Recent Stories: Villages

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 23, 2015
Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride’s last budget before he leaves the village board in two months would increase spending by under 1 percent.

Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride’s last budget before he leaves the village board in two months would increase spending by under 1 percent. The tax rate would go up ever so slightly, to about $2.74 per $1,000 of assessed value. For example, a house valued at $795,000 would pay about $2,180 in taxes.

Christopher Walsh
April 23, 2015
The East Hampton Village Board will hold public hearings on May 15 on proposed amendments aimed at reining in outsized houses, accessory structures, and lot coverage, as well as basement living areas.

The East Hampton Village Board will hold public hearings on May 15 on proposed amendments aimed at reining in outsized houses, accessory structures, and lot coverage, as well as basement living areas. All of the zoning code amendments were proposed in response to concerns relayed by the village’s historic preservation consultant and code enforcement officer.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 23, 2015
Petitions are circulating in Sag Harbor Village once again, ahead of the June election for mayor and two village board positions.

Petitions are circulating in Sag Harbor Village once again, ahead of the June election for mayor and two village board positions.

Brian Gilbride, who has served as mayor for six years and has been on the board since 1994, said this week that he will not seek re-election.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 23, 2015
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise $23,000 for its annual Fourth of July Grucci fireworks show with a new GoFundMe page.

Every year it seems, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce comes up short for the Fourth of July fireworks show. This year, the chamber is soliciting donations through a GoFundMe page to help drum up support for the display, which brings thousands to Montauk annually. 

Carissa Katz
April 23, 2015
After being without a permanent pastor for nearly two years, Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton officially welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr., with three days of special events culminating with an installation service on Saturday.

After being without a permanent pastor for nearly two years, Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton officially welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson Jr., with three days of special events culminating with an installation service on Saturday.

Mr. Thompson has been acting minister at the church since December.

Christopher Walsh
April 23, 2015

In an effort to improve the water quality of Hook Pond, which the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has listed as impaired, the Village of East Hampton is planning projects to reduce stormwater runoff and contamination from aging or malfunctioning septic systems.

Christopher Walsh
April 16, 2015

Thomas A. Twomey’s sudden death in November came just five months after the grand-opening ceremony commemorating the East Hampton Library’s $6.5 million expansion and renovation. Mr. Twomey, a lawyer, civic leader, and chairman of the library’s board of managers, had played an integral part in the yearslong project, which added 6,800 square feet and houses the new children’s reading room and the Baldwin Family Lecture Room.

Star staff
April 16, 2015

The East End Disabilities Group will host a discussion of mental health services on Tuesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the community room at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. The event will be free and open to the public.

Art Flescher, director of the Suffolk County Department of Mental Hygiene, will speak about mental health services on the South Fork including preventive services, psychiatric care, accessing services, emergency services, financial issues, and social and recreational services.

Christopher Walsh
April 16, 2015

Armed with evidence of sleeping accommodations in a finished storage space over a garage and pool house on Cove Hollow Road — something prohibited under East Hampton Village Code — the village’s zoning board of appeals appeared ready Friday to deny a request to keep the storage space, which includes a full bathroom.

“They’re not using the upstairs portion for any kind of sleeping or habitable space,” Karen Hoeg, an attorney representing Lawrence and Lisa Cohen, told the board. “The bathroom is used very infrequently.”

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 10, 2015
The house, built in 1824 and transformed in 1840 into one of the state’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture, is in the early stages of a $6 million restoration project being undertaken by the Bridgehampton Museum with help from Southampton Town and New York State.

Though the Nathaniel Rogers House in Bridgehampton is at least a few years from a complete restoration, a tour on Thursday offered a glimpse of the $6 million restoration project being undertaken by the Bridgehampton Museum with help from the Town of Southampton and New York State.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 9, 2015

After a winter hiatus, a $13.8 million project to repave and repair 15 miles of Montauk Highway between East Hampton and Montauk is under way again.

The New York State Department of Transportation’s project, stretching between Buell Lane in East Hampton and South Etna Avenue in Montauk, started up again this week. In the fall, state contractors had repaved some of the worst sections between East Hampton and Amagansett, with the exception of both downtown areas. They are now working west to east on the remaining sections ane expect the project to be complete by May.

Christopher Walsh
April 9, 2015

East Hampton Village is soliciting bids from farmers interested in growing crops on the Gardiner home lot at 36 James Lane. The request for proposals, on two acres of the lot reserved for agriculture, stipulates a five-year commitment.

