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08/01/18 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTOS Property owner of Seven B & B, Beth Swanstrom (left), and her attorney, Patricia Moore, argue the ownership of a nonconforming B&B shouldn’t affect a conforming house Ms. Swanstrom owns and wants to renovate.

JULIE LANE PHOTOS
Owner of Seven B&B, Beth Swanstrom (left), and her attorney, Patricia Moore, argue the ownership of a nonconforming B&B shouldn’t affect a conforming house Ms. Swanstrom owns and wants to renovate.

Can a licensed owner of a Bed & Breakfast on Shelter Island also offer separate accommodations in a second structure on her property for short-term rentals (STRs) while observing the STR law? (more…)

06/01/18 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

Something extraordinary happened on Friday, May 25. People showed up in large numbers at Town Hall for a public hearing and changed the minds of the Town Board.

It was an uncommon event because people these days mostly leave their representatives alone. We live in an age of virtual reality that has extended into our politics with semi-literate tweets substituting for policy statements, social media weaponized to bombard voters with scurrilous falsehoods and eligible voters, too fed up or bored, refusing to exercise their franchise. (more…)

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03/24/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

No threat
To the Editor:
It befuddles why your editorial (“Vote no on extra transportation costs”, March 16), is painting the petition to transport students to Our Lady of the Hamptons (OLH) as an adversary of the school district budget. The proposed budget for 2017-18 is $11,291,936. The cost to transport students to OLH (if transportation is not shared with Hayground and Ross) is $65,736. That’s 0.58 percent, half of one percent, of the entire budget. To target this expense as the line item that will “break the bank” is sheer nonsense. We can do math. (more…)