North Haven Candidates List Goals

Posted on 11 June 2014

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North Haven Party candidates, James Davis, Dianne Skilbred, Tommy John Schiavoni, and Jeff Sander, are running unopposed.

By Stephen J. Kotz

Election Day promises to be a quiet one in North Haven Village, where Mayor Jeff Sander and his North Haven Party colleagues, Dianne Skilbred, James Davis, and Tommy John Schiavoni are running unopposed.

Voting takes place on Tuesday, June 17, from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall on Ferry Road.

Mr. Sander, who became mayor a year ago when Laura Nolan resigned, said on Tuesday, “North Haven is a small village without a lot of issues.”

But one of them is deer.

“We are going to continue to focus on trying to keep the herd down so it is not a significant problem to people,” he said. He said the village would continue to pursue seasonal hunting, explore contraception and seek state aid to put in 4-Posters, which are feeding stations that apply anti-tick insecticide to a deer’s head and neck when it stops to eat.

Another focus will be on a growing problem with helicopter noise. Mr. Sander said as efforts have been made to reduce helicopter flights over Noyac and parts of East Hampton Town, North Haven residents have been forced to put up with a growing number of flights over their homes.

“They have been unsuccessful in trying to reroute the noise,” said Mr. Sander, who added that he hoped to schedule a meeting with airport officials to discuss his concerns.

“North Haven exists because it is all about zoning and the code,” he said. “We want to make sure we continue to look at what we have in place and make sure the process for getting things done is fair, equitable, and makes sense.”

Ms. Skilbred, who served for 15 years on the North Haven Architectural Review Board, six of them as chairwoman, is seeking her third, two-year term.

“All of us take this job seriously, to preserve the quality of life here,” she said.

Ms. Skilbred is the village’s liaison to the Peconic Estuary Program and has worked to get the village tennis court resurfaced and is now working on updating its playground equipment. She also said she wants to work on getting solar panels installed on the roof of Village Hall.

Like the mayor, she said she wants “to get some peace for our residents by getting the helicopters to fly around” the village. “The only way to do it is to spread it around,” she said of the air traffic at East Hampton Airport. “I documented 55 going over North Haven last weekend and I wasn’t here the whole time.”

Ms. Skilbred agreed that continuing to keep an eye on the deer herd was important, as were efforts to protect the character of the village.

Trustee Jamie Davis, who was appointed to complete Mr. Sander’s term last year, is seeking a one-year term. He served on the ARB for seven years before being appointed.

Mr. Davis cited protecting the character of the village’s neighborhoods, pursing open space purchases, and controlling the deer population as obvious reasons for concern.

He said he would like to work on improving and “modernizing” the way the village communicates with its residents. Too often, he said, residents tell him they have learned about things only after it is too late.

Besides posting things in the newspaper and including them in a village newsletter, he said the village should explore using mass emails to keep residents informed.

He also said overseeing the village’s updated dock law would continue to occupy much of the board’s time in the coming year.

Tommy John Schiavoni, a lifetime resident of the village and a member of the village Zoning Board of Appeals, will join the North Haven Party hopefuls. He will replace Trustee George Butts who did not seek another term.

Mr. Schiavoni, 50, who teaches middle school and high school social studies in the Center Moriches School District, said on Tuesday that he wanted to take a wait-and-see attitude before commenting on issues facing the community.

“I’m looking forward to serving my community,” he said.

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