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Barbara Borsack
Candidate for Mayor

Richard Lawler
Candidate of Trustee

Ray Harden
Candidate for Trustee


Village Election
Tuesday - June 16, 2020 - Noon to 9pm



Friday, February 21, 2020 8:03 AM

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One of the issues the Village Board needs to address is the need for an updated Comprehensive Plan for the Village. With sea-level rise and global warming new issues of importance, and resources available now in the area of renewable energy, there are many reasons to look again at our direction and priorities as a community. In addition, water quality, preservation, green space, workforce housing, parking, and traffic are more acute today than they were twenty years ago and new technology, science, and viewpoints should be discussed and considered going forward.
In the late 1990s the East Hampton Village Board of Trustees formed a committee of stakeholders, both residents and business owners, to discuss the future direction of East Hampton Village. Barbara Borsack, who was at that time a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, was chosen to chair what would become the Comprehensive Plan Committee. When Barbara was asked to run for a seat on the village board in the 2000 election, she was replaced as chair of the committee by member Susan Ecker, who skillfully guided the committee to complete their task.
For the following two years the committee met regularly to talk about concerns and desires for the village, and the Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the village board in 2002. The plan’s vision statement begins with “The Village of East Hampton treasures its extraordinary natural beauty and the architectural styles added by generations of residents who sought to enhance the natural beauty of the area rather than to overwhelm such rare splendor.” It goes on to address the protection and preservation of the character of the village, seeking to secure the limits of the areas occupied by industrial and commercial enterprises as related to the area reserved for residential. Maintenance of open green spaces, historic structures, and quality of life were emphasized as being of utmost importance.
One of the results of this plan was the formation of the Village Planning and Zoning Committee, who were to meet regularly to continue the work of examining and updating the code as necessary. While this work has continued, and the Planning and Zoning Committee has been a valuable part of the Village’s advisory boards, the document of 2002 also recommends updating the comprehensive plan every twenty years. 
We strongly support the updating of the Comprehensive Plan and agree that this year, twenty years later as recommended by the original committee, is the right time to once again gather a group of stakeholders together to carefully and thoughtfully update the Comprehensive Plan for our present day. 


Photo by Richard Lewin


Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:26 AM

Dominy Clock Shop "Moving Day"

East Hampton Village Director of Historic Services Robert Hefner, Trustee Rose Brown, Ray Harden, Mayor Rick Lawler & Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack were on hand this morning for the moving of the Dominy Clock Shop to its final location on North Main Street.


Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:01 AM

About Barbara Borsack - Richard Lawler & Ray Harden

Barbara, Rick and Ray are lifelong residents of East Hampton Village. Each owns a home in the Village and has served in Village government.

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Barbara is also a long time board member of the East Hampton Historical Society, the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation and the Southampton Hospital Association.
She is an active 30-year member of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, serving two terms as the first woman to be elected Chief, and has personally responded to over 3,500 emergency calls.

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Rick is a fourth generation East Hampton resident who began with the East Hampton Town Police Department and then transferred to the Suffolk County Police Department, serving in various investigative and supervisory positions for 35 years.

Rick chaired the Village Planning Board and in 2008 was elected to the Village Board of Trustees. Rick has served as Police Commissioner and Beach Liaison since his election.
In addition to his work for village government, Rick has been a volunteer with the East Hampton Fire Department for 31 years.

Ray has been a village resident for 55 years. He is vice chair of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals and is a member of the East Hampton Town Licensing Review Board. Ray has been in the construction business for many years and recently became owner of Ben Krupinski Builders.

Ray has served as the Chief of the East Hampton Fire Department, where he is a 21 year member. He is a Fire Coordinator for the Suffolk County 9th Division and President of the East Hampton Village Fireman's Benevolent Association.

Barbara, Rick, and Ray have been vigilant in the preservation and protection of East Hampton Village. They believe that clean streets and beaches, safe homes and neighborhoods, protection of historic buildings, parks and public spaces, the quality of the ocean, ponds, and groundwater, and a vibrant business center are important in preserving the village's character and environment.

