Just try to imagine East Hampton without its bays, waters, and ocean beaches! Just try to imagine East Hampton without its bays, waters, and ocean beaches!
Just try to imagine East Hampton without its bays, waters, and ocean beaches!
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… which is why we’ve made code enforcement a top priority. … which is why we’ve made code enforcement a top priority.
... which is why we’ve made code enforcement a top priority.
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…which is why we are preserving historical structures in Sag Harbor. …which is why we are preserving historical structures in Sag Harbor.
...which is why we are preserving historical structures in Sag Harbor.
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… which is why we have acted aggressively to get the club scene under control. … which is why we have acted aggressively to get the club scene under control.
... which is why we have acted aggressively to get the club scene under control.
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Here’s just a partial list of what we’ve accomplished … Here’s just a partial list of what we’ve accomplished …
Here’s just a partial list of what we’ve accomplished ...
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A message from Councilwoman Sylvia Overby about airport noise. A message from Councilwoman Sylvia Overby about airport noise.
A message from Councilwoman Sylvia Overby about airport noise.
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…which is why we have acquired over 200 acres of open space, farmland, water access, and wetlands throughout town. …which is why we have acquired over 200 acres of open space, farmland, water access, and wetlands throughout town.
...which is why we have acquired over 200 acres of open space, farmland, water access, and wetlands throughout town.
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…which is why we are working hard to improve social services. …which is why we are working hard to improve social services.
...which is why we are working hard to improve social services.
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Kicking Off Campaign 2017

The Democrats held a gala at Harbor Bistro on Sunday, June 11 to present their candidates for election 2017.  Supporters overflowed the restaurant, wined and dined while listening to the music of Job Potter, candidates Judge Tekulsky, Jeff Bragman, and Peter Van Socyoc.  Co-Chair Ilissa Meyer introduced the slate of candidates which included the Town Trustees, Carole Brennan-Town Clerk, Steven Tekulsky –Justice, Kathee Burke Gonzalez and Jeffery Bragman  for Town Board and Peter Van Scoyoc for Supervisor. Seems some people interested in politics play guitars and sing!  
East Hampton Democrats are poised for a stronger than ever campaign to maintain our majorities on the East Hampton Town Board and our Town Trustees as well as to elect strong Democrats to County offices in November. 
Once again, we need your help 
in the key elements of election success…
  • Voter registration
  • Petitioning
  • Phone Outreach
  • Door to door canvassing
We must do better than ever this year, not only to overcome strong challenges but to impress on the national Democrats and private citizens who fund campaigns that we have the people power and policies to defeat Republican Lee Zeldin, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporter, in next year’s 2018 Congressional election.
We have improved our systems to better support your participation.
“Zone Leaders” will make materials and training available at convenient locations, find partners for you where needed, and make sure that your work and ideas are well used.
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2017 News Updates

East Hampton Democratic Convention

On the night of May 17th, at St. Michael’s Church and after munching on a repast of a variety of cheeses, crackers, cookies, and slices of watermelon, along with sipping hot coffee, iced teas, and wine, the Screening Committee of the regular East Hampton Democratic committee presented their slate of nominees after months of an intensive process of interviewing all comers. Betty Mazur, the chairwoman of the committee, presented the Trustee candidates, including incumbents, Francis Bock, Rick Drew, Bill Taylor, & Brian Byrnes.  The other candidates, making up a slate of nine include, Susan McGraw Keber, Francesca Renannon, Dell Cullum, John Aldred and Rona Kolpman. Town Clerk Carole Brennan, Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch and Judge Steven Tekulsky will each seek re-election to their present position Mazur told the crowd of some 70 people.    Afton Disunno rose to nominate Kathee Burke-Gonzalez for a second term as a council  member of the Town Board listing some of the many problems she has worked on, which included the complicated issue of the airport. She was also involved in the development of the rental registry and shepherding it to become a law. Ms. Gonzalez has served as the liaison to the Senior Center and is involved in the plans to bring about a new building to replace the aging present building and meet the goals of an increasingly aging population. Access to mental health services, particularly for students, has been another difficulty that she has focused on. Committeeman Larry Smith also told of some of her other accomplishments when he seconded the nomination. Presenting the nomination of the well known and respected lawyer Jeffery Bragman, Averil Gues spoke of Jeff’s history of his legal services on the Town Boards and of the heroic battles he has fought over the years to maintain the quality of life in our extraordinary town. Jeff, she pointing to an example, worked to keep the land across from the Bridgehampton Commons, known as the Gateway project from becoming a reality. Jeff has spent years working to maintain our quality of life.  His nomination was seconded by Jim McMillan. Former chair of the party and our campaign manager, Chris Kelly rose to present Peter Van Scoyoc’s as the committee’s choice for Supervisor. Mr. Van Scoyoc, who has served on both the Planning and Zoning Boards, and been elected twice to the Town Board, has numerable projects he has been involved in, including the Ft. Pond house, Duck Creek Farm. Kelly also stated that Van Scoyoc’s has demonstrated his commitment to affordable housing as evidenced by the 114 projects and Manor House. He also has been a strong proponent of the Town’s goal of energy sustainability by 2020. His nomination was seconded by Andy Harris. Kathee accepted her nomination and spoke of her commitment to the East Hampton, a community she loves. She spoke about the confidence in government the Town Board has worked to restore. Working with the seniors and on mental health issue particularly in light of the substance abuse crisis has been part of her passion to serve the people. Jeff, accepting his nomination, told the audience that he was new to this process as he has a long term career of serving the community by fighting for issues he felt were important like water quality as ‘water is life.’ He spoke of the special character of our area, ‘no one is richer than we are.’ The candidate for supervisor, Peter, told, as he was standing at the front of the chapel where the meeting was held, his father, a minister, would be happy to see him there. He spoke of his call to duty to protect all that we have in our town. The energy sustainability goals we have proposed will change the way we are living, including reducing among the highest electric bills in the country that we are forced to pay and that our lines should be buried. His vision for our town of preserving our natural resources, our history, and our water was applauded by all.

