The Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty
of the Town of East Hampton
The Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the town of East Hampton
represent the original government of East Hampton. The Trustee positions were created and granted sole authority over the Town of East Hampton, by King James II through the Dongan Patent dated December 9, 1686.
Although the Nichols Patent had defined the boundaries for the Town of East Hampton in 1666, the Dongan Patent is one of the earliest of the New World documents to provide for a representative government by elected officials in North America.
As the original governing body of East Hampton, the Trustees managed and made allotments of the Town's "common lands." Since their creation in 1686, the Town Trustees have continuously functioned as an autonomous governing body and represent an important historic link to the earliest roots of our democratic Nation.
DONATIONS TO THE TRUSTEES
Individuals have often approached the Trustees and expressed interest in helping maintain public projects on Trustee properties that have been dropped from municipal budgets due to cutbacks or other reasons.
The Trustees would like to inform individuals that the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton, as a government body, will accept donations of monies or property.
If you are interested in a project and would like to donate to the Trustees, please contact the Clerk of the East Hampton Town Trustees by telephone
Due to the changing nature of the spectrum of projects that take place on Trustee properties, the Trustees are not able to maintain separate accounts or records for each project. Nevertheless, individuals are encouraged to express their reasons for making a donation to the Board.
The Internal Revenue Service has not made a determination as to whether donations to the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton are deductible.