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Oct 30, 2009 10:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Trustee incumbent Eric Shultz (R)

Editor's Note: Seven candidates are seeking seats on the five-member Southampton Town Board of Trustees this year. The five incumbents—Republicans Jon Semlear, Ed Warner Jr., Brian Tymann, Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer—are all seeking reelection to another two-year term on the board. They are being challenged by Democratic candidates Bill Pell and Chris Garvey. The Trustees seats are considered part-time and come with an annual $23,900 per year salary for the regular Trustees seats and $30,300 for the president’s seat, which Mr. Semlear has held since 2007. All seven candidate answered a few questions from The Press on topics relevant to the Trustees’ work.

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Oct 30, 2009 10:30 AM

Age: 54

Hometown: East Quogue

Occupation: retired from FDNY Fire Patrol

Political experience: Southampton Town Conservation Board, Southampton Town Planning Board, current Town Trustee

1. Do you think stormwater runoff is a problem the Trustees should be involved in trying to fix? Why or how?

We have to stop the heavy metals and toxins from getting into the bay. We’re encouraging people to plant buffers. Anytime a bulkhead comes in for replacement we don’t allow any fertilized vegetation. We’ve been encouraging people, I don’t know if we can start taking them to court, but we’re whittling away at it slowly with low-sil bulkheads and the planting of native vegetation.

2. Do you think the Trustees can or should be doing more to help the local commercial fishing industry? Why?

We just got done re-doing all the bulkheads at the Trustee basin. There’s two commercial draggers there. We’re encouraging the aquaculture program so that it’s workable for everyone. We’re putting out breeder sanctuaries to increase the number of clams in the bay—we just did a transplant from the Peconic River. And we’ve worked with the Army Corps to finalize plans for dredging of the inlet.

3. How should the Trustees be involved in improving water quality in the town’s freshwater ponds?

In Agawam we have a project to put in a rain garden. Planting vegetation to intercept runoff. Working with Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook Southampton’s marine science program on a study of Mill Pond and I’ve been working on Wildwood Lake. Put some new algae eaters species in Silverbrook Pond in Flanders to improve the water quality.

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Seeing that this trustee (by his listed occupation )is retired to some extent already, he should be retired the rest of the way..That would be done by NOT REELECTING him again! He has been nursing on Southampton Town way too long.He represents the old guard that say "No" just for the sake of saying no, while being closed to reasonable new input. He is a bad plank in the trustees boat & it needs to be replaced, he could sink them with his closed mindedness and uncommunicative ways. He is a small ...more
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 1, 09 10:16 PM
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There are more compelling reasons that that to not re-elect Mr. Schultz.

He is more interested in power than discharging his responsibities as a Trustee.

And then there's the Dockers application and the Westhampton Cemetery matter. It's disgraceful.
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Nov 2, 09 1:34 AM
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How little you know. He has a depth of experience and historical knowledge.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 2, 09 9:41 AM
What matter his "depth of experience and historical knowledge" if he is without honor?

Oh, and experience? Ed Warner has relevant experience. So did his father, Bill Bennett and Scott Strough.

So too do Bill Pell and Chris Garvey, both of whom would restore some lost confidence to the Board of Trustees.
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on Nov 2, 09 8:39 PM