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Nov 21, 2019 3:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Scalera To Serve As Deputy Southampton Town Attorney

Southampton Town Board member Christine Scalera will begin her new job as the town deputy attorney on January 1, 2020. GREG WEHNER
Nov 26, 2019 11:27 AM

Southampton Town Board member Christine Scalera, whose second and final four-year term will end in December, will start a new job on January 1, 2020, when she is sworn in as a deputy town attorney.

The civil service position comes with an annual salary of $125,000, and is subject to the completion of a background investigation.

Ms. Scalera will be one of two deputy attorneys, the other being Kathleen Murray. Ms. Scalera will focus primarily on public safety matters, while Ms. Murray will focus on land use issues.

“She’s an extremely capable attorney,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on November 20. “We will miss her here on the Town Board, but I’m happy to report that she’ll be continuing to work for the people of Southampton in a new capacity — sort of an old capacity, since she was in the town attorney’s office before.”

Ms. Scalera started her first term as a Southampton Town councilwoman in 2012 after edging out Brad Bender and Bill Hughes for one of two seats on the Town Board — now-Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming won the other.

But it was not her first time serving on a town board. She served as a councilwoman in the Town of Oyster Bay from 1997 to 2001.

In 2006, Ms. Scalera served as a deputy town attorney in Southampton Town, and at the time of her election to the Town Board in 2012, she was a part-time assistant town attorney in Brookhaven Town.

“Christine has worked in our town attorney’s office before — she’s worked in the Brookhaven town attorney’s office,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “I think she’s going to be a great asset to [Town Attorney James Burke’s] team. And to have her understanding of town issues as well as her deep understanding of the law, I think she’ll be an excellent addition to the town.”

At a special town budget meeting on November 20, Ms. Scalera recused herself from voting on two resolutions at the end of the meeting — the first recusal was on a resolution to adopt the 2020 budget, and the second was her appointment as an attorney for the town.

Mr. Schneiderman and Town Board members Tommy John Schiavoni, John Bouvier and Julie Lofstad all voted in favor of Ms. Scalera’s appointment to her new position.

“I’m happy to continue working for the people of Southampton,” Ms. Scalera said in a prepared statement. “My interests have always been to assure our constituents we are protecting their environment, their neighborhoods and keeping the Town of Southampton the beautiful place they call home.”

She did not return calls seeking additional comment this week.

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