In my heart, East Hampton is still a small town with small town values. We are a town where volunteer ambulance and firefighters get up in the middle of the night to help those in distress. Food pantries, religious, and civic groups help people in need. If a neighbor is suffering through a difficult time and faces one of life’s tragedies the people of East Hampton are there to help. These small town values make East Hampton a special place. East Hampton needs a Supervisor who understands the town and shares these values.
I believe I can lead the town in sustaining these unique qualities while meeting the economic, social, and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
I’m a consensus builder. I’ll provide even-handed leadership on the Town Board and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Background and Experience
For 37 years, lifelong resident Larry Cantwell has served the people of East Hampton, New York.
He was the youngest-ever elected Bay Constable and was subsequently elected to two terms on the Town Board before becoming the Village Administrator for East Hampton for the past 31 years.
As the chief financial officer of the Village of East Hampton, he guided village finances to an accumulated surplus every year for three decades.
“I am prepared to manage town finances with the same vigilance,” says Larry. Candidate Cantwell lives here with his wife Anne. Also a town resident is their daughter, Dr. Lara Siska and their grandchildren, Avery and Chase.
“Protecting our pure drinking water, balancing the town budget and improving the economy are my top priorities.”
Under Larry’s leadership, civil discourse, respect for citizens and government transparency have returned to Town Hall.
“The finances of the town are back on sound footing: there is a surplus in the budget, debt has been reduced and our credit rating has been upgraded saving millions of dollars in taxes.”
Larry and his family at a pancake breakfast in the Springs Firehouse. From left to right: grandson Chase, daughter Lara Siska, Larry, wife Anne, and grandson Avery. Larry was born and raised in East Hampton and has spent his whole life here.
Larry has made good on his promises to return civility to Town Hall, reduce town debt and improve finances, make government more efficient, protect drinking water and the environment, create local jobs, close the waste plant, improve code enforcement, re-open Fort Pond House, stabilize Montauk beaches and reduce aircraft noise.
Larry and Ginny Bennis, a Napeague resident, inspect erosion around Napeague Harbor. Larry secured almost $10 million in federal funding to restore the flood plain at Lazy Point and address the serious impacts of sea level rise and long-term erosion.