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Challengers win election in Westhampton Beach, incumbents stay in office in Quogue

Voters in the East End villages of Quogue and Westhampton Beach headed to the polls Friday to vote in trustee elections, with two seats open in each village.

In Westhampton Beach, challengers Brian Tymann, with 248 votes, and Rob Rubio, 240 votes, who both ran on the Our Village Party line, defeated four-term incumbent Hank Tucker, 142 votes, and two-term incumbent Patricia DiBenedetto, 161 votes, from the Lightning Party line to win two trustee seats.

Rubio and Tymann had said during the election that they want to bring sewers to Main Street to allow for more restaurants, bars and commercial buildings. They said Westhampton Beach's business district, once teeming with tourists and a vibrant nightlife, has grown sleepy over the years.

In Quogue, the incumbents managed to stay in power. Incumbents Randy Cardo, with 301 votes, and Ted Necarsulmer, 237 votes, who ran on the Liberty Party line, defeated challenger William Horak, with 115 votes, who ran on the Quogue 21 Party line.

During the election, Cardo said he wanted to continue working on projects he's overseeing, including safety improvements on Jessup Avenue, and get more funding to buy environmentally sensitive land.

Necarsulmer had touted the fiscal responsibility of village officials, saying as a trustee, he and the board have been prudent while maintaining the unique character of the village and keeping taxes under control.

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