Barbara Strong Borsack is descended from one of the early families of East Hampton and has spent a life time serving the community she loves. Barbara is the first woman elected as a Trustee on the Village Board and has been a leader in the fight to protect and enhance the quality of life in the village for the past 19 years. Her dedication and love of the community has led her to serve as a board member of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, The East Hampton Historical Society, and the Southampton Hospital Association. She has personally responded to over 3500 emergency ambulance calls as an active member of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association for 30 years and served two terms as its first female elected chief. Barbara served on the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals and chaired the Comprehensive Plan Committee before running for office in 2000.
Barbara has strongly supported legislation and Community Preservation Funding to protect water quality and programs to mitigate surface water runoff that are threatening Georgica, Hook, and Town Ponds. During her tenure on the village board she has been a strong supporter of historic preservation and open space acquisitions including the creation of three of the village’s historical districts and the preservation of important historic properties including the Gardiner property, the Thomas Moran house and studio, and the Isaac Osborne Farmhouse.
Barbara has supported legislation to ban the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam products that create litter and are a danger to the environment, birds, and marine life. She has supported zoning limitations on house sizes to allow buildings in reasonable proportion to building lot sizes. The beautification of the commercial district has been one of her goals and she supports maintaining the commercial boundaries of the village while seeking ways to enhance the viability of local businesses.
Barbara believes the natural and man-made environment of the village are assets that past generations of village residents have nurtured and protected and that present and future generations have an even greater responsibility to preserve and enhance.