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Board Member

Local Address: New York, United States
Town Of East Hampton

Employment History

  • Manager
    Macy's Inc
  • Board Chairwoman
  • Chair
    Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Head
    Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Chair of the Hamlets and Villages Sub-Committee
    East Hampton Town Comprehensive Plan Committee

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Members
    East Hampton Town Board
  • Member
    Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee


  • bachelor's degree , biology
29 Total References
Web References
Sylvia Overby, ..., 2 Aug 2013 [cached]
Sylvia Overby, Councilwoman T: 631-324-2620 E:
Sylvia Overby – Councilwoman » East Hampton Democrats, 6 Dec 2012 [cached]
Sylvia Overby - Councilwoman
Sylvia Overby for Town Board
Sylvia Overby Family
Sylvia Overby was born in California and raised in Florida. It has been said that she puts the charm in "southern. She and husband Steve, who was born and raised in Huntington, Long Island, have been living in Amagansett for 27 years.
Their two sons, Alec and Andrew, are graduates of Amagansett Elementary and East Hampton Middle School and High School. Last year, Alec was married to Blake in a ceremony at the Amagansett Presbyterian Church with the bride's father officiating!
Sylvia has a bachelor's degree in biology. She has taught middle school biology, been a manager for Macy's, where she met Steve, and, while living in Atlanta, started her own business baking restaurant cheesecakes. The business was sold profitably just before she and Steve moved to Amagansett full-time.
Sylvia is one of those people who works tirelessly for the well-being of East Hampton and its people, both behind and only slightly in front of the scenes. She has long been a member of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee and served for six years as its chair. She was chair of the Hamlets and Villages sub-committee for the East Hampton Comprehensive Plan.
She then served a seven-year term on the East Hampton Planning Board, four years as its chair. There are very few members of our community with a deeper understanding of planning and land-use issues. Sylvia is dedicated to protecting our fragile natural environment while ensuring that there is ample opportunity for business people to earn a living, for working families to live well, and for all of us to enjoy the treasures of the natural world that surround us.
What people have said about Sylvia
"Sylvia is a true community advocate.
Sylvia volunteered. The best advice I received from her was to learn how to save. East Hampton needs her on the town Board. (Ozzie Palomo, East Hampton High 2000, ADS Ventures, Boston)
"Sylvia loves our community and wants to keep it both beautiful and livable. She knows the issues and is balanced in her approach to safeguarding what we love. (Peter Joyce, Montauk business owner)
"We need five Sylvias on our Town Board. Sylvia makes good things happen. (Amanda Corwin, East Hampton High 2011)
"Sylvia is a true leader who inspires, negotiates fairly, and unites. She is a fighter for the good of all the people of East Hampton. (Joan Tulp, Amagansett)
"Sylvia is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and well-prepared candidates ever to run for this office. (Judith Hope, former Town Supervisor)
Chairwoman Sylvia Overby ..., 28 Nov 2008 [cached]
Chairwoman Sylvia Overby reminded the residents that it was not a public hearing and urged them to keep order.
The Freetown residents applauded that sentiment ecstatically, prompting Planning Board Chairwoman Sylvia Overby to ask for "order in the room" as this was the board's work session and not a public hearing.
"We haven't scheduled enough time for this many people to speak," Overby explained to the audience, adding that although the board welcomed their input, they would prefer to have it in writing.
However, East Hampton Town Board members ..., 9 Feb 2012 [cached]
However, East Hampton Town Board members Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc say they are taking it in stride. Both say they are finding that the board, as a whole, has been able to reach middle ground on some issues and understand it will be up to them to inform the public and fight to persuade their Republican colleagues to side with them on more divisive issues.
"Certainly there are ideologies on both sides, but there is a lot in the middle," said Overby in a joint interview with Van Scoyoc in his town hall office on Monday morning.
Overby and Van Scoyoc were elected to the East Hampton Town Board as Democrats, easily winning their seats over Republican and Independence Party candidates in November's election.
After joining the town board in January, Overby said there are times when the board is united in terms of its goals, but how it chooses to solve a problem or explore an issue is often where differences are found.
For example, said Overby, the whole of the town board is in agreement that keeping the night sky visible is important to the community through Dark Skies legislation.
On Monday, Overby said that instead of looking to scrap the original legislation, she would have looked at amending it if in fact there were problems, adding, "everything can be improved."
"I think it has been said by both Peter and myself that you get better results when you open things up to the public right from the start, rather than when you have already zeroed in on all aspects of what you want to do," said Overby.
While Harder's position on the committee "is a good step," said Overby, she wondered if it was broad enough, with business owners and environmentalists, along with people who have actually been through site plan review under the new lighting code represented.
"This is one of those things that changes the look, the rural character of our community that we strive to preserve," said Overby.
"Cooperation and community involvement is key," said Overby.
The committee also announced this week ..., 27 April 2011 [cached]
The committee also announced this week that it has recommended former planning board chairwoman Sylvia Overby and current planning board member Peter Van Scoyoc to run on the Democratic party ticket for town council seats this fall.
Overby was also the chair of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee for five years and chaired the villages and hamlets subcommittee for the East Hampton Comprehensive Plan Committee.
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