With four weeks until Election Day, a smattering of debates, meet and greets with candidates and issue-related events are being held on the East End this week.
Tonight, Oct. 9, candidates for the Riverhead Town Board will get together for a debate sponsored by the Greater Calverton Civic and Wading River Civic Association Meet the Candidates Night at the Riley Avenue School at 7 p.m.
Candidates for Suffolk County Legislature, town supervisor, town board, town trustees and superintendent of highways will participate in a forum sponsored by the Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association at the Remsenberg-Speonk Elementary School today, Wednesday, Oct 9, at 6:30 p.m.
The East Marion Civic Association will hold a Southold Town Board candidate forum on Sat., Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at the East Marion Firehouse. People who arrive at 9:30 will also have access to “coffee and goodies,” according to their website, although EMCA events quite often involve plenty of food to last the entire morning, in addition to a highly lively discussion. They’re accepting questions for the candidates in advance of the forum here.
The Suffolk Times is also hosting a Southold candidate debate at Peconic Landing at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.
LTV, the East Hampton television studio at in Wainscott, will host a panel discussion with East Hampton town candidates on “Preservation: Have We Gone Too Far?” on Thurs., Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Before the discussion, the studio will hold a screening of a never-before-seen vintage film, in which jazz age illustrator Jamilton King portrays East Hampton as it was 86 years ago, in conjunction with the East Hampton Historical Society’s current exhibition on East Hampton in the jazz age.
An added bonus to LTV’s campaign event is a free wine and cheese reception after the discussion, a rarity at campaign events.
Also in East Hampton this weekend, members of the Quiet Skies Coalition plan to spend Saturday, Oct. 12, in downtown East Hampton during the Hamptons International Film Festival, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., talking to voters about issues at the East Hampton Airport. Members of the coalition are asking voters to elect only candidates who will vote to not accept any more money from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will give the town more local control of the type and number of aircraft that can land at the airport.
Shelter Island will be looking at a whole new ball game in the Suffolk County Legislature this year, after the island was redistricted to be included in the South Fork’s legislative district, District 2. Shelter Islanders had long been a part of the North Fork’s District 1.
On Saturday morning, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m., current South Fork Legislator Jay Schneiderman and his opponent, Southampton Town Board member Chris Nuzzi, will take part in a 90 minute candidate forum at the Shelter Island Library.
The forum is sponsored by the Shelter Island League of Women Voters, the Shelter Island Reporter and the Shelter Island Association.