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Sylvia Overby on the Rental Registry

EHDems2015-SYLVIA OVERBY-2048MY PLEDGE TO YOU ON RENTAL REGISTRY

In the closing hours of the election campaign, the Republican candidates, out of desperation, have begun publishing multiple falsehoods about the proposed rental registry law, trying to scare the public and bully law-­‐abiding homeowners. If they had an honest point to make to the voters, they would not have waited to the last instant.

Seven of the 10 towns in Suffolk County including our neighbor Southampton have rental registry laws. None of the things that the Republicans claim will happen has happened anywhere.

The purpose of a registry is to help Code Enforcement only to enforce existing housing and zoning laws that prevent the commercialization of residential neighborhoods, protect our property values, and maintain peace and quiet. But the public hearing on the proposed law has not yet taken place. It is not a done deal.

The East Hampton Independent, in its endorsement of my candidacy, said this about me and Peter Van Scoyoc, “They listened when the public worried about the rental registry law,” when it was first proposed. I will continue to listen closely.

MY PLEDGE TO YOU IS THIS: BEFORE SUPPORTING A RENTAL REGISTRY, I WILL LOOK FOR BROAD SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC AND I WILL ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO ADVERSE IMPACT ON LAW-­‐ABIDING HOMEOWNERS.

Sylvia Overby for East Hampton Town Board