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Saturday, July 4, 2020 7:49 AM

๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜†

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 1:09 PM

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜†

Read Barbara Borsack's most recent email

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:20 AM

๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ

FYI from the Village Facebook page posted 06-25:


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:04 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane Tuesday-June 23rd to update the community on the COVID-19 response with Phase 3 in the Village of East Hampton

Monday, June 22, 2020 10:11 AM

๐—” ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ

Saturday, June 20, 2020 7:58 AM

๐—” ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ

Monday, June 15, 2020 11:31 AM

๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€

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Phase 2 Reopening Plans

Saturday, June 13, 2020 8:58 AM

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—›๐—›๐—ฆ ๐—–๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ

Friday, June 12, 2020 7:43 AM

๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น (๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฒ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ)

Editorial from June 11th Edition

East Hampton Village is a lot quieter now that limits are in place for leaf blowers and other gas and diesel-powered landscape equipment. Most critically, hired landscapers must use only quieter, battery-operated leaf blowers from June 1 to a December cutoff date, except in an emergency. Fines begin at $250 and top out at $5,000 for repeat offenders.

The rules go like this: June to the second Friday in December gas and diesel-powered lawn equipment may be used only between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Property owners and tenants are allowed to use gas-powered machines at home on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., but commercial operators may not. Already, village police have been reminding landscapers of the law and issuing warnings. ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ!

Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:53 PM

๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ

๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ and his wife Madeline enjoyed their dinner at Cittanuova on Newtown Lane last night in support of the Village's new outdoor dining initiative.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:37 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane Tuesday June 9th to update the community on the COVID-19 response with Phase II in the Village of East Hampton.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:09 PM

๐— ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜†'๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—˜๐—› ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ

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Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:18 PM

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—น๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ


The Elms Party

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:40 AM

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜†

Letter Regarding

Reopening Our Economy

Friday, May 29, 2020 11:51 AM

๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

To make a donation to our campaign with your credit card

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:29 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š


๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane this morning, May 21st, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.







Monday, May 25, 2020 10:33 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—• ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ


Barbara Borsack & Rick Lawler were interviewed on WPPB Southampton this morning by Gianna Volpe on her "Heart of the East End" program on Memorial Day to update the Village of East Hampton on their continued response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:20 AM

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜†

Friday, May 22, 2020 12:29 PM

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† / ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น

A Letter to Our Community

Friday, May 22, 2020 8:14 AM

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ

Good Person
May 21st Edition

To the Editor:

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.


Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:22 PM

Memorial Day Challenge

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:34 AM

๐—๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—น๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:27 AM

๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ

On Friday morning, May 15, at the Pantigo Place ball field parking lot, the East Hampton’s COVID-19 testing site opened for business. Over 60 people were tested on the first day.

On site was East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, East Hampton Village Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack, and Sheila Rogers, director of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation.

The drive-up testing facility will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays, and operated by Hudson River Health Care.

The Independent Article

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:28 AM

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป

Email RE: Comprehensive Plan

Video RE: Comprehensive Plan

Friday, May 15, 2020 8:22 AM

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ

Roots Run Deep
Letter to Editor
May 14th Edition

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.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:21 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane this morning to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:00 AM

๐€๐ง ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐Œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐๐š๐ซ๐›๐š๐ซ๐š

An Important Message from Barbara

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the message from Barbara

Monday, May 11, 2020 11:29 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—• ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ


Barbara Borsack & Rick Lawler were interviewed on WPPB Southampton this morning by Gianna Volpe on her "Heart of the East End" program to update the Village of East Hampton on their continued response to the COVID-19 crisis.  May 11, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 8:01 AM

๐„๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐“๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ

๐„๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐“๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ

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Friday, May 8, 2020 10:01 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane, Thurs 05-07, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.


Friday, May 8, 2020 8:11 AM

๐„๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ - ๐‹๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ - ๐„๐‡๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ

The Elms Party
Letter to Editor
EHStar / May 7th Edition



First Priority

Dear Editor:

There are topics in this June’s village election that need to be examined. One that stands out to us is that our opponents are saying that East Hampton Village is a “resort community” needing to cater to tourists and day-trippers.

We believe East Hampton Village is a community primarily of full-time and part-time residents rather than a tourist attraction. We have visitors who come for short-term stays, but we feel our residents are our first priority. We want to keep East Hampton a peaceful and serene village where all homeowners can find respite on the weekends and holidays. As full-time, lifelong residents ourselves, we value our homes and yards as places of refuge and relaxation.

That’s why the village government has laws about leaf blowers and construction noise. It’s also why we are taking a firm stand on our small country inns, as well as searching for new ways to control short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. If the inns were allowed to create spot zoning and become “hotel zones,” as they have proposed, they would have the ability to do unlimited events with music and outdoor dining. We are a residential community first and foremost. We believe that short-term rentals in our residential neighborhoods need to be controlled.

It is important for voters to examine the motives of some of our opponents in this race. Some candidates have close ties to real estate interests. Others know very little about how hard the village has fought over the past 100 years to keep the wishes of town residents from creating a village full of nightlife and crowds. Town residents would like to see the village become a place for them to come enjoy the “party life,” and then leave it all behind while they go back to their own quiet homes. Those of us who are village residents know we already deal with more traffic and noise than we would like. It is imperative for you to know the players in this election because the future of this village depends on it.

We had hoped to be visiting our residents on door-to-door walks by the first of April, but sadly the present situation makes that impossible to do. We would love to speak with people in person. Residents can check our website to send us emails, and we will answer all of them. We are happy to call you as well, or set up a videoconference with you and some of your friends to answer your questions. We are your neighbors and we understand your concerns!


Candidate for Mayor

Candidate for trustee

Candidate for trustee

Friday, May 8, 2020 7:54 AM

๐„๐‡๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ ๐‹๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐“๐จ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ•๐ญ๐ก ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง

๐„๐‡๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ ๐‹๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐“๐จ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ
๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ•๐ญ๐ก ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง


East Hampton
May 4, 2020

Dear David,

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.



Shows the Way
East Hampton
April 28, 2020

Dear David,

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.



Best Candidate
East Hampton
May 1, 2020

Dear Editor,

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.




Her Devotion
East Hampton
May 4, 2020

Dear David,

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.


East Hampton Healthcare Foundation


Years of Change
East Hampton
April 30, 2020

Dear David,

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.




Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:56 AM

๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€

Important News

click above to read email from the Elms Party



Tuesday, May 5, 2020 2:59 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š

Link to WLNG Facebook Video


๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane, this morning, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:28 AM

๐—˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ "๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—น๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜†"

Monday, May 4, 2020 11:11 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—• ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ

Barbara Borsack & Rick Lawler were interviewed this morning on WPPB Southampton by Gianna Volpe on her "Heart of the East End" program to update the Village of East Hampton on their continued response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:38 PM

๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ


New Elms Party Video with Introduction from Barbara Borsack (Candidate for Mayor)

Saturday, May 2, 2020 12:15 PM

๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ

‘Cautious Change’
Are Elms Party Watchwords

East Hampton Star
April 30, 2020

Barbara Borsack, the deputy mayor of East Hampton Village, who is seeking to become the village’s first female mayor in the June 16 election, and her Elms Party running mates, Mayor Richard Lawler and Ray Harden, the vice chairman of the village’s zoning board of appeals, who are vying for two open board seats, discussed in a joint interview on Monday their policy priorities and plans to help the village emerge from the Covid-19 shutdown. 

“Rick and I met with all the department heads to talk about what it will look like if the governor wants us to start opening up on May 15,” said Ms. Borsack. Earlier this month, the village removed benches from the commercial district and beaches to discourage people from disobeying the social distancing guidelines that have helped prevent the spread of the virus. 

At Main Beach, the benches in front of the pavilion have been cordoned off, and will likely remain so this summer, she said. “There will probably be a walkway so people can get to the bathrooms, and then we’ll probably have someone at the bathroom restricting the number of people who can go in.” The village will also put up signs to let people know they must wear face masks around the pavilion.

As for the beaches themselves. “I don’t think it’s possible to keep people off the beaches, we have a thousand miles of beach,” she said. “People should be able to go to the beach but keep their distance from each other.” How other public spaces such as Herrick Park and the Nature Trail can be safely used are also under discussion, she said. To encourage social distancing on the Nature Trail, she said, “We’re thinking about making it one way.”

The village has already started monitoring the beaches, said Mayor Lawler, who was appointed mayor in January to complete the term of Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and is seeking his fourth term as trustee. “We had police presence at the beaches last weekend just in case they got overcrowded, and we did shut down parking lot number one at Main Beach.” Other parking areas were cordoned off, and cones were placed in every other parking spot so people could maintain social distancing while getting in and out their cars. “We’re still in the middle of [the pandemic], said Mr. Lawler. “The numbers of positive cases are still going up in Suffolk County, and still going up in the village and the town, albeit slowly.”

Mr. Harden, a co-owner of the Ben Krupinski building company, has been helping manage his firm’s response to the crisis. In addition to providing face masks for employees, the company plans to have working sinks and hand-sanitizing stations at building sites when they are active again. The company successfully applied for a federal loan for small businesses affected by the pandemic, Mr. Harden said, and has been able to keep paying its employees during the shutdown of nonessential construction. 

His decision to run on the Elms Party line, Mr. Harden said, came after Jerry Larsen, a mayoral candidate, invited him to be his running mate. “When Jerry announced, he asked me several times to run with him and each time I declined. Then Barbara and Rick reached out, and I like what they stand for, so I said yes.” 

“Our stand is always, residents come first,” said Ms. Borsack, summing up the Elms Party platform. “Our loyalty is to the residents. We want a vital commercial core, but not at the expense of residents’ peace and enjoyment of their own homes.” 

Mr. Lawler agreed, adding that “I just want business owners to know that we are certainly not anti-business.” That idea is not valid, he said. “The ‘Village of No’ is a misnomer. I don’t even know how that got started.”

“I know how it got started,” chimed in Ms. Borsack. “Years ago somebody wanted to put a gas station on Fithian Lane and the village denied it. Can you imagine a gas station on Fithian Lane?” 

Ms. Borsack and Mr. Lawler said they have always been willing to help both residents and business owners solve problems. “Our doors are open, anybody who wants to reach out to us can,” said Mr. Lawler, citing the village’s quick response when the owners of Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouses complained that the spring street fair on Newtown Lane was hurting business. 

“We’re not always aware of the issues commercial entities are dealing with,” said Ms. Borsack. 

In the case of Colleen Moeller, the owner of the Petit Blue children’s store who was cited by the village for placing a stuffed animal in front of the shop to attract customers, Ms. Borsack said, “She never came to any of us. You’re not supposed to put things outside your store, because most people don’t want racks of clothes or lawnmowers out on the sidewalk. That’s what the code is there for. But in her particular case, she could have gone to the zoning board and asked for permission to do what she did, but she didn’t.” 

Nevertheless, she said, as mayor she would “check in regularly with code enforcement to see what we can do differently. They know what the issues are and they can help us figure out what we can loosen up on.” 

“We are perfectly willing to bring the code up to date,” said Mr. Lawler. All three candidates said they were in favor of finding ways to speed up the process at the zoning board of appeals. 

They would also allow the village’s historic inns, which have been prevented from holding outdoor gatherings, to hold a few special events and expand operations. “We’re willing to think about some things the inns could do, like allowing gift shops,” said Ms. Borsack. “And is it possible that they could have special event permits a few times a year, yes, because we could control the parking, how many people would be there, when it can be, and what hours it would be.” 

The Elms Party, said Ms. Borsack, is not for the status quo, but for cautious change. “Change is inevitable, and we have to control the change carefully,” she said. “We all feel like we understand what makes East Hampton Village the great place that it is.” 

Getting input from residents will also be a priority, the candidates said. “My favorite job in governing is problem-solving with a group,” said Ms. Borsack. “I don’t want to make the decisions on my own, I want everybody to chime in, because that’s how the best decisions are made.”

“That’s why I joined up with Barbara and Rick,” said Mr. Harden. “That’s the way it’s going to be, going forward, and that’s the way it should be. I don’t like to rush into decisions, I like to hear from every side and get different opinions to make sure that if you’re going to make a change that you’re doing the right thing.”

Mr. Lawler, who is essentially running for a demotion, said he is perfectly fine with once again being a trustee. “My job as mayor and as trustee is to serve the residents of this village and solve problems that are going to make this community a better community. I’m eager to keep building on what we’ve already done.”

Friday, May 1, 2020 5:08 PM

๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ

Village Election

Postponed until September 15th

Friday, May 1, 2020 11:28 AM

๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ / ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ

For Mayor
East Hampton
April 27, 2020

Hi David,

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,


Friday, May 1, 2020 11:21 AM

๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ / ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ

Does Not Hesitate
East Hampton

April 26, 2020

Dear David,

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.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:20 AM

๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ โ€“ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€


๐•๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ – ๐’๐ญ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ
click above to read email from the Elms Party

Friday, April 24, 2020 7:51 AM

๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—น๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜†

๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ
EHStar / Letter to Editor / 04-23-20

Dear Editor:

There has been so much press lately about the sign codes and business needs in the village, we think we should clarify a few things in that regard.

Our village code has always been very strict when it comes to signs and postings of all sorts in the village, not only in the commercial core but also in the residential area. Real estate signs are addressed, for instance, as well as banners and signs for nonprofit organizations. This careful attention to detail in our code is one of the reasons our village is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

All signs are regulated because the residents want our village to maintain the beautiful aesthetic that it has always had. In the business district for instance, if sandwich boards, neon window signs, and banners were to go unregulated, our village would soon look like Coney Island. Even the outdoor display of merchandise is regulated lest our sidewalks become impassable with racks of clothing, lawn mowers, or stacks of shoes lining the way.

