Races Set in Sag Harbor, North Haven

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By Stephen J. Kotz and Mara Certic

There were no surprises when the deadline passed on Tuesday, May 12, for candidates for Sag Harbor Village candidates to turn in their nomination petitions.

Trustee Sandra Schroeder will face off against Trustee Robby Stein in the mayoral race. Incumbent Mayor Brian Gilbride declined to seek another two-year term. Trustees Ed Deyermond and Ken O’Donnell will run unopposed for two-year terms.

With village Justice Andrea Schiavoni announcing she will step down to devote more time to her private law practice, three candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to replace her. Michael Bromberg, a Sag Harbor resident, attorney, and former paramedic, attorney Stephen Grossman of East Hampton, who has his office in Sag Harbor, and East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana, who serves as Justice Schiavoni’s backup, have all filed petitions to run for four-year terms.

In North Haven Village, incumbent Trustees James Laspesa and Jamie Davis are both running unopposed for two-year terms.

The election will take place on June 16 in both villages, with voting taking place at the firehouse on Brick Kiln Road in Sag Harbor, and at North Haven Village Hall in that community.

Ms. Schroeder is a former village clerk. Two years ago, she narrowly lost a four-way mayor race to Mr. Gilbride. She was elected trustee a year ago.

“I’m into harmony, working with people instead of getting lawyers to fight them,” she said, “and that includes our employees. We have so many grievances.”

Citing the importance of the waterfront to the village, she said she would like to see the village develop a long-term plan for renovating Long Wharf and replacing docks and pilings.

The village’s Municipal Building, a four-story building where only the first two floors are used, also needs some major work, she said, noting the village received an engineering report years ago on its deficiencies but has failed to act because of concerns over costs.

After seven years on the board, Mr. Stein said he had gained valuable experience by serving as liaison to most village departments. He said the village has many major issues that need attention, from the waterfront, to road runoff and drainage, and parking.

“There are not a lot of areas where we have major differences. We are both dedicated environmentalists and we both believe in saving money where possible,” he said of himself and Ms. Schroeder. “But I believe I am more innovative.”

Mr. O’Donnell, who is seeking his second term, described his first year on the board as “on-the-job training.” He said in a second term he would be more forceful in offering his opinions and said he was concerned that Mayor Gilbride’s dedication to paying for things out of the operating budget may have left many parts of the village’s infrastructure and equipment wanting for attention.

Mr. Deyermond, a retired East Hampton and Southampton Town assessor as well as North Haven village clerk, has been a long-time board member and a former mayor. He has expressed concern in recent months with making sure the long-term capital needs of the Sag Harbor Fire Department are met.

East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana, who serves as Sag Harbor’s acting justice when Justice Schiavoni is unavailable, said on Wednesday she would run for the village justice position, as have Michael Bromberg, a village resident and retired attorney and paramedic, and defense attorney Stephen Grossman, who lives in East Hampton but has based his practice in Sag Harbor for more than 30 years.

In North Haven, Arthur “Jim” Laspesa and Jamie Davis, whose terms both expire this year, are running both unopposed.

Mr. Davis was elected to a one-year-term last year, after he had been appointed the previous year to complete Jeff Sander’s term when Mr.  Sanders became mayor. He could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Laspesa, who was elected as trustee in 2013, said that the biggest issue in the village continues to be the monitoring and controlling of the deer herd.

An architect and former chairman of the village planning board, Mr. Laspesa has been staying in close touch with the building inspector and keeping an eye on what’s been going on with the ARB and Zoning board.

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