Outspoken Springs resident Martin Drew has launched a write-in campaign for East Hampton Town supervisor, less than three weeks from Election Day on November 5.
Mr. Drew, 47, a carpenter, new Springs Citizens Advisory Committee member and vocal participant at town meetings—and who is not registered with a political party, announced his campaign during a public comment portion of an East Hampton Town Board meeting on Thursday night, October 17.
His political platform, released on Monday and written in note form with plenty of capitalization, ellipses, slashes and exclamation points, is titled “Leadership for Real Change” and describes a need to reach consensus on tough issues.
Some of his ideas include embarrassing or prosecuting real estate agents and brokers who rent share houses in violation of the law by revoking their licenses. He also suggests embarrassing the “offending elite” who use East Hampton Airport via a “wall of shame” on LTV. He says he supports accepting federal funds for the airport and the future expansion of “quiet operations” at the airport, but does not elaborate. He calls for a plan to buy out houses that could be affected by airport noise. He also calls for a townwide master plan and exploring the idea of creating commercial truck depots in each hamlet to end “commercial sprawl” in residential neighborhoods.
Only one name will appear on this year’s ballot in the supervisor’s race: Larry Cantwell, a recently retired, longtime East Hampton Village administrator. A Democrat who was cross-endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties, the popular Mr. Cantwell easily won a write-in primary last month to get the Republican nomination, despite announcing previously that he would decline the nod.
Mr. Drew, in the same primary, received one vote to Mr. Cantwell’s 35 out of 69 cast.
“I don’t want Larry Cantwell to go unchallenged,” Mr. Drew declared at the podium, “and I want my citizens and friends to have a choice.”
He urged the town to accept federal funding for the coastline protection of Montauk and took note that the village recently approved a homeowner’s request for a sand-covered rock revetment. He ticked off a laundry list of issues in each hamlet, such as code-enforcement and quality-of-life concerns in Amagansett, overcrowded homes and businesses operating in residential neighborhoods in Springs and helicopter and airplane noise in Wainscott.
He listed his priorities as maintaining a “strong economic bubble” in town, creating jobs through affordable housing and building more such units and creating public and private truck farms, where truck owners could park their vehicles, rather than on residential lots, for example, and closed with a brief message in Spanish for Spanish-speaking viewers of LTV.