When merchants wish to have a sign in their window or on the facade of their building they apply to our East Hampton Village Design Review Board. That board, made up of village residents, examines the size, colors, lighting, and all other aspects of the proposal to determine if the sign meets the standards set forth. They work with the applicant to find a solution to any problems encountered.

If a merchant is not happy with the code as it applies to their circumstance, they can apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance for their particular need. Again, the zoning board is made up of village residents and determines whether or not a variance will be granted.

Through this process, the application is viewed by many people who have an interest in how our village looks: the Code Enforcement Department, the Design Review Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. There is a process by which someone can find relief if the code does not meet the special need they have and relief can be acquired.

We in the Elms Party are far from anti-business. In fact, members of our party own both commercial property and businesses in the village. But since we also live here, we understand the important balance between commercial and residential needs and desires. Our goal is to do our best to attain that balance at all times.

Change can and does happen as needs change, and we are not opposed to making sure we move forward with the times. Our code is a living document, which is often amended. It was only a few years ago we made the change to allow more potted plantings in front of our commercial properties in response to an inquiry from a property owner. But all change needs to be carefully considered, and all voices need to be heard. That is always our goal. We hope all residents agree with that approach.

Jerry Larsen would like you to believe that we are not business friendly, but that could not be further from the truth. We work hard to solve problems that are brought to us by businesses and commercial property owners. We simply put our residents first, and we think that’s a good thing.


๐—•๐—”๐—ฅ๐—•๐—”๐—ฅ๐—” ๐—•๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—–๐—ž
Candidate for Mayor

๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ฌ ๐—›๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ก
Candidate for Trustee

๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—–๐—ž ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฅ
Candidate for Trustee

Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:40 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane, this morning, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 8:08 AM

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ?

Photo by Richard Lewin


What Kind of Community are We?

Monday, April 20, 2020 11:16 AM

๐—ช๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—• ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ / ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ



Mayor Richard Lawler & Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack were interviewed on Southampton radio station WPPB this morning on The Heart of the East End show with host Gianna Volpe.

Friday, April 17, 2020 7:52 AM

๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ / ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ / ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—น๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜†

We Pledge     
EHStar / Letter to Editor / April 16th   
By: Barbara Borsack, Ray Harden & Richard Lawler

Dear Editor:     

We would like to address some issues surrounding this coming village election that have been greatly distorted and need clarification. Our party, the Elms Party, is the only one that can say we are all lifelong, full-time residents of this village, and we know very well the delicate balance between residential and commercial interests, because we’ve lived it all our lives.     

This week we would like to talk about the beautiful inns that have been part of village life for so many years. All of our inns are what we call “pre-existing, non-conforming” uses in residential zones. This simply means that they were in existence before our zoning codes were written and are commercial uses in residential zones. As such, they need to be carefully regulated to protect the quality of life in the quiet neighborhoods that surround them. Over the years these inns have moved from being small B-and-Bs run by local families to establishments owned by corporations often having no local connection at all other than their business ties.     

We don’t need to look far to see what can happen if these uses are allowed to expand unchecked. The residents of Montauk have been working with our town board for years to try to control the businesses in their neighborhoods that began as small, quiet restaurants but have in recent years become busy nightclubs. Because live music was permitted under town code, they have become concert venues, bringing traffic, noise, and alcohol-fueled crime to their once peaceful streets. It is a cautionary tale that our village government must be cognizant of lest we allow the same thing to happen here.     

We are not opposed to all change, even in the area of how our country inns are operated. But special events requiring tents and live music that can be heard throughout our local streets must be closely regulated.     We believe that the best way to control what happens in our residential neighborhoods is to allow a certain number of special permit events at our inns. In this way we can control the dates, hours, and frequency of those events. Special permits can be granted by the village for weddings and other outdoor events while making sure there are plans in place to control the issues surrounding them. This is the best way to protect the residents so they can enjoy the peace and quiet of their own backyards during the summer months.     

In contrast, Jerry Larsen supports the ability for the inns to have large gatherings with amplified music without any oversight that the special permit process provides. We don’t believe that his views are in line with our village residents’ views. We believe that the inns should be allowed to conduct business only with proper restraints written into the code. The special permit process would give us the tool we need to control what can happen on properties that are pre-existing non-conforming. This is exactly what the zoning code is for.     We believe that our first responsibility is to our residents and will do our very best to protect them at all times, because we live here and we understand the need to protect our beautiful village. And that’s what we pledge to do.     


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Friday, April 17, 2020 7:37 AM

๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ / ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ / ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Union Contracts
EHStar / Letter to Editor / April 16th
Richard Lawler - Mayor

To The Star:     

On Monday, April 6, 2020, at 5 p.m., Jerry Larsen produced a short video on Facebook in which he interviews two East Hampton Police Benefit Association officers who purportedly represent the entire P.B.A. in an endorsement of Jerry’s candidacy for mayor of East Hampton Village.     

My friends in the P.B.A. tell me that they were dismayed by the video, since not all of them had been consulted about the endorsement or the video. Some of them felt that the P.B.A. should remain neutral during this campaign and that what their leadership did was inappropriate. They feel it was a huge embarrassment to the fine police officers that serve this village every day.     

They don’t deserve to be demeaned by Jerry Larsen for the purposes of his own political gain. Unfortunately, Jerry was able to manipulate his good friend, the P.B.A. president, to do what the rest of the Police Department found to be abhorrent. To make matters worse, the embarrassment will continue as Jerry sends a copy of the alleged endorsement letter to everyone on his campaign list. Having said that, the video also depicted the usual false statements and misrepresentations we have all come to expect from Jerry.     

One of the main issues discussed was contract negotiations, and the fact that no one from the village board participates in the actual negotiations. The board does not participate on advice of our labor attorney, whose job it is to conduct the negotiations and report back to us regarding the progress. When the issues are worked out between our attorney and the P.B.A. attorney, and a settlement satisfactory to both sides is reached, the agreement is then presented to the board and the entire P.B.A. for final approval. If both sides agree, then a legally binding contract is signed and becomes the basis of an agreement, which must be followed for the duration of the contract. What could be more fair than that? Each side presents their case through their legal representative, and through negotiation each side gets some of what they want. That’s how all union contracts are settled.     

Additionally, Jerry seeks to spread the lie that somehow morale at the department is low due to unfair disciplinary treatment by the village board. Again, a conclusion that is an outright lie since he knows that most disciplinary measures don’t rise to the level of the village board for consideration. They are handled by a longstanding process established by New York State law and union contract agreements. Any other process, like that proposed by Jerry, would most definitely lead to unfair treatment of the officer. That is evidenced by the fact that a review of disciplinary cases handled by Jerry, while he was chief of police, found at least one instance of obvious bias against an officer. In that case, the resulting discipline was adjusted to a more appropriate level given the alleged transgression. I want to point out that the disciplinary process Jerry now complains about was instituted in February 2014 (before he was fired) with his full support. Obviously, the P.B.A. officials are not aware of that.     

