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Oct 18, 2013 3:32 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Martin Drew Announces Write-In Candidacy For East Hampton Town Supervisor

Oct 22, 2013 4:37 PM

Outspoken Springs resident Martin Drew has launched a write-in campaign for East Hampton Town supervisor, less than three weeks from Election Day on November 5.

Mr. Drew, 47, a carpenter, new Springs Citizens Advisory Committee member and vocal participant at town meetings—and who is not registered with a political party, announced his campaign during a public comment portion of an East Hampton Town Board meeting on Thursday night, October 17.

His political platform, released on Monday and written in note form with plenty of capitalization, ellipses, slashes and exclamation points, is titled “Leadership for Real Change” and describes a need to reach consensus on tough issues.

Some of his ideas include embarrassing or prosecuting real estate agents and brokers who rent share houses in violation of the law by revoking their licenses. He also suggests embarrassing the “offending elite” who use East Hampton Airport via a “wall of shame” on LTV. He says he supports accepting federal funds for the airport and the future expansion of “quiet operations” at the airport, but does not elaborate. He calls for a plan to buy out houses that could be affected by airport noise. He also calls for a townwide master plan and exploring the idea of creating commercial truck depots in each hamlet to end “commercial sprawl” in residential neighborhoods.

Only one name will appear on this year’s ballot in the supervisor’s race: Larry Cantwell, a recently retired, longtime East Hampton Village administrator. A Democrat who was cross-endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties, the popular Mr. Cantwell easily won a write-in primary last month to get the Republican nomination, despite announcing previously that he would decline the nod.

Mr. Drew, in the same primary, received one vote to Mr. Cantwell’s 35 out of 69 cast.

“I don’t want Larry Cantwell to go unchallenged,” Mr. Drew declared at the podium, “and I want my citizens and friends to have a choice.”

He urged the town to accept federal funding for the coastline protection of Montauk and took note that the village recently approved a homeowner’s request for a sand-covered rock revetment. He ticked off a laundry list of issues in each hamlet, such as code-enforcement and quality-of-life concerns in Amagansett, overcrowded homes and businesses operating in residential neighborhoods in Springs and helicopter and airplane noise in Wainscott.

He listed his priorities as maintaining a “strong economic bubble” in town, creating jobs through affordable housing and building more such units and creating public and private truck farms, where truck owners could park their vehicles, rather than on residential lots, for example, and closed with a brief message in Spanish for Spanish-speaking viewers of LTV.

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There is no local union, Local 34. The group that Martin Drew described recently as a "local advocacy" group -- has no known members besides Mr. Drew.
By justthefacts (9), East Hampton on Oct 20, 13 10:47 AM
If Larry were truly running for the people of east hampton he would have thrown partisan politics aside and accepted the repubs endorsement. Unite don't divide.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 21, 13 4:41 AM
He declined to accept it so that there was at least a possibility of a choice in the elections .He is a good man, well suited for the position, but apparently he believes in democracy.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 21, 13 9:46 AM
Also, perhaps Mr. Cantwell had the foresight to anticipate that a Republican endorsement might not be such a good thing, given the problems in Washington over the last few months with the budget fight in general and over ACA? If so, a wise move IMO, especially in a Town considered to be Democratic.
By PBR (4951), Southampton on Oct 21, 13 11:37 AM
But I'm a blank....I agree that he is a good man and well suited for the position. My point is pretty much everyone in EH feels the same way. He is running on a platform of putting partisan politics aside and working together for the betterment of the town. Why not accept the republican endorsement and do just that. Unite dont divide.

By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 22, 13 10:05 AM
Because he did not want the taint of that party? [as suggested above]
By PBR (4951), Southampton on Oct 22, 13 10:53 AM
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