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VOTERS GUIDE Long Island Voters Guide: Nov. 7, 2023 general election

Stephen K. Lynch

Stephen K. Lynch is running for Superintendent of Highways, Town of East Hampton

Stephen K. Lynch

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STEPHEN K. LYNCH

Democratic

BACKGROUND:

  • Lynch, 62, lives in East Hampton Village.
  • He is an active member and past president of the East Hampton Lions Club and has also served as captain in the East Hampton Fire Department.
  • He was elected to the two-year post in 2012.

ISSUES:

  • Continuing to repave roads is a priority for Lynch, who estimates the department completes 15 miles of road paving each year. He said the town used to get about $540,000 each year in funding, which was primarily spent on micro-paving. “I call it road paint, because it doesn’t last,” he said. Lynch said a combination of state funding programs now results in $1.2 million in paving projects annually.
  • He also hopes to continue improving infrastructure. A major drainage project was recently completed on Stephen Hands Path between Route 114 and Long Lane. He noted that drainage projects will become more important in the face of climate change. 
  • He is aiming to break ground on a new roundabout project at the intersection of Stephen Hands Path, Long Lane and 2 Holes Water Road next spring to improve safety. He cited labor as a challenge, pointing out that the department used to employ about 43 workers but currently has about 25.
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