Political Briefs 09.21.17

Survey Presentation and Response

Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Board, will present and discuss the results of a community survey he commissioned on Monday at noon at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett.

Hy Mariampolski, the president of QualiData, a research and consulting firm that conducted the study, will deliver a brief presentation of the findings. Mr. Giardina, who spent 37 years at the federal Environmental Protection Agency and four years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will then review his campaign’s response to those findings. A question-and-answer period will follow.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30. Reservations have been requested by sending an email to paul4ehtb@gmail.com but are not required to attend.

A fund-raiser for Mr. Giardina’s campaign is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at East Hampton Point. The requested donation is $50, and the event will feature free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Those planning to attend have been asked to R.S.V.P. by email to paul4ehtb@gmail.com.


New Green Guide for the Town

Seventeen independent environmental groups have joined forces with the goal of ensuring that candidates in the Nov. 7 election for East Hampton Town supervisor and town board are educated about the key environmental issues facing the town.

Representatives from the East Hampton Environmental Coalition will hold a press conference on Monday at 11 a.m. on the lawn at Town Hall, where they will release the 2017 East Hampton Green Guide: A Primer on Sustainability Policy for Candidates.

The Accabonac Protection Committee, Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the New York chapter of the International Dark Sky Association, Long Island Businesses for Responsible Energy, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the Northwest Alliance, Renewable Energy Long Island, and the Quiet Skies Coalition contributed to and endorsed the guide.

Defend H20, the Ditch Plains Association, the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, Group for the East End, the Peconic Baykeeper, the Perfect Earth Project, the Surfrider Foundation’s eastern Long Island chapter, and the Third House Nature Center also endorsed the primer.


Environmental Candidate Forum

Concerned Citizens of Montauk and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund will jointly present the East Hampton Environmental Candidate Forum on Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scoville Hall in Amagansett.

Peter Van Scoyoc and Manny Vilar, the Democratic and Republican candidates for East Hampton Town supervisor, respectively, are expected to attend, as are their running mates for town board: the Democratic candidates Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman, and the Republican candidates Paul Giardina and Jerry Larsen. Topics to be discussed include clean water, climate change, light and sound pollution, and coastal resiliency.


An Endorsement for Giardina

Kenneth Wynder, the president of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association, has endorsed Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Board. The association represents 8,000 members, including 400 New York City police officers, who are primarily responsible for protecting the city’s watersheds and reservoirs.

“It is a humbling honor to be endorsed by the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association that keeps New York City drinking water safe,” Mr. Giardina, a former official with the E.P.A., said in a statement. “After working for a good part of my 45-year career with environmental law enforcement officers from New York City and New York State it makes me proud that these are the people who stand behind me and understand my body of work.”