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Carolyn Zenk's Glowing Testimonials

Carolyn Zenk is an experienced attorney with 30 years experience and extensive civil litigation, especially Article 78s, against municipalities & developers. She is also a compassionate advocate for the environment. She spent four years serving as Southampton's Councilwoman & ten (10) years as the full-time General Counsel with Group for the East End, the leading environmental advocacy group in Suffolk County. Over the years, she has gained many supporters & admirers. Ms. Zenk is an incredible attorney & advocate. Don't take our word for it. Read her many wonderful testimonials!

"Please, for all of us who were so delighted when you were elected, continue to speak up! Speak out! Remember that there are many of us who pay attention & know what's going on & support you in doing the right thing."

Joan M., Citizen

"In the last election, the people hired a gunslinger to fight such [political] nonsense. Her name is Carolyn Zenk, & she's their Shane...[S]he's smart, she's dedicated, & she's not going away. Carolyn Zenk is a precious asset to our Town at a crucial time in its history. [Other Town Board members should] take advantage of the strengths she has."   By Reynolds Dodson

"The Zenk Factor" Southampton Press

Carolyn Zenk, Attorney at Law, will work to get the best possible outcome for you.

Julie Penny, Activist

Southampton Town Councilwoman

"Carolyn's longstanding advocacy for the environment has been exemplary. Residents of Southampton & East Hampton have a lot to be grateful to her for. Residents of the East End have benefited from Carolyn Zenk's longstanding legal advocacy of our environment. We admire her work, dedication & vision."

"Dear Carolyn, Many thanks for all your efforts to support my transition from private citizen to Councilwoman. Your files, notes & carefully drafted memos, along with your caring & personal counseling have stood me in good stead as I begin my four year term. I truly appreciate your concern-both for me & for the Town."   By Nancy Grabowski

Debra M., Client whose home Zenk saved

"CZ..., Just wanted & needed to say you saved my life! You are  more than a lawyer. You worked very hard, & pushed me to be active. I have learned a great deal from you! Never change! Lawyers are a dime a dozen after working with you!! You  work harder than any one I know!"

S. P.,  Client

"Carolyn...did you know, there's just no one in the Hamptons and on the East End of Long Island in the same class of expertise in Environmental Law and Advocacy as you?!!!"

Walter B., Mediation Client

"Miss Zenk, this is Walter B, you worked with my wife & I last year & I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you....As a result of the mediation you did with us, we decided not to get a divorce after all! We are so grateful to you and are still going strong together."

Holly C., Client

"Carolyn, I just talked w Jennifer C. [client]. She tells me you saved her home from being sold out from under her &  that you preserved her relationship w her father at the same time. You're amazing!"

Kathleen A., Eastport Citizen

"Ms. Zenk, I have followed your record and positions on many issues over the years & admire your tenacity, intelligence & relentless commitment to the preservation of open space, the environment, & the unique character of the South Fork region. I truly feel that you speak for the majority of Southampton's residents & are the best hope for a "build-out" vision for our community that protects & fosters the wishes of the people who live & work here...Thank you for your commitment to representing the residents of Eastport, Remsenberg, Speonk & Westhampton."

Ruth, Citizen

"Dear Ms. Zenk, You are the shining light in the darkness of political & self-interest in the appalling Southampton [Town] Board. I just want to say, "Keep the Faith!" You have more support than you may know."

"Local Heroes/Courage, Commitment, & Caring on Long Island"

"There is another kind of hero-the local hero-who is defined not by individual acts, but by hope, strength, and caring. Local heroes face the poverty & injustice that others ignore. They battle to preserve the environment...Theirs is an unqualified commitment to making a difference in other people's lives."  By Long Island Monthly Magazine in article featuring Zenk's work.

Bridgehampton Attorney

"I write to thank you for your service to Southampton in working on the Town Council. While I cannot fully appreciate your dedication, sometimes under circumstances made more difficult by your colleagues, you should know that your efforts are greatly admired by many. Your relentless efforts raised the standard for public service in Southampton."  By Gary I.

East Hampton's Natural Resource Director

"As a colleague-in-arms to protect our dwindling natural resources, our groundwater, surface waters, wetlands, shoreline, & open spaces, Carolyn has battled long & hard in many cases & before many Town agencies, to the East End's benefit."   By Larry Penny

Mike D., Town Member of Transition Committee

"Carolyn: Congratulations on a herculean effort [as Chairman of the Environment, East End, & Energy Transition Committee Report to County Executive Steve Levy]...[Your work] is a solid representation of the committee members' recommendations presented clearly & concisely...Thank you for taking on the task [of writing proposed environmental policy for Suffolk County] with such diligence & so thoroughly!"

