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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Gerard Larsen | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Gerard Larsen is running for East Hampton town council member

Gerard Larsen

Larsen said he wants to make sure town employees are getting “fair treatment,” including raising their salaries to more closely match those earned by employees in neighboring Southampton Town. He said he would “like the town to be more friendly towards its residents,” and has proposed reworking the rental registry law to put more responsibility on tenants because they “are the ones who cause the overcrowding and the party houses.” He said he also wants to create more affordable housing by building more apartments above commercial buildings, citing that “my kids who grew up here can’t afford to live here.”

Larsen, 53, of Northwest Woods is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He retired as the chief of the East Hampton Village Police Department last month after serving 32 years on the force. He runs a private security and property management company with his wife. Larsen also served as president of the East Hampton Town Little League for 10 years. He is originally from East Hampton Village. He earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College. He is married, with six children.