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B'khaven housing official says she may have to shed GOP work

Brookhaven’s new Supervisor Ed Romaine last month said he expected that his new $90,000 a year head of housing Diana Weir would move to the town, but a press release last week from a new East End GOP group seemed to suggest she may be staying put.

That group, Peconic Republicans, named Weir, a Wainscott resident and former East Hampton town board member, as secretary.The group aims at bolster party fortunes on the East End inthe wake of the whopping defeat of Riverhead supervisor Sean Water to Al Krupski for county legislature.

In the release, founder Frank Seabrook said the group was aimed at creating “a stronger more unified regional Republican voice,” adding, “It was very important for me that the leadership of this new organization not only come from the four corners of the East End but were leaders in their own...communities.”

Weir in the release said she was “honored” to be part of the new group to encourage the growth of “sound Republican principles on the East End.”

Romaine said he was unaware of the release but said Weir told him “her house was one the market” for sale and she “intends on moving west.” Brookhaven does not have a residency requirement.

Contacted for comment, Weir said her house is on the market but it has not sold and she does plan to move west, but perhaps to just Eastport or Speonk to shorten her commute.

She said she agreed to help Seabrook, but “may have to resign before they start” because her town job often involves federal aid and she does not want to violate federal Hatch Act, which bars political activity by those funded with federal money.

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