Recent Stories: Government

Joanne Pilgrim
April 9, 2015
A weekend ban on helicopters at the East Hampton Airport will not be among the restrictions designed to reduce aircraft noise over East Hampton and the East End.

A weekend ban on helicopters at the East Hampton Airport will not be among the restrictions designed to reduce aircraft noise over East Hampton and the East End.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 9, 2015

Changes to the East Hampton Town Code were on the town board’s agenda this week, and hearings will be scheduled soon to gauge public opinion on some of them.

In the face of widespread unhappiness with a plan to open some town launching ramps to use by personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, board members agreed it should not move forward.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 9, 2015
A state Supreme Court judge ruled last Thursday that PSEG Long Island, an electrical energy provider, and the Long Island Power Authority, for which PSEG is a contractor, are not subject to local zoning and other laws.

A state Supreme Court judge ruled last Thursday that PSEG Long Island, an electrical energy provider, and the Long Island Power Authority, for which PSEG is a contractor, are not subject to local zoning and other laws.

The ruling clears the way for PSEG to finish work at an Amagansett electrical transmission substation, the only thing left before new, high-voltage transmission lines that have caused consternation among residents of neighborhoods along their route can go online.

T.E. McMorrow
April 9, 2015

Two controversial applications for subdivisions moved a step closer to a vote by the East Hampton Town Planning Board on April 1 after clearing a procedural hurdle.

The board concluded, after some contentious debate, that neither proposal, at 55 Wainscott Hollow Road in Wainscott and 38 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett, required a lengthy evaluation under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

T.E. McMorrow
April 6, 2015

If you've been trying to open a page on East Hampton Town's website this week, and have been unsuccessful, it is not because you have lost your Internet connection, nor is the town's website down.

Previously, HamptonsOnline hosted the town's domain name, but several months ago the company announced that it would stop hosting domains at the beginning of this month, according to Bob Pease, the town's information technology administrator.

Christopher Walsh
April 2, 2015

The water quality in bodies overseen by the East Hampton Town Trustees is generally excellent, according to a presentation at Town Hall on Monday, but algal blooms that can be harmful to shellfish, finfish, and humans remain a concern.

Christopher Walsh
April 2, 2015

While the East Hampton Town Trustees, who manage many of the town’s beaches and waterways on behalf of the public, have signaled grudging acceptance of the town board’s intention to ban alcohol at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett during lifeguard-protected hours on weekends and holidays during the summer, they expressed greater enthusiasm at their meeting on March 25 for a pilot program aimed at reducing litter by removing trash receptacles and instituting a carry-in, carry-out policy there.

T.E. McMorrow
April 2, 2015
The future and dangers of former electrical generators and abandoned fuel tanks on Fort Pond on Industrial Road in Montauk were taken up by the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night.

The future and dangers of former electrical generators and abandoned fuel tanks on Fort Pond on Industrial Road in Montauk were taken up by the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night.

“This is a potential brownfield site,” Jeremy Samuelson, the executive director of Concerned Citizens of Montauk, warned the board.

The property owner has yet to supply reports on contamination levels, Eric Schantz, a senior planner for the town, told the members.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 2, 2015
Management goals, maintenance plans, and operating and capital budgets for the many historic properties and buildings owned by East Hampton Town are being developed for needed restoration and plans for public use.

Management goals, maintenance plans, and operating and capital budgets for the many historic properties and buildings owned by East Hampton Town — with focus on Fort Pond House in Montauk and the mess hall at Boys Harbor, a former summer camp in Northwest — are being developed, the East Hampton Town Board was told on March 17, when Andrew Harris, the chairman of the town’s property management committee, described what he called a “consistent and common approach” to needed restoration and plans for public use.

T.E. McMorrow
April 2, 2015
At Louse Point in Springs four neighbors want to build a rock revetment that will connect to the two already in front of properties to the north, creating more than 900 continuous feet of armored shoreline.

Four Springs neighbors who believe their houses may be about to fall into Gardiner’s Bay faced off on March 24 against a phalanx of East Hampton Town planners, trustees, environmentalists, and neighbors in a hearing before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals that lasted almost four hours.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 2, 2015

A dozen new members were appointed to the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee by the East Hampton Town Board on March 19.

