Friends and family packed Village Hall Tuesday when the Sag Harbor Village Board promoted Village Police veteran Robert F. Drake from sergeant to lieutenant, the department’s first in more than a decade. “No one deserves it more than he does,” Chief Austin J. McGuire said at the ceremony. Mayor Sandra Schroeder said everywhere she goes in the village “we have numbers of compliments about you, sir.” Trustee Ken O’Donnell called Lt. Drake “a shining example of the renaissance between the village and the police force” since Mayor Schroeder’s election as a trustee six years ago then mayor in 2015. There was no police contract and talk of disbanding the force at the time, he noted, adding that the village now has a police contract and an early retirement policy “that makes us younger and less expensive,” he said, and he cited the hiring of Police Chief Austin J. McGuire in 2015 as another example of the Village Board’s achievements.
“With a heavy heart, I regret to inform the members of the Board of Education and the community that I will have to step away from my duties beginning on November, 22, 2019 as the Superintendent of the Sag Harbor Schools for immediate surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City,” said Ms. Graves in a letter to the board of education on November 15.