The East Hampton Village Board announced advisory board appointments at its organizational meeting on Monday—most board members kept their seats.
Frank Newbold, however, was appointed as the Zoning Board of Appeals chairman, replacing Andrew Goldstein, who was not reappointed after serving 15 years on the board.
Mr. Goldstein announced at a ZBA meeting on June 14 that it would be his last. Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said last week that 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 tack.”
His chairmanship was at times contentious—in September, the mayor rebuked him 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.
Lysbeth A. Marigold was appointed as the ZBA vice-chairperson and alternate member Craig Humphrey is now a member, whose term will expire in July 2016. Ray Harden will join the board as an alternative member, his term expiring July 2018.
Philip O’Connell will remain as Planning Board chairman and Donald Hunting as vice-chairman. Stuyvesant Wainwright III will also remain as chairman of the Design Review Board and Carolyn Preische as vice-chairperson.
Although Village Administrator Larry Cantwell’s last meeting isn’t until the end of the month, he decided to sit in the audience and give his replacement, Rebecca Molinaro, her new chair.
“It’s very comfortable on this side,” he said, smiling.
Village Board member Richard Lawler shot back, “At the next meeting, you can sit in the back row and eventually work your way out.”
“I’m waiting to arrive at work one day when all my personal office belongings are waiting outside in the hallway for me and then I’ll know it’s time to move on,” Mr. Cantwell said.
The mayor laughed and said Mr. Cantwell was a “legend in his own time.”