Village Changes Two Laws

    With Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and members of the East Hampton Village Board wearing pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Friday’s meeting was brief. Two public hearings on proposed amendments to the village code were held, and they were quickly adopted unanimously after no one commented.

     One of the amendments will reduce the speed limit on Middle Lane, Hither Lane, and Amy’s Lane from 30 to 25 miles per hour. At its Sept. 5 work session, the mayor had informed the board that Andrew Right, who was in the process of moving from Further Lane to Hither Lane, had brought to his attention that roadways surrounding Middle Lane have a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit, and that there had been complaints.

    The other amendment supplements zoning code provisions enacted in January that were designed to encourage the preservation of 25 timber-frame houses built between 1700 and 1850, which the village had designated historic landmarks. Detached accessory buildings are allowed on those properties, but the law adopted in January had not included height regulations for them. Detached accessory dwellings will now have the same height limits as apply to principal residences.

    Also on the agenda was a notice for a public hearing, to be held on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Emergency Services Building, at which the addition of a new chapter to the village code will be proposed. At its Oct. 3 work session, Becky Molinaro, the village administrator, had informed the board that the state had created something called the Information Security Breach and Notification Act, which all counties, cities, and villages are required to adopt.

    The law requires the village to notify individuals when there is believed to have been a compromise of private information. It also requires the village to notify the state attorney general’s office, the state’s Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination, and the state’s Consumer Protection Board of any such breach. As of Oct. 3, there had been no security breach, Ms. Molinaro said.