08/05/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dering Harbor Village Hall.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dering Harbor Village Hall.

If the newly minted leaders of the Village of Dering Harbor were to author a training session for municipal officials it might have the title: “Everyone’s a Critic: How to Conduct Village Elections and Stay Sane During the Process.”

That’s the actual title of a seminar being offered by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) as part of its fall training program in Saratoga Springs. While Dering Harbor’s new mayor and trustees could probably teach that class, the inexperienced team could learn a great deal attending some of the many other sessions on offer. (more…)

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07/19/17 12:00pm
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JULIA BRENNAN PHOTO | Newly-appointed Mayor John J. Colby Jr. (right) signs oath book July 15, 2017 at Village Hall in Dering Harbor with village attorney, Joe Prokop (left) and Trustee Karen Kelsey looking on.

In a dizzying round of political musical chairs, John J. Colby Jr., the only one of the four members of the Village Board whose seat was not up for renewal in June’s tumultuous election, was appointed as Dering Harbor’s mayor Saturday, July 15 becoming the third person to hold that office in two weeks. (more…)

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07/03/17 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Dering Harbor Deputy Mayor Heather E. G. Brownlie (right) responds to a resident’s question at Saturday’s special meeting of the Village Board by indicating that Kirk Ressler (left) has been named mayor following the resignation of Tim Hogue, who was midway through his 13th two-year term when he resigned.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Dering Harbor Deputy Mayor Heather E. G. Brownlie (right) responds to a resident’s question at Saturday’s special meeting of the Village Board by indicating that Kirk Ressler (left) has been named mayor following the resignation of Tim Hogue.

Two days before three write-in candidates who beat incumbent trustees were to take office, the lame duck Village Board appointed one of its own as mayor of Dering Harbor.

The move replaced Tim Hogue, who resigned after the defeat of his party in a rancorous election. (more…)

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06/26/17 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services EMT of the Year Lieutenant Kevin Dunning, right, receiving his award from SIEMS Chief Phil Power at a June 13 gala dinner at the Pridwin.

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Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services EMT of the Year Lieutenant Kevin Dunning, right, receiving his award from SIEMS Chief Phil Power at a June 13 gala dinner at the Pridwin.

When the Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services (SIEMS) volunteers drop what they’re doing to answer a call, they find out en route who among their two dozen colleagues will also be at the scene. In a typical week, they may interact with just a few members of the squad. (more…)

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06/21/17 10:00am
JULIA BRENNAN PHOTO Elections officials Angela Corbett and Wade Badger review absentee ballots Tuesday night at Village Hall where three write-ins beat three incumbents in the trustee election.

JULIA BRENNAN PHOTO Elections officials Angela Corbett and Wade Badger review absentee ballots Tuesday night at Village Hall where three write-ins beat three incumbents in the trustee election.

In a stunning sweep, three write-in candidates — who had been sued by the mayor as part of an effort to keep their names off the ballot — unseated three incumbent trustees in the Village of Dering Harbor on Tuesday. Ballots were cast by all but four of the 81 registered voters in the state’s smallest municipality.

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