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East End Digest: June 11 through June 18

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“Landscape Pleasures,” the Parrish Art Museum’s annual two-day horticulture event and fund-raiser, will explore the use of color in the garden, fashion and the world around you. Scheduled for Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, the program will kick off with a morning symposium, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a conversation between renowned designers Isaac Mizrahi and Charlotte Moss, as well as talks by landscape historian and author Judith B. Tankard and garden designer Dan Pearson.

Self-guided tours of six private Southampton village gardens — those of Bruce and Maria Bockmann, Mr. and Mrs. Brownlee Currey, Juergen and Anke Friedrich, Parker and Gail Gilbert, David and Simone Levinson, and Betty and Virgil Sherrill—will round out the program on Sunday.

Judith Tankard will start off the symposium with a lecture on the color theories of influential female gardeners including Gertrude Jekyll, Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Biddle Shipman. Tankard received her M.A. in art history from New York University and has been teaching at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University since 1987.

Dan Pearson will discuss the importance of color in his extensive garden designs, which include an Italian garden where white is the predominant color, and his own London garden. One of Britain’s foremost garden experts, Pearson has created and starred in several popular British television series on gardening. He is on the editorial board of Gardens Illustrated magazine and is a weekly gardening columnist for The Observer.

Keynote Speaker Isaac Mizrahi will take the stage with celebrated interior designer Charlotte Moss for a lively conversation about color. A leader in the fashion business for almost twenty years, Isaac Mizrahi is Creative Director for the Liz Claiborne brand, has been awarded four CFDA awards, written the book “How to Have Style,” created costumes for movies, theater, dance, and opera. A Parrish trustee since 2002 and co-chair of Landscape Pleasures, Charlotte Moss is founder of Charlotte Moss Interior Design, the author of six books, and the designer of houses throughout the United States and Canada. Her design work has been featured in numerous publications.

Sag Harbor

Candidates Lobby for Support

With elections for Sag Harbor Village mayor just around the corner, on Tuesday, June 16, this week candidates Michael Bromberg, Brian Gilbride and Jim Henry worked the campaign trail, visiting constituent groups, talking to residents, announcing endorsements and hosting a press conference in an effort to take the helm of Sag Harbor’s Board of Trustees.

Bromberg, the current chairman of the zoning board of appeals, was a guest at Friday’s Sag Harbor Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, talking to the group about some of the issues he sees the village coming in the next two years.

Bromberg sees himself as representative of both the old and new Sag Harbor, and said he would like to see a village government elected that is interested in reaching out to the myriad of people in Sag Harbor who can aid government in accomplishing their goals. He said he was also concerned that an affordable housing trust, created during the approval process for luxury condos at the former Bulova Watchcase Factory, had yet to get off the ground, something he would like to see changed. Bromberg has also suggested the village could consider building both additional parking and affordable housing over the current village lot behind Main Street.

On Saturday morning, with roughly half a dozen residents in attendance, Henry threw a press conference at Havens Beach, stating a need for a village government willing to address a storm water runoff issue at the bathing beach and calling for the creation of a dog park. Henry, an attorney and economist, said while village officials “may be proud of a tight budget” projects like the $500,000 Cashin plan, proposed years ago to create a bio-filtration system for the Havens Beach drainage ditch have gone unfunded.

Henry also announced the endorsement of Congressman Tim Bishop, who on Tuesday withdrew his endorsement.

“As a Southampton Village resident, I understand that village politics occupy a special place, free of outside interests,” said Bishop in a statement. “As a rule, I do not insert myself into village politics. I recently made a snap decision and broke that longstanding rule. Upon reflection and with apologies, I withdraw any endorsements I have made in village races and I look forward to working with Sag Harbor’s next mayor.”

On Tuesday, Henry did pick up the endorsement of Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, who called Henry a “person who puts community first and exhibits sound decision making.”

On Monday, Brian Gilbride said he had been sticking to a basic campaign strategy of knocking on doors and visiting with residents to share his goals for the village, which center around maintaining a fiscally conservative budget, he said. In addition to residents, Gilbride hoped to reach out to members of the business community as well as local not-for-profits.
Sag Harbor

Column Award
A column by Karl Grossman, published in the Sag Harbor Express last June, was chosen last week in the annual competition of the Press Club of Long Island as the best general interest column published in a weekly newspaper on Long Island in 2008.

