Bio: Jay Schneiderman, Town Supervisor, Southampton, NY
A Long Island native, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman lives in Southampton and is the proud father of two children. After graduating high school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Ithaca College and then obtained two Master of Arts degrees: in Education from the State University of New York at Cortland, and in Administration from LIU-Post.
In subsequent years, Schneiderman nurtured his natural passion for lifelong learning by teaching science, math, and music in East End schools. During that time, he also managed his family’s business in Montauk and later formed his own property management company.
In 1991 Schneiderman became a member of the Town of East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals, and was appointed to its chairmanship in 1996. He served in that capacity until 1999 when he was elected to the first of two terms as East Hampton Town Supervisor.
During his four years in office, Supervisor Schneiderman’s highly effective management style delivered four consecutive tax cuts, improved employee morale, and garnered the highest municipal bond rating in New York State. From 2000 to 2004 he led the fight to preserve over 1,000 acres of East Hampton’s open space and worked closely with fellow board members to draft long-range plans for affordable housing and drinking water protection.
In November 2003 Schneiderman was elected to represent the South Fork in the Suffolk County Legislature. He was returned to office five times between 2005 and 2013, and served as the Legislature’s Deputy Presiding Officer from 2014 until the end of his term in December 2015.
Throughout his 12-year tenure, Legislator Schneiderman distinguished himself through his independence, innovation, and the ability to facilitate positive outcomes for community issues. Chief among them were creating better affordable housing opportunities, preserving open space, reducing traffic congestion, keeping our neighborhoods safe, and working to help seniors and local families deal with the rising costs of living.
Despite term limits in the County Legislature, Mr. Schneiderman’s streak of public service success continued with his election as Southampton Town Supervisor in November 2015. He was sworn-in on January 1, 2016, and looks to apply his experience in both government and business to the most challenging needs of Southampton residents.
Supervisor Schneiderman recently initiated and approved Southampton’s 100% Renewable Energy Goal by 2025. He has given his full endorsement for Deep Water Wind’s energy project off the coast of Long Island. The Supervisor also supports the creation of legislation for enhanced organic easement on CPF development rights acquisitions to encourage local organic food production. He continues to support Southampton’s TRI-Energy program.