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  • (November 18, 2010) The town board will vote tonight on the adoption of a 2011 East Hampton Town budget that trims spending by $8 million and would provide a tax cut of 17 percent for most town residents, and of 20 percent for residents of East Hampton or Sag Harbor Villages.

    The close to $64 million budget would set property tax rates at $26.55 per $100 of assessed value, or $12.21 per $100 for village residents.

  • (Jan. 1, 2009) Republican faithful and supporters of the three successful candidates who will be a town board majority from that party filled the East Hampton Town Hall courtroom Friday morning as Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Theresa Quigley and Dominick Stanzione, who won seats on the board, were sworn in.

    Each received a standing ovation with shouts and enthusiastic applause after Town Justice Lisa R. Rana administered their oaths of office, concluding each with a hug.

  • (January 13, 2011) A permit for a three-day music festival in Amagansett in August, issued last month by the East Hampton Town Board, remains in place despite calls for the board to rescind it.

    In the face of a rising chorus of opposition from Amagansett community groups and individuals who fear a Woodstock-style bacchanal, or at the very least, traffic tie-ups from the up to 9,500 people who may attend, town board members declined to reconsider their decision at a town board meeting on Tuesday.

  • (June 17, 2010) A coalition of community groups has questioned whether East Hampton Town can legally put Fort Pond House, a property it owns in Montauk, on the market.

    Despite opposition from its Demo­cratic minority, the town board agreed on June 3 to list the property for sale. The resolution was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Republican majority, which insists that selling land must be part of a financial bailout plan in the face of a huge town deficit.

  • (November 04, 2010) After holding a business summit last Thursday in Montauk, members of the East Hampton Town Board reviewed the discussion there at a work session on Saturday, and mapped its implications for the future.

    For Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, the meeting underscored a need for a “multi-year economic development plan for East Hampton.”

  • (October 14, 2010) At a hearing last Thursday on a proposal to eliminate roadside leaf pickup by the East Hampton Town Highway Department this fall, a majority of speakers were against dropping the service, which many said was an essential, and expected, service for their tax dollars. Other comments focused on the ecological benefits of leaf composting as well as its feasibility.

  • (November 11, 2010) East Hampton Town’s 2011 budget is slated for a vote next Thursday, and after a majority of town board members agreed Tuesday to restore funding totaling $60,000 to four community service organizations, appears to have unanimous town board support.

    The $63.9 million budget would reduce spending by $8 million from last year and result in a tax rate of $26.55 per $100 of assessed value for town residents, and $12.21 per $100 of assessed value for village residents.

  • (04/01/2010) As the first quarter of the year drew to a close this week, the East Hampton Town Board took stock of the town’s fiscal state and outlined new budget-cutting efforts, including eliminating the Highway Department’s leaf pickup service and closing the town recycling and garbage disposal centers one day a week. A proposal to consolidate town departments and offer incentives for employees to step down before considering layoffs, also brought up at the board’s meeting on Saturday, is reported on separately.

  • (May 25, 2010) The inclusion of East Hampton Town's two docks in Montauk on a list of properties that might be sold to help cover the town's deficit sent dozens of upset commercial fishermen to Town Hall last Thursday night.

    Members of the fishing fleet who keep their boats at the town's commercial docks in Lake Montauk said they would lose their livelihood if the docks were privatized and fees went up. The town, they said, would suffer the loss of a year-round industry that pumps $50 million annually into the local economy.

  • (May 20, 2010) The two town docks in Montauk, on Star Island and off West Lake Drive, along with 20 other town-owned properties, could be put up for sale to raise money to avoid future tax increases.

    Faced with borrowing up to $30 million to cover an accumulated deficit, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson asked the Planning Department to look into which properties are unrestricted by the terms of their purchase or a designation as nature preserves and might be sold.

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  • East Hampton Town will provide trash bags and gloves to volunteers pitching in on Saturday for the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day.

    Individuals and groups have been invited to collect trash on any beach. Participants will be asked to fill out an Ocean Conservancy data collection form, which the town will provide, to record the type of debris found. The information will be used by the organization to identify debris “hotspots” and issues, raise awareness, and help communities adopt policies that will contribute to cleaner oceans.