04/17/15 3:56pm
04/17/2015 3:56 PM
Greenport Village Trustee Doug Roberts — seen here being sworn into office earlier this month — has proposed a rule to force Village Hall to respond to emails. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Village Trustee Doug Roberts — seen here being sworn into office earlier this month — has proposed a rule to force Village Hall to respond to emails. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s already Greenport Village Hall’s policy to respond to emails as promptly as possible.

That’s not good enough for new Village Trustee Doug Roberts, who announced Thursday his intent to propose a new policy that would force employees to reply to all emails within a few days. (more…)

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04/17/15 10:38am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO  The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor  Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez.

The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

The East Hampton Town Board voted Thursday night to place restrictions on flights into and out of its airport. (more…)

04/14/15 10:15pm
04/14/2015 10:15 PM
Greenport Village treasurer Robert Brandt says residents will see a tax increase this year, despite the Village cutting back. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Village treasurer Robert Brandt says residents will see a tax increase this year, despite budget cutbacks. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Not only will Greenport Village’s budget remain under the state-mandated tax levy cap in 2015-16, but its levy will actually drop by about 1 percent, according to a preliminary budget presented at Tuesday night’s public hearing.

And yet, taxes are still set to go up.

That’s because the assessed value of village properties plummeted by nearly $160,000 to total about $4.91 million, mostly due to grievances and appeals that were ruled in the property owners’ favor.

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04/14/15 12:00pm
A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)

Half a loaf is better than none. In the case of four proposed East Hampton Airport restrictions, it’s three quarters of a loaf for anti-noise activists, but even that is disappointing. (more…)

04/13/15 8:00am
04/13/2015 8:00 AM

As of now in Southold Town, those who raise shellfish on underwater properties could set up a stand to sell their clams or oysters — they would just have to do so out on the water, where they grow them.

And they better hope their customers have masks and flippers handy.

Town officials are looking to change that by changing town code, a move that would put these aquaculturists on the same footing as traditional farmers when it comes to being able to set up farm stands.

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04/10/15 4:00pm
04/10/2015 4:00 PM

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…)

04/10/15 8:00am
The Planning Board has voted on an indoor horse riding ring for this Mattituck estate. (Credit: The Corcoran Group, file)

The Planning Board has voted on an indoor horse riding ring for this Mattituck estate. (Credit: The Corcoran Group, file)

The Southold Town Planning Board has approved a site plan for a proposal to construct an indoor riding ring on a prominent 37-acre Cox Neck Road estate. (more…)

04/08/15 12:00pm
04/08/2015 12:00 PM
Tuesday's Town Board work session being recorded by test equipment. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Tuesday’s Town Board work session being recorded by test equipment. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Frequent viewers of public access Channel 22 may soon notice some new programming: Southold Town Board work sessions.

The town began testing out a new method of video recording that would allow more of Southold’s open meetings to be broadcast on the station. (more…)