Recent Stories: Bill Wilkinson

Catherine Tandy
October 6, 2011
As Election Day nears, endorsement announcements in the East Hampton Town race are beginning to trickle in.

    As Election Day nears, endorsement announcements in the East Hampton Town race are beginning to trickle in, with the big news of this week being State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele’s support of the incumbent supervisor Bill Wilkinson, a Republican.
    Mr. Thiele, an Independence Party member, is also endorsing Bill Mott, an Independence Party candidate, for town board.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(January 13, 2011) A permit for a three-day music festival in Amagansett in August, issued last month by the East Hampton Town Board, remains in place despite calls for the board to rescind it.

In the face of a rising chorus of opposition from Amagansett community groups and individuals who fear a Woodstock-style bacchanal, or at the very least, traffic tie-ups from the up to 9,500 people who may attend, town board members declined to reconsider their decision at a town board meeting on Tuesday.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(November 11, 2010) East Hampton Town’s 2011 budget is slated for a vote next Thursday, and after a majority of town board members agreed Tuesday to restore funding totaling $60,000 to four community service organizations, appears to have unanimous town board support.

The $63.9 million budget would reduce spending by $8 million from last year and result in a tax rate of $26.55 per $100 of assessed value for town residents, and $12.21 per $100 of assessed value for village residents.

September 22, 2011

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(October 14, 2010) At a hearing last Thursday on a proposal to eliminate roadside leaf pickup by the East Hampton Town Highway Department this fall, a majority of speakers were against dropping the service, which many said was an essential, and expected, service for their tax dollars. Other comments focused on the ecological benefits of leaf composting as well as its feasibility.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(04/01/2010) As the first quarter of the year drew to a close this week, the East Hampton Town Board took stock of the town’s fiscal state and outlined new budget-cutting efforts, including eliminating the Highway Department’s leaf pickup service and closing the town recycling and garbage disposal centers one day a week. A proposal to consolidate town departments and offer incentives for employees to step down before considering layoffs, also brought up at the board’s meeting on Saturday, is reported on separately.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(November 04, 2010) After holding a business summit last Thursday in Montauk, members of the East Hampton Town Board reviewed the discussion there at a work session on Saturday, and mapped its implications for the future.

For Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, the meeting underscored a need for a “multi-year economic development plan for East Hampton.”

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(Jan. 1, 2009) Republican faithful and supporters of the three successful candidates who will be a town board majority from that party filled the East Hampton Town Hall courtroom Friday morning as Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Theresa Quigley and Dominick Stanzione, who won seats on the board, were sworn in.

Each received a standing ovation with shouts and enthusiastic applause after Town Justice Lisa R. Rana administered their oaths of office, concluding each with a hug.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(March 10, 2011) East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who has a background in corporate human resources, is turning his attention to management procedures and issues related to town employees.

A letter issued to all employees in their pay envelopes on March 1 warns against “behavior that will not be tolerated,” and says that “progressive discipline” will be used “to improve employee performance.”

Carissa Katz
September 22, 2011

(05/28/2009) After days of clouds and rain, the sky had cleared and the sun was glinting off the harbor last Thursday evening when the East Hampton Town Republican Committee reintroduced its candidates to supporters at a fund-raiser at East Hampton Point. The sunny day, full of the promise of good weather ahead, was a fitting backdrop for an election year kickoff. There is a sense among East Hampton Republicans that the losses of the past six years are behind them, and that there is a bright new day ahead.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(June 17, 2010) A coalition of community groups has questioned whether East Hampton Town can legally put Fort Pond House, a property it owns in Montauk, on the market.

Despite opposition from its Demo­cratic minority, the town board agreed on June 3 to list the property for sale. The resolution was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Republican majority, which insists that selling land must be part of a financial bailout plan in the face of a huge town deficit.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(11/05/2009) The mood was celebratory early on Tuesday night at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, where East Hampton Town’s Republican Party

The party’s top candidate, Bill Wilkinson, had been close to a win for town supervisor in the last election, and now, after the last term of a single-party Democratic town board headed by Bill McGintee, who resigned last month in the face of a disastrous financial situation and a district attorney’s investigation, was considered to be a virtual shoo-in, along with the members of his team.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(May 25, 2010) The inclusion of East Hampton Town's two docks in Montauk on a list of properties that might be sold to help cover the town's deficit sent dozens of upset commercial fishermen to Town Hall last Thursday night.

Members of the fishing fleet who keep their boats at the town's commercial docks in Lake Montauk said they would lose their livelihood if the docks were privatized and fees went up. The town, they said, would suffer the loss of a year-round industry that pumps $50 million annually into the local economy.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(May 20, 2010) The two town docks in Montauk, on Star Island and off West Lake Drive, along with 20 other town-owned properties, could be put up for sale to raise money to avoid future tax increases.

Faced with borrowing up to $30 million to cover an accumulated deficit, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson asked the Planning Department to look into which properties are unrestricted by the terms of their purchase or a designation as nature preserves and might be sold.

Carissa Katz
September 22, 2011

(4/3/2008) Bill Wilkinson, who ran for East Hampton Town supervisor on the Republican, Working Families, Independence, and Conservative Party lines in 2007, has confirmed this week what many have suspected since the election. With the blessing of the Republican Committee, which is all but assured, he will run again in 2009.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2011

(November 18, 2010) The town board will vote tonight on the adoption of a 2011 East Hampton Town budget that trims spending by $8 million and would provide a tax cut of 17 percent for most town residents, and of 20 percent for residents of East Hampton or Sag Harbor Villages.

The close to $64 million budget would set property tax rates at $26.55 per $100 of assessed value, or $12.21 per $100 for village residents.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 15, 2011

(04/29/2010) A paintball tournament scheduled for Saturday at an East Hampton Town nature preserve has been canceled, but not before causing consternation and questions about whether such an activity is allowed on preserves and why its environmental impact had not been fully considered. The tournament, which was to have been a charity fund-raiser, was organized by the East Hampton Village Police Benevolent Association.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 15, 2011

(Aug. 26, 2010) Before the East Hampton Town Board moves ahead with impending employee layoffs, some of which are expected to be unavoidable as part of a response to an approximately $31 million budget deficit, town employees will have an opportunity to join a state retirement incentive program, which was approved by the board at a meeting last Thursday.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 15, 2011

(November 18, 2010) The town board will vote tonight on the adoption of a 2011 East Hampton Town budget that trims spending by $8 million and would provide a tax cut of 17 percent for most town residents, and of 20 percent for residents of East Hampton or Sag Harbor Villages.

The close to $64 million budget would set property tax rates at $26.55 per $100 of assessed value, or $12.21 per $100 for village residents.

Alex De Havenon
July 21, 2011
Zachary Cohen has been replaced by Bill Wilkinson as the Independence Party candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor.

    In a move the chairwoman of its local chapter, Elaine Jones, characterized as a “back room deal,” Zachary Cohen has been replaced by Bill Wilkinson as the Independence Party candidate for East Hampton Town supervisor. “I am so upset,” she said Monday. “I was lied to. We are checking in with the board of elections.”

Alex De Havenon
June 23, 2011
If elected, Zach Cohen, who is running on the Democratic ticket for East Hampton Town supervisor, would add a comptroller and administrative officer to town government.
Matthew Taylor
May 12, 2011