Picture by Richard Lewin

Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:15 AM

Preserving Our Historic Village

The Village of East Hampton has been at the forefront of historic preservations since it purchased the Hook Mill in 1922, restored it to its original condition, and opened it as a museum which is one of the most recognizable and photographed buildings in the country. Since then the Village has continued to restore and preserve East Hampton’s unique and beautiful historic buildings, greens, and properties - work that continues to this day.

Among the many places that residents can look to as part of their preserved heritage in addition to the iconic Hook Mill are: the Home Sweet Home Museum, the Gardiner Mill and House Lot, the Lyman Beecher House (Village Hall), and the Osborne-Jackson House. Most recently the Village used the Community Preservation Program to obtain a scenic easement on the Moran House and Studio and purchased and restored the Gardiner Mill Cottage. The Isaac Osborne House on the corner of Newtown Lane and Osborne Lane was purchased and restored to be used for additional office space, and the restoration of the Dominy home lot of North Main Street (in its original location), with the restored clock shop and woodworking shops attached to the recreated home, will be used as a museum when completed.

In addition to these wonderful properties, the Village has worked with residents to create four Historic Districts: Main Street, Hook, Huntting Lane, and Ocean Avenue. The Historic Preservation Ordinance protects buildings in those districts that are of historical significance from being razed or altered significantly and the Village Design Review Board works to oversee any changes that occur in those areas. In the Main Street Historic District alone, over half the homes were built before 1850. Also, the Timber Frame protection code is one of the most unique and important in the country, incentivizing owners of buildings that contain original timber frame construction to preserve these historic buildings for the future.

We are committed to the work of preserving and restoring our very important heritage as one of the earliest colonial settlements in the country. We hope to have your support as we continue this very important work in keeping East Hampton Village the special place it is today.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:14 AM

Opinion from The East Hampton Press (Jan 9, 2020)

Lose The Intrique

This Friday, January 17, the East Hampton Village Board will appoint a mayor to serve until a regularly scheduled election can be held in June — the previous mayor, Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., having decided to step down at the end of last year, before the completion of his term.

The four remaining members of the Village Board last week agreed to make an appointment instead of leaving the seat empty and having the deputy mayor, Richard Lawler, assume the mayor’s duties without the mayor’s title. State law appears to cut short the length of time a deputy mayor can act in a mayor’s capacity, which helped convince the board that appointing a mayor now would be a better choice than having a deputy mayor with only limited powers running the village. The question of whether to appoint someone to fill the vacant fifth seat on the board before voters can elect a candidate has yet to be decided.

In an interview last fall, Mr. Rickenbach suggested that he was leaving before the expiration of his term at least in part because he wanted voters to be able to see his incumbent colleagues at work before the village elections — in which Mr. Lawler and another current board member, Barbara Borsack, will be running. That statement led to strident criticism from Jerry Larsen, who is running against Ms. Borsack for the mayor’s spot, and who’s had an acrimonious relationship with the village, including the former mayor, in recent years.

Appointing Ms. Borsack to temporarily fill the mayor’s slot would give her an unfair advantage in the mayoral race in June, Mr. Larsen has argued. He argues, as well, against the board appointing Ray Harden, who’s running for a seat on the Village Board on the Elms Party ticket, along with Ms. Borsack and Mr. Lawler, to immediately fill the vacant fifth board seat. Mr. Larsen’s own ticket, the NewTown Party, has in Sandra Melendez its own candidate for a Village Board seat.

The board has not said whom it’ll appoint on Friday, but Mr. Larsen’s argument has merit. If the village follows the course he predicts, that could create an unfair advantage for the incumbents when the elections roll around. It may also be true, as Mr. Larsen has argued, that appointing Mr. Lawler, rather than Ms. Borsack, would be the better option, since Mr. Lawler is not running for the mayor’s position, just for reelection to his current seat.

But it’s also more than noteworthy that village voters have already chosen Ms. Borsack as well as Mr. Lawler — in her case, by voting for her repeatedly since 2000. She is the longest-serving member of the current board and perhaps deserves to be appointed the interim mayor on that basis alone.

One thing is clear: It would be a heck of a lot nicer to see, on Mr. Larsen’s side, a campaign that doesn’t throw around words like “scheme” and “charade,” and, on Ms. Borsack’s side, one that doesn’t feel at least a little tainted by the mayor’s early retirement. It would be good to see a race that sticks to the issues — one without all the intrigue.

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