Government

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.
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.
A hearing before the East Hampton Town Board last Thursday on allowing affordable apartments in outbuildings as well as primary residences drew questions and comments on a number of issues.
Amagansett’s business district will have a bigger municipal parking lot and perhaps a park, with the purchase of 2.5 largely open acres adjacent to the lot, which was approved last week by the East Hampton Town Board.
A public hearing to examine water contamination and assess the effectiveness and implementation of laws and policies intended to protect water quality and public health will be held by the New York State Assembly’s and Senate’s committees on health and environmental conservation on Monday.
Members of an autonomous citizens’ committee on airport noise, including a number of those who served on a town board-appointed similar group that the town later disbanded, visited East Hampton Airport on Friday evening to observe and videotape its operations at the start of the busy Labor Day weekend.
Primary elections on Tuesday are quiet here, with only two political parties asking voters to make decisions ahead of the general election in November.
A public comment period on the Army Corps of Engineers' plans for shore protection projects from Fire Island to Montauk Point, originally set to end on Sept. 29, has been extended to Oct. 19.
Hermine is the first significant storm to affect Montauk since completion of the Army Corps project in April, and the damage done by this relatively minor storm has raised concerns about the future of the project.