Councilman Fred Overton, who is the board’s liaison to the committee, declined to offer the resolution and voted against it; it was offered instead by Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who, like Mr. Overton, is a resident of Springs.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015

The sense of place and time evoked by the Springs General Store, which sits along Accabonac Harbor and across from Pussy’s Pond in the Springs Historic District, will be further protected with the recently approved purchase by East Hampton Town of a facade easement that will assure that the property will continue to look as it has since the building was constructed in 1884.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015

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Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015
Opponents say Army Corps plan violates law.

The Army Corps of Engineers plan to build a sandbag-reinforced artificial dune along the downtown Montauk ocean beach hit conflicting milestones last week when Defend H2O, an environmental advocacy organization, and four individual petitioners filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court challenging it and, the next day, the construction contract for the dune was formally awarded to H&L Contracting of Bay Shore. Federal money is to pay for the $8.4 million project.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015

Concerned Citizens of Montauk is arguing that the Army Corps of Engineers plan to build a seawall along the ocean beach in downtown Montauk, for which bids have now been awarded, is not “shovel ready.”

“There’s a long list of items that need to be addressed,” Jeremy Samuelson, the executive director of C.C.O.M., said at an East Hampton Town Board meeting last Thursday. Mr. Samuelson is also quoted in a separate story on C.C.O.M.’s stand on a lawsuit challenging the project.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015

The remainder of a $31 million bond issued by East Hampton Town in 2006 will be refinanced, enabling the town to save $1.76 million in interest while paying off the debt over the next 12 years.

The money was borrowed for land acquisitions ($25 million), for construction of the town justice court ($2 million), and for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center ($4 million).

Almost 10 years later, the town has paid off almost $10 million of that debt, with $22.12 million remaining.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 26, 2015

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who has been critical of PSEG-Long Island, the utility company that operates the Long Island Power Authority grid, for a number of its practices, is calling for a review of payments, including executive pay and fees to consultants and contractors, made by PSEG under its contract with LIPA.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 23, 2015
A plan to build a 3,100-foot-long artificial dune along the downtown Montauk ocean beach will be challenged in court.

An Army Corps of Engineers plan to build a sandbag-reinforced artificial dune along the downtown Montauk ocean beach will be challenged in court. Defend H2O, an environmental advocacy organization, along with four individual petitioners, announced that it had filed notice on Friday in State Supreme Court.

The group intends to file an Article 78 lawsuit next month against the East Hampton Town Board, Suffolk County, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the Army Corps, and seeks to overturn the approvals that have been granted.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 19, 2015

Repeated snowstorms this winter almost certainly have exacerbated the problem, but residents of East Hampton in the so-called urban renewal areas, many of which are in Springs, have been complaining for years about the state of their streets and the lack of town highway services for them, such as snow removal.

The roads in the urban renewal subdivisions are not part of the town’s public road system, and so tax money cannot be spent to repair, pave, or plow them, except in an emergency.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 19, 2015

A lawsuit that challenged the adoption of a master plan for East Hampton Airport in 2010 has been dismissed by a federal appeals court. Brought by the Committee to Stop Airport Expansion, the suit centered on aircraft noise, which was the impetus for the four proposed airport use restrictions that drew a crowd to a town board hearing at LTV Studios in Wainscott last Thursday. The hearing is reported on separately.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015

Montauk’s Ditch Plain, where the future of what had been the East Deck Motel stirred recent interest in preserving its oceanfront tract, was before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on March 3 when applications to replace two mobile homes on the ocean at Montauk Shores Condominiums with two that would be larger came up for public hearing.

On the eastern side of Ditch Plain, Montauk Shores Condominiums is an unusual trailer park, with some of the 29 oceanfront units there reportedly valued in the neighborhood of $1 million.

Christopher Walsh
March 19, 2015

A project to determine how much nitrogen is entering the Peconic Bay through groundwater and identify its specific sources, which has been under way since fall, will conclude next month. A joint venture of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Peconic Land Trust, the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, and the National Grid Foundation, the findings will be presented this summer.

Christopher Walsh
March 12, 2015

Months after blueprints were drawn and its proposed location delineated, and well over a decade after discussions began, construction of a public restroom in the municipal parking lot north of Main Street in Amagansett is once again on hold.

T.E. McMorrow
March 12, 2015

A lawsuit against East Hampton Town, filed a year ago by a privately held drug treatment program in the Northwest Woods neighborhood, was dismissed on March 2 by a federal court judge in Central Islip. The judge, Leonard D. Wexler, found that Safe Harbor Retreat L.L.C. should have undergone a permitting process outlined in the zoning code before bringing the suit.