Incumbents Will Be Unopposed

With the passing of Tuesday’s deadline to file nominating petitions for East Hampton Village trustee and mayor in advance of the June election, no one has opted to challenge the incumbents. The only petitions submitted were from Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and the incumbents on the board, Barbara Borsack and Richard Lawler.

A few residents had considered a bid for mayor or trustee, or encouraged others to do so in the wake of some controversial moves in the last year. These included new restrictions to the maximum allowable gross floor area and lot coverage of residential properties, which drew furious opposition from property owners and builders and is the subject of a legal challenge, and, for the second year, a program to sterilize deer, which animal-rights activists called both cruel and poorly implemented. Barring write-in candidates, however, the incumbents will run unopposed. 

Last week, the board held a special meeting at Village Hall at which Mayor Rickenbach and his colleagues adopted a resolution appointing Pam Bennett, the village’s deputy clerk, and June Lester, secretary to the board, as election inspectors. The vote will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on June 21 at the Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street. Individuals can register through June 10 with the county board of elections to be eligible to vote in the village election.