03/26/15 2:47pm
03/26/2015 2:47 PM
The Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Conn. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Conn. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

In a split vote Tuesday, county lawmakers approved an $80,000 study on the impacts that Connecticut’s Millstone Nuclear Power Plant has on water temperature of the Long Island Sound. (more…)

03/14/15 3:15pm
03/14/2015 3:15 PM
Orient Assocaition president Robert Hanlon polls the room Saturday morning, asking who opposed a proposed freight truck plan. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Orient Association president Robert Hanlon polls the room Saturday morning, asking who opposed a proposed freight truck plan. (Credit: Paul Squire)

If you were trying to find someone who supported the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s plan to divert tractor trailers through the North Fork, the last place you’d want to look was Saturday morning’s meeting at Poquatuck Hall in Orient.

The residents, elected officials and community leaders gathered there called it “ruinous,” “pointless,” and “an absolute disaster waiting to happen.”

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03/11/15 3:00pm
03/11/2015 3:00 PM
County Legislator Al Krupski spoke about the importance for unity among municipalities in the fight against helicopter noise. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

County Legislator Al Krupski speaking Sunday about the importance for unity among municipalities in the fight against helicopter noise. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

On Saturday, one day after he was indicted on charges that he was paid about $80,000 in salary from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office for work he didn’t do, Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman Edward Walsh was back screening candidates for office.

And one of the candidates who screened with him was local county Legislator Al Krupski, who gave a simple reason why: He wants the nomination and the criminal charges against Mr. Walsh had no bearing on his decision.  (more…)

03/09/15 5:00am
03/09/2015 5:00 AM
Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Congressman Lee Zeldin asked the Federal Aviation Administration to do its part in reducing helicopter noise on the East End before the busy summer season in a letter he sent last week.  (more…)

03/06/15 5:00pm
03/06/2015 5:00 PM
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell (center) speaks during a panel event Feb. 26 hosted by the Long Island Board of Realtors at Greenport's Townsend Manor Inn. He's flanked by Riverhead Town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz (left) and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell (center) speaks during a panel event Feb. 26 hosted by the Long Island Board of Realtors at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn. He’s flanked by Riverhead Town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz (left) and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. (Credit: Rachel Young)

For many North Fork residents, this winter’s proliferation of snow, ice and slush has made summer feel like a far-off, even illusory prospect. But local realtors say the area’s tourism season has already started — and they’re wondering how changing rental laws could affect the way they do their jobs.

To help clarify those regulations, the North Fork Chapter of the Long Island Board of Realtors hosted an event Feb. 26 featuring local politicians and insurance agents at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn.  (more…)

03/06/15 8:00am
Ian Toy, at age 13 of Southold, in front of the house near Cedar Beach where Helen Keller may have spent the summer of 1936. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

Ian Toy, at age 13 in 2010, in front of the house near Cedar Beach where Helen Keller may have spent the summer of 1936. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

It wasn’t known as the Helen Keller house when Maryann Sewell’s family lived there.

Her parents, Hans and Elizabeth Strauss, purchased the Bavarian-style home for $5,000 plus $1 for all the furnishings inside sometime in the early 1940s when she was about 3 or 4 years old. Located just north of Cornell Cooperative Marine Research Center at Cedar Beach in Southold, it was built in the 1920s as part of a subdivision that never fully developed due to the Great Depression.

Helen Keller — who went on to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a college degree and eventually became one of the most famous, admired and celebrated figures in history — and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, may have summered at the house in 1936. It’s the same time and place where the companions, later made famous by the play “The Miracle Worker,” shared time together before Ms. Sullivan died.

Nearly 80 years later, Suffolk County is one permit away from razing the house.

And Ms. Sewell has come to terms with saying goodbye to the place she once called home.

“I think it’s time,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “There’s no way of resurrecting it at this point.”

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02/10/15 4:00pm
02/10/2015 4:00 PM
John Bredemeyer, a Southold Town Trustee and chairman of the shellfish advisory committee, takes a water sample for DNA analysis from the Cutchogue creek complex in 2013. (Credit: Carrie Miller file)

John Bredemeyer, a Southold Town Trustee and chairman of the shellfish advisory committee, takes a water sample for DNA analysis from the Cutchogue creek complex in 2013. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Frustrated with years of trying to get the State Department of Environmental Conservation to reopen waterways long closed to shellfishing on the North Fork, members of Southold Town’s shellfish advisory committee say only one solution to their problem remains.

Local state legislators must put pressure on the DEC to make sweeping changes to its shellfish monitoring program, they told members of the Town Board at its work session Tuesday.

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01/28/15 12:00pm
01/28/2015 12:00 PM
Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop earlier this month. One proposed bus shelter would be built at the intersection where the students demonstrated. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop earlier this month. One proposed bus shelter would be built at the intersection where the students demonstrated. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s taken three years, but a group of students from a local church who have been campaigning for more bus shelters to be installed along Main Road are finally seeing some big movement toward their goal.

This month, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski’s office submitted a request to build six new bus shelters in the county — including four in Southold Town.

He has said Suffolk County stands at the ready to fund such shelter requests. (more…)

12/18/14 11:53am
12/18/2014 11:53 AM
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone speaks during the press conference at Southampton Town Hall Wednesday afternoon.  (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone speaks during the press conference at Southampton Town Hall Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

East End police departments and villages across Suffolk County will benefit from a collective $6 million in sales tax revenue over the next three years, thanks to a new agreement announced by County Executive Steven Bellone during a press conference at Southampton Town Hall Wednesday afternoon.

The deal is one step in the right direction for securing a fair split in sales tax revenue for the twin forks — which aren’t policed by Suffolk County Police Department — a budgeting issue Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montuak) said he had been working on for more than a decade.

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