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Nov 6, 2018 10:11 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Lys Handily Defeats Vilar In East Hampton Town Special Election

David Lys and Manny Vilar
Nov 6, 2018 11:19 PM

UPDATE: 10:50 p.m.

With all districts reporting, Democrat David Lys scored a decisive victory over Republican challenger Manny Vilar. Mr. Lys had 6,177 votes, or 69 percent, to Mr. Vilar’s 2,728 votes, or 31 percent.

UPDATE: 10:20 p.m.

“I don’t know what the results will be, but I feel very fortunate at this stage in my life.” Manny Vilar said at 10:20 p.m. “This is not about a career, it’s about doing the right thing for the community,”

UPDATE: 10:05

With 7 of 19 districts reporting, Mr. Lys leads 74 percent to 26 percent.

UPDATE: 9:55 p.m.

With 4 of 19 districts reporting, Mr. Lys has a decisive early lead, carrying 77 percent of the vote.

“I feel optimistic,” David Lys said. “I feel humble, and that I’ve run a positive campaign.”

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m.

David Lys supporters are sitting down waiting to hear the election results. Loud cheers and clapping come from the audience as Democrats are announced on MSNBC on the television. Mr. Lys is mingling with his supporters. Councilwoman Kathee Burke Gonzalez said, “David has run a very positive campaign.”

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m.

David Lys has arrived at Rowdy Hall. Mark Smith, restaurant owner, greeted Mr. Lys as he walked in. Cameras flash and supporters cheer his name. The polls have just closed. Jeff Bragman and Kathee Burke Gonzalez arrive and everyone seems cheerful. Drinks are being poured, folks are hugging, and guests have look back and forth from the television.

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

David Lys supporters are already at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton. The big screen television is set up in front of the fireplace. Guests fill the bar and restaurant eating and drinking while turning their heads over to the television to catch up on election information. Mr. Lys, running on the Democrat ticket, is slated to arrive around 9 p.m.

UPDATE: 8 p.m.

Republican Manny Vilar arrives at Springs Tavern in East Hampton. He greeted his supporters and patrons dining at the restaurant. His supporters await the results of the election while the rain can be heard outside the tavern.

Original Story:

Voters are taking to the polls today, November 6, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for midterm and other elections—as well as, in East Hampton Town, a special election for a seat on the Town Board.

The local race pits Emmanuel “Manny” Vilar against David Lys, who was appointed to the Town Board in January after Peter Van Scoyoc was elected town supervisor, leaving a vacant seat on the board. Mr. Lys is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines and Mr. Vilar on the Republican and Conservative lines. The term will be only one year, at which point the seat will be up for election again.

Mr. Vilar ran for town supervisor last year and was defeated by Mr. Van Scoyoc. A first sergeant with the New York State Parks Police, Mr. Vilar is the founding president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State. He is a longtime local resident and has volunteered at the Springs and Montauk fire departments. Mr. Vilar is the father of six, including three current East Hampton High School students.

Mr. Lys is technically still a Republican, having filed to change his registration last December. Mr. Lys has been the interim fifth councilman since January and is a native East Ender with a history of community involvement and dedication to addressing issues of importance to residents here. Mr. Lys is a former member of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, a kinesiologist and father of four young children. He was recruited to seek elected office after his involvement on the ZBA and with the restoration of the Amagansett Life-Saving station.

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Get ready East Hampton, your taxes are about to go so high and you only have yourselves to blame. Don't worry, after the Democrats run the town into the ground again you can vote for Republicans to fix it...again. Rinse and repeat.
By Preliator Lives (432), Obamavillie on Nov 7, 18 9:09 AM
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