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A Call for a More Open Government

Feb
2
2018

The following "Letter to the Editor" was published in the Suffolk Times Newspaper on February 1, 2018:

At the January 16th Town Board meeting, I stood before Supervisor Russell and the Town Board to recommend they take a closer look at the level of transparency, accessibility and openness in town government. I raised two specific examples: (1) I commended that Town Board meetings are webcast, and suggested that zoning, planning and work sessions be webcast as well, as these meetings are where many important decisions occur. (2) When Committees have vacancies, there should be a clear and transparent process for posting them in the most accessible ways possible, so that as many constituents as possible are aware of...| read more ››

Kathryn Casey Quigley Addresses Town Board: Calls for Transparency

Jan
18
2018

Statement by Kathryn Casey Quigley at 1/16/18 Town Board Meeting

Inquiries: kathcasey@gmail.com

Good evening, my name is Kathryn Casey Quigley. I am the recently elected Chair of the Southold Town Democratic Committee. I am here this evening to formally introduce myself to Supervisor Russell and our Town Board. I thank you for your service to our town, and look forward to following your work and efforts as our elected representatives, in the months ahead.

While there are probably issues about which we disagree, there is undoubtedly also much that unites us. One of those unifying aspects is likely that the foundation of our democracy depends on an engaged citizenry. So I thank you for allowing me to be here....| read more ››

Southold Democrats: It ain’t over yet

Nov
11
2017

Southold Democrats have announced that they are not conceding a loss for town council candidate Mary Eisenstein or highway superintendent candidate Eugene Wesnofske until the absentee ballots are counted by the county board of elections.

“There are currently 517 uncounted absentee ballots at the Board of Elections, which could potentially swing one or both of those races in the favor of our candidates,” the Southold Democrats’ campaign manager Kathryn Casey Quigley said in a statement.

Unofficial results published by the Suffolk County Board of Elections show Eisenstein trailing Republican incumbent Robert Ghosio by 123 votes in balloting tabulated by voting machines on Tuesday. Republican incumbent highway superintendent Vincent Orlando leads Wesnofske by 287 votes.

Southold Republican leader Peter McGreevy...| read more ››

Understanding the November 7 Ballot

Oct
22
2017

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the November 7th ballot here in Southold Town. 

  • As you can see, the Democratic line is the first line on the ballot and is also referred to as "Row A" 
  • We are asking you to vote ONLY Row A  in this year's election.
  • The ballot says "vote for any 2" for the position of Assessor and "Vote for any 3" for the position of Trustee. But you don't need to vote for all the
  • ...| read more ››

Protecting quality of life on the North Fork: town council candidates on the issues

Mary Eisenstein and Debbie O'Kane for Town Board
Oct
17
2017

Quality of life on the North Fork was center stage at a community forum featuring candidates for town council and town trustee Saturday morning in Orient.

Questions for council candidates submitted by residents focused on the ever-increasing traffic volume clogging local roadways from spring through late autumn, on the impacts of vineyards and “agritainment” venues on local residents, the proliferation of short-term rentals and “McMansions,” the implications of the shortage of affordable housing, and the environmental impacts of development.

The forum, jointly hosted by the East Marion Community Association and the Orient Association, packed Poquatuck Hall Saturday morning.

The program was split into three blocks. During the first hour, the four council candidates answered three questions apiece posed by moderators Bob Hanlon, Orient...| read more ››

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