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Sylvia W. Overby |

Sylvia W. Overby is running for East Hampton town council member

Sylvia W. Overby

Overby said her chief concern is "quality-of-life issues, and finding the balance between our environment and our economy." She also said she wants to bring more affordable housing projects to East Hampton to help year-round residents stay in the area despite skyrocketing costs. "It's a big issue," she said. Overby, who is the town board's liaison on planning and zoning issues, was the main proponent of a law passed last year that created a stricter review process for chain stores. She said she wants to help shepherd the town through five lengthy studies that will guide future planning decisions in five sections of East Hampton.

Overby, 63, is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. She is seeking her second four-year term as an East Hampton councilwoman. Overby, a 31-year resident of Amagansett, was chairwoman of the town planning board for four years before her 2011 election to the town board. She had previously served as vice chairwoman of the planning board for two years and a member for one year. In the early 2000s, she chaired a subcommittee of a group the helped craft the town's 2005 master plan. She also previously served as chairwoman of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee for five years.