The column — titled “Legally Corrupt” — concerned the selection of “official” county newspapers. It noted how each year the Suffolk County Legislature — and because of New York State law, governing bodies throughout the state — pick two “official” newspapers, one “representing the principles of the Democratic Party,” the other “representing the principles of the Republican Party.” These are then paid to publish legal advertising.

This “selection explicitly based on politics is a throwback to an era in American journalism when newspapers were avidly partisan, indeed many declared that in their names,” the column noted. It pointed to such “newspapers (still) called the Tallahassee Democrat (in Florida), Democrat and Chronicle (in upstate Rochester), Star-Democrat (in Easton, Maryland), The Republican (in Springfield, Massachusetts).”

It continued: “Change came to journalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as many and then most newspapers sought to report the news objectively.”

The column stated that this selection of “official” newspapers “based on their ‘representing the principles’ of the major parties is antiquated—and corrupting to journalism.” It questioned whether a paper “would get such a designation if it offended” the politicians who do the choosing and declared: “Independent journalism is sacrificed by this system.”

In an acceptance speech upon receiving the award Thursday in Woodbury, Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, said the system should be changed.

Sagaponack

Road Repairs
After years of drainage issues, Sagg Dune Court is creeping into a disheveled state, said members of the Sagaponack Village Board of Trustees, and is in need of repair. Mayor Don Louchheim reported driving on the road last week and said it was in a “horrendous” condition. However, Louchheim added that the village wasn’t looking to invest in a major road construction project, but did want to solve the underlying drainage issues at the site. Drew Bennett, a consulting engineer for the village, presented the board with three separate plans varying in cost and construction intensity. Bennett also noted that only 26 percent of the road was in fair condition, with the rest of it being in poor to very poor condition.

Trustee Lisa Duryea Thayer suggested the board explore going out for a bond for general road construction throughout the town not just at Sagg Dune Court.

“We could get some kind of statement from [village attorney] Anthony Tohill on if we can acquire performance bonds for not just here but for the whole village,” said Louchheim.

East Hampton

Muskets, Militia and More

History lovers of all ages are invited to experience an historic reenactment with the 3rd New York Regiment or the Brigade of the American Revolution and revolutionary encampment at Mulford Farm on James Lane in East Hampton Village.

Visitors will have the chance to meet the “Colonial Kids” between 10 a.m. and Noon, try on 18th century costumes, take part in butter-churning and play colonial games.

Free, half-hour guided tours of the Mulford Farm House restoration will be given at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will offer clues to the 350-year history of the house. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again between 3 and 5 p.m., costumed interpreters will demonstrate traditional methods of spinning yarn with a drop spindle, weaving on the historic barn beam loom and basket making using age-old techniques.

The farm will reopen for a candlelight tour of the Revolutionary encampment at 7:30 p.m., and contra dance and refreshments in the colonial barn. Music will be provided by “Dance All Night.” The group features Larry Moser on hammered dulcimer, Mary Nagin and Jack Dillon on fiddle, and dance caller Chart Guthrie. All are members of the Long Island Traditional Music Association and have a wide repertoire of fun and easy dances for all ages.

For more information, please call 324-6850.

Shinnecock

D.C. Meeting

Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot and leaders of the Shinnecock Indian Nation met in Washington, D.C., on June 3 with representatives from the Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) to participate in the process to secure recognition from the federal government for the tribe. The session was an integral part of the time line agreed to in a court-ordered settlement arising from litigation the tribe launched against the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The forum was hosted by the Department of the Interior in order to provide an opportunity for the Shinnecocks and other interested parties to present additional background on the documents submitted in response to OFA’s March 16 letter to the Shinnecocks. The letter, which was circulated to interested parties, identified records known to OFA that were not part of the information submitted with the Shinnecock petition. The petition seeking federal acknowledgment comprises over 500 pages, with 40,000 pages of additional documentation.

The settlement reached between the Shinnecocks and the federal government provides for expeditious review of the tribe’s original petition and its more recent submissions, as well as that provided by the interested parties. OFA sought materials from Southampton Town and New York State that were used in the earlier lawsuit over the Westwoods property, a 79-acre parcel in Hampton Bays which the tribe had began clearing for a casino. Additional records sought included expert reports from New York State’s genealogical researchers and a trove of historical documents from town clerk Sundy Schermeyer containing Indian lands, deeds and statistics.

