BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
The Community Preservation Fund (CPF) was created in 1998 by a referendum in the five East End towns establishing a real estate transfer tax.
The basic plan is the imposition of a one-time, 2-percent tax paid by the buyer. The first $250,000 of the purchase price in East Hampton, Southampton and Shelter Island is exempt for the tax, and $150,000 in Riverhead and Southold. The state collects the tax and each town receives its 2-percent money to purchase open space to preserve. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTOS Congressman Lee Zeldin, left, and President Donald Trump.
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who represents the Island, revealed a lot about himself last week when he came to the defense of President Donald Trump’s racist and vulgar description of African countries and Haiti. (more…)
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO
The Inuit people, it’s been said, have more than a hundred words to describe snow. There are words describing snow that falls in large or small flakes, blowing snow and even a word for remembered snow. (more…)
CHANIN INTURAM PHOTO Chris Lewis.
We never had any doubt about the large number of people who offer their services to better Shelter Island and help their neighbors.
But it is heartening to be reminded of those facts as we were again this year in choosing our Person of the Year. (more…)
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)
Recently, the website Breitbart News reported that Steve Bannon had headlined a New York City fundraiser for Congressman Lee Zeldin that produced significant contributions to Mr. Zeldin’s campaign fund. No dollar amounts were given. (more…)