Sag Harbor Trustee Candidate Profile: Ed Deyermond

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Ed Deyermond.
Ed Deyermond.

Ed Deyermond has led a career in public service, serving as an assessor in East Hampton Town, two stints as sole assessor in Southampton Town, and North Haven Village clerk. He served two terms as village trustee from 1995 to 1999, and a term as mayor from 2003 to 2005 before returning as trustee in 2011. He has also been a member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department for 37 years.

Like Mr. O’Donnell, he is running unopposed. While many candidates would welcome an unobstructed path to reelection, Mr. Deyermond says it is a troubling sign that the village’s demographic is changing from a full-time population to a seasonal and weekend population.

“The scarcity of candidates is a problem,” he said.

In his next term, Mr. Deyermond says wants to see the board:

*Develop a capital plan to catch up with a number of infrastructure projects, from maintenance of Long Wharf to a renovation of the Municipal Building, a project he expects will offer some unwelcome surprises once the building is thoroughly inspected. “We are going to have to go out and borrow some money,” he said, “It’s going to be a huge part of the next administration.”

*Adopt meaningful legislation to limit the size of houses that can be constructed in the village. “We are working on that now,” he said of an effort to draft a floor area ratio law, which would limit the size of a house to a percentage of its lot size. “I think we can still make a solid dent in this issue,” he said. “These monster houses, I think they are just out of place.”

*More aggressively pursue grants to undertake things like renovate the Murray Hill Firehouse, which, Mr. Deyermond said is the 36th oldest continuously operating firehouse in the village and could be eligible for significant grant money.

By Stephen J. Kotz

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