GREENPORT, NY — The people have spoken: After a heated election season, including the omission of seven candidates off the ballot sparked a public outcry that led to their reinstatement, a new day dawned in Greenport Tuesday with a new village mayor and two new trustees winning the race.
Kevin Steussi, a restaurant and hotel developer and founder of Peconic Holdings, won the race with 250 votes.
There were a total of 90 votes for incumbent longtime Mayor George Hubbard and 80 for challenger Richard Vandenburgh, the owner of the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and president of the Greenport Village Business Improvement District.
Patrick Brennan and Lily Dougherty-Johnson won the race for two open trustee seats with 246 and 244 votes, respectively. Monique Gohorel received 149 votes, and incumbent Trustee Jack Martilotta garnered 110 votes.
“I’m so excited to start working on all the tricky issues we face, and I feel so honored by all the support and faith my community has shown in me,” Dougherty-Johnson said. “This has been a long, hard road, but it’s also been fun and very fulfilling. Mostly I’m just grateful.”
Brennan added: “There was good voter turnout. The community has clearly spoken up for change. Along with my new board colleagues, I am looking forward to serving the Greenport community. And as we begin our work, we must recognize Mayor Hubbard’s and Trustee Martilotta’s many years of service to our village.”
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Steussi has run on a platform with tenets including updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, securing grants and funding for community needs and infrastructure improvements, building community housing, creating a long-term, “forward-looking” village economic plan, enforcement of existing rental laws, and bringing Community Preservation Funds back to the village, among others.
Although the final tally may change, it was determined that the absentee votes wouldn’t equal enough votes to change the outcome.
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