School Board Seats Are Contested In Sag Harbor And Bridgehampton


With school district budgets going before voters next month, taxpayers will also be asked to cast ballots for candidates running for seats on boards of education throughout Southampton Town.

While most districts will be hosting uncontested elections in the eastern portion of the town, voters in Bridgehampton School District will have to choose from three candidates for two open seats, while Sag Harbor School District residents have four candidates to choose from for three seats.

In the Sagaponack School District, the race is uncontested, but taxpayers will lose the expertise of a 36-year School Board veteran, Fred Wilford, come July.

The Bridgehampton School Board will have two open seats, with incumbents Elizabeth Kotz and Gabriela Braia opting not to seek reelection. Three candidates, Michael Gomberg, Jeffrey Mansfield and Kathleen McCleland, are all hoping to win a three-year term. Voting will be at the Bridgehampton School from 2 to 8 p.m. on May 20.

In Sag Harbor, four candidates have announced their decision to run for the three open seats. Board of Education President Theresa Samot and longtime member Sandi Kruel will seek reelection, while Mary Anne Miller, whose term ends this June, will not. Also vying for spots on the board are Thomas Ré, who ran last year but did not win, and newcomer Diana Kolhoff.

The budget vote and School Board elections will take place on May 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pierson High School gym.

In Sagaponack, just one person, Brian Villante, has submitted a petition to be a candidate for the seat to be vacated by Fred Wilford. Voting will be held at the Sagaponack School at 7:30 p.m. on May 20.

In Southampton, School Board President Heather McCallion is running unopposed for a five-year term. Ms. McCallion was first elected in 2009 and has served as president for the past two years. Voting will take place in the intermediate school music room on Leland Lane from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 20.

In Tuckahoe, School Board President Robert Grisnik, who has served continuously since 1985, in addition to a one-year term in 1982, is running unopposed to retain his spot on the three-person board. The seat is a three-year term. Voting will take place at the Magee Street school from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 20.

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