East Hampton Clericus, VotehamptonNY to Host Town Board Debate

David Lys, left, and Manny Vilar are running for a seat on the East Hampton Town Board. Michael Heller photos

The Reverend Walter Silva Thompson, the East Hampton Clericus and VotehamptonNY will hold a forum for East Hampton Town Board candidates David Lys and Manny Vilar on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Mr. Lys is running on the Democratic, East End Unity and Working Families party lines. Mr. Vilar will be on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Both are running for a one-year term on the East Hampton Town Board, which will fill the town board seat vacated by Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc when he was elected to lead the board in November 2017. Mr. Lys was appointed by a majority of the town board in January to take Mr. Van Scoyoc’s seat until the November election could be held.

According to a press release issued by organizers of the forum, candidates will be asked to detail “the legislative contributions they will make to helping our community if they are elected.” Candidates will be allowed opening and closing statements and questions — known to candidates beforehand — with follow-up questions developed that night.

According to the press release, the topics will focus on family, communal and moral concerns that can be remedied by collaborative efforts aided by civic engagement and town government actions.

The East Hampton Clericus comprises religious leaders from Wainscott to Montauk. VoteHamptonNY is a non-partisan, interfaith, clergy-based initiative dedicated to energizing voters through encouraging voter registration, turnout and community engagement in the Hamptons and surrounding areas.