Along with Kathleen Mulcahy challenging Mayor Sandra Schroeder, four are vying for two Sag Harbor Village Board seats in the upcoming June 18 elections.
Incumbent trustee Aidan Corish is seeking a second term, and current board member Ken O’Donnell said he would not seek a fourth term. Challenging for the two positions are landscape and furniture designer Silas Marder, Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals member Bob Plumb, and real estate agent and attorney Jennifer Ponzini.
Corish, a founding partner in the branding firm Tangram, serves as liaison for the wastewater treatment plant. Water quality is at the top of his priority list, and if elected, he plans to expand water quality testing throughout the village. Corish also helped launch the village’s new website that allows users to sign up for automatic notifications and alerts.
Plumb, president of Salt Construction Corp., has lived in Sag Harbor for 40 years and chose to run after the approval of a controversial 22,000-square-foot West Water Street condominium project, which he voted against. He said the ZBA, Planning Board, and Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board have lacked reinforcement from the village’s board of trustees.
Ponzini is a former Sag Harbor Village ZBA member and licensed associate real estate broker with Compass. The mother of three has been living in the village since 2010 and boasts experience as a residential and commercial real estate attorney, which she’s looking to use to bring forth legislation with the goal of creating a balance between protecting rental owners and neighbors. She said she’s committed to quality-of-life issues, and would like to address current issues involving waterways through updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.
Marder, a member of the family that owns Marders garden center in Bridgehampton, says he is passionate about the environment and water quality protection. The former manager of Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton is looking to utilize his business skills to aid in analyzing and developing budgets, along with coordinating projects.
Mulcahy, a former marketing executive who managed PepsiCo. and Frito-Lay’s retail advertising, said she’d like to see more open communication and flexibility between the village and its residents. Mulcahy wants the village board to be more accessible to the public by including quarterly Friday afternoon or Saturday morning meetings, rather than having them all on Tuesday evenings. Corish, whom Mulcahy supported when he first ran, would also like Friday afternoon meetings in addition to more public work sessions.
For incumbent Schroeder, who is seeking her third term, she’d like to start a long-term plan on drainage and road runoff, and spearhead the Long Wharf Pier restoration project, which the village board adopted the beginning phases of last month. Mulcahy said when it comes to the Long Wharf renovation, she thinks there’s money to be found, adding the village is “desperate” for a manager or administrator. The mother of two would also like to tackle protecting Sag Harbor’s waterfront.
Voting will be from noon to 9 PM at the Sag Harbor Fire Department on Brick Kiln Road.