Thiele Endorses Potter, Stanzione for Town Board

Assemblyman gives support to one Democrat and one Republican candidate in the upcoming election.

Fred Thiele Credit: File Photo
Fred Thiele Credit: File Photo
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, reached down both sides of the aisle in his endorsement of East Hampton Town Board candidates.

Thiele is endorsing Joseph (Job) Potter, a Democratic candidate, and Councilman Dominick Stanzione, a Republican incumbent, ahead of next week's election.

Potter is running with Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, a former Springs School board president, and Stanzione's running mate is Fred Overton, the current town clerk. 

Thiele and Potter worked together during Potter's eight years on the town board, between 1998 and 2005. Thiele said, "Job is a proven consensus builder who always listens before he makes a decision. He has demonstrated his commitment to the environment and the traditions that make East Hampton a special place."

"In particular, Job was there with me to establish the nationally recognized Community Preservation Fund. He insured that the CPF continued East Hampton's proud leadership in open preservation. He's always been a staunch defender of integrity of the CPF," Thiele said.

"I have long admired his efforts on our behalf, and I am especially grateful for his key role in the creation and passage of the Community Preservation Fund legislation," Potter said. "It is an honor to have his support, and I look forward to resuming our work together for the environment and open space."

Thiele said he and Stanzione have worked well together over the past four years. "He's been true to his word. He's worked hard on deer management, helicopter nose legislation, and, of course, the budget," Thiele said.

While Thiele didn't endorse Overton, he spoke kindly of him. "We've known each other all of our lives. I like him a lot," he said. 

the owl November 01, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Good to know where Thiele stands: a change of heart, now with his new employer, airport proponent Tom Twomey. A vote for Stanzione is a vote for non-stop airport expansion and noise, noise, noise. And then, there is jet fuel pollution, too. What else can you do for residents Fred????
MARTIN DREW November 05, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Party politics fails its own ... Job Potter - been there done that - $27million rea$on$ not to go there again - in case YOU forgot - the McGintee era .. Vote for Fred Overton & Dominick Stanzione Write - in Martin Drew Supervisor (B) Leadership for REAL CHANGE .. (D) (D) (B) (R) (R) (B)ring (B)alance to government !
the owl November 05, 2013 at 01:33 PM
The game that can't shoot straight in Washington is the same gang that can't shoot straight in EH. I would not vote for the DC group, why vote for the local group. Just look at the dysfunctional current board, led by Reps. Gone are the days when we could count on them...for balance and reason. We need two, at least, well balanced parties and right now we only have one and it is Democratic.
SadderBudweiser November 05, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Well Fred: your endorsed candidates finished a strong last place. Perhaps you should focus on what you can do for our district at the state level.
Conservative Underground November 06, 2013 at 06:36 AM
Hey Fred, how did those endorsements work out for you? Maybe you should ask Stanzione what losing feels like because hopefully it is you next year and it won't be such a shock.


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