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04/26/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Community Preservation Fund collects taxes on real estate sales to spend on open space aquisitions and water protection programs.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Community Preservation Fund collects taxes on real estate sales to spend on open space aquisitions and water protection programs.

Shelter Island is bucking the trend when it comes to East End municipalities’ declining Community Preservation Funds. They are down throughout the East End by 14.6 percent for the first quarter of 2017 as compared with the same period last year.

But on the Island, which frequently lagged the other four towns last year, CPF revenues are up by 30 percent, rising from $330,000 for the first quarter of 2016 to $430,000 for the same period this year. Funds come from a 2 percent tax buyers pay to buy East End properties and is used to purchase open space and  fund water protection programs. (more…)

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03/01/17 10:58am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board at its work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber-Brach-Williams and Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board at its work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber-Brach-Williams and Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar.

It turned ugly at Town Hall Tuesday.

During the Town Board’s work session a member used a crude term to describe cowardice and a resident, after accusing board members of “collusion,” and one in particular of hypocrisy, later from the audience told a person speaking at the podium to “sit down and shut up.” (more…)

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03/01/17 7:53am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Community Housing Board Co-Chair Mary-Faith Westervelt hopes a community forum will provide a catalyst to the creation of sustainable year-round housing.

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Community Housing Board Co-Chair Mary-Faith Westervelt hopes a community forum will provide a catalyst to the creation of sustainable year-round housing.

Determined to widen its outlook on methods of providing affordable rental accomodations, the Community Housing Board (CHB) is inviting representatives of various organizations, businesses, town government, the Shelter Island School and police, firefighters and emergency services responders to participate in a forum at the end of the month. (more…)

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02/08/17 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Resident Chuck Kraus addressing the Town Board Tuesday on the issue of short-term rentals.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Resident Chuck Kraus addressing the Town Board Tuesday on the issue of short-term rentals.

Councilman Paul Shepherd characterized it as the “the elephant in the room.” Supervisor Jim Dougherty called it “the main event ” of Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

But it took a while to acknowledge the elephant and kick off the main event. (more…)