Proposals should be submitted to Robert Hefner, the village’s director of historic services, at Village Hall, 86 Main Street, East Hampton 11937, no later than April 28. Specifications can be obtained there from the village administrator’s office, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 9, 2015

Montaukers will soon have a new doctor to call their own. Southampton Hospital has announced that Michael Genereux, a doctor of osteopathy, will work out of the Meeting House Lane Medical Practice’s offices on Montauk Main Street this summer, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Dr. Anthony Knott late last year.

Christopher Walsh
April 9, 2015

The second annual Shoreline Sweep, a cleanup of ocean beaches from Montauk Point to Wainscott, is set for Saturday. Dell Cullum, a wildlife removal specialist and nature photographer who serves on East Hampton Town’s recycling and litter committee, has once again called for volunteers to help in the effort.

Christopher Walsh
April 9, 2015
Amid a building boom, East Hampton Village is moving quickly toward further limiting the size of houses and additional structures it will allow on residential property.

Describing the results of a survey of 173 properties as “a wakeup call,” East Hampton Village’s director of historic services advised the village board on Friday that the character of the village would be irrevocably harmed unless new formulas for construction on lots of 40,000 square feet or more were adopted.

April 2, 2015

Several weeks ago, when Elke Grimm, 85, slipped and fell on a hardwood floor at her home overlooking Fort Pond in Montauk, her major concern was not to frighten her great-granddaughter, Parker, who is 4. Parker was the only one with her that day.

The little girl told Mrs. Grimm, “I will help you, Oma,” (German for Grandma). She tried as hard as she could to help her great-grandmother up, but couldn’t. She then brought Mrs. Grimm her walker, both of them hoping she could hoist herself up with it, but she wasn’t able to.

Christopher Walsh
April 2, 2015

The Maidstone Club, which last year was granted special and freshwater wetlands permits and area variances to upgrade the irrigation systems on its 18 and 9-hole golf courses, was back before the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday.

The club now seeks to build a 1,102-square-foot structure with a 214-square-foot patio, to be used for golf instruction in conjunction with an existing practice facility. The project would require a special permit as well as variance relief to allow an accessory building on a lot that does not have a main-use structure.

Christopher Walsh
April 2, 2015

The East Hampton Village Board is expected to grant Starbucks an easement so that the sanitary system at its Main Street location can be upgraded. A resolution to grant the easement may be voted on at the board’s meeting on April 17 and the work is likely to be done in the fall.

Christopher Walsh
March 26, 2015

Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. noted, as the East Hampton Village Board gathered on Friday, that spring would officially begin that evening. With yet another snowstorm looming, however, the few members present read through a quick agenda.

An unfinished new house on the Gardiner home lot, at 36 James Lane, drew attention as the board agreed to advertise for bids on its relocation or demolition. The house is behind the timber-frame house that was built in 1750. Bids will be opened on April 13 at 2 p.m. at Village Hall.

Christopher Walsh
March 26, 2015

On behalf of the East Hampton Village Board, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. sent a letter to East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell last week in which he commended the town board’s effort to address what he called “a long-standing and difficult issue,” that of the noise of air traffic on routes to and from the East Hampton Airport.

Janis Hewitt
March 19, 2015

Terry Watson will be the grand marshal leading Montauk’s 52nd St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. The festivities will begin tomorrow, when she will be honored at the annual grand marshal lunch from noon to 3 p.m. at Gurney’s Inn. This year’s host is Joan Lycke, the 2011 grand marshal, who is taking over for John Behan, who had hosted the lunch for many years.

Christopher Walsh
March 19, 2015

The Amagansett branch of Capital One, at 100 Montauk Highway just west of the hamlet’s retail district, will close on April 24.     The bank’s customers were informed of the closing in a letter dated Jan. 21. The letter explained that accounts will be transferred to the Capital One branch at 40 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, with no change to accounts or account numbers.

Christopher Walsh
March 19, 2015

Andy and Jane Graiser won a reprieve of sorts when the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals reopened the hearing on their application to add an eyebrow window to the roof of their house at 42 Mill Hill Lane, which is under construction. As indicated at prior meetings, however, there was no change of heart: The window cannot be installed.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 12, 2015

The Sag Harbor Village Board voted on Tuesday evening to extend a temporary moratorium on reviews of wetland variances as it prepares for a hearing on April 14 to consider revisions to its wetlands permit regulations.