Bruce Tait, former chairman of the Sag Harbor Village Harbor Committee—the regulatory board tasked with making suggestions to the village when it comes to wetland and waterfront properties—has stepped down after nearly 15 years of service.
Mr. Tait, who was serving in a “holdover” position after being stripped of his chairmanship about four months ago, filed his resignation two weeks ago.
In a phone interview on Friday, Mr. Tait said he stepped down because he felt the committee was in good hands under the new chairman, Stephen Clarke, as well as two new members. “I wanted to stay on long enough for the new board members to get up to speed,” he said. “It was time for me to move on.”
Mr. Tait was demoted from his position by the Village Board in July following several occasions when he openly criticized that board, along with Mayor Brian Gilbride. Since then, Sag Harbor residents John Shaka and Joseph Tremblay have been appointed to the Harbor Committee to fill the seats left vacant by Mr. Clarke’s promotion and Mr. Tait’s demotion.
Mr. Tait heads Bruce Tait & Associates, a yacht brokerage firm in Sag Harbor. He also volunteers his time with various junior sailing programs.
When asked if he plans to become involved with village government again in the future, he said, “My crystal ball is a little fuzzy.”