By Stephen J. Kotz
North Haven Village Trustee Thomas J. Schiavoni resigned from the village board on Tuesday with three months remaining on his term to accept an appointment to the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.
Mr. Schiavoni sat in the back of the meeting room as the board convened its monthly meeting and approached the podium to address his former colleagues and thank them for the opportunity to work with them.
“Jeff, it was great working with you. You’re a leader and good for the village,” he told Mayor Jeff Sander.
“He has been a great addition to the board,” said Mr. Sander of Mr. Schiavoni, who was elected in June 2014. “He has a lot of experience in the village.”
Prior to running for trustee, Mr. Schiavoni served eight years on the village Zoning Board of Appeals. A high school social studies teacher at Center Moriches High School, he is also a member of the Sag Harbor School Board.
Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he had asked Mr. Schiavoni to replace Denise Burke-O’Brien of Noyac, whose term expired at the end of 2015. She did not seek another seven-year term.
“I think Tommy John will be a good member. He’s thoughtful and he’ll do his homework,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “He’ll be able to balance the hardship issues of the applicant against the needs of the broader community.”
Mr. Schneiderman said he expected Mr. Schiavoni would be formally appointed as soon as the next formal board meeting, on Tuesday, March 8.
“I have a strong background in building even though I’m a teacher,” Mr. Schiavoni said. “It’s an important board and I’m looking forward to doing the work for the people of the town.”
Mayor Sander said that with only three months remaining on Mr. Schiavoni’s term, the board would probably not appoint a replacement, but leave that decision up to village residents who will vote in June.
The mayor added that Mr. Schiavoni might be called on to continue to volunteer for the village. Noting that Mr. Schiavoni had taken the lead on an effort to revitalize the village’s trails committee, Mr. Sander said he would likely ask him to continue serving in that regard.