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02/25/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board at Tuesday's work session. From left, Town Attorney Laury Dowd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session. From left, Town Attorney Laury Dowd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.

The Town Board discussed a question that parsed language and took a look back into history at its Tuesday work session.

The issue was defining differences between a private road and a right-of-way. Building Permits Coordinator Mary Wilson described it as being “in the realm of nothing is simple.” (more…)

02/23/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The East Hampton Town Board has drafted legislation that would ban helicopters from the airport on summer weekends.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The East Hampton Town Board has drafted legislation that would ban helicopters from the airport on summer weekends.

The new East Hampton Town Board has come up with a strategy to deal with what has become Long Island’s biggest noisemaker — helicopter traffic in and out of the town-owned airport in warm weather months.

The choppers fly loud and low with Shelter Island a doormat for many of their approaches and departures at the airport, just a few air miles south of the Island. The helicopters carry the well-heeled, able to pay $500 for a one-way ticket, between East Hampton and Manhattan.

To folks on the ground, the racket has been insufferable. (more…)

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02/23/15 8:05am

 

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty is leading an effort to secure a large state grant to ensure clean water for the future.

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty is leading an effort to secure a large state grant to ensure clean water for the future.

The issue of antiquated or failing septic systems compromising the quality of ground water on the Island and surrounding bays has taken center stage.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty, as chairman of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association, has sent a formal request to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the New York State Legislature to spend $100 million to subsidize homeowners installing state-of-the art septic systems. (more…)

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02/18/15 8:02am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty had strong words for Governo Andrew Cuomo at Tuesday's Town Board work session.

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Supervisor Jim Dougherty had strong words for Governo Andrew Cuomo at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty took Governor Andrew Cuomo to task at the Town Board’s Tuesday work session for what he characterized as threatening Shelter Island’s sovereignty. (more…)

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02/11/15 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Town Engineer John Cronin outlined a project to the Town Board Tuesday to revamp the septic system at the American Legion Hall.

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Town Engineer John Cronin outlined a project to the Town Board Tuesday to revamp the septic system at the American Legion Hall.

The Town Board acted decisively Tuesday on two issues affecting the infrastructure of the Island. (more…)