The Quogue Village Board is moving its monthly meetings back to 4 p.m. starting in December.
During Friday night’s meeting, the trustees unanimously approved a resolution moving the 6 p.m. meetings back to 4 p.m., stating that they did not see an increase in attendance following the early summer decision to push back the start time by two hours.
“Whenever we talk about things that people care about, people manage to get here,” Mayor Peter Sartorius said prior to the vote. “On a case-by-case basis, we also reserve the right to move the time back to 6.”
Board members agreed to push back the start time to their monthly meetings following the June elections. Village resident Bill Horak, who challenged longtime Village Board members Randy Cardo and Ted Necarsulmer, ran on a platform championing greater transparency and accessibility at Village Hall—including pushing for the later meeting times.
Mr. Horak had previously stated that the 4 p.m. meetings hindered public participation because most people were still working at that time on Fridays. Though Mr. Horak lost the election, board members agreed to start meeting at 6 p.m. on Fridays.
Mr. Horak did not respond this week to a request for comment.