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Jay Schneiderman expected to get nod from Dems for Southampton supervisor post

Suffolk Legis. Jay Schneiderman, seen May 20, 2013.

Suffolk Legis. Jay Schneiderman, seen May 20, 2013. Credit: James Escher

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman has announced he will run for Southampton Town supervisor to replace Anna Throne-Holst, who will forgo a fourth term to mount a congressional campaign.

Schneiderman (I-Montauk) is poised to get the Democratic nomination for supervisor at a party convention Wednesday night, said Gordon Herr, Southampton Town Democratic Committee chairman.

Schneiderman said he will also seek the Independence and Working Families nominations.

A Republican candidate has not been announced, and GOP officials did not return calls Tuesday seeking comment.

Schneiderman's future had been a topic of speculation on the East End as he neared the 12-year limit for serving in the legislature at year's end. He said he had been talking to Democratic leaders about running for a Southampton Town Board seat before Throne-Holst (I-Sag Harbor) announced last week that she would not seek a fourth two-year term as she challenges freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).

Schneiderman's move is part of a political shuffling on the South Fork, as Throne-Holst runs for Congress and Democratic Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming runs for Schneiderman's legislative seat representing the towns of Southampton and East Hampton.

Schneiderman, 53, served four years as East Hampton Town supervisor starting in 2000 before rising to the legislature in 2004. He changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independence in 2008.

"I have a lot of experience," Schneiderman said Tuesday. "Twelve years in the legislature, I got a lot done, but I've also developed a lot of relationships there. I'm also a former supervisor. I'm familiar with the job."

As a legislator, Schneiderman fought for the removal of two trailers that housed homeless sex offenders in Riverside and Westhampton and for more county tax dollars for East End towns.

Schneiderman owns a motel and a home in Montauk, but said he has lived part time at a house he owns in Southampton Village since 2010. He said he is renting a home in Hampton Bays while his Southampton home is rebuilt.

Herr called Schneiderman a great manager who is "very electable." He declined to say who would run alongside him for two town council seats because the nominations may come down to a convention vote Wednesday night.

Republican Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera is up for re-election to a second four-year term. Fleming has been nominated by Democrats to replace Schneiderman. Republican financial consultant Amos Goodman, a Springs resident, has also announced a run for Schneiderman's seat.

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