Recent Stories: Government

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 30, 2016
Moody’s Investors Service, which evaluates municipalities, schools, businesses, and other entities on their ability to repay short-term debt, has upgraded the Town of Southampton’s credit rating to the highest level possible, AAA.

Moody’s Investors Service, which evaluates municipalities, schools, businesses, and other entities on their ability to repay short-term debt, has upgraded the Town of Southampton’s credit rating to the highest level possible, AAA.

Christopher Walsh
June 30, 2016
The East Hampton Town Trustees were well into a second consecutive meeting that would surpass the three-hour mark, much of the previous meeting’s agenda similarly held hostage to long and acrimonious public comment over claims to private ownership of beaches.

“Why the hell can’t we get along?” Trustee Jim Grimes asked, frustration evident in his voice.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 30, 2016
Jay Jacobs, the owner of an East Hampton house that was cited last summer for being used as a dormitory for counselors at Mr. Jacobs’s Hampton Country Day Camp, is ready to challenge the town law that says no more than four unrelated people can live in a single-family house.

Jay Jacobs, the owner of an East Hampton house that was cited last summer for being used as a dormitory for counselors at Mr. Jacobs’s Hampton Country Day Camp, is ready to challenge the town law that says no more than four unrelated people can live in a single-family house.

T.E. McMorrow
June 30, 2016
A deck, shed, and brick patio at 12 Deerfield Lane in the Beach Hampton area of Amagansett, all of which allegedly were built without permits next to, or even in, wetlands, received critical scrutiny Tuesday night at a meeting of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

A deck, shed, and brick patio at 12 Deerfield Lane in the Beach Hampton area of Amagansett, all of which allegedly were built without permits next to, or even in, wetlands, received critical scrutiny Tuesday night at a meeting of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals.

Christopher Walsh
June 30, 2016
A costly contest to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent New York’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives remained too close to call and will come down to absentee ballots.

A costly contest to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent New York’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives remained too close to call after votes were counted in Tuesday’s primary election. The race will come down to absentee ballots; 1,667 were distributed and are to be counted next week.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 30, 2016
Years of squabbles, town code violations, and animosity in Montauk after the Surf Lodge broke ground in transforming the hamlet’s low-key bars and restaurants into overcrowded and trendy night spots, may have come to an end this week with an agreement between East Hampton Town officials and the business and property owners.

Years of squabbles, town code violations, and animosity in Montauk after the Surf Lodge broke ground in transforming the hamlet’s low-key bars and restaurants into overcrowded and trendy night spots, may have come to an end this week with an agreement between East Hampton Town officials and the business and property owners.

Christopher Walsh
June 28, 2016
The winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary between Anna-Throne Holst and David Calone will come down to the absentee ballots.

With 100 percent of machine votes counted, Anna Throne-Holst, the former Southampton Town supervisor, maintained a razor-thin lead over David Calone in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election to represent New York’s First Congressional District, and the race will come down to absentee ballots. 

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016
An East Hampton Town law limiting use of the East Hampton Airport by aircraft defined by the Federal Aviation Administration as noisy was the subject of arguments before a panel of three judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan on Monday.

An East Hampton Town law limiting use of the East Hampton Airport by aircraft defined by the Federal Aviation Administration as noisy was the subject of arguments before a panel of three judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan on Monday.

T.E. McMorrow
June 23, 2016
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals has made several decisions this month upholding the town’s head building inspector’s interpretation of the zoning code.

The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals has made several decisions this month upholding the town’s head building inspector’s interpretation of the zoning code. The board even ruled against an appeal of one of the inspector’s determinations while conceding that what the applicant sought might actually be better than what the zoning code allows.

Christopher Walsh
June 23, 2016
Democratic voters are getting primed for Tuesday's primary, in which they will choose a candidate to face Lee Zeldin, the first-term Republican incumbent in the House of Representatives from the First Congressional District.

As Democratic voters get primed for Tuesday’s primary, in which they will choose a candidate to face Lee Zeldin, the first-term Republican incumbent in the House of Representatives from the First Congressional District, the contest between Anna Throne-Holst, the former Southampton Town supervisor, and Dave Calone, a businessman, former prosecutor, and chairman of the Suffolk Planning Comm

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016

East Hampton Town

Eye C.D.C.H. Building

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 23, 2016
Three pieces of state legislation specifically drafted for the Sag Harbor community have passed the Assembly and the Senate.

Three pieces of state legislation specifically drafted for the Sag Harbor community have passed the Assembly and the Senate.

