Several independent environmental groups have joined forces to ensure candidates in this fall’s election for East Hampton town board and supervisor address key environmental issues, according to an announcement made last week by The East Hampton Environmental Coalition (EHEC).
The EHEC first surveyed candidates in 2011, and announced it would again work together to educate and engage the public around critical environmental issues facing the town.
The EHEC survey asks candidates to discuss environmental policy issues such as groundwater and surface water, hazard mitigation and coastal policy issues, dark skies, quiet skies and habitat protection and stewardship. In addition, candidates are asked to describe their environmental credentials and philosophies.
Candidates have been asked to file responses to the survey by October 11. Complete, unedited responses will be posted exactly as submitted on a dedicated East Hampton page of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund website.
“EHEC believes this survey and the resulting exchange of views will assist voters in making informed decisions in the November election” said EHEC spokesperson Jim Matthews. “Our community will benefit from a detailed conversation surrounding the environmental challenges we face and how best to protect the natural resources critical to our way of life.”
The EHEC is comprised of 12 independent environmental groups representing thousands of local citizens. The EHEC includes the Accabonac Protection Committee, the Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection (ASAP) Committee, the Clearview Beach Association, Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM), the Dark Sky Society, the Garden Club of East Hampton, Group for the East End, New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Northwest Alliance, Quiet Skies Coalition, Surfrider Foundation and Third House Nature Center.