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Two Resign In East Hampton Village

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Virginia Garrison   Jan 21, 2013 12:50 PM
Jan 22, 2013 4:46 PM

The East Hampton Village Board on Friday accepted the resignation of Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Lawrence, effective February 15. Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. declined to comment on why Mr. Lawrence was leaving, except to say that the resignation had been “mutually agreed upon” and that he wished him well in “future endeavors.”

Mr. Lawrence has been with the village for 15 years, according to Village Administrator Larry Cantwell, who also declined to explain why he was leaving. The code enforcement officer was out sick last Thursday and did not respond to an email seeking comment. The Village Board approved an outgoing payment of $33,066 for “unused accumulated time pursuant to employee agreement” at Friday’s meeting. A tentative budget for 2011-12 put Mr. Lawrence’s annual salary at $89,156.

Another resignation was also accepted at Friday’s meeting, that of Salvatore A. Ranieri from the Design Review Board, effective January 31. “He and his wife, Mary, are relocating,” the mayor said, complimenting Mr. Ranieri on his service.

Mr. Cantwell said on Tuesday that village would “evaluate what the needs are” in terms of code enforcement, which in the immediate future will be handled by the existing officers, Kenneth Collum and Dan Reichl. The Village Board will appoint a new DRB member, Mr. Cantwell said, most likely at a meeting in February.

Virginia Garrison

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If this Tommy Lawrence thing happened in the Town there would be a breakneck race by the media to determine why someone was so forced out of a top level job. Tom Lawrence is a former school board president, solid citizen and great community leader and yet no investigation on why he is being forced out of village employ? Where is the press investigation on this?
By hellothere (10), springs on Jan 22, 13 6:41 PM
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