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LaLota’s First Weeks in Congress

Representative Nicholas LaLota of the First Congressional District had quite a wild ride in his opening days as a freshman Republican in the 118th Congress. There was the epic and very public battle to name Kevin McCarthy as house speaker — and then there was George Santos, the newly elected representative from Nassau County whose résumé turned out to be a pack of lies and who now faces ongoing opprobrium from almost all quarters.

Jan 26, 2023

Traffic Circle Nixed at Busy East Hampton Intersection

A New York State Department of Transportation plan to install a traffic circle or stop lights at the intersection of Route 114 and Main Street/Route 27 in East Hampton Village has been halted, and the mayor says that's good news.

Jan 25, 2023

Police & Courts

Two cases, one involving drunken-driving charges against a Montauk fishing-boat captain and another involving an assault charge against an East Hampton man, were recently resolved in town justice court.

Jan 25, 2023

A neighbor’s floodlight was shining into a woman’s Franklin Avenue, Sag Harbor, bedroom on Friday night and she called police to complain about it.

Jan 26, 2023

A house on Queen’s Lane in East Hampton was the scene of two assaults on the night of Jan. 7, allegedly perpetrated by men with the same last name. East Hampton Town police did not spell out their relationship, if any.

Jan 25, 2023

Government

Dave Calone, a former chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission who has a background in law and business, is officially the Suffolk County Democratic Committee’s candidate of choice for county executive. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who told The Southampton Press late last year that he was considering running for county executive, confirmed Sunday that he has opted not to run.

Jan 26, 2023

As a proposed plan to build a wastewater treatment plant in Montauk’s Hither Woods moves forward into what is sure to be a headline-grabbing 2023 of ongoing rancor and debate among a growing cadre of opponents, one tidbit has emerged from the flurry of meetings, emails, and presentations that have been associated with the proposal put forth by the East Hampton Town Board: To date, no detailed design specs of the proposed facility have been put into the public record by the town, even as a proposed conceptual diagram by the engineering firm that created it has become a key document motivating sewage plant detractors.

Jan 26, 2023

Ongoing litigation in federal court between East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village over the use and storage of controversial firefighting foam at the town airport by the village’s Fire Department remains in limbo even as the State Department of Environmental Conservation “continues to oversee the town’s remedial investigation” at the site, the agency said this week.

Jan 26, 2023

At the recommendation of its project engineer, D.B. Bennett, the East Hampton Town Board has rejected the latest bids to complete Phase III restoration work at Montauk’s historic Second House and museum.

Jan 26, 2023

Villages

Bees Also Have Needs In Winter

While the bees are mostly hive-bound and slowed by the cold of winter, it’s not a time of rest for a beekeeper.

Jan 26, 2023

On the Wing: The Great Chickadee Search

Looking for a walk and a challenge, I went to the Mulvihill Preserve in Noyac to hunt for wild chickadees. Hard? No. A unique reason to be in the woods? Yes. A winter activity for a winter bird.

Jan 26, 2023

Item of the Week: Thomas Jefferson’s Plants and Wine

In this letter, Thomas Jefferson seeks the help of the Bridgehampton-born David Gelston, who had been appointed by Jefferson as collector of customs for New York in 1801.

Jan 26, 2023

Arts

Taking the South Fork Out for a Drag

The Siren Sisters, a trio of East End drag queens who will perform at LTV on Saturday, talk about the growing popularity of drag culture and how their own careers took shape.

Jan 26, 2023

The Sag Harbor Cinema and the Plain Sight Project are offering a month of events honoring the enslaved, indentured, and free people of color who lived in Sag Harbor and beyond from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries.

Jan 26, 2023

Linda K. Alpern, Leslie Wayne, and Lucy Winton, whose work can be seen in the Parrish Art Museum’s “An Expanded Portrait” exhibition, will discuss their creative process at the museum on Friday.

Jan 26, 2023

Almond Zigmund speaks at The Church, urban garden design at Keyes Art, group shows at Grenning and AB NY, and Hector Leonardi in Riverhead

Jan 26, 2023

Food

Cookies With the Right Stuff

Inspired by Instagram food posts, Julie Lavin posted her own stuffed cookie creations and discovered a hungry market for her decadent treats.

Jan 26, 2023

News for Foodies 01.26.23

Herbal salt and natural wine at Amber Waves, Wolffer in Brooklyn, specials at Bridgehampton Inn, super treats from Smokin’ Wolf, and L.I. Restaurant Week starts Sunday.

Jan 26, 2023

Zakura Now Open in East Hampton

Zakura restaurant in Amagansett has opened a takeaway site on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, with many items from the restaurant and some new offerings as well.

Jan 19, 2023