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.
The long planned $4.32-million renovation of Long Wharf could begin as early as September 9 or 10, right after the Chamber of Commerce’s annual HarborFest event that is set to take place on the wharf on the weekend of September 7 and 8, Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy said last week.