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

Southampton Town Trustee candidate Bill Pell (D)

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: 49

Hometown: Tuckahoe

Occupation: commercial fisherman

Political Affiliation: Democrat

Political Experience: none

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

They should be very involved in it. Water runs downhill, so it always ends up in the bays and wetlands and ponds and creeks. The Trustees should be helping to find the trouble spots that are causing the worst problems. If you have a hundred places that need dry wells you need to pick out the ones that are the most important. I think the Trustees should be one of the loudest inputs whenever the highway department and the town are looking to put in a new dry well. Our waters are our most important feature out here, they should be protected first.

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

They need to stabilize the regulations as much as possible and fight the quotas. I would fight for the fluke regulations, so New Yorkers have fair quotas. I would also support continuing to seed clams and bay scallops in the bays, that is working very well. We need to make sure fishermen always have access to boat ramps and places to tie up their boats at night—they can’t afford to be paying $150 a foot for a slip. If you don’t own property where are you going to go? The Trustees can give them a place to tie up.

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

Road and yard runoff have to be diverted away from surface water. You have to get septic tanks away from ponds. You have to identify where the sources of blooms are. There are a lot of resources out here that you can tap into if you’re looking for them.

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There are people voting for a new forward looking majority on the Board of Trustees: Ed Warner Jr, Bill Pell & Chris Garvey to get it done!
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 2, 09 1:25 AM
Excellent choices, sir!
By Frank Wheeler (1795), Northampton on Nov 2, 09 1:35 AM
Wow! We agree !!!!! A perfect start, don't you think????
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 9:12 AM
Bill's a nice guy.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 2, 09 9:51 AM
Bill Pell, Chris Garvey, Ed Warner Jr., Freddy Havemeyer & Jon Semlear are all great choices. Bill understands the issues & will work hard for we the people.
By Draggerman (791), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 11:45 AM
Mr. Pell and Mr. Garvey have my family and friends' votes. Like INS said its time
Houdini and Shultz took long walks off short piers! They are just in it for themselves. Now is the time for Pell and Garvey to bring new ideas to the Trustees. Vote for them.
By 5 More to Go! (3), Riverhead on Nov 2, 09 3:02 PM
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