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Jan 2, 2010 1:08 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Loewen and Mansir reflect on public life

Jan 2, 2010 1:08 AM

Last Friday was an emotional farewell for East Hampton Town Board members Brad Loewen and Pat Mansir, who cast their final votes and thanked the public for allowing them to work as public servants for several decades.

Mr. Loewen’s political career effectively ended in the spring when the Democrats did not nominate him for reelection in the midst of the financial crisis under the Democrat-dominated board. Ms. Mansir, who is currently an Independent, did not seek reelection because of the turmoil of the job since the town’s financial crisis came to light after the 2007 town elections.

“This isn’t easy. It’s actually pretty hard,” said Mr. Loewen at the board’s meeting on Friday. He estimated that, including his time in the Navy, his service on the East Hampton Town Planning Board and his four years on the Town Board, he had been a public servant for 43 years.

“Just this morning, my wife asked me, ‘What do you think of the last four?’” he said. “For the last two, it’s been very hard. A lot of people don’t want to hear facts and truth. There’s a lot of intolerance and hate out there.”

In a rare moment of public self-reflection, Mr. Loewen said that instead of working to compromise on issues, he believed that the board members “seemed to harden ourselves,” perhaps to the detriment of the town.

Ms. Mansir said that her 10 years on the East Hampton Town Planning Board and her 12 years as a Town Board member “have been a lot of fun. They were the best years of my life.”

She thanked the public for putting its faith in her.

Mr. Loewen, a commercial fisherman, plans to travel with his wife, Cynthia Loewen, to visit family over the Christmas holiday and has not yet decided when he will return to the East End. He plans to resume fishing in the spring.

Ms. Mansir has not yet made plans for her post-Town Board career, but she will the guest of honor at a dinner at the Amagansett American Legion Hall in early January.

Mr. Loewen said that he plans to stay active in ensuring the continuation of the town’s Fisheries Committee, which he helped to start not long after taking office in 2006. The committee currently has one full-time employee, Arnold Leo, who acts as the town’s advocate on fishing issues.

“I’m hoping we’ll survive as a committee in the new administration. We’re the number-one fishing port in the state,” he said. “At least 500 jobs in this town put their hands on fish. It’s not recession-proof, but it’s the only industry in town that’s not dependent on what happens on Wall Street.”

Mr. Loewen has helped the committee enact several research projects for specific fisheries, and hopes that the town will take advantage of $1 million in federal funds that were just allocated for a survey of Long Island fisheries.

Mr. Loewen successfully advocated for an extra $15,000 in the 
Fisheries Committee’s 2010 budget to pay a part-time fisheries consultant. Though he drew fire during the budget season for his proposal that he be hired to do the work, Mr. Loewen said that his request was not an unreasonable one.

“They don’t have to hire me,” he said. “But if I’m here doing the work, I 
won’t be on the water fishing. I still have to pay the bills, but it’s not a money-making thing. You can’t expect that amount of commitment from a volunteer.”

He added that the continuation of the Fisheries Committee’s work is far more important to him than the possibility of an ongoing job with the town.

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let me reflect. We failed to do our jobs. We had no clue as to the financial mess the town was in. We let the town down.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Dec 22, 09 8:19 PM
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Pat did some good things but was taken in by the McGintee gang. Loewen was a waste of $200,000 of taxpayer money. He was a four year nothing. Probably one of the least effective, do nothings ever to sit on the East Hampton Town Board.
By happynow (19), east hampton on Dec 22, 09 8:46 PM
Two of the most incompetent people ever to sit on Town Board. Just proves there is no substitute for intellegence and judgment. Mr. Loewen would not see the truth if it hit him in the head. Hopefully these two (and Mr. Hammerle) will be the last of the Board Members who take the job for the wrong reason; namely they need the job. Calling what they did in office "public service" demeans the concept.
By Colt (37), Wainscott on Dec 23, 09 9:50 AM
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You probablky forgot about the one term wonder Dominguez Weir ... these two rank right up there with her as among the worst to sit on the Board in most people's memories.
By Peconic County (2), Bridgehampton on Jan 3, 10 5:20 PM
well at least pat got her son in the system at the sanitation department before she leaves.that is one good thing she did for her family.
By asurest (117), easthampton on Dec 26, 09 11:56 AM
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I could be wrong but Mr. Loewen managed to secure himself some sort of posistion on the town payroll dealing with the fishing industry.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Dec 27, 09 10:27 AM
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Worst Town Board ever! Mc gintee Mansir Hammerle and Loewen had total disregard for their fiduciary responsibilities to East Hampton taxpayers.They were completely incompetent and Hammerle should resign and leave with the rest of them.
By montaukman (98), easthampton on Dec 29, 09 7:47 PM
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Brad Loewen doesn't deserve a $15,000/yr job. He was the least productive member of the town board EVER and now rewards himself with a job? There ought to be a municipal law against that. Perhaps Brad Loewen should pay the taxpayers back the $200,000+ that he was gifted over the past 4 years. He certainly isn't worth $15,000 now let alone $200,000 for the last 4 years! GMAFB!
By Bilge Water (131), Montauk on Dec 31, 09 11:32 AM
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The "truth" is that the entire board and supervisor lost sight of their responsibilities. As a direct result the Town spent $10 million in "surplus" and $20 Million more, raided funds, comingled funds,, hired cronys, with no one saying NO! STOP! The honorable thing would have been resignation of the lot.

And the TAXPAYER is now stuck with double didget % tax increases two years in a row, with the light we see at the end of the tunnel being a few more such increases to bring the town's ...more
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Jan 1, 10 4:16 PM
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