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New Housing Fund Brings in $4.2M in East Hampton

East Hampton Town’s new community housing fund, voted into law in November 2022 and financed by a half-percent tax on real estate sales paid by the buyer, has brought in $4.2 million in its first year, Eric Schantz, director of the Housing and Community Development Department, reported to the town board on Tuesday. The money is intended chiefly for affordable housing and to help first-time homebuyers.

Apr 18, 2024
Four Septic Projects a Go

Proposals to deal with wastewater at Rowdy Hall and two Montauk businesses, a hotel and a restaurant, were greenlighted at a town board work session last week. But the highlight might have been an eelgrass project for Napeague Harbor.

Apr 18, 2024
Feds Formally Limit ‘Forever Chemicals’

On April 10, the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a final determination on limits for “forever chemicals” in drinking water sources, along with a three-to-five-year timeline by which testing and remediation are to occur and about $1 billion in funding to support states, cities, and other municipalities in carrying out that testing and remediation.

Apr 18, 2024
Beckmann Building in the Clear at Last

“Our goal is to not allow what happened previously, and to keep it on the up and up,” said Tara Burke of Lighthouse Land Planning, speaking for Rhett Beckmann, the owner of the Beckmann Commercial building at 94 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk.

Apr 11, 2024
The Final Blow to Ambulance's Old Guard?

Mary Mott, chief of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, along with Mary Ellen McGuire, the first assistant chief, Laura Van Binsbergen, the treasurer, and Suzanne Dayton, the secretary, have filed an Article 78 petition in Suffolk County Supreme Court, to dissolve the ambulance association and transfer its funds to a new nonprofit corporation that was set up in October 2023 called the East Hampton Village Ambulance Members, Inc.

Apr 11, 2024
Amagansett Parses Senior Center Plan

The Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee, which in recent months has been debating the pros and cons of the proposed new East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center, did so again this week, with many thorny questions still on the minds of members.

Apr 11, 2024
More Density for Senior Housing Projects?

Recognizing that there is a need for more senior citizen housing in East Hampton Town, Eric Schantz, the town’s director of housing and community development, recommended this week that the board craft legislation to allow increased density for senior housing complexes, suggesting 12 housing units per acre for senior housing versus the eight that is now allowed.

Apr 11, 2024
Avlon Draws More Support

In his bid for the Democratic nomination for New York’s First Congressional District, John Avlon of Sag Harbor this week picked up the endorsement of the New York State Democratic Committee chairman, Jay Jacobs, and of all five members of the East Hampton Town Board.

Apr 11, 2024
Wine Picnics Nixed at Springs General Store

When the Springs General Store eventually reopens — and it won’t be this summer — it will still serve egg sandwiches and coffee starting at 7 a.m., but it won’t be selling alcohol for on-site consumption, as originally planned.

Apr 11, 2024
Revetment Application Is Making Waves

A rocky revetment, rocky relationships, and even conspiracy theories were on display at the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on April 2, during a public hearing involving a proposed 108-foot-long, 10-foot-high revetment at the end of Bay View Avenue on Napeague. The structure, meant to deflect waves, was instead creating them.

Apr 11, 2024
‘Cultural Leap’ to Townwide Wireless Reception

“Think of the 2004 cellphone — our code was designed for that cellphone,” Jeremy Samuelson, director of the East Hampton Town Planning Department, told the town board in urging it to adopt a brand-new wireless master plan. “The pandemic alone taught us the extent to which we’re reliant upon these technologies, but our infrastructure wasn’t matching it. We had to take a cultural leap and get to a place where we were saying, ‘This actually is critical infrastructure.’ ”

Apr 3, 2024
Hampton Jitney Gets a Break

"Buses providing scheduled commuter services open to the public would be exempted" from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's central Manhattan congestion-tolling program, according to a breakdown of the plan approved by the M.T.A. board on March 27. That includes the Hampton Jitney bus company.

Apr 3, 2024