Recent Stories: Government

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
The East Hampton Town Trustees were asked to allow two programs to proceed in waters under­ their jurisdiction, both intended to restore those waters’ health and the marine life within them.

The East Hampton Town Trustees were asked to allow two programs to proceed in waters under­ their jurisdiction, both intended to restore those waters’ health and the marine life within them. 

Kim Barbour, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine program outreach manager, told the seven trustees present  at their meeting on Monday that the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project, funded by a state grant, is an effort to produce and seed waterways with 115 million hard clams and 40 million oyster spat. The extension has identified four nursery sites in the town, three of them under trustee jurisdiction, at which two floating upweller system nurseries, known as FLUPSYs, would be placed. 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
Perry Gershon, a Democratic candidate hoping to challenge First District Representative Lee Zeldin in the midterm election, told supporters on Saturday that his campaign’s polling indicates he and Kate Browning are neck and neck for the Democratic nomination.

Perry Gershon, a Democratic candidate hoping to challenge First District Representative Lee Zeldin in the midterm election, told supporters on Saturday that his campaign’s polling indicates he and Kate Browning are neck and neck for the Democratic nomination, and that the other three candidates trail them by a wide margin. 

Mr. Gershon spoke with supporters at the East Hampton Village residence of Loida Lewis on Saturday, appealing to guests to vote for him in the June 26 primary and to encourage others to do so as well. A first-time candidate from East Hampton, he will face off against Ms. Browning, Vivian Viloria-Fisher, David Pechefsky, and Elaine DiMasi in the primary election. 

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
Immigrants, faith leaders, and members of progressive activist groups are to speak at a Keep Families Together rally today at 4 p.m. outside Representative Lee Zeldin’s office in Patchogue.

Immigrants, faith leaders, and members of progressive activist groups are to speak at a Keep Families Together rally today at 4 p.m. outside Representative Lee Zeldin’s office in Patchogue. 

The rally is part of a national movement to raise awareness of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s practice of separating children from their parents when detaining undocumented immigrants entering the United States. Activists plan to ask Mr. Zeldin to speak against what they consider a violation of human rights. 

Suffolk Progressives, Progressive East End Reformers, People Power Patchogue, and Bend the Arc are the rally’s sponsors.

Christopher Walsh
June 14, 2018
America New York and New Jersey State Conference, as well as TWU AFL-CIO Local 252, has endorsed Representative Lee Zeldin’s re-election effort. The groups represent almost 140,000 members in the airline, railroad, transit, university, utilities, services, and gaming sectors.

America New York and New Jersey State Conference, as well as TWU AFL-CIO Local 252, has endorsed Representative Lee Zeldin’s re-election effort. The groups represent almost 140,000 members in the airline, railroad, transit, university, utilities, services, and gaming sectors. 

Debra Hagan, Local 252’s president, said in a statement that Mr. Zeldin has made “improvements to the quality of life for all working men and women throughout Suffolk County and New York State.” She added that Mr. Zeldin’s voting record demonstrates his support for improving local infrastructure and for veterans’ programs and benefits. 

Jamie Bufalino
June 14, 2018
In an expansion of its survey of private wells in the vicinity of East Hampton Airport, the Suffolk County Health Department is testing 88 wells in Sagaponack Village and adjacent areas for the presence of toxic perfluorinated compounds.

In an expansion of its survey of private wells in the vicinity of East Hampton Airport, the Suffolk County Health Department is testing 88 wells in Sagaponack Village and adjacent areas for the presence of toxic perfluorinated compounds, said Janice Wilson, a chief legislative aide for Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
Adapting to climate change, enhancing fisheries, and preserving cultural and ecological resources were the focus of a report on implementing the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program that the town’s waterfront advisory committee delivered to the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday.

Adapting to climate change, enhancing fisheries,  and preserving cultural and ecological resources were the focus of a report on implementing the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program that the town’s waterfront advisory committee delivered to the East Hampton Town Board on Tuesday. 

The recommendations are those considered most time sensitive, Rameshwar Das and Rachel Gruzen, members of the committee, told the board, and would provide an important update to the L.W.R.P. in light of the developments since the document was completed in 1999. The developments cited were beach erosion, plans for a wastewater treatment system in downtown Montauk, and a plan for an energy storage facility between Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay in Montauk. 

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee has selected Councilman David Lys as its candidate for the town board seat he has occupied since he was appointed to it in January.

The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee has selected Councilman David Lys as its candidate for the town board seat he has occupied since he was appointed to it in January.

Mr. Lys prevailed over David Gruber, the other candidate in the running, at the committee’s meeting on Friday, by 63 percent to 37 percent. 

In nominating Mr. Lys, J.B. DosSantos called him “an extremely passionate, intelligent, hands-on type of person,” a leader and role model who, he said, has brought voters of all political affiliations together. Mr. Lys is the best candidate to ensure that Democrats retain all five seats on the town board, he said. 

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
With just a few weeks until the June 26 primary election, candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin are crisscrossing New York’s First Congressional District, appealing to voters and potential volunteers with a message they hope will resonate.

