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No Pot Sales in East Hampton

The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously to opt out of allowing cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses on Dec. 2.

Dec 16, 2021
Sag Harbor Opts Out of Cannabis Sales

The Sag Harbor Village Board heard the pros and cons of allowing cannabis sales within village limits, and despite the vocal support of many callers who favored “opting-in,” the board unanimously voted against dispensaries and lounges, for now.

Dec 16, 2021
The New Senior Center Will Be Nothing Like the Old

The East Hampton Town Board has settled on an architecture and engineering group to design a new senior citizens center on Abraham's Path in Amagansett. R2 Architecture and the town will next look to the community for ideas about how the facility can best meet the needs of older residents.

Dec 16, 2021
Government Briefs 12.16.21

Suffolk County

Commuting, Vector Bills Introduced

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming introduced and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation during the Dec. 7 general meeting of the Legislature. Of particular interest for East Hampton among the bills awaiting County Executive Steve Bellone’s signature are those concerning vector control and the South Fork Commuter Connection.

Dec 16, 2021
On Pay-by-Mail Fines and the Ethics Code

The East Hampton Town Board held two public hearings last Thursday, one involving two amendments to the town’s code of ethics and the other to create a Bureau of Administrative Adjudication that would make it easier to pay fines for minor violations of the town code.

Dec 9, 2021
One More Winter of Route 114 Potholes

The stretch of Route 114 from the South Ferry in North Haven to Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton “has been the full-employment act for front-end alignment mechanics on the East End for too long,” Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said, but that’s about to change, as the road is set to be repaved in the spring for the first time since 2005.

Dec 9, 2021
Hopes for Better Service in Springs

The longstanding question of how to complete the upgrade of East Hampton Town’s emergency communications system moved forward on separate fronts on Tuesday when the town board agreed that the best spot to put temporary communications equipment appeared to be Maidstone Park.

Dec 9, 2021
A New Director for Planning Department

The East Hampton Town Board voted last Thursday to appoint Jeremy Samuelson as director of the Planning Department. Mr. Samuelson will succeed JoAnne Pahwul, who retired in June.

Mr. Samuelson’s appointment is effective tomorrow, at which time he will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence through Jan. 2, with a start date of Jan. 3, according to the board’s resolution.

Dec 9, 2021
To Revitalize Montauk's South Lake Beach

The East Hampton Town Board is revisiting a plan to revitalize the southern part of Lake Montauk and the beach at the end of South Lake Drive with an eye to making better use of the space, maximizing parking, capturing and treating stormwater runoff by promoting infiltration and natural treatment, and removing invasive species.

Dec 9, 2021
Green Hollow Donor ‘Hardly Philanthropic’

The East Hampton Town Board’s 3-to-2 vote last month to acquire three parcels totaling 1.92 acres on Green Hollow Road in East Hampton, using $4.2 million from the community preservation fund plus a $2.645-million donation from several unidentified neighbors, was again criticized by members of the public at the board’s meeting last Thursday.

Dec 9, 2021
Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery May Test the Rules

A private gallery operating in an East Hampton Village museum within a district on the National Register of Historic Places may test the limits of preservation rules.

Dec 9, 2021
Kelp Farming Gets a Boost in Suffolk

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation on Tuesday permitting Suffolk County to lease underwater lands previously ceded to it by New York State for the purpose of kelp and other seaweed cultivation.

Dec 9, 2021