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East Hampton Town Might Take on Mining Oversight

A local law that would give East Hampton Town regulatory powers over mining, mulching, and composting operations and require the monitoring and reporting of any impacts to groundwater drew strong support from environmental advocates at a public hearing last Thursday. Representatives of a local business engaged in such operations, however, vigorously criticized the proposal.

Dec 22, 2021
East Hampton Town Has Money for Water Projects

Projects that will protect or improve ground and surface waters may be eligible for funding under the water quality portion of East Hampton Town’s community preservation fund.

Dec 22, 2021
Wind Energy Okayed in New York Bight

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed its environmental review of potential impacts from offshore wind energy leasing activities in the New York Bight, off New York and New Jersey, and has issued a finding of no significant impact.

Dec 22, 2021
Larsen to Chair Central Sewer Committee

After hearing a report from Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences on the impact of wastewater on the village’s drinking water and water quality in Georgica and Hook Ponds, the East Hampton Village Board voted on Friday to create a central sewer committee with Mayor Jerry Larsen as its chairman.

Dec 22, 2021
Resort Proposed on East Lake Drive Too Big, Planners Say

The new owner of the former Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Cafe in Montauk has big plans for the property, but they are far too big, the East Hampton Town Planning Board told his attorney last week.

Dec 22, 2021
Wainscott Group Moves to Block Wind Cable Landing

Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott asked the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division on Monday to block the installation of a transmission cable connecting the South Fork Wind Farm to the electric grid until the court ruled on the group’s appeal of what it calls the state’s improper approval of its route through the hamlet.

Dec 22, 2021
Town Moves Covid Test Site as County Numbers Climb Upward

Starting Monday, Dec. 20, East Hampton Town's Covid-19 testing will move to the East Hampton Center for Humanity, the former Child Development Center of the Hamptons, at 110 Stephen Hand's Path.

Dec 20, 2021
Helium Balloon Ban Enacted

As it had signaled following a public hearing in October, the East Hampton Town Board voted on Tuesday to ban the sale of balloons filled with helium or any other type of lighter-than-air gas. The prohibition will take effect on Jan. 1.

Dec 16, 2021
LIPA Reform Would Dump PSEG-LI

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator James Gaughran have introduced joint legislation to restructure the Long Island Power Authority as a fully public power authority, operated and managed directly by LIPA.

Dec 16, 2021
Pushback on Tower by Greenbelt

Neighbors, members of the public, and members of the Long Pond Greenbelt made their voices heard last Thursday as the Southampton Town Planning Board reviewed a Verizon application to locate a 153-foot communications monopole on land owned by the Village of Sag Harbor off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Dec 16, 2021
Southern Pine Beetles Reach Napeague

Officials of East Hampton Town’s land acquisition and management department had warned in September of the likelihood of an expansion of the southern pine beetle infestation that impacted western parts of the town, and now the beetles have been detected in New York State parkland at Napeague.

Dec 16, 2021
Six Weeks Later, Election Is Finally Official

The Suffolk County Board of Elections issued the official results of the Nov. 3 election on Monday, adding the count of absentee ballots to the certified totals. The nearly six-week delay between the elections and their certification was due to a hand count of ballots in Southampton, Southold, and Shelter Island Towns, officials said last week.

Dec 16, 2021