Southampton Village will have a low-key election year, with uncontested races for mayor and two trustee seats, when voters go to the polls on Friday, June 21, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane.
Incumbents Mayor Mark Epley, Bill Hattrick and Nancy McGann are running unopposed to retain their two-year seats on the board.
On the same ballot, residents will be asked to vote on a proposition amending the village volunteer ambulance service award program. Volunteers are vested in the program after serving for five years. If the proposition is approved by voters, the change, which would go into effect on January 1, 2014, would increase the retirement benefit for volunteers. Currently, upon retirement, they receive a benefit of $20 per month for each year they served as a volunteer.
The proposal is to increase that amount to $30 per month for each year of service, and the maximum monthly payment would go from $800 to $1,200.
The cost of the program for 2013 is about $50,000 and is projected to increase to $65,000 annually over the next five years based on current participation. The amended program, based on current participation, would cost about $75,000.
Mark EpleyMr. Epley is seeking his fifth term as mayor. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Citizens with Integrity Party, he said his key goals for his next term include implementing the newly redesigned business district master plan and creating the Southampton Center for the Arts to replace the Parrish Art Museum.
When not at Village Hall, Mr. Epley serves as the executive director of the Seafield Center, an alcohol and substance abuse treatment inpatient clinic in Westhampton Beach. He also serves on the village’s Legislative, Executive and Finance committees, and is the village police commissioner.
Bill HattrickMr. Hattrick has had a long political career in the Village of Southampton, and is running for his second consecutive term in office since 2011.
Previously, he served as the chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for 15 years, village mayor from 1985 to 1989, and Village Board member from 1989 to 1993.
A member of the Patriot Party, Mr. Hattrick is hoping the village will be able to better utilize the Coopers Beach pavilion for fundraisers and other events in the future. His plan is that the cost of any upgrades would be paid through private donations, rather than being an added expense for taxpayers.
Nancy McGannMs. McGann is a senior managing partner for Town and Country Real Estate in Southampton and is seeking her fifth term on the Village Board.
In her next term, Ms. McGann said she hopes to be able to continue her efforts to make the village more beautiful year-
round. A commissioner on the Lakes and Ponds, Wetlands and Beachfront, and Beautification committees, she would like to make the North Sea Road corridor more attractive.