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I have known Barbara Borsack for many years. Because of our close friendship, I know her well. It takes a very special talent to be a strong leader. Knowing Barbara as well as I do, I am confident that she has what it takes to be the next mayor of the Village of East Hampton. Good leadership requires honesty, integrity, good communication skills, confidence to inspire others, resilience, and transparency. I have seen all of these characteristics in Barbara. She has a passion, like I have never known, for both our residents and village. She has the vision and purpose as times are changing to keep this beautiful village protected, yet she is open to new ideas. Her decision-making skills and capabilities are so needed at this time in our history.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. I cast my vote for Barbara Borsack because of my faith in her abilities. We are at a crossroads in this election. Let’s vote to keep East Hampton the most beautiful village in America.

NANCY ANDREWS

 
— Nancy Andews / EHStar

All three are amazing citizens of East Hampton village who take such great pride and care of their hometown! And it shows! They have my vote! — Lisa Madeleine Armon / Facebook

I have known Barbara Borsack for many years. As I think about voting for the critical position of mayor of East Hampton Village, I look for a record of accomplishments and depth of experience in local government. I know Barbara well from our many years as board members of the East Hampton Historical Society, and our shared commitment to conserving the beauty and essence of East Hampton Village. I know that Barbara has what it takes to be the next mayor of the village. She has served for many years in our local government, importantly as deputy mayor. Good governmental leadership requires honesty, integrity, excellent communication skills, confidence to inspire others, resilience, and transparency. She has the vision and passion to keep this beautiful village protected.

Moreover, she has demonstrated her commitment to fiscal responsibility contributing strongly to our current Aa-1 credit rating.  She is open to new ideas and essential realistic improvements. Her decision-making skills, government experience, and capabilities make her uniquely qualified to hold this office.

The alternative candidates will bring us to a different crossroads in this election.

Do we want to keep our residential community’s quality of life? Do we want a thoughtful, revitalized commercial village? We must vote to keep East Hampton the most beautiful village in America. I will cast my vote for Barbara Borsack because of her record and my faith in her abilities and leadership to take us forward.

Maureen Bluedorn

— Maureen Bluedorn / EHStar

Without a doubt, the sidewalks of our village are in need of repair in many locations. On Mill Hill Lane, our beautiful sycamores are some of the most likely culprits when damage occurs. Before the Covid lockdown, Dave Collins, superintendent of public works, had come to our street and walked with me, taking note of the areas that needed repair. Dave explained how some places could be ground down but others would require a total replacement of the affected area. He said he would prepare a proposal for the village board so that a bid could be sent out for work to be done on Mill Hill and in the village. Just recently, each one of the places we discussed was marked for repair. Now that this kind of work is back on a more regular schedule in this case, help is on the way, and I am confident that Dave will make safe, village sidewalks a priority.

We know the wheels of progress often move slowly, but an East Hampton Village Board under the leadership of the Elms Party candidates, Barbara Borsack, Rick Lawler, and Ray Harden, will continue to work diligently to protect the safety and quality of life of all village residents.

Thank you.

MARY BUSCH

— Mary Busch / EHStar

When East Hampton Village residents adopted their Comprehensive Plan in 2002, their vision was that the village remain a residential community with its “extraordinary natural beauty, historic integrity, and special charm.” As we move into the 21st century, the plan will have to be adapted in order to meet current challenges and prepare us for changes to come. I do not believe, however, that the original vision must be sacrificed. Rather we need elected leaders who will be able to make these adaptations without losing sight of that vision.

I believe there is such a group of individuals in the Elms Party, which has the concern for residents and visitors alike. They have indicated that, if elected, they will work to protect the property rights and quality of life of the homeowners and guests to our community. This will be the fine balance that must be achieved; having leaders who will partner with business and respect and have compassion for the local residents who make the village function. Barbara Borsack, Richard Lawler, and Ray Harden are candidates who live, work, and contribute to our village, and I urge residents to support them for mayor and village trustee respectively.

