Recent Stories: Government

Christopher Walsh
May 25, 2017
The stage may have been set last week for primary bids for East Hampton Town Board nominations in advance of the November election.

The stage may have been set last week for primary bids for East Hampton Town Board nominations in advance of the November election.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 25, 2017
As restaurateurs gear up for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the moneymaking season, some are criticizing a proposed new law that they say would affect patrons waiting to be seated.

As restaurateurs gear up for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the moneymaking season, some are criticizing a proposed new law that they say would affect patrons waiting to be seated.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 18, 2017
What will happen in the days to come, and in future decades, along East Hampton’s 114 miles of coastline as a result of expected sea level rise and possible storms?

What will happen in the days to come, and in future decades, along East Hampton’s 114 miles of coastline as a result of expected sea level rise and possible storms? This question, and what might be done to avoid worst-case scenarios, is at the core of an attempt to develop a coastal assessment resiliency plan.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 18, 2017

With a vote at a board meeting tonight, East Hampton Town officials plan to hire a law firm that successfully represented the city of Santa Monica, Calif., in a fight to gain local control over its airport to advise the town as it pursues Federal Aviation Administration approval of restrictions on the use of East Hampton Airport in order to control noise.

Christopher Walsh
May 18, 2017
The proposed offshore wind farm and water quality were the primary topics of discussion on Monday when the East Hampton Independence Party’s screening committee interviewed candidates for townwide office.

The proposed offshore wind farm and water quality were the primary topics of discussion on Monday when the East Hampton Independence Party’s screening committee interviewed candidates for townwide office.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 18, 2017
About a year after Southampton Town initiated a moratorium on any new planned development district applications and an official review of the existing legislation began, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has proposed wiping the law off the books.

About a year after Southampton Town initiated a moratorium on any new planned development district applications and an official review of the existing legislation began, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has proposed wiping the law off the books.

May 11, 2017

East Hampton Town

Future of the Coastline

T.E. McMorrow
May 11, 2017
New owners plan an ambitious redo of the resort, which will be called the Hero Beach Club.

The great big smiley face is back on the east side of the former Oceanside Beach Motel, known affectionately in Montauk as the Smiley Motel.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 11, 2017

Town officials will meet with the Bridgehampton business community next Thursday to discuss pedestrian and traffic safety concerns. The meeting will take place at the Bridgehampton Nutrition/Community Center at 585 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

T.E. McMorrow
May 11, 2017
The property occupied by the now-defunct Cyril’s Fish House will be the subject of a hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

The property occupied by the now-defunct Cyril’s Fish House will be the subject of a hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 11, 2017
The East Hampton Town employee who blew the whistle in March on the Parks Department’s reuse of industrial metal barrels as trash cans, and the disposal of the barrels’ chemical residue on the ground and in storm drains, has been fired.

The East Hampton Town employee who blew the whistle in March on the Parks Department’s reuse of industrial metal barrels as trash cans, and the disposal of the barrels’ chemical residue on the ground and in storm drains, has been fired.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 11, 2017
Members of the Montauk Playhouse Community Foundation, working to begin what has been planned from the start as the second phase of the reconstruction of the 1927 Tudor-style building, have turned to East Hampton Town for help.

Members of the Montauk Playhouse Community Foundation, working to begin what has been planned from the start as the second phase of the reconstruction of the 1927 Tudor-style building, have turned to East Hampton Town for help, hoping it will invest $3 million to boost the $8.5 million project to completion.

Christopher Walsh
May 11, 2017
The East Hampton Town Republican Committee completed its selection of candidates for townwide offices last week and was expected to formally nominate them at its regular monthly meeting yesterday.

G.O.P. Finalizes Candidates

The East Hampton Town Republican Committee completed its selection of candidates for townwide offices last week and was expected to formally nominate them at its regular monthly meeting yesterday.

Star Staff
May 11, 2017
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. issued a statement Friday assailing the American Health Care Act, which passed by a 217-213 vote in the House of Representatives last Thursday.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. issued a statement Friday assailing the American Health Care Act, which passed by a 217-213 vote in the House of Representatives last Thursday. The act, a step in the Republican majority’s campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, “would be a catastrophic blow to the health and welfare of all New Yorkers,” Mr.

