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05/11/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone completing the ceremonial first flush in a bathroom employing a state-of-the-art waste water treatment system at Sylvester Manor Thursday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone completing the ceremonial first flush in a bathroom employing a state-of-the-art waste water treatment system at Sylvester Manor Thursday.

It was, said Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), “the most people ever gathered in one place to flush a toilet.”

In lieu of cutting a ribbon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other state, county and local elected officials gave the first flush to toilets in a new facility Thursday on the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm grounds. (more…)

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12/14/16 12:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board decided Tuesday to set up a new committee to vet clean water projects.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board decided Tuesday to set up a new committee to vet clean water projects.

Ticks and water quality were on the Town Board’s Tuesday work session agenda.

The board heard a report from Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on efforts to calculate the number of ticks on the Island and strategies in 2017 to reduce their population (see  previous story).

With the passage in November of a law allowing the town to take up to 20 percent per year from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for clean water projects, the board agreed to set up a new committee to identify and vet the projects.
Until the election, the CPF was used solely for purchasing, preserving and maintaining open space through a real estate transfer tax. (more…)

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11/29/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay is calling for a radical shake up of the governing body.

COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay is calling for a radical shake up of the governing body.

A Suffolk County legislator is calling on county officials to let the public vote on reducing the size of the legislature, a proposal that has received mixed reaction from East End officials. (more…)

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09/27/16 10:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO At a ground breaking ceremony September 23 at Sylvester Manor Education Farm for a wastewater septic system unique to Suffolk County, manning the first shovel were, from left, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac). Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development and Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO
At a ground breaking ceremony September 23 at Sylvester Manor Education Farm for a wastewater septic system unique to Suffolk County, manning the first shovel were, from left, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac). Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development and Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

Elected officials from the state, county and town, along with representatives of environmental organizations, gathered on the lawn of Sylvester Manor September 23 for a ground breaking of a state-of-the art wastewater treatment system.

The “clean water system,” developed by Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) headquartered in Hillsborough, New Jersey, is unique to Suffolk County. It will be operational by April 2017, according to Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development. (more…)

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03/08/16 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Not seeing eye-to-eye are Deer & Tick Committee members Hank Amann (left) and Dr. Scott Campbell. Mr. Amann is convinced that if the deer population is reduced, ticks will simply feed off other species, while Dr. Campbell said studies have shown that not to be the case.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |  Not seeing eye-to-eye are Deer & Tick Committee members Hank Amann (left) and Dr. Scott Campbell. Mr. Amann is convinced that if the deer population is reduced, ticks will simply feed off other species, while Dr. Campbell said studies have shown that not to be the case.

What’s certain in Shelter Island’s ongoing effort to decrease tick-borne diseases is the debate will continue between those who favor use of 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with the tickicide permethrin — and those who want a serious culling of the herd. (more…)