Recent Stories: Government

Joanne Pilgrim
February 16, 2017
The existing radio system, with four channels for talking and one for control, was designed to accommodate a total of 250 users; at last count, 10 years ago, the number of users had risen to 700.

The emergency communications system in East Hampton Town — used by police along with all of the fire departments and ambulance companies, as well as by town bus drivers, Highway Department workers, parks and recreation staff, and so on — “has reached what’s called end of life,” East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo told the town boa

Christopher Walsh
February 16, 2017

A proposal to expand what has been dubbed a community oyster garden, which was launched in Three Mile Harbor last year, to Hog Creek is a step closer to reality, the director of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery told the East Hampton Town Trustees at their meeting Monday.

Christopher Walsh
February 16, 2017
While pledging to await East Hampton Town Trustee opinion before taking action, the members of the East Hampton Town Board, at a work session on Feb. 7, were generally in favor of amending the town code regulations on beach driving, as outlined by Michael Sendlenski, the town attorney

While pledging to await East Hampton Town Trustee opinion before taking action, the members of the East Hampton Town Board, at a work session on Feb. 7, were generally in favor of amending the town code regulations on beach driving, as outlined by Michael Sendlenski, the town attorney.

T.E. McMorrow
February 16, 2017
Frans H. and Dalal Preidel, who own a small cottage on a dune at the beach terminus of South Edison Street in Montauk, got a Valentine’s Day gift Tuesday night from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, which informally agreed to allow them to remove an outdoor shower and deck and replace it with a shed.

Frans H. and Dalal Preidel, who own a small cottage on a dune at the beach terminus of South Edison Street in Montauk, got a Valentine’s Day gift Tuesday night from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, which informally agreed to allow them to remove an outdoor shower and deck and replace it with a shed.

Bess Rattray
February 15, 2017
Reports this morning that a “Russian spy ship” was patrolling near Long Island set off a firestorm on social media, but a representative for the United States Coast Guard, who spoke with The Star around noon, said citizens had no reason to be alarmed.

Reports this morning that a “Russian spy ship” was patrolling near Long Island set off a firestorm on social media, but a representative for the United States Coast Guard, who spoke with The Star around noon, said citizens had no reason to be alarmed.

David E. Rattray
February 9, 2017
Property owners in East Hampton Town could receive rebates of up to $15,000 toward replacing failed or inadequate septic waste systems.

Property owners in East Hampton Town could receive rebates of up to $15,000 toward replacing failed or inadequate septic waste systems if a proposal now being considered by officials goes ahead.

Money for the program would come from the 20-year extension of the community preservation fund 2-percent tax on most real estate sales, which was approved by voters in November.

Star Staff
February 9, 2017
Moody’s Investors Service, which evaluates municipalities, schools, businesses, and other entities on their ability to repay short-term debt, has affirmed the town’s AAA rating, the highest level possible.

Moody’s Investors Service, which evaluates municipalities, schools, businesses, and other entities on their ability to repay short-term debt, has affirmed the town’s AAA rating, the highest level possible.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 9, 2017
With the snow falling steadily, officials are telling residents to stay off the roads and let highway crews do their work without vehicular traffic.

Update, 1:30 p.m.:  In the hours since East Hampton Town and Village declared a state of emergency, other municipalities have followed suit.

Christopher Walsh
February 9, 2017
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday a proposal to accelerate the use of renewable heating and cooling technologies to stimulate the clean energy economy.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday a proposal to accelerate the use of renewable heating and cooling technologies to stimulate the clean energy economy.

Christopher Walsh
February 9, 2017
As myriad protests against President Donald J. Trump’s executive orders and apparent intentions continue around the country, tensions have mounted in the First Congressional District, where constituents have held rallies targeting Representative Lee I. Zeldin

As myriad protests against President Donald J. Trump’s executive orders and apparent intentions continue around the country, tensions have mounted in the First Congressional District, where constituents have held rallies targeting Representative Lee I. Zeldin. Another is to be held in Riverhead, where Mr. Zeldin has an East End office, on Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
February 4, 2017

The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled. The four public hearings concerning applications for variances that were to take place will be held, instead, in March. The new date will be published Monday.