I can say that during my 35 years as a police officer, I never viewed my police union contract as a defense against “roughing up a perp” because I was well trained and I believed that sort of thing is way beyond the bounds of good policing and is unacceptable behavior. The poor judgment of Jerry Larsen in allowing this unfortunate comment to pass without correcting it is the kind of failure of leadership he has displayed all too often. And it is unfortunate that despite his being disciplined as chief of police and his mandated sensitivity training, he still doesn’t get it.     

I think it’s become abundantly clear that Jerry feels that he has all the answers and if given the chance, he would always depend on his own flawed judgment, rather than take time to gather facts before making a decision that will affect all village residents for years to come. I don’t think that is what residents want or deserve.     


Mayor - East Hampton Village


Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:49 AM

๐—จ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป / ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ / ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Used His Position
EHStar / Letter to Editor / March 20,2020 

By: Richard Lawler

To the Editor,

Jerry Larsen has continually tried to rewrite history when it comes to his past transgressions.

His missteps have been well documented both in his personnel file with the village and in newspaper reports. He has never been able to disssociate his police job from his own personal interests. 

In addition to all the issues raised in his March 19 letter to the editor, he continually used his position in the police department to solicit business for his private security company. It created a situation of an unfair advantage to other civilian-owned security companies. 

One company made numerous complaints regarding unfair solicitation of their business clients by Jerry using his position as chief. That continued even after Jerry was counseled many times to stop. That conduct, coupled with Jerry’s other misconduct, convinced the village board he could no longer continue as chief. Jerry was told that the village would not renew his employment contract and that he may potentially be facing further disciplinary action. He chose to retire. I think people can decide what that means in terms of his termination. He certainly didn’t leave of his own volition.

As to the anonymous letters he keeps referring to, only Jerry would make an accusation as to their origin without a single iota of proof. That I believe says a lot about his character.

If Jerry had any real ideas to improve the village, he wouldn’t be wasting his time with unsubstantiated accusations.

He and his biggest supporters have suggested that the pre-existing, nonconforming inns on Main Street should be able to expand way beyond their current mandate. He supports the inns’ desires to have large gatherings with loud amplified music. He would turn our beautiful Main Street into “nightclub row.” Imagine the detrimental effect that would have on the surrounding neighborhood. He would fundamentally change our beautiful village into the Coney Island of the East End.

In contrast, Barbara Borsack, Ray Harden, and myself are for incremental change where appropriate if that change is commensurate with the character of our village.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:37 AM

๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ / ๐—˜๐—›๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ / ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ

Working Together
EHStar Letter to Editor April 4,2020
By: Barbara Borsack

Dear Editor:

We live in a special place where neighbors help neighbors in times of need, where volunteers get up in the middle of the night to respond to a crisis, and where individuals and community groups rally to provide food and other help to persons in need. This is the East Hampton I know and love and have been a part of all of my life. In this crisis we see it clearly and many folks are a part of it once again.

This week, I’ve seen some amazing examples of our very special community. I’ve seen local businesses taking care of people, like Round Swamp Farm delivering baskets of food to some of our elderly friends who are dealing with isolation and difficulty securing supplies. I’m aware of a restaurant manager who has been laid off because of this crisis and is now volunteering to help get food to people in need. I saw the fisherman from Montauk who gave away his catch to people in the community who needed food.

I’ve devoted a good deal of my time as an adult volunteering to meet the needs of this community, so I understand how important it is to reach out to each other and assist where needed. I’ve been a volunteer member of the East Hampton Ambulance Association since 1990. I’m a charter member of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation and still serve on its board, and I’m in my third term as a member of the board at Southampton Hospital, where I’ve been a strong advocate for a 24/7 facility in East Hampton for emergency care.

I’m excited to see that dream coming to fruition as plans have been developed and funds are being raised now to see that become a reality in the next three years. In 2011, I founded the Southampton Hospital ambassador program, which uses volunteers to guide patients and visitors at the hospital by accompanying them to testing sites, answering questions and problem solving, and assisting staff with patient transports and errands of all sorts. So my concern for this community, its residents, and their medical needs is a lifelong one.

Those many years involved with the medical community on the East End have taught me one thing: We have a top notch system of emergency services here, from patient care to transportation to our excellent emergency room at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. We are in good hands! The hospital has been busy creating new patient rooms and expanding their emergency room facilities for triage and bed space to face this unusual challenge. The Healthcare Center at Pantigo Place is working hard to accommodate their patients. Our volunteer emergency services folks are answering every call with skill and care. Our hope is that we will weather this crisis without overtaxing any of the professionals and volunteers who are here for you if you need them.

If residents need help, they should call the new hot line set up by the hospital to answer questions and concerns at 631-638-1320. This line will be answered from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. If you feel you need to be tested for Covid-19 you can call 1-888-364-3065 for the Stony Brook testing site or the newly opened Riverhead site. Drive-through testing at the Riverhead ProHealth facility is by appointment only and is open to all, not limited to ProHEALTH primary care patients. Individuals experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and wishing to speak to a medical professional, or who wish to make an appointment at the Riverhead drive-through testing facility, can call the ProHEALTH dedicated hotline at 1-516-874-0411. The Riverhead drive-through testing site is located at 1149 Old Country Road, Riverhead, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

Remember. If you need to go to the emergency room and it is at all possible for family to drive you there, please find your own transportation. Speak to your health-care provider first. If you need an ambulance, there will be one to respond as long as we take care not to overtax our system and keep our providers well.

Remember not to congregate and practice social distancing! If you want to walk on the beach, do it, but stay away from others. We have many miles of wide beautiful beaches, and there is room to walk without getting too close to others in the process. We can do this as long as we are working together!

We are a strong, resilient community, and we will weather this storm with everyone’s cooperation. Please stay home, take care of yourselves, and be well!



Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:20 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane, this morning, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.

WLNG Facebook Video

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:18 PM

๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐˜€


Now Let's Talk About Signs

Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:22 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ


๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane, this morning, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.


WLNG Facebook Video

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:45 AM

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐˜€๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€

Photo by Richard Lewin


Lets Talk About Some Issues


Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:40 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were on radio station WLNG with Gary Sapiane, this morning, to update the community on the COVID-19 response in the Village of East Hampton.


WLNG Facebook Link to interview

Monday, March 30, 2020 12:54 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—• ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ were interviewed this morning on WPPB radio Southampton with Gianna Volpe regarding the continuing Covid-19 crisis.


