Dems Pick Calone
After lengthy discussions that spanned several regular monthly meetings of the East Hampton Democratic Committee, the committee finally decided to endorse David Calone, a native Long Islander, to be their choice in the upcoming June 28 primary as candidate for Congress. If Mr. Calone wins the primary, he will then face the current representative to the House of Representatives from District One in the upcoming national elections in November.
2016 News Updates
Some sixty odd people met at St. Michaels Church in Amagansett to discuss the candidacies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. Moderator Chuck Hitchcock introduced Bill Chaleff, a prominent local architect, Walker Bragman of the group known as the New Leaders of East Hampton who both spoke about their endorsement of the senator, while former Representative to the US House Tim Bishop spoke of his multiple reasons for supporting Hillary Clinton. Members of the audience who submitted their names on a card were randomly called on to express their views. It was democracy in action.
Peter Kirsch and members of his company presented an overview of the effects of recent changes the present Town Board has made to the operations of the East Hampton airport. The courts have upheld all of the rules the Town initiated except the one limiting a particular aircraft to one round trip per week. This litigation was discussed at length. Evidence collected from the public at large via phone calls and e-mails recorded the frequency of flights that annoyed residents. The collected data was explained in charts and graphs. Members of the audience praised the board for bringing the airport under reasonable control and Councilwoman Kathee Burke Gonzalez who worked with the committees whose deliberations produced the new rules. Residents were urged to continue to report aircraft noise via phone calls and e-mails.
In a meeting held at the Bridgehampton Library, the local chapter of the League of Woman Voters presented the supervisors of the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, Jay Schniderman and Larry Cantwell, respectively, to a gathering of citizens. Each gave a short talk about the work they do. Schniderman who previously served as East Hampton’s supervisor and Suffolk County legislator, had recently assumed his present role, told how he was zeroing in on learning about the specifics of Southampton town, which is much larger.
When it was his turn to speak, Cantwell talked about land development and its effect on water quality and how the CPF fund, which would be voted on again in this year’s election for its recertification, would include a provision for monies to be spent on water quality. Supervisor Cantwell also spoke about climate change and coastal resiliency among other issues. The two men, who have known each other a long time, discussed other pressing issues that their towns faces, like affordable housing and repairing decaying infrastructure. Their talks were followed by questions from the audience.