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Back-and-Forth Over Debate

Gov. Kathy Hochul agreed on Sept. 21 to participate in a single debate with her challenger, Representative Lee Zeldin of New York’s First Congressional District, but Mr. Zeldin responded by calling the proposed Oct. 25 debate “a nonstarter,” and as of Wednesday the candidates had not mutually agreed to debate.  

Sep 29, 2022
The Cookery, National Grid Retool Plans

The Cookery, a grocery store, bakery, and prepared-food shop that is operating where Simply Sublime stood for 10 years at 85 Springs-Fireplace Road, has worked out some of the issues with its site plan application and is now ready for a public hearing. An application for National Grid's East Hampton generating station still needs work before a hearing can be scheduled.

Sep 29, 2022
Breezin' Up Wants to Change Things Up

Breezin’ Up, a store at 37 Newtown Lane, is “looking to possibly make some changes of use in the building," according to the East Hampton Village building inspector, and an upgrade to its septic system would allow that. “They’ll be able to have retail wet uses, but not restaurants,” said Mayor Jerry Larsen, noting that similar easements were granted to Starbucks and a building housing multiple businesses at 55 Main Street.

Sep 22, 2022
Better Wages Are a Focus in Town Budget

“My focus has been on really addressing wages within the town to invest in our human resources, our staff, to bring them up to a more competitive level," East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said of the 2023 budget, which the town board will focus on during work sessions on Oct. 4 and 11. The town, he said, “has fallen a bit behind other municipalities” in employee salaries.

Sep 22, 2022
Springs Cell Tower Is Getting Closer

After last week’s meeting of the East Hampton Town Planning Board, a public hearing on a proposal to raise a 185-foot cellphone tower at the 172-acre Camp Blue Bay in Springs seemed likely by October. Other than lingering questions about a diesel-fueled generator, the board appeared satisfied that the application was ready to hear the public’s comments, for better or worse.

Sep 22, 2022
From Septics to Sewers for Water Protection

In an attempt to secure the health of its waterways for future generations, Sag Harbor Village has hired an engineering firm to develop a master sewer plan that will connect more parcels to its wastewater treatment plant. The project’s estimated price tag? A whopping $78 million.

Sep 22, 2022
Town Considers Upping Application Fees

Citing the time and expertise required to process applications, the East Hampton Town Planning Department has proposed updated application and permit fees. Some application processes “are quite involved,” the planning director said, requiring, for example, attention of the attorney’s office, the town board, the planning board, the Building Department, and the fire marshal. If applicants aren’t asked to “shoulder the majority of the burden for the service that they are asking us to perform,” the town’s other taxpayers “are picking up that tab.”

Sep 22, 2022
Competing Visions for the First Congressional District

With 47 days to the Nov. 8 midterm elections, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and Nick LaLota, the chief of staff to the Republican majority in the Legislature, are presenting contrasting views as they vie to succeed Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican congressman who has held the seat in New York’s First Congressional District for four consecutive terms.

Sep 22, 2022
Looking to Quit Cesspools

The East Hampton Town Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee made grant recommendations for high-impact improvement projects in Sag Harbor and Amagansett to the town board. By far the larger of the committee’s recommendations, and the largest to date in the committee’s request-for-applications program, is a grant of just over $1 million to Sag Harbor Village for an expansion of its existing sewage treatment plant.

Sep 22, 2022
It’s Paradise vs. a Parking Lot

The East Hampton Village Board has created a new aesthetics committee made up of designers, architects, and “tastemakers,” who will advise it on projects and initiatives. On Friday, it got its first task: deciding whether the village could accept an offer from a homeowner whose house overlooks a preserved property adjacent to a Main Beach parking lot.

Sep 22, 2022
Millions in Federal Infrastructure Money for Peconic Estuary Partnership

The Peconic Estuary Partnership has received a significant allotment of federal infrastructure money — $909,800 each year for the next five years — and some of that money could go to coastal resilience and climate adaptation projects in Accabonac and Napeague Harbors.

Sep 15, 2022
Pine Beetles Wreaking Havoc on Napeague Forest

Some 3,200 pitch pines on Napeague were being felled this week, victims of the southern pine beetle infestation that has killed thousands of trees in East Hampton Town since 2017.

Sep 15, 2022