Village is saving the Earth, and money, too

East Hampton Village Board Buys Hybrid Vehicle




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.”

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