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East Hampton's Person of the Year Certainly Got Competitive

Peter Honerkamp received over 30,000 votes.

Obviously, the East Hampton community is passionate about the people that make it a great place to live.

Our first ever contest got quite competitive with multiple votes being cast (Peter Honerkamp had over 31,000 votes and Emily Liss Nixon had over 23,000). We were hoping people would adhere to the one vote rule.

Regardless, we thank you for paying attention to this effort to recognize everyone's work and efforts in this past year. Perhaps, what we should have done was just make it a "People of the Year" contest.

So, drum roll please . . . it was clear that owner Peter Honerkamp had tremendous support. He's a fixture in Amagansett, who donates the Talkhouse space for local fundraisers. He also does a great deal of work supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Between the votes and the people who commented and emailed to say they voted for Honerkamp, he was clearly the winner.

Amagansett School crossing guard Emily Liss Nixon received the second most votes, while all around East Hampton volunteer Sharon (Ann) Bacon received the most support in the comments section (in addition to emails). Ben Krupinski got over 18,000 votes.

Here's what we're going to do -- we're going to profile these folks' great work in 2011. Congratulations to them all. Each are deserving in their own way. I feel honored to have met so many of them through this process.

Here's to 2012!

Katt January 02, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Kudos Peter-another feather for the many caps you wear. Have a great year.
Nanci e. LaGarenne January 02, 2012 at 05:56 PM
go Em!!! You derserve it and much more. A solid person with an honest generous heart and a great friend all these years. love you, Nance
PJ Delia January 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Good idea! I voted for Peter but feel each deserves recognition. Good solution!
Penny Benbenek January 03, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I think that's an awesome idea Taylor...and maybe keep it as a revolving "person of the week/month" throughout the year? Young, old, lifelong locals...and some not-so-lifelong. It would be a great way for all of our heroes to be recognized. There's many that do their good deeds behind the scenes that don't want the attention too. What we should take away from this whole experience is that even though our community pulses with change seasonally...our foundation is secure with all the "angels" who care about our towns & it's people. I mean, look how passionate people are, just from this poll. Bravo to all...and those yet to be discovered!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 03, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Yes, I've been trying to get that going. Remember the article we did on Romaine? That was kind of along those lines. If you or anyone has some suggestions for this month, let me know!

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