Recent Stories: Government

T.E. McMorrow
September 21, 2017
A plan by AT&T to install cellphone antennas on the wind turbine at Iacono Farm in East Hampton has been tentatively rejected by members of the town planning board.

A plan by AT&T to install cellphone antennas on the wind turbine at Iacono Farm in East Hampton has been tentatively rejected by members of the town planning board.

A sharply divided board voted 4-3 on Sept.13 that the applicant must submit a final environmental impact statement, all but ensuring the plan’s defeat. Job Potter, Randy Parsons, Kathleen Cunningham, and Patti Leber voted for an E.I.S., citing the fact that the site is considered an avoidance area for such development, as well as concern for the “fall zone” of the tower. Without the antennas, the wind turbine, which is already built, is considered an extension of normal farming structures.

Christopher Walsh
September 21, 2017
The scarcity of affordable housing, drug abuse and mental health, and preservation of the town’s character dominated discussion when the Democratic candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and town board held an informational meeting on Monday night at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church’s Session House.

The scarcity of affordable housing, drug abuse and mental health, and preservation of the town’s character dominated discussion when the Democratic candidates for East Hampton Town Supervisor and town board held an informational meeting on Monday night at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church’s Session House.

For two hours, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, who is running to succeed Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who is seeking re-election, and Jeff Bragman took questions from approximately 40 residents. The candidates plan future informational meetings in Springs and Montauk.

Star Staff
September 21, 2017
Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Board, will present and discuss the results of a community survey he commissioned on Monday at noon at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett.

Survey Presentation and Response

Paul Giardina, a Republican candidate for East Hampton Town Board, will present and discuss the results of a community survey he commissioned on Monday at noon at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett.

Hy Mariampolski, the president of QualiData, a research and consulting firm that conducted the study, will deliver a brief presentation of the findings. Mr. Giardina, who spent 37 years at the federal Environmental Protection Agency and four years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will then review his campaign’s response to those findings. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Christopher Walsh
September 21, 2017
Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader, has called on Congress to quickly pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which he said would help combat the rise in toxic algae found in Long Island waterways.

Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate minority leader, has called on Congress to quickly pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which he said would help combat the rise in toxic algae found in Long Island waterways. Left unchecked, said Mr. Schumer, a Democrat, these toxic blooms could contaminate Long Island’s drinking water and damage economies dependent on fishing and recreation.

Christopher Walsh
September 14, 2017
The nascent effort to mitigate the degraded condition of Long Island’s waterways got a boost last week when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $10.4 million shellfish restoration initiative that is also intended to bolster coastal resiliency.

The nascent effort to mitigate the degraded condition of Long Island’s waterways got a boost last week when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $10.4 million shellfish restoration initiative that is also intended to bolster coastal resiliency. 

In the Sept. 6 announcement, the governor unveiled details of the plan, in which $7.25 million will be invested in public hatcheries across Long Island and the remainder in obtaining adult shellfish. Under the plan, the State Department of Environmental Conservation will establish a user-friendly website, hotline, and ombudsman to streamline the permitting processes for shellfish cultivation. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 14, 2017
East Hampton Airport, and the town board’s effort to win Federal Aviation Administration approval for a curfew or other restrictions that would limit aircraft noise, will be the focus of a series of meetings early next week.

East Hampton Airport, and the town board’s effort to win Federal Aviation Administration approval for a curfew or other restrictions that would limit aircraft noise, will be the focus of a series of meetings early next week.

At Town Hall on Tuesday, at a 10 a.m. town board work session, Bill O’Connor, an attorney, will brief the board on federal regulations covering local regulation of airports. 

Mr. O’Connor, whose firm, Morrison Foerster, has been hired to assist the town, will give an overview of the Airport Noise Capacity Act and the F.A.A. procedure, called a Part 161 process, that the town will pursue. He will review the components of the process, the timeline, and the associated costs.

Irene Silverman
September 14, 2017
Members of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee were surprised to learn that Marine Patrol, working with the East End Marine Task Force on Long Island Sound, has been carrying radiation detectors.

