Sag Harbor Mayoral Candidate Profile: Sandra Schroeder

Sandra Schroeder
Sandra Schroeder

A Sag Harbor native, Sandra Schroeder worked for the village for many years, starting in the office of former village clerk Joan Feehan before rising to the role of village clerk and later village administrator during the administration of former Mayor Greg Ferraris. She believes that her knowledge of the inner workings of village government sets her apart. After a narrow loss in the 2013 mayoral contest, she was elected trustee in 2014.

Although Ms. Schroeder says she missed the days “when we were the UnHampton, before everyone found us,” she said she envisions a village where newcomers can work together with old-timers for the good of all. “I have a good feeling about Sag Harbor,” she said. “I’m hoping the new people will remember why they moved here. I want to be the mayor to try to keep what we have.”

Ms. Schroeder offers a list of pressing concerns that is similar to what Mr. Stein has pinpointed.

*If elected, Ms. Schroeder said she would seek a grant to cover the estimated $15,000 it would cost to procure an engineering report on the condition of the Municipal Building, with the goal of floating a bond to pay for a major renovation, which was estimated at $1.2 million four years ago. Like Mr. Stein, she said she would entertain the idea of renting upper floor offices to help pay the off the bond.

*Noting docks and moorings are the second largest revenue source for the village after    taxes, Ms. Schroeder said the village needs to address a deteriorating situation at the waterfront, including undertaking delayed maintenance of Long Wharf and the docks.

*The village code needs to be strengthened, Ms. Schroeder, said, to prevent oversized houses from being constructed on small lots, as has become commonplace today.

*Finally, Ms. Schroeder, pointing out that Rogers Street, which has been prone to flooding, said the village needed a comprehensive approach to collect stormwater and reduce runoff to prepare for the next major storm.