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05/23/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Doug Matz said if applicants Greg and Virginia Anderson can’t complete requirements for their already installed pool and patio by July 1, he doesn’t want to see them back before his board again.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Doug Matz said if applicants Greg and Virginia Anderson can’t complete requirements for their already installed pool and patio by July 1, he doesn’t want to see them back before his board again.

An increasing number of applicants whose projects land at the Zoning Board of Appeals only after property owners receive stop work orders are testing the patience of some ZBA members.

They’re tired, they said, of the attitude that it’s easier to take a slap on the wrist for proceeding illegally than to file proper applications for needed variances. (more…)

05/22/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island's power company

COURTESY PHOTO | Long Island’s power company

PSEG, a Newark, New Jersey-based utility, was foisted on Long Island to be the utility on the island by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

His father, Governor Mario Cuomo, had undermined the idea of Long Island having a democratically-run public power entity determining its energy future — a Long Island Power Authority. After LIPA was created in 1985, he cancelled LIPA trustees elections — central to the LIPA vision — and instead directed they be appointed by the governor, the Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader.

Topping things off, in 2013 Andrew Cuomo had LIPA decimated in favor of PSEG. (more…)

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05/18/16 10:09am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Councilwoman Mary Dudley reported to her Town Board colleagues on a Suffolk County conference on water quality she had attended.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Councilwoman Mary Dudley reported to her Town Board colleagues on a Suffolk County conference on water quality she had attended.

At the Town Board’s Tuesday work session, an examination of a homeowner’s request to relocate a well onto a town-owned right of way turned into a broader discussion of what’s been termed, by Supervisor Jim Dougherty and others, as the water “crisis” on the Island. (more…)

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05/17/16 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO The Shelter Island Country Club's clubhouse at Goat Hill.

JULIE LANE PHOTO The Shelter Island Country Club’s clubhouse at Goat Hill.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story reported that the Town Board vote to purchase equipment from the Shelter Island Country Club was four to one in favor, with Councilman Paul Shepherd voting no. Councilwoman Mary Dudley abstained from voting, so the vote was three to one, with one abstention.

The Shelter Island Town Board passed a resolution May 13 to spend $10,000 to buy a mower from the financially troubled Shelter Island Country Club (SICC) and then leased the equipment back to the club for a $1 for the next six months. (more…)