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Jun 19, 2019 10:10 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Mayor Mulcahy Says Change Is Coming To Sag Harbor After A Decisive Win On Tuesday

Kathleen Mulcahy and her son, Colman Vila, after the election results came in on Tuesday night.   ELIZABETH VESPE
Jun 19, 2019 11:02 AM

The residents of Sag Harbor Village voted for change on Tuesday night.

Newcomer Kathleen Mulcahy handily upset incumbent Mayor Sandra Schroeder, with 489 votes to Ms. Schroeder’s 197 votes for the village’s top spot.

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

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

“We worked really hard,” Ms. Mulcahy said from the firehouse on Brick Kiln Road after the votes were tallied on Tuesday night. “We had a team of volunteers that were beyond amazing. The village wanted change, 100 percent. I heard it every time I walked down the street.”

Ms. Mulcahy said that within the last year, controversial projects—such as the 22,000-square-foot 2 West Water Street condominium project, the impound lot being constructed on a parcel of land adjacent to the Long Pond Greenbelt on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, and the water quality issues at Havens Beach—all had the village divided.

“There were so many decisions made without public input, without communication, without conversation,” Ms. Mulcahy added. “The village was tired of it.”

Ms. Schroeder has worked for the village for 31 years. She retired in 2010 and was elected as a member of the Village Board in 2014. In 2015, she ran for mayor, and she has served two, two-year terms since then.

Mr. Corish, an incumbent running for his second term, added, “It looks like change is coming to Sag Harbor. I’m looking forward to working with this great new board. We have a lot to do.”

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

In addition, Mr. Corish said he would like to see the Village Board have more open communication with residents, with the possibility of adding meetings that would be easier for weekend residents to attend.

“We have to get down to business,” Mr. Corish said. “It’ll be a new start. We’re going to look at things that haven’t been done, and things that need to be continued. There are a lot of projects that are underway,” he said of ongoing tasks such as the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park, and the Long Wharf restoration project.

He added, “There was a definite movement for change. I think we’re all surprised at the swing.”

Mr. Plumb, the president of Salt Construction Company, and member of the village Zoning Board of Appeals for the past four years, said, “I’m glad we won tonight.”

A 40-year resident of the village, he explained that he decided to run for Village Board because on the ZBA he’s seen a number of important issues come up that should be addressed by the Village Board.

Similar to Ms. Mulcahy’s standpoint, Mr. Plumb said a key issue was the approval of the controversial 2 West Water Street condominium project, which he voted against. Mr. Plumb said there are issues with the village code that need to be addressed, and he plans to work on updating it.

Throughout the balloting, a fire truck was parked directly outside of the polling place with Ms. Ponzini’s campaign signs strung across. Although some residents voiced concern that it was illegal to campaign in such close proximity to a polling location, Ms. Mulcahy explained that the fire truck was privately owned, and not owned by the Sag Harbor Fire Department, in addition to being parked on private property.

“I got a lot of negative comments about it from my constituents,” Ms. Mulcahy acknowledged. “But that was their right to do, and they did it.”

In addition, residents on Tuesday approved a proposition, 597-54, to increase the length-of-service award for veteran ambulance volunteers from $20 to $30 per month for each year of service earned after 2019. The amendment will go into effect in 2020.

As the packed polling room began to empty out, Ms. Mulcahy’s son, Colman Vila, said, “I’m surprised at the margin. I’m very proud of her for doing this.” His younger sister, Kerrie Vila, added, “She worked very hard.”

“It was a big turnout—people wanted change. People wanted to be able to have an opinion about what happens in their village,” Ms. Mulcahy concluded.

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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