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Dec 7, 2011 11:44 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Diana Weir Appointed To East Hampton Town Planning Board

Dec 13, 2011 2:49 PM

The East Hampton Town Board appointed Diana Weir to the Planning Board on Wednesday, December 7, to replace Frank Falcone, who resigned on November 23.

Ms. Weir, a former Town Board member, is the executive vice president of the Long Island Housing Partnership, which seeks to create affordable housing, and sits in numerous appointed positions in organizations across Long Island.

On Thursday, Ms. Weir said she would resign from the Suffolk County Planning Commission and as chairwoman of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee, because she felt remaining in those positions would pose a conflict of interest with her Planning Board duties. She is also a member of the Stony Brook University Council and the Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees.

Ms. Weir, a Republican, served on the Town Board from 2000 to 2003. She said she is “happy to be back” working for the town.

“I think it will be fun,” she said. “I hope I bring different experience and background, knowledge that I have and history, and serving on the Planning Commission will be helpful.”

Mr. Falcone resigned after less than one year on the board, saying the position interfered with his personal life and prior commitments.

Early next year, the Town Board will have the opportunity to fill two more seats on the seven-member board. Peter Van Scoyoc was elected to the Town Board last month, and Patrick Schutte’s term expires at the end of the year.

Ms. Weir’s appointment was unanimous. The Town Board called a special meeting on Wednesday morning to appoint her in advance of a Planning Board meeting that evening.

Ms. Weir was not present at the Town Board meeting.

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Will Ms. Weir give up her seat @ Suffolk County Planning Commission? Seems like a big conflict of interest if she is voting on planning projects @ Town and County level.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 11 3:07 PM
Agreed! Just another example of the incestuous cronyism of local planning board appointees
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 11 3:30 PM
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Or maybe they just appointed someone with experience on the subject rather than someone with no credentials other than being a buddy or a friend.
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Dec 7, 11 7:46 PM
What, specifically, is the conflict? If she exercises sound judgement it will benefit both the county and the town.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Dec 7, 11 8:16 PM
That's like having the East Hampton Supervisor be the County Executive. Would you be ok with that?

It's not about "exercising sound judgement". Well all have that ability but as a government employee or appointee you should never put yourself in a position where there is the "potential" for improprieties or unethical behavior. Having both positions allows for the potential for unethical behavior.

If she votes yes on a large project in EH as a planning board member and then votes ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 7, 11 8:56 PM
These are appointed board positions. Comparing them to the elected town and county chief executive positions diminishes your argument.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Dec 7, 11 10:11 PM
No it doesn't - my point is they have 1 position which has direct influence over a lower position. They should not be given the authority to approve something at a lower level and approve or deny at a higher level (or vice versa). Would you want a state legislature hold the seat as governor as well? It doesn't matter if it's elected or appointed - they still have too much power and control over the system. No government employee should be in a position where there's the potential for conflicts ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 8, 11 12:33 PM
Ms. Weir's bias also seems to be affordable housimg. Whether that's good or bad is something else. But I think people on the planning board should not be spokespersons for a particular point of view as hers has been in the past. Can she be open? Or will she prejudge?
By baywoman (165), southampton on Dec 7, 11 9:36 PM
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Or maybe her perspective will encourage the planning board to think more about the desperate need for affordable housing in this town and less about the greed of real estate speculators.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Dec 10, 11 9:37 AM
Doublewides on one-tenth acre lots everywhere! Here we go! One GIANT step backwards for East Hampton. Fire up the still. We need a drink.
By we could run this town! (129), the oceanfront trailer park on Dec 8, 11 3:04 AM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Dec 8, 11 9:48 AM
It's too bad this on-line news doesn't update their articles like Patch does ... just read she is resigning not only from SC position but from Wainscott CAC also - which is more than I can say for Sylvia Overby - who stayed on as Chair at ACAC whicle she was on the Planning Board AND was a founder/committee person of the Conservator PAC!

My some people have short memories - or other agendas! Ms. Weir is a smart, dedicated individual -- and since affordable apartments is a Democrat "cornerstone" ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Dec 8, 11 11:35 PM
Zaz, I'm awaiting your response. . . it's OK to be wrong
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Dec 9, 11 10:27 AM
And I am STILL waiting for this "newspaper" to update this article regarding her resignations - or lack thereof - what gives? A simple phone call I would think .... ???
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Dec 26, 11 8:09 PM