A member of the Brookhaven Town solid waste committee resigned Friday, less than a day after being appointed to the post, after questions were raised about her views on the Confederate flag.
Martha Gillette, a resident of the East Patchogue-Bellport area and a former South Country library board trustee, submitted her resignation from the committee for solid waste disposal, hours after being appointed Thursday night, Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine wrote in an email to Brookhaven NAACP president Georgette Grier-Key.
Grier-Key had objected to Gillette’s appointment, citing social media posts in August that appeared to have been written by Gillette.
In a Facebook post, Gillette wrote that the Confederate flag is a “Southern thing made to be a race thing but it’s not.”
“I do not agree with her Facebook posts,” Romaine said in his email to Grier-Key. “You should know that Ms. Gillette resigned from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Solid Waste this morning.”
Brookhaven spokesman Kevin Molloy said town officials would have no additional comment.
Attempts to reach Gillette were unsuccessful.
In an interview, Grier-Key said Gillette’s resignation was insufficient, adding she questioned the way committee appointees had been selected.
“That’s still not good enough,” she said, referring to the resignation, “because it doesn’t answer the [questions] about the process.”
Grier-Key said residents who defend the Confederate flag have “no place in public office.”
Gillette was one of 11 members of the solid waste committee, which acts as a liaison between the town and residents on landfill and trash disposal issues.
Her appointment had been approved in a 7-0 vote of the town board during a meeting Thursday night. Other committee members include civic leaders, elected officials,…