Click on Logo to hear interview



Monday, March 30, 2020 9:18 AM

๐— ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ

Photo by Richard Lewin

 A message from Barbara Borsack


Monday, March 30, 2020 8:55 AM

๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐“๐จ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ

๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐“๐จ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ
"The Replacement of the East Hampton LIRR Bridges"
By Richard Lewin

Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:45 AM

๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€


These are unprecedented times and as an elected official I am busier than I ever have been. As we work on keeping essential services running smoothly while protecting our dedicated and amazing employees, we are also trying hard to answer the unending inquiries from residents, friends, and media.  We are inundated with texts, emails, and phone calls. So please understand that I am not able to continually monitor my FB page.

Please, if you have a question or concern, there is staff at village hall and you can call there at 324-4150. The police department is fully functioning (631-324-0777 - please use 911 for emergencies only!) and you can call there. The village FB page and website post regular updates as do the town’s. Please know I will do my best to address questions however they arrive, but if you don’t get an immediate response it’s simply because I haven’t even seen it yet. We are all trying our best in new territory and ask for your patience!

Please stay at home and stay safe. If you feel unwell contact your local healthcare provider and if you need to go to the ER try to find a family member to take you if at all possible. Our emergency services will respond if necessary but remember we need to keep them healthy and available as well.

We are all in this together-let’s be the community we know we are! Let’s look out for each other, check on our neighbors (especially those who are alone), and let’s pull each other through this crisis with generosity and grace!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:19 AM

๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—Ÿ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ

WLNG's Gary Sapiane interviewed Barbara Borsack & Richard Lawler this morning regarding the local response to the Covid-19 crisis.



Monday, March 23, 2020 6:10 PM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ & ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ง๐—ฉ-๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€@๐—™๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ

Barbara Borsack & Rick Lawler were guests on LTV's Facts@Five this afternoon./

They gave an update on Covid-19 in East Hampton Village.  


Click the link to view the video  Live@Five 03-23-2020

Friday, March 20, 2020 7:58 AM

๐—œ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—œ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€

๐—œ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—œ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€     
E.H.Star / Opinion / March 19, 2020

Despite the acrimony and a hint about a surprise third candidate, the prospect of a contested election for East Hampton Village mayor has already proven to be a good thing. In years past, when Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. ran unchallenged, there was scarce debate or even airing of issues. Now, with Barbara Borsack, the current deputy mayor, Jerry Larsen, a retired village police chief, and, apparently, Tiger Graham, a village trustee, seeking the center chair, it seems everything is up for discussion.

In large part, the contest of ideas comes down to two competing visions of East Hampton. Ms. Borsack represents a residents-first status quo. Mr. Larsen, who lived outside of the village until he decided to run, has adopted the views of business owners and commercial landlords. Mr. Graham’s official pronouncements will be forthcoming; how he will find a place in this spectrum is still unclear.

What is clear is that the fragile balance between residents’ needs and desires and the demands of the commercial sector is really what the growing battle is all about.

This is also the village's 100th year since incorporation. In that time, successive generations of residents have chosen elected officials who valued tradition over change. We believe that this should be the victorious principle when the village polling places close on June 16.

The world around us may be in serious straits but East Hampton’s time-honored values remain on solid footing and will help us pull through.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:00 AM

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น

Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:55 AM


Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:59 AM

๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:41 AM

๐—๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—จ๐˜€

Friday, March 13, 2020 7:57 AM

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ (๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ)

Continuous Breach
East Hampton, March 6, 2020

Dear Editor:

People who know me will tell you I’m not a person who likes to speak ill of others, but there comes a time in life when not speaking up against untruths and allowing anyone to be bullied with false accusations can no longer be tolerated. For me, that time arrived last week with Jerry Larsen’s outrageous letter to The Star, full of so many inaccuracies as to be worthy of a true work of fiction. I would like to clarify a few points.

First, for a very long time village law has not allowed “fast food” establishments, and for a very long time has worked well at eliminating any proliferation of the fast-food chains in the village. Dylan’s Candy Store, which is not a restaurant and does not have seating, met the definition of fast food when it wanted to sell ice cream. They applied to the village to be allowed to serve ice cream and their application was granted by the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals. They’ve been serving ice cream ever since.

The village board had already made a decision to take garbage cans off the beaches, which we did last summer. They will not be back on the beaches this summer in our continuing effort to keep our beaches clean. That decision was made in conjunction with the East Hampton Town Trustees, who have jurisdiction over the beaches.

The inns in the village are all in pre-existing, non-conforming locations, which means that they were already in operation prior to zoning. Because they are in residential neighborhoods their expansion is strictly regulated because the village is committed to protecting the residents in the neighborhoods surrounding them, restricting the noise and traffic that would accompany many of the expansions of such use. The present village board is open to some changes in the restrictions on their use, and is open to granting permission for some amenities that will not disturb the peace and quiet of the residential neighborhoods surrounding them. But our residents and the peaceful enjoyment of their homes are always our first priority.

The village board has previously purchased hybrid vehicles for their fleet. However, when it was suggested years ago that the police department could use hybrids, the department quickly nixed the idea because the technology was not yet at a place where they were appropriate for police work. Now the technology has improved, and we are able to purchase them for the police department. I believe the village should be on a plan to phase out fossil fuels, and replacing vehicles with electric is a priority.

I have no desire to address all of Mr. Larsen’s sad campaign accusations, but the facts are the facts, and the public has the right to know that he has never been one to be bothered by facts.

I prefer to deal in facts such as these:

Jerry Larsen was a problem employee from the moment he took office as chief of the East Hampton Village Police Department.

Chief Larson was required to attend sensitivity training due to racially charged comments he made at a public event (from the microphone), which resulted in police officers from neighboring departments calling for his resignation.

Chief Larsen spent more time in executive sessions with the village board than any other employee, in attempts by the board to counsel him that inappropriate behavior by a department head would not be tolerated.

Chief Larsen was disciplined for numerous instances of poor judgment, which included mishandling of his police budget, and the inappropriate personal use of his village-issued cellphone and vehicle.

Chief Larsen was asked to divest himself of his interest in his security business, which was becoming a conflict of interest with his work. He promptly transferred his interest to his wife, and continued to run it anyway.

Jerry Larsen’s continuous breach of sound ethical practices in his conduct as chief of police finally resulted in the village board informing him that his contract would not be renewed. However, in consideration of his many years as an employee, he would be allowed to retire and was presented with the traditional proclamation. Jerry Larsen’s response was to file a frivolous lawsuit against the village as an act of revenge. This lawsuit was summarily dismissed by the court. It’s unfortunate that his attempts to exact revenge have cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Despite all this, in his quest to gain more power in the village, he decided to run for the position of mayor. Since he lives in the town, not the village, and has for his entire adult life, he needed to establish residency so he rented a small apartment on Newtown Lane where he could pretend to live. Then he began attending village board meetings and formed an election platform from all the issues that were being addressed by the board at the time (Herrick Park, downtown revitalization, sewage treatment, parking, etc.). Who is following whose lead?

