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Southampton Village elects mayor, trustees

Michael Irving was elected mayor of Southampton Village

Michael Irving was elected mayor of Southampton Village on Friday, June 16, 2017. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Michael Irving was elected mayor of Southampton Village on Friday, beating out trustee Richard Yastrzemski. Meanwhile, two other incumbent trustees won re-election.

Irving, of the Patriot Party, will appoint an interim trustee to fill his vacant seat until the June 2018 election, when Yastrzemski’s trustee term will also expire.

Irving, with 477 votes, will succeed Mark Epley, who is retiring after 12 years in office.

Irving said Saturday the race “was a tight one” because he had “a very strong opponent.”

Yastrzemski received 379 out of 876 votes cast.

Irving, 63, has been a village trustee for five years and also manages two marinas on the North Fork. He previously served on the planning board, including a stint as chairman.

“I want to continue to try to protect the historical nature of Southampton Village,” Irving said. “And the big thing with the new board and new candidacy is we do have pretty good change on the horizon.”

William Hattrick Jr. (626) and Nancy McGann (536) won trustee seats over political newcomer Valerie Smith (49) and write-in candidate Jesse Warren (151). Smith was the source of community protest after repeatedly defending using a racial slur in a recorded call to police. She later apologized.

Irving, Hattrick and McGann will be sworn in to their part-time two-year positions on July 3.

Irving said in earlier interviews that he is focused on the village’s environmental issues, including limiting algae blooms and replacing antiquated septic systems. He said he planned to appoint an interim trustee with a “strong background” in septic systems.

Hattrick, 81, said this will be his last term as trustee. The stockbroker served as mayor from 1985 to 1989, followed by four years as trustee. He was re-elected to the board in 2013.

“I’m glad to be back on the board for one more term” and to help create a sewer district, he said.

McGann, 67, has served on the board for 12 years and is a partner in the real estate firm Town & Country.

“I’m really, really happy because I really wanted another two years. We have two big park projects and I really wanted to see those through,” she said, referring to plans to expand the Agawam Park playground and a proposal to build tennis courts.

Smith, 53, did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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