Laura Nolan Resigns as North Haven Mayor as Village Elections Come into Focus



By Kathryn G. Menu

Laura Nolan has resigned as mayor of North Haven Village, according to an announcement made by deputy mayor Jim Smyth during a village board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Smyth said Nolan, 55, resigned from the position citing personal reasons, effective immediately.

Nolan, who was elected mayor in 2002 and has been elected for five terms since, did not return calls for comment.

Nolan has one year left in her two-year term as village mayor. According to village clerk Georgia Welch, it is too late to add a mayoral race on the ballot for the June 18 village elections.

On Tuesday, Smyth — who will serve as acting mayor until the new fiscal year starts in July — said he would not seek another term on the village board. This year there are two village board seats up for election.

Smyth, 63, has served as a member of that board since 2002, when he was appointed to fill the remainder of Nolan’s term after she was elected mayor. Prior to that he was a member of the North Haven planning board from 1994 to 2002.

“I have been doing this for 25 years, my wife retired at the first of the year and we have some things we want to do,” said Smyth on Tuesday.

Smyth, who has owned The Corner Bar in Sag Harbor for 35 years, said Nolan’s decision to resign from her post has not altered his decision, although he plans to remain an active member of community.

According to Welch, architect Jim Laspesa — chairman of the North Haven planning board — has expressed an interest in running although no nominating petitions had been turned in as of press time.

On Tuesday, incumbent trustee Jeff Sander, 71, a former business executive who has served on the board since 2007 said he would “probably” seek another term with the board.

Rather than hold a special election for mayor, Sander said the village board would likely appoint someone to fill the remainder of Nolan’s term as mayor.

In both North Haven and Sag Harbor Village, nominating petitions to seek village office are due next Tuesday, May 14.

In Sag Harbor Village, four candidates have announced they will seek the mayor’s seat in this June’s election. Incumbent mayor Brian Gilbride, harbor committee chairman Bruce Tait, former mayor Pierce Hance and former Sag Harbor village clerk Sandra Schroeder have all announced their intention to run.

In the trustees race, incumbent Ed Gregory has announced he will seek another term. Former mayor and trustee Ed Deyermond has also thrown his hat into the trustees race, as has former board member Bruce Stafford and La Superica owner Ken O’Donnell.