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A face-off over a task force in Southampton

There's no smirking in Hamptons politics.

Southampton Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera took offense at the facial expression of Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst as a Southampton Town Board work session broke out in accusations.

Scalera proposed the town issue a request for developers who want to remake the Riverside section of Southampton. Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member backed by Democratic Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, bristled that Scalera's proposal was going around a task force she and Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone had been working on to revitalize the area -- meetings that Scalera had been invited to but largely missed, Throne-Holst said.

Scalera, a Republican, said that the objections to her proposal amounted to bickering over credit.

"I don't want politics to get in the way of progress," Scalera said.

Throne-Holst had, at this point, sat back in her chair.

"I don't know why you're smirking," Scalera said. "That's offensive. That's offensive."
Throne-Holst did indeed have a look.

Scalera said her proposal was work to be done concurrently with the task force's.
"Is this about credit? Then let's give credit to Anna and Frank Zappone," Scalera said. (Zappone is running on the Democratic line for Southampton town council.)

Councilman Chris Nuzzi, meanwhile, stared straight ahead for most of the discussion, quiet as a child during a family feud at Thanksgiving, trying not to draw attention to himself.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I- Sag Harbor), who was in the audience for a different agenda item, was asked by Nuzzi if he wanted to weigh in on the debate. He declined.
"Smart man," Nuzzi said.


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