On November 30, at a Suffolk County Republican Women’s Association gathering at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, Mary Vorpahl was honored by the East Hampton Republican Committee as their nominee for Suffolk County Woman of the Year. Chairman Reg Cornelia cited the work by Mary and her late husband, Stuart, towards preserving the rights, privileges and obligations of the East Hampton Town Trustees.
“They almost single-handedly kept alive the Dongan Patent and the very idea of the role of the Trustees in preserving the rights of the citizens of East Hampton to access and enjoy the lands granted to them,” said Mr. Cornelia. “Without their tireless efforts, the Dongan Patent and the rights of citizens granted by it might have become just a museum artifact, not a living, breathing force on behalf of the citizenry.”
Mr. Cornelia noted that Mary had not always been a Republican, and that while he was proud that the Republicans were honoring her work, he was sure that she was held in equally high regard by all political parties in East Hampton. “Mary and Stuart were fiercely dedicated to restoring and preserving the role of the Trustees in the life of our town, and that has been and will continue to be to the benefit of us all,” he said.