Since first applying for recognition in 1978 and more formally in 1998, the Shinnecocks have litigated over what the tribe has called the Bureau of Indian Affairs “unreasonable delay.” With the agreement reached May 26 that led to the June 3 gathering, the Department of Interior must issue a preliminary decision on recognition by December 15.

“As town supervisor, I attended in order to represent the town board and show our support for the settlement with the Department of Interior, and to obtain a better understanding of the rigorous standards the Shinnecocks must meet to become federally acknowledged,” said Kabot, who was accompanied by the town’s legal adviser, Michael Cohen.

The meeting was moderated by OFA Specialist George Roth and attended by representatives of the U.S. Solicitor and U.S. Attorney General. Several representatives of the Shinnecock Indian Nation were also present, including Tribal Trustees Randall King, Gordell Wright and Frederick Bess, as well as their attorneys and research team.

Another purpose of the meeting was for federal researchers to explain the process, methodology, and general status of evaluating a petition. The OFA research team is comprised of historian Francis Flavin, anthropologist Holly Reckord and genealogist Alycon Pierce. There are seven mandatory criteria that must be met under federal regulations to establish that an American Indian group exists as a tribe. Questions posed to the Shinnecocks focused on membership lists, their functioning as a single autonomous political entity, while explaining how evidence is reviewed to determine parentage and descent to establish family histories.

“The Town of Southampton appreciates that the OFA will be completing a thorough, objective review of current and historic documents,” said Kabot. “We have fully cooperated with the requests of OFA for town documents. The Town of Southampton did not engage any researchers as part of this federal acknowledgment process sought by the Shinnecocks, nor do we intend to do so, and therefore we did not pose any questions on the submissions made by the Shinnecocks. Our relationship with the Shinnecocks is not an adversarial one. We are friends and neighbors.”

According to Kabot, Shinnecock Tribal Chairman Randall King requested an opportunity to convey remarks and “spoke eloquently about the need for the federal government to humanize the process, rather than making repeated requests for more documentation.” She also described the meeting as “exciting and interesting, but highly technical,” as it focused on federal criteria mandating extensive research, a peer review process and lengthy comment periods to raise inquiries and objections.

“At the end of the day, the Shinnecocks have long-awaited a decision on federal recognition,” concluded Kabot. “This meeting brings them one step closer to realizing their vision of sustaining their culture and enhancing the prosperity of their people.”

Seven Hats in Sag Harbor Village Races

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Three residents have officially filed to run for the position of mayor of Sag Harbor in this year’s election on June 16, with four residents seeking the two trustee seats that are up for grabs.

On Wednesday, Sag Harbor Village Clerk Sandra Schroeder confirmed that zoning board of appeals chairman Michael Bromberg, incumbent trustee and deputy mayor Brian Gilbride and local attorney Jim Henry have all filed petitions seeking mayoral office. Current mayor Greg Ferraris announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term at the helm of the board.

Joining Ferraris in retirement from the village board is trustee and Southampton Town assessor Ed Deyermond. Incumbent trustee Ed Gregory will seek re-election with Gilbride as a ticket in an effort to keep his position on the board, running against three other confirmed trustee candidates for two seats. The remaining are attorney Tim Culver, real estate agent Jane Holden and child psychologist Robbie Stein.

The three mayoral candidates have all presented largely divergent preliminary platforms, two seeking change in village government with incumbent Gilbride pointing to the success and accomplishments of the current board as the basis for his decision to run.

Bromberg, a member of the zoning board of appeals since 2001 and that board’s chairman since 2005, is an attorney and law guardian for family court, having practiced his profession in both New York and California since 1969. A former member of the Sag Harbor School Board and paramedic for the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Bromberg said earlier this month he decided to seek the mayor’s seat in an effort to solve some of the larger issues facing the village, namely affordable housing and parking. The rest of his platform would evolve, he said, after speaking with village residents about what they would like to see the board accomplish in coming years.

Gilbride has served on the board of trustees for the past 15 years, and has been deputy mayor of the village for the last five years. He began his service for the village as an employee in the highway department, working his way up to a position in maintenance, before serving as head of the department of sanitation for the Town of Southampton. Retired from Norsic sanitation services, Gilbride has also been a decades-long member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department, even serving as its chief.

