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East Hampton Village Administrator To Retire

Though leaving after 30 years, Larry Cantwell plans to stay on until June or July.

East Hampton Village Administrator Larry Cantwell announced he plans to retire after 30 years – a decision the mayor called an extreme loss for the village.

Cantwell won't bid the village adieu until June or July to allow for a smooth transition for his replacement.

A visibly emotional Cantwell made the announcement at the village board's regular meeting on Friday.

Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said the board only learned of Cantwell's decision a few days ago. When they heard the news, "You could hear a pin drop," he said.

The mayor, who has served in his capacity for 20 years, said Cantwell has a "sterling reputation."

"It's been my esteemed honor to work with you," he said. "Larry, you are a legend in your own right."

"It's been a pleasure to serve the village residents and the public," Cantwell said. "It's been an honor and a privilege to be the village administrator for 30 years."

While he said he wanted to reserve further comment until his retirement draws nearer, he thanked the village employees. "Anything I ever asked them to help me with, they were always there."

Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack said it is a sad day in the village. She looked forward to an opportunity to commend Cantwell on his years of service at a later date, and added his would be big shoes to fill.

The mayor said anyone wishing to apply for the position of village administrator should send a résumé to Cantwell for review.

Loretta Lynch October 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
The village of EH was very lucky to have had Larry. He worked for ALL the people. I wish him well with anything he does. Thank you Larry.
Larry Wartur October 20, 2012 at 02:32 PM
As an outside engineer workin on village projects a number of years ago, Larry was always a pleasure to know and to work with. Have a heathy, peaceful, retirement, Larry. From Larry Wartur.
Audrey Stonemetz October 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
More fun golfing as wll as fishing and traveling God Speed to both you and Ann !
Larry Cantwell October 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Sadder, Loretta, Larry, and Audrey. Thank you for the kind words. It has been an honor and priviledge serving the village. The people of East Hampton have been very good to me and I am forever grateful.
Surfprotector October 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Oh Yeah..If Larry is so perfect..what kind of guy would catch a 32 pound striper right next to you in the surf...and then distract you, so that you drop the fish that you have on...that was probably bigger than his was??? Just teasing...Larry is a great guy and has truly gone out of his way to serve his community. Have a sweet and successful retirement,Larry!!!

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