The Joan Levan claque were angry as wasps when a number of them had their voting bona fides challenged at the polls two years ago.
It's simple: if you're not an actual resident of Westhampton Beach, you have no business turning up on Election Day and trying to cast an illegal ballot.
This always upsets a number of people, 'cause no one likes to be told "no!"
Apparently the Empress of Oneck doesn't think she can prevent my successful bid next Friday without the services of an election law specialist, Vincent Messina, Esq., whose first order of business was to make a foil request for certain Village Election records for the past four years.
The former Islip Town attorney seems to have been given the impression that the Village is just a little backwater whistle-stop which makes up its own rules about how to hold an election.
Won't lawyer Messina be surprised to discover that Westhampton Beach's elections are in full compliance with Board of Elections standards and practices.
Speaking of "full compliance," will Lightning Party Treasurer Levan disclose the expenditure for Mr. Messina in her Campaign Finance Reports?
That's assuming, of course, she deigns to bother with the required report... she still hasn't filed the one for 2010.
And it really happened just this way...
Anti-eruv activist Jackie Sprotte who has split time between Dune Road and Nassau County, was one of those who was challenged in 2009.
And somewhere along the line, probably with an eye to the future, she has officially and permanently made her voting residence in Westhampton Beach.
We ran into one another recently.
"Are you going to support my candidacy this year?" I asked her.
"I don't know," she said. "Are you going to let me vote this year?"
We laughed, and I told her that as long as this was her legal voting residence, I had no issues with her voting.
I think she "gets it." Whether I get her vote is another matter.
Nasty False Anonymous Letters, Ugly Unfounded Rumors, Election Law Attorneys.......
Dirty Politics and Obvious Desperation.
Friends and neighbors, we must put a stop to this. We must show those creating this dirt, that we will not allow them to dump their dirt on our Village.
Your voice is your vote!
Your rejection of their dirty tactics is your vote.
Take your village back and VOTE SPEIR.
After all this time I still don't "get" how Joan manages to line up suckers (professionals and non-professionals alike) to serve her. Mr. Messina should talk to the assorted Village Attorneys whose legal expertise she's ignored since she's been on the Board. Although, as long as he tells her what she wants to hear, I guess she'll listen to him.
- Messina is a former Islip Town Attorney.
- A reasonably well-connected source tells me that Messina, a Republican, worked with Arnie Sheiffer on last year's Altschuler campaign.
- Sheiffer passed Messina along to big Democratic-supporter Joan Levan who engaged his services on behalf of the Lightning Party.
First time I saw her do it, I laughed at the sheer transparency of her coquettishness... each such subsequent display, and I've fought to control my gag reflex! (I know in one instance, a male asked to have the seating arrangement changed.)
With other women, I dunno... some she bullies, others she must spike their tea with soporifics and they are as swine to Circe's calling.
Say it again, Sam:
"It's simple: if you're not an actual resident of Westhampton Beach, you have no business turning up on Election Day and trying to cast an illegal ballot."It's the most basic tenet of democracy. One person, one vote. No cheating, period. May the person with the legal, honest majority win.