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Jun 17, 2019 4:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Kathleen Mulcahy Wins Upset In Sag Harbor Village Mayor's Race; Corish, Plumb Elected To Board

Aidan Corish, Kathleen Mulcahy and Bob Plumb on election night.  ELIZABETH VESPE
Jun 18, 2019 10:52 PM

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.

Kathleen Mulcahy handily upset incumbent Mayor Sandra Schroeder on Tuesday with 489 votes to Ms. Schroeder’s 197 votes.

Aiden Corish, with 481 votes, and Robert Plumb, with 447 votes, were elected to the Village Board. Jennifer Ponzi received 247 votes, and Silas Marder received 78 votes.

Village Justice Lisa Rana, who was unopposed, received 471 votes.

“We worked really hard,” Ms. Mulcahy said from the firehouse after the votes were tallied. “We had a team of volunteers that were beyond amazing. The village wanted change, 100 percent. I heard it every day walking down the street.”

Original Story:

Voting will be from noon to 9 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Fire Department on Brick Kiln Road on Tuesday, June 18, as four candidates campaign for two seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board and incumbent Mayor Sandra Schroeder faces a challenge from Kathleen Mulcahy.


Incumbent Aidan Corish, who has been on the board since 2017 and serves as its liaison for the wastewater treatment plant, is seeking reelection, while Robert Plumb, Jennifer Ponzini and Silas Marder are campaigning for first terms.

Mr. Corish, a founding partner in the branding firm Tangram, has been a Sag Harbor resident since 1995. Water quality is at the top of his list of priorities and if reelected, he said, he plans to expand water quality testing throughout the village, in addition to expanding the use of the village’s existing wastewater treatment plant.

He said he wants to see an engineering study of the village’s the wastewater treatment plant, which he said is working at only 50 percent capacity. More sewage could be treated at the plant, he said, instead of by septic systems within the village that are releasing nitrogen and other toxins into the harbor.

In addition, Mr. Corish said he would like to see the Village Board have more open communication and flexibility with residents. If reelected, he said he wants to add meetings that would be easier for weekend residents to attend, possibly on Friday afternoons, as well as more public work sessions.

In the near future, Mr. Corish said, he’d like to explore the possibility of an electronic parking system to help resolve traffic and parking problems in the village.

During his two years on the board, Mr. Corish helped to launch the village’s new website, which allows users to sign up for automatic notifications and alerts.


Mr. Plumb, president of Salt Construction Corporation, has lived in Sag Harbor for 40 years, and is currently a member of the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mr. Plumb explained that he decided to run for Village Board because on the ZBA he’s seen a number of important issues come up that he feels should be addressed. Recently, he said, the ZBA, Planning Board and Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board have lacked backup from the village’s Board of Trustees.

He said the issue that put him over the line was the approval of the controversial 22,000-square-feet 2 West Water Street condominium project, which he voted against. Mr. Plumb said there are issues with the village’s code that need to be addressed, and, if elected, he plans to work on updating the code.

If elected, he said he would increase communication between the board and residents.


Ms. Ponzini is a former Sag Harbor Village ZBA member as well as a licensed associate real estate broker with Compass and an attorney specializing in residential and commercial real estate.

Ms. Ponzini has been living in Sag Harbor since 2010 and has three children in the Sag Harbor School District. She previously served as the Sag Harbor Elementary School PTA president.

Ms. Ponzini said she is committed to resolving quality-of-life issues, preserving the historic integrity of the village, and safeguarding natural resources.

If elected, Ms. Ponzini said, she plans to work on updating the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, a planning map meant to address all issues that affect Sag Harbor’s waterfront, and other critical water quality issues.

In addition, she plans to look into rental legislation with the goal of creating a balance between protecting those who depend on rental income and those who seek to protect neighborhoods.

She said that on the ZBA, she dealt with overbuilding, and that she wants the village to work toward preserving its history.


Mr. Marder, a member of the Marder family, who are longtime owners of Marders in Bridgehampton, has lived in Sag Harbor for over a decade.

Mr. Marder has had a career in landscape and furniture design, and he managed the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton for a number of years.

The environment and water quality are at the forefront of issues he is interested in.

Mr. Marder said that his experience comes from working with people, managing people, hiring people, coordinating projects, analyzing and developing budgets and community outreach.


