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Dems: Montauk Wants Focus on Erosion, Code Enforcement

About 100 people turned out for the Listen In forum in Montauk on July 29.

Paul Monte Credit: Larry Smith
Paul Monte Credit: Larry Smith

The Democratic candidates for East Hampton Town Board hosted their second in a series of "Listen In" forums on July 29.

Supervisor Candidate Larry Cantwell and town council candidates Job Potter and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez hosted the forum at Gurney's Inn in Montauk, giving residents of the hamlet a chance to voice their concerns heading into the November 2013 election.

According to a statement from Democrats, residents spoke of their desire to see stronger and better code enforcement, "a clear, sharp focus on the problems of coastal erosion, restoration of town infrastructure, and a balanced approach both to fostering business growth and of protecting residents’ quality of life."

There were about 100 people in attendance and nearly 20 people went to the podium. "The attendees reflected a broad cross section of the Montauk community, business leaders, environmentalists, commercial fishermen, school teachers, and other residents," the statement said.

“It was a gratifying evening to hear familiar concerns, to hear some new ones, and to hear ideas from thoughtful citizens," Burke-Gonzalez said.

The Listen In forums will continue throughout the summer and fall.

The next meeting will be held for residents of Amagansett and Napeague in the community room of St. Michael's Senior Affordable Housing on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

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