Dominick J. Stanzione, the only East Hampton Town Board incumbent seeking reelection this year, is running for a second four-year term as councilman, a $61,750 a year post.
He is a Republican who is cross endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties.
The Amagansett resident works as a financial advisor and consultant and is president of Colonial Capital Advisors, an institutional capital management advisory firm in East Hampton Village.
Mr. Stanzione is single and has a 28-year-old daughter. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, another master’s in public administration from Stony Brook University and a bachelor’s degree, also from Stony Brook, in economics. He minored in theater.
He is seeking reelection, he said, to continue his contributions to the community and to be of service.
The achievement he is most proud of during his first term is helping save the town from bankruptcy and contributing to a major fiscal turnaround.
“I’m gratified by the ability to have had the capacity to have done that,” he said. “It was an extraordinary situation, a local crisis that required not only myself, but myself, [Supervisor] Bill [Wilkinson], [Councilwoman] Theresa [Quigley], [Budget Officer] Len Bernard and all the town employees. It took many, many hours of dedicated work.”
Mr. Stanzione said he worked with county, state and federal government to craft a rescue plan. The operating reforms during that time were another highlight, as was helping restore the Community Preservation Fund from “tragic financial abuse,” he said. Cleaning up “the mess at Human Services” was another achievement.
One piece of legislation that he proudly sponsored was hiring the consultant to put together a comprehensive wastewater management plan.
“That’s been heralded as the most progressive environmental policy proposal in East Hampton in the last decade,” he said, “and that comes from a Republican. Can you imagine that?”
A second piece of legislation he led was to approve the East Hampton Airport master plan, a “herculean” effort, he said, requiring the completion of final portions of the plan that had been sitting idle for six or seven years.
“We took that up, held a bunch of public hearings, did all the necessary public work required to move that legislation forward, and it was unanimous by a bipartisan board,” he said. “I take great pride in that.”
In terms of personal qualities and experiences that qualify him for public service, Mr. Stanzione pointed to his 30-year-private sector career, an open mind, and his love of people.
“I love people and my community,” he said, citing his experience as a volunteer ambulance driver for Amagansett and a co-founder of the Group for Good Government and the Amagansett food pantry.
The three biggest issues facing the town, he said, are partisan politics, safety and quality of life and continuing the improvement of the town’s financial controls.
“I think we have to reduce partisan politics and increase civil discourse,” he said. “I think that in many ways our little community mirrors the excessive partisan politics that many of us see in the nation. I have tried to be a voice of reason and commonsense.”
In terms of finance, he said, “We can’t slip back into the sloppy, sloppy ways of the prior administrations. I think we have to continue to explore new management structures that reduce costs and enhance performance.”
To address quality-of-life concerns, he suggested putting into effect the rental registry idea he’s been pushing and increasing beach access.
The airport’s future should also be reconciled, he said.
“We should accept [Federal Aviation Administration] funding unless there is a fiscally responsible alternative,” he said.