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.