In 2008, with both national and local fiscal crisis threatening our town, a group of East Hampton residents—Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and unaffiliated—formed a non-profit, non-partisan organization with specific objectives in mind.
A government that treats people with respect and civility. A government that is transparent and open in its dealings. And a government that sets high standards for its elected officials, nurturing individuals who have the professionalism and aptitude of those in the private sector running a $70 million business. Those are the goals of the East Hampton Group for Good Government.
June 17, 2009
A welcome addition. Upon hearing of the formation of a new political watchdog organization in East Hampton, the Group for Good Government, a local political insider was said to be dismissive, suggesting that its members were naïve to think they could do anything to improve the sorry state of town government. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
The East Hampton Press, Editorial
July 8, 2009
Reflecting on things that were good in 2012, the response on the South Fork to the continuing needs of its residents and neighbors is most heartening…We praise, too, the involvement of the Group for Good Government in keeping a sharp eye on East Hampton Town Hall.
The East Hampton Star, Editorial
December 26, 2012
Over the past decade, we have promoted increased public awareness of local civic issues, greater voter participation and accountability, transparency and effectiveness in all governing bodies in the Town of East Hampton.
We have held public forums and panel discussions on the Deep Water Wind Farm and energy sustainability; waste water management and water quality; government performance and the role of a town manager; land conservation and the Community Preservation Fund, Code Enforcement, and tax reassessment, among others.
We sponsored debates for school board and town board candidates for both primary and general elections, as recently as this years’ Town Board Democratic Primary debate in August and General Election debate in October.
We conducted member meetings with Town Board members, as well as other government officials such as the Town’s Tax Assessor, Police Chief, Environmental Protection Director, Director of Land Management and Acquisition, the East Hampton School Superintendent, the Suffolk County Executive and more.
But being the government watchdog never ends…