Gilbride said his decision to run was natural once Ferraris announced his retirement, having served as deputy mayor for many years.

“I think I bring a lot of experience to the table and I work well with the board,” he said on Wednesday. “I am a team player and that is what I would do as mayor.”

Gilbride said his main priority in the next year would be to hold the line on what he says was already a tight budget.

“These are tough economic times for the region and for businesses,” he said. “So I am not looking to increase services and costs, but to hold the line, get through the tough times and move on from there.”

Henry also cited the troubled economy as an impetus for running for mayor, although he brought a different perspective than Gilbride when it comes to Sag Harbor’s spending plan.

“I think the village is at a critical point,” said Henry on Wednesday. “We have a severe financial crisis on our hands and I think it is time for someone with my management skills and business background to take a leadership role.”

Henry lost his bid for Southampton Town Supervisor in 2007 and has yet to hold office, but offers a background in business and economics, as founder of the Sag Harbor Group, a consulting firm for technology-based businesses. He is also an attorney, author and journalist and was one of the founding members of Save Sag Harbor.

Looking at the budget, Henry said while he did not want to take away from the police and fire departments in Sag Harbor, those line items represent a large portion of the village’s budget. On the other hand, said Henry, there are a number of recreation, culture and environmental initiatives he would like to see the village take on in coming years, including making government buildings in the village more sustainable.

“Reforming the code and investing time in the Bulova project has taken so much management time, that I think a lot of issues have been neglected,” said Henry. 

The Coalition of Neighbors for the Preservation of Sag Harbor (CONPOSH) will host a Meet the Candidates forum for the community, moderated by Sag Harbor Express editor and publisher Bryan Boyhan on Sunday, June 7. 

Bromberg Joins Chase for Mayor’s Office

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Two years ago the mayoral election in Sag Harbor was a one horse race, with Greg Ferraris securing his second term at the helm uncontested. Following the announcement that Ferraris would not seek a third term, this year’s race seemingly sprouts a new candidate each week.

And this week was no different.

On Monday, Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Michael Bromberg announced his intentions to seek the office of mayor, joining current Trustee Brian Gilbride and attorney Jim Henry in the battle for the seat. Trustee Tiffany Scarlato originally announced she would seek the office, but bowed out in order to support fellow Sag Harbor Party candidate Gilbride.

For Bromberg the decision to run came from a desire to solve some of the village’s larger problems – namely parking and affordable housing – issues he attempted to champion through the luxury condo project at the former Bulova Watchcase Factory.

During the planning process for the now approved restoration and redevelopment of the historic landmark, Bromberg successfully negotiated two parking spaces per unit, despite that the village code only called for one. He also championed for on-site affordable housing – a battle he eventually stepped away from after recusing himself from a decision.

Both are issues he said he would like to take on from a legislative standpoint after what he said was a lack of leadership on both fronts.

“I have a lot more questions than I do answers right now,” said Bromberg on Monday. “I want an opportunity to talk to people and hear what they want before I commit to anything, but I know there are problems in the village with affordable housing and parking … I have seen a lack of leadership in terms of issues I think are important to the village.”

Bromberg noted the parking trust fund has not created more parking, and questioned why more was not being doing to line the coffers of the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust, a housing trust fund conceptualized over a year ago to help provide workforce housing in the Sag Harbor School District.

 “These are some of the things I thought I would like to get a handle on and come up with some answers that we can all get behind as a community,” continued Bromberg.

Bromberg is no stranger to the need for workfroce housing, having grown up in a low-income housing project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn before moving to a middle-income housing project in the Bronx when he was about 10 years old.

He and his wife Margaret, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, have been married since 1969 and have three children, Isaac, Minna and Simon.

Bromberg has been a member of the zoning board of appeals since 2001, and has served as chairman since 2005. The attorney and law guardian for family court has practiced law in both New York and California since 1969. He has also served on the Sag Harbor School Board and with the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps as a paramedic.

In addition to the mayor’s seat, two trustee positions will also be on the ballot this June 16. Trustee Ed Deyermond has announced he will not seek another term, while trustee Ed Gregory will vie to keep this seat on the board of trustees. Prospective candidates interested in any of the positions have until May 12 to turn in petitions with 50 resident signatures