Nineteen days after Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., at the conclusion of Friday’s village board meeting, estimated the village’s costs as a result of the hurricane at $400,000, citing damage to public property, debris removal, tree work, and emergency measures. Plans were being made to repair damage at Main Beach and Georgica Beach, he said.
The mayor thanked the East Hampton Fire Department’s emergency personnel for efforts before, during, and after the storm. Of the Department of Public Works, he said, “Their responsiveness during the storm and their effort to clean up the mess in the weeks that follow deserve our highest praise. What is most impressive to me is the teamwork among the village employees and volunteers. They rise to the occasion in the face of a crisis and work together to keep people safe.” The mayor noted that the village was fortunate in comparison to other communities to the west. “It reminds us how fragile we are in our coastal communities.”