By Kathryn G. Menu
Democrat William Taylor, East Hampton Town’s waterways management supervisor, has secured a seat as a member of the East Hampton Town Trustees, according to official election results provided by the Suffolk County Board of Elections (BOE).
Taylor was originally edged out by Republican Dennis Curles, a bayman, after Election Day results showed Curles ahead by just 28 votes. However, when absentee ballots were counted in the trustees race for nine seats, Taylor took the lead by 198 votes. Afton DiSunno and Loretta Sears, both Democrats, also bested Curles, although neither secured enough votes to be elected to the trustees.
Republicans will still hold the majority on that board. Republicans Stephanie Talmage-Forsberg, Diane McNally, Tim Bock, Nathaniel Miller and Sean McCaffrey were all elected as town trustees, as were Democrats Stephen Lester, Deborah Klughers, Brian Byrnes, and Taylor.
The outcome of other races in East Hampton remained the same as what was reported when unofficial results were made public by the BOE after November 5. Democrat Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, a political newcomer, ended up winning the most votes in the East Hampton Town Council race, earning 3,693 votes. Republican Fred Overton — the lone Republican on the town board come January — was the top vote getter Election Night but fell to second once absentee ballots were counted with 3,591 votes. The only incumbent running in that race, Republican Dominick Stanzione, failed to earn a second term with 2,583 votes.
Burke-Gonzalez and Overton will join incumbent Democrats Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc on the town board January 1. That board will be led by Supervisor-elect Larry Cantwell, a Democrat who ran unopposed with the support of the Independence and Working Families parties.