Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming brings a fresh professional approach to public service. She’s an innovative leader for economic growth, an effective advocate for our environment, and a dedicated champion of government accountability. If elected, Bridget is ready to take the groundbreaking programs and approaches she’s developed on the local level forward, to serve as Legislator for Suffolk County’s Second Legislative District.
As a seasoned financial watchdog, Bridget helped earn Southampton a AAA rating, turning an operating budget deficit into a healthy surplus. She supported a professional standing audit committee, and fought for proper staffing and financial systems for the Town’s Finance Department to safeguard taxpayer dollars.
Bridget kept good jobs on the East End by authoring a law that requires utility companies to remove dangerous and unsightly utility poles, and sponsored a local law that allows volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel to join the New York State Health Insurance Plan. She has worked to create and enhance economic opportunities throughout the Town, with youth training in sustainable building trades and fresh produce retailing, landmark legislation to protect working farms, and real action on much-needed affordable housing development.
At the same time, Bridget fights to protect our human and natural environment from misguided development. She has been a strong voice, sometimes the lone voice, for close scrutiny of development projects that fail to serve the interests of our East End community.
As a champion of the East End’s cherished natural environment, Bridget spearheaded the passage of Southampton’s first law to require that fill on construction sites be toxin-free, and led the effort on a long overdue revision to the Town’s waste management code. She has spearheaded a comprehensive program to protect the Town’s coastal resources, and cast the deciding vote on the appointment of Southampton’s first full-time Sustainability Coordinator.
Bridget is a graduate of Hunter College’s Special Honors Curriculum, and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the prestigious Kramer Award for service to the community. She served for almost a decade as an Assistant District Attorney under the legendary Robert Morgenthau, as a member of a Trial Bureau and the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, and later as Chief of a Unit devoted to attacking fraud in public programs.
In addition to her tireless work on the Southampton Town Council, Bridget maintains a Matrimonial and Family Law practice on Main Street in Sag Harbor, and is a professional mediator. A resident of Noyac since 2001, Bridget lives with her husband Bob, a general contractor, their twelve-year old son Jai who attends public school in Sag Harbor, and Dune, the family’s English Springer Spaniel.