About Sag Hampton
All politics are local, but not all locals are political, so to help out, Sag Hampton offers analysis and discussion of local politics and the issues affecting the lives of residents and visitors to Sag Harbor and the Hamptons. We pay special attention to preserving and protecting our environment since no issue is more vital to the community and more challenging to our politicians.
Sag Hampton is also an idiosyncratic, sometimes irreverent, sometimes irrelevant view of the goings on in Sag Harbor, NY and the surrounding area. Sag Harbor is one of the communities that comprise the part of eastern Long Island commonly referred to as the Hamptons. Within recent memory, Sag Harbor was known as the “un-Hampton”; populated mainly by working stiffs, writers, artists, bikers and other folks who were either born here, or chose the place because it was in, but not of the Hamptons. That, unfortunately, is no longer true. Present day Sag Harbor reflects the attributes, both positive and negative of the surrounding area. Bound together by geography, history and, now more than ever, economics, we are inextricably linked with our neighbors to the East, West, and South. North of us is Shelter Island and Long Island’s North Fork, but that’s a different story.
And, of course, we are an American community, so the issues that affect us here on Long Island’s East End, are very much the same issues effecting the rest of the country. Sometimes those issues get distorted here by the the things that make this area unique. One of those is our geography, remote and surrounded on three sides by water, yet convenient enough to be a prime vacation destination for the rich and powerful from New York City and elsewhere who bring with them their own craziness.
I’m calling the blog Sag Hampton because I can’t write about Sag Harbor without writing about the Hamptons, and I can’t write about he Hamptons without bringing my own Sag Harbor viewpoint to whatever story I’m telling.
About the Blogger
Most of the posts in the blog are written by me, Eric C. Cohen, sometimes using the nickname Saltbox. I make a point of using my middle initial, because I’ve discovered that there are at least two, possibly three other Eric Cohens living and working in the Sag Hampton area. I don’t know how long the others have been here, but I’ve lived on the East End of Long Island for the past 36 years, and in Sag Harbor for the last 30 of them. I am a past member of the Board of Education of the Sag Harbor School District, and the District’s Shared Decision Making Steering Committee. Currently, I am a member of the Sag Harbor Citizens Advisory Council to Southampton Town, and serve on the Southampton Transportation Commission. I am also active in politics, but you’ll have to read the posts if you want to know which way I lean.