Stein Honored at Final Sag Harbor Village Board Meeting

Sag Harbor Village Trustee Robbie Stein received congratulations from Mayor Sandra Schroeder on Tuesday. Peter Boody photo

One week before an uncontested election for two seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board, the board honored retiring Trustee Robby Stein with a proclamation at its meeting on Tuesday, June 12, thanking him for “his many years of experience, his knowledge, insight, generosity of time, ability to work effectively with mayors, board members, staff and residents alike.”

Barring any write-in surprises in the upcoming vote on Tuesday, June 19, Mr. Stein’s seat will be filled by Thomas C. Gardella, a former fire department chief who is running for one of two open seats on the board. Incumbent trustee James Larocca is seeking a second, two-year term on the board.

Village elections will take place at the Sag Harbor Fire Department headquarters on Brick Kiln Road on Tuesday, June 19, from noon to 9 p.m.

“This is a hard job up here,” Mr. Stein said after Mayor Sandra Schroeder had read a proclamation thanking him for serving the community “with dedication and distinction” ever since he was appointed to the board in 2009 by then Mayor Brian Gilbdie. He was elected to the board in 2010 and reelected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor against Ms. Schroeder.

Mr. Stein is a child psychoanalyst and family therapist for the last 40 years, practicing in Manhattan and Sag Harbor. He is also a member of the non-profit Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center executive committee — a project he said earlier this spring he hopes to devote more energy to as the rebuilding of the Main Street cinema begins.

In his remarks, Mr. Stein said a trustee feels “popular sometimes, unpopular” other times. “It’s hard to balance things.”

Sag Harbor has been growing for years “but the growth now is enormous,” he added. “It’s beyond what it was 7, 8 years ago…Village Hall is really overwhelmed I want everyone to really know …”

Mr. Stein concluded by saying, “I really appreciate everything that everyone does up here.”

In North Haven, incumbent Mayor Jeff Sander and Trustees Diane Skilbred and David Saskas are also running in an uncontested race next Tuesday, with voting taking place at village hall on Route 114 from noon to 9 p.m.



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Peter Boody is news editor of The Sag Harbor Express. Previously he was the editor of the Southampton Press for many years and also edited several other papers, including the Shelter Island Reporter and the East Hampton Press, of which he was founding editor. He was a regular correspondent for the New York Times Long Island section and wrote the novel “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me.”