Beach erosion, land conservation and taxes are among key issues for three candidates seeking two open trustee seats in the East End Village of Quogue.
Incumbents Randy Cardo and Ted Necarsulmer are running on the Liberty Party line. Challenger William Horak is running on the Quogue 21 Party line. Trustees are paid $2,500 a year for the two-year terms.
Necarsulmer, 70, has been a trustee since December 2009 when he was appointed to finish another trustee's term. He was born and reared in Manhattan, but has lived in Quogue for 32 years, 13 years as a full-time resident.
He received a bachelor's degree from Denison University in Ohio and worked in Manhattan as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Necarsulmer has been a volunteer fireman for the Quogue Fire Department since 2002 and is secretary of the department and president of the Firefighters Benevolent Association. He also is a member of the board of directors for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
He said he is proud of how the trustees have run the village, where the year-round population of 1,000 grows to about 4,400 in summer.
"Quogue has a unique character, and it's very important that we maintain that unique character," he said. "We've been very fiscally responsible here. We've managed our taxes and kept them from going up a lot."
Cardo, 57, a lifelong resident of Quogue, has been in office since 1995 and has served as deputy mayor since 2005. His primary responsibility is supervising the village highway department.
He is owner and president of Cardo Site Development, a local excavating and drainage company. Cardo graduated from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor's degree in earth sciences. He has been a volunteer fireman in Quogue for 25 years.
During his tenure with Quogue government, Cardo said, he has managed or overseen a number of projects, including renovating the police department and Village Hall, eliminating unnecessary signs around the village, and supervising local dock reconstruction and the drainage and paving improvements on Assups Neck Lane. He also was responsible for emergency response to the storm of 2009 and during superstorm Sandy.
Cardo said he wants to continue working on projects he's overseeing, including safety improvements on Jessup Avenue, and see more funding to buy environmentally sensitive land.
Horak, 65, has been a year-round resident of Quogue for more than 18 years. Beach erosion and the environment are key issues, said Horak, an engineer who has worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for 35 years.
He said he wants to improve the village's infrastructure by developing a master plan. "I believe that . . . I can bring a unique and needed set of skills, perspectives and experiences to the board," he said.
Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. on June 19 at the Quogue Firehouse, 11 Jessup Ave.