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Mar 31, 2015 9:17 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Martin Drew To Run For East Hampton Town Supervisor As Write-In Candidate

Mar 31, 2015 4:55 PM

Springs resident Martin Drew stands alone for the moment as a candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor—although current Supervisor Larry Cantwell said this week that he intends to announce within the next few weeks whether he’ll seek reelection.

Mr. Drew will run as a write-in candidate, meaning that he will not seek the support of a political party and will have to be written in by voters on the ballot to receive points. This is his third time running as such, but he hopes this time will be different.

This year, Mr. Drew said he wants his campaign to focus on anti-political collusion and the importance and need for transparency and fair representation.

“This is my last-ditch effort to stand up and give my friends, families and associates choice in life,” he said this week. “Last year, the Democrats had a shoo-in—Larry Cantwell—and Republicans did not get a candidate.”

Mr. Drew, who is a semi-retired contractor, is a vociferous board watcher who has served in many capacities over the years, including as a member of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee, the town’s Youth Advisory Board, a stint on the town’s former Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and as the chairman of his own Long Island Sports Committee, which has been pushing for nearly a decade to get a BMX track or dedicated riding area in East Hampton Town.

After observing town affairs, Mr. Drew said a lot needs to change. He said if he were supervisor, he would push to develop a townwide master plan for the Community Preservation Fund to ensure that money isn’t wasted and all the “user groups” in town are represented, either by providing outdoor recreational areas or for affordable housing.

Mr. Drew, who has been involved with LTV in some capacity since 1984, said he would also make sure citizens advisory committees are filmed in an effort to make the town’s inner workings more transparent. He said he would pay for that addition, which he estimates to cost $10,000, out of his own pocket if he couldn’t direct town funding that way.

As for the truck legislation that the Town Board is currently proposing, Mr. Drew said that he believes that if commercial truck owners need to park at their homes, they should have to screen the vehicles fully, and that the town should make available a “truck farm,” where businesses could rent space to park their trucks.

He also said that the town needs to take control of overcrowding but also provide small housing developments for affordable housing, much as exists in Puerto Rico, where he has a second home.

“There are valid issues that are dividing this community now—an us-against-them mentality—which is bruising to the town’s economic situation,” he said. “My duty at this point is to get involved in a non-partisan platform. My message is: ‘You can’t buy me.’ I’m going to do what is right, because it’s our town and we all deserve to be recognized in our community.”

Jeanne Frankl, the town’s Democratic Committee chairwoman, said that no one has screened for the Town Board or the supervisor position yet—and that the committee doesn’t release the names of those who have screened.

East Hampton Town Republican Committee Chairman Tom Knobel said he hasn’t held any screenings for Town Board or supervisor but that Town Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch, Judge Lisa Rana and Assessor Jill Massa are all running again.

He added that four Town Trustee incumbents are planning to seek reelection: Diane McNally, Tim Bock, Nat Miller and Sean McCaffrey. Stephanie Talmage Forsberg has decided not to run again.

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Gotta give you credit Billy you never give up...... If elected will you give up withering in Puerto Rico ??
Mar 31, 15 6:25 PM appended by bonac refugee
Gotta give you credit Billy you never give up...... If elected will you give up wintering in Puerto Rico ??
By bonac refugee (8), east hampton on Mar 31, 15 6:25 PM
Give Billy credit also. He has his heart in the right place for local kids and adults with many of his proposed projects. A BMX park would have been a wonderful place for kids and adults to enjoy and served the same purpose as our youth parks in Amagansett and Montauk.
By Woods woman (145), East hampton on Mar 31, 15 6:56 PM
Why doesn't he work to be the Republican candidate rather than a write in? I didn't even know you could write in someone for supervisor or that this guy had ever run before.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Mar 31, 15 10:52 PM