Letters to the Editor: 8/20/15


Use Moratorium Wisely

Dear Editor,

Following is a letter I sent to the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees:

As the village is currently under a building moratorium, voted by this board, we are very concerned at the piecemeal manner in which changes are being made to our zoning code. The idea of the moratorium, which has many months to run, is to give the Board of Trustees, the ZBA, ARB and others, the time and space needed to consult, consider and craft reasonable changes to our code that will safeguard our heritage.

Please do not squander this opportunity. The moratorium, which reaches deep inside our homes, has inflicted considerable hardship on many of our friends and your neighbors. It needs to be respected and used in the most efficient and effective way possible. Instead of rushing through intermittent changes, paying lip service to public input, please undertake an holistic approach and present a complete document. Then allow a reasonable period of time for review and comment, before voting into law changes that might very well cause the undoing of that which we seek to achieve.

Almost every penny spent on restoration in Sag Harbor is privately funded, mostly by people who are, or wish to become, our neighbors. Having just completed a thorough historic restoration and small addition to our home at 23 Howard Street, we can attest to the fact that it is an enormous and expensive undertaking. We find it curious and somewhat perverse that the moratorium, by reaching all the way into our living rooms and counting the hinges on our cabinets, encourages cheap undertakings.

As the trustees of our village, you have a responsibility to encourage sensitive restoration and allow for upgrades and reasonable additions. You also need to ensure that we can attract people with the wherewithal necessary to guarantee that Sag Harbor’s housing stock is preserved and remains historically relevant for the next two hundred years. The current ad hoc approach and retroactive application is doing nothing for preservation but instead is creating an atmosphere of confusion, fear and uncertainty. This is not an environment that encourages investment. There are currently four empty homes on Howard Street in need of rehabilitation. Some have been empty for many years. Not one of them is in better condition today than it was yesterday, witness the sad state of the Morpurgo house.


Aidan and Louise Corish

Sag Harbor


An Appreciation for Women in the Workforce

To the Editor:

The year 2010 marked the 200-year anniversary of Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli’s birth. She was also known as Margaret Fuller. Margaret Fuller was an American journalist, critic, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist.

Yet, roughly 200 years after the birth of Margaret Fuller, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics during the year 2010: 58.6% of women participate in the American workforce. Margaret Fuller’s book: Women in the Nineteenth Century, is considered to be the first major feminist work in the United States of America. So: roughly 200 years after the birth of Margaret Fuller, and 58.6% of all working-aged women (women aged 16 or older) are labor-force participants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 123,000,000 working-aged women living in the United States of America, 72,000,000 went to work or were looking for work. Women made up 47% of the American Labor Force.

The most common occupations for women who work, as of the year 2010 are as follows (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

1.) Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

2.) Elementary and Middle School Teachers

3.) Registered Nurses

4.) Nursing: Psychiatric and Home Health Aides

5.) First-line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

6.) Customer Service Representatives

7.) Managers

8.) Cashiers

9.) Accountants and Auditors

10.) Receptionists and Information Clerks

11.) First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

12.) Office Clerks

13.) Book-keeping, accounting, and auditing Clerks

14.) Retail Salesperson

15.) Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

16.) Financial Managers

17.) Social Workers

18.) Secondary School Teachers

19.) Waiters and Waitresses

20.) Personal Care Aides

21.) Teacher Assistants

22.) Pre-School and Kindergarden Teachers

23.) Education Administrators

24.)Licensed and Practical Vocational Nurses

25.) Janitors and Building Cleaners

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the women who do work: 73% of women worked full-time, while 27% worked part-time.

Thank you.

Anna Tedesco Santacroce

Sag Harbor



To the Editor,

I have seen no letters to the editor so far commenting on the outrageous habits of those visitors to our village this season. In particular drivers who either have spent very little time behind the wheel or simply don’t care to obey local traffic laws. Or both.

Daily I see people making illegal u-turns to snag a parking space on the other side of the street, probably the most common violation. Tourist turns they should be called.

Then there are the drivers who stall traffic so they wait for someone who may or may not be pulling out of a space, oblivious to the fact that a dozen cars have now lined up behind him.

And when the TCOs approach them, the drivers berate the officers. I think more tickets should be given, especially for those who make the illegal u-turns.

If they can’t behave in our village then we should make it clear they are not welcome.


Dick Callister

Sag Harbor


John Cilli’s E-Mail

Dear Editor:

Thanks so much for printing the letter from my father John Cilli last week. The first question he asked me when I saw him each day was, “Do you have any e-mails for me?” He thoroughly enjoyed the many kind e-mails he received and it gave him great joy to hear the reminiscences about him, his family and Cilli Farm.

Unfortunately, in the print edition of The Express, my father’s e-mail address was incorrect (the e-mail address in the online edition was correct). For those of you who sent an e-mail and subsequently received an error message, would you kindly re-send the e-mail to johncilli11963@gmail.com (there is no hyphen in the e-mail address). In addition to reading the e-mails to my father, I am compiling them in a document which I will disseminate amongst our family.

Also, thanks to Jeff Batky, Dave Capurso and Lee Bernard for helping us this past week.

Best regards,

Karen (Cilli) Sperling

Sag Harbor



Dear Editor,

I attended the Sag Harbor Board of Trustee’s monthly meeting last Tuesday. For the record, I addressed the trustees about building noise.

Over the past year and a half, there were eight different building projects commenced within a three block radius of my home. The noise was maddening.

I suggested, with the moratorium in a holding pattern, why not reclaim the codes in tandem? The timing is right on. Chapter 167-3 NOISE standards is a “white elephant” in the existing village code book. No more construction seven days a week, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and no more being awakened by a buzz saw on the weekends. Most of the time I prefer a strong cup of black coffee.


Jennifer Houser

Sag Harbor