Who Would You Rather See Run Against Schneiderman for Supervisor?

The Republicans are going with a former town supervisor; Question remains who will get the nod from the Democrats.

Election 2013 — Here we come.

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman looks like he will soon have the East Hampton Republicans nomination for town supervisor. The Republicans took a formal vote last week, but are waiting for a full slate to make an official announcement (Schneiderman was out of the country and unavailable for comment).

But the East Hampton Democrats are holding their first screening on Sunday, so it still remains to be seen who they'll nominate.

It's no secret that Larry Cantwell, who is retiring from his position as East Hampton Village Administrator in July, is considering a run. Zachary Cohen, who only lost to current town supervisor Bill Wilkinson by 15 votes during the last go-around, is a strong possibility, as well. Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, just elected to the town board two years ago, has also been suggested.

If you're a Democrat, we want to know who you'd rather see get the nomination? Someone else entirely? If you're a member of another political party, and you're already thinking about strategy, let us know that too. Leave a comment below.

Reality Check February 22, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Any of the three will be better than Jay!
JDEAL February 22, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Jay is just fine with me. Maybe the Democrats should cross-endorse him
Yearounder February 22, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Larry Cantwell!
SadderBudweiser February 22, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Regardless of who runs on the Democratic side you can expect that the platform will be the same. Will that be so with the Republicans? Will Schneiderman the Independent embrace the hands-off policies of the current Republican board members when it comes to the hipster mess in Montauk? The coming debacle at Indian Wells? Will he push for FAA funding for the Airport without any assurance that noise can be abated in any significant manner? Schneiderman needs to be questioned thouroughly and continually. He's slick. He needs to be pinned down and make his positions clear. At least you know where the Dems are coming from and where they want to go. Not so with Jay-O!
Chas Wilson February 22, 2013 at 09:39 PM
It is time for a civil and common sense approach in responding to East Hampton's residents and communities. Larry Cantwell, through his many years of dedicated service to both the Town and Village of East Hampton, has demonstrated what Public Service means. He would be an excellent Town Supervisor. Peter VanScyoc has demonstrated a high degree of public professionalism as a member of the current Town Board. He has brought to this position a wealth of knowledge from previous positions in public service. He and Sylvia Overby have shown a comprehensive appreciation for all the challenges and opportunities we share as residents. Peter would be an excellent Town Supervisor. Either of Larry Cantwell or Peter Von Scyoc would get my vote. East Hampton Republican
"Pride of Bonac" February 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Jay is an excellent po
"Pride of Bonac" February 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Jay is an excellent politican --Doesn't anyone remember? He was a past EastHampton Supervisor and he wouldn't have stood a chance for relection in East Hampton based upon his performance =- - -So -- What does he do? He runs for legislator and gets promoted. --- although -- I must agmit he has done a good job as legislator and now with his political experience may make a better East Hampton Supervisor
MARTIN DREW February 23, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Fred Overton - would be the a Great candidate for Supervisor . Jay been there done that ; Larry who ? Zac - the public decided already twice with him in mind ...Peter Van Scoyac needs to keep to his existing commitment as councilman ... Mr. Overton has the local appeal to win ; he knows the town processes from the inside ; he's factual ; and his experience processing town procedure makes him knowledge in a range of subject matter ; I would welcome his reserved leadership without doubt ; his calm politeness would bring a different approach to town hall politics ; and as a veteran he's all about service to his community and country .. Definitely Fred Overton for sensibility ; service and commitment to community ; he 'd have my vote !
Surfprotector February 24, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Zach almost pulled it off..just missing by 15 votes. He demonstrated a willingness to fight for our beaches to keep them public. Unlike so many of these "milktoast" candidates, like Van Skyoc for instance, who publicly sided with some beach nazis that wanted to limit truck access at three mile harbor, a local family beach and traditional fishing spot. Thankfully our trustees had to educate him as well as BIG BILL and his mini-me Quigley, that this was not their decision to make. We need candidates who will support our trustees..not ambush them. Zach would keep our beaches public...so would Larry..."VAN SQUAK AT."...he's forgotten who he represents. If the DEMS run him....Jay's my man. .
Mo Neill February 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I like Jay, He is a person who is polite & straight-forward in a round about way, but we've been there, done that. Why the musical chairs, anyway? Why does he need to leave the County legislature? Larry Cantwell is in the best position. He did, by all acounts, a superb job as Village manager & worked well with the Repub Mayor & boards over the years. He has an enviable track record. He is a clear-eyed, straight shooter who has shown he is attentive to all the village, not just one party. Lordy, do we need a person who can work civilly & competently with both sides of the aisle. He has been known as attentive to residents, no matter their party affiliation.
LS February 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Andy P February 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Well said LS - He's a loose cannon - Running for office, I don't think he's fit to run for the Bus....... ABC - love it --- It might just catch on! I can just see the ABC Bumper sticker now.....
Lady L February 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM
This town needs a fiscal conservative who will finish Wilkinson's job of straightening out our finances. The McGuintee tax and spend took us into a deep hole that we're just getting out from. Stop spending money we don't have. You can only tax the people to a point, then the money runs out and the bills will not be paid.
Moni February 25, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Any of the Dems would be a welcome relief from the rude haughtiness of Wilkinson and the near hysterical outbursts and scoldings of Quigley. Watching board meetings has, at times, been almost like watching a ditzy reality show. Whoever wins, please, PULEEZE, I beg of you, return to us the service of LEAF PICKUP! As a Springs resident, that's at the top of my personal wishlist. But, from a broader perspective, I'm rooting for whoever will stand against privatization of essential services and who will not be inclined to sell EH to the highest bidder.
Mo Neill February 26, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Perhaps "any of the Dems" would be a welcome relief if they would not return the town to having to subsidize home owners with leaf pick up. Yet, in yr post you give as yr main consideration the town spending less money when it's not necessary. It is no surprise that some want a free service provided to homeowners of EH, even though 35% of EH residents are renters. Don't you think the town could better use the tens (hundreds, really) of thousands saved by home owners paying for their own leaf p/u. & hauling them to the dump themselves. I somehow think you might mind the town paying to have only renters' cars washed? I think a use of that money saved from ending the subsidy to homeowners' leaf p/u that would benefit all of the town, not just homeowners, would be to expand pre-kindergarten to any child in the Town, while using some portion to pay down debt. People say they want govn't to spend less, but just don't want their own services touched. I agree with you it's deplorable seeing town assets sold off at the worst moment of the worst economic downturn since the Depression. Can you imagine what these assests sold would be worth in 50 yrs? Then, residents will look back to say, in disbelief, "what stupidity!"
JDEAL February 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I doubt that many remember the chaos that existed when Larry Cantwell, Mary Ella and Randy were on the board. They were at each others throats. Of course most of that was behind the scenes. So I don't think Larry is such a prize and would probably only run to insure a higher town pension. (That's what it's all about).


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