Zoning board chairman Andrew Goldstein may have made some inappropriate comments — including asking for the recorded tape to be shut off during an argument with an attorney appearing before the board on Sept. 14 — but an apology has kept him in his seat.
East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said in a statement on Monday that Goldstein will remain the chairman of the board.
"The Board of Trustee’s had a frank discussion with Andrew Goldstein in his capacity as Chairman of our Zoning Board of Appeals," Rickenbach said, adding it was the opinion of the board that Goldstein's conduct was "totally inappropriate and not in keeping with the high standard of professionalism the Board of Trustees expects from a surrogate representative body of village government."
He said Goldstein "acknowledged his error in conduct and apologized" to the board, as he had also done at the zoning board meeting after the incident. The board accepted his apology "in good faith with the caveat that it is understood similar conduct in the future will not be tolerated."
Goldstein's outburst came after the ZBA voted in favor of a full environmental study of the Maidstone Club's proposed irrigation system, according to The East Hampton Star.
David E. Eagan, who is representing the club, had a heated exchange with Goldstein, who ordered Eagan to take a seat or he was going to call for security.
In an email Monday afternoon, Eagan said, “I have no comment on Mr. Goldstein’s conduct or the Village’s response."
He continued, "I do, however, feel that it is inaccurate to describe my appearance before the Board on behalf of our client as including a “heated exchange." At no time was my behavior inappropriate. Anyone who was present or viewed the tape will see that I represented our client in a professional manner and was there to advance their interests and to defend their legal rights. Nothing that happened at the meeting will change my approach or that of my colleagues.”