East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc announced on Monday that he is officially seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the town supervisor’s post in this fall’s election.
“Most importantly, I offer a vision for the future of the Town of East Hampton,” Mr. Van Scoyoc, who is currently the deputy supervisor, said in a statement released Monday. “A future that is forever diligent about protecting our natural resources, open space and environment,” he said about his goals. “A future that includes more opportunities for our residents who want to live and work here and have a place to live. And a future where we accept our diversity, understand our differences and work together for the betterment of our community.”
Mr. Van Scoyoc, a retired builder from Northwest, has been on the Town Board since 2011.
He had screened with the party’s nominating committee earlier this winter, along with at least two others: Councilwoman Sylvia Overby and Wainscott resident Frank Dalene. Ms. Overby said on Monday that she has told the East Hampton Town Democratic Party’s nominating committee that she wishes to no longer be considered as a candidate for supervisor.
“I fully support Peter,” Ms. Overby said on Monday. “A joy and constant in my life now is continuing my service to the people of East Hampton, doing the job I love as a councilwoman.”
Ms. Overby and Mr. Van Scoyoc each have two years left on their current four-year terms on the Town Board. The party’s 2011 supervisor candidate, Zachary Cohen, has also screened and said he would be open to accepting either a supervisor or Town Board seat nomination. Mr. Cohen lost the 2011 race to former Republican supervisor Bill Wilkinson by just 15 votes.
Whoever gets the Democratic nomination is expected to face off against Manny Vilar of East Hampton, whom the Republican Party has identified as its soon-to-be nominee for the seat.