Recent Stories: East Hampton

Christopher Walsh
June 19, 2014

Elbert Edwards and Bruce Siska were easily re-elected to the East Hampton Village Board on Tuesday. When the polls closed at 9 p.m., Mr. Edwards had received 55 votes; 53 votes were cast for Mr. Siska. Three write-in votes were cast, with two for Michael Elinski and one for John Wessberg.

Christopher Walsh
June 5, 2014

Moody’s Investor Service has upgraded East Hampton Village’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, indicating a very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

The provider of credit ratings and risk analysis cited the village’s sizable and affluent tax base and modest debt burden as strong indicators of its financial position.

The upgrade, according to a release issued by Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and the village board, followed the village’s decision to refinance a series of bonds, resulting in savings of almost $225,000.

Christopher Walsh
June 5, 2014

Two seats on the East Hampton Village Board will be filled on June 17, when voters go to the polls from noon to 9 p.m. The Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street is the polling place.Elbert Edwards and Bruce Siska, incumbent board members, are up for re-election and are running unopposed.

May 21, 2014
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One true-blue star signals that you are home. Great graphics. $55. The Monogram Shop, 11 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.
Photo by Durell Godfrey

Christopher Walsh
May 15, 2014

As expected, the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals voted on Friday to grant variances and a special permit for AT&T to install 12 antennas on a 44-foot-tall oil storage tank at the P.C. Schenck and Sons facility on Newtown Lane. The hearing had stretched over several months during which neighbors had voiced concern about noise and potential health impacts of radio frequency emissions. 

Christopher Walsh
May 8, 2014

East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. presented a tentative  budgetof almost $20.3 million for the fiscal year, which begins on Aug. 1, at a village board meeting last Thursday, which would pierce the state-imposed 2-percent increase in property taxes. If the budget is approved by the board after a public hearing on June 20, spending would increase by 2.75 percent, or $542,870.

Christopher Walsh
May 1, 2014
It took five sessions and as many months, but P.C. Schenck and Sons, got the closure they sought on Friday when the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals decided the firm’s application for 12 AT&T antennas and related equipment had been thoroughly vetted.

It took five sessions and as many months, but John Huber, an attorney representing P.C. Schenck and Sons, a fuel company at 60 Newtown Lane, got the closure he sought on Friday when the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals decided the firm’s application for 12 AT&T antennas and related equipment had been thoroughly vetted. The hearing was closed, and a favorable decision is expected at the board’s next meeting, May 9.

Christopher Walsh
April 24, 2014
Board members expressed support for spaying in conjunction with culling at the meeting after the executive director and chairwoman of the Village Preservation Society urged the board to move ahead

The East Hampton Village Board gave spaying as part of a deer management program unanimous support last Thursday. Spaying had not been mentioned publicly, but it was discussed at a closed meeting on April 9 between village officials and Anthony DeNicola, a wildlife biologist and president of White Buffalo, a nonprofit research and management organization. He is reported to be an expert on spaying programs.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
April 24, 2014

Before adjourning into the rain-soaked night, Tuesday night’s East Hampton School Board meeting took on a deeply personal tone, with recently terminated employees vociferously airing their grievances.

All told, the district sliced more than $1 million from the $65 million 2014-15 school budget. Among the cuts, the district eliminated seven paraprofessional positions and reduced an elementary guidance position to part time.

Tuesday’s meeting was heavily attended, with audience members spilling out into the adjoining hallway.

Christopher Walsh
April 24, 2014

Responding to a spate of applications before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals involving outsized accessory structures that some homeowners have labeled garages, the East Hampton Village Board introduced an amendment to its code last Thursday that would tighten the definition of a garage to a structure designed or used for, and accessible to, motor vehicles.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 24, 2014

Donations of antique objects dating from the 1880s through 1920 are being sought by a committee working to establish a farm museum at the former Lester farm at North Main and Cedar Streets in East Hampton, which is owned by East Hampton Town.

The group is also seeking volunteers who would staff the museum during open hours once a week, on Saturdays.

April 21, 2014
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Tired of the terracotta? Put your herbs and annuals in black ceramic for the summer season. (Yes, they have drainage.) Bright colors available. From $10, Wittendale’s, 89 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.

Christopher Walsh
April 17, 2014

Loida Lewis, the widow of America’s first African-American billionaire, appeared Friday at a meeting of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals  to request permits and variances for a construction project at her 165 Lily Pond Lane property.

