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12/20/15 11:00am
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Bill Toedter at a Sept. 16 public hearing to discuss the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers’ new dredging plan. Mr. Toedter recently stepped down as North Fork Environmental Council’s president after serving for five years.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Bill Toedter at a Sept. 16 public hearing to discuss the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers’ new dredging plan. Mr. Toedter recently stepped down as North Fork Environmental Council’s president after serving for five years.

One of the region’s most important environmental activists, and a friend of Shelter Island, is resigning his post, leaving  the North Fork Environmental Council looking for a new leader. (more…)

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12/11/15 8:00am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO The Miss Nancy fishing boat moves through Greenport Harbor.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Miss Nancy fishing boat moves through Greenport Harbor.

If you put too many restrictions on the fishing industry, it could kill off a major part of the local economy.

But if too few restrictions are in place, that could kill off the fish — in which case that economy would no longer exist.

That was the the dilemma being debated at a congressional natural resources committee hearing in Riverhead Monday morning. (more…)

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12/01/15 9:58am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Wear and tear on Greenport's streets from ferry users has sparked an idea to impose a surcharge on travelers.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Wear and tear on Greenport’s streets from ferry users has sparked an idea to impose a surcharge on travelers.

Greenport Village is looking to establish a new revenue stream for road repairs by charging drivers traveling to the North Ferry.

The Village Board unanimously approved a resolution at Monday’s meeting to have Village Attorney Joe Prokop research the legality of “various potential revenue or reimbursement sources regarding the area of the Third Street ferry terminal.” (more…)

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09/30/15 2:00pm
TIM GANNON PHOTO  Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, left, and Riverhead Tanger Outlets general manager Janine Nebons at a meeting on tourism Tuesday.

TIM GANNON PHOTO Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, left, and Riverhead Tanger Outlets general manager Janine Nebons at a meeting on tourism Tuesday.

Members of the East End Tourism Alliance asked County Executive Steve Bellone to increase the amount of tourism funding they get through an existing 3-percent county room occupancy tax at a meeting in Riverhead Tuesday. (more…)

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09/21/15 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaks during a 2014 press conference.

COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaks during a 2014 press conference.

While the bulk of Suffolk County taxes are spent in the five western towns, County Executive Steve Bellone said Friday that his $2.9 billion recommended county budget for 2016 will have some benefits for the East End.

The budget will freeze general fund taxes for the fourth consecutive year, Mr. Bellone said, and will include $1 million more in revenue sharing with the East End police departments. (more…)