Now, he is in the process of trying to exact his final revenge against the only two members of the board (who voted to let him go) who are still active, by spreading lies and rumors as well as trying to take credit for everything the board is acting on.

I trust that the village residents know that the only type of leading Jerry Larsen is doing is to foster his own personal interests because he has proven that time and time again. The village deserved a better chief of police, which we now have. (Statistics clearly show incredible increases in patrols and enforcement since our present chief took command.) And the village deserves a mayor with more integrity, who actually lives in the village, and pays village taxes like every other property owner.



East Hampton Village trustee


Friday, March 13, 2020 7:50 AM

๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ (๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ)

Democracy at Work
East Hampton, March 6, 2020

Dear Editor,

I write in response to Jerry Larsen’s letter to the editor in last week’s Star.

Unlike what Jerry Larsen would have you believe, he is not the first to have discussed possible changes to our East Hampton Village Code. Many of the ideas he claims to have conceived have been discussed in various forms in the past, but did not become codified for various reasons. In many cases, a consensus could not be reached because of some differences among board members as well as concerned residents at the time. After all, that is democracy at work.

Remember, that this village is 80 to 85 percent residential and the village board must respond to the residents’ needs as well as the business community requests. It’s not always easy to come to a consensus between two differing viewpoints. A good example of that was the village board meeting on March 5. During the public comments at the meeting, it became obvious that not all businesses are in favor of the street fairs in the village, particularly considering the time of year and when street closings are involved. Your board is actively working to foster a solution that is acceptable to both sides.

Anyone who has bothered to contact the board with concerns becomes keenly aware of how hard we try to accommodate when possible. It is not village government’s responsibility to organize or actively direct these large community events. The board simply grants the permit for the event based on community input and then, where possible, we provide the appropriate support in the form of policing and Department of Public Works staffing and equipment. Jerry Larsen’s notion that East Hampton Village is the “village of no” is completely false. This village hosts six large community events every year, beginning with the Polar Bear Plunge (350 people in attendance), the Spring Fair, the Artists and Writers softball game, the August Street Fair, The Fall Street Fair, and the Christmas Parade and Street Fair. That is as much or more than other communities on the East End host. Sorry Jerry Larsen, but your disinformation campaign is not working.

Jerry Larsen consistently tries to demean the hard work of this village board by trying to find every little thing he perceives that is wrong with the village. I prefer to concentrate on all the things that are good with our community. For example, the preservation of our historic sites, the recently begun initiative to protect our surface waters, the refurbishing of Herrick Park, the research into a new parking system for the future as well as a sewer system, and the recently talked about traffic advisory committee. All of this will help bolster the success of our commercial core businesses.

Jerry Larsen claims we are following his lead. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I remind you that his lead as village police chief led to his receiving many reprimands and severe punishment (he forfeited 30 days’ pay) for mismanagement of the East Hampton Village Police Department.

His lack of self-awareness in order to reflect on his numerous shortcomings as a leader eventually led to his being fired in 2016 by a unanimous decision of the village board. (He does collect retirement from New York State because he had vested in the retirement system.) He has sought retribution in the form of frivolous lawsuits and constant Freedom of Information Act requests (18 so far) from the village since his termination.

Additionally, he has made outrageous claims of misconduct by everyone else with no proof whatsoever. Is that the character of a leader? I think not.

Jerry Larsen wants to fundamentally change this village overnight by allowing loud amplified music at our quaint old inns and downtown businesses. That’s how the problems with “night clubs” in Montauk began. Once that happens here, we will never get back the beautiful, quiet village that currently draws an overwhelming majority of tourists to our community.

In contrast, Barbara Borsack, I, and Ray Harden support gradual, incremental change after a thorough vetting for all the residents to review. Then, and only then, will we move forward with reasonable changes that contribute to our wonderful way of life for both residents and business owners alike.


East Hampton Village mayor

Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:33 AM


East Hampton Village Board members Barbara Borsack & Richard Lawler attended the opening of "Water/Ways" at Clinton Academy on Saturday afternoon, February 29th.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:51 PM

๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ (๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฑ๐˜๐—ต)

East Hampton Village Mayor Richard Lawler announced Friday a coming improvement over the police interceptor utility vehicles, currently in use.

At the February 21 monthly board of trustees meeting, he detailed the purchase of a 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid SUV, which is a Ford Explorer modified for police use. It could potentially save taxpayers between $3500 and $5700 per year in fuel costs, Lawler said.

“It would also contribute to ‘making the planet a better place,’” he added.

The village hasn’t committed to a full fleet, but will assess the matter down the road.

A $10,000 check was also presented to the board from the Village Preservation Society of East Hampton to be used toward the restoration of the Dominy shops on North Main Street.

The planned exhibition space is filled with Dominy memorabilia, including the East Hampton Historical Society’s collection of tools from the clock shop; many pieces of furniture, including a tall-case clock; and Nathaniel Dominy’s memorandum book, which was purchased by previous Mayor Paul Rickenbach and his wife, Jean, who donated it to the village.

The money will fund the recreation of the original oak workbench. The check was handed over by preservation society board member Mary Busch. Also present was board member Joan Osborne.

Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack also announced the creation of a new Facebook page for the village.

“It should be up and running within the next few weeks,” Borsack said. “It’s an excellent and easy way for people to contact us. The public can leave comments on the page and ask questions. So be on the lookout for that.”


Friday, February 21, 2020 8:03 AM

Comprensive Plan Update

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.

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ is a descendant of one of the early families of East Hampton and is the first woman elected to the Village Board of Trustees. She has been a trustee for 19 years and has served for two terms on the Village Zoning Board. She chaired the Village Comprehensive Plan which guides the Village today.

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.

๐ผ๐‘“ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘‰๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐ธ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘›, ๐‘–๐‘ก’๐‘  ๐ต๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž.