Christopher Walsh
February 2, 2017
Several baymen insisted before the East Hampton Town Trustees on Monday, often loudly, that Accabonac Harbor must be dredged, and quickly, to allow them to maintain their livelihood.

Several baymen insisted before the East Hampton Town Trustees on Monday, often loudly, that Accabonac Harbor must be dredged, and quickly, to allow them to maintain their livelihood.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 2, 2017
In order “to streamline the regulatory process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review,” the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed amending SEQRA.

In order “to streamline the regulatory process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review,” the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed amending the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which dictates close scrutiny of projects that could have negative  environmental impacts.

T.E. McMorrow
February 2, 2017
Two small lots with summer houses on them were before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday.

Two small lots with summer houses on them were before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday. One, a 16,978-square-foot lot at the intersection of Bay View Avenue and Lazy Point Road in Amagansett, has an accessory building that was the subject of a public hearing.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 2, 2017

A South Fork railroad service that could accommodate those commuting into East Hampton Town for work, a service that has long been discussed and was instituted for a short-term trial in 2006, is feasible, Long Island Rail Road officials agreed at a meeting last week with the East End’s state, county, and local government officials.

Christopher Walsh
February 2, 2017
The 2016 pilot program in which individuals and families participated in a community oyster garden in Three Mile Harbor should be expanded to Hog Creek, the director of East Hampton Town’s shellfish hatchery told the town trustees on Monday.

The 2016 pilot program in which individuals and families participated in a community oyster garden in Three Mile Harbor should be expanded to Hog Creek, the director of East Hampton Town’s shellfish hatchery told the town trustees on Monday.

T.E. McMorrow
February 2, 2017
The Peconic Land Trust will likely get approval from the East Hampton Town Planning Board for a 2,800-square-foot equipment barn at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. However, it may not get the access to the barn it had hoped for.

The Peconic Land Trust will likely get approval from the East Hampton Town Planning Board for a 2,800-square-foot equipment barn at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. However, it may not get the access to the barn it had hoped for.

Christopher Walsh
February 2, 2017
Representative Lee Zeldin defended the executive order barring entry by citizens of the seven countries, but at the same time said he would ensure that any misapplication of the order would be corrected.

In the first week of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, a flurry of executive orders drew protests around the country.

Christopher Walsh
January 26, 2017
President Donald Trump’s pledge to deport undocumented immigrants and deny federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities has unnerved many South Fork residents.

President Donald Trump’s pledge to deport undocumented immigrants and deny federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities, those where local officials have said they will not cooperate with federal immigration authorities, has unnerved many South Fork residents.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 26, 2017
In the wake of yet another coastal storm, repairs will again be needed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project on the downtown Montauk beach.

In the wake of yet another coastal storm, repairs will again be needed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project on the downtown Montauk beach.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 26, 2017
The fight over whether PSEG-Long Island, the utility that provides electric service here, should be subject to East Hampton Town’s zoning laws will continue in a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday.

The fight over whether PSEG-Long Island, the utility that provides electric service here, should be subject to East Hampton Town’s zoning laws — particularly whether the company’s reconstruction of a substation on Old Stone Highway in Amagansett should have been reviewed by the town planning board — will continue in a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday.

T.E. McMorrow
January 26, 2017
Several applicants cancelled their public hearings before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, resulting in an abbreviated meeting that proved time well spent for one applicant.

Several applicants cancelled their public hearings before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, resulting in an abbreviated meeting that proved time well spent for one applicant.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 26, 2017
Information about the state of Long Island’s groundwater and on the quality of the treated drinking water provided to residents by various suppliers, including the Suffolk County Water Authority, can be found on WaterTraq, a new interactive website.

Information about the state of Long Island’s groundwater and on the quality of the treated drinking water provided to residents by various suppliers, including the Suffolk County Water Authority, can be found on WaterTraq, a new interactive website developed by the Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection.

Star Staff
January 23, 2017
A northeaster expected on Long Island Monday that will bring wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, heavy rains, and minor to moderate coastal flooding is already causing some cancellations.

A northeaster expected on Long Island Monday that will bring wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, heavy rains, and minor to moderate coastal flooding is already causing some cancellations. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flooding warning from 3 to 11 p.m. along the eastern bays and the Atlantic Ocean.