Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst launched a run to retain her seat on Friday amid a sea of well wishers.
During a kickoff event on Friday night at , attended by more than 200 supporters, the supervisor, a registered member of the Independence Party with the Democratic nomination, said she has a “passion for the job, and for public service.”
Elected officials on the federal, state and county levels commended the supervisor's work. U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop said she has “sound decision making” that is “driven by fact, not ideology.”
Bishop, who , reminded those in attendance that “every single vote, every single phone call, every single knock on the door” in a campaign matters. “Every race is a race to be taken seriously.”
He quipped, “It would help if she had an opponent.”
Bishop was referring to the recent and speculation that the councilman had decided not to run. Nuzzi by saying Friday that he is still pondering his decision.
State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said Throne-Holst has “done an outstanding job of restoring faith in government.”
Thiele added that since Throne-Holst’s first campaign, much is different; for example, his switch from the GOP to the Independence Party. He added, “A lot of things have changed in Southampton Town for the better because of the leadership of Anna Throne-Holst.”
Even when they do not agree, Thiele said he trusts Throne-Holst's judgment.
said Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone, who is running for county executive, was expected to attend but was running late. Schneiderman, himself a former town supervisor in East Hampton, said it’s the “hardest job in the world." Throne-Holst, he said, “is dedicated to wanting to make a difference. She’s not a politician, but a public servant.”
Throne-Holst recalled her first campaign kickoff at two years ago. She said she is honored by the trust she has received and thanked Southampton Town employees.
Despite a financial situation that was in “such disorder people didn’t know the bottom line,” when she began, she said today, “the town of Southampton is on very sound financial footing for the first time in many years.”
The supervisor introduced , including Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, council candidate Brad Bender and Trustee Bill Pell.
A reception for Chris Nuzzi is planned for June 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at in Westhampton Beach