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Sewage Plan Raises a Raft of Questions

As a proposed plan to build a wastewater treatment plant in Montauk’s Hither Woods moves forward into what is sure to be a headline-grabbing 2023 of ongoing rancor and debate among a growing cadre of opponents, one tidbit has emerged from the flurry of meetings, emails, and presentations that have been associated with the proposal put forth by the East Hampton Town Board: To date, no detailed design specs of the proposed facility have been put into the public record by the town, even as a proposed conceptual diagram by the engineering firm that created it has become a key document motivating sewage plant detractors.

Jan 26, 2023
Second House Bids Rejected

At the recommendation of its project engineer, D.B. Bennett, the East Hampton Town Board has rejected the latest bids to complete Phase III restoration work at Montauk’s historic Second House and museum.

Jan 26, 2023
For County Executive, So Far Calone Stands Alone

Dave Calone, a former chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission who has a background in law and business, is officially the Suffolk County Democratic Committee’s candidate of choice for county executive. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who told The Southampton Press late last year that he was considering running for county executive, confirmed Sunday that he has opted not to run.

Jan 26, 2023
LaLota’s First Weeks in Congress

Representative Nicholas LaLota of the First Congressional District had quite a wild ride in his opening days as a freshman Republican in the 118th Congress. There was the epic and very public battle to name Kevin McCarthy as house speaker — and then there was George Santos, the newly elected representative from Nassau County whose résumé turned out to be a pack of lies and who now faces ongoing opprobrium from almost all quarters.

Jan 26, 2023
Revisiting RECenter Redo

Having rejected a bid to replace the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system and roof at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter last month after the lowest bid, at $2.32 million, came in well over an anticipated $1.2 million price tag, the East Hampton Town Board split the proposed job in two parts.

Jan 25, 2023
Traffic Circle Nixed at Busy East Hampton Intersection

A New York State Department of Transportation plan to install a traffic circle or stop lights at the intersection of Route 114 and Main Street/Route 27 in East Hampton Village has been halted, and the mayor says that's good news.

Jan 25, 2023
Many Town Application Fees Are Increased

The East Hampton Town Board approved a suite of fee increases last Thursday that will affect about 60 services provided through the architectural review board, the zoning board of appeals, and the planning board.

Jan 25, 2023
Forum on New Community Housing Act Happens Thursday

A forum on the Peconic Bay Region Community Housing Act will bring together State Senator Anthony Palumbo, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., and Matt Cohen of the Long Island Association for a look at what the new act means for the East End.

Jan 20, 2023
A February Hearing on Wainscott Commercial Center

The East Hampton Town Planning Board has set Feb. 8 as the date for a public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for the Wainscott Commercial Center subdivision. The hearing will be held in two parts at LTV Studios in Wainscott due to the considerable interest in the proposal for the former sand mine.

Jan 19, 2023
Too Many Variances on a Cleared Lot

“It’s been the longstanding policy of the village, when you’re starting out from scratch, and you have a cleared lot, to comply with all codes,” Philip O’Connell, an East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals member, told a representative of Gianfranco D’Attis and his wife, Surbhi, on Friday. Mr. D’Attis was recently named the C.E.O. of Prada.

Jan 19, 2023
Montauk Lighthouse Revetment Is Nearly Finished

The new 874-foot stone revetment at Montauk Point will be completed six months ahead of schedule but with many more boulders than originally budgeted for.

Jan 19, 2023
LaLota on Two Committees

Freshman Representative Nick LaLota of the First Congressional District said he was “happily notified” on Monday that Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had named him to two plum committees — Armed Services and Homeland Security.

Jan 19, 2023