East Hampton Village Quietly Celebrates Centennial

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. presented the proclamation to Mayor Jerry Larsen with former mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. looking on. IndyEastEnd.com/Richard Lewin

It was not the celebration the village had planned for, but officials marked the centennial of East Hampton Village’s incorporation nonetheless on Friday.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. presented a proclamation honoring the village to newly-elected Mayor Jerry Larsen. Paul F. Rickenbach Jr., who served as mayor for 20 years until resigning in December, was also on hand.

Thiele co-sponsored a legislative resolution with Senator Kenneth LaValle to mark the momentous occasion. He presented the village officials with a signed copy of the resolution during a presentation outside of Village Hall in a small gathering in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

On September 25, 1920, residents voted, by a margin of 166 to 57, to break away from East Hampton Town, according to the resolution, which continued, “today, it is a center of the summer resort and upscale locality at the East End of Long Island known as The Hamptons and is generally considered one the United States’ most beautiful areas, with miles of white sandy beach.”

The village had big plans to mark its centennial that the novel coronavirus pandemic waylaid. The hope is to reschedule them for 2021.

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