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, The Elms Party, 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


Sunday, December 8, 2019 9:24 AM

Annual Santa Parade

Trustees Rose Brown, Rick Lawler, Tiger Graham, and Barbara Borsack participated in the Santa Parade on Main Street yesterday.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:28 AM

East Hampton Star Article

East Hampton Village Has Big
Plans for Centennial Celebration

A Fourth of July parade in East Hampton Village in 1921

By Star Staff
November 27, 2019
To mark the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of East Hampton Village, there will be a series of events in 2020, beginning in January with the unveiling of a new village seal and culminating with a centennial parade and other festivities on Sept. 26.
In August 2018, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. appointed Barbara Borsack as chairwoman of the centennial celebration committee. At the time, Mr. Rickenbach recounted the history of the village’s formation. On Sept. 25, 1920, he said, residents had voted, by a margin of 166 to 57, to break away from East Hampton Town. “Needless to say, we have all reaped the benefits of this vote,” the mayor said.
The centennial committee includes Rose Brown, a member of the village board, and representatives from the East Hampton Clericus, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the East Hampton School District, the Ladies Village Improvement Society, the East Hampton Library, the Garden Club of East Hampton, and the Village Preservation Society, among others. Ms. Borsack has enlisted Bess Rattray, the editor of The Star’s East magazine, to organize the parade day events.
Over the past year, Ms. Borsack said, committee members have been coming up with ways to celebrate the occasion. Plans are still being firmed up, but as of now, she said, presentations on the history of the village and the town will be held, schools will incorporate lessons about the 1920s into their curriculums, and a time capsule will be buried. “It will be a yearlong community event,” she said.
To kick things off, a new village seal that acknowledges the centennial will be unveiled at the first board meeting of the new year. It was designed by Scott Bluedorn, a local mixed-media artist. “It’s very pretty,” said Ms. Borsack. “I’m excited to show it off.”
On Parade Day, Main Street will be closed to traffic, as it was in 1998 during the celebration of East Hampton Town’s 350th anniversary. “I remember thinking [the closure] was a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Ms. Borsack. “Now I’m happy we’re going to have a second opportunity.”
“There’s something so thrilling about being able to walk down the middle of Main Street,” said Ms. Rattray. The parade, she said, will be held in the morning. There will be about 20 1920s-theme floats, and Hugh King, the village’s historic-site manager, will be perched on a reviewing stand, announcing the floats as they go by.
Ms. Brown thought up the theme for one of them: a replica of Village Hall with the members of the board on board. James McMullen, an architect and the chairman of the Design Review Board, has agreed to design it, she said, and Ray Harden, the co-owner of Krupinski Building and the vice chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, will construct it. “It’s amazing to have so many talented people donating their time and effort,” Ms. Brown said.
In addition to the floats, there will be musical performances by Dixieland bands, and the handbell choir from the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. A team from the Dance Hampton studio will perform a ’20s-era dance.
Food vendors will be stationed along Main Street. Ms. Brown said that Harbor Bistro, Dreesen’s, and Homeslice Pizza are a few who will be on hand. And village restaurants plan to offer $19.20 specials.
The L.V.I.S. will provide tea service and jazz, and movies from the Roaring Twenties starring actors such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin will be shown at Guild Hall. LTV, the public-access broadcaster, has been tasked with finding vintage footage of village people and places.
There will be tours of historical village houses and gardens, and, to get Main Street storeowners into the spirit of the occasion, Ms. Borsack and Ms. Brown plan to introduce a resolution that would permit them to decorate their businesses in red, white, and blue bunting on the day of the event (also on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day).
To cap off the day, there will be a baseball game at Herrick Park, which will include the singing of the national anthem, as well as performances by the East Hampton High School acappella group and other musicians.
Anyone interested in entering a float in the parade or volunteering in any other way have been asked to email



Sunday, November 24, 2019 11:22 AM

Letter to editor East Hampton Star

Lawsuit Dismissals
East Hampton
November 12, 2019

Dear Editor,
I am writing to give you some background on some recent disturbing events regarding the upcoming village election.
As stated in my letter to the editor of two weeks ago, Mr. Larsen and the village parted ways at the end of 2016. I will not get into the reasons for that here. I simply want to make it clear that what has happened since then goes beyond the bounds of what some would think is customarily part of a normal village election campaign.

As was reported in The Star, Mr. Larsen sued the village shortly after his separation, and in that suit alleged things about me that he knew were blatantly false. Why he targeted me in particular is anybody’s guess. I believe I know the reasons for it, but I will not speculate here. Fortunately, the lawsuit was dismissed, but not before great cost to the village taxpayer. To demonstrate the frivolousness of his suit, he proceeded to sue the village a second time, for not supplying him with requested information under the Freedom of Information Act for his first lawsuit. Curiously, he filed the second lawsuit even before the allotted time frame for supplying the originally requested information had elapsed. That suit also was dismissed, but, again, not before costing the village taxpayer thousands of dollars.

I mention the initial lawsuits as the precursor for what was to come. After the lawsuit dismissals, Mr. Larsen began a campaign of continuing FOIA requests to the village in the hopes of finding something that the village board, and in particular me, had done that could be construed as illegal or unethical.

In all, he has requested information from the village a total of at least 12 times since his separation. The bulk of those have been since he began his campaign for mayor. Most can be considered legitimate inquiries, with some exceptions. He always makes them very general in nature, and in many cases he singles me out when requesting information. This suggests that he is on a fishing expedition, rather than a legitimate effort to support a belief that he may uncover some wrongdoing. His requests range from his original lawsuit, having no merit, to the very mundane request for the Fire Department gym records. What information he hopes to glean from gym records one can only imagine. Again, these requests require a great deal of manpower and expense in order to fill. One such request took 30 employee hours to complete. He knows that if the village should innocently miss supplying him with just one piece of paper that pertains to his request, he could then sue us for not completely filling that request.

Most recently, his FOIA requests have taken on a more personal and perhaps sinister nature. In the last month, he has requested all information that the village has on two properties that I am associated with in the village, including my personal residence. I am not concerned with what is in those records. My concern is that he is using the guise of his campaign to intimidate me from exposing pertinent information about him.

My concerns are supported by the fact that his latest FOIA request for my personal residence records occurred early Friday morning, Nov. 8, the day after my letter exposing his unethical issues appeared in your paper. To me, that is a clear effort to intimidate, since those records have nothing to do with the issues most important to village residents.
The other curious thing about all of this is that I am not even running against Mr. Larsen for mayor in this election.

Therefore, there is no other reason for him to target me other than for personal reasons.Sadly, Mr. Larsen has opened the door to this unnecessary dialogue, and it is my sincere hope that moving forward we can all concentrate on those issues that will affect village residents in the future. Our continued existence as one of the “most beautiful villages” you will find anywhere is at stake.


Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:25 AM

Letter to editor East Hampton Star

Tired of It
East Hampton
November 18, 2019
Dear David,
I am not one to write letters to The Star but after the constant articles on and letters from Jerry Larsen, I now feel compelled. Quite frankly, I, and many others, are tired of it and are more concerned in the affairs of this beautiful village. It is a shame how personal this has become for him, and none of this has to do with the issues, so I am going to be as quick and precise as possible.

It is a well-known fact that Mr. Larsen is renting a one-bedroom apartment in the Village of East Hampton. It is also very well known that he is not living there. Therefore, he is not paying village taxes — the village that he cares so much about.

Another fact is that apparently, his contract was not renewed as chief of police. While he received some awards and recognition, it is obvious that he abused his powers and responsibilities while being the chief.

My question would be: What were those abuses?
I think the above says something about Mr. Larsen’s character and, quite frankly, I don’t think this is someone I would want making decisions regarding the village. Let’s stop the finger pointing and stating untruths.

