By Christine Sampson
The East Hampton Town Republican Committee last week announced it has formally endorsed Manny Vilar as its candidate for East Hampton town supervisor and has chosen Jerry Larsen and Paul Giardina as its town board candidates.
Mr. Vilar is a sergeant with the New York State Parks Police, Mr. Larsen is the former chief of the East Hampton Village Police Department, and Mr. Giardina recently retired from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“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, chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee, said in a statement.
The three candidates have already released a draft plan to tackle what they have described as a “serious septic waste and water issue.” That plan, as well as additional information on the candidates, is available on the committee’s website, www.ehnygop.com.
Mr. Vilar, who will face Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, the current town deputy supervisor and Democratic candidate, in the supervisor’s race, said in a statement that he and Mr. Larsen and Mr. Giardina feel “energized by the campaign.”
“The three of us love meeting and talking to people,” he said. “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 town employees — all will have a seat at the table in our administration.”
Community members can meet the candidates on Friday, April 21, when the East Hampton Town Republican Committee opens its campaign headquarters at Red Horse Market, Suite 17, 74 Montauk Highway in East Hampton.