Lynch said he wants to continue a program of quickly filling cracks in roads to prevent potholes. "The worst thing for a road is the water getting underneath it, because in the wintertime it freezes and you get a pothole," he said. Lynch said the strategy helps pavement last for its full 15-year life span. Lynch said he also wants to continue fixing drainage issues in areas that flood. Sanitation duties include management of the East Hampton and Montauk waste transfer stations and a compost facility. "It keeps it interesting," Lynch said.
Lynch, 54, of East Hampton, is running unopposed on the Republican, Democratic, Independence, Conservative and Reform lines. He has served as highway superintendent since 2012. Before his election in 2011, Lynch ran an excavation, driveway construction and pool construction business for 35 years. His son now runs the company, Stephen K. Lynch Contracting LTD. "My family has been in the construction business out here since the 1800s," said Lynch. He oversees 26 employees in the highway department and 18 employees in the sanitation department.