Martha Reichert is a Hampton Bays resident who has spent her much of her life on or in the water. She grew up in Montauk as part of a boat building and marina owning family, where she gained valuable knowledge of the needs of a waterfront community. An ardent environmentalist since her youth and an avid waterperson, Martha is deeply committed to the development of sustainable practices and policies for the Trustees that will balance the needs of our local maritime traditions with countering the effects of sea level rise, climate change, and other interconnected threats to water quality, such as harmful algal blooms, pollution and surface water runoff, and eutrophication. You can find her in her free time with her family, hiking, fishing, clamming, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and generally exploring the natural beauty of the Town of Southampton. She is also fluent in Spanish.
As an attorney, she has spent the last 11 years working in both the private and public sector. She is a former Town of Southampton Assistant Town Attorney where she had the great honor to serve as counsel to the Southampton Town Trustees – the very Board for which she is now a candidate. Martha has experience with the challenges and issues that the Trustees currently face in addition to her familiarity with their history, rules, regulations, and procedures. While at the Town of Southampton, Martha was involved with the Town’s efforts to reduce single-use plastics and helped craft legislation restricting the use of plastic straws, polystyrene, and balloons in the Town.
In addition to improving and protecting water quality, Martha is also committed to protecting and expanding beach and water access and would like to implement public outreach and educational programs that will prepare the next generation of coastal stewards.
She is a graduate of the Taft School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in Classical Archaeology from Hunter College, where she was a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2009. Martha currently serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Montauk Historical Society, and she is a former member of the Hampton Bays Community Advisory Committee. She is also a founding member of the Montauk Community Garden and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation.
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