East Hampton Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals is losing Bryan Gosman.
For three years, Mr. Gosman served on the board as a representative of Montauk, but he said this week that his schedule is too demanding and he cannot devote as much time as he’d like to the ZBA.
In his place, Lee White was appointed by Supervisor Larry Cantwell, and approved by the Town Board.
“I’m kind of bummed I’m leaving, but at the same time I know that if I didn’t, every Tuesday pops up on me pretty quickly,” Mr. Gosman said, referencing the board’s meeting night.
As a manager and owner of Gosman’s Dock in Montauk, the summer is prime time, he said, and juggling both the business and ZBA duties hasn’t been easy.
“It’s been enjoyable,” he said of his time on the ZBA. “At the beginning, it was nerve-wracking up there. I had never done that before, and I didn’t know much about zoning at the time, about wetlands and variances. In the first year and a half, there was a big learning curve, and then your mind gets much more clear on decision-making.
“I appreciate the time that I had with East Hampton Town. Hopefully, I did good there.”
No rookie at the job, Mr. White is stepping in to finish out the remainder of Mr. Gosman’s term. The Montauk native served on the board for 12 years ending in January 2013. He had not been reappointed this year.
According to Mr. Cantwell, the Town Board wanted to continue having a representative from Montauk, and since Mr. White had been a member of the ZBA in previous years, it made sense. “He is well regarded by the Town Board,” he said. “He was the logical choice. He grew up in Montauk, he’s very fair-minded. We thought he would be a good addition.”
Mr. White said on Tuesday that he likes to be the liaison between the community and the “world of zoning.”
“I always try to be fair and approachable, and I’ve always liked helping people navigate the process,” he said. “For a lot of people, it’s the first time they go through it. I try to be available and help, and not go in with any agenda or predisposed position, but keep an open mind.”
Mr. White is busy as well: He also serves on the Montauk School Board and works in property management and the restaurant business.
“I appreciate the Town Board selecting me and asking me to come back,” he said.
His first ZBA meeting was Tuesday night.