04/28/15 9:58am
aw enforcement officials outside the Cutchogue 7-Eleven during an immigration sweep in June 2013. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Law enforcement officials outside the Cutchogue 7-Eleven during an immigration sweep in June 2013. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

The former owner of 7-Eleven stores in Cutchogue and Greenport will serve 87 months in a federal prison for harboring illegal aliens and stealing their wages, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s office.

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04/28/15 9:00am
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Brady Wilkins in September 2014, after it was announced he’d be taking over as the face of the Peconic Baykeeper nonprofit advocacy group.

The search for the next Peconic Baykeeper is once again on.

Seven months after he signed on as the public face of the nonprofit water protection advocacy group, Brady Wilkins resigned from the Baykeeper position last Monday, said Brendan McCurdy, the organization’s chairman.

Mr. McCurdy said the split was amicable and that Mr. Wilkins plans to return to his teaching career.  (more…)

04/24/15 12:00pm
A utility pole in Mattituck. PSEG will move forward on a project to install new utility poles. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A utility pole in Mattituck. PSEG will move forward on a project to install new utility poles. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Southold Town is requesting PSEG Long Island move forward with its plan to install new utility poles treated with a preservative called pentachlorophenol, or “penta,” which has been linked to cancer and groundwater contamination.  (more…)

04/23/15 3:39pm
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Proving public opinion is still a force to reckoned with when it comes to policymaking, a plan to redirect 3,000 heavy freight trucks per year from Interstate 95 in Connecticut to the North Fork via the Cross Sound Ferry has been dropped fewer than six weeks after Orient residents noticed it and protested the plan.

During a March 14 meeting of the Orient Association, dozens of residents met to publicly decry the plan, known as the Cross Sound Enhancement Project. It was contained in a section of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s Regional Freight Plan.

The Orient community’s vocal opposition continued at an April 22 NYMTC public hearing on the matter. (more…)

04/22/15 12:00pm

Less than 24 hours after the East Hampton Town Board approved a handful of long-awaited restrictions on flights into and out of its airport on April 16, opponents vowed to take legal action against the town.

On Tuesday, they made good on that promise.  (more…)

04/21/15 1:51pm
Greenport vacation homes advertised earlier this year on airbnb.com.

Greenport vacation homes advertised earlier this year on airbnb.com.

The Southold Town Board hopes to have legislation regulating short-term rentals on the books by the fall.

For months the town has been in the process of legislating short-term rentals, which have been causing concern amid a growing number of websites such as Airbnb.com that allow homeowners to lease their houses for as little as one or two nights.

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04/20/15 8:00am

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A rare and potentially fatal tick-borne illness is becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Cases of the Neuroinvasive Powassan Virus, or POW, are few and far between but are often serious and becoming more common — both in terms of diagnosis and notoriety. Earlier this month Powassan, which can cause brain inflammation, caused a stir in Connecticut when state officials there announced the disease is starting to show up in more deer ticks in Bridgeport and Branford.

The story has since received national news coverage. (more…)

04/10/15 4:00pm

Southold Town Board members were puzzled to learn Tuesday that the town has spent roughly $50,000 over the past five years to participate in a renewable energy initiative program that expired in 2009.

The surcharge, which breaks down to roughly $10,000 annually, appears on the town’s electric bill to support LIPA’s Community Energy Program, which was intended to encourage the company to purchase energy from renewable sources.  (more…)