• Life long resident of East Hampton, son of Joyce and Hakim Lys
  • 1994 graduate of East Hampton High School
  • 20 year Cancer Survivor
  • Member of East Hampton Presbyterian Church
  • Led the effort as Chair of the Amagansett Life-Saving & Coast Guard Station Society to relocate and restore the historic 1902 Station
  • Founding member of Citizens for Access Rights, which fights to protect public access to our beaches
  • Founding member of Paddlers for Humanity, dedicated to bettering the lives of children with an emphasis on supporting mental health programs


  • Graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with B.S. in Kinesiology
  • Co-owner with wife Rachel of East Hampton Physical Therapy in downtown Montauk and Weekend Warriors Tours & Outfitters
  • East Hampton Town Councilman since January 2018
  • Town Board liaison to Aquaculture, Land Acquisition & Management, Town Clerk’s Office, ZBA, Amagansett CAC, CPF Advisory Board, Harbors & Docks Committee, Wildlife Management Committee, Nature Preserve Committee, and Fisheries Advisory Committee
  • Served for five years on the Zoning Board of Appeals, 2013- 2017, protecting our natural resources
  • Protecting pure drinking water
  • Preserving historic buildings
  • Saving our beaches and protecting access
  • Securing local control of the Airport
  • Promoting clean, renewable energy
  • Creating new affordable housing
  • Providing recreation opportunities
  • Building a new senior center

Married for 13 years, Rachel and David have made Springs their home with their four young daughters aged eleven to 15 months. Brighton, Brynley, and Brie attend Springs School and Project MOS, Brooke attends Montauk Child Care Center.

What our neighbors say about David Lys

”It is David’s character that distinguishes him. He is honest, tireless in his efforts to help our town, and courageous in helping others.”
– Kevin & Jim Abernathy, East Hampton


“Whether it is running his own business, his work as a founding member of Citizens for Access Rights, being chairman of the museum for the Amagansett Life-Saving Station, his tireless work as a board member of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, his current position as a town councilman, or maybe his most important role as husband and father of four young girls, David has proven that he has the knowledge, desire, and ability to be a valuable leader of this community.”
– Tim Taylor, Springs


“Councilman David Lys has, and will continue to, protect this special place that we call home.”
– Daniel Farnham, Montauk


”David is honest, fair-minded, and, as a native son of East Hampton, has only the town’s best interest at heart.”
– John Goodman, East Hampton


“David is a young leader, respected throughout East Hampton for his energy, courage, business skills, and service to the community. “
– Gabrielle Lawlor, Montauk

“David Lys represents a new generation of leaders on the East End, smart, young and working class. East Hampton voters are lucky to have David as their Councilman.”
– County Legislator Bridget Fleming


“We need David’s humanity, can-do attitude, and skillful leadership. He’ll make a difference.”
– Jay Blatt, East Hampton


“David understands how to get things done. He’s thoroughly conscientious, hard-working, and committed to excellence. “
– Laura Stein, Montauk


“You only need to spend a few minutes with David to know that he is a thoughtful leader who is compassionate about all the people he serves.”
– Larry Cantwell, Former Town Supervisor


“A win by a young man like David Lys would be a ray of hope in these ugly times. ”
– Geroma Gurney, Amagansett