Having grown up in Florida, it has been said that Sylvia puts the charm in “Southern.” She and husband Steve have lived in Amagansett for 31 years.
Sylvia has a bachelor’s degree in biology. She has taught middle school biology, been a manager for Macy’s, where she met Steve, and, while living in Atlanta, started her own business baking restaurant cheesecakes. The business was sold profitably just before she and Steve moved to Amagansett full-time.
Their two sons, Alec and Andrew, are graduates of Amagansett Elementary and East Hampton Middle School and High School. Alec married Blake in a ceremony at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church with the bride’s father officiating!
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There are very few members of our community with a deeper understanding of planning and land-use issues. Before being elected to the Town Board, Sylvia had long been a member of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee and served for six years as its chair. She chaired the Hamlets and Villages sub-committee for the East Hampton Comprehensive Plan. She then served a seven-year term on the East Hampton Planning Board, four years as its chair. On our Town Board, she serves as liaison for: Agriculture; Business; Anti-Bias Task Force; East Hampton Citizens Advisory; Community Preservation Fund; Energy Sustainability; Community Housing Opportunity; East Hampton Arts Council; Recycling and Litter; Amagansett Life Saving Station.
“The things people want from local government are what we all want — the quiet enjoyment of our homes, opportunity for our kids, a chance to earn a living through hard work, and time to enjoy this extraordinary and beautiful place in which we live. The work of building our economy, protecting our quality of life, and strengthening the bonds
of community is never finished. There is still work to be done. I want to do it.”
What people are saying about Sylvia:
“Sylvia is the best Town Board member since I have been watching meetings, and that’s a very long time! She is fair, honest and truly cares about the residents of our beautiful town.”
— Lucille Garypie, East Hampton Business Owner
“Sylvia has a tough job, but she doesn’t give up! She has my support!”
— Ken Walles, Montauk Motel Owner
“Sylvia understands the pressures and issues facing East Hampton. She takes a balanced approach to solving problems and listens carefully to all sides. She is always keeping in mind the beauty of this special place, the fragile environment and the need to make East Hampton livable for everyone.”
— Kate Mueth, Artistic Director
“Growing up in East Hampton, graduating from the High School and now returning as a married couple, we know that Sylvia loves this community and has worked hard to maintain the quality of life that has drawn us back to the town we love too.”
— Liz and Tommy Miller, East Hampton Business Owners
“Sylvia is one of the best friends our community has. Not only is she fair minded, courteous and conscientious, but she has done a great job rebuilding our local government structure. Local farmers think highly of her efforts to preserve agricultural lands and conserve local resources. She has my support for organizaing the East Hampton Agricultural Committee and for her recognition of our farming traditions. ”
— Jonathan Dayton, Dayton Farms
Some of what Sylvia has accomplished:
- Strengthened the Town’s efforts to keep our ground and surface waters clean.
- Worked with the Trustees to assure public access to our beaches and to keep Indian Wells Beach family friendly.
- Worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Conservation to improve the Town’s resiliency.
- Preserved open space, wetlands, watersheds, farmland, and historic properties through CPF purchases.
- Saved Fort Pond house and kept local control of town assets.
- Chain/formula store legislation.
- Single use plastic bag ban legislation.
- First-ever airport noise restrictions.
- Initiated a professional Business and Hamlet Study.
- Updated lighting law.
- Upheld the legacy of saying No to the urbanization of East Hampton.
- Supported our Town employees and encouraged their professionalism.
- Restored civility to Town Board meetings that are now cordial, efficient, and in the public interest.