East Hampton Town’s chief harbormaster, Ed Michels, was both master of ceremonies and the star of a brief Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee meeting Monday night, bringing the committee up to date on the activities of the town’s Marine Patrol, a division of the Police Department.

Members were surprised to learn that Marine Patrol, working with the East End Marine Task Force on Long Island Sound, has been carrying radiation detectors. “If you come into the Sound with weapons or terrorist operations, we will get you,” Mr. Michels said. “If you come in with radioactive isotopes, we’ll get you.” In an Aug. 19 test, he said, the task force had successfully located three hidden radioactive devices. 

Christopher Walsh
September 14, 2017
In the Democratic primary for the two East Hampton Town Board spots on the November ballot, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, at left, and Jeffrey Bragman were the winners on Tuesday, besting Zachary Cohen, who had successfully petitioned to force the primary.

In the Democratic primary for the two East Hampton Town Board spots on the November ballot, Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman were the winners on Tuesday, besting Zachary Cohen, who had successfully petitioned to force the primary.

In another primary race, Julie Evans, a registered Independence Party member who is running for town trustee on the Republican ticket, appears to have won one of the nine trustee spots on the Independence Party ticket. Ms. Evans also successfully petitioned to force a primary after her party failed to endorse her.  

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 14, 2017
With tears in her eyes at the thought of having to leave her parents and her three younger siblings, a young, soft-spoken 23-year-old woman quietly explained that her dreams were not very different from those of her fellow millennials, regardless of legal status.

With tears in her eyes at the thought of having to leave her parents and her three younger siblings, a young, soft-spoken 23-year-old woman quietly explained that her dreams were not very different from those of her fellow millennials, regardless of legal status.

“I just want to stay here and make a future, help my family, own a house, and have a full-time job,” she said. One of the 800,000 recipients of the federal program known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, she said it had made those dreams seem possible. Now she is not so sure. 

The thought of living separately from her parents is particularly painful for Anna, who asked that her real name not be used. As a child, she had already lived without them for nearly nine years. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 14, 2017
With fall starting and the process of raking and cleaning up fallen leaves set to begin once again, officials are discussing the feasibility of having the East Hampton Town Highway Department collect bagged leaves from the roadsides along properties here.

East Hampton Town

Looking at Leaf Pickup

With fall starting and the process of raking and cleaning up fallen leaves set to begin once again, officials are discussing the feasibility of having the East Hampton Town Highway Department collect bagged leaves from the roadsides along properties here.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
New York voters will decide in November whether or not to hold a convention to amend the State Constitution, and on Tuesday at 7 p.m. the East Hampton Democratic Committee will lead a deliberation on the matter at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

New York voters will decide in November whether or not to hold a convention to amend the State Constitution, and on Tuesday at 7 p.m. the East Hampton Democratic Committee will lead a deliberation on the matter at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett.

Proponents say that new rights and safeguards for democracy, such as fair campaign finance, nonpartisan redistricting, rights to clean air and water, and protection for a woman’s right to choose could be gained by a convention. Opponents argue that rights now in the State Constitution, such as free and public education, safeguards for public employee pensions, and a ban on public funding of religious schools, could be lost. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 14, 2017
There was another primary on Tuesday: Lawrence M. Zacarese won his bid to run as a Republican for Suffolk County sheriff over State Senator Philip M. Boyle of Bay Shore.

There was another primary on Tuesday: Lawrence M. Zacarese won his bid to run as a Republican for Suffolk County sheriff over State Senator Philip M. Boyle of Bay Shore. The county sheriff, a position held by Vincent DeMarco for the last 12 years, runs the county jails in Riverside and Yaphank. 

Mr. Zacarese, an assistant police chief at Stony Brook University who lives in Kings Park, received 55.92 percent of the vote, while his opponent received 43.5 percent. Mr. Zacarese is a former sergeant in the New York Police Department.

Mr. Boyle, a three-term state senator, had received the Republican nomination before Mr. Zacarese forced a primary. Mr. Boyle still has the Conservative and Independence Party lines in November’s election.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 14, 2017
Filming resumed in East Hampton this week for “The Affair,” a Showtime series based in a fictional Hamptons town. The series, which has been filmed here from the start, is going into its fifth season.

