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Nov 7, 2018 10:26 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Lys Easily Wins Another Year On The East Hampton Town Board

David Lys on Election Night at Rowdy Hall.   KYRIL BROMLEY
Nov 7, 2018 11:59 AM

David Lys and the East Hampton Town Democrats were handed a big win on Tuesday night, scooping up 69.3 percent of the votes in a race to keep Mr. Lys’s seat on the Town Board for another year.

According to the Suffolk County Board of Elections website, Mr. Lys, who ran on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, received 6,177 votes, while his opponent on the Republican and Conservative lines, Emmanuel “Manny” Vilar, received 2,728. The results are unofficial, and absentee ballots still must be counted.

Local Democrats assembled at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Village to watch the election results on Tuesday. Before the final tallies, Mr. Lys thanked everyone for their support, saying, “No matter what happens, I’m actually a winner because I get to go home to my girls and my wife.”

After the results from all 19 voting districts were counted, he said, “I’m passionate about working for the Town Board,” adding, “The Town Board is not just laying the groundwork for today and tomorrow, but for five, 10, 20 years out.”

Mr. Vilar ran unsuccessfully for town supervisor against Peter Van Scoyoc, who was then a town councilman, last year. When Mr. Van Scoyoc took the supervisor’s seat, Mr. Lys was appointed to fill the council seat Mr. Van Scoyoc had vacated until a special election was held this week.

Mr. Lys had easily survived a Democratic primary mounted by David Gruber this fall.

A 1st 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 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.

Anecdotally, at least, the turnout was extraordinarily high for a midterm election, with one East Hampton poll worker reporting that 60 percent of registered voters had turned out—more than what would have been expected for a presidential election.

Earlier in the evening, Mr. Vilar greeted Republican supporters at Springs Tavern, where the rain could be heard pounding outside.

“I don’t know what the results will be, but I feel very fortunate at this stage in my life,” Mr. Vilar said at 10:20 p.m.

At 11 p.m., Rowdy Hall cleared out. “I am humbled by the respect I was given tonight,” said Mr. Lys.

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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 (437), Obamavillie on Nov 7, 18 9:09 AM
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