GOP boss: Wooten will be screening for councilman job

04/14/2011 12:08 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Republican Committee vice chairman George Harkin, Supervisor Sean Walter, Councilman James Wooten and the GOP group's chairman, John Galla, after the four met for an hour Tuesday night.

Riverhead Councilman James Wooten will be screening for a Town Council position with the Republicans tonight, and not for the supervisor position, said Riverhead Republican Committee chairman John Galla.

“I just received a very cordial phone call from Jim Wooten expressing his intent to screen for council tonight,” Mr. Galla told the News-Review.

But deciding against screening for the supervisor job will not prevent Mr. Wooten for gunning for the incumbent Republican anyway come convention time.

Mr. Galla acknowledged that Mr. Wooten stopped short of  promising he would not pursue a supervisor run after screenings are over.

Asked if he was disappointed in that, Mr. Galla said he took Mr. Wooten’s phone call “at face value.”

“He said he wanted to screen for council and I accepted his word. So, therefore, I believe he wants to run for reelection for council and he’ll be bringing those wishes to screen four council tonight.”

Mr. Wooten on Tuesday night met with GOP heads and Mr. Walter in Wading River in a bid to convince Mr. Wooten to decide against trying to unseat the incumbent Republican.

The councilman told the group he needed 24 hours to reach a decision.

“I was cautiously optimistic,” Mr. Galla said of the hours that passed in the meantime. “I didn’t know which way he was going to go when I didn’t get a phone call last night. I know it’s a big decision for Jim, though, and I wasn’t about to hold him to that 24 hour thing. He wanted time to talk to his family and friends on a monumental decision.”

Mr. Galla said Mr. Wooten would be issuing a public statement.


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17 Comment

  • Apparently, Captain Crapper’s other alternative was going back to driving the Poop Boat.

    It remains to be seen whether working with Sandmine Sean is the stinkier job.

  • I personally appreciated reading the correct information in a timely fashion, rather than hearing several inaccurate accounts or nothing at all. My child is a senior and ANY time I hear sirens during the senior lunch period I say a little prayer.
    Also – the district emergency notification system is great.

  • We’re comfortable with our decision to ask students for their input. — Grant Parpan, Web Editor

  • And we all know high school students will fabricate a story in this case. As a teacher I think it would cause more of a panic. Just stick with the facts from the police, fire and school officials. I have found in my years of educating even the most honest student will put a twist on it or not have the correct info that they are spreading.

  • Having worked for the school district and having my children go thru the system and now my grandson, I most certainly want to know asap what happened. Been thru evacuations and glad they are taken seriously. In this world nothing should be taken for granted.

  • is anyone concerned that the kids are still on the property? what if there really was a bomb?

  • webteam ur just looking for a story u could care less about the possible panick u could cause. all for a pic of grenade comeon whats next someone ripping a fart in school what are they gonna do call for a gas leak?

  • Good thing is wasn’t a drawing of a nuclear bomb…they would have had to evacuate the whole island.


  • It was a picture of a bomb pointing the school.

  • Sorry you feel that way about us. We’re just trying to inform people of what’s going on, and if asking kids what they’re seeing helps, then we don’t see the harm in that. We certainly weren’t relying on the kids to report the story; just to engage in a conversation on Facebook that might help parents and neighbors get a better handle on the situation.
    The conversation didn’t really go anywhere, and nothing was used in this story.
    I’m sure the grenade drawing that sent kids on the lawn — and police to the school for two hours — caused more of a panic than anything we wrote.
    Of course, when we began reporting this story, the possibility existed that something far more serious was going on at the school.
    We stand by our reporting and our decision to ask students what they were seeing.

    — Grant

  • I agree with Grant. The media is simply reporting the facts. If they didn’t, we often will hear the public outcry of, “why didn’t the news report what was on the wall?” Unfortunately, the media cannot win if people complain on both sides, either that something WAS or WASN’T reported. Let’s appreciate that we have people out there getting this information and sharing it.

  • It’s amazing to me that people can’t spell “panic” correctly, no “k” on the end. Really, though a drawing of a grenade prompted the evacuation of the school I think a bit ridiculous, but better safe than sorry. Had there been an actual bomb on the school grounds I think they would have taken better safety measures and move the students further away from the school grounds. If there had been an actual bomb there’s no telling how big it may have been and by keeping the students in such close proximity it was in effect putting those kids in potentially harms way. Not too cool !

  • Why did you block commenting on the story about the Sound Avenue car accident cause by an “unlicensed” driver?

    Are you a news organization or are you pushing a political agenda?

  • For a brief time we turned commenting off on police stories as we reviewed certain changes to our commenting policies. That’s why we didn’t allow comments on that story.
    We’ve since made some other changes that we think protect us a little more against libelous comments and have decided to allow commenting on police stories moving forward.

    — Grant

  • News = the old adage “Did you hear about…?” AND. if the news was not reported (timely fashion or not) there would be a public outcry of “Why didn’t we hear about this?”.. Take the good with the bad or if you don’t care for it… do as Metallica says and “Turn the page.”

  • that’s not a metallica song, it’s bob seger