Filming resumed in East Hampton this week for “The Affair,” a Showtime series based in a fictional Hamptons town. The series, which has been filmed here from the start, is going into its fifth season. 

Its actors and crews are by now a familiar sight in East Hampton locations, and they will be returning during this round to several previous sites, such as the Lobster Roll restaurant on Napeague. Town permits have been issued for filming on weekdays through Oct. 3, following a careful review by a town committee on special events and filming of the filmmakers’ proposal.

Christopher Walsh
September 12, 2017
Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman are the apparent winners in the Democratic primary for East Hampton Town Board, trailed by Zachary Cohen, who forced the primary after being passed over for the Democratic Committee’s endorsement.

Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Jeffrey Bragman are the apparent winners in the Democratic primary for East Hampton Town Board, trailed by Zachary Cohen, who forced the primary after being passed over for the Democratic Committee’s endorsement. They will face the Republican Party’s candidates, Paul Giardina and Jerry Larsen, in the Nov. 7 election. 

In another primary race, Julie Evans, a registered Independence Party member who is running for town trustee on the Republican ticket, appears to have won one of the nine trustee spots on the Independence party ticket. Ms. Evans also successfully petitioned to force a primary after her party failed to endorse her race and will appear on the Independence Party line. 

Christopher Walsh
September 7, 2017
The election of Donald Trump created a wave of uncertainty and fear among undocumented immigrants across the country, prompting rumors of detentions and deportations to spread quickly through the South Fork towns and East Hampton officials to assert that local law enforcement personnel would not carry out immigration enforcement.

The election of Donald Trump created a wave of uncertainty and fear among undocumented immigrants across the country, prompting rumors of detentions and deportations to spread quickly through the South Fork towns and East Hampton officials to assert that local law enforcement personnel would not carry out immigration enforcement. 

Now, South Fork residents who own businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries have a related cause for concern: Under Mr. Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, signed in April, the J-1 visa exchange visitor program, which provides a sizable portion of the summer work force here, may be eliminated. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 7, 2017
A water purification project in Accabonac Harbor — the first in East Hampton Town to be funded by the portion of the community preservation fund that voters approved last year for water quality improvement — is moving ahead, Kim Shaw, the town’s natural resources director, told the town board this week.

A water purification project in Accabonac Harbor — the first in East Hampton Town to be funded by the portion of the community preservation fund that voters approved last year for water quality improvement — is moving ahead, Kim Shaw, the town’s natural resources director, told the town board this week.

The project will make use of bioextraction, a natural process through which something is taken up by another organism, to remove nitrogen from the water. An excess of nitrogen, which leaches from septic waste, among other sources, leads to algal blooms, which severely impact aquatic ecosystems and can be toxic for humans. 

Joanne Pilgrim
September 7, 2017
With another summer in the books, the second since East Hampton Town established a rental registry to help rein in problematic illegal short-term and overcrowded rentals, the legislation was this week declared a “terrific success” by Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

With another summer in the books, the second since East Hampton Town established a rental registry to help rein in problematic illegal short-term and overcrowded rentals, the legislation was this week declared a “terrific success” by Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.  

“There’s no question in my mind that it was the right thing to do, and it’s working,” he said Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
September 7, 2017
A site plan that would allow Tiina the Store, on Amagansett Main Street, to demolish a back building and part of its main building, is once again facing possible derailment.

A site plan that would allow Tiina the Store, on Amagansett Main Street, to demolish a back building and part of its main building, is once again facing possible derailment.

East Hampton Town planning board members, meeting on Aug. 23, discussed a letter from Anne Glennon, the town’s chief building inspector, questioning the validity of the site’s retail use. If it had at some point been abandoned, she wrote, then the store’s current certificate of occupancy was invalid.

Christopher Walsh
September 7, 2017
On Tuesday, registered Democrats can vote in a primary election to select the party’s two candidates for a seat on the East Hampton Town Board, and members of the town’s Independence Party can select its 9 candidates for town trustee from a field of 10.

