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Taking on Zoning

A rash of luxury homebuilding on the South Fork has prompted East Hampton Town to appoint a committee to look into revamping the rules that govern how houses are built and where. Expect meaningful results.

May 11, 2023
Turn Off the Blowers in the Villages

The annual leaf blower rule shifts are coming, with two glaring exceptions: Sag Harbor and East Hampton Village.

May 4, 2023
Deep Concerns on Marsden Street

In under two weeks’ time, Sag Harbor School District voters will be asked if they approve of a $9.4 million proposal to buy five residential vacant lots on Marsden Street understood to be for an expansion of school athletic fields. We have concerns.

May 4, 2023
In Deference to the American Lawn

Here on the South Fork, now is the time that the landscape-industrial complex is in full swing.

Apr 27, 2023
Deaf Ears on Defamation Suit

How much do people who live in the right-wing news ecosphere know about Fox News’s $787 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems? Not much.

Apr 27, 2023
A Building Pause With a Point

The idea of a construction moratorium has resurfaced amid a boom in supersize home construction.

Apr 20, 2023
Town Should Have a Toe in Montauk Pool

There is a curious pairing of the mounting troubles at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter pool and the news that a private operator from Manhattan appears likely to manage a new aquatic center at the Montauk Playhouse that will be constructed largely with public money.

Apr 20, 2023
State News Media Bill a Beginning

Governor Hochul has a chance to pass a critically important lifeline to local journalism as negotiations on New York State’s 2024 budget come down to the wire.

Apr 13, 2023
Dire Figures on Chemical Use

We were stunned last week to learn that Suffolk led by a huge margin among all of the counties in New York in pesticide and herbicide use.

Apr 13, 2023
Virtuous Cycle of Bikeway Investment

It is increasingly accepted that alternative ways of getting around, ones that do not require fossil fuels, can help reduce planet-warming gases, but there is another direct benefit: money.

Apr 6, 2023
Sandbag Removal Only a First Step

East Hampton Town officials say they are getting tough on so-called temporary measures to save properties from erosion. We’ll believe it when we see it.

Apr 6, 2023
Needed Tax Increase for Springs Students

In Springs, the school board may very likely seek voter approval for increasing taxes above a state-mandated safety valve for the first time.

Mar 30, 2023