David E. Kapell

David Kapell

Mr. David E. Kapell, served the Village of Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island, NY for twenty-seven years in the positions of Community Development Director, Village Trustee, Planning Board Chairman and Mayor from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. He is widely credited with leading the successful revitalization of a small severely depressed 19th century seaport through abolishing the village police department, resulting in dramatic property tax reduction; creation and retention of affordable housing opportunities; local regulatory reform; and the development of a regionally significant waterfront park in the heart of the village business district.

Mr. Kapell is president of Stirling Public Policy, Ltd, a consultancy with clients including Rauch Foundation, where he works on regional transportation, transit-oriented development, and environmental issues; the Long Island Association, as Executive Director of the Right Track for Long Island Coalition, a civic advocacy group formed to support governor Andrew Cuomo’s $2 billion LIRR Expansion Project; Orsted, where he works to support the emerging offshore wind industry; and Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc., providers of ferry service between Orient Point, NY and New London, CT.

He holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Kapell is also president of Kapell Real Estate, Inc., a boutique family-run brokerage in Greenport that he founded in 1981.

He has three grown children and lives in Greenport and on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Eileen Kapell.