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.”