A History in the Town
My name is Jeffrey Mansfield, and I have the honor and privilege of being your candidate for Southampton Town Council.
My family and I have a long history in Southampton Town. My relatives have been in Quogue for over 50 years. My mother, a school teacher, and my father, a small business owner, met in Southampton on Cooper’s Beach, and I, along with my wife and three small children, reside in the same modest farm house in Bridgehampton that has been in my family since 1971.
I was educated at Syracuse University, earning an undergraduate degree in Arts and Sciences, a master’s in Business Administration, and a Law degree.
I have over 15 years of experience as a finance professional on Wall Street, having worked at Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.
Approximately five years ago, we moved here year round because I believe this is the best place in the world to live and raise a family.
Over the last few years I have focused on being a father and a husband, and helping in my community by volunteering at the local child-care center and public school, coaching youth athletics, reviving community sailing on Mecox Bay, and joining the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee.
I have attended over 40 Town Hall meetings in an effort to understand the issues most important to the communities within our town, and to learn first-hand how the Town Council operates. Last year I served on the Town’s Budget and Finance Committee and currently, I am a member of the Town’s Audit Advisory Committee. As a result, I am familiar with the staff at Town Hall, the Town’s finances, and the issues presently concerning the Town’s residents.
From the earliest days of my childhood, I have appreciated what we have here in Southampton Town, and now wish to give back, and help our community. Local events lead me to believe that we are not moving in a direction that will result in lower taxes, fuller employment, and common sense/cost effective ways to protect our local environment. That is why I am running for the position of councilman.
I firmly believe in the concept of government for the people and by the people, and that our elected officials’ main job is to know the issues that are of importance to our residents. Once educated on an issue, our public servants should also look to inspire informative debate and then move quickly and efficiently to execute the will of the people. To that end, I promise to go on a campaign to solicit support by meeting and listening to as many voters as possible.
We need to ensure that our town leaders have the energy, devotion, and wherewithal to take on the issues we face both today and in the future, and who will do so by focusing on values we all share, such as fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and smaller government.
I am your candidate for Southampton Town Council because I share a deep respect for our local history, possess knowledge of the issues town-wide, and have the passion and moral standing necessary to be an effective leader.
With an eye on our heritage, together, we can move Southampton Town forward in a way that will make our town forefathers proud. If elected, with your help and valued input, I promise to give the office and the taxpayers the respect they deserve.
Thank you to the Southampton Town Republican Committee for this opportunity and thank you to all Southampton Town residents for your consideration.
Less is More
I was shocked at what I witnessed the other night at the village board meeting I attended to have our Andy’s 5k run sponsored by our Lion’s Club approved. The contentious atmosphere caused by the dismissal of one of our finest, Police Officer Driscoll due to the budget of our village.
Unfortunately, it’s all about the money again and not whether or not this village can or cannot afford. I for one am all for our local police with its personal, friendly, protective, community minded attitude and service to all of us, native, local and out of town. Keeping our village, a village and not another suburban edifice with un-attached outside services flowing in and out of town. As Mr. Kevin Gwinn from the Southampton Police Dept. lobbied for his fellow officer’s job, “you can’t count on us [ Southampton Police Dept.] we’re down 26 officers.” This was in response to our mayor stating there was over-lapping services of neighboring police departments. This irresponsible blatant self-serving attitude goes to the center of the real problem. The money, again. These civil servants are hired by the people or those elected to serve the people and we the people pay for these servants with our tax dollars. What’s the recourse but to change and grow out of this crazed, atmosphere whereby all don’t and can’t think out of their boxes. Should we fire all of them and start anew?
Or should we just keep adding more and more pay raises, benefits, and perks [Paying to clean uniforms] etc, etc, etc, and keep raising our taxes and maybe follow all the other bankrupt and failing municipalities? I don’t think so!
The time is now.
In light of all the rhetoric, consuming the parties involved here I wish and would do anything possible to keep Mr. Driscoll on our police payroll, and maybe twice. He has a beautiful family with two young kids. I believe he really cares about our village, its people, and our quality of life. Most importantly, he cares about his job and so do many of my constituants.
So let’s all of us, including the mayor, police chief Fabiano, the officers step up to the plate and pitch in and save a job because one of the important contributions to a society is to create a job. After speaking with our mayor a simple solution would be for all concerned parties to step back some of their increases in pay and benefits and trim some savings in other areas to keep this team we call the Sag Harbor Police Dept. up and running as it has because — less is more.
Whale of a Show
To the Editor
The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum’s Board of Trustees would like to thank our wonderful community for coming out and supporting us at our opening season fundraiser and reception last Friday evening, “A Whale of a Show”. The funds raised will go towards our capital campaign to paint the exterior of the building. It was a tremendous turnout of nearly 400 guests. The biggest event of the Memorial Day weekend!
A special thank you to: Peter Marcelle and Dan Rizzie and our underwriters : Sylvester & Co, and Channing Daughters
Thank you to our museum staff: Greg Therriault, Vanessa Petruccelli, Michael Butler and Logan Bruce
To the artists: Derek Buckner, Paul Davis, Eric Dever, Miriam Dougenis, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Susan Lazarus Reimen, Jim McMullan, Jodi Panas, Dan Rizzie, Reynold Ruffins, David Slater, Donald Sultan, John Torreano, Carol York, Gavin Zeigler … and to Save Sag Harbor!
Thank you Century Arts Foundation for starting the process with a $50,000 matching grant.
For the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
To the Editor:
The family of Lilian Wils would like to thank the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance, the doctors and nurses of Southampton Hospital, Dr. Charles Guida, Conca d’Oro restaurant, Edward and Carol Burke, the Village of Sag Harbor and all the people that had us in their thoughts and prayers during the time of the passing of our mother.
The Family of Lilian Wils