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09/28/16 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board at it work session Tuesday. From left, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Coucilman Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

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The Town Board at it work session Tuesday. From right, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Coucilman and Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

At its Tuesday work session, the Town Board moved from theorizing on how to restrict short-term rentals to concrete proposals to draft legislation.

Specific restrictions on licensing, advertising and signage, the number guests and how many times a homeowner can host guests within a calendar year were put in writing and distributed to board members. (more…)

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09/27/16 10:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO At a ground breaking ceremony September 23 at Sylvester Manor Education Farm for a wastewater septic system unique to Suffolk County, manning the first shovel were, from left, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac). Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development and Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO
At a ground breaking ceremony September 23 at Sylvester Manor Education Farm for a wastewater septic system unique to Suffolk County, manning the first shovel were, from left, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac). Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development and Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

Elected officials from the state, county and town, along with representatives of environmental organizations, gathered on the lawn of Sylvester Manor September 23 for a ground breaking of a state-of-the art wastewater treatment system.

The “clean water system,” developed by Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) headquartered in Hillsborough, New Jersey, is unique to Suffolk County. It will be operational by April 2017, according to Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development. (more…)

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09/21/16 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO John Reilly, who has used airbnb for short term rentals on his property 15 times this year, spoke before the Town Board Tuesday.

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John Reilly, who has used airbnb for short term rentals on his property 15 times this year, spoke before the Town Board Tuesday.

At its Tuesday work session, the Town Board edged closer to writing legislation on short-term rentals.

The board has discussed the issue most of the summer, with some homeowners telling the board they have been offering the rentals to meet expenses, including mortgage and tax payments, in line with a time-honored Island tradition. (more…)