga building to give the supervisor her best wishes and a hug.

In Southampton, Ms. Throne-Holst said she and Mr. Bender and Mr. Zappone were “poster children for running a clean, above-board, talking about the issues” campaign.

“We stand for real public service, being here to serve,” she said. “If you didn’t vote for me, I’m here to serve you too.”

Ms. Throne-Holst said she was optimistic both her running mates would be sitting by her side on the town board come January.

Larry Cantwell
Larry Cantwell

East Hampton’s sole candidate for the town supervisor spot, Larry Cantwell, a Democrat, took home 98.22 percent of the vote. Mr. Cantwell was a longtime village administrator for the Village of East Hampton, who inherits the reigns at East Hampton Town Hall after years of turmoil. Mr. Cantwell, who won a write-in primary for the Republican line, had declined to be listed on the ballot as the Republican candidate.

Also in East Hampton, Republican incumbent Dominick Stanzione was upset by Democratic Springs School Board President Kathee Burke Gonzalez, who took home 27.4 percent of the vote.

Town Clerk Fred Overton, a Republican candidate for town council, was the highest vote-getter in the race, with 28.2 percent of the vote. Job Potter took home 24.24 percent of the vote and Mr. Stanzione won 20.11 percent.

In Southold, incumbent Jim Dinizio, a Conservative, and Republican Trustee Bob Ghosio were handily elected to the town board with 31.49 and 27.16 percent of the vote, respectively. Their Democratic opponents, Ron Rothman and Mary Eisenstein took home 18.85 and 22.48 percent, respectively.

Incumbent Southold Town Justice Bill Price, who was dropped by the Southold GOP this election season and ran as a Democrat, easily took home 59 percent of the vote against Mattituck attorney William Goggins. Mr. Price had rallied his supporters over the past several days after claiming inaccuracies in the endorsement of his opponent by the North Fork’s only newspaper.

The GOP swept Southold’s trustee race, with incumbents John Bredemeyer and Mike Domino recapturing their seats. They will be joined on the board by real estate agent Charles Sanders, who will replace Mr. Ghosio, who was elected to the town board.

In Southampton, Republicans Eric Schultz, Ed Warner (both incumbents), Ray Overton and Scott Horowitz were elected to the trustees, along with Democratic incumbent Bill Pell, who was the highest vote-getter with 17.64 percent of the vote.

Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty, who was running unopposed to keep his post, won 96.22 of vote. Incumbent Republican town board members Ed Brown and Christine Lewis were re-elected with 35.25 and 39.59 percent of the vote, respectively. Their Democratic challenger, Robert Reylek, took home 24.95 percent of the vote.

In the South Fork County Legislature race, incumbent Jay Schneiderman handily trounced Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi with 60.34 percent of the vote to Mr. Nuzzi’s 39.64 percent.

Mr. Schneiderman said the race was “a long race, but we got to talk about a lot of issues.” This will be Mr. Schneiderman’s last stint in the legislature due to term limits.

On the North Fork, incumbent Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski easily recaptured his seat against opponent Albie DeKerillis. Mr. Krupski won 72.65 percent of the vote to Mr. DeKerillis’s 27.28 percent.

In the special race for the North Fork’s first state assembly district, Republican Anthony Palumbo beat Democrat John McManmon with 57.64 percent of the vote to Mr. McManmon’s 42.27 percent. The seat has been empty since former State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro became the highway superintendent in Brookhaven at the beginning of this year.

Gianna Volpe contributed reporting to this story.

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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