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07/30/14 10:23am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. released the Community Preservation Fund numbers that still show Shelter Island lagging for the first six months of 2014.

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Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. released the Community Preservation Fund numbers that show the Island lagging for the first six months of 2014.

While most of the East End is continuing to recover from a downturn in Community Preservation Fund revenues that accrue from a tax paid by real estate buyers, Shelter Island is still stumbling, according to figures just released by Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor). (more…)

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07/29/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO High band radio communications won’t be forced on Shelter Island for an anticipated six years, according to Fire Commissioner Larry Lechmanski. But he said that doesn’t preclude the need for second cell tower at the Manhanset Firehouse.

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High band radio communications won’t be forced on Shelter Island for an anticipated six years, according to Fire Commissioner Larry Lechmanski. But he said that doesn’t preclude the need for second cell tower at the Manhanset Firehouse.

Shelter Island Fire Commissioners delayed signing a letter of intent with Elite Towers Monday night to push forward with consideration of a new cell tower at the Manhanset firehouse on Cobbetts Lane.

Although the project must gain approval from the Town Board before work could begin, the commissioners balked at a  non-disclosure clause contained in the agreement. (more…)

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07/29/14 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Lange from Group for the East End delivering check to Supervisor Jim Dougherty to pay for an intern mapping septic systems this summer.

COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Lange from the Group for the East End delivering a check to Supervisor Jim Dougherty at Town Hall Tuesday morning to pay for an intern mapping septic systems this summer.

The town has received a check for $4,000 to defray costs for an intern to  collect records on existing septic systems and cesspools.

In early April Town Engineer John Cronin told the Town Board that dangerous pollutants, including nitrogen, are not being controlled due to antiquated or faulty septic systems. Neither septic systems or cesspools, which Mr. Cronin described as “just a hole in the ground,” does much of anything to stop the flow of nitrogen compounds that poisons drinking water and surrounding surface waters such as ponds, creeks and bays. (more…)

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07/29/14 10:09am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO| The number of complaints is up dramatically this summer over last.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO| The number of complaints about aircraft noise is up dramatically this summer over last.

If you think roaring helicopters and buzzing planes are making your life more miserable this summer than last, you’re right.

Last summer, from July 1 to July 28, the East Hampton Airport booked 54 noise complaints from Shelter Island residents. In the same period this summer, that number spiked to 810 complaints. (more…)

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07/28/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Deputy Commissioner John Miller of the New York Police Department got a first-class ride back to New York City Monday afternoon.

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Deputy Commissioner John Miller of the New York Police Department got a first-class ride back to New York City Monday afternoon.

It’s good to be the boss.

Deputy Commissioner John Miller of the New York Police Department got a first-class ride back to New York City Monday afternoon in an NYPD helicopter that picked him up from Klenawicus Airport on the Island , where he has a vacation home. (more…)