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Letter to the Editor: Ralph Urban Discusses his Candidacy

Westhampton Beach resident Ralph Urban is seeking a trustee seat on the Lightening Party Line.

As I have gone door to door in our it has been both interesting and enjoyable to meet and listen to my fellow residents on the state of our village and it’s government. I have listened closely to your concerns and assure you that, if elected, I will work hard to maintain the character of our village.

I graduated from Westhampton Beach H.S. in 1966, graduated from SUNY at Fredonia in 1970, taught for one year before being drafted into the Army in 1971. After my honorable discharge from the Army, I continued my music teaching career in Montauk Public School and remained there until my retirement last June.

In 1975 we built our home in Westhampton Beach where my wife, Joan, and I raised our two children Rob and Alina with all the benefits of living in a wonderful community with excellent schools.

For the last 40 plus years I have dedicated myself to my family and my career. In Montauk I was highly involved with extra curricular activities for the students, served on the negotiations committee for decades with 12 years as head negotiator and a few terms as the Teacher Association President. While commuting to Montauk, teaching, working on my Masters degree from LIU at Southampton and additional post graduate work at both SUNY at Stonybrook and Dowling College, teaching summer school and raising my family I had little time to give to the community that we enjoyed living in.

I am literally indebted to the Community, Ambulance, Firefighters and Police for my family’s quality of life. My children, their spouses and my grandchildren are living and growing in the area and , now that I am retired, I have the time to give back and help contribute to the future of Westhampton Beach. If elected, I will work for all of us to continue to live in a healthy diverse place with an open government that listens to and acts in the best interests of its residents.

I look forward to meeting as many residents as possible in the next few weeks before the election on June 15 to discuss my candidacy and the possibility that new faces with a new perspective will affect positive changes for the future of our Village. Vote on row B for Charlie Palmer and Ralph Urban as Village Trustees under the Lightning Party.

— Ralph Urban

To read a Letter to the Editor written by Urban's runningmate, Charlie Palmer click here and to read Trustee Toni-Jo Birk's letter, click here

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