Sag Harbor mayor-elect Brian Gilbride announced on Tuesday he intends to appoint child psychologist Dr. Robby Stein to fill his now vacant seat on the village’s board of trustees. The appointment will be made official at the board’s re-organizational meeting on Monday, July 6 at noon when Stein will join trustee elects Ed Gregory and Tim Culver, as well as Gilbride, in an official swearing in ceremony.
Stein placed third in a four-way trustee race for two seats on the board last week, one of several reasons Gilbride said on Tuesday he reached out to Stein to fill the position.
“The couple of times we all got together — the mayoral candidates and the board candidates — Robby came up with some decent ideas on how to help out our seniors and our residents,” said Gilbride. “After the election, I talked to him and said I think this is a good opportunity to put some of your ideas into practice.”
After discussing the idea with the remainder of the board, in particular trustee Tiffany Scarlato, who Gilbride intends to name his deputy mayor, the board agreed as a whole Stein was the best candidate for appointment, said Gilbride.
“We’re going to be a really comfortable group that works really well together,” said Gilbride.
Stein, 61, has lived and worked in Sag Harbor since the early 1980s when he began a counseling center in the village. He has lived in Sag Harbor full-time since 2001, and most recently served on the board of the not-for-profit Save Sag Harbor, although since announcing his candidacy he stepped down from that position.
During his tenure on the board of Save Sag Harbor, Stein worked as a consensus builder between the not-for-profit and the business community in an effort to provide support for a new zoning code for the village business district in Sag Harbor, aimed at addressing development pressures in the village.
Outside of the continued revision of the zoning code, which will now begin to focus on the residential district of the village, Stein said on Wednesday he hopes to begin his tenure on the board focusing on human and health services.
“There are things I want to immediately get into, one being to really explore how the village’s website is managed and put together,” said Stein. He envisions a more comprehensive website, providing residents with a wealth of information, and would like to try and form a partnership with students interested in technology in the Sag Harbor School District to see that vision become a reality.
Providing educational resources for seniors on health care options and home care services offered by the county is another initiative Stein would like to take on in the next year.
“I want to really inform people about what is out there,” said Stein. “These are no cost options. It doesn’t cost anything to post something.”