MARY BUSCH


— Mary Busch / EHStar

Barbara is an excellent choice. No one finer!

— Anne Cantwell / Facebook

Barbara Borsack is the best choice for Mayor in this year’s election.

I have known Barbara for over 50 years and she is one of my best friends. Few people have her integrity and character or have given more to our community.

Barbara has a lifetime of commitment to the Village. She was the first woman elected to the Board of Trustees and has led the fight to protect and enhance our quality of life.

Barbara has the intellect and experience to be an outstanding Mayor and the first woman Mayor in the Village.

The Village was one of the first municipalities to adopt land use zoning for planning and community preservation.

Planning and preservation are what the village election is all about this year.

Barbara and her running mates Rick Lawler and Ray Harden are making a strong commitment to protect and preserve our environment, our heritage and the residential character of the village.

They will not allow the commercialization of the village and will protect it from outside interests who want to exploit its beauty for personal gain.

Please join me in electing Barbara, Rick, and Ray to the Village Board. Please vote on September 15 in person or by absentee ballot.

The future of our Village depends on you.

 
Sincerely,
Larry Cantwell

— Larry Cantwell

Roots Run Deep
East Hampton
May 11, 2020

Dear David:

Our family has known Barbara Strong Borsack for over 30 years. Her tireless devotion and commitment to our village have been relentless. Barbara’s many accomplishments and achievements while serving on the Village Board have both benefited the village and preserved its history, charm, and beauty. Barbara has also been an important leader and member of the board of the East Hampton Historical Society, helping to preserve and share the important heritage of our town. Barbara’s local roots run deep, as her family has been here for many generations. This continues today with grandchildren in our East Hampton schools. Barbara has been at the forefront of bringing Covid-19 testing to East Hampton, working with Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. Barbara would be a highly qualified mayor with decades of relevant experience. She listens to both sides sincerely, with the quality of life and the preservation of the village as her goal. That is why we are endorsing Barbara Strong Borsack for mayor of East Hampton.

Sincerely,

PAM and JOHN CATALETTO

 
— Pam & John Cataletto / EHStar

I am not a village resident, but the village in some way belongs to all East Hampton. And whenever someone states "Its the village of NO", well I say thank goodness some of these ideas were turned down.  All you need to do is travel to other parts of the country. 

I for one think The Elms Party will be the best choice for "Our Village"  As for the alternate party supporters - I say be careful what you wish for.

Zanetta Classens

— Zanetta Classens / Facebook

Barbara, Please use this donation as you see fit for your campaign.  We are very hopeful you will become the next Mayor of East Hampton Village.  The village truly needs someone with your values and dedication, especially in these times.

 

Our Best,

Bob & Karen

— Robert & Karen DeFriest

I have known Rick Lawler for many years. He is a man of integrity, honesty, and perseverance. Rick’s 35 years of police experience with the Suffolk County Police Department in numerous supervisory positions, this experience as a village trustee, and recent appointment to mayor are the reasons I support Rick for re-election as a trustee on the village board. Furthermore, his leadership, hard work, and dedication during the Covid pandemic have contributed to the low infection rate in our village.

Though I do not live in the village and cannot vote, we do own property there. He has shown that he is acutely aware of the burden facing our local businesses in the core hub of the commercial district. He has gone out of his way to support them in any reasonable way possible.

Sincerely,

MARJORIE DIAMOND

— Marjorie Diamond / EHStar

Mrs Borsack,
There is no one with a deeper family history and tradition of community volunteerism than your family - You will make an outstanding mayor!

Best of Luck,
Brian 

— Brian Egan

I have known Barbara Borsack a long time. She is a good person to hold the position of mayor of East Hampton Village.

When she was chief of the ambulance, she did the best. If ever there was a problem, she took care of it right away. I know she will do an excellent job as mayor.

I am very proud of her. She will make us all proud of her.

RALPH GEORGE

 

 

— Ralph George / EHStar

Couldn’t ask for a more intelligent, experienced, fair candidate to run your village than Barbara Borsack. 🇺🇸

I’m not a Village resident, but I’m rooting for Barbara.

