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 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.
Throughout his 12-year tenure as 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.
Today Schneiderman remains dedicated to preservation and revitalization of the Town’s natural and cultural resources. In addition to saving many hundreds of acres of land from development, the Town has also adopted the Graves Protection Act and distributed millions of dollars in grants which allow homeowners to convert older sanitary systems to newer ones which remove nitrogen from wastewater.