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Nuzzi Hosts GOP Campaign Kickoff

Still no Republican candidate for town supervisor in Southampton Town.

The only thing missing from a 2011 summer event honoring Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi at in Westhampton Beach Monday night was a candidate for town supervisor.

"I don't know if anybody's heard that I'm not running for supervisor," Nuzzi joked as he addressed guests.

Nuzzi hastened to add, "There's more to the town board than just the supervisor's seat. What's important is who's sitting on the town board." Some on the board, Nuzzi said, "might be good people. But they're not necessarily addressing your concerns."

Nuzzi made headlines recently when he decided to in a race against , an Independence Party member with the .

Because of term limits, Nuzzi will not be able to run again for town council once he finishes his current term as a councilman in two years. But he hasn't closed the door on the possibility of seeking office in the future when the time is right.

With GOP town board candidates Bill Hughes and Christine Preston-Scolara  and trustee candidate Scott Horowitz present, Nuzzi said the coming race is not about Republicans, Democrats or Independents.  "It's about understanding what's happening on Main Street," he said, and understanding the concerns of residents.

"There's no partisan way to fix a pothole, a sidewalk or ensure public safety," he said.

The question of the night remained who the GOP will tap to run for supervisor. A names have been bandied about, including that of Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley. Epley said he does not plan to run for supervisor.

Southampton Town Committee Chair Ernest Wruck, who was not at Nuzzi's event, did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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