Southampton Town Council MemberPosted: 10/29/2017 11:06:00 -04:00 Updated:
Thea R. Fry - R
Fry, 51, of Hampton Bays, is making her first bid for office. She is running on the Republican Party line. Fry has been a teaching assistant in the special education department at Southampton Intermediate School for 20 years and worked previously for six years in the Southampton Village Police department as a patrol officer and emergency dispatcher. She earned an associate degree at Dean College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at SUNY Brockport and her master’s degree in education at the University of New England. She is a member of Ducks Unlimited, a class mom at Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional School, a past president of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and a member of the Southampton Polish-American Society. She is married and has a son.
Fry said she would work to make sure the town’s code-enforcement officers have support and enforce the laws. “We need to do this because overcrowded rentals affect the water quality when they affect septic systems,” she said. She also would reach out to police to work together on gang issues and drug abuse. “We need to collaborate and set up a plan so this would work. If we don’t nip it in the bud, it’s going to get worse. It’s worrisome,” Fry said. “I grew up in Water Mill and I love the East End. I want to support the people of the Town of Southampton and make changes that enhance the town and fulfill the vision of taxpayers and voters.”
Stanley Glinka - C, R
Glinka, 47, of Hampton Bays, is seeking his second four-year term. He is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He received his bachelor’s degree in business at Mount St. Mary College and is vice president of private banking at Bridgehampton National Bank, where he has worked for 24 years. He is president of the Rogers Memorial Library Foundation, treasurer of the Good Fellows Club of Suffolk County and a past president of the Rotary Club of Hampton Bays.
Glinka said he enjoys helping people and takes a hands-on approach to learning on the job — for example, riding with the code enforcement officers. “There are a lot of issues with overcrowding in Hampton Bays,” he said, “and I also work with them in different demographic areas that have issues.” While he notes he did not support hiring the new director of public safety, Glinka agrees the department needs more code enforcement officers. He said he prides himself on making fiscally sound decisions. He will continue to work on legislation to benefit Southampton’s business community and attract new businesses to vacant commercial properties.
Julie Lofstad - C, D, IN, WF, WEP
Lofstad, 55, of Hampton Bays, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. She is seeking her first full term after winning a special election in January 2016. She ran unsuccessfully in 2015. Lofstad previously worked as an airport engineer for the Port Authority, designing runway and lighting systems, and as a bookkeeper for her family’s commercial fishing business. In 2002, she co-founded the Hampton Bays Mothers’ Association, a nonprofit that helped raise more than $100,000 to build two parks in Hampton Bays. She is a past president of the Hampton Bays Elementary School PTA. She received a bachelor’s degree in air commerce and flight technology at the Florida Institute of Technology. She is married and has a daughter.
The top issues Lofstad would continue to focus on are affordable housing, code enforcement and the environment, she said. “We have such a need out here for affordable housing,” she said. “We don’t have enough opportunity across the whole gamut. And that need merges right into code enforcement. People need to live in a safe place, and in a healthy place.” As part of a commercial fishing business, she said, she especially sees the need to protect the environment, and will look for ways to clean up the waters. “The environment is the engine that runs our economy out here,” Lofstad said. “We need clean water so we can keep clamming.”
Thomas Schiavoni - D, IN, WF, WEP
Schiavoni, 54, of North Haven, is making his first bid for town board. He is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality party lines. A social studies teacher in Center Moriches, he is a member of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, and is on the Sag Harbor Board of Education. He formerly was a North Haven Village Board member and was on the village zoning board for eight years. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in education and obtained a master’s at Stony Brook University with a concentration in New York State environment and government. He was endorsed by CSEA Local 852. His wife, Andrea Schiavoni, is a Southampton Town justice. He has two children.
Schiavoni said he would focus on water quality and work to find ways to dial back nitrogen runoff into bays and harbors. He also would focus on how tick-borne illnesses affect town residents, and look for funding to gather some baseline data on the number of infections as the first step in combating the problem. “We need to bring that issue to the fore in Southampton,” he said. He also would focus on affordable housing and code enforcement. “I’d like to see a plan to allow more owner-occupied accessory apartments, which would serve the dual purpose of keeping people here and allowing them to stay by giving them a second income,” he said. In addition, he said he would explore possible savings through shared services with villages.