East Hampton Republicans Tap Vilar as New Party Chairman

Manny Vilar during the 2017 town supervisor race. Michael Heller photo

Following the resignation of party chairman Amos Goodman, who is now facing 20 felony charges stemming from a Suffolk County investigation into alleged forgeries on nominating petitions in the most recent election cycle, the East Hampton Republican Committee on Thursday named Manny Vilar its new chairman.

Mr. Vilar, a sergeant with the New York State Parks Police who is president of that agency’s union, lives in Springs. In a November special election, he lost a bid for a one-year term on the East Hampton Town Board to incumbent councilman David Lys. He also ran unsuccessfully for East Hampton town supervisor in 2017. He pledged after both elections to stay involved in local politics.

According to a news release issued Thursday, Mr. Vilar received unanimous support from the party’s executive committee.

In the news release, the East Hampton Republican Committee said Mr. Vilar promised to “bring fresh, new ideas” and “build coalitions among voters from other parties” who share the East Hampton Republicans’ concern for balance in local government and for putting the interests of East Hampton residents first.

“President Dwight Eisenhower said, ‘The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office,’” Mr. Vilar said in a statement. “Like so many Republicans, Ike knew our party stands for transparency, integrity and honesty, supporting the sharing of ideas and having real debate on the issues facing our residents. Our candidates and officials will continue to fight for our families, small businesses and environment.”

John Jay LaValle, chairman of the Suffolk County GOP committee, said in a statement he looks forward to working with Mr. Vilar.

“Manny Vilar will bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the East Hampton Republican movement,” Mr. LaValle said.