Pictured Above: East Hampton Town Councilman Jeff Bragman (far left) is challenging Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc (second from right) in a Democratic primary in June.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding three candidate debates for voters via Zoom, for village and town elections coming up in June. 

Each debate will consist of timed opening statements by the candidates, a Q&A session with questions submitted to the League in advance, and timed closing statements.

Questions for all three debates need to be submitted in advance to LWV Voters Services Committee chair Barbara McClancy at bmcc343@aol.com 

The first Zoom debate, on Tuesday, June 1 at 7 p.m., hosted by SEA-TV Southampton, will include the four candidates for two spots on the Working Families Party line for the Southampton Town Council primary election that takes place on Tuesday, June 22. 

Early voting begins on June 12. The four candidates invited are Robin Long, Sean McArdle, Thomas Schiavoni and Miranda Schultz. League moderator will be Estelle Gellman.

Only members of the Working Families Party can vote in this primary election.

The debate can be seen live and afterwards on SEA-TV’s YouTube channel and also later on Southampton Town’s SEA-TV, Channel 22. 

The candidate debates on Wednesday, June 2, before the Village of Southampton election on Friday, June 18, will first feature the two candidates for Village Mayor — incumbent Mayor Jesse Warren and former Mayor Michael Irving — from 7 to 7:45 p.m., followed at 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. by the four candidates running for two seats for Village Trustee — incumbents Mark Parash and Andrew Pilaro and challengers Robin Brown and Roy Stevenson. League moderator is Cathy Peacock.

The debate can be seen live and afterwards on SEA-TV’s YouTube channel and also later on SEA-TV Channel 22.

 For the Democratic Party primary election for East Hampton Town Supervisor and Town Council on Tuesday, June 22, the League is holding Zoom debates on Thursday, June 3, hosted by East Hampton Town’s LTV.

Early voting begins on June 12 for those registered in the Democratic Party.

The debate for the two Town Supervisor candidates — incumbent Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilman Jeff Bragman, will be held from 7 to 7:45 p.m. From 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. will be the debate among three candidates running for two seats on the Town Council—incumbent Kathy Burke-Gonzalez, Cate Rogers and John Whelan. League moderator will be Judi Roth.

The debate can be seen live and afterwards on LTV’s YouTube channel and also on LTV’s Channel 20, now available in both East Hampton and Southampton Towns on your television and at www.ltveh.org 

For the New York State primary election on Tuesday, June 22, the postmark deadline for registering to vote is May 28. The postmark deadline for requesting an absentee ballot application is June 15.

Both voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications are available on the NYS Board of Elections website at www.elections.ny.gov  Those with questions can call the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631.852.4500.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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