League To Host Candidate Debates

Supervisor Larry Cantwell

Larry Cantwell

Candidates for town and county office will square off in a pair of debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons over the next two weeks.

The first debate will take place on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building at the corner of Cedar Street and North Main Street.

The first debate, on Tuesday, October 13, 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on the corner of Cedar Street and North Main St. will be moderated by the league’s voter services co-chairwoman Anne Marshall.

It includes Suffolk County Legislature candidates Bridget Fleming, who is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines versus Amos Goodman, who is running on the Republican and Reform tickets.

Tom Knobel

Tom Knobel

Incumbent East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, who is on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence tickets, will face off against Tom Knobel, who is on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. Also appearing will be incumbent board members Sylvia Overby (Democratic, Working Families) and Peter Van Scoyoc (Democratic, Working Families and Independence) and their challengers, Lisa M. Larsen (Republican, Conservative and Independence) and Margaret Turner (Republican, Conservative and Reform.)

Richard Yastrzemski

Richard Yastrzemski

The second debate takes place on Thursday, October 22, at 6 p.m. at Southampton’s Rogers Memorial Library at 91 Coopers Farm Road. The debate will be moderated by voter services co-chairwoman Carol Mellor. Besides Ms. Fleming and Mr. Goodman, it will include Southampton Town supervisor candidates Jay Schneiderman (Democratic, Working Families, Independence) and Richard Yastrzemski (Republican, Conservative and Reform) and the four candidates running for two seats on the Southampton Town Board, John Bouvier and Julie Lofstad (Democratic, Working Families, and Independence) and Christine Scalera (Republican, Conservative and Reform.)

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman during a Southampton Town Supervisor Meet the Candidates question-and-answer session at Southampton High School on Monday night, 9/28/15

Jay Schneiderman

At both debates, candidates for other offices will be allowed to stand and introduce themselves.

The format consists of the candidates making timed opening and closing statements and answering questions submitted by a panel of local media editors and the league, as well as by the audience.

More information is available by calling the league at 631-324-4637.

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