Recent Stories: Government

Joanne Pilgrim
January 22, 2015

A review of the East Hampton Town Building Department prompted by the discoveries of an undeposited 2010 check for a building permit, $290 in undeposited cash along with a receipt lacking a year, and a cash receipt book with pages missing has led to the development of stricter controls over the issuance of building permits and the collection of fee payments.

Christopher Walsh
January 15, 2015

Just as long-awaited plans for a public restroom in Amagansett’s business district parking lot near completion, with bids for construction to be opened today, opponents of its location reopened the debate at Monday’s meeting of the hamlet’s citizens advisory committee.

T.E. McMorrow
January 15, 2015

The Montauk Movie, where rainy days could be spent catching the latest flick, will be reincarnated in the coming months as SoulCycle, where folks will be able to spin their days away instead, if a site plan now before the East Hampton Town Planning Board is approved. Although no structural changes to the building are planned, the change of use triggers the review.

T.E. McMorrow
January 15, 2015

After a somewhat contentious debate Tuesday night, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals approved a subdivision of a Georgica Association property that will leave the resulting lots smaller than the five-acre standard there. The four board members who voted to approve the requested variance from the minimum lot size held that by doing so they were actually reducing density, in accordance with the goals of the comprehensive plan for the area.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 8, 2015
A Suffolk County legislator, Al Krupski, whose district includes the North Fork, is voicing his renewed opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers project in Montauk.



A Suffolk County legislator, Al Krupski, whose district includes the North Fork, is voicing his renewed opposition to the Army Corps of Engineers project in Montauk, where a reinforced sand dune is to be built along the downtown beach.

T.E. McMorrow
December 31, 2014

The East Hampton Town Planning Board will hold four public hearings Wednesday night, including one for a proposed subdivision in Wainscott that has generated controversy and three others that have not been questioned.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 24, 2014

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed into law a bill designed to protect licensed physicians from sanction by the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct for prescribing long-term antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease.

The law, which was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., was among recommendations by the Senate Majority Coalition’s task force on Lyme and tickborne diseases in order to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases in the state.

T.E. McMorrow
December 24, 2014

“The Town of East Hampton v. Clan-Fitz, et al.,” East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky said Monday morning, calling the attorneys for both the town and Cyril’s Fish House to the floor in court once again. The legal battle has been raging between the two for years, in both local and state court. But, in keeping with the holiday sentiment, there was an air of peace between the two on Monday.

T.E. McMorrow
December 24, 2014

“The Town of East Hampton v. Clan-Fitz, et al.,” East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky said Monday morning, calling the attorneys for both the town and Cyril’s Fish House to the floor in court once again. The legal battle has been raging between the two for years, in both local and state court. But, in keeping with the holiday sentiment, there was an air of peace between the two on Monday.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 18, 2014
An Army Corps of Engineers plan to place thousands of sand bags on the threatened downtown oceanfront will be delayed. Officials say the scale and anticipated price tag for the work has sharply increased.

After finding considerable erosion on the downtown Montauk beach from a northeaster last week whose high tides and heavy surf pummeled the shore, the Army Corps of Engineers is revamping its beach reconstruction project there and will add more sand than was planned to a berm to be placed in front of a sandbag-reinforced dune.

Christopher Walsh
December 11, 2014

The Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee voted on Monday to inform the East Hampton Town Board that it is considering whether to request a hamlet study in which problems related to housing, wastewater, transportation, utility lines, and beaches would be identified and addressed.

Star staff
December 11, 2014

The Suffolk County Legislature approved a measure last week that could bolster the county’s drinking water protection program by paying reimbursements for the salaries of employees doing water quality work back to the program, rather than into the county’s general fund.

Christopher Walsh
December 11, 2014
Citing recent heavy rainfall and stormwater runoff, the State Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily closed several waterways in East Hampton and Southampton to the harvesting of shellfish.

Citing recent heavy rainfall and stormwater runoff, the State Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily closed several waterways in East Hampton and Southampton to the harvesting of shellfish.

As of Wednesday, part of Northwest Harbor, all of Northwest Creek, all of Sag Harbor and its tributaries, and a portion of outer Sag Harbor were affected by the D.E.C. action.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 11, 2014

It was a good year for piping plovers on East Hampton beaches, Juliana Duryea of the town’s Natural Resources Department reported to the town board on Dec. 2. The birds are considered an endangered species in New York State. Their East Coast population is on a federal list of threatened species, and they are protected.

A program to protect them and increase the chances of successful breeding begins in late March each year, Ms. Duryea said, and the results are reported to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the state.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 4, 2014

East Hampton Town

Heating Oil Assistance

East Hampton Town residents who wish to apply to the federal Home Energy Assistance Program for help in paying winter heating bills can get some one-on-one assistance with the application through the town’s Department of Human Services. Also available are emergency benefits, to pay for heating costs when fuel is running low or heat is scheduled to be shut off, and grants to low-income homeowners to cover heating equipment repair or replacement.

T.E. McMorrow
December 4, 2014

The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals approved the reconstruction of a dilapidated dock in Gardiner’s Bay off the subdivision known as Broadview at its Nov. 18 work session in Town Hall.

T.E. McMorrow
December 4, 2014

A proposed 120-foot-tall cellphone monopole along with a vinyl-sided shed on a parcel on Napeague received negative signals from the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Nov. 19.

The pole, to be used by AT&T, would be placed at the rear of a nearly 16,000-square-foot parcel on the north side of Montauk Highway owned by an entity called Surf Barn. The site has one house on it and a store occupied by Goldberg’s, a bagel shop that opened there earlier this year.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 4, 2014

On Tuesday, the Sag Harbor Village Board will hear from residents and business owners on a proposal to prohibit single-use plastic bags at retail stores. The proposal is part of a movement on the East End to ban such bags in time for Earth Day 2015.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 26, 2014

The process of gaining town approval to put up an agricultural building on farmland would be simplified under a proposed revision to the East Hampton Town code that will be the subject of a hearing before the town board next Thursday.

At present, the law requires review by the town planning and agricultural review boards, as well as approval of the town board for buildings or other structures on farmland over which the town holds development rights.

Under the proposed change, town board approval would not be required.

Joanne Pilgrim
November 26, 2014

East Hampton Town

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