East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc (D) returns to office with an effortless 74 to 26 percent win over David Gruber, a former Democrat Party operative running as a fusion candidate on the Independence Party line. Van Scoyoc’s running mates, incumbents Sylvia Overby and David Lys, were also reelected over challengers Bonnie Brady and Betsy Bambrick.
Andrew Strong (D) and Lisa Rana (I/C) are in a virtual dead heat for the town justice position, with Rana clinging to a 116-vote lead pending the counting of absentee ballots.
Top vote-getters for the nine seats on the board of trustees are Jim Grimes, Rick Drew, Susan McGraw-Keber, and Bill Taylor. It appears all nine winners will be Democrats.
Jay Schneiderman (D) will return for another term as Southampton Town’s supervisor, besting the Republican Greg Robins (30 percent) and Independent Alex Gregor (15 percent). Gregor remains the town’s highway superintendent.
Incumbent Councilman John Bouvier, a Democrat, has earned another four years on the town board by tallying 6388 votes. Republican newcomer Rick Martel (R), a Hampton Bays civic leader, joins him on the board.
Democrats Bill Pell, Eric Schultz, and Ann Welker were the top three vote-getters for town trustee. Ed Warner Jr. (R) and Scott Horowitz (R) also appear to have ew-earned their seats.
With almost all the votes counted, it appears Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) will win reelection. He currently holds a comfortable 55 to 44 percent lead over John M. Kennedy Jr.
Second district county Legislator Bridget Fleming (D) will return to the horseshoe, leading by a 60 to 40 percent margin over Republican/Conservative candidate Linda Kabot, a former Southampton Town supervisor.
Incumbent Al Krupski (D) will return to represent the first district, leading by a 70 to 30 percent margin over Remy Bell.
There’s been a major upset in Riverhead. The incumbent town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith is trailing her challenger, newcomer Yvette Aquilar (R) 55 to 45 percent, with 18 of 22 districts reporting. Aquiar’s town board running mates, incumbent Tim Hubbard and Frank Beyrodt appear to be coasting to easy victories.
In Southold, Republican Town Supervisor Scott Russell, who has held his seat since 2005, is leading his challenger, Gregory P. Doroski (D), by the slimmest of margins — three percentage points — with one district and absentee ballots remaining to be counted.
Town council seats are too close to call, with Republican’s Jill Doherty and William Ruland holding narrow leads.
Gerard Siller, a former Shelter Island town supervisor, will return to his old job. He holds a 58 to 42 percent lead over Gary Gerth after all the night’s ballots were counted.