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Jun 16, 2010 12:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stafford and Stein elected to Sag Harbor Village Board

Jun 16, 2010 12:01 PM

Incumbent Dr. Robby Stein and political newcomer Bruce Stafford emerged victorious from the Sag Harbor Village Board race on Tuesday.

Dr. Stein garnered 358 votes and Mr. Stafford had 278 while candidate Ryan Horn, the third candidate in the race for two seats, fell short with 230 votes.

The terms for Dr. Stein, a child psychologist, and Mr. Stafford, a landscaper, will run for two years. Dr. Stein was appointed to the board last year to complete the term of Brian Gilbride, who was elected mayor.

“I’m going to sit back and learn from the experts,” Mr. Stafford said following the election, which was held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Fire Department headquarters on Brick Kiln Road.

With another two years in office, Dr. Stein has plenty of time to complete his current projects, such as the new Sag Harbor Village website. The “beta” version of the site will be unveiled this week, he said.

“I hope to bring together the business and cultural community,” he said.

Mr. Horn, who is a citizen advocate at Southampton Town Hall, said that although he lost this election, he has many other opportunities before him.

“At 29, this isn’t the end of everything,” he said. “There are plenty of opportunities.”

Mr. Horn noted that two of the seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board will be vacant next year as will seats on the Town Board.

North Haven

There were no surprises in the uncontested North Haven Village Election held Tuesday night.

Incumbent Mayor Laura Nolan and incumbent Trustee George Butts reclaimed their seats by earning 67 and 66 votes respectively. Newcomer Dianne Skilbred had 68 votes, securing the seat vacated by Trustee James Morrisey. Mr. Morrisey decided this year not to run again.

The terms to which Ms. Nolan, Mr. Butts and Ms. Skilbred were elected are two years long.

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Congrats to Dr. Stein and to Mr. Stafford. However, one gets the uncomfortable feeling that Mr. Horn ran for office primarily to get a job - not for the civic benefits he might bring to the community.
By EastEndHomie (27), Southampton on Jun 16, 10 3:22 PM
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And just what is it that gives you the "uncomfortable feeling"? It was a nice clean race, all 3 candidates deserve credit for that.
Ryan is a devoted and dedicated citizen advocate who has a firm grasp of issues and constituent needs.
While I dont live in the village, I hope we hear more from him in the future.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jun 16, 10 3:42 PM
Actually, so would I.

This kid doesn't seem to be "brainwashed by the Benjamins".
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 17, 10 11:46 AM