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Star Staff
December 1, 2016
Merit pay for heads of departments and apartments in outbuildings.

East Hampton Town

Merit Pay for Heads of Departments

After approving merit-based salary increases for union employees covered by a recently ratified Civil Service contract, the East Hampton Town Board has proposed that nonunion department heads also receive extra pay based on good performance.

T.E. McMorrow
December 1, 2016
Three public hearings are scheduled to be held in front of the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m.

Three public hearings are scheduled to be held in front of the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. The hearings are on properties in Montauk, Amagansett, and East Hampton.

Christopher Walsh
December 1, 2016
The Maidstone Club’s plan to build a 352-foot-long wooden bridge across the inland section of Hook Pond known as the Hook Pond Dreen has drawn increasing opposition since the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals first reviewed the proposal in October.

The Maidstone Club’s plan to build a 352-foot-long wooden bridge across the inland section of Hook Pond known as the Hook Pond Dreen has drawn increasing opposition since the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals first reviewed the proposal in October.

T.E. McMorrow
November 23, 2016
Marc Rowan, an investment billionaire whose plans for the several commercial properties he has bought in Montauk have had the attention of East Hampton Town planners for quite some time, may have been expecting formal planning board approval of a site plan for his Arbor restaurant on Nov. 16, but it was not to be.

Marc Rowan, an investment billionaire whose plans for the several commercial properties he has bought in Montauk have had the attention of East Hampton Town planners for quite some time, may have been expecting formal planning board approval of a site plan for his Arbor restaurant on Nov. 16, but it was not to be.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 23, 2016
A change in East Hampton Town’s zoning code that would reduce the maximum size of houses relative to the size of their lots is not just a matter of square footage, Jeffrey Freireich, the head of the East Hampton Business Alliance, told the town board at a hearing on that and related laws last Thursday.

A change in East Hampton Town’s zoning code that would reduce the maximum size of houses relative to the size of their lots is not just a matter of square footage, Jeffrey Freireich, the head of the East Hampton Business Alliance, told the town board at a hearing on that and related laws last Thursday. 

Star Staff
November 23, 2016
The East Hampton Town budget was adopted and the moratorium on development along Montauk Highway in Wainscott was approved.

East Hampton Town

Budget Adopted

With a vote last Thursday, the East Hampton Town Board adopted a $76 million operating budget for 2017, following a hearing on Nov. 3.

The budget relies on raising $53.7 million in taxes, which is $22,349 below the maximum allowed under a state-mandated tax levy cap. 

 

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 23, 2016
The budget was opposed by the two Republican board members who objected to the creation of new departments and administrative positions.

In a 3-to-2 vote on Friday, the Southampton Town Board passed its 2017 budget, the first drafted by Democratic Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. The $94.7-million spending plan will result in a reduction of 1.6 percent in the property tax rate, the largest decrease in more than a decade, while the increase in total spending over last year is 3.9 percent.

Christopher Walsh
November 17, 2016
“I leave with only positive thoughts,” former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Friday, three days after her campaign to unseat Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District ended with a loss.

“I leave with only positive thoughts,” former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Friday, three days after her campaign to unseat Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District ended with a loss. Mr. Zeldin, a first-term Republican, easily prevailed over his challenger, winning 59 percent to Ms.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 17, 2016

East Hampton Town

Landlord and Tenant Rights

Taylor K. Vecsey
T.E. McMorrow
November 17, 2016
Despite the nationwide rallies and candlelight vigils protesting the election of Donald Trump last week, those who voted for him on Nov. 8 remain steadfast. The president-elect won Suffolk County, though not the South Fork, yet his support here was still strong

Despite the nationwide rallies and candlelight vigils protesting the election of Donald Trump last week, those who voted for him on Nov. 8 remain steadfast. The president-elect won Suffolk County, though not the South Fork, yet his support here was still strong. 

Christopher Walsh
November 17, 2016
At their meeting on Monday, the East Hampton Town Trustees basked in the Nov. 4 State Supreme Court decision dismissing private property owners’ claims to sections of the beach at Napeague, but they quickly turned their attention to the use of a mosquito larvicide called methoprene on the lands and waterways under their jurisdiction.

At their meeting on Monday, the East Hampton Town Trustees basked in the Nov. 4 State Supreme Court decision dismissing private property owners’ claims to sections of the beach at Napeague, but they quickly turned their attention to the use of a mosquito larvicide called methoprene on the lands and waterways under their jurisdiction. 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 17, 2016

A one-year moratorium on development in Wainscott is expected to be approved by the East Hampton Town Board, perhaps as early as at a meeting tonight, after an initial vote was delayed at the request of Councilman Fred Overton to make time for further discussion.

