Things are getting tense in the nail-biter that is Dering Harbor’s mayoral election. Never heard of Dering Harbor, you say? That could be because the tiny village boasts only 11 full-time residents, according to the most recent census. Its current mayor, Timothy Hogue, is fighting for his political life after last month’s election resulted in a 25-25 tie with his challenger, retired Wall Street banker Patrick Parcells, who wrote himself in, according to Newsday. A second election is being held today in the 35-home village on Shelter Island, N.Y.
The two candidates are feuding over hedge-trimming regulations, the town’s Internet presence (it doesn’t currently have one) and a nepotistic lock on the all-volunteer board of trustees.
Parcells wants the town to have a Web site, while Hogue argues it is too expensive and time-consuming to maintain.