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Riverhead Paves Way for Retail Marijuana Sales

By a split 3-2 vote, Riverhead became the first East End town to pave the way for retail sales of adult-use recreational marijuana and cafes for on site consumption. "If we don't regulate this, the black market is going to thrive, and the black market is not where we want people to buy it; that's where you start having issues," a town councilman said.

Jul 15, 2021
Town Could Save $50,000 a Year With LED Streetlight Switch

East Hampton Town could convert all of its streetlights to light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, before next Memorial Day weekend, realizing both energy and cost savings as well as improved visibility, less glare, and reduced light reaching nearby properties.

Jul 15, 2021
Are Striped Bass Breeding in Lake Montauk?

A tagging study could explain where juvenile bass are coming from.

Jul 15, 2021
Advisory Group Worries About the New 'Marketing to the Maximum'

Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee members discussed real estates advertising with "extensive computer-generated imaging of very oversized houses and landscapes," suggesting to prospective buyers that plans and permits are already in hand when they are not. 

Jul 15, 2021
Bad Blood on the Sag Harbor Village Board

Board members and the public addressed the lingering tension between the village's new mayor, James Larocca, and Bob Plumb, a trustee who had supported former mayor Kathleen Mulcahy's bid for re-election and clashed with Mr. Larocca during the campaign

Jul 15, 2021
Positive Reviews for Affordable Housing Plans

The site plan for a 50-unit affordable housing complex the East Hampton Housing Authority will build off Three Mile Harbor Road received a positive initial review from the East Hampton Town Planning Board.

Jul 15, 2021
Zeldin to Be G.O.P. Nominee for Governor

Representative Lee Zeldin of New York's First Congressional District is the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for governor of New York, following the state party's straw poll of county Republican committees last week. The congressman, who declared his candidacy in April, won more than 85 percent of the vote.

Jul 8, 2021
Will Accabonac Truck Limit Shift Problem Elsewhere?

A public hearing on a proposed code amendment that would prohibit trucks greater than nine tons from a stretch of Accabonac Road in East Hampton drew three speakers urging its adoption, and one opposing it, as the East Hampton Town Board met in person for the first time in 16 months last Thursday.

Jul 8, 2021
Capacity Crowd Debates Future of East Hampton Airport

In this closer-to-normal summer than during pandemic-impacted 2020, many residents are pleading with the town board to close the airport or severely restrict flights when Federal Aviation Administration grant assurances expire in September.

Jul 8, 2021
Come Together, New Sag Harbor Mayor Says

After being sworn in as mayor of Sag Harbor Village at a ceremony in John Steinbeck Waterfront Park on Tuesday, James Larocca asked residents to leave the "hard-fought election" behind them and rally together to focus on issues such as protecting the waterfront and water quality, developing affordable housing, and addressing the village's longstanding lack of parking.

Jul 8, 2021
Southampton Town Passes Balloon Ban

The Southampton Town Board approved a ban on helium and gas-filled balloons on June 22, and is giving businesses a year to pivot away from them before it goes into effect.

Jul 8, 2021
Village Board Back Live Soon, Juneteenth Flag Apology Now

At the start of last Thursday's meeting, Mayor Jerry Larsen apologized for the village's failure to put out American flags on June 19 in honor of the first observance of Juneteenth — a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the nation — as a federal holiday.

Jul 8, 2021