Village Government

Built before the American Revolution, East Hampton Village Hall was once home to Rev. Lyman Beecher, fourth minister of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, and father of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Village Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, except holidays.


The Village of East Hampton, population 1,388, is located in the Town of East Hampton and is a separate, smaller jurisdiction from the Town. The Village of East Hampton, founded in 1648 and incorporated in 1920, is served by a publicly elected mayor, four publicly elected trustees, a village administrator, staff, building and public works departments, planning and zoning departments, a code enforcement department, a police department, and volunteer fire and emergency services department. It is the only incorporated village fully within the boundaries of the Town of East Hampton (a small area of the Village of Sag Harbor is in East Hampton Town). The other geographical areas of East Hampton Town: Wainscott, Northwest, Springs, Amagansett, Napeague, and Montauk are referred to as hamlets and are served by town government. (See map of the Village of East Hampton in "Beaches" section).

The village government administers to the well-being of residents and village properties. It levies taxes, issues permits, maintains roads, public works, parking and recreation facilities, and provides police and fire protection. It has maintained the vital statistics (birth and death records) within the village since 1920. Village government works with private businesses, institutions, organizations, and civic groups in enhancing the quality of life for village residents and visitors.

This section of the website has been designed to facilitate communication and interaction with village government. In it you will find the names of officials and staff and how to contact them as well as access to all permit applications, claim vouchers, tax information, and much more. If you have any questions, or suggestions on how to improve this section, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Village of East Hampton Vision Statement
(adopted by citizens advisory committee July 27, 2000)

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.

This generation of residents seeks to reaffirm the wisdom of the founders and protect and preserve the character of this village. It seeks, as did its predecessors, to secure "a continuance of its convenient and attractive features by circumscribing the limits of the area occupied by industrial and commercial enterprises as related to the area reserved for residential."(1) Preservation and stabilization are required in order to maintain green open spaces, natural vegetation, historic structures, and the continuation of our quality of life.

In a residential enclave one's quality of life is affected by the other residents. We appreciate the diversity of our population as well as the variety of aesthetics, topography, landscape and architecture of the village. The character of our neighborhoods benefits from dwellings and accessory facilities that are compatible with one another, with space and screening to protect neighboring properties.

The right to peaceful enjoyment of residential property and protection against the threat of impinging non- residential activity and traffic are of paramount concern. We foresee no need to expand the commercial areas; the size and scale of commercial development should be limited. Also, we would like to encourage a variety of goods and services that meet the needs of residents.

"The Village of East Hampton is famed as one of America's most beautiful and uniquely situated villages. Residents of the Village of East Hampton derive considerable peace of mind from their congenial surroundings. The character and charm of the village also attracts many visitors. The ever-increasing number of people drawn to the village poses the greatest threat at this time."(2) This generation of residents seeks to minimize the effects of ever-increasing tourism.

While traffic is a continuing problem in the village, we do not seek radical solutions that will affect the nature, physical design or charm of the village. Instead, we should alleviate seasonal traffic congestion and improve traffic flow only through less dramatic means. The village should maintain the current configuration of its road system, and should discourage the use of residential streets for through traffic while encouraging pedestrian enjoyment of the village. Furthermore, the village should not provide any additional parking but should maximize the use of existing parking resources.

The village and the town share a common history and the desire to preserve their heritage. The town anticipates an expanding population that inevitably will interact with the village. The village and the town need to appreciate and respond to their mutual interests by cooperating in planning for the future.

In order to protect and secure this extraordinary village for future generations, this generation of residents reaffirms and reasserts: "the Village of East Hampton is committed to the avoidance of assaults on the senses which in the case of this village are especially dependent on the aesthetic quality and physical attributes of the community. Among these are the general form of the land before and after development, the spatial relationships of structures and open spaces and the retention of the unique aesthetic quality that is part of the character of the Village of East Hampton."(3)

1 excerpted and edited from minutes of special meeting of the village board, April 27, 1926. 2,3 excerpted and edited from East Hampton village code, section 13.1, April 20, 1979,
Village of East Hampton Comprehensive Plan.

Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr.

Mayor Paul Rickenbach served on the Village Police force for 24 years and attained the rank of Detective Sergeant. He was elected Mayor in 1992 and reelected in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. The mayor is the chief executive of the village and serves for four years. He presides at the meetings of the board of trustees and has the right to vote. The mayor has no veto power over legislative action of the board. The mayor appoints all department heads and non-elected employees with the approval of the trustees.

Mayor Rickenbach c/o June Lester, Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Village Trustees
Bruce A. Siska
Richard T. Lawler
Bruce A. Siska
Barbara S. Borsack
Arthur Graham

The board of trustees is the legislative body of the village. The board has the power to pass a wide range of laws regarding village government and concerns. Trustees are publicly elected every four years.

Email: The Board of Trustees c/o June Lester, Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Village Administrator

Becky Molinaro, the Village Administrator, is the administrative head of the village government and implements the policies of the village as established by the board of trustees. The administrator attends the meetings of the board of trustees and reports on the needs and status of the various government operations. The village administrator is also the village clerk-treasurer and assumes all the responsibilities of a village clerk and village treasurer.

Email: Becky Molinaro

Village Clerk

Becky Molinaro, the village administrator, performs the duties of the village clerk. These duties include:
• custody of books and records
• responsibility for the minutes of meetings of the board of trustees
• maintaining a record of all village resolutions and local laws
• preparing orders to pay all claims
• transmitting funds
• producing books, records, and papers for inspection
• recording all written notices of defect
• coordinating various village functions and administrative tasks not assigned to other village officials
• filing, publishing, and posting all notices
• notifying state and municipal officials
• contact for the village with the public
• acting as liaison between the citizens and the village board of trustees

Village Clerk Office Permits:

• Parking Permits

• Environmental Assessment Form, Part I

Film & Photo Shoots

Large Assembly

Use of Village Property

Village Treasurer

Becky Molinaro, the village administrator, performs the duties of the village treasurer. These duties include:
• maintaining custody of all village funds and keeping the accounts of all village receipts and expenditures
• depositing all village funds
• signing all checks
• paying out village funds
• filing an annual financial statement

Village of East Hampton Claim Voucher

Village Attorney

The Village Attorney, Linda Riley, works closely with village departments, officers, and bodies, especially the board of trustees. She can be contacted by writing Village Hall.

Department of Code Enforcement

The Department of Code Enforcement combines the traditional roles and duties of the Building Inspector, Fire Marshal, Zoning Inspector, and the myriad of titles and duties normally found in local government. Because our village is relatively small, we currently have three Code Enforcement Officers, two assigned to the Office of Building & Zoning and one to the Office of Fire Prevention - although each officer is fully capable and available in either capacity for maximum flexibility, economy and efficiency of scale. In the effort to keep our village government proportional to our geographic scale, many of our local laws are enforceable by more than one office or official - the roles and responsibilities are shared such that the multitude of services and attention required can be provided without an oversized bureaucracy.

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