Deer, quality of life, wastewater management, the possible creation of a town manager position and poor cellphone reception were among the topics that “perked up the audience” at a recent debate for the candidates for East Hampton Town Board and supervisor, according to Jeffrey Fisher, president of the East Hampton Group for Good Government, the host.
The debate, held on September 28, was civil and the candidates did not differ much in their answers, he said.
Larry Cantwell, the Democratic candidate for supervisor who is also endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties, and who is, in all likelihood, running unchallenged for the post, participated.
Also participating were the four candidates for Town Board: Republican incumbent Dominick Stanzione, who is also endorsed by the Independence and Conservative parties; Job Potter and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, both Democrats who are cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party; and Fred Overton, the current town clerk, who is not registered with a party, but is endorsed by the Independence, Republican and Conservative parties.
Nearly 100 people attended the two-hour debate at the Emergency Services Building in East Hampton Village, Mr. Fisher said.
“It’s very satisfying to see so many people interested in the electoral process participate since it was such a glorious fall afternoon,” he said.
Arthur Malman, co-chairman for the Group for Good Government, introduced the candidates, while East Hampton Village Police Captain Mike Tracey and Laura Anker, a former East Hampton School Board president, posed the questions, which were prepared by the event host.
“There were no ‘gotcha’ questions, no animosity,” Mr. Fisher said. “There was nothing really to distinguish one candidate from the other. These issues aren’t really debatable. We all know the septic systems are leaking into the aquifers and cellphone reception is troublesome, and we all know the deer are destructive. Nobody could deny that we need to beef up the code enforcement staff.”
The town’s Independence Party will hold a “meet the candidates” event next week in Amagansett.
The free event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, at the community hall in the St. Michael’s senior housing complex on Montauk Highway.
A buffet and refreshments will be available.
The town’s Republican Committee will hold a fundraiser for two candidates next week at the Harbor Grill on Three Mile Harbor Road.
The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18, and is to raise funds for Town Board candidate Fred Overton and town assessor candidate Joe Bloecker. The public is invited to share their ideas with the candidates. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar at happy hour prices will be available. The cost is “whatever you feel is appropriate,” according to the GOP.