02/26/15 3:00pm
02/26/2015 3:00 PM
Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Hearings to decide whether a former Southold Town justice clerk — who retired last year after being arrested for stealing thousands from the town — should be able to claim retirement health benefits concluded Thursday morning, according to the town’s labor counsel. (more…)

02/26/15 10:00am
The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association held its first meeting Wednesday. From left, civic vice president John Carter, (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association held its first meeting Wednesday. From left, civic vice president John Carter, treasurer Valerie Kilbridge, president Mary Eisenstein and vice president Julie Amper. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Mattituck resident Julie Amper fears her community is becoming overdeveloped and turning into “the armpit of the North Fork.”

On Wednesday, she decided to join the newly formed Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association in order to help protect the character of the place she calls home.

“It’s like we’re going to be the buffer and become Riverhead just to protect the rest of the North Fork from development,” she said. “This is why I joined this organization — to stop it.”

Ms. Amper attended the civic’s first meeting at the Mattituck-Laurel Library where she and a group of about 25 residents gathered to officially form the association.

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02/25/15 2:00pm
02/25/2015 2:00 PM
(L-R) Candidates at the Meet the Candidates night in East Marion Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

(L-R) Candidates William Swiskey, Doug Roberts, Zuleyha (Julie) Lillis, George Hubbard and David Muarry at the Meet the Candidates night in East Marion Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday evening marked the first opportunity for the Greenport Village mayoral and trustee candidates to make their pitches in the same room.

Though not a debate, the candidates answered questions on issues posed to them from the audience at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion — from shoveling snow and keeping the popular ice skating rink open to civility and openness by the Village Board and the future of Mitchell Park.  (more…)

02/24/15 6:31pm
02/24/2015 6:31 PM

Southold Town officials are looking into the feasibility of relocating the justice court to the community center on Peconic Lane.

The Town Board has had to turn its attention to the court in recent months to acknowledge safety concerns and a lawsuit that alleges Southold Town — along with several other East End municipalities — lacks adequate conference space where attorneys can meet privately with clients.

The Town Board is currently considering whether to build a new facility or reconfigure existing town buildings to create a safer, more efficient court.

• See related story: Town Board mulling new $3M courthouse building

During its work session on Tuesday, Town Board members discussed holding court on its regular days — Monday and Friday mornings — in the community center as a temporary solution.

Southold Town Recreation Department director Ken Reeves said the space is mostly used at night and he believes scheduling court on Monday and Friday mornings won’t be an issue.

Councilman Jim Dinizo is expected to chair a committee tasked with finding out if the community center is a viable spot for the courthouse.

cmurray@timesreview.com

02/24/15 3:47pm
Greenport Mayor David Nyce calls for order at Monday night's Village Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Mayor David Nyce calls for order at Monday night’s Village Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

What started as a discussion about a sewer hookup agreement with Peconic Landing at a Greenport Village Board meeting Monday night ended in arguments between current Greenport Mayor David Nyce and trustee candidate William Swiskey.

The dispute escalated further when an audience member — local property owner Perry Angelson — called out questions about the sewer deal during the meeting. (more…)

02/24/15 10:00am
Greenport Village resident Patt Rudder discusses AirBnB and short-term rentals at Monday evening's Greenport Village board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Village resident Patt Rudder discusses AirBnB.com’s short-term rentals at the Greenport Village Board meeting on Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Village Board, residents and business owners continued discussing concerns over short-term rentals during its meeting Monday night.

Greenport resident Patt Rudder told the Village Board that nearby homes are advertised on the website AirBnB.com as being able to accommodate nearly a dozen guests.

“All of these properties, with the exception of one or two, advertise that the entire house is for rent,” he said. (more…)

02/23/15 6:01pm
02/23/2015 6:01 PM
An artist's rendering of the proposed Olde Colonial Place commercial building on Pike Street in Mattituck. (Credit: courtesy)

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Olde Colonial Place commercial building on Pike Street in Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Months after beginning work on a commercial retail project on Pike Street in Mattituck, a Southampton developer now has plans to knock down a two-story home next door and replace it with a 5,600-square foot commercial building for five new businesses.

Developer Ed Broidy submitted his plan to the Southold Town Planning Board at Monday afternoon’s work session meeting and said the proposed five retail units in the development — called Olde Colonial Place — could be filled with dentist offices, take-out restaurants and art studios, among other possible uses.

The proposed building is slated for a half-acre property next to Mr. Broidy’s other commercial project located across the street from the Mattituck Park District parking lot.

This two-story building would be torn down to make way for the new building. (Credit: Michael White)

This two-story building would be torn down to make way for the new building. (Credit: Michael White)

Some residents opposed that plan when it was first proposed in 2011, according to a previous Suffolk Times report. A set of second-story apartments were scrapped from the project and it was allowed to move forward.

Mr. Broidy’s newest proposal next door includes 21 parking spaces.

Southold Town planner Brian Cummings said the plan falls short of the 38 spaces required for the types of businesses proposed.

After Mr. Broidy said he’s seeking to use municipal lots and street parking to fulfill the extra parking spot requirements, Mr. Cummings said there is “little to no” street parking in that area of Pike Street.

Mr. Broidy then said he believes the parking lot by the train station is adequate and described a waiver of the town’s parking requirement as the “most important thing” for the success of the proposal.

Planning Board chairman Donald Wilcenski said the board would only consider the waiver once the site plan was farther along in the process.

The plan was declared incomplete Monday afternoon because the map Mr. Broidy submitted didn’t have markings for buildings near the project.

If the map is resubmitted, the proposal could potentially be ready for discussion at the board’s next regular meeting on March 9.

psquire@timesreview.com

02/23/15 10:00am

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell is giving his sixth annual State of the Town address Thursday night.

The speech is expected to focus on the town’s accomplishments in 2014, as well as its goals for 2015 and beyond.

Mr. Russell also plans go over the town’s fiscal status and discuss how the state’s property tax cap and unfunded mandates has impacted the budget.

Legislative updates, environmental and planning initiatives, and an evaluation of town facilities, assets and capital needs are other topics included in the supervisor’s speech.

Written reports of town departments will be available for distribution.

The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com