Independence Party Endorses Cohen

Democratic nominee gets on ticket over town supervisor.

The East Hampton Independence Party has selected Zachary Cohen, the Democratic nominee, to run for town supervisor on its party line come November.

Cohen, who is registered with neither party, was selected over Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who will be running for re-election with the Republican nomination. 

Independence Party Chairwoman Elaine Jones said, in an announcement on Friday, that the decision was difficult but because Cohen is neither a registered Republican or a Democrat, they thought he would be "an Independent thinker" in representing the entire town. 

"Many of his ideas include raising the morale of the employees, transparent and receptive government, enforcing the town code and affordable housing," Jones stated. 

Cohen said he was proud of the endorsement. "After my screening, Elaine Jones and her committee continued their research and privately polled many people. That also meant she kept calling me, and asking me to answer more questions!," he said in a statement.

"My endorsement by both the Democratic Party and the Independence Party shows that the current Republican majority on the board represents the views and interests of an ever-narrowing slice of the public," he said. "I have been, and always will be, committed to representing all people independent of their political affiliation."

Cohen will appear on the Independence ticket along with William Mott and Marilyn Behan for town council. 

The party also endorsed the following for town trustees:

  • Diane McNally, the trustee clerk and Republican nominee
  • Stephanie Talmage-Forsberg, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Tim Bock, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Lynn Mendelman, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Joseph Bloecker, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Nate Miller, a Republican nominee
  • Shawn McCaffrey, a Republican nominee
  • Steven Lester, a Democratic nominee and former town trustee
  • Brian Byrne

Jones followed up by saying the party was not "a rubber stamp for either the Republican or Democratic parties." There are Independence candidates, she said, that are both.