Lower speed limits are coming to East Hampton and Sag Harbor Villages. According to the new legislation, speed limits will be reduced to 20 miles per hour on certain streets in the two villages.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016

Nancy Atlas, a Montauk musician who has performed here for 20 years, strode in front of the East Hampton Town Board at a meeting at the Montauk Firehouse on June 14 and sang an a cappella stanza from “The Star-Spangled Banner” while holding a phone that contained a decibel meter.

Christopher Walsh
June 23, 2016

Cultivation of edible seaweed is coming to Gardiner’s and Peconic Bays.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 23, 2016
A State Supreme Court justice may take until fall to determine the ownership of and access to parts of the Napeague ocean beach, but East Hampton Town is moving ahead in the meantime, come what may, with the process of condemnation, or eminent domain.

A State Supreme Court justice may take until fall to determine the ownership of and access to parts of the Napeague ocean beach, but East Hampton Town is moving ahead in the meantime, come what may, with the process of condemnation, or eminent domain.

Amanda M. Fairbanks
June 18, 2016
An East Hampton Town fire marshal’s office investigation into a complaint of overcrowding at the Inn at East Hampton uncovered 61 violations related to New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, but concluded that “the original complaint of overcrowding at the 20-unit motel was unfounded.”

An East Hampton Town fire marshal’s office investigation into a complaint last summer of overcrowding at the Inn at East Hampton uncovered 61 violations related to New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, but concluded that “the original complaint of overcrowding at the 20-unit motel was unfounded,” according to a release sent out by the office Friday afternoon.

Christopher Walsh
June 16, 2016
At Driftwood Shores in Springs, it is neighbor versus neighbor over access.

Accusations and recriminations went flying from the moment Monday’s meeting of the East Hampton Town Trustees began at Town Hall, with a half-dozen residents of Driftwood Shores, a development in Springs, accusing a couple who recently built a house on the last undeveloped lot there of prohibiting the use of the beach in front of it.

Star Staff
June 16, 2016
Improving crosswalks and searching for a police chief in the Town of Southampton.

Southampton Town

To Improve Crosswalks

Joanne Pilgrim
June 16, 2016
A proposed East Hampton Town law that would allow downtown Montauk restaurants to have legal sidewalk dining will be the subject of a hearing tonight at 6:30 at Town Hall.

A proposed East Hampton Town law that would allow downtown Montauk restaurants to have legal  sidewalk dining will be the subject of a hearing tonight at 6:30 at Town Hall.

Christopher Walsh
June 15, 2016
Homeowners claim destruction of vegetation, nesting habitat, beach grass; town trustees say the beach is 'in fine, excellent condition.'

A trial to determine the ownership of and access to what is popularly known as Truck Beach, a 4,000-foot stretch of ocean beach on Napeague, concluded in State Supreme Court, Riverhead, on Monday, with Justice Ralph Gazzillo telling lawyers for property owners, the Town of East Hampton, and the town trustees that a decision was unlikely before Labor Day.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 9, 2016
A long hoped-for local shuttle-transport service, involving light diesel trains that would coordinate with buses and taxis, may be in place as soon as next year.

A long hoped-for local shuttle-transport service, involving light diesel trains that would coordinate with buses and taxis, may be in place as soon as next year.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced recently that the Long Island Rail Road had agreed to explore a South Fork shuttle service similar to one that ran with success on a trial basis in 2007 and 2008.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 9, 2016
Town officials are preparing for a vote in the fall on whether to let a portion of the community preservation fund, now earmarked for land purchases only, be used for water quality improvement projects.

Town officials are preparing for a vote in the fall on whether to let a portion of the community preservation fund, now earmarked for land purchases only, be used for water quality improvement projects.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 9, 2016
Residents of a neighborhood surrounding a sand-mining pit off Middle Highway in East Hampton asked the town board last week to investigate dumping they said was taking place there.

Residents of a neighborhood surrounding a sand-mining pit off Middle Highway in East Hampton asked the town board last week to investigate dumping they said was taking place there. The pit, which is legal because it was created before local zoning laws, is owned by the Talmage family and has both local and state Department of Environmental Conservation permits.

Joanne Pilgrim
June 9, 2016
In their ongoing effort to resolve the dispute over the ownership of stretches of the ocean beach on Napeague, East Hampton Town officials moved ahead this week with eminent domain proceedings.

In their ongoing effort to resolve the dispute over the ownership of stretches of the ocean beach on Napeague, East Hampton Town officials moved ahead this week with eminent domain proceedings.