The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding a Zoom forum via SEA-TV Southampton on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. to enable voters to learn more about the affordable housing referendum that will be on the ballot on Nov. 8 in the East End Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island and Southold.

Titled “Affordable Housing: Hope or Promise?,” the forum, organized by the League’s Government Committee, co-chaired by Cathy Kenny, and moderated by Andrea Gabor, will include New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., East Hampton Town Director of Housing & Community Development Tom Ruhle, Southampton Town Housing Authority Executive Director Curtis Highsmith and Shelter Island Town’s Deputy Supervisor, Amber Brach Williams.

The referendum asks voters to approve a .5 percent real estate transfer tax on the sale of homes, to fund affordable housing efforts in the four towns. The speakers will explain how the transfer tax would work, discuss each town’s current and planned affordable housing units, and detail its plans for how the new funds could be used.

View the September 13 forum live at 7 p.m., or any time afterward, at

The League is also scheduling Zoom candidate debates in October. We’ll have more information when it is available.

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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