Town Democrats To Hold ‘Listen In’ In East Hampton Village September 19


The East Hampton Town Democratic candidates for supervisor and Town Board will host their fourth and penultimate “Listen In” in East Hampton Village on Thursday, September 19.

The event, intended for residents of the East Hampton, Wainscott and Northwest Woods communities, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. in the Session House of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton on Main Street and will be preceded by a 15-minute refreshment period.

Larry Cantwell, the supervisor candidate, and his Town Board running mates, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Job Potter, will speak briefly, but will primarily field public comments. They are to provide more detailed responses in writing afterward, according to the town’s Democratic Committee.

Helicopter noise at East Hampton Airport, the importance of protecting the quality of life in residential neighborhoods and keeping the town on the path to financial recovery can be expected to be among the topics broached, Mr. Cantwell said. “We’ll be anxious to know what’s on people’s minds and respond to those concerns,” he said.

Jim Matthews, chairman of the Northwest Alliance, said this week that water quality will come up.

“The Northwest Creek, in particular, was once one of the most fertile estuaries in the Northeast and now it’s permanently closed to shellfishing because of contamination,” he said, because a growing sandbar has severely diminished tidal flushing.

“The town has not, to my knowledge, taken initiative to force dredging of this sandbar,” he said. “I would like to ask the town how, in the future, they can use their leverage on this point to get the job done.”

Mr. Matthews said he would also like to know the candidates’ thoughts on how to deal with climate change, especially rising sea levels.

Jeanne Frankl, the chairwoman of the town’s Democratic Committee, said the Listen Ins, which so far this campaign season have covered Springs, Montauk and Amagansett, have been “successful beyond our expectations.”

“Many people have stepped up to the mic in each one, and the concerns they’ve expressed have covered a wide range,” she said. “It’s a wonderful demonstration of democracy in action, a good guide for voters and, really, quite a reproach to our current board, which has rarely listened with the kind of patience and interest that our candidates have shown.”

The upcoming “Listen In” conflicts with a regularly scheduled Town Board meeting, which Ms. Frankl called “unfortunate.” But she said that time was limited.

“And, of course, these Town Board meetings are repeated on LTV,” she said.

The final “Listen In” is set for Sunday, October 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church on Hampton Street in Sag Harbor.

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