Silas Marder, a 41-year-old landscape and furniture designer and former gallery owner, has entered the race for one of two seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees.
On Tuesday night, Sag Harbor Village Clerk and Administrator Beth Kamper confirmed that Mr. Marder will join incumbent trustee Aidan Corish as well as Bob Plumb and Jennifer Ponzini on the finalized ballot for a pair of two-year trustee terms on the Village Board.
Mr. Corish is a founding partner in the branding firm, Tangram, and was first elected to the Village Board in 2017. Mr. Plumb is the president of Salt Construction Corp. and a current member of the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals. Ms. Ponzini is a real estate agent and attorney who formally served on the village’s ZBA.
It will also be a race for the mayor’s seat. Incumbent Mayor Sandra Schroeder announced last week she will seek her third term at the helm of the board this June. She faces a challenge by long-time resident Kathleen Mulcahy, a marketing executive who moved to Sag Harbor in 1995 and has managed retail marketing for Pepsi-Cola and Frito Lay and for the rollout of Verizon Fios.
“I have thought about it for a long time and I felt now was the time I wanted to participate more directly in the leadership of the village,” said Mr. Marder on Wednesday. Mr. Marder, who has lived in the village for over a decade and is married to author Hilary Thayer Hamann, said the environment and water quality are at the forefront of issues he is interested in, among many others. “It is what it is to be a part of this community,” said Mr. Marder of the waterfront.
A member of the Marder family, longtime owners of Marders in Bridgehampton, Mr. Marder spent his childhood in Springs and briefly Southampton, before returning back to Springs for high school. His career has been in landscape and furniture design and also managed the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton for a number of years.
“A lot of it has been directing more towards this step I just took,” he said. “So much of my experience comes from working with people, managing people, hiring people, coordinating projects, analyzing and developing budgets and community outreach. And that is something I am very passionate about and proud of looking back at my experience with the gallery.”
“I am looking forward to continuing more of the discussions I have had with people in the community,” said Mr. Marder. “It is really a special place.”
Save Sag Harbor will host a “Meet the Candidates” debate moderated by The Sag Harbor Expressfor both the trustee and mayoral candidates at a date in June to be announced shortly.