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Environmental Upgrades Full Steam Ahead

At its final meeting of 2019 last Thursday, the East Hampton Town Board made several moves aimed at improving environmental conditions.

Dec 26, 2019
State Smiles on Myriad Local Programs

Among the statewide recipients of $761 million in grants are several local town and village governments, arts and cultural organizations, and programs in historic preservation and land conservation.

Dec 26, 2019
New Spot for Springs Tower Proposed

The Springs Fire District, which wants to remove a 150-foot-tall tower behind its firehouse on Fort Pond Boulevard and replace it with one 30 feet taller, has proposed relocating the new tower farther away from adjoining residential properties.

Dec 26, 2019
Online Front Opens in Wind War

Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott, a group that formed to oppose the landing of the South Fork Wind Farm’s export cable at the ocean beach at the end of Beach Lane in that hamlet, is mounting an online campaign urging people to tell the New York State Public Service Commission to reject the proposed 130-megawatt installation to be situated approximately 35 miles off Montauk.     

Dec 19, 2019
Criminal Justice Reforms Spell Big Costs, Chief Warns

With New York State’s sweeping criminal justice reform law about to go into effect, the chief of the East Hampton Town Police Department and an assistant town attorney briefed the town board about impacts they predicted would be commensurately broad.

Dec 19, 2019
Rain Suspends Shellfishing

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conditional shellfish harvest program that was to open the northern section of Accabonac Harbor yesterday has been postponed at least until Tuesday because of the recent rainfall.     

Dec 19, 2019
Boost for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Montauk

The East Hampton Town's energy sustainability and resiliency committee recommended a green light for Tesla Inc. and Electrify America to install 12 electric vehicle charging stations in a municipal parking lot on South Euclid Avenue in Montauk.

Dec 19, 2019
A Perfect Storm Hits Bay Scallops

The “four horsemen of the ocean climate change apocalypse” have arrived, a scientist told those attending a symposium Friday on the bay scallop die-off of 2019, and they pose a serious threat to the embattled species. 

Dec 12, 2019
Fleming on Trump’s ‘Scum’

Suffolk Legislator Bridget Fleming, who recently announced her intention to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District, rebuked President Trump for his criticism of F.B.I. agents yesterday.

Dec 12, 2019
New Reason to Replace Old Septic Systems

Following last month’s vote to increase incentives for property owners to replace conventional septic systems with new low-nitrogen systems approved by the Suffolk County Health Department, the East Hampton Town Board voted on Tuesday to streamline the process, further encouraging replacement of the old systems.

Dec 12, 2019
Oyster Farm Leases Remain Controversial

The leasing of bottomlands has pro­ven controversial in East Hampton, leading to a lawsuit by the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett claiming that floating oyster cages interfered with boating activities.

Dec 12, 2019
Town Okays Pantigo Land Buy

The East Hampton Town Board voted to purchase land on Pantigo Road here for $2.5 million for housing, recreation, or a preserve.

Dec 12, 2019