Recent Stories: Government

Joanne Pilgrim
September 27, 2016
The toxic element made infamous by Erin Brockovich's fight against Pacific Gas and Electric and labeled carcinogenic by the federal Department of Health and Human Services has been found in 93 percent of Suffolk County Water Authority Wells, including a number in East Hampton.

A toxic element labeled a carcinogen by the federal Department of Health and Human Services has been found in 93 percent of Suffolk County Water Authority wells, including a number in East Hampton Town.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 22, 2016

In a move that Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman called among the first of its kind, the town is preserving the Southampton Golf Range on County Road 39 in Tuckahoe through the community preservation fund. The town purchased a recreational easement on the 13-acre property for $6.5 million in a deal that closed on Friday.

Christopher Walsh
September 22, 2016
East Hampton Town and the town trustees have lost their appeal of a State Supreme Court decision against granting summary judgment in two lawsuits seeking to prohibit vehicles on two stretches of the ocean beach at Napeague.

East Hampton Town and the town trustees have lost their appeal of a State Supreme Court decision against granting summary judgment in two lawsuits seeking to prohibit vehicles on two stretches of the ocean beach at Napeague. The appeal was rejected by the Appellate Division on Wednesday.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2016
The Army Corps of Engineers will be in Montauk on Wednesday to present its future plans for the hamlet’s downtown beach, under its extensive Fire Island to Montauk Point shoreline project called FIMP.

The Army Corps of Engineers will be in Montauk on Wednesday to present its future plans for the hamlet’s downtown beach, under its extensive Fire Island to Montauk Point shoreline project called FIMP. The plan calls for the addition of 120,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach every four years, in front of the line of buried sandbags recently installed by the Corps.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2016

East Hampton Town has launched a new website that town staffers said at a town board meeting on Tuesday is more interactive, user-friendly, and comprehensive than the previous site, which had not been upgraded in six years.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2016
Dozens of residents of the South Fork’s easternmost hamlet gathered last week for a slate of workshops as planning consultants sought to pin down a “consensus vision for the future of Montauk,” as Peter Flinker, a principal in the firm Dodson and Flinker, put it.

Dozens of residents of the South Fork’s easternmost hamlet gathered last week for a slate of workshops as planning consultants sought to pin down a “consensus vision for the future of Montauk,” as Peter Flinker, a principal in the firm Dodson and Flinker, put it.

Christopher Walsh
September 22, 2016
Citizens Climate Lobby, a group that advocates the phased-in imposition of a fee on fossil fuels that would be rebated in full to households, claimed a significant victory on Monday in announcing that Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican seeking re-election to represent New York’s First Congressional District, has joined its bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus.

Citizens Climate Lobby, a group that advocates the phased-in imposition of a fee on fossil fuels that would be rebated in full to households, claimed a significant victory on Monday in announcing that Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican seeking re-election to represent New York’s First Congressional District, has joined its bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus.

Star Staff
September 22, 2016
The Town of Southampton and Long Island Power Authority have reached an agreement that ends a multiyear dispute.

Southampton Town

LIPA-Town Settlement

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2016
Conceptual plans for a new East Hampton Town Hall — a series of linked, wood-shingled, barn-like structures that would be built on the footprint of the old Town Hall building, which would be razed — got a preliminary nod from the East Hampton Town Board at a meeting on Tuesday, at least to proceed to the next planning stage.

Conceptual plans for a new East Hampton Town Hall — a series of linked, wood-shingled, barn-like structures that would be built on the footprint of the old Town Hall building, which would be razed — got a preliminary nod from the East Hampton Town Board at a meeting on Tuesday, at least to proceed to the next planning stage.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 22, 2016
East Hampton Town officials will listen to comments from the public on a proposed moratorium on the development of commercial sites in Wainscott at a hearing at Town Hall on Oct. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

East Hampton Town officials will listen to comments from the public on a proposed moratorium on the development of commercial sites in Wainscott at a hearing at Town Hall on Oct. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

T.E. McMorrow
September 22, 2016

The East Hampton Town Planning Board faced a stormy, three-hour session at Town Hall on Sept. 14 when a site plan for a proposed car wash in Wainscott came before it.

