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Laura Nolan Resigns as North Haven Mayor as Village Elections Come into Focus

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Laura Nolan has resigned as mayor of North Haven Village, according to an announcement made by deputy mayor Jim Smyth during a village board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Smyth said Nolan, 55, resigned from the position citing personal reasons, effective immediately.

Nolan, who was elected mayor in 2002 and has been elected for five terms since, did not return calls for comment.

Nolan has one year left in her two-year term as village mayor. According to village clerk Georgia Welch, it is too late to add a mayoral race on the ballot for the June 18 village elections.

On Tuesday, Smyth — who will serve as acting mayor until the new fiscal year starts in July — said he would not seek another term on the village board. This year there are two village board seats up for election.

Smyth, 63, has served as a member of that board since 2002, when he was appointed to fill the remainder of Nolan’s term after she was elected mayor. Prior to that he was a member of the North Haven planning board from 1994 to 2002.

“I have been doing this for 25 years, my wife retired at the first of the year and we have some things we want to do,” said Smyth on Tuesday.

Smyth, who has owned The Corner Bar in Sag Harbor for 35 years, said Nolan’s decision to resign from her post has not altered his decision, although he plans to remain an active member of community.

According to Welch, architect Jim Laspesa — chairman of the North Haven planning board — has expressed an interest in running although no nominating petitions had been turned in as of press time.

On Tuesday, incumbent trustee Jeff Sander, 71, a former business executive who has served on the board since 2007 said he would “probably” seek another term with the board.

Rather than hold a special election for mayor, Sander said the village board would likely appoint someone to fill the remainder of Nolan’s term as mayor.

In both North Haven and Sag Harbor Village, nominating petitions to seek village office are due next Tuesday, May 14.

In Sag Harbor Village, four candidates have announced they will seek the mayor’s seat in this June’s election. Incumbent mayor Brian Gilbride, harbor committee chairman Bruce Tait, former mayor Pierce Hance and former Sag Harbor village clerk Sandra Schroeder have all announced their intention to run.

In the trustees race, incumbent Ed Gregory has announced he will seek another term. Former mayor and trustee Ed Deyermond has also thrown his hat into the trustees race, as has former board member Bruce Stafford and La Superica owner Ken O’Donnell.

The Corner Bar to Offer Outdoor Dining

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In Sag Harbor, outdoor dining was once a luxury reserved for places 
like The American Hotel, Sen Japanese Restaurant, B. Smiths and The 
Dockside Bar & Grill. These are restaurants that have their own patio 
spaces where patrons can sip a cocktail and enjoy a meal while 
admiring a bustling Main Street, or boats pulling into the village’s 
marinas and yacht clubs. 

However, in the last three years, village government has embraced the 
concept of allowing virtually all restaurants use of sidewalk space to 
promote outdoor dining in an effort to support local businesses. Now, 
after a meeting with the village’s historic preservation and 
architectural review board (ARB) and receiving approval from the State 
of New York, residents and visitors alike will enjoy the same 
privilege at one of the village’s oldest and most celebrated places to 
grab a burger and a beer — The Corner Bar. 

On Thursday, July 14, Sag Harbor attorney Miles Anderson presented The 
Corner Bar’s concept to the Sag Harbor Village ARB. The seating, which 
will be located on the Route 114 side of the building, facing Bay 
Street Theatre and Long Wharf, is located on New York State-owned 
sidewalk. According to Anderson, Corner Bar owner Jim Smyth has 
already received approval from the New York State Department of 
Transportation for the outdoor dining area, which will feature four 
tables and 12 seats. 

“More outdoor dining,” said Sag Harbor ARB Chairman Cee Scott Brown. 
“That is great.”

Smyth was unanimously approved for the seating and now will await 
approval from the New York State Liquor Authority before following 
through with the plan. 

In other ARB news, the Sunseeker Club, a firm that rents luxury yachts 
and motorboats, was approved for a sign at SGI Marinas at 50 West 
Water Street. The owners of a 20 Hamilton Street residence were also 
approved for the renovation of that house, as well as a 15 x 40 foot 
swimming pool. Robert Smithson, of 32 Eastville Road, was approved for 
a 16 x 32 foot pool in the rear of his lot. 

Lastly, Ann Castaldo, who lives on Jefferson Street directly behind 
the John Jermain Memorial Library, approached the ARB with tentative 
plans to replace the siding of her home, which currently does not have 

Castaldo was interested in using Hardiplank, a type of siding 
engineered to look like wood, but was informed by the board that in 
the historic district of Sag Harbor the ARB requires all homes use 
real wood siding like cedar clapboard. 

Castaldo said she would return with a formal application once she was 
ready to fund the project, which will be completed in phases, she said. 

The next meeting of the Sag Harbor ARB will be held on Monday, July 25 
at 5 p.m.