Isabel Carmichael
May 11, 2017
After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday evening to inaugurate Amagansett’s new privy in the parking lot behind Main Street, members of the hamlet’s citizens advisory committee repaired to the American Legion Hall for their monthly meeting.

After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday evening to inaugurate Amagansett’s new privy in the parking lot behind Main Street, members of the hamlet’s citizens advisory committee repaired to the American Legion Hall for their monthly meeting. The meeting began after a moment of silence in memory of Herb Field, a longtime committee member who died recently.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
Representatives of East Hampton Town’s Fisheries Advisory Committee have asked for a comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic importance of fisheries on the East End.

Representatives of East Hampton Town’s Fisheries Advisory Committee this week again asked the town to help fund a comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic importance of fisheries on the East End and reiterated fishermen’s concerns about the Deepwater Wind offshore turbine installation. 

T.E. McMorrow
May 4, 2017
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals must weigh a request that would allow a retirement "dream house" on a half-acre, landlocked parcel. The site contains wetlands and dunes.

A public hearing before the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on May 2 brought the history of a small and particularly constrained lot on Napeague into focus as members of an East Hampton family sought special permission and five variances for a retirement house.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
In August, after reaching yet another impasse over conflicting assessments and a purchase price, the Bistrians notified the town that they would proceed with development.

Members of the Bistrian family, the owners, through corporate entities, of 33 acres of farmland north of Amagansett Main Street, have sued East Hampton Town to force construction of an access road from there to Windmill Lane so that house lots may be developed on the acreage.

Christopher Walsh
May 4, 2017

East Hampton Town’s Republican and Democratic Committees have finalized their respective slates of candidates for the nine-member town trustee board.

On Monday, the East Hampton Town Republican Committee announced that Susan Vorpahl, a daughter of Mary Vorpahl and the late Stuart Vorpahl, is a designated candidate for town trustee in the Nov. 7 election.

T.E. McMorrow
May 4, 2017
A Montauk hotel with a popular outdoor lounge scene would use an adjacent property for unspecified events most weekends this summer, a town official said.

The East Hampton Town Planning Board wrestled with two Montauk applications on April 26. Members also learned that an objectionable gate installed by Steven A. Cohen, the hedge fund manager whose Point72 Asset Management company has an office in the former Wei Fun restaurant on Pantigo Road in East Hampton, had been scrapped.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
With the weather and the resort season warming up, the East Hampton Town Board turned its attention this week to proposed town code changes about seating at takeout food shops as well as outdoor dining at restaurants and on sidewalks in downtown Montauk.

With the weather and the resort season warming up, the East Hampton Town Board turned its attention this week to proposed town code changes about seating at takeout food shops as well as outdoor dining at restaurants and on sidewalks in downtown Montauk.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
Even after the state takes regulatory authority over Uber and other ride-hailing services, East Hampton Town will be allowed to apply parking restrictions.

Now that New York State has adopted legislation calling for the state, and only the state, to regulate Uber, Lyfft, and other “e-hailing companies,” as Nancylynn Thiele, an East Hampton Town attorney, described the taxi services that are summoned through smartphone apps, the Town of East Hampton must revise its taxi regulations.

Christopher Walsh
May 4, 2017
With its endorsement of Jeffrey Bragman for town councilman, the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee’s screening committee has signed off on a slate of candidates for town board and other townwide offices, but a primary challenge could be in the works.

With its endorsement of Jeffrey Bragman for town councilman, the East Hampton Town Democratic Committee’s screening committee has signed off on a slate of candidates for town board and other townwide offices, but a primary challenge could be in the works.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 4, 2017
Representative Lee Zeldin has reintroduced the Plum Island Preservation Act, a bill to prevent the sale of Plum Island by the government to the highest bidder.

Representative Lee Zeldin has reintroduced the Plum Island Preservation Act, a bill to prevent the sale of Plum Island by the government to the highest bidder. The bipartisan bill passed the House in May 2016, but the Senate did not act on it, necessitating its reintroduction.