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09/21/16 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO John Reilly, who has used airbnb for short term rentals on his property 15 times this year, spoke before the Town Board Tuesday.

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John Reilly, who has used airbnb for short term rentals on his property 15 times this year, spoke before the Town Board Tuesday.

At its Tuesday work session, the Town Board edged closer to writing legislation on short-term rentals.

The board has discussed the issue most of the summer, with some homeowners telling the board they have been offering the rentals to meet expenses, including mortgage and tax payments, in line with a time-honored Island tradition. (more…)

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09/14/16 2:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

The Suffolk County Legislature adopted a new law last week requiring retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag.

If County Executive Steve Bellone approves the legislation, the law will go into effect January 1, 2018. Mr. Bellone did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his office told Newsday he will likely sign the bill. (more…)

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09/14/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO The newest member of the Deer & Tick Committee, Dr. James Bevilacqua, hopes to bring ‘a little bit of science’ to discussions.

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The newest member of the Deer & Tick Committee, Dr. James Bevilacqua, hopes to bring ‘a little bit of science’ to discussions.

The Deer & Tick Committee has been a member shy for several months, but last week, Dr. Jim Bevilacqua M.D. joined the group, hoping to “add a little bit of science” to discussions. (more…)

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09/14/16 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilwoman Mary Dudley outlined her thinking about a 14-day minimum for short-term rentals at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

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Councilwoman Mary Dudley outlined her thinking about a 14-day minimum for short-term rentals at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

The Town Board is still listening, but after three months, members aren’t ready to draft a resolution aimed at finding a balance between the interests of landlords and neighbors who complained about disturbances caused by some renters. (more…)