She is Not Conservative
Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard and read Ms. Kabot rail against the Conservative Party and its leadership because we as a party chose not to endorse her in the upcoming election. Kabot’s false claims of “up the island politics” “horse trading” “backroom deals” and “political shenanigans” are without merit, and patently offensive. But on and on she goes, with her attention grabbing quotes. Making these types of statements is beneath the integrity of the office which she seeks, and frankly all she has to offer.
As Vice Chairman of the Southampton Town Conservative Party, I took part in the review of all of our local candidates and subsequent endorsement choices. I was honored to join with Chairman Edward M. Walsh Jr., town leader and Councilman Jim Malone, and several other local conservatives and committee persons. We made our decisions after careful deliberation and review of each individual’s background and record, and we made these decisions at the local level.
I’m born and raised in Sag Harbor, operate a small plumbing business out of Hampton Bays. Jim Malone was born and raised in Westhampton, resides in Hampton Bays, and has been your seated councilman during these past four years. As importantly, some of those who joined in our decision to once again deny Kabot the Conservative line, have lived in our town since before the Conservative Party was founded in 1962, and have been life long Conservatives. So tell me where does the false accusation of “up the island” come from? Clearly it comes from the wild imagination of a desperate candidate. The simple fact is this: Linda Kabot is not Conservative. Not even close. Her brief two years as Supervisor is an abysmal disaster, and is as follows.
In 2007, Ms. Kabot inherited a town with the highest possible credit rating, multiple millions of dollars in fund balance surpluses, and a town that had won national awards for transparency in government reporting. But in 2008 and 2009 Kabot wrote overspending and bloated budgets that raised taxes to the maximum allowed by law each year, and escalated borrowing and debt to unprecedented levels. The award winning auditing firm ADZ ceased doing business with the town declaring Ms. Kabot’s bookkeeping officially “irreconcilable.”
By the time she was voted out of office in 2009, Kabot managed to orchestrate unprecedented fund balance deficits in virtually every town fund within her reach. This despite raising taxes by millions of dollars two years in a row, and inheriting multiple millions in fund balance surpluses. Her two town budgets ballooned our spending from $68 million in 2007, to over $82 million in 2009 when she was promptly voted out of office. The town’s sterling credit rating was downgraded for the first time in decades, our accounting system was in total disarray, and our debt level hit an all time high. All this fiscal irresponsibility in just a two-year span under Kabot’s direction. Clearly no Conservative, not even close. In her previous three attempts at supervisor, the Conservative Party has never extended our line to Ms. Kabot. Conservatives’ distrust of Kabot was unequivocally confirmed in 2007 when 4,041 Conservative voters came out and voted against her during her first supervisor’s run. This is an astonishing indictment of an individual that shares none of our values.
Now, in her fourth attempt at becoming supervisor, Kabot somehow expects, and even demands that the Conservative Party forget her tax, spend, over-borrow record, join in her revisionist history, and extend our party’s support to her blind ambitions. We cannot support her and continue to believe that she is simply incapable of being in charge of a multimillion dollar municipal corporation, our town, and our taxpayer dollars. Ms. Kabot is going to try to muddy the waters with misdirection, and baseless innuendo, with the intention of distracting the voters away from the stubborn facts of her fiscally disastrous record. Nonetheless, her record stands and she owns it. For all these reasons, Chairman Walsh, Councilman Malone, myself, and several other deep rooted local party members felt that it was in the best interest of our residents and taxpayers not to endorse Ms. Kabot. She has never demonstrated one Conservative value, and has the fiscally irresponsible record to prove it.
Vice Chairman Southampton Town Conservative Party
Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you again for the kindness and support you have shown to our family during these past few months.
We hope you will join us for a tribute in honor of Dashiel and his life. It will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 4:00–7:00 pm at East Hampton Point, 295 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton.
We will send out another email with more information about the tribute shortly. In the meantime, please spread the word about the event to Dashiel’s friends.
The Marder Family
Send Copters South
Thanks for the writers who contributed here last week. As a resident of Noyac I can tell you this season was hell, especially with helicopters buzzing our houses. I don’t know how successful the so-called “alternate routes” have been for others, but from where I sit (which is less and less in my backyard), the noise is still horrific.
Send them over the ocean where they belong.