for Suffolk County Legislator
“Suffolk County government is at a crossroads and the situation is dire. We have never been closer to the margin than we are now. We are at junk bond status. It's time for the people to regain control of the county and force the county to live within its means. Fiscal responsibility is the number one issue.” Read More Southampton Press 27east-com News Coverage CLICK LINK: http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/612836/County-Legislator-Contenders-Debate-In-Hampton-Bays-Monday
As a prior elected official, I have worked hard to protect the interests of taxpayers and to foster the ideals of good government in all decision-making. These are the tenets of effective public service --- honor, integrity, commitment. It is my hope that voters share pride in the accomplishments and groundwork laid under my prior leadership of Southampton Town government, as a Councilwoman for six years and as Town Supervisor for two years. At this time, I have an ardent desire to return to public service and now offer my candidacy to be a more effective voice for the people of the East End from Moriches to Montauk as County Legislator.
During these trying economic times, it is my belief that we need to focus on our core values and responsibilities as the people’s representatives – curtailing wasteful spending, holding the line on property taxes, keeping government as small as possible and more responsive to true community needs – particularly public safety needs. We need to balance our preservation agenda with economic development and meet community housing needs for our workforce, emergency responders, and the next generation of our local families and business owners. It is critical that we focus on economic stimulus strategies and to act progressively, but we must use common sense in decision-making as local government officials.
I have demonstrated that I have the aptitude and fortitude to serve as an elected official and I believe that I have earned respect in the community for doing the right thing. I offer my candidacy to help strengthen the Republican ticket’s efforts to regain the County Executive seat and Republican majority on the County Legislature to restore fiscal sanity to Suffolk County government for its citizens. Politics is not for the faint of heart - it takes courage in the face of controversy and teamwork to put forward an issues-oriented campaign so that voters can choose who they wish to represent them in these important local government seats.
I have worked hard, and will continue to work hard, to earn your vote of confidence. It is truly an honor to offer my candidacy for Suffolk County Legislator in Legislative District #2.
CLICK LINK for Op-Ed - The Only Endorsement that Matters to Me is Your Vote on Election Day - https://patch.com/new-york/southampton/endorsement-matters-me-your-vote-election-day
CLICK LINK for Op-Ed - Raiding of Clean Water Funds
CLICK LINK for Op-Ed - Time for a Change, Time for More Effective Representation: https://patch.com/new-york/southampton/where-bridget-fleming
CLICK LINK for Op-Ed on Integrity and Restoring Public Confidence: https://patch.com/new-york/westhampton-hamptonbays/local-elections-are-just-70-days-now
CLICK LINK for Op-Ed on Fiscal Responsibility- https://patch.com/new-york/southampton/our-county-government-crossroads
CLINK LINK for Op-Ed on Red Light Cameras - https://patch.com/new-york/westhampton-hamptonbays/red-light-cameras-are-abuse-driving-public
CLINK LINK for Op-Ed on Controversy about 1099s for Septic System Grants- https://patch.com/new-york/southampton/petty-politics-over-suffolk-countys-septic-system-grant-program
Elections are about CHOICE and
Elections are about ISSUES
"I am running for the Office of Suffolk County Legislator to provide voters with a choice. It's time for a change and a change for the better. I pledge to deliver the responsive representation that we need for the people of the South Fork. If elected Suffolk County Legislator, my key priorities are Fiscal Solvency, Water Quality - Regional Groundwater Protection and Surface Water Protection (including stormwater runoff abatement for roadways near waterways), Affordable Housing and Economic Development. Public health and public safety are the principal responsibilities."
GET OUT THE VOTE -
ELECTION DAY IS NOV. 5
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OP-ED published on Patch-com November 1, 2019
Early Voting Begins, Candidate Profile & Recent News,
Plus Op-Ed about Raiding of Clean Water Funds -
Less than 10 days Until Election Day
Article Published by Robert Golomb is a nationally and internationally syndicated columnist, October 24, 2019
The Red Light Camera Ticketing Scam Continues as an Revenue-Inspired Abuse to the Driving Public to Fund $20 Million in County Government Spending
On September 4, the Suffolk County Legislature in a 11-7 vote along party lines authorized 5 more years of the Red Light Camera so-called Traffic Safely Program after a lengthy public hearing and speaker after speaker decrying this ticketing scheme as a "Money Grab" and citing grave concerns about increased accidents, rear end collisions, and disparity in placement with an unfair burden on economically disadvantaged neighborhoods - Of course incumbent County Legislator Bridget Fleming voted YES saying "the safety of our highways on Long Island is at stake" - she opined "the fines have changed people's behavior," which means "the program is working" and that if the red light cameras are removed, more fatal accidents and injuries will occur and "it would be a mistake to go back now" ...
Fiscal Responsibility is the #1 Issue ...
Where is Bridget Fleming? We have not heard much from the incumbent Suffolk County Legislator ...
County Legislator Debate News Coverage Oct. 7, 2019 ... More Viewpoints ... Upcoming Meet the Candidates and Complete Candidate Lists for South Fork & Shelter Island
Local Elections are just 70 days from now ... Time for Open Government, Time for Civility, Time for Fiscal Solvency.
Public Financing of Political Campaigns ... What's Your Opinion ? Many Say It's a Dirty Business, Rife with Political Pay-To-Play ...
