Larry Cantwell, the recently retired East Hampton Village administrator, will be the sole name on the supervisor’s slot on the ballot on Election Day this Tuesday, appearing on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party lines.
The supervisor’s post pays $98,800 annually and the term is two years.
The East Hampton resident served as a town councilman from 1977 to 1982. During that span, he said, he helped start the first affordable housing program in East Hampton at Olympic Heights, introduced and adopted the first farmlands preservation law in East Hampton, led an effort to approve public referendum for open space preservation and established the Office of Fire Prevention to improve public safety. In 1976, he was elected bay constable at age 25.
As the village’s chief financial officer from 1982 until this year, he guided finances to surplus every year, he said. During part of that time, he also served on the Town Planning Board and as chairman of the Town Housing Authority, where he said he helped purchase 30 acres of land that became Accabonac Affordable Apartments in East Hampton. He was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to serve 12 years on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, served on the executive board of the East End Economic and Environmental Task Force.
Mr. Cantwell is married to his wife of 35 years, Anne, and has a daughter, Laura Siska, a physician in East Hampton. He has two grandsons, Avery, 9, and Chase, 6.
The East Hampton High School graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from C.W. Post College.
“I have a lifetime of experience living in East Hampton and 37 years as a public official working for the people of East Hampton,” he said. “I am running for supervisor because I want to continue to serve the community and find reasonable solutions to the issues we face.”
The budget and taxes, quality of life, coastal policy and preserving the environment are his main goals.
The town must continue to rebuild its financial health, he said. Budget increases should be balanced with reducing expenses through consolidating services, improving efficiency with better use of technology and reducing reliance on property taxes by maximizing non-tax revenue.
He is calling for a coordinated effort by the town’s enforcement agencies to address violations, such as littering and excessive noise, that hurt quality of life.
He would also like the town to have a hazard mitigation and recovery plan to identify hazards and areas of shoreline vulnerability in the face of serious storms, as well as guard against the nitrogen loading of ground and surface water, resolve the issue of the closed scavenger waste plant and adopt a program to minimize the impacts of failed septic systems.