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04/23/14 12:39pm
04/23/2014 12:39 PM
From left, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley in January with this year's Officer of the Year award honorees Rory Flatley and Richard Jernick Jr. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

From left, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley in January with this year’s Officer of the Year award honorees Rory Flatley and Richard Jernick Jr. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

A Southold cop who was named the department’s Officer of the Year now has one more accolade under his belt: one of Suffolk County’s top DWI cops.

Rory Flatley was among 23 officers from across the county recognized for their DWI arrests in 2013. Mr. Flatley — who is Chief Martin Flatley’s son — was also honored in January for helping to save a drunk driver’s life after a Laurel crash last year.  (more…)

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04/23/14 8:00am
A view of the Peconic Bay in Greenport. (Cyndi Murray photo)

A view of the Peconic Bay in Greenport. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

A local water quality action group and Southold Town are partnering to streamline local policies on water quality in hopes of putting more comprehensive measures in place to improve the health of the North Fork’s watershed. (more…)

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04/22/14 5:09pm
Greenport Superintendent Mike Comanda announced Tuesday Greenport High School has ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation for the second year in a row. Mr. Comanda is shown here celebrating the 2010 approval of a school renovation bond. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)

Greenport Superintendent Mike Comanda announced Tuesday Greenport High School has ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation for the second year in a row. Mr. Comanda is shown here celebrating the 2010 approval of a school renovation bond. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)

For the second year in a row, Greenport High School has been ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation, according to a new study released this week.

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04/22/14 3:00pm
The North Ferry line down Wiggins Street in Greenport. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy, file)

Cars waiting in line on Wiggins Street in Greenport for the North Ferry to Shelter Island. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy, file)

 A pilot plan is in the works to reroute traffic for the North Ferry in Greenport.

Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce has been speaking with local state officials for several months about a plan to redirect ferry lines on the village side to help ease traffic congestion. !–more–>

So far, the proposal has been stalled, as the village waits for approval from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to use the land it owns behind the East End Seaport Museum as a staging area for cars waiting to board the ferry.

To help expedite things, the mayor said the village is in the process of drafting a letter to the MTA requesting a test run of the proposed traffic flow changes before either party commits to entering a lease agreement that would allow the village to use the MTA property.

Mr. Nyce said there is no timeframe on when, or if, the new traffic plan would be in place because the MTA would need to finalize any decision on the land’s use.

The plan to reroute traffic is meant to fix a 21st century problem, according to village officials.

Vehicles access the ferry by turning south down Sixth Street from Route 25 onto Route 114 and then following that to Wiggins Street.

However, GPS devices direct drivers south onto Third Street from Front Street in the village, resulting in occasional tempers to flare from drivers waiting on line from Wiggins Street.  It can also result in a traffic backup on Third Street that sometimes spills over onto Front Street.

In the meantime, the ferry’s staff occasionally serves as traffic directors on the Greenport side.

cmurray@timesreview.com