Our County Government is at a Crossroads ... Important Local Elections Nov. 5, 2019 - The Path to a Positive Future is in your hands ...
CAMPAIGN NEWSLETTER #8
Upcoming Meet the Candidates and Debates ... Complete Candidate Lists for Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island and More Important Info about Local Elections ...
Updated List of Who's Running for What Elected Office in the Town of Shelter Island, County of Suffolk - as of September 26, 2019
The Countdown is On! Just 60 days until Election Day, Nov. 5 -
Do You Think the Red Light Camera Program is about Traffic Safety or Is It A Money Grab? Suffolk County Legislature voted 11-7 to extend the program another 5 years ...
Can You Believe that the County Legislature Approved Public Financing of Political Campaigns ?!? When the County is in dire financial straits, how any elected official think that redirecting money towards public financing schemes for county elected offices is a good thing ?
PRESS RELEASE - Controversy about 1099s and Septic System Grants
Kabot's Statement about
PRESS RELEASE - May 3, 2019
Kabot Blocked from Write In Opportunity
in Independence Primary
PRESS RELEASE - April 26, 2019
Democratic Political Operatives Challenge
Ballot Access Petitions
PRESS RELEASE -
Kabot Files Petitions as
a Write-In Candidate for
PRESS RELEASE -
KABOT CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER
Kabot Campaign Kick-Off Fundraiser
Scheduled for Monday, April 29
PRESS RELEASE -
KABOT ON THE BALLOT
NOV. 5 GENERAL ELECTION
Kabot Confirmed On the Ballot Republican & Conservative Lines for County Legislator LD#2
QUESTION from Patch-com Reporter: What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I have 14 years of experience at the executive and legislative level of local government. I served as Southampton Town Supervisor during an economic downturn and a time of controversy and I took on the challenges of righting the ship in treacherous seas. As Supervisor, I did the heavy lifting necessary to put Southampton Town on the right tract despite the revisionist history that certain Democratic Political Operatives will continue to put out there in an attempt to besmirch my reputation. The Facts Do Not Lie.
The 2010 State Comptroller Report concluded that I marshaled the resources and took the critically important steps needed to put Southampton Town on “solid financial footing” and to address the structural deficits uncovered in the operating budget of the previous administration. As Supervisor from 2008-2009, working with a team of key Town administrators, I overhauled the Town’s Budget, provided transparency, cut back millions in spending, and tightened financial controls. I moved swiftly to take the corrective actions needed to create a strategic financial plan incorporated into the 2010 Town Budget. This action successfully generated budget surpluses by the end of 2010, eliminating past fund balance deficits from the prior administration. Just five weeks after, I completed my term as Supervisor, Moody’s Credit Report applauded my administration for its “swift and effective response to correct the Town’s internal accounting procedures and controls and adoption of formal policies and procedures intended to ensure conservative and transparent financial management.” Moody’s also noted that future bond ratings would reflect the Town Board’s compliance with my 2010 Budget Plan, adopted in November 2009.
I have a solid background in government administration, public policy formation, municipal finance, and constituent services. As former elected official for Southampton Town, I have extensive knowledge and experience in budget and finance, land use and zoning, and comprehensive planning. I championed numerous hamlet studies as updates to the Town’s Master Plan and sponsored many legislative initiatives to close zoning loopholes, facilitate affordable housing and economic development, and policies designed to enhance services to seniors, youth, and local families. I spearheaded upgrades to various community facilities and recreational parks throughout Southampton Town’s many hamlets. As a tireless advocate for our community’s volunteer emergency responders, I worked hard to deliver the resources needed and policies that best allow for continued effective delivery of services. Working with a generous benefactor and the Southampton Town Animal Shelter Foundation, I championed the construction of a new no-kill shelter and privatization through a public-private partnership, that now is a model in the United States. Working across political party lines, I spearheaded ethics reforms.
On the environmental forefront, I have tightened controls to protect environmental resources, cultural resources, historic resources, wetlands, groundwater recharge areas, and scenic resource protection. I have worked extensively with the Town Trustees and Town, County, and State Highway jurisdictions to implement stormwater abatement programs and other projects to help protect surface waters near road endings. I have supported initiatives for clean energy and renewable energy and a town-wide communications plan.
Before being elected, I served as Executive Assistant to a prior Town Supervisor and played a significant role in that administration when the Community Preservation Fund was enacted for the East End and approved by the voters. The CPF Program has proven to be a viable funding source for land preservation, farmland protection, and other environmental initiatives, most recently allowing for water quality improvement projects (such as sewer districts and subsidizing septic system upgrades.) The CPF Program has had great success over these years, but when it was first proposed it was a heavy lift strongly supported by the former Town Supervisor Cannuscio’s administration. This also necessitated the efforts of our State Legislators to shepherd it through Albany and the support of the agricultural community, builders, lobbyists and others. The challenge was to gain approval by voters for a new tax on buyers at the closing table for all real estate purchases over a certain threshold amount. (At that time, other legislators at the Town level and County level – had publicly stated that they believe the initiative would “float like a lead balloon” – meaning never pass a voter referendum.) However, in 1999, the CPF Program was resoundingly approved by the voters and to date has generated over $1.435 Billion in revenue at no expense to property taxpayers.
As a former government official, I believe that I have earned a reputation for being honest, fair, meticulous, hard-working, results-oriented, reform-minded and independent.