Petitions Available for Upcoming Elections

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Those interested in running for elected office in Westhampton Beach and Quogue villages this June can pick up the necessary filing petitions starting this week.

Three seats are up for grabs in both villages, including a pair of trustee posts and both mayoral positions. All are two-year terms.

Petitions are now available for any ?resident seeking election in Quogue and they will be available starting this ?Friday in Westhampton Beach. Voting day in each village is Friday, June 20, and the polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

In Westhampton Beach, the three incumbents—Mayor Conrad Teller, Deputy Mayor Jim Kametler and Trustee Toni-Jo Birk—are up for reelection. All are members of the First Hampton Party and all are expected to run for reelection.

Mayor George Motz and Trustees Kimberley Payne and Jeannette Obser are all up for reelection in Quogue. The three incumbents, who are members of the Liberty Party, said they will run for their seats again. All sitting members on the five-person Quogue Village board are backed by the Liberty Party.

Mayor Teller, who was born and raised in Westhampton Beach, was a Southampton Town police chief before becoming the Westhampton Beach police chief in the late 1980s. He was elected mayor in 2006.

Also a native of Westhampton Beach, Mr. Kametler is a retired village police officer. He has been a trustee since 2004.

Originally from Massachusetts, Ms. Birk is a real estate agent whose family owns Bike & Kite on Potunk Lane. She is seeking her second term on the board after winning election in 2006.

Election petitions in Westhampton Beach will be made available to the public this Friday. They can be picked up from Village Clerk Kathy McGinnis, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, at Village Hall on Mill Road.

Completed petitions, which must include a required 50 signatures, must be returned no later than Friday, May 16, at 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, is the first day that completed petitions can be filed.

If he is successful in June, Mayor Motz will win his fourth term of office. Prior to being elected mayor in 2002, he served as a trustee for two years. Mayor Motz is a partner at Wall Street money management firm Melhado, Flynn and Associates and shares a home with his wife, Kittric, who is also the Quogue Village Justice.

Ms. Obser will be seeking her fourth term in office as trustee. She was first elected to the board in 2002. Ms. Obser has overseen several beautification projects during her tenure and has lived in the village for more than 30 years.

Mr. Payne, who is a retired investigator with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and a lifelong resident of Quogue, is the most recently elected trustee. He was voted into office in 2006 and is seeking his second term.

April 1 was the first day potential candidates could pick up petitions at Village Hall on Jessup Avenue. The last day to file the nominating forms with Quogue Village Clerk Marcia Rose Koziarz at Village Hall is Friday, May 16, at 4 p.m. The petitions must also contain at least 50 signatures from village residents.

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