Knobel is running to "take back this town," because the current board is "not running it adequately," he said. "There's a total lack of affordable housing, and no plan to achieve employment that would allow people to have housing." His plan: to jump-start affordable housing projects such as one in Wainscott that has stalled, and rejuvenate an airport industrial park to lure more businesses and create good local jobs. "The industrial park is simply not utilized," he said. "We have to make it a priority to attract companies." Cultivating more local jobs would ease the traffic problem by reducing the number of residents who travel up island to work, he said.
Knobel, 59, of Springs in East Hampton, is also running on the Conservative and Reform Party tickets. A former commercial fisherman, Knobel is a purchasing agent for the Suffolk County board of elections and is chairman of the East Hampton Republican Committee. He mounted a losing bid for the supervisor's post in 1997. He has served a term on the town board and five on the town trustees. Knobel was an appointee to the Marine Resources Advisory Council and former president of the East Hampton Baymen's Association. He is married and has a daughter.