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East Hampton Village appoints a new administrator

Larry Cantwell, who served as East Hampton Village

Larry Cantwell, who served as East Hampton Village administrator for three decades, plans to run for town supervisor on the Democratic line. (Nov. 15, 2012) (Credit: John Roca)

For the first time in 30 years, East Hampton Village administrator Larry Cantwell got to sit in the audience at a village board meeting Monday. And, within moments, he was no longer village administrator.

At its annual reorganization meeting, the village board adopted its salary schedule for 2013-14 and voted to name Rebecca Molinaro as its new village administrator, setting her pay at $95,000 a year.

Cantwell, who held the job for three decades, was making $180,000 a year when he retired.

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And, he will likely be making less in his next job — he is currently the only declared candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor, which pays $98,800.

Because of the change, police Chief Gerard Larsen is now East Hampton Village’s highest-paid employee, with an annual salary of $176,154.

The village board also made three dozen routine appointments for the next year, and set a special meeting for July 31 at 11 a.m. to officially close its fiscal year.

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