— Kathy Havlik / Facebook

With the East Hampton Village election less than a month away, the Elms Party continues to keep local voters informed with online reports of “Important News” as it happens: “Reopening Our Economy, the Village, 2020-21 Annual Budget” with a discussion on the village’s financial stability, the community preservation program, the comprehensive plan, important information for voters in making their decision on Sept. 15.

I applaud the Elms Party, under Barbara Borsack’s leadership, for conducting an honest and informed campaign. As a local village resident, I am convinced Barbara is the most qualified candidate for village mayor. Her years of public service experience provide confidence about what to expect from her future leadership as village mayor. As a proven elected official, Barbara’s leadership will keep East Hampton Village healthy, protecting our natural environmental resources and historic heritage. Look to Barbara to provide our village community with a productive and safe quality of life.

Vote on Sept. 15; make your voice count in this important local decision about our future. Thank you!

LINDA B. JAMES

 

— Linda James / EHStar / Aug 20 Edition

Thank you to the Elms Party for keeping me informed of important news as it happens. In addition, their consistent emails on East Hampton Village board of trustees deliberations and reflections on good government are important for those of us who remain “at home” during this unprecedented pandemic.

LINDA JAMES

 
— Linda James / EHStar

Barbara Strong Borsack is one of the special people in this world that Julia and I are proud to know, and call friend.
She and Ted have welcomed us into their beautiful East Hampton, NY home like we were the southern family members they never knew they had.
 
Most of all, she loves East Hampton like I love McDonough. She is an impressive lady.
 
She is running for mayor, and just received the endorsement of The East Hampton Star newspaper.
The paper says of her, "As a longtime village board member, Barbara Borsack has distinguished herself as a leader able to moderate conflicting factions. She is a 30-year member and former chief of the Village Ambulance Association, active in her church, and has roots in East Hampton that go back to its founding in the 1600s. She would be the village’s first female mayor, but more amazingly, she was the first woman ever elected as a village trustee. Quality of life and the environment are among her priorities. She projects calm and is respectful of others. These qualities would serve the village well with her in the mayor’s chair. She gets our vote."
 
Julia and I love you and wish you the best of luck, Barbara!
— Beau Kelley / Facebook

Barbara spent her life caring and helping people in this community.  The Village of East Hampton would be in great hands with Barbara as the Mayor who is a life long resident of the community. 

Best of Luck and Vote for Barbara

 

Charles Kenny

— Charles Kenny / Youtube Comment

The Elm’s Party is the party to vote. No other party comes close. Residents of East Hampton can’t be fooled, bullied, paid off, or lied to.
 
We want a Mayor who will listen and act with experience, one who will cut through the red tape and get things done, one who has lived in the Village as a capable public servant with her team spanning over 80 years of giving back with knowledge, focus and order.
 
Let’s put a woman in charge and celebrate 100 years when the 19th amendment was ratified August 18, 1920, giving women the right to vote!

Dale Ellen Leff

— Dale Ellen Leff / Facebook

“As a mayor of an East End village, cooperation and collaboration with our neighbors is vital. Barbara, Rick and Ray are valuable partners to the East End in the effort to keep our area healthy, environmentally sound and safe in these challenging times.” 
 
Kathleen Mulcahy - Mayor of Sag Harbor Village
 
— Kathleen Mulcahy / Mayor of Sag Harbor Village

I am writing this letter in support of Barbara Borsack for mayor of East Hampton Village. Barbara has lived in East Hampton her entire life. She has worked in many ways to preserve the idyllic life we locals lived growing up here. I could list all the things she has done for East Hampton, but I know most people have already read all of that. I am writing to tell you about her character.

Barbara is a believer in truth. She has a high moral code that cannot be broken. She is hard-working, confident, and self-disciplined. She knows her strengths and abilities and knows how to put them to good use, which she has done for the village for many, many years.

