Richard Lawler is a fourth generation East Hampton resident who cares deeply about the issues that concern all village residents. He has devoted his entire adult life to public service. In 1989 he began his service with the East Hampton Town Police Department and then transferred to the Suffolk County Police Department where he served for 35 years in various investigative and supervisory positions.
Rick began his career in Village Government in 2003 as a member of the Planning Board and was the Chair of that Board for 2 years. In 2008 he was elected to the Village Board of Trustees, and was appointed as Deputy Mayor in 2018 where he continues to represent the people of the Village in matters that are important to all of us. Rick has served as Police Commissioner and Beach Liaison since his election to the Board.
Rick initiated the new leasing agreements for the Sea Spray cottages which resulted in doubling the rental income for the Village. He has also served on the East Hampton Town Energy Sustainability Committee. With the support of the LVIS Tree Committee, Rick initiated the fencing of Village trees in front of all construction sites to protect their root systems. Rick strongly supports Funding and Legislation to protect water quality, and to deal with the surface water run off that adversely effects our local ponds such as Georgica, Hook, and Town Ponds. He also supports open space acquisitions and historic preservation initiatives, such as the Thomas Moran House and the Gardiner Property.
In addition to his work in village government, Rick has been a volunteer with the East Hampton Fire Department for thirty years.
Beautification of the Commercial district is an important issue that Rick supports as well as the recent legislation banning the use of plastic bags and straws. Rick will continue to push for initiatives that will enhance the beauty and desirability of our East Hampton Village community.