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Thiele Backs Tekulsky for East Hampton Town Justice

Independence party member, the assemblyman says Democratic justice candidate will serve with "distinction."

Steven Tekulsky with his daughter, Kylie Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey
Steven Tekulsky with his daughter, Kylie Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey

With less than two months until the election, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, has endorsed Steven Tekulsky, who is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines for town justice. 

Thiele said in a statement that Tekulsky "is uniquely qualified to be town Justice and will serve the residents of East Hampton Town with distinction. Steven's local experience, years of community service, and involvement in local issues are the perfect mix of qualifications that we need in a judge."

Tekulsky is running against Carl Irace, who has the Republican, Independence and Conservative party lines. Justice Catherine A. Cahill, a Democrat and the senior town justice, is retiring.

"I am very grateful for this show of support from Assemblyman Thiele, an Independent, who is so well respected for his strong and successful advocacy of local causes that benefit the East End," Tekulsky said.

Irace, an attorney in private practice who previously served as a town attorney, said, "I am surprised to hear that a seasoned public servant, like Mr. Thiele, would endorse someone without having spoken to both candidates."

Thiele said that he has met Irace and had spoken to him briefly, but feels Tekulsky, whom he has known for some time, would do a good job as a justice.

Asked about crossing party lines, Thiele — who serves as the chairman of the Southampton Town Independence Party — said, "Independence means independence."

Tekulsky has been an attorney for 35 years, and ran a close race against incumbent Town Justice Lisa R. Rana in 2007. Irace was an assistant district attorney in the narcotics bureau of the Bronx County district attorney's office from 2001 to 2010, before joining the Town of East Hampton.

Pat Mansir, the vice chairwoman of the East Hampton Independence Party, said her party had chosen Irace as its candidate for justice because, "We felt that he possessed the temperment, education, energy, new ideas and experience needed to best be out next Judge."

MARTIN DREW September 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM
(B)lanks vote - 4200 of you CAN make a difference; One man with a plan can CHANGE course - It's what all these political types FEAR . A just person who WILL throw party politics on its rear .. Hypocrisy in action is what I watch at every political meeting I attend . I'm learning the GAME- except now I want a victory for my team. Local by life - anti-political agendas by choice . Time for a re-do of this whole town ... Which politician will defend our CPF plan with no central bank? No sending and receiving areas defined - 4 comp plans by professional$ and no-one knows this FACT!
MARTIN DREW September 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM
No affordable housing in the 1000's - Overcrowding in $prong$ while our Airport is taken over by elite Agendas while my kids I represent are deemed outlaws! Wake up Francis - you are part of the problem?
Francis J. Bock September 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM
You're right Martin, the local Judicial election should be able to help you with those issues.
MARTIN DREW September 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Francis - you know the problems ; I'll be happy with either man ... and since you meant your comment sarcastically - You yhink our issues below you ? Equality your joke? Assimilation the laugh? Tolerance the punch line? Acceptance the line in the sand? Both Candidates will serve this town well .. let the popularity contest continue .. Best Francis - anytime you want to help 324-9725
Dawn Brophy September 20, 2013 at 01:44 PM
In my opinion a Judgeship is not a republican or democratic position. Look at the persons qualifications and experience. The issues today are complex and the court is one of the busiest. It is not a job for the faint of heart. Do you cast a vote for the person who lives on your street or who lives in your school district, or do you take a close look and choose a candidate because you care about East Hampton and you want the best. Each candidate has given to the community and their Character is important. The town's issues and challenges are not the same that they were 20 - 50 years ago. We need a person that not only can meet those challenges for a changing community, but also one that understands them. Real experience, the ability to make fair decisions and the ability to endure the grind are important. Put politics beside and vote for the future of East Hampton.

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