One of four tweets Representative Lee Zeldin issued on Thursday in defense of President Trump's vulgar remarks on immigration. Twitter

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Opposition in many coastal communities
Oil drilling off the Long Island coastline dominated headlines in past decades. Following a decision by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke fossil fuel extraction in most federal waters could resume. Matthew Charron graphic

Concern about upkeep of low-nitrogen systems
The Sagaponack Village Board will be keeping track of how upgraded septic systems function in East Hampton and Southampton and whether such systems can help protect water quality at places like Sagg Pond. David E. Rattray

While new East Hampton Town Trustees, including, at right, John Aldred and Susan Vorpahl, sat down for their first meeting, the board’s attorney, Richard Whalen, in the background, announced he would step down. Durell Godfrey

Powerful, but loud, leaf blowers have become an essential part of landscapers' equipment. The East Hampton Village Board has talked about limiting them in some way, after years of complaints from residents. Durell Godfrey

Ryan Balnis, chief of the Springs Fire Department, presented Michael Davis, captain of Team DMK for a Cure, with a check for $10,000, helping the team as it works to raise $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of David M. King, an ex-chief. Springs Fire Department