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May 3, 2017 9:49 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Mayor Race Heating Up

May 3, 2017 10:38 AM

Two current Southampton Village Board members plan to battle for the vacant mayor’s post in June.

Trustees Richard Yastrzemski and Michael Irving, both of whom were reelected to their Village Board seats last year, say they will run for Mayor Mark Epley’s seat. He announced in March that he would not seek reelection after 12 years in office.

Mr. Yastrzemski, who was born and raised in Southampton, has served on the Village Board for nearly nine years. In February, he expressed interest in making another run for Southampton Town supervisor on the Republican ticket this fall, following up on a 2015 campaign in which he challenged Jay Schneiderman. In March, however, he said he would put aside other political plans if he decided to run for mayor—which he has.

“My first love has always been the village,” Mr. Yastrzemski said on Tuesday.

Mr. Yastrzemski said if elected, he plans to focus on the budget, taxes and finances, as well as beach access. “The goal as a leader is to make sure the taxpayers get the best value for the tax dollar paid,” he said.

Mr. Irving, who plans to run under the Patriot Party banner, was elected to the Village Board in 2012 after serving as the Planning Board chairman for almost five years. If elected, Mr. Irving said on Tuesday, he would focus on environmental issues, zoning and smart government.

“When I was elected as a trustee, the board was so broken up and relatively inefficient,” Mr. Irving said. “In the last few years, we were able to pull everything together as a team. That is a big, important issue in local government.”

If either candidate is elected mayor, his current seat would become vacant, allowing him to hand-pick a new board member to finish the second year of his two-year term.

Along with the mayoral race, two Village Board members, Nancy McGann and Bill Hattrick, are both up for reelection.

Petitions can be submitted at Village Hall between Friday, May 5, and Friday, May 12. The village election will be held on June 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall on Pond Lane.

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To both candidates: Where do you stand on enforcing the current Village Ordinance regarding commercial activity on the beach? There has been a free for all at the picnic area for the past 3 or 4 years with ZERO enforcement. Eliminating the illegal activity will reduce the number of vehicles on the beach, a win /win for all.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 3, 17 5:32 PM
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Ive been told Michael Irving is very proactive in regards to the Picnic Area . Looking forward to hearing more on his stance regarding the commercial activity and the lack of enforcement.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 3, 17 7:12 PM
Mr Irving is backed by the SH Association...
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on May 4, 17 7:33 AM
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Step up people...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on May 4, 17 3:31 PM
Trusteee Irving had shown to be a quiet force that I believe has a sincere interest and genuiue heart for the Village and will take the Village to that next level.
By MsB (17), Southampton on May 5, 17 2:30 AM
I'm sure Mr. Irving is a good man. It's his puppet masters that scare me. The SH Association does not care about locals. They only care about their membership, 98% of who only reside in the Village part time. The membership isn't that big, they have deep pockets to spread alternative truths.

Rich Yastrzemski has the locals in mind. Don't let the SHA take over the Village.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on May 5, 17 7:40 AM
Richard put the p in puppet. No one on that board has a back bone just sneaky people.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 5, 17 11:45 PM
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Yaz will just be a continuation of the Epley pay for play regime.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 13, 17 7:46 AM
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