While there are four candidates on the ballot for a pair of two-year terms on the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees, only three are really running in this race. Silas Marder did not participate in the only candidate forum and has not returned multiple calls from TheExpress since first announcing his candidacy.
He also failed to collect the required number of signatures per the village’s own statute. We don’t fault him for not being aware of the rule as much as we question why the village, which runs its own elections, would ignore its own statute.
Of the remaining candidates, Aidan Corish has already proven himself an effective trustee and, perhaps more importantly, one who will strike out on his own when necessary, even if it means making an unpopular vote against a majority. He has led the way forward on initiatives such as revamping the village’s website in an effort to improve what he admits is a lack of communication between the village and its constituents. He is willing to think outside a traditional box to begin discussions about how to better address issues such as parking and wastewater. He easily earns our endorsement.
Both Robert Plumb and Jennifer Ponzini demonstrate a devotion to Sag Harbor. Ms. Ponzini’s commitment to volunteerism is laudable and she brings a willingness to engage members of the public, which we believe is sorely lacking. That said, as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Robert Plumb has shown he has a true understanding of the development pressures facing Sag Harbor. He is not afraid of saying what he thinks, and pointedly so, but as a builder also understands some of the challenges facing homeowners today. He brings to his candidacy that expertise and a commitment to environmental and quality-of-life issues, but also advocates strongly for a greater role for the public in the village’s work, which is why he also earns our endorsement for trustee in Tuesday’s election.