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10/24/14 11:04am
10/24/2014 11:04 AM
Southold board members ratified a new union contract Friday. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Southold board members ratified a new union contract Friday. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Southold Town and its civil service employee union have reached a contract agreement, marking the end of a nearly two-year negotiation battle that required state intervention to help mediate. (more…)

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10/24/14 8:00am
Third Street park in Greenport, where an altercation that led to last week's shooting incident in Southold occurred. Police say the parties involved are from rival gangs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Third Street park in Greenport, where an altercation that led to last week’s shooting incident in Southold occurred. Police say the parties involved are from rival gangs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Last Tuesday’s shooting in Southold, in which four alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End.

In Riverhead, Riverside and Flanders, gang violence has long been an issue. Town, police and community leaders say they are working together in an attempt to attack the root of the problem.

In Southold Town, gangs are more prevalent than in the past, as changing demographics have brought Latin groups like MS-13 and 18th Street to the East End.  (more…)

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt.

Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Two shootings within two days rattled the North Fork last week, though police said the incidents are rare, especially in Southold Town.

Suspects have been caught in both cases. The four men (one from Aquebogue) who allegedly attacked two other men in Southold last Tuesday have been indicted by a grand jury on felony assault charges. Authorities say a fifth suspect may also have been involved. (more…)

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East End law enforcement officials have identified the five gangs listed below as most active in our area. While most derive their principal income from the sale and/or distribution of various illegal drugs, many are also involved in crimes including human and weapons trafficking, prostitution, homicide and drive-by shootings, assault, carjacking, identity theft, money laundering robbery, and extortion.  (more…)

10/23/14 4:08pm
Credit: Katharine Schroeder file

Eastern Long Island Hospital (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Officials from Stony Brook Medical Center and North Shore-LIJ medical care systems confirmed reports Thursday that they are in affiliation talks with both Peconic Bay Medical Center and Eastern Long Island Hospital.

The news comes two years after Southampton Hospital announced that it’s been in talks with Stony Brook. (more…)

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10/23/14 3:28pm
A six-mile stretch of Main Road would be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road is being pitched for an historic district. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The National Register Historic District proposed for Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel has already been rejected by the Riverhead Town Board — and it appears to be one heading that way with the Southold Town Board as well.

“The Town Board had decided that the fate of the proposed district in Southold would be left to the will of the property owners who own land included in the proposed district,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said. “We have had 19 owners raise objections and only four show support. Southold cannot support the proposed district moving forward based on those figures.” (more…)

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10/23/14 10:00am
Greenport vacation homes currently listed on airbnb.com.

Greenport vacation homes currently listed on airbnb.com.

Although Greenport has long been a hot spot for vacation rentals, the increasing popularity of websites that allow homeowners to lease their properties on a short-term basis has residents and village officials concerned.

On Monday, the Village Board agreed to revisit its zoning code on short-term rentals amid the rising use of websites like Airbnb, which allow homeowners to lease their properties for a little as one night. The conversation was prompted by complaints from residents and village officials alike that the hotel-like operations are disrupting otherwise quiet neighborhoods. (more…)

10/23/14 8:56am
(Credit: National Weather Service)

(Credit: National Weather Service)

About 166 customers are without power Thursday morning — mostly in East Marion — as a storm with wind gusts of up to 41 mph swept across the East End overnight, according to the National Weather Service and power authorities.

A PSEG outage map shows 160 of those outages are in East Marion, with power expected to be restored by 5:30 p.m. A smattering of small outages have also affected Cutchogue, Mattituck and Southold, according to the data.

More than 1,800 customers in total have lost power across Suffolk County, according to PSEG.

Southold Town Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday morning.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the East End will see a “brief respite” in the rain this morning, with stormy conditions returning by late morning and into the early afternoon. The wind and rain is expected to taper off by Friday morning.

psquire@timesreview.com