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Kelly Throws Hat In Ring

Larry Kelly in Baghdad.

Lawrence “Larry” Kelly, best known locally as the attorney that has frequently taken East Hampton Town to task in Zoning Court, is throwing his hat in the ring for State Supreme Court Judge.

“I decided to run in order to bring bona fide conservative principles to the bench. I do not believe a federal prisoner should control the selection of judges,” Kelly said. “Horse trading and cross endorsement for judicial candidates is a cynical practice which deprives the citizens of Nassau and Suffolk of objective merit and fitness standards for entry on to the bench. I bring to this candidacy a lifetime of dedication to uplifting civic service. I am honored to run and would be honored to serve as my own man.” Kelly and his wife of 36 years, Nancy, raised their three children in the hamlet of Bayport.

Over his career after leaving local government, Kelly has provided pro bono free legal work for several great causes that have deeply affected many Long Islanders. After 9/11, he worked fiercely as a lead attorney for the families of Cantor Fitzgerald, FDNY, NYPD and other victims to ensure families of survivors, many from Long Island, were treated fairly by the victim compensation fund. Kelly’s work with the Special Master 9/11 Victim Compensation fund was profiled in the National Law Journal cover story “Intensive Care.”

In 2009, while other lawyers went to local court, Kelly went to serve his country in Iraq. He was selected to serve as Senior Rule of Law Advisor for U.S. State Department Southern Iraq. His role included, at the request of Iraqi authorities, presenting American witnesses in murder prosecutions in Iraqi provincial court involving Iranian operatives targeting an American vehicle with EFP/IED (Promise Day Brigade Iranian operatives).

Kelly’s high-profile cases include the “Montauk Mechanic” and numerous Montauk nightclubs. He mounted the first trial challenge of East Hampton Town’s Rental Registry Law targeting tenants. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree and Brooklyn Law School with a J.D.

Barry Honored For Community Service

Nada Barry, owner of The Wharf Shop. Independent/Valerie Bando-Meinken

Owner of The Wharf Shop and longtime Sag Harbor resident, Nada Barry, will receive the Sag Harbor Partnership’s Community Service Award for 2018. The award ceremony will be held in Baron’s Cove’s Map Room on October 21 at 6 PM, however, the celebratory dinner is by invitation only.

The award is in honor of Barry’s outstanding involvement in the Sag Harbor community. Originally from England, Barry has traveled all over the world, but her true and chosen home is Sag Harbor.

After majoring in Child Developmental Psychology, Barry sought a progressive education for her own children as well as others, and helped to found The Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton, which started with just 30 students from Montauk to Hampton Bays.

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