11/10/18 8:00am

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION Budget negotiations have wrapped at Town Hall.

It has been an interesting budget season, watching a newly constituted Town Board tackle the agonizing process of giving with one hand and having to take with the other, balancing the needs of the town with taxpayers’ ability to foot the bill.

No one likes paying taxes. And politicians who have to impose spending plans know that their public careers are at risk if the public thinks anything but the most necessary expenditures are in proposed budgets. (more…)

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10/30/18 10:00am

Town Supervisor Gary Gerth greeted Isabelle Topliff at Town Hall on October 26 during her “job shadow” with the Reporter. The Shelter Island School program places students with businesses for a day to learn how people do their jobs. Ms. Topliff is a junior at the high school who is thinking about pursuing a career in writing.

“We did very well,” Supervisor Gary Gerth said about the work he and his colleagues on the Town Board accomplished funding the town in 2019 with a 5.3 percent increase in spending. (more…)

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10/25/18 2:00pm

Deputy Supervisor Amber Brach-Williams, left, and Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar at Tuesday’s budget meeting.

The Town Board adopted a preliminary $12.9 million budget Tuesday that would raise spending by 5.3 percent for 2019. But before final adoption takes place, there will be a public hearing on the proposal on Wednesday, November 7, at 1 p.m. (more…)

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02/19/18 2:00pm


She is a frail Shelter Island senior who needed care for a wound but had to go off-Island to get treatment because no doctor was available here.

That may seem a minor inconvenience to some. But to the frail elderly among us, not having a doctor they know and can reach when there’s a medical problem that doesn’t rise to the emergency room level can be alarming.

In addition, with the seriousness of this year’s flu epidemic, an elderly resident should be able to know if she/he has just a cold or something more serious without travelling off-Island for a diagnosis. (more…)