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Mar 11, 2019 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Taps Lisa Kombrink As New CPF Manager

Lisa Kombrink will start her new job as the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund manager on April 1. GREG WEHNER
Mar 12, 2019 3:13 PM

One of the original drafters of the legislation that created the Community Preservation Fund was chosen by the Southampton Town Board to manage the fund following the recent departure of longtime manager Mary Wilson.

Lisa Kombrink, a Southampton Village-based attorney, accepted the position and will begin the new phase of her career on April 1, with a salary of $117,000. Ms. Kombrink helped scribe portions of the state legislation that takes a portion of all real estate transactions to be put toward land preservation,

“We have made a decision about replacing Mary Wilson,” Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said of the former CPF manager, who served in the role for nearly 17 years. Of Ms. Kombrink, he said, “She is extremely experienced. She was one of the early advocates of the CPF program.”

Ms. Kombrink is a former Southampton Town attorney. Originally hailing from the Midwest, she gained a passion for preserving open space and farmland from her grandparents, who she spent time with on their farm in southern Illinois.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1977 and then from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1983.

Ms. Kombrink worked as a criminal appeals lawyer in New York City but also worked in private practice and as a former Southampton Town attorney.

When Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. drafted the legislation that led to the adoption of the CPF, Ms. Kombrink provided her input and experience working on farms to write portions of the law.

Recently, Ms. Kombrink was the lead attorney on a case that was argued in a Brooklyn courtroom in December 2017, which ultimately led to Suffolk County’s right to permit construction of farm-related buildings on county-preserved land set aside for agricultural use.

“I always wanted to have this job,” she said on Friday. “To me, I’ve come full circle.”

She added that she has many years of experience, from her days drafting the legislation to today, and that she has a full perspective of what the job entails.

Mr. Schneiderman said Ms. Kombrink has been instrumental in agricultural preservation, on both the North and South Forks. “Mary recommended Lisa as someone who could hit the ground running,” he said.

Mr. Schneiderman said the CPF program brings in nearly $50 million a year to the town to use for preservation of land, and 20 percent of that money can be put toward water quality improvement projects.

He said it is a lot of money, so he and the Town Board members wanted to make sure they brought in the right person with the right experience. The board screened a total of seven candidates.

“She comes highly recommended,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “I think she’s going to do a phenomenal job. We’re happy she accepted the offer.”

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A typical lawyer, in my experience. Says and does different things. No surprise Jay likes her.
By Taz (638), East Quogue on Mar 11, 19 12:43 PM
Goverment is a revolving door of mediocrity.
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Mar 11, 19 5:17 PM
All the best to Lisa Kombrink in this highly important position. I’m convinced that her excellent background in this area will serve her and Southampton Town very well. Good call, Jay.
By Turkey Bridge (1949), Quiogue on Mar 11, 19 11:14 PM
She must be a Democrat
By CaptainSig (709), Dutch Harbor on Mar 12, 19 5:52 AM
2 members liked this comment
I hardly thinks so.

When she served as Town Attorney the entire Town Board was Republican.
By aging hipster (184), Southampton on Mar 12, 19 7:05 AM
Congratulations Lisa ! I know you are going to do a fine job !
By AndersEn (169), Southampton on Mar 12, 19 11:04 AM
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