Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals Chairwoman Gayle Pickering has resigned from her post, according to a letter she sent to Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride on Tuesday, November 20.
Her resignation will be effective December 31, 2012.
Pickering will be away during the December meeting, meaning last month’s session was her last on the dais.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure being a member of the Board, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve the village,” wrote Pickering in her letter. “At this point in time, however, due to personal reasons, I would like to resign my position.”
On Tuesday, Pickering said the resignation comes simply because her architecture practice is thriving and she intends to travel extensively this year, making it difficult to be able to attend the board’s night time sessions each month.
“I don’t feel that I can devote the time needed to the ZBA it deserves,” said Pickering on Tuesday. “I will miss the December meeting to go to Florida to visit my dad, and we are travelling over the February break as well. As much as I truly enjoyed the work, I feel that it is unfair to the village for them to have a board member that is unable to dedicate the time needed to make informed decisions, and that it would be better to let someone else have all the fun.”
Pickering began her foray into public service 20 years ago as a member and chair of the Sag Harbor Planning Board, before joining the East Hampton Town Planning Board. She left that board in 2006 and came back to Sag Harbor where after a brief stint as a member of the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board she joined the Sag Harbor ZBA, becoming its chairperson in 2008.
“We thank Gayle for all of her service to the village and wish her well,” said Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride on Tuesday. “She has done great work and she will be missed.”