The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons has two debates scheduled for town offices this October.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, The League will host a debate between candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and Town Council at the East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, at 7 p.m.

Incumbent East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, a Democrat, is being challenged by David Gruber, a former East Hampton Town Democratic Party chairman who is running on the Independence Party Line. Republican Town Council candidates Elizabeth Bambrick and Bonnie Brady are running against incumbent Democratic council members David Lys and Sylvia Overby.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, The League is teaming up with the Express News Group for a Southampton Town Supervisor and Town Board debate at the Rogers Memorial Library at 91 Coopers Farm Road at 7 p.m.

Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, Gregory Robins and incumbent Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman are running for town supervisor, while incumbent Democratic Councilman John Bouvier is vying for one of two seats along with Craig Catalanotto, Richard Martel, Charles McArdle and Hannah Pell.

All are welcome to attend and provide questions for the debates, which will also be aired for later broadcast on cable access television in each town.

We will have more information on North Fork and Riverhead debates online as it becomes available at

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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