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One of Ours, at the Core

As the House Judiciary Committee takes over the process of impeachment looming over the Trump presidency, one central figure with strong East End ties will almost surely not appear at any hearing, though his actions are close to the core of the allegations. This is a person whom many on the South Fork social scene have sat next to at a benefit or lifted a glass with at an informal dinner. Unlike Paul Manafort, who has family here and had owned a Water Mill house that helped him launder millions in illegal foreign payments, Rudolph Giuliani, a part-time Bridgehampton resident, could be considered a regular on the circuit. How he went from an apparently mild-mannered former New York City mayor and Hamptons summer hobnobber to someone making a mockery of both the legal profession and democracy itself is a matter of speculation.

Dec 5, 2019
C.A.C.s Should Be Independent

Loring Bolger, the chairwoman of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee, resigned recently over growing grievances about the way the committee was treated by the East Hampton Town Board. In Amagansett, some members of that hamlet’s advisory committee have been asking that Councilman David Lys, its liaison on the town board, be replaced. The Springs committee also has sought a new liaison, dissatisfied with the way Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez has represented its views to the rest of the town board. Unfortunately, both groups have forgotten their role as advisers, not decision makers.

Dec 5, 2019
Holiday Signs

An early snow remained yesterday morning, thinly painting the Mulford Farmhouse roof and Village Green in white. Highway Department workers have been wiring the temporary firs on Main Street and Newtown Lane. The guy with the holiday light show in the back of his pickup truck has been out once again, new and improved with blinking LEDs making patterns as he rolls through town at dusk. Just like that, a Christmas feeling comes to East Hampton. How quickly the year turns.

Dec 5, 2019
Much to Be Thankful For

Food grown on the East End of Long Island will fill many tables here this week. Traditional Thanksgiving dinners include many of the staples long grown here, and increasingly, a dazzling variety of meat, vegetables, and beer and wine from these parts will be served as well. Though it may be less than a passing thought as we tuck into the first courses, there is a remarkable struggle behind each of the local foodstuffs.

Nov 27, 2019
Kudos to the League

An extraordinary lineup of women running things gathered earlier this month to share the message with high school girls that they, too, can make a difference.

Nov 27, 2019
A Better Location

Sympathy for a Cooper Lane couple whose house may soon be over-loomed by an extra-tall utility pole should lead to action by PSEG-Long Island to find another location.

Nov 27, 2019
Instructive Hearings

In the House of Representatives impeachment hearings so far, a valuable lesson has stood out: the dignity of the members of the United States Foreign Service who have appeared as witnesses. Starting with George Kent, the senior State Department member in charge of Ukrainian relations, and William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, American television viewers, as well as those listening on radio or live stream, were reminded of the professionalism and dedication that is the hallmark of public service at its best.

Nov 21, 2019
The Right Response

Members of the East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals had had enough. Late last month, they vetoed a request from the owner of a Georgica Pond-front house to legalize a number of changes that had taken place without the board’s okay.

Nov 21, 2019
Now Back to the Hatchery

Now that Election Day has passed, perhaps East Hampton Town can return to the question of a new, centralized shellfish hatchery on a site off Gann Road at Three Mile Harbor in a less politicized atmosphere.

Nov 21, 2019
Turn on the Television

Far be it for a newspaper to encourage its readers often to turn on the television, but this is an extraordinary time in the history of the United States.

Nov 14, 2019
Let’s Wait for New Septic Results

For the most part, the now-mandated low-nitrogen septic systems being installed on eastern Long Island work as promised. The big if is whether they will deliver on the environmental improvements.

Nov 14, 2019
The Great Scallop Die-Off

In March, the swallows come back to the cliffs of Capistrano, and in November the scallops come back to the dredges in the Peconic Bays and the suppers of the salivating. Until they don’t.

Nov 14, 2019