Letters to the Editor: 5/18/17


Don’t Get Sick

Dear Editor:

Years ago, while watching C-SPAN, I saw then-Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) on the floor of the House with his two posters that depicted the soul of the Republican Health Plan. The first read:

“Don’t get sick”

The second read: “If you do get sick, die quickly.”

Today, the bum’s rush to pass the current Trump/Ryan/GOP Health Care Plan would still dump the 24 million people who’d gotten coverage under Obamacare; it would also start penalizing those with pre-existing health conditions with unaffordability — making them pay more than the rest. All this so they can repeal/gut Obamacare to grab the funding stream and divert its money for tax breaks for the super wealthy and corporations.

Same thing for the one-page tax plan which doesn’t reform taxation but is a massive redistribution of money from the poor and middle-class to the wealthy and corporations. Trump and his family would reap millions each year. And, Ivanka, Eric, Donald, Jr., Tiffany would get a billion upon Trump’s death as the GOP would ditch the “Estate Tax” which, in reality, only affects the wealthy 0.002% of the population. This tax plan would add trillions to our national debt.

On Friday, April 28, they removed the once available “climate-change” data from the EPA website. Also, Trump signed an executive order to allow drilling and deregulation in the Arctic and off the East Coast.

Trump, Ryan, the Corporatocracy and hard right that have captured our democracy are as subtle and compassionate as a switchblade across our communal throats. Resist them.

Julie Penny



Running for Trustee

Dear Editor,

I am writing to introduce myself to village voters. My name is Aidan Corish and I am running for village trustee. I have been a resident of Sag Harbor since 1995. I live on Howard Street with my wife Louise, our daughters Olivia and Abigail and our dog Harry. Our daughters attend Pierson middle and high school.

I love Sag Harbor; the village has been very good to me and my family. It has provided us with an exceptional community, volunteer fire department and ambulance service, a great education system, police force and community organizations. Most importantly, it has provided us with friends and neighbors whose company we enjoy and opinions we respect.

Sag Harbor is a village made up of many groups; the families that have been here for generations, more recent transplants like us, who have called the village home for decades, and new residents who call Sag Harbor home primarily on the weekends. I want to be a trustee for all members of our community.

Sag Harbor is a village steeped in history, forever changing and evolving from colonial times to the present day. It is imperative that in all of our deliberations we respect and defer to this history, it is what gives our village its essential character. It is equally as important for us to secure our future through dialogue, appropriate planning and fiscal responsibility.

For the most part we live cheek by jowl in the village, and as can be expected from such a diverse, engaged and thoughtful group, there is no shortage of competing opinion. To me that is what makes Sag Harbor such a wonderful place to live and to raise children.

My decision to run for trustee is born of a belief that by bringing a new perspective to our village board, I will be able to do our community some service. I believe in listening. I appreciate the diversity of opinion that exists and embrace inclusion, transparency and open, respectful dialogue. Once I have gathered all of the facts and listened to the opinions, I am not afraid to make decisions no matter how difficult they might be. There is no doubt that we will never agree on every issue, however I do hope that for the good of our community, we can disagree agreeably. Ultimately, to secure our future we need to be united, Sag Harbor United.

I have prepared a website, corishfortrustee.com. There you will find much more detailed information that will expand on the theme of my campaign: preserve the past, secure our future.


  1. Aidan Corish

Sag Harbor United Party


Home Deserves Pulitzer

Dear Editor,

With all due respect to Colson Whitehead, a current Pulitzer Prize winner, my PP winner is Sag Harbor’s very own: Nancy Remkus. Her “Home” columns in this newspaper are the best reading for someone like me, who is 1,500 hundred miles away from Main Street.

Her passion for that little whaling village that we grew up in is displayed in all her words. She really got me emotional on Coach Vishno. I could probably write a book about all of my adventures with Bob, but I won’t bore you. I have spoken to him on occasion, but I regret it should be more. Ironically, I see his cousin, Bill, almost every day where he plays golf and where I work in Boca Raton.

Nancy, keep up the great writing and keep choosing characters that we all know and love and miss everyday.

George Finckenor Jr. (Bob’s fifth grade student)

Boca Raton, Florida


Concerned About Park’s Future

To the Editor:

Thank you, thank you, for the delivery of the Sag Harbor Express. I enjoy reading it each week.

Twenty-five years ago I used to walk the Sag Harbor Turnpike to the Cove Deli for a cup of their delicious coffee, enjoying the Otter Pond and the arrival in spring of the Bufflehead ducks. I am writing in concern to comment on the proposed property changes across from the Nancy Boyd Willey Park. The old Magadorf property seems to be up for division and I am concerned about the protection of the park. This park was dedicated by Sag Harbor Village in 1996, and has been kept up since then by the Sag Harbor Village and the Sag Harbor Historical Society (SHH), and volunteer support. With all of the upcoming plans for the village, I hope that dedicated treasures, like this park dedicated to long-time citizen, Nancy Boyd Willey, doesn’t get lost in the flurry of activities.

It is 26 years since Nancy Boyd Willey attended the dedication of the park, this in May, 1996, with the mayor and members of the village, Southampton Town and state officials, in attendance to honor Nancy’s lifelong support and historic protection of the Sag Harbor Village, and her environmental effort protecting the Long Pond Greenbelt and Barcelona Point. The dedication of the park in her name was engraved in the rock situated by the park’s flag pole by Sag Harbor long-time resident David Lee, who passed some time ago.

It is always a pleasure in spring to enjoy the magnolia trees in bloom. The trees were donated by the Ladies Village Improvement Society back in 1996. The whole park has been contributed to by many in Sag Harbor, listed on the dedication brochure available at the Sag Harbor Historical Society, as well as additional history and documentation. For those interested, there is also Nancy Boyd Willey Park documentation and materials at the John Jermain Memorial Library.

Priscilla Ciccariello,

Formerly, Sag Harbor,



Create Affordable Housing

Dear Kathryn,

I am moved to write to the Express because yet another multi-family house with several rental units in the heart of the village has recently been sold and will be converted to a single-family house. Everyone currently living in the house will have to move.

These are honest, hard-working couples and families. The adults work in the area, and the children go to the schools and play with other kids in the neighborhood. They are good neighbors and make up the fabric of the community.

Increasingly, multi-family houses have been converted to single-family houses in the village. I can think of four such conversions, and I bet many Express readers can think of more. Many of these converted homes are barely used by their owners, turning streets that were once vibrant with families into empty ones.

I would like to encourage the Village authorities to explore ways to make sure that people with middle-class incomes can live in Sag Harbor. If I remember correctly, when Greg Ferraris was mayor (around 2006-2009, I believe) the Village made an effort to encourage accessory apartments. That seems like a good path and I wonder if it resulted in any affordable units being preserved or created.

Mayor Schroeder, trustees and members of other village boards and local civic organizations: please work together to preserve and create affordable housing options in Sag Harbor. This is a wonderful village. Let’s make sure people that regular people, who are the backbone of the community, can live here too.


Jonas Hagen

Sag Harbor1818