Recent Stories: Government

Joanne Pilgrim
July 28, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday renewed its mandate that helicopters flying between points west and the East End, many of which use East Hampton Airport, follow a route along the North Shore until turning south toward their destinations. The rule, which was to have expired on Aug. 6, has been extended through August 2020.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 28, 2016
Summer is the season. For what, you may ask, and the answer varies widely in East Hampton Town, depending on if you are a vacationer here, a second-home owner, or a year-round resident.

Summer is the season. For what, you may ask, and the answer varies widely in East Hampton Town, depending on if you are a vacationer here, a second-home owner, or a year-round resident.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 28, 2016
Big game hunters who live in East Hampton and have town and state hunting licenses will now be able to get a guest license for a nonresident hunter, following a vote of the town board last Thursday.

Big game hunters who live in East Hampton and have town and state hunting licenses will now be able to get a guest license for a nonresident hunter, following a vote of the town board last Thursday. The nonresident will have to have required state licenses, however.

Christopher Walsh
July 28, 2016
With the Nov. 8 election three months away and the major parties’ candidates for president looming over national debate, the fight to represent New York’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives has been low key since Anna Throne-Holst defeated Dave Calone in a tight Democratic primary.

With the Nov. 8 election three months away and the major parties’ candidates for president looming over national debate, the fight to represent New York’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives has been low key since Anna Throne-Holst defeated Dave Calone in a tight Democratic primary on June 28.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 28, 2016
A hearing will be held by the East Hampton Town Board next Thursday night on a proposed amendment to the community preservation fund that would both extend the 2-percent real estate transfer tax, which raises money for the fund, by 20 years through 2050 and authorize the use of up to 20 percent of the proceeds for projects to improve water quality.

A hearing will be held by the East Hampton Town Board next Thursday night on a proposed amendment to the community preservation fund that would both extend the 2-percent real estate transfer tax, which raises money for the fund, by 20 years through 2050 and authorize the use of up to 20 percent of the proceeds for projects to improve water quality.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 28, 2016

Southampton Town officials are looking to hire an outside engineer to start developing a plan for improving pedestrian safety and traffic problems in the area around downtown Bridgehampton.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 28, 2016
A scientific analysis of East Hampton Town’s coastal geology is under way and an exploration of what to do in the face of climate change and sea level rise will be launched soon with the help of more than $400,000 in state grants.

A scientific analysis of East Hampton Town’s coastal geology is under way and an exploration of what to do in the face of climate change and sea level rise will be launched soon with the help of more than $400,000 in state grants.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 21, 2016
Auditors who have completed a review of East Hampton Town’s financial status and practices for 2015 strongly complimented town officials when presenting their report on Tuesday.

Auditors who have completed a review of East Hampton Town’s financial status and practices for 2015 strongly complimented town officials when presenting their report on Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
July 21, 2016
The East Hampton Town Planning Board looked askance at a site plan application for a 50-foot tall tower at St. Peter’s Episcopal Chapel on Old Stone Highway in Springs at its meeting Tuesday night.

The East Hampton Town Planning Board looked askance at a site plan application for a 50-foot tall tower at St. Peter’s Episcopal Chapel on Old Stone Highway in Springs at its meeting Tuesday night. The tower, to be constructed by AT&T, would be built next to the chapel and would hold cellphone antennas and accompanying equipment. 

T.E. McMorrow
July 21, 2016
East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky imposed maximum fines on two corporations Monday, one in connection with the controversial Napeague bar and restaurant called Cyril’s Fish House, and the other in a default judgment against the Hampton Land Corp., which owns the Inn at East Hampton on Montauk Highway.

East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky imposed maximum fines on two corporations Monday, one in connection with the controversial Napeague bar and restaurant called Cyril’s Fish House, and the other in a default judgment against the Hampton Land Corp., which owns the Inn at East Hampton on Montauk Highway.

Christine Sampson
July 21, 2016
Seeking to stop the federal government from auctioning off Plum Island, the 840-acre island that lies off Orient Point on the North Fork, eight organizations and individuals have filed suit.

Seeking to stop the federal government from auctioning off Plum Island, the 840-acre island that lies off Orient Point on the North Fork, eight organizations and individuals have sued the Department of Homeland Security, which operates the animal disease center there, and the General Services Administration, which was directed by Congress in 2008 to sell the island to the highest bidder.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 21, 2016
An East Hampton Town-appointed committee on airport planning and its noise subcommittee have reconvened as an independent advisory group that hopes to engage the public in debate about the airport.

An East Hampton Town-appointed committee on airport planning and its noise subcommittee have reconvened as an independent advisory group that hopes to engage the public in debate about the airport. To the end it will hold two meetings at the LTV Studios in Wainscott, the first on Monday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and another on Aug. 13.

Christine Sampson
July 19, 2016
Responding to complaints from Montauk residents and town and state elected officials, New York State dispatched a contractor last week to remove seven of the eight "Welcome to New York" signs that went up in Montauk shortly before the July 4 holiday weekend.

Responding to complaints from Montauk residents and town and state elected officials, New York State dispatched a contractor last week to remove seven of the eight "Welcome to New York" signs that went up in Montauk shortly before the July 4 holiday weekend.

Christopher Walsh
July 15, 2016
The Long Island Power Authority has formally recommended to its board of directors a proposal from Deepwater Wind to construct a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm in federally leased waters approximately 30 miles east of Montauk.

The Long Island Power Authority has formally recommended to its board of directors a proposal from Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island company, to construct a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm in federally leased waters approximately 30 miles east of Montauk, the utility's chief executive officer has confirmed.

Irene Silverman
July 14, 2016
The Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee is not meeting in the Amagansett Library anymore.

Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee took place not in the community room of the Amagansett Library, which has been the committee’s home for the last 10 years, but at the Donald Lamb building on Bluff Road, better known as the East Hampton Town Trustees’ office.

July 14, 2016
Thirty years after Dennis D'Andrea first joined the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee he is still an active, dedicated member.

The year Dennis D’Andrea first joined the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee, Ronald Reagan was president, the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger occurred, and Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” was one of Billboard’s top 100 songs of the year.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 14, 2016

East Hampton Town

Airport Parking

With the institution in the coming days of paid parking at East Hampton Airport, Hertz and Enterprise, the car rental companies based at the airport, have agreed to lease the spaces they need.

T.E. McMorrow
July 14, 2016
On Tuesday, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously rejected a request that would have opened the door to a branch of the nationwide chain taking over the old Villa Prince restaurant space east of the I.G.A.

The Slurpee, 7-Eleven’s signature drink, allows customers to mix and match flavors such as birthday cake, cherry, and mango. None of that will be going on in Amagansett any time soon, however.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 14, 2016
If approved, the referendum would authorize the use of 20 percent of the revenues coming in to the community preservation fund for water quality improvements..

Proliferating algae that make it unsafe to even come in contact with the water in certain local ponds, pollution spikes or ongoing high levels of coliform and other bacteria that have caused the closing of bays and harbors to shellfishing and swimming, and threats to the drinking water aquifer have all been traced to phosphorous and nitrogen — or sewage.

T.E. McMorrow
July 14, 2016
A proposed 200-seat sports bar at East Hampton Indoor Tennis may be headed for a time out, if five town residents get their way. On June 24, they filed an action with the State Supreme Court in Riverhead against the East Hampton Town Planning Board, which has approved both the bar and the expansion of the sports club, asking the court to annul the decision.

A proposed 200-seat sports bar at East Hampton Indoor Tennis may be headed for a time out, if five town residents get their way. On June 24, they filed an action with the State Supreme Court in Riverhead against the East Hampton Town Planning Board, which has approved both the bar and the expansion of the sports club, asking the court to annul the decision.

Christopher Walsh
July 14, 2016
Anna Throne-Holst was declared the winner of the June 28 Democratic Party primary election to represent New York’s First Congressional District after a count of approximately 1,800 absentee ballots gave her a 317-vote margin win.

Anna Throne-Holst, a former South­ampton Town supervisor, was declared the winner of the June 28 Democratic Party primary election to represent New York’s First Congressional District after a count of approximately 1,800 absentee ballots gave her a 317-vote margin over Dave Calone, a businessman, former prosecutor, and former chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

Christopher Walsh
July 14, 2016
Driftwood Shores residents have complained that their traditional use of the beach there has been questioned by new owners of a bayfront house who insist the public does not have legal access to the beach above mean high water.

While residents of the Driftwood Shores development in Springs who have crowded recent meetings of the East Hampton Town Trustees did not attend Monday’s meeting, Rick Whalen, the trustees’ attorney, described an attempt to find out, once and for all, if the trustees have a valid ownership claim to the beach there and with it public access rights above the mean high-water mark.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 13, 2016
New York State is pitching in to help the Village of Sagaponack refurbish the historic Sagg Bridge, work that will not only provide much-needed rehabilitation, but also maintain the area’s fiercely protected rural character.

New York State is pitching in to help the Village of Sagaponack refurbish the historic Sagg Bridge, work that will not only provide much-needed rehabilitation, but also maintain the area’s fiercely protected rural character.

Christopher Walsh
July 8, 2016
With 1,800 absentee ballots counted, Anna Throne-Holst leads David Calone by 319 votes in Democratic primary race.

Anna Throne-Holst, a former Southampton Town Supervisor, has apparently won her primary race against David Calone, a businessman, former prosecutor, and former chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, and will face Lee Zeldin in the Nov. 8 election to represent New York's First Congressional District.