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To the Editor:
Last week’s front page headline, “Could Bus and Ferry Fare Kill the School Budget?” struck me as misleading. Approval of transportation to parochial school outside of our 15 mile radius is what could kill the school budget, end up costing taxpayers more money and potentially affect the possibility of future programs for the children of this community. Let’s not put the blame on busing and ferries.
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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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“Threats.” “Collusion.” “Hate speech.”
This is some of the language being used as the Town Board prepares to draft and vote on legislation to regualte homeowners who rent their properties for short-term stays.
It gets worse, with particularly vile, unsubstantiated accusations being aired, but won’t be repeated here because there’s no profit in throwing gasoline on a dumpster fire. (more…)
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Supervisor Jim Dougherty is the lone vote on the Town Board against a 14-day minimum for short-term rentals.
Shelter Island is moving toward joining the other East End towns in placing a two-week minimum on short-term rentals (STRs.) (more…)
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…)