Government

Amagansett farmland north of the hamlet’s Main Street appears to be on the drawing board for development. Discussions of its purchase and preservation by East Hampton Town, using the community preservation fund, have apparently come to naught.
Just about six years after East Hampton Town faced down a fiscal crisis caused by mismanagement that left the town with a $27 million deficit, Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the town’s credit rating to the Aa1 level — a positive stamp of approval only one level below Moody’s top Aaa rating.
In an effort to find ways to reduce the town’s energy load, an initiative set forth in the town’s comprehensive and sustainability plans, the board is considering changes that would relax property clearing restrictions to allow more area for solar energy systems as an accessory use.
Southampton Town officials are taking action to clean up a blighted south-of-the-highway property in Bridgehampton that neighbors claim has been abandoned for eight years and left to attract mosquitos, rats, raccoons, and squatters.
Donald Trump’s visit to East Hampton last weekend left a few unhappy people in its wake, angry that they could not get to a village beach near the house where he was speaking.
Search for a new Southampton Town Police Chief is down to two candidates and accused highway employee quits.
In response to the flood of big houses being built here on modest lots that almost disappear beneath them, and following the recent examples of Sag Harbor and East Hampton Villages, the town board has been discussing new rules that would limit a house’s size relative to the size of its lot.
It’s not all chill vibe and aloha spirit on these hot August days at Ditch Plain beach in Montauk. Friction ignited this week at the popular beach, a premier East Coast surfing spot, pitting old-guard surfers against the crowds flooding in in the wake of Montauk’s newfound popularity.
Political fund-raising for the presidential race heats up on the South Fork this weekend, with an event for Donald Trump to take place in East Hampton on Saturday and several fund-raisers for Hillary Clinton scheduled for the end of the month.
A proposed East Hampton Town law that would allow and regulate the use of up to 20 percent of the community preservation fund for projects intended to improve water quality drew the unanimous support of more than two dozen people at a hearing at Town Hall.
In the last month differences among the East Hampton Town Trustees have erupted into shouting matches and accusations of politicization and grandstanding, all over the Trustee Waters Improvement and Management Task Force, a.k.a. the harbor management committee.
They will be raising the rafters for a barn on Long Lane soon, if the East Hampton Town Planning Board gives its stamp of approval for a site plan regarding the former Damiecki farm at the corner of Stephen Hand’s Path.
East End citizen activists focused on the problem of aircraft noise are keying in to a new online plane-tracking system that provides real-time information about planes overhead and allows complaints to be lodged about aircraft noise.