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Jan 9, 2018 2:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Veteran Reporter Will Be Van Scoyoc's Executive Assistant In East Hampton

Jan 10, 2018 9:23 AM

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc has appointed longtime East Hampton Star reporter and associate editor Joanne Pilgrim to serve as his executive assistant.

The Town Board unanimously approved her appointment on Tuesday.

Ms. Pilgrim worked at the Star for more than 20 years, most of that time spent covering town government.

She will replace Alexander Walter, who served in the role all four years of Larry Cantwell’s administration, and had remained in the role during Mr. Van Scoyoc’s transition into the supervisor’s suite.

Ms. Pilgrim will earn $68,178 per year, as per the adopted 2018 town budget. The budget also assigns $48,105 in benefits to the position.

Mr. Walter, a retired businessman, had started in the role earning just $30,000 a year and was paid $40,000 in 2017. In his explanation of the budget earlier this year, Mr. Cantwell justified increasing the budgeted salary for the position by saying he did not think the town could hire a comparable replacement for Mr. Walter at the salary he had been earning.

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Alex didn’t need the money, he just needed to be in there to help Larry so he didnt royally screw things up, that’s what republicans do. Alex has a better head for business, Larry has a better head for growing hair.
By EastEnder17 (1), East Hampton on Jan 12, 18 4:17 AM
Larry fills the classic definition of "poser". Everyone in Town Hall knows that he called it in and Alex did all the heavy lifting. Larry is praised for bringing civility back to Town Hall. He was great at saying "Thank you Mr. Drew" and "Thank you Mr. Buda" but you never got an answer when you were at the podium. When you demanded an answer, Larry gave his overused "I am not going to let you cross examine me" answer. He had nothing to do with the financial recovery. All the heavy lifting was ...more
By pluff (44), East Hampton on Jan 12, 18 5:53 PM
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