Southold Democrats have launched "Sustainable Southold," a new party line
Southold Democrats have launched “Sustainable Southold,” a new party line

Southold Democrats have spent the summer getting petitions to add a new line, “Sustainable Southold,” to this November’s ballot.

The names of Democratic candidates for town office will appear on both the Democratic line and on the new party line.

Democratic Southold Town Supervisor candidate Damon Rallis said Friday that petition-gatherers had garnered 650 signatures in support of the new ballot line. They had needed just 350 signatures.

“New York elections have a long history of independent lines,” said Mr. Rallis in an announcement Thursday, just one day before Southold residents began receiving campaign flyers in the mail announcing the new party line. “Here in Southold, back in 1993, candidates on a similar independent line, known as United Southold, swept the election. “

“We found overwhelming support from town residents for this issue-based ballot line,” said town board candidate Debbie O’Kane.

Ms. O’Kane added that the most pressing issues include overdevelopment; congested roads; degradation of the bays, creeks and drinking water; a lack of affordable housing and the need for better job opportunities.

“We chose to call the line Sustainable Southold because that’s what we need here in our town: sustainability,” said town board candidate Albie De Kerillis. “We need to find new ways to balance the needs of our residents and our business community, while protecting our natural resources.”

Also this week, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund announced it has scheduled a Southold Town Candidate Forum for Monday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Lane in Peconic. More information is online here.

Debating Begins:

Numerous debates on both forks have scheduled for the upcoming week:

Riverhead Town

The Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic Association promises no softball questions at a pair of debates for Riverhead Town Board candidates at the Jamesport Meeting House beginning this week.

At the first debate, this Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., the civic association will lob questions at town board candidates, and candidates for assessor, tax receiver and town clerk will give statements on their campaigns.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. they will host debates between town supervisor and town justice candidates.

Below updated as of Sept. 22:

Jodi Giglio will be the Riverhead Republican candidate for town supervisor this November, after absentee ballots counted Monday morning increased her lead in the Sept. 10 primary from 29 to 41 votes. In total, Ms. Giglio took home 1,148 votes and incumbent Republican Supervisor Sean Walter took home 1,107 votes. Mr. Walter, who still holds the Conservative Party line, will still be in the running for the Nov. 3 general election against Democratic Party candidate Tony Coates.

East Hampton gets Serious

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will host their East Hampton Candidates Debate on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street. Candidates for Suffolk County Legislator, Town Supervisor and Town Council will face off before the crowd.

The East Hampton Environmental Coalition held a press conference Sept. 17 announcing their “Green Guide,” a document that several environmental organizations put out each election cycle giving candidates a chance to share their views on environmental issues.

The EHEC provides all candidates with a chance to share their positions, which are included, unedited, in the document.

The full video of the press conference is below. More information on the Green Guide is online here.

The East Hampton Environmental Coalition will also host a candidate forum at the Amagansett Free Library this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., where the candidates running for town board will be answering your questions about their positions on environmental matters. Space is limited; RSVP at:

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk have also announced two government-related events for October.

On Oct. 3 at 3 p.m., CCOM will host its annual Topical Forum at the Montauk Firehouse.

This year’s forum will explore cleaning up Montauk’s polluted water ways, protecting Montauk’s beaches and coast and strategies to address environmental risks facing the community.

Guest speakers include Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

On Sunday, Oct. 18, CCOM will host its 45th Annual Meet the Candidates Forum at the Montauk Firehouse from 1 to 4 p.m.

CCOM’s Meet the Candidates Forum is an established avenue for voters on the East End to hear directly from candidates up for election in November and make informed choices about how they will cast their ballots. Historically, it has been a standing-room-only event.

Southampton Debates:

The Press News Group, publisher of The Southampton Press, will host its annual Southampton Town debate on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Southampton High School auditorium.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons Southampton debate will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. Candidates for county legislature, town board and town supervisor will participate in three seperate debates.

Times-Review Debates:

The North Fork’s newspaper chain will host two debates for Riverhead and Southold town candidates in mid-October.

Riverhead News-Review will host debates for Riverhead Town Board and Town Supervisor on Monday, Oct. 19 at Riverhead’s Polish Hall at 7 p.m.

The Suffolk Times will host debates for Southold Town Board and Town Supervisor on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Peconic Landing in Greenport.

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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