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10/02/15 9:24am
10/02/2015 9:24 AM

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Local commercial fishermen who have had grievances with the state Department of Environmental Conservation — including one Greenport boat captain who was reimbursed over $8,000 two years ago after having his catch taken from his boat in 2011 — may now have some relief thanks to New York’s Inspector General. READ

06/16/15 5:59am
06/16/2015 5:59 AM
Cmdr. Jonathan Theel, of Sector Long Island Sound (left) presents the commendation to Greenport fishing captain Sid Smith. (Credit: courtesy)

Cmdr. Jonathan Theel, of Sector Long Island Sound (left) presents the commendation to Greenport fishing captain Sid Smith. (Credit: courtesy)

The U.S. Coast Guard has honored Greenport captain Sid Smith for rescuing four sailors whose tugboat capsized in rough seas last October.

And that’s not the only award he’s being considered for.

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10/23/14 1:48pm
10/23/2014 1:48 PM
Captain Sid Smith stands at the bow of the Merit in Greenport this summer. Mr. Smith and his two crew were dubbed heroes after they rescued four people who were thrown into stormy seas Wednesday night when their tugboat sank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Captain Sid Smith stands at the bow of the Merit in Greenport this summer. Mr. Smith and his two crew were dubbed heroes after they rescued four people who were thrown into stormy seas Wednesday night when their tugboat sank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Greenport fishing boat captain and his two crew members rescued four people from heaving seas and high winds when their 55-foot-long tugboat capsized and sank off the Rhode Island coast last night.

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09/18/14 11:38am
09/18/2014 11:38 AM
Village officials had given commercial fishing boat captain Sid Smith notice that he'd have to leave the railroad dock, but now appear to have reversed course. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Village officials had given commercial fishing boat captain Sid Smith notice that he’d have to leave the railroad dock, but now appear to have reversed course. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Southampton attorney representing Greenport commercial fishing captain Sid Smith has requested that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office investigate the village’s method of collecting and sharing information.

Attorney Dan Rodgers submitted a complaint to the DA last Thursday after the village clerk denied his client several Freedom of Information Law requests. It claims the village has failed to keep accurate long-term records of its collections fees from users of the railroad dock on Third Street.

Related: Boat captain says village is out to get him (more…)

09/05/14 8:00am
Sid Smith, who captains The Merit fishing boat out of Greenport, believes he's being punished by village officials for being outspoken over issues concerning the village. He was told to vacate the railroad dock earlier this year for not having enough insurance. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Sid Smith, who captains The Merit fishing boat out of Greenport, believes he’s being punished by village officials for being outspoken over issues concerning the village. He was told to vacate the railroad dock earlier this year for not having enough insurance. (Credit: Paul Squire)

At a recent Greenport code committee meeting, village officials floated the idea of increasing marine insurance requirements for commercial boat owners who keep vessels at the railroad dock.

But committee members — including Mayor David Nyce and village attorney Joseph Prokop — balked at the proposal, which would raise the minimum required coverage from $1 million to $2 million.  (more…)