04/19/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held a public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.

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…)

04/14/17 2:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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…)

03/31/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

Two parts of the Town Board’s March 21 work session focused on transparency and honesty in government.

The board discussed drafting an email policy for town employees and elected officials. Currently there is no policy, except some make-nice instructions to be polite when composing emails. A new policy, with the strength of a town resolution behind it, would align with New York State’s archives act requiring that emails, along with paper records, be preserved. (more…)

03/24/17 2:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A male wood duck in his spring finery

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A male wood duck in his spring finery

The forecaster’s last two snow predictions were wrong  even though it still felt that winter, like a gloomy houseguest, had moved in for good. But spring has sprung, at least according to the calendar, arriving on Monday.

How soon we forget that spring  is, among other things, the season that requires patience to appreciate. (more…)