Christopher Walsh
April 3, 2014

Until an attorney for the East Hampton School Board stepped in, it appeared on Friday that a decision was imminent on P.C. Schenck and Sons’ application to install AT&T antennas and ground-based equipment at its oil distribution facility on Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 1, 2014

     A rally protesting PSEG Long Island's installation of new, taller utility poles and higher-voltage electrical transmission lines along a six-mile route from East Hampton Village to Amagansett will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hook Mill in East Hampton. 
     Save East Hampton, a group heading up the opposition to the poles, rescheduled the rally from March 30 because of poor weather. The gathering, which the group is calling an informational festival, will include music and refreshments.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 31, 2014
An East Hampton woman has taken it upon herself to find a permanent home for a pit bull lab mix that is stuck in a Bronx kennel.

     An East Hampton woman has taken it upon herself to find a permanent home for a pit bull lab mix that is stuck in a Bronx kennel.

     After seeing a picture of Angie, a now 11/2-year-old dog, on a social media site last summer, Elizabeth Hren decided to help her before she had met her.

     "When I saw she wasn't eating and was losing weight,” Ms. Hren said, “my heart got the best of me."

Amanda M. Fairbanks
March 27, 2014
The East Hampton School Board decided during a budget workshop Tuesday evening to go above the state-mandated 2-percent cap on tax levy increases, meaning 60 percent of voters will have to approve the 2014-15 budget for it to pass in May.

     Following months of intense debate and fierce scrutiny, the East Hampton School Board decided during a budget workshop Tuesday evening to go above the state-mandated 2-percent cap on tax levy increases.

     According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the proposed budget represents a 2.43-percent increase in the tax levy. As such, it requires the approval of 60 percent of voters in order to pass.

Christopher Walsh
March 20, 2014

The Maidstone Club’s application to expand and modernize its irrigation system, which has been the subject of multiple meetings of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals, will require a final environmental impact statement before it can proceed.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 19, 2014
A repaving project on the 8.2-mile stretch between Country Road 39 in Southampton and Stephen Hand's Path in East Hampton is slated to begin next Thursday.

   Smoother roads are in the near future, as a much needed, much talked about repaving project on a stretch of Montauk Highway from Southampton to East Hampton is finally set to begin next Thursday.

     Details of the project are still being finalized, said Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman with the New York State Department of Transportation. The project is expected to be finished by the end of the year, with a hiatus taken during the summer due to the heavy traffic volume.

Christopher Walsh
March 13, 2014

       With hearings on new restrictions on parking in East Hampton Village municipal lots and on the commercial use of landscaping equipment scheduled for the village board’s meeting on Friday, March 21, the board considered both topics at its work session last Thursday.

       The hearings will be held at 11 a.m. at the Emergency Services Building.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 10, 2014
High-voltage electrical transmission lines in East Hampton Town could be buried with 16 months if a way to finance the underground project is worked out, David Daly, the president and C.O.O. of PSEG Long Island promised on Friday.

       High-voltage electrical transmission lines over a six-mile route in East Hampton Town could be buried within 16 months, provided East Hampton finds a way to finance the underground project, David Daly, the president and chief operating officer of PSEG Long Island, promised town and village officials and residents on Friday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 7, 2014
David E. Eagan, an East Hampton attorney, was arraigned on Feb. 28 on a charge of criminal tax fraud in East Hampton Justice Court. A state auditor said he failed to file New York State income tax returns in 2010.

     David E. Eagan, an East Hampton attorney and the president of the Wainscott School Board, was arraigned on Feb. 28 on a charge of criminal tax fraud in East Hampton Town Justice Court. A state auditor said he failed to file New York State income tax returns in 2010.

T.E. McMorrow
March 1, 2014
The man arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Montauk was indicted by a grand jury seated in the Suffolk County Criminal Court building in Riverside Friday.

     The man charged with rape for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Montauk was indicted by a grand jury seated in the Suffolk County Criminal Court building in Riverside Friday on eight felony counts, four counts of rape and four counts of committing a criminal sexual act with a child under 15 years of age.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
February 27, 2014

       It was death by a thousand cuts during the East Hampton School Board’s Tuesday evening budget workshop, as members of the board pored over items related to English as a second language, East Hampton Middle School, and the John M. Marshall Elementary School during a three-hour dissection of the budget.