Recent Stories: Government

Christopher Walsh
August 25, 2016
Unless new information comes to light, the East Hampton Town Trustees will neither claim nor disclaim ownership of the bay beach at Driftwood Shores in Springs, where there is a dispute between longtime residents and Kenneth and Judith Reiss, the owners of the last lot to be developed.

Unless new information comes to light, the East Hampton Town Trustees will neither claim nor disclaim ownership of the bay beach at Driftwood Shores in Springs, where there is a dispute between longtime residents and Kenneth and Judith Reiss, the owners of the last lot to be developed.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 25, 2016
Southampton Town is taking steps to improve pedestrian safety along Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, but a $700,000 state grant earmarked for crosswalk improvements and lighting enhancements is not as readily available as initially thought.

Southampton Town is taking steps to improve pedestrian safety along Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, but a $700,000 state grant earmarked for crosswalk improvements and lighting enhancements is not as readily available as initially thought.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 25, 2016
The public comment period on the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point shoreline proposals, a $1.1 billion project that has been more than half a century in the planning, extends through Sept. 29, with a hearing scheduled at the Montauk Firehouse on its penultimate day, Sept. 28.

The public comment period on the Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point shoreline proposals, a $1.1 billion project that has been more than half a century in the planning, extends through Sept. 29, with a hearing scheduled at the Montauk Firehouse on its penultimate day, Sept. 28.

T.E. McMorrow
August 25, 2016
The plans before the planning board would make Damark’s Deli, a popular delicatessen on Three Mile Harbor Road, the largest retail prepared-food business in East Hampton.

Damark’s Deli, a popular delicatessen on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, seems about to become a much larger store even though questions have been raised by a few East Hampton Town Planning Board members, the board’s attorney, and the town’s head building inspector.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 25, 2016

Efforts are under way to convince the Southampton Town Board to use the community preservation fund to end the possibility of development on the 13.3-acre parcel off Montauk Highway known as the Bridgehampton Gateway despite the fact the principal owner has made it clear she does not want to sell it.

Christopher Walsh
August 25, 2016
A prohibition on the harvesting of crabs and other marine life from Georgica Pond, which has been in effect since July 1 because of the blue-green algae bloom that appeared in June, is being lifted this week, as the East Hampton Town Trustees voted on Monday to remove the signs warning against its consumption or exposure to the pond’s water.

A prohibition on the harvesting of crabs and other marine life from Georgica Pond, which has been in effect since July 1 because of the blue-green algae bloom that appeared in June, is being lifted this week, as the East Hampton Town Trustees voted on Monday to remove the signs warning against its consumption or exposure to the pond’s water.

Star Staff
August 25, 2016
Citizens group seeks police body cameras and a C.P.F. buy on Spinner Lane in East Hampton.

East Hampton Town

Seek Police Body Cameras, Training

Representing a new citizens group called Current, Louis Myrick spoke to the East Hampton Town Board last Thursday about earmarking money in the upcoming year’s budget to buy body cameras for town police.

Christopher Walsh
August 25, 2016
What began as isolated patches of Cochlodinium, or rust tide, in Sag Harbor and Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton earlier this month has spread across the Peconic Estuary.

What began as isolated patches of Cochlodinium, or rust tide, in Sag Harbor and Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton earlier this month has spread across the Peconic Estuary.

Christine Sampson
August 25, 2016
Hillary Clinton, who reportedly took in $52.3 million in contributions last month, will look to grow her presidential campaign fund during a visit to the South Fork this week.

Hillary Clinton, who reportedly took in $52.3 million in contributions last month, will look to grow her presidential campaign fund during a visit to the South Fork this week.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 25, 2016

Town officials on Friday got a court injunction against an East Hampton property owner who has allegedly been operating an illegal nightclub in the basement of a house at 7 Muir Boulevard.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 25, 2016
The East Hampton Town Board unanimously approved the extension of the town’s community preservation fund program by 20 years, through 2050, and authorized the use of up to 20 percent of the fund on water quality improvement projects.

The East Hampton Town Board unanimously approved the extension of the town’s community preservation fund program by 20 years, through 2050, and authorized the use of up to 20 percent of the fund on water quality improvement projects. The changes will not go into effect unless they are approved by voters in November.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 24, 2016
Frustrated by continued noise from helicopters and planes using East Hampton Airport, several people are calling for the airport to be closed, saying the approximately 600-acre, town-owned site could be put to better community use.

Frustrated by continued noise from helicopters and planes using East Hampton Airport, several people are calling for the airport to be closed, saying the approximately 600-acre, town-owned site could be put to better community use.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 24, 2016

Space is still available in a Narcan training class that Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming is hosting in Montauk on Thursday night. 

Joanne Pilgrim
August 19, 2016
Town officials moved Thursday night to seek an injunction against an East Hampton property owner who has apparently been operating an illegal nightclub in the basement of a house at 7 Muir Boulevard.

Town officials on Friday got a court injunction  against an East Hampton property owner who has apparently been operating an illegal nightclub in the basement of a house at 7 Muir Boulevard.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 18, 2016
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.

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.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 18, 2016
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.

Solar energy systems could get a boost from Southampton Town. 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.

Star Staff
August 18, 2016
Search for a new Southampton Town Police Chief is down to two candidates and accused highway employee quits.

Southampton Town

Down to Two in Police Chief Search

Joanne Pilgrim
August 18, 2016
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.

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.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 18, 2016
Concerned about the national rise of hate-motivated rhetoric, East Hampton Town’s anti-bias task force, in a statement sent to the media, has reminded residents of its mission and invited visitors or prospective members to attend its monthly meetings.

Concerned about the national rise of hate-motivated rhetoric, East Hampton Town’s anti-bias task force, in a statement sent to the media, has reminded residents of its mission and invited visitors or prospective members to attend its monthly meetings, held the second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Town Hall.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 18, 2016
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.

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.

Taylor K. Vecsey
August 18, 2016
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.

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.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 11, 2016
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.

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.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 11, 2016
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.

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 last Thursday, although a number of speakers urged the board to tighten the law’s language to ensure it would not spur development.

Joanne Pilgrim
August 11, 2016
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.

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.