Sunday, August 2, 2015

Celebrating Southold's 375th!

Yesterday, I had the honor of joining my running mates and members of the Southold Town Democratic Committee as we paraded down Main Street, though the Southold Historic District, in honor of the 375th anniversary of the Town of Southold.  

As we made our way along the parade route, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride in my community and I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity, as candidate for town supervisor, to become a part of the living, breathing history of this unique place. The key to Southold’s continued success for nearly four centuries has been its ability to adapt to the changing world around us, while staying true to our roots. As we look forward to the next 25 years, we find ourselves at a crossroads, and it is time to reassess the present for the protection of our future.

My running mates and I are looking to secure a victory this November on a platform that we are calling, “Sustainable Southold”.   A sustainable Southold meets both the present and future needs of its residents, its business community and its environment - striking a balance to maintain Southold’s unique quality of life.

We must respect and honor Southold’s history, but that doesn’t mean we have to live in the past. In my lifetime, I’ve seen our rural farming and fishing community evolve into one of the most recognized wine regions in the world, paving the way for a strong economy, and making us one of the most desirable tourist destinations on the East Coast. Even our maritime industry, though vastly different from when my great-grandfather building ships in Greenport, has seen renewed life here in the 21st Century. I think it’s time for our government to catch up as well.       

The time for change is now.

The residents of Southold have a clear choice this November. We have a team of hard-working, knowledgeable individuals who not only have what it takes to finally bring town government into this century, but to protect Southold Town and adapt to the rapidly changing world around us.

For a full press release related to this event, click here.

For more photos from the parade, click here.