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Week in Review: John Judge Remembered; Martin Drew Enters Super Race

Also: Chris Nuzzi and Jay Schneiderman debate for legislator position.

John Judge was killed on Oct. 23, 2012 in a hit-and-run accident. Credit: Allison Lupo
John Judge was killed on Oct. 23, 2012 in a hit-and-run accident. Credit: Allison Lupo
Take a look back at the week's biggest headlines.

1. Alleged Serial Burglar Needed Cash To Feed Heroin Addiction

Facing multiple burglary charges and serious jail time, Springs resident Justin T. Bennett told the court on Friday he's ready to get clean. 

Bennett, who is being held on $100,000 cash bail in connection to a multi-jurisdictional investigation into burglaries on the South Fork, is an addict who turned to break-ins to raise money for his heroin fix, according to a statement he gave East Hampton Town police after his arrest on Thursday. 

2. Governor Green Lights Transfer of County Property to Town Trustees

A new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 21 will allow the transfer of government property to the town trustees in Southampton, East Hampton and Southold at little to no cost.

Two years ago, Legis. Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, wrote a letter to Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, after he realized the county couldn't give property that the county had taken hold of through tax foreclosure to trustees. Often the county and towns don't have much use for such properties because they tend to be smaller parcels of land that can't be developed, he said. 

3. Martin Drew Tosses Name into Town Supervisor Race

Martin W. Drew Jr. has launched a write-in campaign for town supervisor, offering voters a choice, he said, since Larry Cantwell's name is the only one that will appear on the ballot.

"I am running because, as a lifelong citizen, I'm tired of the party, partisan cycles that give lip service to our town problems without any resolution we can point to in over a decade in a lot of hot topics," Drew said, rattling off issues like affordable housing, commercial sprawl in residential neighborhoods, and the need for a town-wide re-assessment.

Registered as a blank, he does not have the backing of any political party. 

4. Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver Remembered 1 Year Later

Much like Wednesday this year, it was a cold, damp evening in Amagansett exactly one year ago when John Judge left Astro's Pizza for his apartment across the street, only to be struck by a car and left to die on the side of the road. 

"We all are thinking of him," Dominick Stanzione, who discovered Judge's body on the side of Montauk Highway, said on Wednesday. The night before, he stopped in at Astro's, owned by Judge's best friends of 40 plus years, Tony Lupo, to have spaghetti and meatballs in recognition of the anniversary of Oct. 23, 2012

5.  Nuzzi, Schneiderman Debate East End's 'Fair Share' from County

At the League of Women Voters debate in East Hampton on Monday evening, Chris Nuzzi said East Enders should be getting more than they are from county government.

Nuzzi, a Republican Southampton Town Councilman and East Hampton native, is challenging Legis. Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, who represents the second legislative district, extending from Montauk to East Moriches.

MARTIN DREW October 27, 2013 at 08:52 AM
As a (B) - there are 4300 of us / 100 more than Republicans (4200) / so maybe these folks of non political origin will vote for a REAL CHANGE - leadership that includes ... run taxpayers - run citizens - to a voting booth in your hamlet - Write in MARTIN DREW- SUPERVISOR (B)reak up Party Control of our town !

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