Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Richard Frisb

Richard Frisb

Richard Frisbie, chair of the village’s Historic Preservation Board, resigned his position today. “To be treated as something to be discarded after friends of the mayor complained was just too much to put up with,” he said.

Frisbie has butted heads over the last several months with Mayor William Murphy and trustees over the possible merger of the Review Board with the Planning Board last fall. Opponents of the merger expressed concern it would undermine the historical review process in the village at a December hearing, and earlier this month Murphy said the merger was “on hold” for now.

Murphy declined to discuss Frisbie’s resignation.

Frisbie is the owner of Hope Farm Press, a publisher and bookstore specializing in New York State history on Jane St. He is also a travel and food writer. He said he served on the board for nine years.