The East Hampton Environmental Coalition, a new collective comprised of 11 nonprofit groups, announced this week that all East Hampton Town Board and supervisor candidates have posted responses to the coalition’s questionnaire.
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“We are very excited that all of the candidates for town board and supervisor filled the questionnaire out,” Dan Hendrick, communications director for the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund said in an e-mail. “That speaks volumes about the strength of the coalition and the importance of environmental issues among the voters and elected officials.”
Their entire responses can be seen online at the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Web site.
Through the 12-question survey, the new group hopes to bring local environmental concerns into the forefront this election year and to force candidates to take a public stance on everything from noise pollution and water quality to land preservation and waste management.
The coalition includes the Accabonac Protection Committee, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the Dark Sky Society, the Garden Club of East Hampton, Group for the East End, New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Northwest Alliance, Quiet Skies Coalition, Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Third House Nature Center.
The questionnaire was put out to incumbent Republican Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and his challenger, Zach Cohen, as well as the six town board candidates: Democrats Peter Van Scoyoc and Sylvia Overby, Steven Gaines and Richard Haeg, Republicans, and Bill Mott and Marilyn Behan, Independence Party.