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Sag Harbor Calls Special Marsden Street Meeting

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 11:55
A view down Marsden Street in January 2023
Christine Sampson

The Sag Harbor School Board has called a special meeting for Thursday night at 6:30 to update the community on the proposed purchase of land on Marsden Street for a sports field.

Thursday's session follows a regular meeting held Monday, during which a board member, Alex Kriegsman, accused Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni of seemingly pulling an about-face on the town's offer of money, which dates back to June 2022.

"It's a sad day in Sag Harbor when the Southampton Town Board has $11 million for a group of academics from Texas to come up here and bloviate about John Steinbeck, but they've got nothing for the kids," Mr. Kriegsman said, referring to the town board's recent allocation of money from the community preservation fund for the purchase of the development rights to the noted author's waterfront property.

The proposal before the town board is to use $6 million from the C.P.F. to help the school district acquire four lots on Marsden Street. The school would contribute to the purchase, plus spend money on a fifth lot across the street, from its own facilities reserve, totaling $3.325 million.

The town board will continue its public hearing on this matter on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

While Thursday's Sag Harbor meeting has been announced on the district website,, no meeting agenda had been published as of press time Wednesday. It will take place virtually and in person in the Pierson library.

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