Wake Up, Democrats! - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2062902

Wake Up, Democrats!

Tip O’Neill, the 47th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was one of the dominant political forces during the second half of the 20th century. The phrase “all politics is local” is closely associated with Tip O’Neill and the way he successfully managed the Democratic Party’s political agenda.

In the Hamptons, we are fortunate to have a news organization, The Express News Group, whose creed is … we live and breathe community journalism. Every week, The Express News Group publishes four local town newspapers and an online service, 27east.com.

It is unfortunate that the Southampton Town elected Democrats can’t find the time to read the local edition and see where public opinion is. Maybe, just maybe, they could change the downward direction that Southampton Democrats are in, and forestall a total takeover of the Southampton Town Board, leaving us with one lone vote, in November 2023.

Case in point: “Southampton Town Planning Board’s Split Vote Approves East Quogue Golf Resort Project” [27east.com, December 14]. For decades, Democrats have been in the forefront of the environmental movement. So, how do we explain to the voters why Democrats are okay with letting Discovery Land Company eviscerate 608 acres in the Pine Barrens, over our life-sustaining aquifer.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman (a DINO — Democrat In Name Only) has never met a developer he didn’t approve of. In a recent interview in The Press, Jay did state that he wanted his next job, after he is termed out at the end of 2023, to be an executive … could that be with Discovery Land Company?

And what were Craig Catalanotto and Tom Neely promised by the Southampton Town Democratic Committee? Maybe a second chance at elected office? They both lost previous election runs.

This is a wakeup call to all Democrats. The Republicans are at full throttle.

Stephen Ring

Hampton Bays