The East Hampton Town Board will appoint David Lys to fill the vacant Town Council seat during its Thursday, January 18 meeting at 6:30 p.m., according to a press release issued by the office of Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Lys served on the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals beginning in 2013 and continuing until his town board appointment. As chairman of the Amagansett Lifesaving and Coast Guard Station Society, he spearheaded the effort to relocate and restore the historic lifesaving station, which was donated to the town and placed on its original site on Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett.
A native of East Hampton Town, Mr. Lys grew up in East Hampton Village, where his mother had a long career as a teacher in the East Hampton School District, and now lives with his family in Springs. He is a father of four young girls and, with his wife, Rachel Lys, owns and operates two businesses, Weekend Warriors Tours and Outfitters and East Hampton Physical Therapy.
“As a father of young children and a local business owner, David is in tune with the everyday struggles working families face. He has been a strong advocate of the Democratic values embodied by the Town Board’s efforts to protect the environment, preserve historic buildings, address coastal resiliency, increase public beach access, and to maintain our quality of life,” said Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “We welcome David and his energy, determination, and thoughtful consideration to the work of the board,” the supervisor said.
As a first-generation American whose father immigrated to the U.S. from Indonesia, and a community-minded member of his generation, the appointment of Mr. Lys, said Mr. Van Scoyoc, will add “a voice not heard” to the town board.
“I look forward to continuing to defend and preserve the historical traditions and environmental standards that the Town of East Hampton is recognized for,” said Mr. Lys. Those values, core to the Democratic Party, “molded all of my thinking and my ideologies,” he said. He vowed to “work tirelessly” to advance the agenda of the town board.
In particular, Mr. Lys said, he will focus on advancing coastal resiliency efforts, increasing recreational opportunities in the town, and “future planning for growth in a way that preserves East Hampton’s unique character but allows for future generations of lifelong residents to continue to call it home.” Mr. Lys will take the seat that was held by Supervisor Scoyoc, who sat on the board as a two-term councilman starting in 2012, before winning the November, 2017, election for supervisor. Under town law, that board seat was officially vacated when Mr. Van Scoyoc was sworn in as Supervisor at the start of 2018. Mr. Lys’s appointment will run through 2018. A special election will be held in November, 2018, with candidates seeking to fill the remainder of Mr. Van Scoyoc’s unexpired term. That term continues through 2019.