ick grew up on the water and as a young man, made his living as a fisherman. He has a deep connection to our local waters and fishing heritage. Studying information technology and marine science in college gave him the opportunity to enjoy a successful business career and ultimately to refocus his time to work locally and give back to our East Hampton community.
Clean water and sustaining a healthy marine environment are Rick’s priorities. He is an active supporter of the Cornell Cooperative Marine Extension and their work to protect our local waters. This year working with them he facilitated projects on Northwest Harbor, Three Mile Harbor and Napeague Harbor involving habitat restoration, shellfish seeding, and ground water studies. Working with the paddle boarding community, he was able to help organize a charity paddleboard race to raise funds for these projects. Working closely with John Barley Dunne, director of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, they expanded our oyster garden program on Three Mile Harbor and Hog Creek.
Rick has worked tirelessly to remediate the problems on GeorgicaPond and to support new environmental initiatives to protect WainscottPond. These projects will provide the blueprint for future environmental efforts on other local water bodies. He is working on an updated dredging plan for Trustee waterways, which considers soil compatibility, disposition sites, dredging methodologies, preferred equipment, permitting and cost. Recently with the help of the East Hampton Marine Patrol, he developed safety training and protocols for the Trustees Harbor Management Committee’s fieldwork projects such as duck blind surveys and cleanups. Working with the USCG, he organized boating safety courses and courtesy vessel inspections.
Rick was the lead person on the development and release of the Trustees new Word Press based website. The information provided on the website will help to facilitate open communication between the Trustees and the community they serve.
Our current Trustee board has embraced opportunities to work with local community groups on important issues including phragmite removal, dredging the Accabonac inlet to improve navigational safety, reducing the use of Methoprene spraying, and the environmental and economic impacts of the proposed Deep Water Wind Farm. We have continued the defense of public access rights and made key contributions to the ongoing Napeague lawsuits.
Our waters, beaches and open spaces have been an essential part of Rick’s life. He is proud and determined to protect them and to serve our community as an East Hampton Town Trustee.
Rick and his wife Susan have raised their two daughters here in East Hampton.
Rick is endorsed by the Democratic, Independence, Working Families Parties.
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