Recent Stories: Government

Christopher Walsh
April 20, 2018
East Hampton Town has revoked a license agreement with a helicopter company, filed a complaint with the federal Department of Transportation, and called for an investigation.

Two days after the East Hampton Town Board heard a presentation on how it might restrict flights at East Hampton Airport, the board revoked a license agreement with Fly Blade, which offers scheduled and charter helicopter flights to East Hampton.

The town also authorized the town attorney to file a complaint with the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings of the United States Department of Transportation asking for a review of Blade's practices and its consistency with federal obligations.

Judy D’Mello
April 19, 2018
Instituted last year by Organizacion Latino-Americana and the Children’s Museum of the East End, the Circles of Strength (Circulos de Fuerza) workshop will return to the museum on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Instituted last year by Organizacion Latino-Americana and the Children’s Museum of the East End, the Circles of Strength (Circulos de Fuerza) workshop will return to the museum on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The workshop maintains the same goal as it did last year, to help families who are struggling with the psychological effects of immigration-related stress and uncertainty.

It seems especially timely, as last week Luis Marin-Castro, an East Hampton resident of 20 years, although supposedly without legal status, was picked up by immigration officers and moved to New Mexico and later to El Paso, Tex.

Christopher Walsh
April 19, 2018
Last Thursday’s deadline to file petitions to be on the ballot in the June 26 Democratic primary election for New York’s First Congressional District has claimed one victim.

Last Thursday’s deadline to file petitions to be on the ballot in the June 26 Democratic primary election for New York’s First Congressional District has claimed one victim. 

Brendon Henry, a bartender and musician who also works for a plumbing supply company, said yesterday that he had no choice but to suspend his campaign when he was unable to submit the minimum 1,250 signatures of registered Dem­ocrats living in the district. “We were very close on signatures,” he said. “We were just a little undermanned. We gave it a good run. When it came down to it, it wasn’t working out.” 

David E. Rattray
April 19, 2018
A portion of the sand placed on the downtown Montauk beach to cover sandbags exposed by a series of storms washed away over the weekend as yet another northeaster swept through the region.

A portion of the sand placed on the downtown Montauk beach to cover sandbags exposed by a series of storms washed away over the weekend as yet another northeaster swept through the region.

East Hampton Town had authorized $1.05 million on April 5 to pay for the work being done by Bistrian Materials of East Hampton. Shortly after the contract was awarded, large dump trucks and earth-moving equipment arrived in Montauk to begin spreading sand that had been trucked in from an upland source.

T.E. McMorrow
April 19, 2018
The creation of 37 apartments in six buildings on what is now a 4.6-acre field on Montauk Highway in Amagansett has been scheduled for a public hearing at 7 p.m. on May 2 before the East Hampton Town Planning Board. The plans can be inspected at the planning board office at 300 Pantigo Place.

The creation of 37 apartments in six buildings on what is now a 4.6-acre field on Montauk Highway in Amagansett has been scheduled for a public hearing at 7 p.m. on May 2 before the East Hampton Town Planning Board. The plans can be inspected at the planning board office at 300 Pantigo Place.

The development, which has been referred to as affordable housing, is more accurately described as work force housing, according to Catherine Casey, executive director of the East Hampton Housing Authority, which is working with David M. Gallo of Georgica Green Ventures on construction and will manage the property. One-quarter of the apartments are to be subsidized as low-income housing.

Christopher Walsh
April 19, 2018
The East Hampton Town Board renewed the push to regulate takeoffs and landings at East Hampton Airport at its meeting on Tuesday, as an attorney described the potential ways to restrict, or even ban, aircraft deemed noisy, including helicopters.

The East Hampton Town Board renewed the push to regulate takeoffs and landings at East Hampton Airport at its meeting on Tuesday, as an attorney described the potential ways to restrict, or even ban, aircraft deemed noisy, including helicopters.

A 2016 federal appeals court ruling struck down three town laws designed to reduce aircraft noise that had been enacted the previous year. The board is now preparing an analysis, known as a Part 161 study, that airports must perform when proposing local noise or operational restrictions to the Federal Aviation Administration. The study represents a new effort to exert control over the noise that has plagued residents living under the airport’s flight paths.

Christopher Walsh
April 11, 2018
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is calling for information and nominations from companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within a proposed area in the New York Bight, an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is calling for information and nominations from companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within a proposed area in the New York Bight, an area of shallow waters between Long Island and the New Jersey coast. 

A statement issued on Friday said that in addition to nominations, the agency seeks public opinion on the potential for wind energy development in the area, including site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the areas that would be relevant for the review of any nominations as well as the bureau’s subsequent decision on whether to offer all or part of the areas for wind leasing. 

David E. Rattray
April 11, 2018
A plan for a 900,000-gallon water reservoir off Cross Highway in the Devon area of Amagansett has drawn the ire of several residents. The Suffolk County Water Authority was to have held a meeting at the Amagansett Library last night to discuss the plan.