I anticipate that next week Mr. Larsen will take this, twist it, turn it around, and try to defend himself, once again. That only serves for Mr. Larsen to get some self-satisfaction, nothing to do with his vision for this village, which makes me wonder what his real motives are.

I urge him to stick to the issues of the village and stay away from any further mud slinging. Enough is enough! Move on!

Respectfully yours,

Friday, November 8, 2019 8:02 AM

Letter to editor East Hampton Star

November 4, 2019
Dear Editor,
In response to recent statements that appeared in the local press regarding Mayor Rickenbach’s opinions about transition plans upon his retirement in December, we would like to make the following clear to the public:

We respect the mayor’s decision to announce his impending retirement in December, and we believe that any decision regarding how best to transition from the mayor’s retirement to the June election should be made openly and transparently.

There is no vacancy at this point and the mayor has indicated he won’t retire until Dec. 31. Should the mayor formally retire in December as he has indicated, we believe the board should have a public discussion at a public meeting before deciding on how best to facilitate the transition.

The most important thing in our opinion is for the village to be efficiently and effectively managed during the transition period until the next mayor is elected in June and installed on July 1.

Jerry Larsen’s false allegation that the village board is being unethical by simply following New York State law after Mayor Rickenbach leaves office at the end of this year is offensive. The law provides that the deputy mayor shall assume the responsibility in the absence of the board appointing a mayor until the next election.

Mr. Larsen’s unethical assertion is unfortunately typical of his self-serving propensities, since it was his own lack of ethics and abuse of authority for his own personal gain during his tenure as village chief of police that precipitated the unanimous decision of the village board to refuse to renew his employment contract with the village in 2016.

Sincerely yours,
Deputy Mayor

Village Trustee

Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:41 AM

Real Men Wear Pink Cocktail Party

In 2011 Barbara Borsack founded the ”Real Men Wear Pink Cocktail Party”. With a committee of 15 friends this event has taken place every October.  This year, on October 19th, it was held at The Clubhouse in East Hampton. Three local cancer charities benefit from this event, the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the Women’s Cancer Coalition of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and Lucia’s Angels, all of which assist women on the East End of Long Island who are dealing with cancer. Many thanks to the local businesses who donate items for the raffle and silent auction, the many folks who attend, and the women who give of their time and energy to make it all possible!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:02 PM

Village Board Meeting

Friday, Sept 20th, The East Hampton Village Board approved the promotion of Greg Brown to Police Lieutenant, and Anthony Long to Police Captain, congratulations to both men.


Monday, September 23, 2019 8:00 AM

Historic Baseball Game

Trustees Barbara Borsack, Rose Brown, and Tiger Graham attended the baseball game sponsored by the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum at Herrick Park Sunday, September 22nd.
The game was the first game in 100 years between the Maidstone Mugwumps and the East Hampton Bonac team, which had been an annual tradition for many years.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:23 PM

Ground Breaking

Village Board members joined Town Supervisor Peter VanScoyac and Fire and Ambulance Chiefs at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new substation being built in Northwest Woods.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:50 AM

9-11 Memorial Service

Last nights 9-11 Memorial Service was attended by Barbara Borsack, Richard Lawler & Rose Brown representing the village board.

Photo by: Douglas Kuntz (E H Star)

Friday, August 30, 2019 11:31 AM

Living in and working for the village since 1952

Photo taken for the East Hampton Star in 1956 in front of Barbara Borsack's family home on Accabonac Road to promote voters to vote on the acquisition of property on Church Street for construction of a new elementary school. Barbara is standing center right in front of her mother and joined by neighbors and other family members.


Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:10 PM

Opinion "The East Hampton Press"

From the August 21st edition of

The East Hampton Press


Monday, August 19, 2019 7:52 AM

Ellen's Run

Barbara worked this year on the registration desk supporting Ellen's Run.  This is her tenth year. 

Barbara is a breast cancer survivor and is in this years picture.


24th Annual Ellen's Run

Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:48 PM

Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Banned

Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Banned
For The Summer In East Hampton Village 

Click to read article from

Monday, August 5, 2019 8:26 AM

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Annual Summer Party

On Saturday, August 3rd, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital hosted its 61st Annual Summer Party in the fields at Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road, Southampton. The Annual Summer Party is a landmark event in the Hamptons and this year benefits the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department.  Barbara & Ted Borsack were among those in attendance

Monday, July 22, 2019 9:06 AM

East Hampton Historical Society Party

In 1884, the Moran Family moved into the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio and House on Main Street, the first artist’s studio built in East Hampton. On Saturday, July 13, at a private oceanfront estate, the board of the East Hampton Historical Society invited members and supporters to celebrate the studio’s membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the recent opening of their newest exhibition, “Thomas Moran Discovers the American West.”

Barbara Borsack has been a long time member of the board of the East Hampton Historical Society and is shown here with Joseph Aversano and Mike Clifford.

Photos by: Richard Lewin



Friday, July 5, 2019 9:48 AM

Fundraiser At Ina Gartenโ€™s

Over 100 supporters partied in Ina Garten’s lovely gardens and home in East Hampton on Saturday, June 29, in support of Barbara Borsack, a candidate for mayor in East Hampton Village in 2020. Along with Borsack, running mates Rick Lawler and Ray Harden joined the guests in kicking off the holiday week by enjoying food and drinks provided by Ina and her husband Jeffrey.

The Independent           Photo by Richard Lewin     

The East Hampton Star





Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:31 AM

Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery Opening Celebration

Last evening Barbara Borsack and Richard Lawler attended the opening celebration of the recently completed Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery.  


Barbara Strong Borsack & Richard Lawler


Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery / Opening Reception June 7, Open Weekends


Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:18 AM

Village Beautification Project

Village Trustees Rick Lawler, Rose Brown & Tiger Graham along with members of the LVIS and Village DPW inspecting new planters along Newtown Lane.  The planters are part of a continuing beautification project along Newtown Lane and Main Street.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:30 AM

Hedges-Edwards Barn opening at Mulford Farm

Barbara & Ray attended the opening of the Hedges-Edwards barn yesterday at Mulford Farm on James Lane.


Celebrating the Hedges-Edwards Barn (East Hampton Star)   

Friday, April 26, 2019 7:32 AM

Cancer Center Opening

Just attended the opening of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Phillips Family Cancer Center. I’m thrilled to see this state-of -the-art facility right here in our community!

Susie Roden, Barbara Strong Borsack and Stacy Quarty
(Photo by Richard Lewin)

Barbara Strong Borsack & Robert I. Ross
(Photo by Richard Lewin)

Kenneth B. Wright with his wife & Barbara Strong Borsack
(Photo by Richard Lewin)


The Phillips Family Cancer Center

27East Article About Cancer Center

East End Beacon Article

Monday, April 22, 2019 7:45 AM

Village Board Meeting 04/18/2019

Click To View Video Online (courtesy LTV)

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