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Oct 22, 2019 5:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Q&A With Southampton Village Deputy Clerk Eileen Musarra

Eileen Musarra is retiring from her job as deputy clerk in Southampton Village, after 21 years. GREG WEHNER
Oct 23, 2019 10:37 AM


Southampton Village Deputy Clerk Eileen Musarra is retiring on Friday, after serving the village for 21 years.

The 63-year-old baby boomer who originally hails from Levittown, currently lives in Aquebogue and started working for the village in 1998.

When you started, were you hired as the deputy clerk?

I did. When I was hired, Jim Van Nostrand, the village administrator, brought me on board part time for a couple of months, just filling in, with the idea that when I started full time, he would appoint me deputy clerk and registrar. They’re still my titles.

Do you have any additional titles?

No … well, the “beach sticker Nazi” thing! But that’s not P.C.

I had gotten a call from The New York Times, and they wanted all of the particulars about beach permits, how much they cost, and why it was such a coveted permit. So I went through all the facts … and they said they heard a rumor that I was known around town as the “beach sticker Nazi.” In joking, in “Seinfeld” fashion, “the Soup Nazi,” my famous line is: “No permit for you! Next!”

That has probably been what stuck.

What did you do before you came to the village?

I worked in the medical profession at North Shore Hospital, now Northwell, in Manhasset. I worked on the floors and in the operating room. I really enjoyed medicine, a lot. I always thought I would maybe go back to school and become a nurse or physician’s assistant, but I was never a supermom who worked during the day, go to school at night and take care of the kids somewhere in between. It was always on the back burner. But, now, you never know. I might just take some classes and have the time to do it.

What’s the craziest situation you ever saw working in the front office?

When “Royal Pains” came to town, and — [former mayor] Mark Epley will laugh if he reads this — they needed to do a bus scene on Jobs Lane. They came in and wanted to do a bus scene. Two actors would be walking in front of Village Hall, and they hear a crash and see a bus tilted. I asked, “Like a van?” And they said, “More like a Jitney bus.”

I thought about it and spoke to Mayor Epley, and he said, “I don’t know,” and I went back to the producer and said, “How about we say ‘yes’ but you get the mayor in the shot.”

He’s totally in the shot, and one of the Epleys, it might have been Zach, he was on the bus and was in the shot.

How many mayors have you worked for here?

Doug Murtha, Joe Romanosky, Mayor Mark Epley, Mayor Michael Irving and now “Doogie.”

When is your last day?

Friday. I think I’ll be okay.

What are you going to miss the most?

As much as I like it, it gets a little stressful during the summertime, but I actually care deeply about the village. I know that sounds corny, but I represent the village. I like to think I’m one of the faces of the village. I’m going to miss the people I work with. We have a great time in Village Hall. Things are a little tense right now, and there’s not as much laughter as there was. But I’m happy.

What are you going to miss the least?

Getting up really early — 6 a.m. But what’s weird is, during the weekend, I still get up at 6. The commute, probably, when it’s a lot of traffic, I’m not going to miss that. And part of me is nervous when people ask, ‘What are you going to do next?’

What are you going to do next?

I’m going to possibly check out some other places to live — probably not Florida. As much as I like the beach, I do love the change of seasons. Living on Long Island is kind of expensive. Possibly the southeastern corner of North Carolina … just to check it out. As long as I can be near the ocean.

What do you plan on doing during retirement?

I think initially, I love to travel — that’s one thing I’m passionate about — so I’m going with my “boyfriend” … and we’re going to Ireland and then Paris for just 10 days. Some trips, some travel. Some sitting back and relaxing and sleeping in until 7. Maybe take some cooking classes or a language class, or maybe even think about going to school.

It’s kind of nice, and you never know … maybe come back and give a hand at beach permit time!


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By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Oct 28, 19 8:18 AM
Congrats Eileen. Well deserved. Enjoy your time
By coolref (11), East End on Oct 28, 19 9:58 AM
Eileen you are going to be missed!! You are the best part of having too go into Village Hall - always had a smile, always had a solution to a problem and always had the best travel stories! Enjoy your retirement - travel lots - stay happy - and keep in touch!! xo
By Hampton Bays resident (12), Hampton Bays on Oct 28, 19 10:38 AM
Mayor Doogie.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Oct 28, 19 7:53 PM