REPORTER FILE PHOTO Short-term rentals, many of them booked through online services, consumed much of the Town Board’s time in 2016
The Town Board meets almost every Tuesday of the year in work sessions and presides over regular meetings about twice a month, taking on issues for discussion and drafting and voting on new legislation.
In 2016, the board aired concerns on, among other topics, preservation of the Island’s heritage and site plan review for new commercial ventures; crafted a budget for 2017; looked into the need — or not — of allocating extra funds for road paving; and discussed the short-term rental situation that consumed the board’s time and energy from early June and is still unresolved. (more…)
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John Sieni (left) and his attorney, John Bennett.
In a lengthy and often contentious process, John Sieni along with residents whose houses adjoin his storage facility at 18 North Ferry Road have, with the Zoning Board of Appeals assistance, reached agreement to expand the business. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Bella Vita is open for business. Operator John Riccobono Jr. confirmed that the pizzeria and restaurant opened its doors two weeks ago, but the family wanted a “quiet opening” to see how things would go.
Shhh! Don’t tell.
But for those who can sniff their way to pizza from miles away, Bella Vita opened its doors on Route 114 at the former Clark’s Fish House venue about two weeks ago. (more…)
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The Town Board is moving toward holding a public hearing on legislation requiring all commercial property owners to formally submit plans for development — a process called site plan review. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | The concrete grinding machine at 13 North Ferry Road.
An issue that has been dormant for more than a year resurfaced at Tuesday’s Town Board work session, with a new wrinkle added.
The 1.3-acre lot at 13 North Ferry Road, owned by Dan Calabro and leased to Marcello Masonry, has a concrete grinding machine on the premises that worries nearby residents. Councilwoman Chris Lewis said complaints have been made to the board about the possibility of deafening noise, vibration and potentially hazardous dust blowing onto neighboring properties. (more…)