Candidates for Southold Town Trustee debated earlier this week at Peconic Landing in Greenport
Candidates for Southold Town Trustee debated earlier this week at Peconic Landing in Greenport

It’s debate central on the East End this week, and if you haven’t had a chance to go see some of your favorite candidates talk, now’s the time to do so before the election is over and you won’t be able to hear from the losers again.

East Hampton Town

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk will hold its 43rd Annual Meet the Candidates Forum at the Montauk Firehouse on Sunday at 1 p.m. CCOM’s debate often proves quite lively. Candidates for Suffolk County Legislature, East Hampton Town Supervisor, Town Board, Town Trustees and Town Justice will all be there. CCOM’s format is unique: the candidates will begin by introducing themselves, and then will have a chance to ask a question of an opponent. They will then spend the rest of the forum being grilled by the public. The Montauk Firehouse is at 12 Flamingo Road in Montauk.

East Hampton supervisor and town board candidates have also all responded to a questionnaire on environmental issues prepared by the East Hampton Environmental Coalition, which is available online here.

The League of Women Voters will host a debate between East Hampton town board candidates this Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Street Firehouse, 1 Cedar Street in East Hampton. The two candidates for Suffolk County Legislature, incumbent Jay Schneiderman and Southampton Town Board member Chris Nuzzi, will also debate that evening.

Southold Town

Southold’s most prominent debate of the season was held last Tuesday night at Peconic Landing. More information on what happened at that debate is available here.

The North Fork and Mattituck chambers of commerce will hold a meet the candidates night on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Soundview Restaurant, 58775 Rt. 48 in Greenport.

Riverhead Town

The two candidates for Riverhead Town Supervisor will duke it out over environmental issues at Digger O’Dell’s restaurant, 58 West Main Street, this Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. The forum is co-hosted by the North Fork Environmental Council and the New York League of Conservation Voters. Incumbent Town Supervisor Sean Walter will have a chance to talk from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. and his opponent, Angela DeVito, will speak from 7:15 to 7:55 p.m. The event organizers are asking attendees to sign up in advance here.

Riverhead voters will also have a chance to see all the candidates face off at a debate at the Suffolk Theater, 188 East Main Street in Riverhead, this Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. This debate is sponsored by Riverhead Local and the Times/Review News Group.

Southampton Town

The Hampton Bays Civic Association will host a debate between town supervisor, town board and highway superintendent candidates on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Town Community Center at 25 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will host a debate between Southampton Town Supervisor and Town Board candidates, as well as candidates for Suffolk County Legislature, on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Road in Southampton.

Shelter Island

The Shelter Island Association will host a forum with the three candidates for two town board seats and incumbent town supervisor James Dougherty, who is running unopposed, on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Shelter Island School, 33 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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