For the first time in recent history, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will host a work session on a Saturday morning in its continued effort to reach as wide an audience of village residents and taxpayers as possible.
Frankly, it is about time a municipal body on the East End engaged in this kind of outreach.
For better and for worse, the demographics of the South Fork and certainly Sag Harbor Village has shifted dramatically over the last two decades. There are many taxpayers and some residents that spend a portion of their week in New York City or other commutable destinations for work. This is an important demographic and one that will only grow in the years to come. Ensuring they become active stakeholders who ideally support local initiatives, our volunteer emergency service providers and other community nonprofits can only benefit Sag Harbor Village as a whole.
But it is not just second homeowners that benefit here but the working families and seniors who Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy rightly notes this week may not have the time in their schedule to make that monthly 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday.
While we appreciate the notion that residents and taxpayers have a responsibility to get involved in local government and participate — and certainly, they do — it is also incumbent on government leaders to understand the diversity of its community and what it needs to be participatory.
Kudos to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees for recognizing this and we hope to see a lot of faces, new and old, at Saturday’s work session at 10 a.m. in the Municipal Building on Main Street. Be heard. They appear ready to listen.