The fact that politics has become a dirty game in East Hampton for this mayoral election is a sad commentary on our small village. Lies are being spread by phone calls and by ads. Please don’t believe them. They are not true. Barbara has never used her position in village government to her advantage. I can’t say that’s true for others in this race.

The thing I know for sure about this mayoral race is that Barbara wants to help maintain East Hampton Village’s bucolic nature while being open to change. We locals are being pushed hard by those who would like to turn our beautiful village into something I don’t believe we want. If you love East Hampton Village, then vote for Barbara Borsack for mayor. She is the best candidate running.

Sincerely,

KAREN MULLEN

 
— Karen Mullen / EHStar

I believe in the Elms Party - Barbara, Ray,and Rick.

They believe in the betterment of East Hampton.

I hope you can cast your votes for all 3.

Sincerely
J.J. Nolis
former East Hampton village resident for many wonderful years.

— J.J. Nolis / Facebook

Barbara Borsack, a lifelong resident of the village, is a proven leader who is respected for her commitment and service to the community. I have had the pleasure of working with Barbara on town committees and projects and know that she is smart, thoughtful, and thorough in seeking solutions.
 
Sylvia Overby – East Hampton Town councilwoman
— Sylvia Overby / East Hampton Town Councilwoman

I would vote for Barbara if I could, she is the right person for the job ! I have know Barbara for 30 plus years in the East Hampton Village Ambulance, working with her at Village Hall and as a friend. With all the projects & jobs she has ever has taken on she has done them very well, right to the end. She is the one who cares the most about the future of the Village and how things should and will work in the future.

Vote for Barbara she cares!

Best team for the Village now and in the future!

Dan Reichl

— Dan Reichl / Facebook

To the community of East Hampton Village:

I am writing to share my feelings with the community I love so much. First of all I want to wish everyone careful good health in this dangerous time.

In my three years being executive director of the Chamber of Commerce I came to love the community of East Hampton Village. So I am writing to you to share my feelings. I have some very important issues I’ve been reading and thinking about.

During my tenure as executive director, I created the Spring Street fair, the summer fair in the park, the fall festival, greatly enhanced several events during the season such as the Santa Parade, and the annual tour of Inns. This could not have been possible without the support of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors -but most importantly this was done with the support and encouragement of the Mayor and the Board of Trustees.

Each event I proposed and planned had a committee from the Trustees headed by Trustees Rick Lawler and Barbara Borsack. They were pillars of support for creating true community events, and simply made these events possible. There was NEVER any pushback or negativity, only support.

The village of East Hampton is NOT a “village of no”. None of these events could have happened without the full support and encouragement of the board of trustees, the mayor, the police chief, the fire department, and the wonderful people who work at Village Hall. Most of all none of these events could ever happen without the support of you - the community.

I say all of this because I want you to carefully think about your choice for the next mayor. Barbara Borsack has been a driving force in creating every one of those events. I have worked closely with her, Becky Molinaro, the trustees, and Mayor Paul Rickenbach.

The ideas of re-imagining the parking lots, changing to a mobile payment system and eliminating the ticket kiosks, rebuilding our beautiful Herrick Park, finding the funding for and making a sewer system a reality in downtown so we can have more housing, and gently exploring realistic expansion of uses for inns in the village are all ideas that initiated in conversations involving the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Rebecca Molinaro, the trustees, and of course our mayor beginning four years ago.

East Hampton Village is indeed a very special and unique village. Please remember and keep that close to your heart because to “modernize” it, changing the village to a more commercial marketplace and changing the tenor of the village in my opinion would be a huge mistake. It is a historical treasure and should be kept as one - we do not need more restaurants, more stores, larger inns with live music - we do need some affordable housing upstairs on Main Street and Newtown Lane. The MOST IMMPORTANT WORDS I CAN SAY ARE - preservation, preservation,  preservation.

That is why I urge you to vote for Barbara Borsack for mayor. She echoes my feelings completely and understands the treasure that East Hampton Village is. She has proven over a lifetime of living in the village how committed she is to preservation and respect for the community.

