Democrats Gain With Absentee Ballots In Final East Hampton Town Trustees Election Results

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Final Election Day results are in at last for East Hampton Town, where the biggest change from Election Night is that Democrat William Taylor has officially edged out Republican Dennis Curles for the ninth and final open slot on the Town Trustees board.

Mr. Taylor, the town’s waterways management supervisor, narrowly trailed Mr. Curles, a clammer, by just 28 votes in the immediate count of machine votes following the November 5 vote. Once absentee ballots were tallied later, however, he gained an advantage of 198 votes. Two other Democratic candidates, Afton DiSunno and Loretta Sears—neither of whom earned seats—also surpassed Mr. Curles in the final count.

The Republicans will have five Trustees come January, while the Democrats will have four.

No other seats were swapped in East Hampton once the Suffolk County Board of Elections released its final figures, dated November 26. However, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, a Democrat, surged past Fred Overton to become the top vote-getter in the four-way race for Town Board. Mr. Overton, who is not registered with a political party, had run on the Republican line.

Ms. Burke-Gonzalez, riding an incoming wave of change, received 3,693 votes to Mr. Overton’s 3,591. Both will join a newly Democratic-majority board on January 1 for the first time.

Former Councilman Job Potter missed regaining a seat by 291 votes, finishing third with 3,300. Incumbent Republican Dominick Stanzione lost his bid for a second term, with 2,583 votes.

In the Trustees’ race, Democratic incumbent Stephen Lester won the most votes, 4,041, in the 18-way race for nine seats. Finishing in second through ninth were: Republican incumbent Stephanie Talmage Forsberg (3,871), Republican incumbent and current clerk, Diane McNally, (3,508), Republican incumbent Timothy Bock (3,383), Republican incumbent Nathaniel Miller (3,318), Democratic incumbent Deborah Klughers (3,192), Republican incumbent Sean McCaffrey (3,177), Democratic newcomer Brian Byrnes (2,997) and Mr. Taylor (2,937).

Finishing in 10th through 18th places were as follows: Ms. DiSunno (2,865), Ms. Sears (2,781), Mr. Curles (2,739), Republican Brian Pardini (2,709), Republican Michael Bottini (2,585), Democratic incumbent Cate Rogers (2,583), Democrat Ira Barocas (2,577), Democrat Edwin Geus (2,430) and Republican Thomas Cooper (1,864).

Final numbers in the town justice race have Democrat Steven Tekulsky winning with 4,087 votes to Republican Carl Irace’s 2,649.

In the town assessor’s race, Democrat Eugene DePasquale won with 3,755 votes to Republican Joseph Bloecker’s 2,737.

Final figures in this year’s uncontested town races are as follows: Democrat Larry Cantwell (5,573 for town supervisor), Carole Brennan (6,103 for town clerk), and Stephen Lynch (6,163 for town highway superintendent).

In the race for Suffolk County legislator representing the Second Legislative District, incumbent Independence Party member Jay Schneiderman handily beat Republican challenger and current Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, 12,664 to 8,143.

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