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GOP Nominates Chris Nuzzi for Town Supervisor

Christine Preston Scalera and Bill Hughes nominated for council.

In a surprise move, the Southampton Town Republican Committee on Wednesday nominated Councilman Chris Nuzzi to challenge incumbent Anna Throne-Holst for supervisor.

Nuzzi's nomination came after he said he would not seek the supervisor seat, but the committee drafted him anyway.

“It was very nice of the committee,” Nuzzi said after the nominating convention at Villa Tuscano in Hampton Bays. “I appreciate their confidence in me.”

“It was clear he was the best and most experienced candidate,” said Ernest Wruck, the Republican Committee chairman. “He was the top vote-getter in the last election.”

Christine Preston Scalera and Bill Hughes were nominated for the town council race, challenging incumbent Bridget Fleming and to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Nancy Graboski, who is precluded from running for council again due to term limits; Graboski opted not to throw her hat into the ring for supervisor. Wruck said he respected her decision to retire and spend time with her family.

Scalera, a former Brookhaven Town chief deputy attorney, vowed to run a “positive campaign.”

Wruck said the Republican slate is unified; he does not expect a party fractured by primaries, as has been the case in recent years. “This is a new game,” he said. He added that candidates will work together toward victory. “Our goal is a Republican sweep.”

Hughes, a retired Southampton Town Police lieutenant, lost to Fleming in a March 2010 special election to fill Throne-Holst's council seat when she ascended to supervisor after winning the November 2009 election. He said he was “honored and humbled” by his second nomination.

Town Justice Edward Burke, Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan and Trustees Ed Warner Jr., Eric Shultz, Jon Semlear and Fred Havemeyer all received nominations for re-election. For the fifth trustee seat, the committee nominated Scott Horowitz.

Horowitz, of East Quogue, is a member of the town conservation board and a former part-time bay constable for the trustees. Horowitz was screened for town council last year, but he said he pulled himself out of the running.

The Democrats did not nominate challengers to any of the Republican trustee incumbents at their nominating convention Monday, but they did nominate Trustee Bill Pell, a member of the Independence Party, for re-election.

They also did not nominate challengers to Burke and Kiernan.

Next steps involve candidates seeking signatures on petitions to file with the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Ken coleman May 19, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Is this the best we can do. !!
Jerry Can May 19, 2011 at 01:11 PM
How bizarre. Nominating a person who comes across as detached from the minutia of day to day town governance, who earlier made it clear he would rather be doing less, who had an opportunity to cast a dissenting vote on the Police Chief appointment and cowered into a vote with the majority, who had a public hissy fit because he was not getting his finance management reports, whose strong arm vote for Kratoville provided some cover for the strong arm vote for the Police Chief, and now apparently has issues related to his previous government positions in another town. Then there is Mr. Hughes who lost a previous election to the person he is running against again and someone else from out of town. Not a great motivator to go to the polls in November.
highhatsize May 19, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Yeah, Nuzzi is awful. If only his opponent wasn't the STPD PBA's official cheerleader.
Bouklas May 22, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Preston. is a smart lawyer and a smart choice. She has experience in government having served on a town board before and working in two town attorney offices.
E. Trillo May 23, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Bill Hughes is a long time resident of Hampton Bays and has proven to be a valuable asset to the community. He is an honest man and I am sure he will do a great job representing all the hamlets of the Town Of Southampton. He will certainly bring more practical experience to the job that the others being considered for the job. Bill is a veteran who has served his country when needed and is a member of the American Legion. He has lived in the Town for as long as I can remember and has local experience with town government. I will vote for him if he runs.

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