Political Briefs 11.02.17

Giardina Proposes Business Incubator

Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Board, has proposed an incubator for the growth of retail and services businesses that he has dubbed the Paumanok Center for Innovation.  

The center, Mr. Giardina said in a release, would be an employment engine and alternative business model that would further the town’s reputation as a magnet for investment. Priority would be given to products and services that are made or sourced here, or depend on traditional skills and crafts of the East End and Suffolk County. The intended beneficiaries are those with family roots or significant experience living on Long Island, he said. 

The center would prioritize business segments including health and wellness, medical technology and robotics, artificial intelligence, information technology, services efficiency, ecology and environmental preservation, and international businesses. Members would be expected to graduate from the incubator within a time frame of two to five years and set up independent operations consistent with their business plans. Priority would be given to businesses that remain with at least a branch office in the town. More details of this and other campaign proposals can be found on Mr. Giardina’s website, paul4ehtb.com.


Democrats Campaign Rally

The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee will host a campaign rally with food, live music, and drinks on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Neighborhood House on Three Mile Harbor Road. 

Fried chicken, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served free of charge, and candidates for town supervisor, town board, assessor, clerk, trustee, and town justice will be on hand.


In Their Own Words

In the lead-up to Election Day, the East Hampton Group for Good Government is promoting its three-part LTV series, “GGG Insights — Where Do You Stand,” with candidates for East Hampton Town Board and town supervisor. Airing on LTV Channel 20 and on demand at ltveh.org., the programs offer the candidates the chance to discuss issues head-to-head with “no time limit and little intrusion from the moderator,” according to the group.

One candidate from each party participated in each of the segments, which focused on clean water, the airport and affordable housing, and clean energy and short-term rentals. The programs can be seen on Channel 20 today at 5 and 5:30 p.m., tomorrow at 1 and 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 


East Hampton P.B.A. Endorsements

The East Hampton Town Police Benevolent Association endorsed Lawrence Zacarese for Suffolk County sheriff, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Mr. Zacarese is the assistant chief of the Stony Brook University Police and a former New York City Police Department sergeant. He is running against Errol Toulon, a former captain for the New York City Department of Correction. 

  Mr. Zacarese was also endorsed by the Southampton Town P.B.A. and the Eastern Long Island Police Conference. 

The East Hampton Town P.B.A. has also endorsed the Republican candidates for East Hampton Town Board and town supervisor. Manny Vilar is running for supervisor; Gerard Larsen and Mr. Giardina for town board. 

East Hampton’s Republican ticket also won endorsements from the East Hampton Village P.B.A., the Sag Harbor Village P.B.A. and a number of other countywide, statewide, and regional police groups.