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04/11/14 10:00am

 

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Readers continue to write about a proposed cell tower at the Manhansett firehouse. Above, more than 40 residents showed up for a meeting discussing the tower in February.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Readers continue to write about a proposed cell tower at the Manhanset firehouse. Above, more than 40 residents showed up for a meeting discussing the tower in February.

Dangerous towers

To the Editor:
Aside from being an eyesore, the health and environmental hazards incurred due to electric and magnetic field radiation, although inconclusive and not legally applicable to the final decision [on whether to build a cell tower at the Manhanset firehouse], should still be considered. Why take this chance? (more…)

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04/04/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty writes to comment on the town's financial situation.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty writes to comment on the town’s financial situation.

Wine and roses

To the Editor:
The Reporter, in its blistering editorial last week, naming a Town Board member to support its assertion, puts to rest once and for all my preposterous statement that our financial situation is grave. (more…)

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03/28/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty wrote to say articles in the Reporter had scared away people interested in town real estate transactions.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty wrote to say articles in the Reporter had scared away people interested in town real estate transactions.

Curious publicity

To the Editor:
As the letter in last week’s Reporter from a former supervisor states, “Shelter Island has been the leader in preserving open space.”  I was chairman of the 2 percent Open Space Committee from its inception in 1999 until I became supervisor in 2008 and can tell you discretion has always been critically important for success with open space preservation. Sellers and buyers don’t want their stories in the papers on a weekly basis regarding discussions. Recently a conservation buyer button-holed me to explore a possible conservation purchase of the 1.23-acre parcel on Manwaring Road described in the first paragraph of the front page story in last week’s Reporter — these approaches happen all the time. (The other 1.23-acre parcel on Manwaring Road donated to the town by Peconic Land Trust became the site of two businesses some years ago, and I will do anything to prevent this from happening with this parcel.) But it’s academic — with the curious publicity, he’s gone. (more…)

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03/21/14 8:00am

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Hands off home rule

To the Editor:
The governor’s tax cap proposals — rejected by both the Assembly and Senate leadership — are a Trojan Horse disguising a direct assault on home rule. Nicols Patent and several hundred years of effective local governance notwithstanding, the New York Times states the governor “has cited the number of local governments as a reason property taxes are so high” and that “the large number of overlapping local governments was a problem that needed immediate attention” and “I’m not going to let them run from it.” (more…)