I miss the community and everybody very much and hope to visit one day soon until then please stay safe and my prayers are with everyone to stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Steven Ringel
Executive Director East Hampton Chamber of Commerce
2016-2019

— Steve Ringel

Response to the East Hampton Star Editorial Endorsing Barbara Borsack for Mayor:

So glad. The only choice for the future of our village. Tell three friends. And read the star. Thank you David

 

— Steve Ringel / Facebook

I urge you to vote for Barbara Borsack for mayor. She echoes my feelings completely and understands the treasure that East Hampton Village is. She has proven over a lifetime of living in the village how committed she is to preservation and respect for the community.

Steven Ringel - former executive director of East Hampton Chamber of Commerce

— Steven Ringer / Former Executive Director - EH Chamber of Commerce

I’ve lived in East Hampton for more than 40 years and can easily say that for the first time I have regrets about living here. I regret that I don’t live in the Village of East Hampton, because if I did I would be able to vote for Barbara Borsack for mayor.

Barbara is one of the most honest, hard-working, committed people I’ve ever met here. When she says something, I know it’s true. When she says that she’ll do something, you can bank on it. She is serious about her devotion to the community, and it’s not to gain something for herself. It’s to make the village a better place for everyone in the community.

Barbara has been supportive of changes that the village needs to undergo so that it is a more vibrant and welcoming community, but also understands that change has to be measured carefully so that the village retains its quality of life.

I’ve worked with Barbara for the past 20 years on many different matters at the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, where she is a trustee, as a member of the Village Ambulance Association, which heads up our free community A.E.D. program, as a fund-raiser for women’s health, and as a trustee of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on collaborative projects.

The residents of the village, and of the town as well, will not have any regrets if Barbara Borsack is elected as the new mayor of East Hampton Village.

Sincerely,

SHEILA ROGERS
Director
East Hampton Healthcare Foundation

 
— Shelia Rogers / EHStar

Pat and I and the whole Ryan clan support Barbara Borsack’s candidacy for mayor of the Village of East Hampton.

She has been and is a wonderful resource for our community!

God Bless America,

JOHN and PATRICIA RYAN

 
— John & Pat Ryan / EHStar

As a 12th-generation Bonacker, I am proud of my heritage and grateful for having the experience of growing up here, raising my family here, and now enjoying retirement in this beautiful historic village.

When I was growing up we were able to play baseball in the open fields, roller skate in the quiet streets, get our mail at the post office on Newtown Lane, shop at Marley’s, Diamond’s, Bohack’s, Mrs. Epstein’s, and Fanning’s, meet our friends at the Marmador, go to the movies at the Edwards Theater, and go to kindergarten through grade 12 at the school on Newtown Lane. But that was then, and this is now.

Through the years progress has brought changes and challenges to our once quiet village. We have witnessed many changes in the shops along Main Street and Newtown Lane, have increased volume of traffic, causing gridlock in the intersections during rainy summer days, and experienced a growing demand on parking.

During the years of change, our village’s beauty has been maintained by the foresight of our village officials, the East Hampton Historical Society, [Ladies Village] Improvement Society, the Village Preservation Society, and benefactors who have cared for the preservation of the historical buildings, landmarks, and image.

Barbara Borsack, Richard Lawler, and Ray Harden have grown up in East Hampton, raised their families here, have many years of experience in village government, and have pledged to continue their devotion to the history of our area with a vision for the future. The village has many needs as we move forward — an answer to our parking problems, construction of a sewer system for the village core, and preservation of open spaces. These projects will not happen overnight, but must be carefully studied, designed, and adequately funded. I believe Barbara, Rick, and Ray understand the issues and will move forward to maintain the quality of life hoped for by all village residents.

Sincerely,

MARY TALMAGE SISKA

 
— Mary Talmage Siska / EHStar

I write to express my total support for Barbara Borsack for mayor of East Hampton Village. Those of us lucky enough to live in one of America’s most beautiful villages must consider carefully who will be the best custodian of the village, its heritage, and its future.

