East Hampton Town
Councilman Swings His Vote
Grasses, not grapes, will be grown on town-owned farmland at Robert’s Lane and Cedar Street in East Hampton, according to a majority vote of the town board on Tuesday. The decision must still be formalized with a resolution.
Board members have been weighing two proposals from potential lessees — one from a nurseryman who wants to grow native grasses and the other from members of the Principi family who proposed growing wine grapes there.
Councilwoman Theresa Quigley, citing a desire to promote wineries in East Hampton Town, and Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson favored the grape-growing plan, while Councilman Pete Hammerle and Councilwoman Julia Prince voted to lease the land to the grass-grower.
Town Councilman Dominick Stan