With just a few weeks until the June 26 primary election, candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin are crisscrossing New York’s First Congressional District, appealing to voters and potential volunteers with a message they hope will resonate. 

On Monday, that effort brought Elaine DiMasi to East Hampton, where she spoke with and answered questions from a few dozen residents at the Elizabeth Dow store on Gingerbread Lane. 

Ms. DiMasi, a physicist who spent 21 years at Brookhaven National Laboratory, laid out a vision for a district powered by a clean-energy economy.

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
A group calling itself the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance has formed with a mission to coordinate the fishing industry’s effort to ensure that the nascent offshore wind industry does not hinder its work.

A group calling itself the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance has formed with a mission to coordinate the fishing industry’s effort to ensure that the nascent offshore wind industry does not hinder its work. 

The group is made up of commercial fishermen from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States who have concerns about offshore wind farms. RODA will seek to coordinate efforts of the fishing industry, the offshore wind industry, and federal, state, and local governments to promote effective offshore development policies and to support more scientific research on the impacts of wind farms. 

Star Staff
June 7, 2018
Southampton Town received a AAA credit rating from Standard and Poor’s on May 30. The rating, the agency’s highest, was assigned to the town’s 2018 municipal bonds, which will be used to finance infrastructure projects as well as improvements to parks and beaches, public safety, and technology.

Southampton Town Gets AAA Rating

Southampton Town received a AAA credit rating from Standard and Poor’s on May 30. The rating, the agency’s highest, was assigned to the town’s 2018 municipal bonds, which will be used to finance infrastructure projects as well as improvements to parks and beaches, public safety, and technology. According to a report released by the agency, the rating reflects the view that the town is “very strong” in terms of its economy, management, fiscal policies, budgetary performance, liquidity, and debt position. Standard and Poor’s also deemed the town “stable,” meaning the agency does not expect the rating to change within the next two years.

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ division of vector control planned to apply larvicide to multiple salt marshes in the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton yesterday and today. The action is to control mosquitoes through the application of methoprene and Bti by helicopters flying at low altitude.

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works’ division of vector control planned to apply larvicide to multiple salt marshes in the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton yesterday and today. The action is to control mosquitoes through the application of methoprene and Bti by helicopters flying at low altitude.

Marshes in Napeague and Beach Hampton in Amagansett, and Accabonac Harbor in Springs, were to be treated between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. In the Town of Southampton, the county was to treat Stokes Pond, Jagger Lane, Moneybogue Bay, Westhampton Dunes, Dune Road, Meadow Lane, North Haven, Iron Point, and North Sea. Marshlands in Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, and Smithtown were also to be treated.

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
The East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery building, on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk, is in need of repair and renovation.

The East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery building, on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk, is in need of repair and renovation. 

The hatchery, which distributed some 40 million oysters, clams, and scallops into town waters last year, was established in the 1980s after a brown tide reduced the local shellfish harvest by some 80 percent. 

Christopher Walsh
June 7, 2018
The trustees are debating whether to grant a lease to Deepwater Wind to bury the cable under the beach, from which it would be routed underground to a Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton.

Even with approximately 60 comments at the East Hampton Town Trustees’ joint hearing with the town board on May 17 on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm, the trustees have agreed to accept comment through next Thursday from others who wish to be heard. At their meeting on Friday, a few of those who spoke on May 17 were among those who had more to say.

 The trustees assert jurisdiction over the ocean beach in Wainscott, where Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island developer seeking to build 15 turbines offshore, said is its preferred landing site for a transmission cable. 

Christopher Walsh
May 31, 2018
The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee will convene tomorrow night to select a candidate to run for a seat on the town board this November. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee will convene tomorrow night to select a candidate to run for a seat on the town board this November. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Amagansett. 

The seat is currently held by David Lys, whom the board appointed in January to fill the seat vacated by Peter Van Scoyoc when he became town supervisor. Mr. Lys announced his intention to run for the seat on May 20, and said that he will run on the Democratic Party line. He recently changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat. 

Prior to that, the party had put out the call for candidates interested in running for the seat Mr. Lys occupies. 

Christopher Walsh
May 31, 2018
Elaine DiMasi, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent the First Congressional District, will meet voters on Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Dow showroom at 14 Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton.

Elaine DiMasi, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent the First Congressional District, will meet voters on Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Dow showroom at 14 Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton. 

A project manager and physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory for more than two decades, Ms. DiMasi has touted her scientific background and management experience to make a case for her candidacy. The First District, she said, can and should be a hub for a clean-energy economy, serving as both a technology incubator and manufacturing site for solar and wind-power infrastructure. 

Christopher Walsh
May 24, 2018
A ruler with authoritarian tendencies. Inside, endless palace intrigue as warring factions vie for influence. Outside, bullying of allies and threatening of adversaries. A tight-lipped investigator seemingly closing in and soon, perhaps, to compel a climactic showdown.

A ruler with authoritarian tendencies. Inside, endless palace intrigue as warring factions vie for influence. Outside, bullying of allies and threatening of adversaries. A tight-lipped investigator seemingly closing in and soon, perhaps, to compel a climactic showdown. 

