04/17/14 5:11pm
04/17/2014 5:11 PM

Greenport Village Hall

Last night, Greenport’s Zoning Board of Appeals gave the green light to an application for a taxi service on Front Street before making it appear before the Village Planning Board — a necessary last step when it comes to adhering to village code. But the business went into operation before getting ZBA approval, and the village has no plans to reprimand owners, building inspector Eileen Wingate said. (more…)

04/17/14 4:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Greenport Village residents could be in for a break on North Ferry fares if the proposal submitted to the Suffolk County Legislature is approved.

Greenport Village residents could be in for a break on North Ferry fares if the proposal submitted to the Suffolk County Legislature is approved. (Credit: file photo)

If the Suffolk County Legislature approves the requested rate hikes for North Ferry, Greenport Village residents will get a break in ticket prices for the trip to Shelter Island.

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04/16/14 8:00am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new reforms to ease restrictions on farm wineries. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new reforms to ease restrictions on farm wineries. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office)

Local wineries and farm breweries are celebrating recent statewide reforms they say will both reduce the financial burden on the local beverage industry and give them more freedom to sell and distribute their products. (more…)

04/15/14 9:00am
04/15/2014 9:00 AM
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | For the second time in less than two weeks, the North Ferry line stretched down Wiggins Street in Greenport for blocks.

The North Ferry line down Wiggins Street in Greenport. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy, file)

With only six weeks before Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer season, Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce has been speaking with North Ferry General Manager Bridg Hunt about rerouting ferry lines on the village side.

But don’t expect any major change to take place by the holiday weekend, the mayor said.

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04/14/14 4:23pm
04/14/2014 4:23 PM
Bags of Hollywood-branded heroin seized by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Bags of Hollywood-branded heroin seized in February by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A new program intended to help stem an onrushing tide of heroin use across the East End was announced Monday by local politicians.

Elected leaders at the state level — state Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and assemblymen Fred Thiele (R-Sag Harbor) and Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) — said the Heroin Addiction Legislative Task Force, or HALT, will meet for the first time next month, with the hope, according to Mr. LaValle, of “combating the scourge of heroin and other opiates.” (more…)

04/11/14 10:00am
04/11/2014 10:00 AM
Two deer grazing behind a Cutchogue home on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope looser setback regulations will help manage deer populations. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

Two deer grazing behind a Cutchogue home on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope looser setback regulations will help manage deer populations. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

State leaders recently approved new regulations that will open up available land to bowhunters on Long Island, enabling them to target deer closer to structures than what was previously allowed.  (more…)

04/11/14 8:00am
Christine Stulsky, center, walks out of court after being released on bond last month. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Christine Stulsky, center, walks out of court after being released on bond last month. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Two weeks after a Southold Town court clerk was charged with stealing more than $50,000 in bail money over several years from the justice court’s funds, town and state authorities say liability for any stolen funds falls on the elected justices who run the courts. (more…)