The Hampton Bays Civic Association held its second meet the candidate night on Monday before a standing room only crowd — the first debate, held in September, featured Southampton and Suffolk candidates.
Debating Monday night were both supervisor and town council candidates.
Kicking off the event were incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, I-Sag Harbor, and her opponent Linda Kabot, R-Quogue, who is waging a .
The pair sparred over the election itself with Throne-Holst saying that while she went through the process of a candidacy, including gathering signatures and appearing for screenings, Kabot has not.
"Talk is cheap," Kabot responded. "I'm providing you with a real choice. I am the people's choice. The law provides for write-in candidates."
Kabot, who is a former town supervisor, said she decided to run because she was disturbed that Throne-Holst, a two-year supervisor, was the only choice on this year's ballot. The decision, she said, came too late to garner the support of a political party.
Also during the debate the two supervisor candidates pointed fingers over the town's finances.
Throne-Host said that when she first took office, she initiated a forensic audit, "that uncovered many years of financial mismanagement that plagued the town during the 14 years that Kabot was at town hall."
Throne-Holst said that state comptrollers found 26 different corrections that needed to be made to the town's budgeting procedures.
Kabot rebutted that during her time in office she provided swift and effective leadership to fix the financial mess and safeguard the town's credit rating while cutting millions in town spending.
Building and population density in Hampton Bays was also a topic addressed by the supervisor candidates.
Kabot said the town must move to finish the town's comprehensive master plan and the generic environmental impact statement that relates to Hampton Bays in order to address the growing needs of the hamlet.
Throne-Holst agreed that the DGEIS, which she said she initiated, must be finished swiftly, but also the town must continue to to address an ongoing overcrowding housing issue.
"It is perhaps the the biggest problem in Southampton," she said.
Throne-Holst said she has begun to find remedies to the problem by supporting the town's code enforcement department to "bring swifter action."
The Hampton Bays Civic Association will hold their next meeting on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Senior Center. Expected to be discussed are the unimproved roads across Southampton Town.