Village Officials
Board of Trustees

Tom Gulbransen

Mayor
Commissioner of Code Enforcement, Environmental, Fire & Safety

Tom’s various roles on the Village Board since 2007 include Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Public Safety liaison. He and his wife Suzanne have been active in the Crane Neck Homeowners Association since moving here with their two young children in the late 1990s. As a lifelong resident of coastal communities, Tom appreciates the opportunity to promote balance among development of the land and protection of the environment we live in. Professionally, Tom is an environmental data scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute and a Program Manager at the National Science Foundation. Tom serves firematic/EMT roles as a Captain in the Setauket Fire Department. 
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Morgan Morrison

Trustee
Commissioner of Streets and Roadside Trees, Parks

Morgan Morrison was born and raised in the Village of Old Field. As a life-long resident of 42 years, he is deeply rooted in this community and has a strong desire to see its unique character maintained for all to enjoy. Morgan is a lover of nature and an avid beekeeper. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and currently works in Horticulture. His interests include gardening, photography and cycling.
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William Schaefer

Trustee & Deputy Mayor
Commissioner of Operations, Special Projects, Website


Bill Schaefer has been a resident of Old Field for 21 years and previously served as Acting Village Justice and a member of the Board of Trustees. He was elected to his current position in March, 2022 and became Deputy Mayor in November 2023.  Bill has been designated with a series of Special Projects including revision of the website; revising procedures of the Village Justice Court and Village Clerk’s position; and drafting potential changes to the Village Code. Bill can be reached at 631-371-9287. Bill previously served as a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice. He currently teaches criminal justice and political science courses at Hofstra University which leaves him time to add to the 125 countries he has visited in his lifetime.

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Rebecca VanDerBogart

Trustee
Commissioner of Buildings, Lighthouse Project

Rebecca Van Der Bogart is the village trustee in charge of municipal buildings.  In addition, she has primary responsibility in overseeing the Lighthouse renovation project.  In the summer of 1997, Rebecca and her wife Hayley purchased their home in Old Field and side-by-side they’ve spent the last 25 years researching and restoring their 150-year-old farmhouse and barn. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in Business from Stony Brook University. She has worked in the design-built industry for 29 years, most currently as a Global Account Manager for Miller Knoll. She was one of the founding members of the Friends of Flax Pond, Rebecca is committed to protecting the environment, and balancing responsible stewardship with education, enjoyment, and access. She loves to swim and Paddle board with Hayley and her two poodles.
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Hannah Smith

Trustee
Commissioner At Large

Hannah, a village resident since childhood, has family roots in the community dating back to the 1800s. Her great-grandfather’s legacy as a trustee and mayor in the village adds another layer of significance to her deep familial ties to the community. Graduating with a BA from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, where she pursued studies in Philosophy, Humanities, History, and Literature, Hannah brings a well-rounded perspective to her endeavors. With a strong sense of place and justice, Hannah is dedicated to upholding the values of community, environmental stewardship, and especially the continued flourishing of Old Field Village. As a gardener and garden designer, Hannah’s passion for preserving and enhancing the beauty of nature is expressed in her work. In her free time, Hannah can be found enjoying the outdoors, paddleboarding, observing nature and wildlife, climbing, and hiking. In all aspects of her life, Hannah remains committed to her principles and the betterment of her community.
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The Village of Old Field is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of a Mayor and four Board Members (one of whom is appointed as Deputy Mayor) elected for staggered two year terms. Each of the four Trustees also holds a position as a Commissioner. The Mayor and Trustees serve without compensation. Annual elections take place on the third Tuesday of March at the Village Hall (Old Field Lighthouse). Every registered adult resident is entitled to vote.

The Board of Trustees enacts all Village ordinances and regulations, passes and implements the annual budget, authorizes the disbursement of Village funds, oversees the operations of Village government, conducts hearings on specific matters, and confirms the Mayor’s appointments of residents to the Village Boards and Committees. All appointees to these Boards and Committees serve without compensation.

The structure, composition, and operations of Village government is governed by New York State Law and the Village of Old Field Code. Complete information concerning relevant state laws may be secured from The New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials at www.nycom.org.

Notices for all meetings and hearings (whose time and location are subject to change) as well as other matters which by law requires public notice are posted in the newspaper of record for the Village of Old Field, The Village Times, at Village Hall, on notice boards throughout the Village, and on this website under Village Meetings.

Village Justice Court

Mitchell Birzon

Village Justice

David Kaufman

Prosecuting Attorney

Michael Levine

Associate Village Justice

Marianne Feller

Court Clerk

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The Village Justice of Old Field is elected for a four year term and presides at the Village Justice Court. An Acting Village Justice is appointed annually by the Village Board of Trustees. The Village Justice Court meets on the first Thursday of every other month (starting in January) at 6:30 PM at the Keeper’s Cottage on Old Field Point.

Appointed Officials

Lynda Howell

Village Clerk

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Andrea Podolsky

Village Treasurer

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Frank Croce

Senior Code Enforcement Officer

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Anthony Guardino

Village Attorney

Dave Kaufman

Prosecuting Attorney

Joseph Arico

Building Inspector

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Dawn McCoy

Village Building Department Clerk

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Steve Hayduk

Village Engineer

Charlene Seifert

Village Historian

Kitty Lebens

Animal Warden

Jean Darrow

Deputy Animal Warden

Thomas Taranto

PJ Harbor Commissioner

Old Field Landscaping

Village Landscaper

Brian McCaffrey

CEHA Administrator
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