Water quality is at the top of his list of priorities. As a board member of the EECO Farm in East Hampton, he said he has seen for himself how landscaping chemicals and pesticides used on land can impact the health of local waters. “With these big lawns, there’s only so much that the soil can absorb. It runs off into the lakes, into the beaches. This is why you have all these brown tides. . . . What you’re putting on your lawn today, you’re going to be drinking in a month or two.”
Mr. Wolter is the former owner of Willy’s New York, which manufactured women’s dresses for many years until he closed the business 10 years ago. He said the experience gave him good managerial skills and the ability to “get things done.” He too served two years in the Army, and has lived here for about 30 years.
If elected, he said he would work with the town board “to achieve a common goal. You can’t do anything by yourself, not in today’s world.”