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Southampton Town races confirmed

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The results are in, and it’s now official — Sally Pope and Andrea Schiavoni, Democrats both — have won their seats as Southampton Town councilperson and town justice, respectively.

A mandatory machine recount was ordered after election night results left Pope in the lead over Republican incumbent Dan Russo by just 740 votes. Late Friday afternoon, the official results of that recount — which gave Pope an 832 vote margin — were sent to new Southampton Town board member, Sally Pope. Pope said Russo’s lawyer decided not to challenge the results and Pope was declared the winner.

After Election Day, the two candidates also had to await results from town absentee ballots. The official numbers came in on Friday — 12,582 votes for Remsenburg resident Pope and 11,750 for Russo, who resides in East Quogue. Pope earned 11,025 votes from registered Democrats and 1,009 from Independence party voters while Russo had 10,269 votes from Republicans and 1,481 from registered Conservatives. Another 548 votes came in for Pope from The Working Families Party, who endorsed her.

Russo was appointed to the town board earlier this year and replaced the seat vacated by councilwoman Linda Kabot when she was elected supervisor.

Now that she has won, Pope said she is looking forward to the experience of being part of the Southampton Town Board.

“As one of my first tasks, I want to look at how we perform and how we manage with scarcer resources,” Pope said.

As her first duty as an elected official, Pope said she will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new store in Hampton Bays this Saturday, called Geek Hampton.

January 5 will be the first organizational meeting for Pope who says she is busy collecting information for that date.

Schiavoni, a Sag Harbor resident, ran against Westhampton incumbent Republican Tom DeMayo for the town justice position. Earlier this fall, DeMayo challenged Schiavoni to primary races for the Working Families, Independence and Conservative parties endorsement. DeMayo won the Conservative party line, which had previously been given to Schiavoni while Schiavoni took the other two endorsements.

By last Friday, with all the absentee votes counted, Schiavoni led DeMayo by 3,257 votes totaling 13,974 to DeMayo’s 10,717. Of those votes for Schiavoni, 11,733 came from registered Democrats, 1,462 came from Independence voters and 599 from the Working Families party. DeMayo gained 9,392 votes from registered Republicans and 1,325 from Conservative Party voters.

Schiavoni will take her seat on January 1.


DeMayo Gains

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Democratic nominee and Sag Harbor resident Andrea Schiavoni, who is up against Republican incumbent Tom DeMayo for the Southampton Town justice position, lost one of her original endorsers as a result of primaries held Tuesday night.

DeMayo won the Conservative vote 85 to 66 while Schiavoni took Working Families 23 to 10 and the Independence Party 94 to 69.

Schiavoni, hit a trifecta at first, winning all three parties’ endorsements.

“It truly was humbling to have received all three,” she said. “It was an unprecedented honor and has never happened to a Democratic candidate.”

DeMayo had been expecting the Conservative Party’s endorsement and said he had always considered himself a Conservative Republican.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “It’s very satisfying that the conservative voters came out and recognized the true conservative candidate.”

Schiavoni Explains Her Appeal as Justice Candidate

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Andrea Schiavoni, candidate for Southampton Town justice, boasts endorsements from four political parties in her race against sitting judge Thomas DeMayo. Among the parties, she told the members of the Noyac Citizens Advisory Committee on Tuesday evening, are the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Family, the combination of which makes her an attractive candidate.

Schiavoni, who was the featured guest speaker at the CAC’s meeting, said there were three reasons she believes she received the endorsement from so many parties. In particular she has heard that party members were impressed with her experience in both juvenile law and narcotics, two aspects of the law that were getting increased attention in the town.

“Unfortunately, Southampton is changing,” she observed. “Even Judge DeMayo, who spoke here last month, is saying there is an increase in drug-related crime.”

Schiavoni also said her being endorsed by such a broad range of constituencies means she has no one particular allegiance.

“I answer to no one but God and the law,” she said.

Schiavoni was asked what the courts could do to control the rise of illegal immigrants.

“This is more of a federal issue, and not a local police issue,” she said. She emphasized that justices are supposed to be non-political, and needed to judge any case on the facts.

“If someone knows someone is illegal, do they take them to court,” she was asked.

Schiavoni said residents should notify the particular enforcement group responsible for any violation, village police, for example or federal agents. They should not go to a judge.

When asked what the courts can do to mitigate the growing drug problem, she said, “There is a span of sentences, handed down by legislature. You can’t do much, but fairly rule and set good precedent.”

Schiavoni was asked, if all judges are expected to be equally impartial, what would separate one candidate from another.

“It might be a degree of intellect, or work ethic, or initiative,” she said. “Judge Kooperstein, for example, started a drug court. It’s how you extend yourself into the community.”

She added that she also agrees with the chief justice of New York, who has called for an action plan “to make sure we are spending funds wisely.”

 “Would you be a hanging judge,” asked Ralph DeSpigna.

“To say I’m a hanging judge or liberal judge would imply a bias,” Schiavoni responded. “I’m a fair judge.”