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12/04/16 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty takes issue with his colleagues on road paving.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Supervisor Jim Dougherty takes issue with his colleagues on road paving.

Real questions
To the Editor:
As your supervisor, I am committed to properly maintaining our roads as well as all our infrastructure. The town has about 52 miles of roads under its jurisdiction and this year I have budgeted $130,000 for their maintenance, and in the 2017 budget, just adopted, $130,000 as well. With other budget lines, this customarily covers routine maintenance of all roads, as well as repaving on a 10-year cycle — in other words about five miles a year. (more…)

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11/28/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

In the best interest
To the Editor:
A recent editorial in the Reporter pointed out two areas of town governance and budget that needed serious consideration. We are writing to support the points expressed in the editorial and urge the Town Board to act expeditiously on these proposals.

First, we should increase Jay Card’s salary, over time, to make him competitive with those in a similar position in other East End towns. He is currently seriously underpaid and he is also doing an outstanding job with the Highway Department, the Recycling Center and with all of the town properties that fall under his domain in the Department of Public Works. (more…)

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11/11/16 8:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO A teacher and her student remember Veterans Day with a letter to the editor.

Students honor veterans
To the Editor:
As well as being the K-12 art teacher at the Shelter Island School, I have the privilege of teaching 6th through 8th graders their state-mandated course on home and careers.

We frequently enjoy many sewing projects, and, of course, the students love to cook. At this time of year, I ask the students to pause their activities and write a thank you note to a veteran. (more…)

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10/28/16 2:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Floating
To the Editor:
Through the process of reviewing the DJTM Enterprises vetting process, everyone who signed a petition opposing the company’s affordable housing proposal was well informed on the Community Housing Board activities prior to signing. Hundreds of people who live on the Island became better informed about the floating zone and what its impact could have been on the northern section of Route 114 on a one-third acre parcel. (more…)

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10/25/16 2:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

We’ve been robbed!
To the Editor:

Not just of our property, but of our confidence in people, and most importantly of our First Amendment rights. It is very sad that some people on this island are so desperate and hateful that they feel the need to vandalize and steal property supporting a Presidential candidate. What type of morals does it take to assault First Amendment rights and commit a hate crime? (more…)