On Tuesday, registered Democrats can vote in a primary election to select the party’s two candidates for a seat on the East Hampton Town Board, and members of the town’s Independence Party can select its 9 candidates for town trustee from a field of 10. 

In the Democratic primary, voters will choose between Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, an incumbent councilwoman, Jeffrey Bragman, an attorney, and Zachary Cohen, former candidate for supervisor who serves on a number of town and county committees. 

Christopher Walsh
August 31, 2017
The East Hampton Town Trustees and the Georgica Association, a 100-acre private enclave on the west bank of Georgica Pond, have reached a memorandum of understanding that will allow the trustees to traverse the association’s property in order to conduct dredging at the pond’s south end.

The East Hampton Town Trustees and the Georgica Association, a 100-acre private enclave on the west bank of Georgica Pond, have reached a memorandum of understanding that will allow the trustees to traverse the association’s property in order to conduct dredging at the pond’s south end. 

At the trustees’ meeting on Monday, Francis Bock, the body’s presiding officer, announced a five-year agreement with the association under which, in exchange for the right to cross association land, the trustees will provide 3,000 cubic yards of beach-compatible sand, stockpiled for use in rebuilding the dune area in front of the association’s property. 

Christopher Walsh
August 31, 2017
The three candidates vying for two seats on the East Hampton Town Board debated a number of issues Monday evening at the East Hampton Library, with a political newcomer who has the party’s backing repeatedly if gently attempting to draw a distinction between himself and the candidate who does not.

The three candidates vying for two seats on the East Hampton Town Board debated a number of issues Monday evening at the East Hampton Library, with a political newcomer who has the party’s backing repeatedly if gently attempting to draw a distinction between himself and the candidate who does not. 

Jeffrey Bragman, an attorney endorsed by the East Hampton Democratic Committee, discussed various topics with Zachary Cohen, a former candidate for supervisor and town trustee who did not receive the party’s endorsement but successfully petitioned to force a primary. Between them sat Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who was elected to the town board in 2013 and is in her first re-election campaign. 

Joanne Pilgrim
August 31, 2017
An effort to encourage East Hampton Town business and residential property owners to replace septic systems that release untreated effluent into the environment with one of four wastewater treatment systems recently approved by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will begin tomorrow, when applications for rebates will be accepted.

An effort to encourage East Hampton Town business and residential property owners to replace septic systems that release untreated effluent into the environment with one of four wastewater treatment systems recently approved by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will begin tomorrow, when applications for rebates will be accepted. 

“We’ve had a lot of inquiries; there’s a lot of interest,” Kim Shaw, the town natural resources director, said yesterday.

Christopher Walsh
August 24, 2017
Fire up the ovens, get the chickens primped and pretty, and keep practicing those tricks with Fido — the Springs Agricultural Fair takes place on Saturday, with all kinds of contests to enter and prizes to win.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and the East Hampton Group for Good Government have invited the public to a Democratic Party primary debate on Monday at 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

Voters will have an opportunity to hear and ask questions of three contenders who would like to run for election to the East Hampton Town Board in November: Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, an incumbent seeking re-election, Jeffrey Bragman, an attorney and first-time candidate, and Zachary Cohen, who lost a 2011 bid for supervisor by just 15 votes. The East Hampton Democratic Committee endorsed Ms. Burke-Gonzalez and Mr. Bragman, and Mr. Cohen petitioned successfully to force a primary. It will take place on Sept. 12. The deadline to submit applications for absentee ballots is Sept. 5.

Star Staff
August 24, 2017
A cocktail party fund-raiser to help elect Tommy John Schiavoni to the Southampton Town Board will be held in Sag Harbor on Sunday evening from 5 to 7.

A cocktail party fund-raiser to help elect Tommy John Schiavoni to the Southampton Town Board will be held in Sag Harbor on Sunday evening from 5 to 7. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. will be the special guest at the Back Page, behind Page at 63 Main restaurant. Admission is $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Mr. Schiavoni is a Democratic candidate for town board, running with Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, a member of the Independence Party who received the Democratic nomination in his bid for re-election, and Councilwoman Julie Lofstad.

Running on the Republican ticket is Councilman Stan Glinka and Thea Dombrowski-Fry.