A plan for a 900,000-gallon water reservoir off Cross Highway in the Devon area of Amagansett has drawn the ire of several residents. The Suffolk County Water Authority was to have held a meeting at the Amagansett Library last night to discuss the plan. 

According to project documents, the 30-foot-tall tank, 90 feet in diameter, would be installed on an existing water authority pump site and “painted a shade of green designed to blend in with the surrounding environment.” The reservoir is intended to boost water pressure to water authority customers from East Hampton to Napeague. It would be about 40 feet from the Cross Highway roadside in the southeast corner of the site.

Jamie Bufalino
April 11, 2018
After receiving strong opposition from the East Hampton Town Planning Board, a proposed subdivision of 41.3 acres of farmland along Montauk Highway in Sagaponack came under further scrutiny from the Sagaponack Village Board on Monday.

After receiving strong opposition from the East Hampton Town Planning Board, a proposed subdivision of 41.3 acres of farmland along Montauk Highway in Sagaponack came under further scrutiny from the Sagaponack Village Board on Monday. 

The land is owned by Kenneth Schwenk and his family, who are seeking to develop nine house lots that will be clustered next to nearly 27 acres of an agricultural reserve. Given the property’s proximity to East Hampton Town, state law mandated that Sagaponack give the town the opportunity to weigh in on the development, and the reaction was decidedly negative. 

Christopher Walsh
April 11, 2018
Northeasters in the latter half of the winter caused “some significant damage to the bluff trail” at Shadmoor State Park in Montauk, an official with East Hampton Town’s Land Management Department told the town board on Tuesday.

Northeasters in the latter half of the winter caused “some significant damage to the bluff trail” at Shadmoor State Park in Montauk, an official with East Hampton Town’s Land Management Department told the town board on Tuesday. 

Andrew Drake, an environmental analyst with the department, showed the board drone video depicting erosion of the bluffs in three places along the popular trail, which the department maintains. The park comprises two parcels, one owned by Suffolk County and one jointly by the town and New York State, Mr. Drake said, calling attention to substantial erosion depicted in the video. In one instance, some 15 feet had been lost from the bluff, he said.

Christopher Walsh
April 11, 2018
The Hampton Hopper, the free shuttle bus that served more than 20,000 riders in Montauk last summer, will return this summer to move visitors and residents around the hamlet.

The Hampton Hopper, the free shuttle bus that served more than 20,000 riders in Montauk last summer, will return this summer to move visitors and residents around the hamlet. But business owners and workers in one part of town are feeling left out and, with the tourist season approaching, are seeking a remedy. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 4, 2018
The East Hampton Town Planning Board held a public hearing on March 28 on a site plan that would allow AT&T to place cellphone antenna panels on a World War II-era fire-control tower at the Montauk Lighthouse.

The East Hampton Town Planning Board held a public hearing on March 28 on a site plan that would allow AT&T to place cellphone antenna panels on three of the four sides of the World War II-era fire-control tower at the Montauk Lighthouse.

The Montauk Historical Society, which oversees the facility, had received a variance from the zoning board of appeals in January; it was needed because the lighthouse and surrounding state park are zoned for parks and recreation, which excludes cellphone antennas. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has already approved the project.

T.E. McMorrow
April 4, 2018
A proposed Sagaponack subdivision on the south side of Montauk Highway has drawn the ire of the East Hampton Town Planning Board.

A proposed Sagaponack subdivision on the south side of Montauk Highway drew the ire of the East Hampton Town Planning Board on March 14. The conversation began when its chairman, Job Potter, said, “This is a big, if I can use the word, ugly subdivision of farmland.”

The proposed 41.3-acre subdivision calls for nine clustered house lots and a slightly under-27-acre agricultural reserve on what is now open farmland. The Sagaponack Village Board is scheduled to take up a preliminary map of the subdivision, called Meadowmere, at its meeting on Monday. Under state law, the village is required to invite East Hampton to weigh in due to the property’s proximity to the town line.

Christopher Walsh
April 4, 2018
Brendon Henry is the youngest of six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District.

The youth-led movement to demand changes to gun policy in the wake of the latest mass shooting at a school indicates a swelling desire among the young to make their collective voice heard. This, said Brendon Henry, the youngest of six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District, bodes well for his campaign. 

The 37-year-old bartender and musician, who also works for a plumbing supply company in Center Moriches, where he lives, said that his life experiences — working two jobs to pay a mortgage, serving thousands of ordinary residents and, in the process, learning of their everyday problems — have uniquely positioned him to represent the district. 

Christopher Walsh
April 4, 2018
President Trump has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Lee Zeldin that expands severely disabled veterans’ access to health day care.

President Trump has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Lee Zeldin that expands severely disabled veterans’ access to health day care. 

Veterans whose disabilities are at least 70 percent connected to or aggravated by their military service can need significant day-to-day assistance, with the burden often falling on family members, Mr. Zeldin’s office said in a release. “Some veterans may even need to reside in institutionalized facilities to receive the daily assistance of a trained medical professional. Both of these options can create financial and emotional hardships for the veteran and their family,” acccording to Mr. Zeldin’s office.

Christopher Walsh
March 29, 2018
The former Boys and Girls Harbor campsite on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, may see a renovation that would include a covered pavilion. The creation of more accessible trails that adhere to Americans With Disabilities Act requirements has also been added to the plan.

The former Boys and Girls Harbor campsite on Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, which the town and Suffolk County purchased in 2011 for $7.3 million, may see a renovation that would include a covered pavilion, an amenity that East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said is in too short supply. 

Christopher Walsh
March 29, 2018
The East Hampton Town Board plans to issue a request for proposals for a 30-bed seasonal housing structure to be situated on town-owned property at Montauk Harbor.

East Hampton Town

Seasonal Housing for Montauk Harbor

The East Hampton Town Board plans to issue a request for proposals for a 30-bed seasonal housing structure to be situated on town-owned property at Montauk Harbor. 

Tom Ruhle, the town’s director of housing, told the board at its March 20 work session that the pilot program, which would begin next year, would see one entity serving as a licensee and manager of the housing, providing a single point of contact for the town. Housing would be erected on or after April 1 and removed by Oct. 31. 

T.E. McMorrow
March 29, 2018
A jury found a Northwest Woods man charged with violating East Hampton Town’s rental registry law in 2016 not guilty after a trial at East Hampton Town Justice Court last week.

A jury found a Northwest Woods man charged with violating East Hampton Town’s rental registry law in 2016 not guilty after a trial at East Hampton Town Justice Court last week. 

The town had accused James Henry, who rents year round on Settlers Landing Lane, of living in the house despite knowing that its owner, Dolores Karl, a Manhattan resident, had not obtained a rental registry number, as of the date the charge was brought, July 29, 2016.

Under the law, which engendered much controversy before being passed by a unanimous vote by the East Hampton Town Board in December of 2015, the owner and the tenants are equally liable in cases where a rental house has not been registered.

T.E. McMorrow
March 29, 2018
Ronald S. Baron, the billionaire owner of a string of beachfront properties on East Hampton's Further Lane lost a bid to build a walkway through the protected double dunes there. The same week, a higher court rejected his appeal of an earlier decision regarding two walls built on the property without permits.

Ronald S. Baron, the billionaire founder of Baron Capital who owns a string of beachfront properties on Further Lane that straddle the boundary between East Hampton Town and the Village, had two bad days in a row last week. 

Christopher Walsh
March 29, 2018
In light of the fall 2017 detection of chemical contamination of more than 100 wells in Wainscott and the recent discovery of concentrations of lead and chemicals in the surface water and aquifer around the Sand Land mine on the Bridgehampton-Noyac border.

In light of the fall 2017 detection of chemical contamination of more than 100 wells in Wainscott and the recent discovery of concentrations of lead and chemicals in the surface water and aquifer around the Sand Land mine on the Bridgehampton-Noyac border, the president of the advocacy group Amagansett-Springs Aquifer Protection and other residents implored the East Hampton Town Board to act quickly to preclude additional development atop the Stony Hill aquifer in Amagansett. 

Christopher Walsh
March 29, 2018
“I really have that strong understanding of how federal policy comes down and intersects with local policy — what happens on the ground,” David Pechefsky said of his tenure as the New York City Council’s assistant director for housing and economic development.

“I really have that strong understanding of how federal policy comes down and intersects with local policy — what happens on the ground,” David Pechefsky said of his tenure as the New York City Council’s assistant director for housing and economic development. 

Christopher Walsh
March 29, 2018
The East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery disseminated about 40 million oysters, clams, and scallops into town waters last year, but enjoyed more success with clams and oysters than with scallops.

The East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery disseminated about 40 million oysters, clams, and scallops into town waters last year, its director told the town trustees on Monday. The hatchery was established in the 1980s after a brown tide reduced the shellfish harvest by some 80 percent; in more recent years, it has made a hit with its oyster-gardening program, which gets the public involved in oyster growing and which, its director said, has great benefits for the marine environment of the creeks and ponds where the gardens grow.

Jon M. Diat
March 29, 2018
New York has filed a petition with the federal government to establish fair quota allocations for the state’s commercial harvest of fluke.

For many years, New York commercial fishermen who catch fluke, also known as summer flounder, have loudly complained that they have been working under unfair quota allocations when compared to nearby states. But that anger and frustration may change as New York’s top government officials have voiced their concerns and vow to see that the state’s fishermen can one day catch their fair share of the popular flatfish.

Christopher Walsh
March 22, 2018
A Southampton lawyer is taking the Town of East Hampton and several chemical manufacturers to court over the contamination of drinking water in Wainscott.

A Southampton lawyer is taking the Town of East Hampton and several chemical manufacturers to court over the contamination of drinking water in Wainscott. 

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in State Supreme Court in Riverhead, Daniel Osborn, the attorney, alleged the town had “negligently and carelessly allowed commercial businesses to operate” on leased land at the East Hampton Airport and on Industrial Road, which runs along the airport’s south boundary. He called the town responsible for allowing the harmful chemicals manufactured by the other defendants to reach the water supply. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kim Shipman, a part-time Wainscott resident.