East Hampton Village Election Is Tuesday
East Hampton Village residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a village board member to complete the final year of the late Elbert Edwards’s term. Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.
Mr. O’Connell is an attorney and a senior managing director of Corcoran Group Real Estate. A former chairman of the planning board, he is on the village’s planning and zoning committee and is the village’s liaison to the Town of East Hampton’s community preservation fund advisory board.
Mr. Graham, who is known as Tiger, worked in the financial sector in New York City. He bought a house in East Hampton in 1983 and became a year-round resident in 2003. He is a member of the village’s planning board and the East Hampton Historical Society and secretary of the Thomas Moran Trust.
The candidates spoke highly of each other during an interview with The Star’s editorial staff on June 1. “I feel that I am an able individual,” said Mr. Graham, who had always hoped to succeed Mr. Edwards upon his retirement. “I think I have good ideas. I think I did a good job as president of the historical society. I think I’ve done a pretty good job as chairman and now secretary of the Thomas Moran Trust.”
Participating in village government “was all about public service,” Mr. O’Connell said. “East Hampton has been very good to me. I absolutely love it here, and I want to give back.” His service on elected and appointed boards “has been a good experience, I’ve learned a lot,” he said.