East Hampton Town Councilwoman Sylvia Overby not too long ago returned to the town board right after a 4-month absence due to cancer therapy. In the course of the Sept. 12 meeting, Overby stated she underwent surgery and several hospital visits more than the summer time. City Supervisor Peter Van Scoioc and her colleagues warmly welcomed Overby’s return, acknowledging the substantial challenges she faced. Overby expressed her gratitude for the help she has received from her colleagues, who have sent her constructive messages and congratulations all through her well being journey.

Overby, an Amagansett resident, has served on the town board for 12 years and previously spent seven years on the town’s preparing board. Even though she declined to present particular specifics about her diagnosis, she did mention that her physique responded positively to the therapy. In January, Overby announced she would not seek re-election in November, intending to commit a lot more time with her kids and grandchildren. On the other hand, she confirmed that she nevertheless plans to serve out the rest of her term, which expires in December. She expressed her passion for specific factors that she hopes to progress for the duration of this time.

Overby revealed she was unaware of her illness till Might, when she had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance right after a town board meeting. She described the diagnosis as a shock and unexpected. In the course of a town board meeting in June, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez explained how she would cover Overby’s board responsibilities when she was on sick leave. In the course of her absence, Overby stayed engaged in town affairs, following meetings by watching them on the internet and getting updates from her secretary and fellow board members.

Reporter Joe Werkmeister covers the towns of Southampton, East Hampton and Shelter Island. He graduated from the University of St. Bonaventure previously served as editor of two North Fork neighborhood newspapers.

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