Government Briefs 09.13.18

East Hampton Town

Car-Free Day

Long Island’s sixth annual Car-­­Free Day is set for Friday, Sept. 21, and the Town of East Hampton’s energy sustainability advisory committee has asked for residents’ participation. 

Linda James, chairwoman of the committee, and Lauren Steinberg, an environmental analyst in the Natural Resources Department, asked the town board for its support of the initiative on Tuesday. Car-free day, Ms. Steinberg told the board, is part of an international movement observed every September that encourages people to shun use of cars, particularly single-occupancy vehicles, in favor of public transportation, cycling, walking, and carpooling. Some 2,500 cities participate, she said. 

The board’s endorsement, Ms. James said, would support its broader initiative to achieve 100 percent of its energy needs through renewable sources. 

Information about Car Free Day is available at Those interested can pledge to participate at 

Car Free Day is part of Long Island Mobility Week, a series of activities and events by municipalities and organizations to encourage sustainable transportation. It will be launched on Sunday with an electric vehicle show at the Tanger outlet center in Riverhead. C.W.


Sculpture Celebration

The Town of East Hampton and the East Hampton Arts Council will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate “Nureyev and Fontaine,” a sculpture by the late artist Bill King, on Monday at 2 p.m. on the Town Hall grounds. The public has been invited to attend. 

Mr. King lived in East Hampton for more than 40 years and was deeply involved in the community. His work is among collections held by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was the recipient of four honorary doctorates and numerous fellowships as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Sculpture Center and Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts.

Laura Cutler, who donated the sculpture to the town last year, will attend the ceremony along with the art dealer Fred Dorfman, who helped spearhead the donation, Scott Chaskey, who also helped, and the artist Connie Fox, Mr. King’s longtime partner.