The Village of Sag Harbor announced Tuesday, July 27, that it is launching a new affordable housing initiative to address the still-growing need for affordable and accessible housing in the village. Village Trustees Bob Plumb and Ed Haye will co-chair the initiative.

New Village Mayor Jim Larocca made the announcement, praising the Trustees he has chosen to chair the committee.

“Bob, a village resident since 1980, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2019,” said Mr. Larocca. “He brings the practical, first-hand experience and perspective of a long-time homebuilder, and, in recent years, as a government official involved in the realities and challenges of affordable and workforce housing in the complex real estate market here on the East End. I am pleased that he has taken on this critical task.

Ed Haye, who was recently appointed to the Village Board of Trustees, is a nationally-recognized regulatory attorney who grew up in Sag Harbor. He previously served as an elected member of the Sag Harbor School Board, and as a member of the Mashashimuet Park Board of Trustees.

“He understands how things work and is passionate about the need to create more accessible and affordable housing for younger generations of residents, and for seniors who need to downsize but who wish to remain in the village, where they have made their lives,” said Mr. Larocca. “Ed and Bob form a solid team to help lead the village in the search for real-world solutions to what has become a chronic problem in this community.

The mayor said the board members leading the initiative will soon meet with the leadership of the Long Island Housing Partnership, which has facilitated the creation of both purchase and rental units on Long Island for 30 years. Mr. Larocca said he also plans to sit down this week with former Sag Harbor Mayor Greg Ferraris, who chairs the Southampton Village Workforce Housing Trust, “to create a link between those efforts and our new initiative.”

“Sag Harbor is an outstanding place to live, work, do business, raise a family and just plain enjoy life,” said Mr. Larocca. “Preserving, protecting and nourishing this community requires making it possible for our young to be able to afford to live and prosper here. The work begins.”:

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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