Christopher Walsh
November 17, 2016
A State Supreme Court Justice has ruled that the 4,000-foot-long strip of sand popularly known as Truck Beach does not belong to a group of nearby homeowners, nor does a nearby 1,500-foot stretch in front of the White Sands Resort Hotel.

In a decision that East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell called “an enormous win for public access to our beaches,” State Supreme Court Justice Ralph Gazzillo has ruled that the 4,000-foot-long strip of sand popularly known as Truck Beach does not belong to a group of nearby homeowners, nor does a nearby 1,500-foot stretch in front of the White Sands Resort Hotel, as they cont

T.E. McMorrow
November 17, 2016
The team representing Marc Rowan — who wants to knock down four small cottages on Firestone Road in Montauk and replace them with three larger ones, each with its own small pool — failed to convince a majority of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals to override a building inspector’s ruling that is holding up his plans.

The team representing Marc Rowan — who wants to knock down four small cottages on Firestone Road in Montauk and replace them with three larger ones, each with its own small pool — failed to convince a majority of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals to override a building inspector’s ruling that is holding up his plans. 

Joanne Pilgrim
November 16, 2016
East Hampton Town will take its effort to enact curfews and other restrictions at East Hampton Airport to the United States Supreme Court.

East Hampton Town will take its effort to enact curfews and other restrictions at East Hampton Airport to the United States Supreme Court.

Christine Sampson
November 14, 2016

To all students in New York's First Senate District, and just in time for Thanksgiving, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has posed the question, "What are you thankful for this year?"

Christopher Walsh
November 14, 2016
A state court has ruled that private property owners do not own two disputed portions of ocean beach on Napeague and rejected a claim that people who used four-wheel-drive vehicles to get there to swim, picnic, or sunbathe were a public nuisance.

In a decision that East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell called "an enormous win for public access to our beaches," State Supreme Court Justice Ralph Gazzillo has ruled that a group of property owners do not own the 4,000-foot-long strip of ocean beach popularly known as Truck Beach, nor a nearby 1,500-foot stretch in front of the White Sands Motel, as they contended in lawsuits

Joanne Pilgrim
November 10, 2016
A federal appeals court ruling on Friday striking down three 2015 East Hampton Town laws designed to reduce noise from aircraft using East Hampton Airport may well galvanize those negatively affected by aircraft noise, who had looked to the laws for relief, to rally behind the idea of closing the airport.

A federal appeals court ruling on Friday striking down three 2015 East Hampton Town laws designed to reduce noise from aircraft using East Hampton Airport may well galvanize those negatively affected by aircraft noise, who had looked to the laws for relief, to rally behind the idea of closing the airport. 

Joanne Pilgrim
Carissa Katz
November 10, 2016
East End voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a referendum to extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its future proceeds to be used for water quality initiatives.

East End voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a referendum to extend the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its future proceeds to be used for water quality initiatives. 

Carissa Katz
November 10, 2016
Although a majority of Suffolk County broke for the Trump-Pence ticket at the polls on Tuesday, a closer look at district-by-district results shows that the Clinton-Kaine team came out on top in almost every one of the Election Districts between Tuckahoe and Montauk.

A close look at South Fork district-by-district election results for the 2016 presidential race shows that although a majority of Suffolk County broke for the Trump-Pence ticket at the polls on Tuesday, the Clinton-Kaine team came out on top in all but one of the 37 Election Districts between Tuckahoe and Mont

Joanne Pilgrim
November 10, 2016
Changes in the East Hampton Town zoning code that would set limits on the size of houses in keeping with the properties they are on, and other construction details, will be the subject of a hearing before the East Hampton Town Board at Town Hall next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Changes in the East Hampton Town zoning code that would set limits on the size of houses in keeping with the properties they are on, and other construction details, will be the subject of a hearing before the East Hampton Town Board at Town Hall next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A fact sheet on the proposal can be found on the town’s website.

T.E. McMorrow
November 10, 2016

The Suffolk Department of Health Services apparently is the only local agency that can enforce an 11-year-old Environmental Protection Agency requirement that large-capacity cesspools are illegal and should be removed. 

November 10, 2016
The East Hampton Town Board voted last Thursday to suspend Bill Taylor, the town’s waterways management supervisor, for 30 days without pay.

The East Hampton Town Board voted last Thursday to suspend Bill Taylor, the town’s waterways management supervisor, for 30 days without pay for actions taken without authorization on Sept. 4. Mr. Taylor, who is also a town trustee, was injured in the course of those actions and required hospitalization.

Christopher Walsh
November 10, 2016
Big night for incumbents: LaValle, Thiele re-elected.

Lee Zeldin was easily re-elected to a second term as the First District’s representative in Congress on Tuesday, defeating his opponent, former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, by a 59 to 41-percent margin.