PRESS RELEASE

April 28, 2017

East Hampton Town Democratic Committee co-chairs Jeanne Frankl and Ilissa Meyer today announced that they had received the recommendations of the Democratic Screening Committee for nominations to town wide offices. After a long and competitive process that began in February, the Democratic Screening Committee has recommended to the committee as a whole the candidates it would like to see nominated at the nominating convention to be held on May 17 at 7:00 pm at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

The Screening Committee has recommended Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc to run for Supervisor. Peter has over 16 years of experience as a local public official having served 5 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals, another 6 years on the Planning Board, and as Councilman and Deputy Supervisor for the past 5 years. Peter is uniquely qualified to make a further contribution to the people of East Hampton as Town Supervisor.

For Town Board the committee recommends Councilwoman Kathee Burke- Gonzalez, who was first elected in 2013, and local attorney Jeffrey Bragman. Kathee, as a freshman councilperson, took on the extremely challenging task of bringing the parties together – namely the noise affected community, who seek meaningful relief from aircraft noise, and the local aviation community, who want a safe and properly maintained airport – to build consensus on the issues of airport restrictions, capital improvements and finances. She has four years of service on the Town Board and nine on the Springs School Board, the last two as president.  She is a compassionate voice leading the Town Board in providing mental health services for youth; accessibility to Town facilities for people with disabilities and a new community center for seniors. 

Jeffrey Bragman has been a local attorney for over 30 years and is deeply familiar with zoning and land use issues. He has represented applicants before various planning and zoning boards. He has also represented neighborhood groups and environmental protection organizations concerned about potential impacts from over-sized and inappropriate development. His work included litigation by local residents seeking to impose local airport noise controls. He has served as counsel to the Town of East Hampton Architectural Review Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board. He was also counsel to the North Haven Zoning Board of Appeals and village attorney. He is a member of the Community Preservation Fund Advisory Opinions Bureau.

The Screening Committee also recommended four seasoned professionals to run for reelection – incumbents Carole Brennan for Town Clerk, Steve Lynch for Superintendent of Highways, Justice Court Judge Steven Tekulsky and Town Assessor Eugene DePasquale.

In an exciting development the Democrats had a very competitive selection process for Trustee positions having more people interviewed than can be accommodated on the 9-person slate. Leading the slate will be incumbents Bill Taylor, Francis Bock, Rick Drew, Tyler Armstrong and Brian Byrnes. Newcomers include fishery specialist John Aldred, wildlife rescue specialist and nature photographer Dell Cullum, water conservationist Susan McGraw Keber, and environmental writer and radio host Francesca Rheannon.

Party co-chair Jeanne Frankl said, “This year was amazing and I have to believe it has something to do with people’s outrage about the current president and the state of affairs nationally. We had ten qualified candidates interview for the Town Council positions and only two spots to fill. Our interviews and deliberations have taken over two months but we are extremely happy with the outcome and believe we have qualified, experienced people who know the issues and know how to formulate policies to deal with those issues.”

Supervisor candidate Peter Van Scoyoc said “I am so honored to have received the support of the Screening Committee and look forward to running with Kathee and Jeff. I am proud of my 16 year record of leadership in East Hampton Town government protecting our natural resources, open space and environment. I will continue to work to improve and protect water quality, achieve relief for those affected by aircraft noise, and combat threats to our quality of life throughout the Town.”