Supervisor Determines Incorporation Petition to be Legally Insufficient

For Immediate Release

Contact: Doreen Niggles,

Wainscott United, a not-for-profit corporation whose sole interest is in presenting an honest opposition to the ill-conceived scheme to incorporate our 375-year-old hamlet, is pleased and gratified that East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc has found that the incorporation petition sponsored by the Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott (“CPW”) is not legally sufficient under the New York State Village Law.

Supervisor Van Scoyoc was required by the Village Law to consider very specific criteria and found CPW’s petition not legally sufficient in a number of respects, as he explained in his detailed and thoughtful determination.

Even before the determination had been issued, CPW threatened to take the Supervisor to court if he didn’t find in CPW’s favor. It is Wainscott United’s fervent hope that CPW will reconsider this course of action. CPW’s petition, which was doomed from the start, has caused division and disruption in our ordinarily harmonious community.

It is now time for Wainscott to join with the Town of East Hampton to address the challenges presented by the pressure of development. Another legal proceeding will serve only to sow further discord and make the necessary collaboration with the Town more difficult. We hope that CPW will see the wisdom of bringing an end to this divisive episode.