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Two open trustee seats in Sagaponack

Sagaponack has two open trustee seats on the village election ballot Friday but only one declared candidate, Joy Sieger, an incumbent seeking re-election.

It’s not so unusual in the small village on Southampton’s oceanfront, a place that tries to keep government services at the absolute minimum.

Patrick Guarino, who had been appointed to the village board after a trustee moved out of the village, did not submit his petition to run this year because he was away on vacation, but he has offered to be a write-in candidate.

It’s a low-key approach to what everyone in Sagaponack agrees is a low-key job.

Sagaponack became a village in 2005 because of the threat that it would be cut in half by outsiders who were trying to form a new village of their own — Dunehampton, which would have been made up from parts of three existing unincorporated hamlets --  Sagaponack, Bridgehampton and Water Mill.

But residents north of Montauk Highway feared the new village would deny them beach access, lead to a big decline in property values and cause eventual separation from long-time friends.

When the petitions to form Dunehampton were declared invalid, a referendum was quickly put together to make Sagaponack a village, using the boundaries of the existing Sagaponack school district.

That referendum passed 295-11, and officials in the new village promised to do as little as possible and keep government at a minimum. Sagaponack has no downtown, and its business district is a general store and adjoining post office on Sagg Main Street.

The election will be Friday from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall on Montauk Highway.

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