Nominate East Hampton's Greatest Person of 2012

Nominations remain open until Dec. 10.

Last December, East Hampton Patch started its own Person of the Year contest. Stephen Talkhouse owner Peter Honerkamp took home the honor last year, and we're back again to open up the nominations as we celebrate the individuals who East Hampton Patch readers believe deserve the honor.

So let the nominations begin; it could be a politician, a student, a community member, firefighter or volunteer -- whoever you think, just as long as they live, work or serve the community that encompasses the Town of East Hampton.

We look forward to hearing your nominations, which we'll leave open until Dec. 10 before starting the voting.

local22 December 04, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Linda Williams December 04, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I couldn't agree more. Tara Loper Mansir. She was an amazing young woman. She is missed everyday and we are trying to carry on her memory with Nana Cares.
Rich Morey December 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Tara was not a politician. You are thinking of her mother-in-law.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Joe Realmuto has also been nominated (via email).
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
JC Barrientos - we'll consider him nominated!
Pat Shea December 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I nominate Maureen Rutkowski who works tirelessly for Montauk Youth Organization and is the director of the Montauk Playhouse. Maureen has organized numerous volunteer efforts for those in need. Plus, she is so humble, never looking for praise.
Bonac Refugee December 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I nominate Tom Field of Amagansett.Tom has dedicated his life to this community.I can barely scratch the surface of his volenteer efforts but I'm sure a little reasearch can turn up way more information.He has taught CPR classes as far back as I remember.He also trains CPR instructors.He is a AEMT and an EMT instructor.I can't imagine how many local lives Tom has impacted with his dedication to the community .
PJ Delia December 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I nominate Michael Clark of Amagansett. He organizes monthly and more events for the food pantry. Brings local (and national) musicians together. He produces shows at Guild Hall (often with another local light--Cynthia Daniels) that benefit local organizations, like WPPB. He's always trying to help someone or everyone.
Mary McPartland December 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
These are all great nominations! Thanks as always, Taylor! You really are a great asset to EHT!
Gerard Giliberti December 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I would nominate Kristi Hood (Springs General Store). The hardest working woman in Springs.
Ian Grossman December 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Minerva Perez at the Retreat. Amazing women that keeps the battered women and the families safe and secure.
EH Mom December 04, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I nominate East Hampton Traffic Control Officer Robert Jahoda. The most perfectly organized Middle School safety officer who consistantly operates the smoothest execution of morning and afternoon school traffic I have ever witnessed... and ALWAYS with a posative upbeat attitude and an incredibly infectious smile.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Great submissions. Keep 'em coming. Just a reminder to readers, if you see a nomination you agree with, please let us know. If we get a lot of nominations, I can only use the top 5 or 10 (depending on the # of submissions) to get our voting going, so be sure to let us know if the person really deserves to be on the ballot.
Sharon Marie Buckler December 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Maureen Rutkowski- For Montauk Playhouse and Montauk Youth!!! So this is her 2nd NOMINATION!
elisabeth tschurtschenthaler December 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM
i would like to nominate kate mueth who does so much to promote the arts and education as a way to build a cohesive and peaceful community through her work, activism and personal life.
Mary McPartland December 04, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Liz Pucci -Tireless volunteer, kid advocate, school bd member, cheerleader to all, and all around backbone of the EH community. Also Kate Mueth, Maureen Rutkowski, Kristi Hood, and John Connor - the stalwarth leader of OMAC, running coach, home builder, volunteer and someone who just cannot do enough for the youth of this town.
BONACKER December 05, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Ya jc
Kristen Brabant December 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Tara Mansir for sure.
ryan December 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I nominate Robert Jahoda He always has a smile on his face; whether it is rain, hail, sleet or snow he is a positive force while he safely crosses the children at EHMS.
Michael DeSario December 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I nominate Gerry Mooney, Champion of affordable housing here for over 25 years. He has worked selflessly for those in need of shelter, has fought for fair and equal rights for the disabled, and is an integral part of East Hampton's food pantry. Over the years he has shown the ability to organize public support for many worthwhile causes, has fought against injustice in its'different forms and is always available to help an individual in need. He is truly an unsung hero in our community.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I also received an another nomination for Robert Jahoda via email.
East Hampton School District December 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Tara Mansir, Kate Mueth, and how about the whole East End Cares group, who have been heading up to the areas hardest hit by Sandy?
Teresa Schurr December 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I nomited Tara Loper Mansir last year because of her never give up attitude! Well her attitude didn't change until the day she passed away! She will still trying to help others! I love my sister and believe she deserves to be person of the year. Her work will be carried on.
Joi Jackson Perle December 05, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I nominate the entire East Hampton community as a whole! What a caring and generous town we have!
Mauro Filicori December 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I would like to nominate Taylor K. Vecsey, Editor and all the writer & contributors to the East Hampton Patch. Thy are keeping us well informed all year round, in a timely, factual, non partisan way and specially during emergencies times, we need it the most.
Poster85 December 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I would like to nominate Robert Jahoda. Great attitude, always willing to help and go out of his way. He is a true asset to the community.
LJSB December 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I would like to nominate Robert Jahoda. His wonderfully positive demeanor and affable smile go a long way to bring a calming influence to a potentially chaotic situation at the Middle School each and every day. Robert gives me piece of mind for the safety of my daughter.
Joe December 06, 2012 at 04:33 AM
All great nominations, it will be a hard decision this year. Also consider please Jerry Simons, Physician Assistant with Dr. Burrascano and now Dr. Dempsey here in EH who has been helping probably thousands of east enders, and now our kids and grandkids with many medical problems especially Lyme cases. Also years working at the Amagansett Church, past fireman of the year and I am sure alot of other stuff.
Rich Morey December 11, 2012 at 04:04 AM
So when does the actual voting begin?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The nominations are officially closed. Thank you for all of the nominations. This week, I am going to work on bringing our readers some profiles of the candidates and then we will start the voting once I've given you all the background on each. Stay tuned!


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