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Three run for 2 trustee seats on Sag Harbor village board

The three-way race is on for two seats on the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Ken O’Donnell, 49, of Sag Harbor, is seeking his third term on the board. O’Donnell, who owns the Mexican restaurant La Superica, said he is proud of working with the board to hire a police chief during his tenure as well as improving building codes and switching village health care providers to save money.

If re-elected on June 20, O’Donnell said he wants to work on improving water quality for the village by having someone representing Sag Harbor on Southampton’s Community Preservation Funds board. He also wants to secure preservation funding to obtain property on Ferry Road — once eyed by developers as a spot to build condominiums — and turn it into a local park.

While noting his first two terms were a learning curve, O’Donnell said he learned a lot during that time and looks forward to accomplishing more should he win a third term.

“After two terms, there is no finish line,” said O’Donnell. “Every issue that I’ve said I would address, I’ve checked off the list, and I’m a man of my word.”

Aidan Corish, 57, a Sag Harbor resident by way of Southern Ireland, owns Pleasantville-based event planning company Tangram. This is his first foray into politics.

Corish said he wants to overhaul the village’s “static” website so it functions as a more effective tool for communication between residents and government officials. Corish also suggested holding more trustee meetings on the weekend so more people can attend.

With the rebuilding of the fire-damaged Sag Harbor Cinema and several key village projects in the works, Corish said he feels his background in planning could help facilitate efforts to finish those projects in a timely matter.

“In all of my investigations, I don’t see a very cohesive plan as to how we’re going to achieve all this,” Corish said. “I don’t have all the answers, but I think the conversation needs to be had, and that’s what I plan to do as part of my candidacy.”

Thomas Gardella did not respond to requests for information about his candidacy.

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