JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island School Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, and Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik.
A pitch for the Island
We applaud the Shelter Island School District for making an effort — and following through — to encourage parents who send their children to school off-Island to seriously consider enrolling them in school here. (more…)
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin, left, meeting residents on April 27.
Grades for Zeldin’s ‘town hall’
Town halls are often fiery forums where members of the public express concerns to their elected officials, who find themselves having to defend policy positions that are unpopular with many in the room.
Anyone who’s attended such an event in the 1st Congressional District — whether it was Sunday’s community forum with Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in Northampton (“Zeldin and constituents spar at forum,” April 27) or one of the 2009 town hall events featuring his predecessor, Tim Bishop — would expect it to be confrontational. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held its second public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.
During the long and spirited public debate about proposed regulation of the Island’s short-term rentals (STRs), sound arguments have been made by both sides.
Bu sadly, vitriol has marred discussions at Town Board meetings, during two public hearings and in letters to this newspaper. Longtime observers of town issues have said they’ve never seen anything like it. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
For New Yorkers, this may be the best of times judging by the just adopted state budget.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s draft proposal left a lot of critics speculating on his motivations at a time when he clearly wants to make folks happy as he appears to be eyeing a 2020 White House run. Perhaps he wanted to appear to be fiscally conservative. (more…)
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | The cast of ‘Curtains.’
Spring for Shelter Island means many things but one of the most enduring and inspirational signs of the season is the Shelter Island School play.
This annual community event was once again a smashing success last weekend with the production of “Curtains” playing to full houses The production sparked conversations in offices, shops and at the post offices about the charming, brilliantly produced and acted production. (more…)