Is this the White House, or a work of Shakespeare? 

And if the latter, is it comedy or tragedy? “That’s what I don’t know yet,” said Richard Horwich, of Northwest Woods in East Hampton. “We’re only in, I would say, Act Two.” 

Star Staff
May 24, 2018
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle have introduced legislation that would prohibit state agencies from approving permits for sand mining in cases in which the sand mine is located together with facilities where waste is processed, stored, sold, or transferred.

New York State

Bill to Curb Sand Mines

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle have introduced legislation that would prohibit state agencies from approving permits for sand mining in cases in which the sand mine is located together with facilities where waste is processed, stored, sold, or transferred. 

Christopher Walsh
May 24, 2018
A three-hour joint hearing, held at LTV Studios in Wainscott to accommodate the expected crowd, seemed to leave the five members of the town board and nine trustees drained, as did the cheers and occasional jeers from the audience.

Seize the moment with the urgency our predicament demands, pause and rethink the project, or reject it out of hand. Those were among the suggestions of more than 50 people who addressed a joint hearing of the East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees last Thursday, called to gauge public support for the proposed South Fork Wind Farm. 

Jamie Bufalino
May 22, 2018
The East Hampton Housing Authority has received a $7 million grant from New York State for the affordable housing complex it is planning to build at 531 Montauk Highway in Amagansett.

The East Hampton Housing Authority has received a $7 million grant from New York State for the affordable housing complex it is planning to build at 531 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Catherine Casey, the executive director of the housing authority, said that the money awarded Monday means that the project now has the funding it needs to go forward. 

In a statement released on Monday, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced that the grant would be provided by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency, which is spending more than $200 million in a statewide effort to build or preserve more than 2,800 affordable apartments. 

Christopher Walsh
May 22, 2018
The county has scheduled aerial application on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., at Napeague and Beach Hampton in Amagansett and Accabonac Harbor in East Hampton.

For the first time in 2018, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works' Division of Vector Control is applying larvicide to multiple salt marshes in the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton to control mosquitoes. The vector control division applies methoprene and Bti, both larvicides, via helicopter flying at low altitude.

The county has scheduled aerial application on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., at Napeague and Beach Hampton in Amagansett and Accabonac Harbor in Springs. In the Town of Southampton, Apacuck Point, Moneybogue Bay, Westhampton Dunes, Dune Road, Meadow Lane, North Haven, and North Sea are to be treated.

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
Lori Miller-Carr, who marked her 30th year working for the East Hampton Town Trustees yesterday, will retire as the trustees’ secretary on May 30.

Lori Miller-Carr, who marked her 30th year working for the East Hampton Town Trustees yesterday, will retire as the trustees’ secretary on May 30. 

But, it turns out, 30 years wasn’t quite enough.

At their meeting on Monday the trustees unanimously voted to rehire Ms. Miller-Carr, effective May 31, as a part-time secretary, working  two days a week. The trustees rely on a part-time secretary as well as one who is full time. They therefore followed the resolution hiring Ms. Miller-Carr with another naming Arlene Tesar, who is already in the trustees’ employ, as the full-time secretary. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The East Hampton Town Trustees, who derive approximately half their annual revenue from leasing land at Lazy Point, and a transfer fee on the sale of houses there, discussed the possibility of extending leases from the present one-year term to as many as 30 years, or perhaps more.

Real estate at Lazy Point in Amagansett is an East End anomaly. While the sandy acreage faces Gardiner’s Bay and juts up against Napeague Harbor, the land on which the relatively small houses there sit comes at a modest rental fee because it is owned by the East Hampton Town Trustees.

At their meeting on Monday, the trustees discussed a significant change in the landlord-tenant agreement, one that is likely to be welcomed. 

The trustees, who derive approximately half their annual revenue from leasing land at Lazy Point, and a transfer fee on the sale of houses there, discussed the possibility of extending leases from the present one-year term to as many as 30 years, or perhaps more. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The possibility of electing a new chairperson of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee was scuttled last night after a State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on Monday forbidding the committee from conducting a vote before its June 20 meeting.

The possibility of electing a new chairperson of the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee was scuttled last night after a State Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on Monday forbidding the committee from conducting a vote before its June 20 meeting. 

The order was a victory for Rona Klopman, an Amagansett resident seeking to be the committee chairwoman. She filed an Article 78 action against the committee last month, demanding that the committee determine its true membership and that the election be held on the basis of the results. 

Christopher Walsh
May 17, 2018
The East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees will hold a joint hearing on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm tonight at 6:30 at LTV Studios in Wainscott.

The East Hampton Town Board and the town trustees will hold a joint hearing on the proposed South Fork Wind Farm tonight at 6:30 at LTV Studios in Wainscott. 

Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island company that built and operates the Block Island Wind Farm, a five-turbine installation that is the nation’s first offshore wind farm, seeks to construct the 15-turbine South Fork Wind Farm approximately 36 miles southeast of Montauk. The company is seeking easements from the town board and trustees that would allow it to land the wind farm’s transmission cable at the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in Wainscott and bury it in the public road right of way, on a path to a Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton.