Dominic Schirrippa, retired NYC police lieutenant, is the Ordinance Enforcement director for East Hampton – with seven trained investigators on his staff. In 2006, the department recorded 1,278 investigations or cases, some the result of public complaint but more often internally originated. Cases are categorized either environmental, housing, safety, zoning, or miscellaneous. The largest category is environmental (primarily litter, signage, and protected land), second is housing (vehicles, habitation, and overcrowding). The department prefers to resolve cases voluntarily rather than through Justice Court, and approximately 50% are so resolved. The majority (378) came from Springs while that portion of Sag Harbor in East Hampton Town was responsible for only one investigation. For more information, call Ordinance Enforcement at 324-3858.
Living by the Code
By Nick Bryan, Accabonac Protection Committee
Among the many blessings of living in East Hampton is having a Town Code that includes laws that can help protect our natural resources. We should be aware of this Code and abide by it, of course, but should we observe violations of the Code, we also have an obligation to report them to the Office of Ordinance Enforcement. This is not a form of domestic spying: we do this to protect the health and well-being of all members of our community and the delicate environment that we value so highly. It's not possible for the police, harbor patrol or code enforcement to be everywhere. They need, and appreciate, our help (which we may need to be persistent in offering!)
Ordinance Enforcement: (631) 324-3858
300 Pantigo Place
For more detailed information, the East Hampton Town Code is available from the Town Clerk’s office, and on the Web: www.town.east-hampton.ny.us/code.