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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1821088

Local Elections Matter

While you may know where President Joe Biden stands on vaccine mandates, or what Mitch McConnell’s stance is on raising the debt limit, do you know who’s running for Southampton Town Council? Can you name your current sheriff or town highway superintendent?

It wasn’t that long ago when I couldn’t answer those questions. Why? I didn’t know how much local elections affected me. And the truth is, many of us don’t.

I now realize that local officials have a significant impact on the quality of our lives. The pandemic has shown us the importance of electing leaders at every level who put our health and safety first. Across the country, state and local officials are making critical decisions daily that directly impact the health and welfare of their communities.

Southampton Town leaders are directly responsible for protecting our environment and coastal waters, improving and maintaining our roads and highways, planning and funding infrastructure investments, increasing workforce housing, reducing crime and taking other responsible measures crucial to sustaining a thriving year-round economy in Southampton.

Based on the effectiveness of the current Southampton Town Democratic majority, voters should want to retain that majority and vote the Democratic ticket in the election this November.

Just a few of the recent infrastructure- and environmental-related achievements of our current town Democratic-led administration include: substantial upgrades to the Hampton Bays water distribution infrastructure; Community Preservation Fund funding of the sewer construction project connecting the Westhampton Beach Main Street area to the existing sewer treatment plant at Gabreski Airport (improving water quality, removing properties from existing onsite septic systems and saving substantial costs); and a CPF grant to Cornell Cooperative Extension to expand shellfish and habitat restoration in town waters, paving the way for a bay scallop nursery at the Tiana Bayside facility in Hampton Bays.

Town Democrats are working hard and achieving results that benefit our communities.

Vote in your self-interest on November 2. Keep the town Democratic majority in office and vote the Democratic ticket.

Alex Margolis