07/13/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

Have you ever had the experience of attending a public meeting only to be baffled because officials are referring to documents only they have access to?

So have we, and it’s high time boards and committees on Shelter Island recognized their responsibility to adhere to the state law on disclosure of public records. (more…)

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07/06/17 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne (second from right) told committee member Marc Wein (left) he wouldn’t release original emails he received containing comments on the proposed Deer & Tick survey without a Freedom of Information request. Also pictured are committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua and committee secretary Amanda Gutiw.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne (second from right) told committee member Marc Wein (left) he wouldn’t release original emails he received containing comments on the proposed Deer & Tick survey without a Freedom of Information request. Also pictured are committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua and committee secretary Amanda Gutiw.

There will be some quick steps this week to try to rescue a survey of public opinion on how the Deer & Tick Committee members should be proceeding with efforts to tackle tick-borne diseases. (more…)

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06/13/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO  Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count count them.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count them.

After years of speculating how residents view deer and tick problems and solutions to stop tick-borne illnesses, the town’s Deer & Tick Committee is ready to ask the people. (more…)

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03/07/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne encourages Deer & Tick Committee members not to draw conclusions from early data on deer culls. Listening to him is committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne encourages Deer & Tick Committee members not to draw conclusions from early data on deer culls. Listening to him is committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua.

Numbers don’t lie — but do they tell the truth?

Members of the town’s Deer & Tick Committee believe tracking trends are important, but have only a single year of reliable numerical data on deer culls and other relevant information to guide their effort to decrease tick-borne diseases. (more…)

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12/09/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr.

Get real on roads
To the Editor:
I ask Supervisor Dougherty to, as he wrote, show us “the five miles of roads” that are paved every year (“Your Letters,” December 1).

And it’s impossible to have a real 10-year paving cycle, with a $130,000 budget. Following are the approximate budget figures for paving the Highway Department has had to work with over the last five years for 52 miles of town road:
$25,000 — 2012
$10,000 — 2013
$53,000 —2014
$0 —2015
$100,000 — 2016 (more…)