Southampton Town Planning Board member E. Blair McCaslin has been vigilantly dedicated to such issues as proper signage and lighting in the town for 21 years.
As a result, Mr. McCaslin received a proclamation of appreciation for his years of service on the Planning Board from Town Board member Nancy Graboski on Thursday, December 18.
Ms. Graboski praised Mr. McCaslin’s advocacy on behalf of proper signs and lights and reminisced about her own time on the Planning Board with Mr. McCaslin and the fact that, while he has been dutifully looking at building plans, seven town supervisors have come and gone.
Mr. McCaslin—whose first initial stands for Edgar, though it’s meant to be abbreviated—had an active military and professional career before joining the Planning Board. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in applied economics from Hobart College, worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City for 31 years. At the time he retired, Mr. McCaslin was the vice president in charge of loan administration for the Upper East Side.
Mr. McCaslin said that while he was at Chase Manhattan he was encouraged to become active in the community. He served as the treasurer for the North American Land Trust, an assistant treasurer at the United Negro College Fund and as the director of the Long Island Association.
He has also served as president of The Bridgehampton Association and as chairman of the Southampton Waterfront Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Group for the East End, the Nature Conservancy and the Southampton Trails Preservation Society.
Mr. McCaslin, who is known to frankly speak his mind at Planning Board meetings and to urge applicants to consider the historic appropriateness of the work they are doing, accepted the award with characteristic bashful good humor.
“It’s part of being a part of a community,” he said of his work on the board. “From my perspective, it’s a no-brainer.”