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Jun 7, 2017 10:32 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Environmental Group Seeks Candidate To Oppose Southampton Town Supervisor In Democratic Party Primary

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. JEN NEWMAN
Jun 7, 2017 11:13 AM

An environmental advocacy group is looking for someone willing to wage a Democratic Party primary this September against Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schniederman—namely, an individual who will reject an application to build a luxury golf course development in East Quogue.

The Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a nonprofit political organization that recruits and campaigns for pro-environment candidates, is looking for a candidate to oppose Mr. Schneiderman, an Independence Party member who has been cross-endorsed by the Southampton Town Democrats in his bid for reelection this September.

Richard Amper, president of the nonprofit who also serves as executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, said on Wednesday that organizers could have a candidate to challenge Mr. Schneiderman within the next week. He added that whoever ends up challenging must secure 600 signatures to get on the ballot for the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, September 12.

“Schneiderman’s support for ‘The Hills’ golf resort in East Quogue, and longtime investment in planned development districts, makes him unsupportable for a second term,” Mr. Amper said.

Both Mr. Amper and David Reisfield, the executive director of the Environmental Voters Forum, took part in a recent rally held on the steps of Town Hall demanding that the supervisor reject the golf course application, a proposed planned development district called “The Hills at Southampton.”

Mr. Schneiderman said on Tuesday that while he has not yet made a decision on the application, filed by the Discovery Land Company of Arizona and looks to construct 118 residential units and an 18-hole golf course on nearly 600 acres in East Quogue, he said the developer should be afforded the opportunity to file its final environmental impact statement, or FEIS.

“They want a candidate who will say that they are against The Hills,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “The Hills is an application in front of the Town Board, and I’m not allowed to take a position on The Hills. It would be like a judge making a verdict before the trial is over.”

The supervisor also stressed that he would not approve the project unless the developer can prove that it would be better for the environment than the as-of-right alternative for the land, which is now zoned five-acre residential, the most restrictive in the municipality.

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Ask Jill Stein how that might work out for you fellas...Au revoir Paris accord..
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jun 7, 17 7:19 PM
Dirty politics by desperate dems a epidemic in this country.
By chief1 (2788), southampton on Jun 7, 17 11:17 PM
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Regardless of what one thinks of the Hills, this reeks of single issue, strong-arming tactics. It has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans and everything to do with an unfortunate lack of judgment at both the local and national level.
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