After reading Evelyn Konrad’s letter [“Not In Sync,” Letters, April 30], I felt it would be a good time to write my first-ever Letter to the Editor.
My family moved to Southampton when I was 2 years old, in 1967. My father was a teacher in Bridgehampton for 30-plus years, and my late mother was a nurse at Southampton Hospital.
I was proud to serve as a police officer in the Village of Southampton for nearly 26 years before retiring in 2014. I now still serve the community of Southampton as a School Board trustee for the Southampton Union Free School District.
While Evelyn Konrad certainly has valid points and concerns regarding development within the village, I also understand that our best political leaders have balanced the right to develop with many other aspects of life on the East End. Safe to say that many families are here year round and make their living providing services to the “SUV-racing, giant house-owning and village groceries-hoarding second-home owners.”
Regarding Zach Epley: As a neighborhood friend of Zach’s mother, Marianne, I am fortunate enough to know him since he was an infant. I have also watched him grow into a caring man who is all-in when in it comes to the “Vil,” as he and his friends would refer to the village in their teenage years.
In addition to raising four children with his wife, Brittany, he finds the time to serve as a volunteer fireman and has coached the youth of various ages in baseball and football and perhaps other sports I am not aware of.
As he assists in the running of his family’s business, Seafield Center, he is always willing to find the right program and services for anyone in need of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, giving them the chance to overcome and get their lives back on track.
Zach is passionate about life in Southampton and more than anything wants it to be the best place on earth for his family to live.
I would ask that you consider Zach Epley as your next village trustee, as I know without a doubt that he will work tirelessly to keep Southampton Village one of the best places to live!
Mr. Medio is a retired sergeant in the Southampton Village Police Department and a past president of the village’s Police Benevolent Association — Ed.
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