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Proposed New Map Would Expand First Congressional District

New York's First Congressional District would grow slightly under a proposed map by a neutral expert tasked with redrawing the state's congressional and State Senate district boundaries. Statewide, the map appears likely to encourage Republican gains in Washington, D.C., in November, possibly resulting in a G.O.P. majority in the House of Representatives as well as the Senate. The redistricting could also force some longtime incumbent Democrats in New York's delegation to run against one another.

May 19, 2022

Failing Bulkhead Is Free to Rot

"As it fails, it will continue to leak material into Lake Montauk," said Brian Frank, chief environmental analyst for East Hampton Town, of an aging bulkhead on the east side of Lake Montauk, where David Zwirner, a New York City gallerist, hopes to create an artists' retreat, rebuilding 17 cottages and a large single-family house — but not the bulkhead.

May 19, 2022

Police & Courts

A man who police said is homeless was charged with petty larceny at the Montauk 7-Eleven store.

May 19, 2022

A woman called police last Thursday to ask if they knew where to find a "male soul mate." An officer told her that police have no special knowledge about the location of soul mates and asked if she was okay, or felt the need to go to the hospital. She said no, she was healthy and in good spirits.

May 19, 2022

Two drivers whose cars had been stopped on the side of the road, plus one whom police pulled over for a reported traffic violation, are now facing charges of driving while intoxicated.

May 19, 2022

Government

The East Hampton Town Board is working on many fronts to tackle the region's most bedeviling problem, and this week, board members reported on their progress on specific initiatives to provide affordable rental and ownership options for those who live or work in the town. 

May 19, 2022

Both the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals and Design Review Board, at times appearing frustrated by questions of overlapping or insufficient jurisdiction, signed off unanimously last week on improvements sought by Guild Hall to its exterior. Both boards made it clear that they had no control over the more controversial future of the John Drew Theater and its iconic "circus tent" roof, leaving all the drama inside the building.

May 19, 2022

At the end of March, in an ambitious effort to eradicate ticks on North Haven, the village relaunched its campaign to install "four-poster" feeding stations for deer. The stations bait deer with corn. While they feed, a tickicide is applied directly to their necks.

May 19, 2022

"It's important to start now," Laura Tooman of Concerned Citizens of Montauk told the East Hampton Town Board, in urging it to adopt a plan that recommends a range of strategies to to address risks to coastal areas as a result of climate-change-induced sea level rise, coastal erosion, and extreme weather. Among the plan's most controversial elements is a call for managed retreat in downtown Montauk.

May 19, 2022

Villages

Last Will and Testament of William Barns

This week's East Hampton Library Item of the Week is the last will and testament of William Barns (1723-1814) of East Hampton, drafted on March 18, 1809. The Barns, or Barnes, family were among the earliest settlers of East Hampton, and this William was the son of another William Barns (1702-1726) and the former Martha Edwards (1706-1745). 

May 19, 2022

Targeting Ticks by Killing Them on Their Hosts

At the end of March, in an ambitious effort to eradicate ticks on North Haven, the village relaunched its campaign to install "four-poster" feeding stations for deer. The stations bait deer with corn. While they feed, a tickicide is applied directly to their necks.

May 19, 2022

Learning to 'Live With It' as Covid Rates Rise Again

Despite a significant uptick in Covid-19 cases, including the designation of Suffolk and Nassau Counties as a region now at high risk of virus transmission by the federal Centers for Disease Control, the number of patients admitted at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has remained in the single digits over the last few weeks — very much manageable, the hospital's chief medical officer has said. "We're going to have to learn how to live with it when community spread goes up like it is now."

May 19, 2022

Arts

Straddling the Virtual Now

In speaking to representatives of several South Fork cultural organizations, it was clear that virtual programming is here to stay in some form.

May 19, 2022

For a new show at the Parrish Art Museum, Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas bring together more than 50 works by six female artists of color.

May 19, 2022

The 11th annual Montauk Music Festival will bring more than 80 performers from near and far to the hamlet for four days of music starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with an opening party at the Westlake Fish House featuring music by 10 festival bands, cocktails, appetizers, and dancing.

May 18, 2022

Paula Poundstone has performed at the Bay Street Theater so often that she needs no introduction. She will bring her lightning wit to Sag Harbor on May 28.

May 16, 2022

Food

No Second 'Serving,' Please

Laura Donnelly, whose restaurant résumé runs the gamut from pastry chef to table busser, watches the reality show "Serving the Hamptons" so you don't have to.

May 19, 2022

News for Foodies 5.19.22

The Ditch Witch food truck, Duryea's Orient Point, the Backyard at Sole East, and Balsam Farm Stand are reopening, plus wine specials at Wolffer, luxury afloat on the North Fork, and Jason Weiner alfresco.

May 19, 2022