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03/28/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty wrote to say articles in the Reporter had scared away people interested in town real estate transactions.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty wrote to say articles in the Reporter had scared away people interested in town real estate transactions.

Curious publicity

To the Editor:
As the letter in last week’s Reporter from a former supervisor states, “Shelter Island has been the leader in preserving open space.”  I was chairman of the 2 percent Open Space Committee from its inception in 1999 until I became supervisor in 2008 and can tell you discretion has always been critically important for success with open space preservation. Sellers and buyers don’t want their stories in the papers on a weekly basis regarding discussions. Recently a conservation buyer button-holed me to explore a possible conservation purchase of the 1.23-acre parcel on Manwaring Road described in the first paragraph of the front page story in last week’s Reporter — these approaches happen all the time. (The other 1.23-acre parcel on Manwaring Road donated to the town by Peconic Land Trust became the site of two businesses some years ago, and I will do anything to prevent this from happening with this parcel.) But it’s academic — with the curious publicity, he’s gone. (more…)

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03/21/14 8:00am

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Hands off home rule

To the Editor:
The governor’s tax cap proposals — rejected by both the Assembly and Senate leadership — are a Trojan Horse disguising a direct assault on home rule. Nicols Patent and several hundred years of effective local governance notwithstanding, the New York Times states the governor “has cited the number of local governments as a reason property taxes are so high” and that “the large number of overlapping local governments was a problem that needed immediate attention” and “I’m not going to let them run from it.” (more…)

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03/12/14 10:20am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty is speaking with interested parties about either buying or leasing two town properties.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty is speaking with interested parties about either buying or leasing two town properties.

The town has put two properties it owns on the market.

One is a 1.23-acre parcel on Manwaring Road and the other is 4.1-acres on South Ferry Road. Supervisor Jim Dougherty said Tuesday the properties will be for sale or lease. He’s been in touch with interested parties and some kind of deal is “promising.” (more…)

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03/05/14 5:00pm

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Glynis Berry, executive director of Peconic Green Growth, a small non-profit concerned with water quality, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Island’s septic systems to the Town Board work session Tuesday.

A crisis is in the making and we’re at a tipping point because of antiquated systems, Ms. Berry said, and the discharge of nitrogen into our ground water, creeks, ponds and bays. (more…)

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01/21/14 5:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board in work session Tuesday afternoon. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty is on vacation.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board in work session Tuesday afternoon. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty is on vacation.

The Town Board took up the issue of hiring a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant for the town at its work session Tuesday. (more…)