Andrew Goldstein, whose chairmanship of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, was at times contentious, will not be reappointed to the board, according to Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr.
Mr. Rickenbach said the Village Board felt it was time to go in a new direction. Mr. Goldstein announced at a ZBA meeting on June 14 that it would be his last.
“As my direction changes, I’ll be leaving this board, but it is still in the capable hands of my gifted colleagues who will continue to lead in service of East Hampton,” he read from a prepared statement. “I learned a lot from all of you and I can only express a small part of my gratitude to you.”
Mr. Goldstein served 15 years on the board, starting as an alternate and moving on to become the chairman in 2000.
Mr. Rickenbach said this week the Village Board will appoint a new chairman at its reorganizational meeting on July 1. The Village Board appoints members of the zoning board to five-year terms and selects the chairman from the existing members. Mr. Rickenbach said he would not disclose who will replace Mr. Goldstein until July 1.
Mr. Goldstein brought a “competent” and “professional” presence to the board over his tenure, according to Mr. Rickenbach. However, the mayor said the Village Board “felt it was in the best interest of the zoning board and the administration of the village government that the time was right to take a new track.”
In September, the mayor rebuked Mr. Goldstein for a prolonged exchange with David Eagan, an attorney representing the Maidstone Club, about the ZBA’s unanimous decision to require a full environmental study for the golf club’s proposal to overhaul and expand its irrigation system.
As Mr. Eagan argued against the need for a study, Mr. Goldstein cut him off and told him to sit down and repeatedly told the village’s deputy clerk, Pamela Bennett, to “turn off the tape” of her recording of the meeting for minutes. She did not.
Mr. Goldstein apologized to Mr. Eagan and to the audience, but Mr. Rickenbach said later in a press release that the Village Board had “a frank discussion” with Mr. Goldstein “in his capacity as chairman of our Zoning Board of Appeals.” The mayor added that Mr. Goldstein’s conduct had been “totally inappropriate and not in keeping with the high standard of professionalism the Board of Trustees expects from a surrogate representative body of village government.”
Mr. Goldstein apologized to the Village Board and the board “accepted Mr. Goldstein’s apology in good faith with the caveat that it is understood similar conduct in the future will not be tolerated,” the mayor said.
On June 14, Mr. Goldstein expressed his gratitude to his fellow board members—John McGuirk, Frank Newbold, Lawrence Hillel, Lysbeth Marigold, Craig Humphrey and Christopher Minardi—and to the public.
“It has been my privilege to serve the public of East Hampton,” he said. “Working on the zoning board, I’ve interacted with scores of people and each person makes East Hampton more exceptional. Working along with my zoning board colleagues has been both fulfilling and a joy.”
Mr. Goldstein was unavailable for further comment because he was out of town this week.