As expected, the East Hampton Town Republican Committee formally endorsed its 2017 slate of town board candidates at its meeting on Wednesday night. Manny Vilar, a sergeant with the State Parks police, is the party's candidate for supervisor.
Jerry Larsen, the former East Hampton Village Police chief, and Paul Giardina, who recently retired after a long career with the Environmental Protection Agency, join Mr. Vilar as candidates for the town board.
"This dynamic team, with over 100 years' collective management experience in federal, state, and local government, will tackle the challenges facing East Hampton efficiently and professionally," Reg Cornelia, the committee's chairman, said in a statement Friday.
"The three of us love meeting and talking to people," Mr. Vilar said in the same statement. "We are already hearing the concerns of so many residents who feel their voices are not being heard by the current administration and are concerned for their family's future in East Hampton. Small business owners, fishermen, farmers, artists, environmentalists, East Hampton employees, all will have a seat at the table in our administration."
The candidates, who have held regular, informal meetings with residents, will do so on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Springs Tavern, formerly Wolfie's, on Fort Pond Boulevard. They have also encouraged residents to attend the official opening of the committee's new headquarters, Suite 17 at the Red Horse Market complex at 74 Montauk Highway in East Hampton, on Friday, April 21.