High Way Worker May 28, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Still waiting for someone to post the detailed resume of Zach Cohen. Cohen should just post it himself since he and Elaine Jones claim he is the candidate of transparancy and the town worker. We know everything about Bill Wilkinson since the time he was pumping gas in Montauk as a teenager -- his time in college, as a Lt. in the Army, executive and Senior VP for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), top executive and senior VP and director of Human resources for the Disney Corporation worldwide, president of his own business, Harvard Business School program for top corporate executives, etc., etc. And we know at the barn Wilkinson put Scott King on notice about his unacceptable behavior. Cohen on the other hand is a Scott King buddy and supporter -- we have seen him there and have heard he is a King advisor. So how can Cohen be pro town worker when he is a supporter of someone who has treated town workers like poop?
High Way Worker June 04, 2011 at 04:48 PM
A week goes by and still no Cohen work resume...Zach where have you worked?...what have you managed?....who did you work for?...where are your work references?...etc...a week and no response...is it true that you never had a real job in your life? that is what I am hearin...where is Patch on this story?
High Way Worker June 08, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Down at the highway yard still waiting for Zack Cohen's work resume. Days go by and no resume. Can't create a past - or can you? At this point anything produced will need to be researched carefully for accuracy.
High Way Worker June 09, 2011 at 02:23 AM
A valid point is a valid point - who makes it should not matter. Where is Cohen's work resume? Still not to be seen - and I hear there is a reason. In the end it will all come out, it always does, ask Congressman Weiner.
todd June 09, 2011 at 04:13 PM
High Way Worker... you sound like Trump with Obama's birth certificate. Enough already. Election is 5 months away.. no need to rush the nonsense we'll hear from both parties.
High Way Worker June 09, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Where one is born means nothing -- one's experience and practical knowledge means everything when seeking to be leader of a town and is normally the very first information laid out for the public to scrutinize. When someone is seeking a job what is the first thing you hear? Send me your resume -- that's where it all begins and we are at the beginning.
High Way Worker June 09, 2011 at 10:58 PM
So -- since one's resume is the very first piece of information one normally considers in hiring an employee, I ask again -- Zack let's see your work resume.
High Way Worker June 11, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Last I time I looked in the mirror I certainly didn't look like Len Bernard - where do you get your information Mr. Drew? I wish I was him, I'd be making a lot more money than I am now. Nice try diverting attention from the issues. Come work a day on the road and get an idea of what is going on in this town.
High Way Worker June 11, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Hey M. Drew - since you know who I am could you tell me the identities of BonacBill, Todd and SadderBudweiser? You seem to have some inside info. Or is it you don't want to attack Wilkinson directly so you go after someone who works for him? Your pretty pathetic and a megalomaniac.
Len Bernard June 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM
I received an e-mail yesterday saying Martin Drew attacked you on Patch. I had a ball game last night so I read the comments this morning. For 20 years if I had something to say I did it in all 3 local news papers, in detailed letters and with my name on it. No one has been more out front than me or has stuck his chin out there to be swung at for what he believed in than me. You still say this other person "Lifelong Resident" is me. Martin someone is using you like a tool to stir something up. I thought you had more on the ball than that. I read the highway guy's posts and the Amagansett Resident post. I agree with alot they said. Disagreed about Jay and a few other things related to E. Jones. There will come a point when I will have some things to say about several matters - in detail. When I post those opinions here you will know it is me. One thing I do know, Mr. Wilkinson is probably the most intelligent, hard working, and dynamic person I have ever worked for -- and I have worked for some pretty impressive people. He has done exactly what he was elected to do, which is all anyone could ever asked of their elected officials and he has a plan to keep the town moving in the right direction. All the other BS is just people trying to side track the effort for political reasons. I everyone else to keep posting, but don't drag me into this based on "tips" because that is the biggest piece of BS anyone can throw onto the website. - Len Bernard
todd June 11, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Len. . I love it when incumbent politicians disparagingly characterize opposing views as "politics." It happens with every administration but with a little more arrogance in yours.
Len Bernard June 11, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Martin - Still here responding to your bogus claims about me. Todd - In this case I truly believe that what is being done is politics at its worst.  When for the most part someone from the same group of 10 people are the ones that show up at EVERY  meeting to complain about something and they are all party activists you can say it is politics.  In political science their is actually a statistcal test related to regression that can be done.  If you applied the factors in this case the regression line would be almost a perfect fit and correlation coefficient would be close to a perfect 1.0.  Believe me it is politics.  Some do speak from the heart like the beach access people, but 90% of it is political.
Len Bernard June 11, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Politics by you definition is supoorting the person you work for. I support Mr. Wilkinson because I believe his plan is best for all the people of the town. We work hard (50-60 hours a week) to do what is right. Wiliy out there 24/7. Is it political because Wilky is elected under party adffiliation. I guess, but that is the system. What I don't like is criticsm that is for political reasons onlyand not sunstantive.
todd June 11, 2011 at 02:38 PM
I'm not talking about the 1o people. I'm talking about those who were against discontinuing the leaf pick-up, those against the music event in Amagansett, those against the beach vendor awards, etc. Are you saying that all of these people were motivated by politics? Are you saying that the Republicans don't have the same 10 people applauding every move the Republicans make? I'm sure some of the 10 you refer to are loonies but the others likely represent the positions and emotions of thousands of residents. To dismiss their views as simply politics is unfair. I vote people not parties so I'm not defending Democrats..they've done the same when in the majority.
High Way Worker June 11, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Thanks Mr. Bernard for coming out and setting Martin Drew straight. Please help us at Highway. I know the workers have contacted you about our problems. Mr. Drew the Highway guys don't need you getting involved with our problems. You are a little gullable. Who told you I was Mr. Bernard, Scott King?
High Way Worker June 14, 2011 at 11:30 PM
You keep posting incorrectly and I will be here to correct. And Iwill not threaten, just tell it like it is for the town's sake. You are more than welcome to rip apart everything I say, that is your right. I say some people who post and use their own names here are more "posers" than many who use a logger name, because those who use their own names are a little narcisstic and pose to be something they are not.
High Way Worker June 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM
Another day, another hard earned dollar, and another day with no Cohen resume.
High Way Worker June 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM
High way worker works hard every day and believes people should know who they are being asked to vote for. This town has been through too much bad to not know everything about the skills and EXPERIENCE of those seeking public office. We know everything there is to know about the current supervisor but very little about the person running against him.
High Way Worker June 23, 2011 at 10:46 PM
I give up.  I am sure Mr. Cohen reads this web and he obviously has not intention to release his work resume any time soon.  You can only ask so many times.
High Way Worker June 27, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Mr. Drew, if you do not understand from reading stories on this website (and others, and the newspapers) why someone who works at Highway cannot identify him/her self in making comments, then I really do not know how to make you understand. Am I supporting Mr. Lynch - you bet. Do I think Superisor Wilkinson at least understands what is happening - I do. Do I think the other guy running for Supervisor, who I know is buddy with King, is dangerous - absolutely. Will I identify myself and subject myself to the wrath of the Highway Super - no way.
. June 27, 2011 at 03:37 AM
HWW -- feel no need to reveal your name, there is no reason to do such a thing. This is a blog. It's not a battlefield to defend your manhood.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) June 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Dennis, FYI, East Hampton Patch is a news site. We do have bloggers, like you, whom we love, but these are just comments on a news article. Patch does encourage the use of real names on the site, but we can't enforce it.
todd June 27, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Martin .. Elaine.. if you don't like that some people don't use their given name then don't read or respond to their posts. Political history is full of anonymous sources. You've made your "real name" arguments a hundred times.. the horse is dead.. stop beating it. Everyone knows that political party types post things under screen names.. who cares? I weigh the words not the names.
. June 27, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Taylor: I meant no disrespect to Patch, or you, by calling Patch a blog. Blogs are powerful. They are the new platform for delivering the news. At the same time, lets call a spade a spade. People using alias names on this site are being slammed because they do what Patch needs them to do -- communicate their thoughts. Martin: I have a question that requires simply a yes or no answer. Don't need a long run on. Would you consider a US Marine who fought in Vietnam and earned two Purple Hearts on the front line a real man?
. June 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Taylor, FYI, I don't state facts based on mere opinion; a real man would never do such a thing. Thus, I offer the following... “The introduction of blogging on our sites is far more than just the release of a new feature,” wrote Brian Farnham. “It is a full-on course correction heading Patch in the direction we want to go.” Brian is Patch's Editor in Chief. Brian made that public statement at the end of April.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) June 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Yes, Dennis. You are a blogger on the site. This is a news story. I never said there wasn't a blogging component of the site. Obviously there is, because you are one of our great bloggers.
. June 28, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Taylor. Thnx for response. Seems a bit off track from where it started yesterday but ok. Again, as I have pointed out several times, I think patch serves a great purpose and service to the community. Keep up the hard work.
High Way Worker July 10, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Dennis is right on point. It's the content. Asking a political candidate like Mr. Cohen (or any one else who has not been forthcoming) for their work resume at a time when they are asking people to sign their petitions that allow them to run for office was not an unreasonable request. In fact it is a very fair question at this point in the election cycle.
. July 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Martin, I'm guessing some voters could consider a candidate's background a little more important than knowing a blogger's ID. Then again, I'm from up-island so what do I know? For instance, I'm still thinking a REAL MAN never deletes his posts on Patch. Silly me. On a brighter note, Martin, how about that JETER kid!!! (You are a Yankee fan, I hope).
. July 13, 2011 at 10:41 PM


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