A lifelong Sag Harbor resident, Ms. Schroeder explained that her biggest concerns are water quality and groundwater. Ms. Schroeder has been communicating with the superintendent of public works about re-evaluating the current stormwater runoff plan for the village, she said. Another item on Ms. Schroeder’s agenda if reelected is to expand the use of the sewer district, and possibly create a reclaimed water plant to convert wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes, such as irrigation, agriculture, or replenishing surface and groundwater. Ms. Schroeder explained that the current board has worked hundreds of hours to acquire land for the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park, and that the board is waiting to secure ownership of the park, which should happen in the upcoming weeks.


Protecting the beaches, enhancing water quality, getting the residents involved and creating open discussions, improving parking and traffic, and creating a comprehensive long-term plan are some of the issues she is running on, Ms. Mulcahy said. In 2016, Ms. Mulcahy and three other Sag Harbor residents founded Main Street Conversations, a monthly gathering of concerned residents who discuss current issues, such as immigration, gun control, and local and state politics.

The group has met with local officials, including State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, Democratic congressional candidate Perry Gershon, and OLA’s executive director, Minerva Perez, in an effort, she said, to make a difference in the community. Ms. Mulcahy said she’d like to increase visibility and transparency by holding meetings at more convenient times, and open communication between the mayor’s office, local groups and the Sag Harbor School Board.

She said she’d like to see “much more openness on the Village Board,” and more collaboration with both East Hampton and Southampton towns.

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The "Old Guard" didn't fare too well in Sag Harbor this evening. It was time for a change. Heck, maybe they'll even start clearing snow from the sidewalks this winter!
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jun 18, 19 11:13 PM
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Just saw Schneiderman debate Gregor on SEA-TV for the Independence Party line. Just as in real life Gregor acted loud, stupid, nasty and highly uninformed. He appeared as if in an altered state. Shame on us all who ever voted for Gregor for anything. He's real bad news and needs to go.
Jun 20, 19 7:33 AM appended by themarlinspike
ALEX GREGOR IS THE MOST DISRESPECTFUL AND HEINOUS PERSON ONE COULD HAVE CONTACT WITH. VOTE THIS BUM OUT ! ! ! ! ! ! Apr 10, 19 11:11 AM appended by themarlinspike WILL BUM GREGOR BILL THE HERO COP'S FAMILY NEXT ?????? By themarlinspike (350), southampton on Apr 10, 19 11:11 AM 4 members liked this comment Frank Wheeler, xtiego, Shinnecock Hills family, A Great American
By themarlinspike (538), Northern Hemisphere on Jun 19, 19 7:33 AM
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The final nail in Sag Harbors coffin
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Jun 19, 19 9:14 AM
Thank God!!
By MelissaA (54), Sag Harbor on Jun 19, 19 10:21 AM
Thank God!!
By MelissaA (54), Sag Harbor on Jun 19, 19 10:22 AM
What does she mean ...is coming...
Good grief Sag Harbor changed a while ago...and not for the better ....
It’s no longer the unique un Hampton that made it so wonderful....

By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Jun 19, 19 12:53 PM
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Make our traffic snarled Main Street a pedestrian and bicycle only open air mall and BAN CARS and parking during the summer!
By Non-Political (124), Hampton Bays on Jun 19, 19 3:20 PM
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Sag Harbor used to be such a dump. Now it's a great place very vibrant restaurants and a lot of good development. Watch these people screw it all up
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 19, 19 11:51 PM
Dump, no. Just not East Hampton. The village is losing it's character and many locals are leaving to cash out or because they simply can't afford to stay. Change is inevitable but the current village leaders have blown it time and again. Perhaps this new group will more successfully manage the evolution of the village and actually listen to their constituents. Oh, and BTW, the stunt with the fire truck was classless and reeked of desperation.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jun 20, 19 11:06 AM
Can you explain how people are being forced to "cash out" because they "can't afford to stay"? What cost has risen so much they're being "driven from their homes"?

Sounds more like "I can't believe how much I can make on my house. I can sell this, buy a nicer house elsewhere, and have enough left over to retire."
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Jun 20, 19 12:27 PM
Are you serious...????
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Jun 20, 19 1:13 PM
Say you're lucky enough to have purchased a home before the prices went crazy or inherited a small house. There's a good chance the cost of living on Long Island, especially out east will force you out. Everything is expensive here, from food ,to clothes, to home maintenance. Lots of people have sold their homes, paid off their mortgages and started over in a place they can live comfortably on a much smaller salary.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jun 21, 19 12:02 AM
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chief1. You know nothing and every time you post you prove me right.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Jun 20, 19 7:18 AM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 23, 19 11:18 PM