Christopher Walsh
September 16, 2016
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the release of New York State's offshore wind blueprint on Thursday, a framework that could lead to a proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the release of New York State's offshore wind blueprint on Thursday, a framework that could lead to a proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk.

T.E. McMorrow
September 16, 2016
The venture capitalist Fred Wilson and his wife, Joanne Wilson, are planning a family compound on Seabreeze Lane in Amagansett and to do so want to tear down a house they received permission to build there in 2010. A permit from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals was, and would be, required because of the proximity of dunes and wetlands.

The venture capitalist Fred Wilson and his wife, Joanne Wilson, are planning a family compound on Seabreeze Lane in Amagansett and to do so want to tear down a house they received permission to build there in 2010. A permit from the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals was, and would be, required because of the proximity of dunes and wetlands.

David E. Rattray
September 15, 2016
The former Child Development Center of the Hamptons school on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton could become the town’s next senior citizens center.

The former Child Development Center of the Hamptons school on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton could become the town’s next senior citizens center.

A report commissioned by the East Hampton Town Board and released this week indicated that the 22,000-square-foot building was in excellent shape.

T.E. McMorrow
September 15, 2016
A plan to replace the former Star Room nightclub on Montauk Highway in Wainscot with a car wash has sparked a firestorm of opposition.

If a car wash is allowed to be built at the site of a former discotheque on Montauk Highway in Wainscott, the average wait time to make a left turn from East Gate Road onto the highway would increase from one to six minutes, according to a memo from one of East Hampton Town’s senior planners.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
The East Hampton Democrats opened headquarters for the campaign for Hillary Clinton, nominee for president, and Anna Throne-Holst, nominee to represent New York’s First Congressional District, on Saturday at 53 the Circle in East Hampton.

The East Hampton Democrats opened headquarters for the campaign for Hillary Clinton, nominee for president, and Anna Throne-Holst, nominee to represent New York’s First Congressional District, on Saturday at 53 the Circle in East Hampton.

Christopher Walsh
September 15, 2016
The “never-ending saga of Driftwood Shores,” as the clerk of the East Hampton Town Trustees put it, was once again a topic at that body’s meeting on Monday.

The “never-ending saga of Driftwood Shores,” as the clerk of the East Hampton Town Trustees put it, was once again a topic at that body’s meeting on Monday.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
Southampton Town held off on approving an amendment for ground-mounted solar panels and Suffolk County re-established its tick control advisory committee.

Southampton Town

On Clearing for Solar Panels

Irene Silverman
September 15, 2016
They were preaching to the choir at Monday night’s meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee.

They were preaching to the choir at Monday night’s meeting of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 15, 2016
A public comment period on the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans for shore protection projects from Fire Island to Montauk Point, called the FIMP plan for short, has been extended to Oct. 19.

A public comment period on the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans for shore protection projects from Fire Island to Montauk Point, called the FIMP plan for short, has been extended to Oct. 19.

The comment period was set to end on Sept. 29, just one day after a presentation by the corps and hearing for public comment at the Montauk Playhouse scheduled for Sept. 28.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 15, 2016
Southampton Town residents belonging to the Conservative and Working Families Parties voted in favor of Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni to appear on those party lines come November.

Tuesday's primary elections were quiet here on the South Fork, where only two political parties were asking voters to make decisions.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 15, 2016
The future of Montauk's downtown and harbor areas is under intense discussion this week as a team of planning consultants leads interested members of the public through a series of discussions and workshops Thursday through Saturday.

The future of Montauk's downtown and harbor areas is under intense discussion this week as a team of planning consultants leads interested members of the public through a series of discussions and workshops Thursday through Saturday.

David E. Rattray
September 14, 2016
Commercial building projects in Wainscott could be halted for a year if the East Hampton Town Board moves forward on a plan for a development moratorium.

Commercial building projects in Wainscott could be halted for a year if the East Hampton Town Board moves forward on a plan for a development moratorium.

Responding to a request from the hamlet’s citizens advisory committee, the town board is fast-tracking a pause of site-plan reviews that would affect both sides of Montauk Highway.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 9, 2016
Two out of the three lanes on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the Long Island Expressway will be closed on weekday nights between Exits 66 and 68 for bridge repairs.

If you're hitting the road, be forewarned: Portions of the Long Island Expressway in Brookhaven Town will be closed.