In 1987 the Suffolk County Democratic Committee through its Chair, Dominic Baranello, officially authorized a Democratic Club in the Town of Southampton. The Club’s first President was a gifted young Democrat with a future in politics – John P. Spata, the Vice Chair of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee. After John’s untimely death in his early twenties, his mother and long time political activist, Joan Farrell, became the Club’s second President, and Committee Chair Baranello named the Club in honor of John. Subsequent Presidents Marion Boden, Charleen Murphy, Thomas Henry, Grania Brolin, and Joy Flynn (current) have pursued the Club’s established goals of providing a forum for discussion of issues of concern to Southampton Town residents.
Meeting nine times a year to present informed speakers on a range of social and political issues, the John P. Spata Southampton Democratic Club has evolved into a strong organization with considerable impact on the community. The Club supports local candidates by offering them a public forum and through financial contributions. In addition the Club has supported a number of charitable organizations by helping to raise funds in support of their activities.
Recent programs offered at the John P. Spata Southampton Democratic Club’s monthly meetings demonstrate the diversity of our members’ concerns.
January: Power for the People: Good for Us & Good for the Environment
Speaker: Glenn Weinberg, Markets and Policy, Joule Assets, Inc.
February: No meeting
March: Andrew Strong, Esq., Attorney for the Organización Latino-Americana (OLA)
April: Robert Socolof, Regional Director of AJC Long Island
Anti-Semitism and the Current Political Landscape
May: Affordable Housing on the East End
Speakers: Bonnie Cannon, Chair, Southampton Housing Authority, and Curtis Highsmith, Jr., Executive Director, Southampton Housing Authority
June: Speakers: Meet the Candidates!
August: 13th Annual Summer Party
September: Chief Steve Skrynecki, Southampton Town Police Department; Police Initiatives: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
October: Speaker: Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Town Councilman John Bouvier, Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, Town Council Candidate Craig Catalanotto
Topic: Proud of the Achievements of the Southampton Town Board!
November: Saad Amer, Climate Activist and founder of Plus1Vote
How to Combat Climate Change? Vote!
December: Topic: The NYS Bail Elimination Act and Its Impact on Our Communities
Speaker: Karen Sartain, Esq.