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The Mattituck American Legion Post No. 861 has struggled with low numbers in recent years and with a small group of active members, the post is attempting one last push to build participation.

Members will host a free dinner later this month for any interested veteran or children of veterans in a last-ditch effort to bolster its roster with new names.

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Art Tillman

Although Southold Town Board members discussed reservations they have about a bill in the state Legislature to create a Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Council during a work session last month, Supervisor Scott Russell said Tuesday they haven’t dismissed it altogether.

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Scott Russell responds to questions following his State of the Town address earlier this month. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Scott Russell responds to questions following his State of the Town address earlier this month. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said Tuesday he is seeking a fourth term in office, stating that he would bring “purpose, vision and vitality” to the Town Board if elected in November. (more…)

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TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Republican Town Justice William Price addressing Southold’s Democrats, including party Chairman Art Tillman (left) and Deputy Chairman Bob Meguin.

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Republican Town Justice William Price addressing Southold’s Democrats, including party Chairman Art Tillman (left) and Deputy Chairman Bob Meguin.

To the editor:

This is in regard to Grant Parpan’s recent column on the June Southold Democratic Committee meeting.

Our Meet-the-Candidates meeting was open to all, as are most of our meetings. We welcome the public and press. Open discussion makes a difference, as our candidate Judge Bill Price noted after attending one recently.

I ask Mr. Parpan and more senior staffers of The Suffolk Times how many Republican committee meetings have they been invited to recently or over the years?

A comment I made at the last meeting and not reported reflects the feelings of many: Southold Town government is not a club, nor is it the extension of a country club and as Lincoln said, “It is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Government belongs to all of us.

This year’s Democratic candidates represent the wide age, occupational and life experiences of those living here. Young people, seniors, natives and newcomers all are welcome and all are encouraged to participate.

Balance does make a difference.

Art Tillman, chairman, Southold Democratic Committee

05/29/13 8:00am
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BETH YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Longtime Republlican Southold Town Justice William Price, right, may receive the nomination to run as a Democrat this year.

Republican Town Justice William Price, who was denied the GOP nomination to run for a new term in the fall, has agreed to accept the Democratic Party’s endorsement, town Democratic leader Art Tillman said this week.

Mr. Tillman said he spoke to Judge Price, who is in his 32nd year on the bench, Tuesday morning. The Democrats will hold their nominating convention in Cutchogue Wednesday evening.

“He’s got an excellent reputation for fairness and non-partisanship,” said Mr. Tillman. “Often we didn’t even field a candidate against him. We’re looking for the best candidates. If they happen to be Republicans we don’t mind.”

Regarding a registered Republican running as a Democrat, Mr. Tillman added, “Everybody in our party is quite happy about it.”

Aware of the coming floor fight between the incumbent and Mr. Goggins, the Democrats offered the nod to Judge Price before last week’s GOP convention, Mr. Tillman said. “All along he said, ‘Not at this time,’ ” the chairman said.

Judge Price was out of town and unavailable for comment this week.

In a move that rocked the Southold political establishment, the town GOP selected Mattituck attorney William Goggins over the incumbent during the party’s May 21 convention. The party also snubbed incumbent Trustee Dave Bergen, going instead with political newcomer Dave Zuhoski of Cutchogue.

Mr. Tillman said he could not comment on whether his party might extend a similar invitation to Mr. Bergen, other than to say several party members have expressed an interest in running.

“It should be an interesting convention,” he said.

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