I own a village business and agree that the village could benefit from more fizz. But that doesn’t come from a series of low-rent Newtown Lane street fairs. It will come from careful deliberation of an upgrade of the wastewater system - hardly the fun of planning a parade, but the sort of dense, complicated issue that Barbara has carefully studied over the past 30 years of her public service.

One of many things we have learned during the pandemic is that mayors matter. Governors matter. Experience matters. Judgment matters. I have absolute faith in, and am so impressed by, Barbara’s experience and her judgment.

Barbara can fly the plane and she can land it in a field. We need her comprehensive command of the issues to oversee the complex decisions that will be made in the coming years that will affect all of us.

VALERIE SMITH

— Valerie Smith / EHStar

I pray that she is elected!

 

Audrey Stonemetz

— Audrey Stonemetz / Facebook

I wish I could vote for Ray Harden. Village residents will only benefit by electing Ray as a village trustee.

I’ve known Ray for 20 years. I met him as a young man and since then he has been one of the biggest influences in my life. Ray “took me under his wing” and taught me how to not only properly engage people, but how to compartmentalize each situation as if the last one never happened. He has always been a friend that told me the truth when I needed to hear it. He had my back when I was right, and he opposed me when I was wrong. Time and time again, Ray has shown the ability to make the right decisions regardless if it was the popular choice or not.

Not many people have the courage and conviction to tell their friends they are wrong when they have to. Many times over the years, not only Ray has stood his ground in opposition to ideas I’ve had, but he has never degraded me once while explaining his point of view. He has always heard me out completely and engaged me in a logical debate. There were a few times he acknowledged that I was right, but there were plenty of times I was wrong. No matter the outcome, he never held anything against me personally. He also never bowed down simply because I was his friend. Right is right and wrong is wrong. We’ve had some in depth discussions over the years, but after every single one we always walked away as friends.

Ray is a rare find this day in age. I hope the voters in East Hampton Village choose to vote for him. They can only benefit by choosing him to represent them.

— Richard Thomas / Facebook

I wish I could vote in EH... I hope they win their election! — Kathleen Beebe Waygood / Facebook

I am writing to endorse Ray Harden for village trustee. Ray is a dedicated public servant. He has served as chief of the East Hampton Fire Department, currently serves as Suffolk County fire coordinator, and is a class-A firefighter. He is vice chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, a member of the town licensing board, and president of the East Hampton Fire Department Benevolent Association.

In his professional life, Ray worked closely with Ben Krupinski, until Ben’s untimely death in 2018, and believes deeply that we each have a responsibility to care for our community and those who need support — from the elderly to our local churches. Ray does not hesitate to put his money where his mouth is, for example, when the village needs a new roof for the gazebo in Herrick Park or local schools need help constructing a playground.

Ray is a devoted father and grandfather. He resides in the village and understands that the interests of year-round residents and seasonal homeowners are dependent on strong leadership.

As candidates compete for our vote in this election cycle, Ray represents those of us who require little bluster and perform great jobs by the willingness to show up and get the job done.

I hope you will support my friend Ray Harden for village trustee.

KEN WESSBERG

 
— Ken Wessberg / EHStar

I have been a village resident for over 20 years and have never had any contact with anyone in village government. A week or so ago, I saw a social media post about the upcoming village election. I wrote a response about what I felt was the poor condition of the village roads and lanes. To my surprise, I received a message from village official Barbara Borsack, and at her suggestion we arranged to meet this morning at Middle Lane, one of the very worst-condition lanes.

I arrived to find not only Ms. Borsack, but also Richard Lawler and the head of the Public Works Department. They agreed that the roads needed work, and explained how they had to deal with public utilities and building contractors who all caused damage. They promised to address the worst conditions now, and look at more extensive repaving in the next budget cycle. They were all concerned and very professional about the problems. I know they earned my vote.

ALLAN P. WHITE

— Allan P. White / EHStar


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