Citizen Plaque of Appreciation

"In appreciation of your outstanding service on the Southampton Town Council we, representing the many friends, family & admirers of Carolyn Ann Zenk, Esq:








Steve & Vicki H, Harriet D., Tom H., Kathryn S, William L., Raymond D, Helen F, Marion B., Bob Z., Audrey R., Nancy M, Jon L., Charles R., Janet Z, Kathy H, Peter B., Patricia D, Grania & Tip B, Tricia R., Tina B., Anne & George B., Charles C., Charlene M, Julie P, Martin Z.

Carolyn Zenk, Councilwoman

"Dear Robert C, [Thank you] for your wonderful Saint Joan of Arc medallion. ...Citizens like you make it worth it to be in office. I have worn Saint Joan close to my heart on many a day. You too, remain close to my heart for thinking so kindly of me. I will try each day to be worthy of the love & affection I have received from many kind citizens like you. God bless you!"

Suffolk County Legislature's Proclamation

"Zenk has been a staunch supporter of, & has worked diligently for the preservation of open spaces, wetlands preservation, & clean water for the people of Long Island & for future generations. Her dedication, expertise & personal involvement have contributed significantly to the conservation & protection of the environment. Through her energy & zeal, CAROLYN ZENK has also been an inspiration to & influence on the lawmakers of Suffolk County & their decisions."

Jean B., Masters of Arts & Science, Citizen

"Dear Carolyn, Thank you for sticking to your guns in the vote on the zoning change. I admire your work & your courage. As for the other [Town Board members] for whom I voted in the last election, my contempt for them is equal to my respect for you."

Donald S., Southampton Citizen

"Dear Ms. Zenk, Thank you for your gutsy comments in the July 18th Southampton Press [regarding imposing steel bulkheads on our beaches]. I am so glad that someone told [the man who ruined the beach with bulkheads] what many of us locals feel & never had the opportunity to express to him in person! I am equally sorry that the other members of the Board played pussy cat."

Ginny T., Citizen

"You have a way with words Carolyn. There is a passion, a reverence, a humility. Beautiful! Thank you. Again, I really appreciate your way with words...The beauty of the flow."

Diane R., Former Committee Person

"Wow, you're awesome Carolyn. Thank you so much! Actually, I will miss you very much, being on the [Town] Board. You always bring up correct items, when otherwise, they wouldn't be brought forth or they would be ignored."


"I wanted to thank you for your comments at the public hearing [regarding a proposed moratorium on development] for western Southampton Town. Your observations & concerns were, as always, right on the money, & welcomed at a time when unprecedented development is rearing its ugly head on eastern Long Island."

Mary Jean G., Citizen

"Thank you for all your efforts in Town Hall-We have lost our only advocate!"

Southampton Supervisor & Councilwoman

"You have done a great job as a Town Councilwoman to work in the public interest..."  By Linda Kabot

Megan Q., Assistant

"While Googling about "The Hills" [development], I came across the document [you wrote] for the Town Board in 2014. I was so proud of you!"

"Thank you so much for [your work today]. You're great!"

Community Preservation Fund Manager

"I wanted to let you know it was a pleasure to work with you. I appreciate your dedication to the Town's natural resources & your keen interest in preserving waterfront lands for public use & enjoyment."   By Mary Wilson, Southampton Town

Walter S., Citizen

"Over the years when you were in office...I always found you were a very good listener. Then when I read that you helped Nancy Graboski [Councilwoman in the opposing party] during the transition, it was a helpful bipartisan effort."

Dianne R., Citizen Activist

"Dear Councilwoman Zenk ...I must state unconventionally, 'You Go Girl!' regarding your letter to the editor in the Southampton Press about the Westhampton Drag Strip."

Southampton Town Bd's Appreciation Proclamation

"Carolyn Zenk has served as a Town Councilwoman for 4 years. She has sponsored legislation to limit the size of retail stores in Southampton Town to help protect community character, significantly increased fines for code violations associated with group rentals, banned shore-hardening structures on Southampton's ocean beaches, & increased environmental protection in the public's interest."

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