Gregory Ferraris, a former Sag Harbor Village Mayor and Trustee, stepped down from his post as chairman of the village planning board on Monday.
Mr. Ferraris, who has served as planning board chairman since stepping down as mayor in 2009, was first elected to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees in 2003. A native of Sag Harbor, he is the owner of GNFerraris LLC certified public accountants and consultants, with offices on Main Street.
“You get to a point in life where you learn to embrace the things that you truly enjoy and bring you success and divest of those which do not,” said Mr. Ferraris on Wednesday morning, as to his reasons for departing the board. “I have had the pleasure of serving the Village of Sag Harbor and its residents for the past 15 years and it has been a wonderful experience; however, it is a commitment that can compete with one’s personal and professional interests. I thank the current administration, the employees of the village, professional consultants and all the other volunteers who make this village what it is. I wish future success to all.”
Mr. Ferraris said once he made the decision, he filed notice immediately, confident in the current make-up of the village planning board. “I have spoken to [planning board member and former chairman] Neil Slevin and he will most likely act as an interim chair until a replacement is named,” said Mr. Ferraris.
Mr. Ferraris remains President of the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust and the Reutershan Educational Trust and is also the Director and Treasurer of Peconic Landing at Southold Inc. A former president of the board of trustees of the John Jermain Memorial Library, he has also served on the Mashashimuet Park and Recreation Association and the board of Bay Street Theater.