Recent Stories: Government

July 2, 2015
The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the reopening of approximately 4,000 acres of shellfish habitat in the Towns of Southampton, Riverhead, and Southold.

New York State

Taking Shellfish

Joanne Pilgrim
July 2, 2015
Helicopters and other “noisy aircraft” that fly into and out of East Hampton Airport will be subject to a nightly curfew.

East Hampton Airport will shut down tonight at 8 to helicopters and other aircraft that create enough racket to be included in a “noisy aircraft” category, and to all air traffic at 11 p.m., as a contested overnight curfew goes into effect.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 27, 2015
A federal judge has agreed to an injunction sought by aviation interests blocking East Hampton Town from imposing strict limits on helicopters and other loud aircraft using the municipal airport in Wainscott.

An overnight curfew on aircraft using East Hampton Airport will go into effect next week, despite a legal challenge, however tougher flight limits remained on hold following a court decision released on Friday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 25, 2015
Ed Deyermond, who was re-elected last week to another term on the Sag Harbor Village Board, is going to have a new 9-to-5 job as of next week, though it’s one with which he is very familiar.

Ed Deyermond, who was re-elected last week to another term on the Sag Harbor Village Board, is going to have a new 9-to-5 job as of next week, though it’s one with which he is very familiar.

Mr. Deyermond is to be appointed as the North Haven Village clerk, a position he held from 2001 to 2006. Georgia Welch, the current clerk and a 30-year village employee, is retiring.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 25, 2015
A group of 10 coastal planning experts appointed last week to a Town of East Hampton Coastal Resiliency Project Advisory Committee will guide the town in its development of a Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan, called CARP, over the next two years.

East Hampton Town

Coastal Resiliency Committee

A group of 10 coastal planning experts appointed last week to a Town of East Hampton Coastal Resiliency Project Advisory Committee will guide the town in its development of a Coastal Assessment Resiliency Plan, called CARP, over the next two years.

Janis Hewitt
June 25, 2015
A petition asking the East Hampton Town Board to deny permits for large events on Montauk’s downtown green has gathered over 200 signatures since Memorial Day weekend.

A petition asking the East Hampton Town Board to deny permits for large events on Montauk’s downtown green has gathered over 200 signatures since Memorial Day weekend.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 25, 2015
A proposed law that would limit the ability of East Hampton motels to add a restaurant or bar drew support, critique, and criticism last Thursday night during a hearing before the East Hampton Town Board.

A proposed law that would limit the ability of East Hampton motels to add a restaurant or bar drew support, critique, and criticism last Thursday night during a hearing before the East Hampton Town Board.

Star Staff
June 25, 2015
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has endorsed Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in her bid for Congress.

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has endorsed Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in her bid for Congress. Mr. Thiele, whose district includes the Towns of East Hampton, Southampton, and Brookhaven, is a former Southampton Town Supervisor and Suffolk County legislator.

Christopher Walsh
June 25, 2015
The East Hampton Town Trustees, who manage many of the town’s beaches, waterways, and bottomlands on behalf of the public, have asked the public to help fight aerial spraying of the mosquito larvicide methoprene on waters under their jurisdiction.

The East Hampton Town Trustees, who manage many of the town’s beaches, waterways, and bottomlands on behalf of the public, have asked the public to help fight aerial spraying of the mosquito larvicide methoprene on waters under their jurisdiction.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 25, 2015
An archeological survey of close to three acres at the corner of East Hampton’s North Main and Cedar Streets could reveal the locations of wind-powered sawmills once on the site.

An archeological survey of close to three acres at the corner of East Hampton’s North Main and Cedar Streets could reveal the locations of wind-powered sawmills once on the site, which was a town common from about 1700 to the mid-19th century, and could turn up other artifacts and information about what once took place there.

Christopher Walsh
June 23, 2015
A month after the board faced a small army of attorneys and owners of large properties who were nearly unanimous in their fierce opposition, the board brushed aside a predicted legal challenge and adopted new restrictions on gross floor area and lot coverage on residential properties.

A month after the East Hampton Village Board faced a small army of attorneys and owners of large properties who were nearly unanimous in their fierce opposition, the board brushed aside a predicted legal challenge at its meeting on Friday and adopted amendments to its zoning code adding restrictions to the maximum allowable gross floor area and lot coverage of residential properties.

Christopher Walsh
June 19, 2015
Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. asked those attending the village board meeting on Friday to remain standing following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance for a moment of silence to remember the nine people murdered in Charleston, S.C.

Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. of East Hampton Village asked those attending the village board meeting on Friday to remain standing following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance for a moment of silence to remember the nine people murdered in an African-American church in Charleston, S.C. on Wednesday.

T.E. McMorrow
June 18, 2015
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals heard yet another application to replace one of the 27 oceanfront units there with a much larger one Tuesday night.

The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, which recently turned down two applications to increase the size of oceanfront dwellings at the Montauk Shores Condominium at Ditch Plain, heard yet another application to replace one of the 27 oceanfront units there with a much larger one Tuesday night.

Britta Lokting
June 18, 2015
Farmers and agriculturalists looking for additional capital to jump-start or stimulate their operations will want to know about a free workshop happening on Tuesday at Suffolk Community College.

Farmers and agriculturalists looking for additional capital to jump-start or stimulate their operations will want to know about a free workshop happening on Tuesday at Suffolk Community College.

David E. Rattray
June 18, 2015
A judge has dealt a setback to the Town of East Hampton and town trustees in a lawsuit that could effectively end access by the public to a roughly 4,000-foot-long portion of ocean beach.

A judge has dealt a setback to the Town of East Hampton and town trustees in a lawsuit that could effectively end access by the public to a roughly 4,000-foot-long portion of ocean beach.

The suit was brought in 2009 by property owners frustrated by the sometimes hundreds of trucks that would pass and often park in front of their houses on summer weekends.

Christopher Walsh
June 18, 2015
The sterilization in early January of what was reported to be 114 female deer, for which the East Hampton Village Board paid $140,000 to White Buffalo, a nonprofit organization based in Connecticut, is under scrutiny in light of the recent, gruesome deaths of three of the animals and confirmation that three others died as a consequence of capture or surgery.

The sterilization in early January of what was reported to be 114 female deer, for which the East Hampton Village Board paid $140,000 to White Buffalo, a nonprofit organization based in Connecticut, is under scrutiny in light of the recent, gruesome deaths of three of the animals and confirmation that three others died as a consequence of capture or surgery.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 18, 2015
East Hampton Town will ask the regional community preservation fund opinions bureau to weigh in on the future of the former Boys Harbor camp property in East Hampton, which was purchased by the county and the town using C.P.F. money.

East Hampton Town

What’s Next for Boys Harbor Mess Hall?

East Hampton Town will ask the regional community preservation fund opinions bureau to weigh in on the future of the former Boys Harbor camp property in East Hampton, which was purchased by the county and the town using C.P.F. money.

Christopher Walsh
June 18, 2015

A week after the East Hampton Republican Committee announced that Len Czajka had dropped out of the East Hampton Town Board race, the party’s other candidate for town board, Nancy Keeshan, announced her withdrawal from the race, as well.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 18, 2015
A proposed law that would keep some motels and resorts from adding a new bar or restaurant to their facilities will be the subject of a hearing on Thursday night before the East Hampton Town Board.

A proposed law that would keep some motels and resorts from adding a new bar or restaurant to their facilities will be the subject of a hearing Thursday night before the East Hampton Town Board.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 18, 2015
A proposal to drop a requirement that home improvement contractors attach stickers to their cars attesting that they hold East Hampton Town licenses did not get a stamp of approval this week from Betsy Bambrick, who heads the town’s Ordinance Enforcement Department.

A proposal to drop a requirement that home improvement contractors attach stickers to their cars attesting that they hold East Hampton Town licenses did not get a stamp of approval this week from Betsy Bambrick, who heads the town’s Ordinance Enforcement Department. The stickers are a “valuable resource to code enforcement,” she said.

T.E. McMorrow
June 18, 2015

Three solar power plants proposed for town-owned land in East Hampton and Springs would help East Hampton to achieve its renewable energy goals and earn it money in the process, but an initial review of two of the proposals by the town planning board on June 10 revealed a handful of issues that will have to be answered before the projects can move forward.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 16, 2015
Sag Harbor Village officially has a new mayor, Sandra Schroeder, and a new village justice, Lisa R. Rana.

Sag Harbor Village officially has a new mayor, Sandra Schroeder, and a new village justice, Lisa R. Rana. 

T.E. McMorrow
June 15, 2015
The standoff between the Town of East Hampton and the car-for-hire service Uber moved into the East Hampton Justice Court Monday, with six drivers being arraigned on charges of operating a taxi business without a license.

The standoff between the Town of East Hampton and Uber over the car-for-hire company’s lack of a business license in the town moved into the East Hampton Justice Court on Monday, with six drivers being arraigned on charges of operating a taxi business without a license, a misdemeanor.

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 13, 2015
Electronic advisory message signs will warn drivers of big accidents and major upcoming events to help improve road safety and ease frustrations.

Those driving in Southampton Town this summer will want to take heed of the electric signs set up on major roads to warn of traffic delays from large events or major accidents.