Save Sag Harbor Hosts Meet The Candidates Saturday at John Jermain Memorial Library

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The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Michael Heller photo

In less than three weeks, residents of Sag Harbor Village will choose between two candidates for mayor and select two of four candidates for seats on the board of trustees. With both races contested, the nonprofit Save Sag Harbor has teamed up with The Sag Harbor Express to host a Meet the Candidates forum at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon.
“One of the most important things Save Sag Harbor does as an organization is to help keep the public informed on critical issues through our newsletter, panel discussions and events,” said Bob Weinstein, co-director of Save Sag Harbor. “The ‘Meet our Candidates,’ forum, which we have been co-sponsoring with The Express now for many years, is the perfect opportunity for members of the community to ask questions of the candidates in order to better understand their positions on issues. It’s important that we each know what we are voting for, and that we exercise our right to vote on Tuesday, June 18.”
Incumbent Mayor Sandra Schroeder is seeking her third term at the head of the Village Board running under the Residents Party banner. The former village clerk, village administrator and Village Board of Trustees member is running against political newcomer Kathleen Mulcahy, an 18-year resident of Sag Harbor and former marketing executive for Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay who now works as a real estate agent with Brown Harris Stevens. Ms. Mulcahy is running as a member of the Horizon Party.
Incumbent trustee Aidan Corish is seeking his second term on the Village Board under the “Sag Harbor United” party banner. A founding partner in the branding firm, Tangram, Mr. Corish has been a Sag Harbor resident since 1995. While Trustee Ken O’Donnell has opted not to seek another term on the board, Mr. Corish will have company on the trustee ballot line. Silas Marder, a landscape and furniture designer, is running for his first seat on the Village Board under the Harbor Alliance Party. Robert Plumb, a member of the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals and president of Salt Construction Corp., is also seeking one of two seats up for election this year, running with the Red Dot Party. Jennifer Ponzini, a former Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals member and licensed associate real estate broker with Compass, is also hoping to earn her first elected board seat in June, running under the Community Party banner.
In order to vote in village elections, residents must be registered with the Suffolk County Board of Elections by June 7. Residents have until June 11 to receive an absentee ballot to be mailed to them by the village clerk. The last day for the village clerk to receive personal applications for absentee ballots is June 17. All absentee ballots must be received by the clerk by Election Day on June 18.
The Saturday morning debate will be moderated by Sag Harbor Express editor and co-publisher Kathryn G. Menu. Candidates will be afforded opening and closing statements. While there will be questions prepared in advance by The Express editorial board and members of Save Sag Harbor, audience members will also have the opportunity to submit their own questions on notecards, although all questions must be answerable by all candidates in order to be asked. To submit question for consideration, email kmenu@sagharborexpress.com.

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