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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



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.

Monday, January 13, 2020 11:42 AM

Village Board Candidates Promote Water Quality & Herrick Park Improvements

Water quality is one of the most important issues in our community and has been at the forefront of village concerns. Protecting the water quality of Town Pond, Hook Pond, and Georgica Pond and safe drinking water must be a number one priority.

The Village Board has strongly supported legislation and the Community Preservation Program to protect water quality and initiate programs to mitigate the surface water runoff that is threatening our waterways. They have taken a leadership role in plans to stop nitrogen, heavy metals, and bacteria from entering Georgica Cove, installed bioswales to filter runoff along the village greens, and installed filter technologies in street drainage basins to prevent contamination in Hook Pond. A comprehensive study of water quality issues was completed which, along with the availability of Community Preservation Funds, has given us the tools we need to move forward to protect these natural resources.

The Village has been actively applying for necessary permits from the state and the DEC to do this work and are happy to report that all are in place and a dredging project at Town Pond in 2020 to remove legacy contaminates in the sediment has been scheduled for completion this year.

Another important issue for us is the upgrading and improvement of Herrick Park, which is a point of pride to village residents. LaGuardia Associates was hired in 2019 to design plans for the upgrading and improvements in Herrick Park and those plans were recently presented to the public. Two properties adjacent to the park, recently purchased through the Community Preservation Program, have been included in the plans. We look forward to seeing these improvements and new additions to Herrick Park in the near future.

We welcome public input on these projects and encourage you to call, email, or stop into Village Hall anytime to ask questions or view information.

In June the village residents will be voting to elect a new mayor and two trustees. We would like to continue the good work we have begun and hope we will have your support.

Please spread the word to your neighbors by forwarding this email, speaking to them personally, hosting a meet & greet in your home with us, and by contributing to our campaign.

Contributions can be made by check to The Elms Party, PO Box 4037, East Hampton, New York, 11937. Contributions of up to $1000 per individual or business can be accepted according to NYS election law. Thank you for your help!

If you would like to host a meet & greet in your home please contact us and thank you!

Photo by Richard Lewin

Photo by Richard Lewin


Wednesday, January 1, 2020 7:39 PM

Village News

Photo by Richard Lewin

Happy New Year 2020!

There are many exciting things happening in your village that we would like to inform you about. One of these issues is how to improve the vitality of the commercial center when the age of internet shopping and large corporate interests are impacting local business, while we continue to protect the village residential areas.

We are mindful that public parking is in short supply and that new technology and parking design may help increase efficient use of the limited space available. The antiquated individual septic systems of the commercial properties in the village center limit options for different uses that could improve the mix of businesses, and improved sewage treatment will substantially upgrade water quality.

These issues began to overlap as water quality determines types of businesses that can exist in the commercial core, and second story apartments over shops could increase commercial core activity, but are prohibited by Suffolk County Health requirements.

Also, we must always guard against the type change that could destroy the historic character and charm of the Village of East Hampton.

After much discussion the village decided that the residents would best be served by hiring a professional consulting firm who would study all possible solutions and help the village board and residents make decisions. The firm Nelson, Pope, and Vorhees was hired this fall and the first meeting with them and the citizens advisory groups was held in October. The village is looking forward to working with them on these important initiatives.

Furthermore, last year the village was able to purchase two adjoining properties to Herrick Park and we look forward to expanding the boundaries of the park in the near future. As part of that project the village hired a landscape design firm who presented the preliminary plans they have developed at a public meeting in December. We have been listening to feedback from that presentation and will continue to fine tune those plans. We anticipate seeing some of those planned improvements in the coming year.

These are two of the exciting things that are in the works. We look forward to updating you and communicating again in the near future. There are good things happening in 2020!

The Elms Party

Trustee Barbara Borsack – Village Trustee and Candidate for Mayor in
Trustee Richard Lawler - Village Trustee and Candidate for Trustee in
Ray Harden – Village Zoning Board member and Candidate for Trustee in

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:24 PM

Vigil At Hook Mill

On a rainy Saturday afternoon at Hook Mill Barbara and her husband attended a vigil to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy and other victims of gun violence.

The Independent Article - Vigil At Hook Mill


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