Sag Harbor Village Trustees Sandra Schroeder and Robby Stein will run for Sag Harbor mayor.
By Stephen J. Kotz
Sag Harbor Village voters will elect both a new mayor and a new village justice when they go to the polls on June 16.
Although there have been whisperings that Mayor Brian Gilbride would seek a fourth two-year term, he has long said he did not plan on running again and confirmed that in a brief conversation on Wednesday.
The village will also be saying good-bye to Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni, who set up the village justice court in 2010, and said she would not seek a second four-year term.
With the deadline for filing petitions on May 12, two incumbent village trustees, Sandra Schroeder and Robby Stein, say they will run for mayor. Both candidates are in the middle of two-year terms, so they are not in danger of losing their village board seats if they lose the mayoral race.
Incumbent Trustees Ed Deyermond and Ken O’Donnell have also said they plan to run again.
East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana, who serves as Sag Harbor’s acting justice when Justice Schiavoni is unavailable, said on Wednesday she would run for the village justice position, as have Michael Bromberg, a village resident and retired attorney and paramedic, and defense attorney Stephen Grossman, who lives in East Hampton but has based his practice in Sag Harbor for more than 30 years.
“I feel good,” Mayor Gilbride said on Wednesday. At the end of June I will have 21 years of service to the village. I’ve been a trustee, deputy mayor and mayor for six years.”
The mayor said during his tenure the village had completed several public works projects and purchased new equipment without incurring additional debt. “I treat other people’s money with the same respect I treat mine,” he said.
Mr. Gilbride said he looked forward to being “a full-time grandfather” and “having more fun with kids my own age.”
“This is a watershed moment for the village,” said Mr. Stein, who has served as a trustee for seven years. His goals, he said, included creating comprehensive plans to improve village infrastructure and address the many water issues, from drainage to runoff, facing the village.
He said the mayor’s pay-as-you-go approach was laudable, but shortsighted. “If you are ever going to float a bond, this is the time to do it,” he said, pointing out that interest rates are at historic lows and the village has a mounting list of projects to tackle.
Ms. Schroeder, a former village clerk, who ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Gilbride two years ago, when he won a close election against three other candidates, said she was concerned the mayor’s sometimes brusque manner had frayed the relationship between village officials and employees.
Like Mr. Stein, she said she would focus on improving waterfront infrastructure, tackling needed renovations to the Municipal Building and tackling negotiations with the village’s police and employee unions.
Justice Schiavoni said commitments to the law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, which she recently joined, made it too difficult for her to continue to juggle the responsibilities of village justice along with her other position as a Southampton Town justice.
The village board appointed Justice Schiavoni to set up the justice court in October 2010, and she ran for justice the following June. She said it was honor to have a set up what she described “as a good, fair court,” and said she would like to stay on but simply lacked the time since she joined the Ronkonkoma law firm, which recently opened an office in Bridgehampton.