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02/25/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dragging for ticks at Mashomack last summer to determine the number of insects in the field.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dragging for ticks at Mashomack last summer to determine the number of insects in the field.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who represents Shelter Island, is sponsoring a bill to create a tick control advisory committee. (more…)

02/19/14 4:32pm
COURTESY PHOTO | South Ferry President Cliff Clark provided this picture in February 1994, of the ice flow hampering efforts to keep traffic moving between Shelter Island and North Haven.

COURTESY PHOTO | South Ferry President Cliff Clark provided this picture in February 1994, of the ice flow hampering efforts to keep traffic moving between Shelter Island and North Haven.

50 YEARS AGO
An obligation
An editorial in the Reporter 50 years ago this month celebrated the fact that the Suffolk County Board of Supervisors allocated money to purchase land for public parks in nine of the county’s 10 town, excluding Shelter Island. (more…)

10/31/13 8:00am

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Two seats, three players.

Not musical chairs but your choice Tuesday to vote for two out of three candidates for the Shelter Island Town Board.

Two incumbents of long-standing, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, running on the Republican and Conservative lines, and her colleague, Councilman Ed Brown, joining her on the Republican and Conservative tickets, face off against Robert Reylek, the Democrat, Independence and Working Families candidate.

In an election where the incumbent supervisor, highway department superintendent, town clerk and town assessor are all running unopposed, the two Town Board seats have three dedicated and well-respected candidates to fill them.

Mr. Reylek isn’t a stranger to elections or public service, serving 21 years on the Shelter Island School Board of Education, 19 as president. His commitment to his community is obvious, not just for his work on the BOE, but as vice president of the Lions club and as a director of the Shelter Island Association.

Ms. Lewis has been a Town Board member for 12 years, serving with distinction. She has conscientiously represented her constituents, being especially dedicated to Island seniors.

An example of Ms. Lewis steadiness, sense of responsibility and openness was her handling of the so-called “dark skies” debate that consumed months of the Town Board’s time, wrangling over a simple lighting law. It got rough in work sessions, to the point where people’s integrity was challenged, but Ms. Lewis kept her head and saw through the passage of the law.

Councilman Brown has served on the Town Board for 13 years. Anyone who has attended meetings will recognize him as the most active fiscal hawk among his colleagues. He doesn’t speak in theories, but in numbers and what that will mean to the taxpayer’s wallet. In addition, Mr. Brown has spoken often about making decisions carefully, knowing that setting precedents today may handcuff future Town Boards.

To look at the dark skies debate as a way to define political temperament, Mr. Brown came out as solid, as opposed to histrionic. Strongly against the eventual law, he never descended to bickering or outraged expression.

The Reporter endorses Councilwoman Christine Lewis and Councilman Ed Brown for well-deserved reelection to the Town Board.

For County Legislator
Because of redistricting, we are now in Suffolk County’s second legislative district, which includes the Island and runs from Montauk to the Moriches. The long-time incumbent, Legislator Jay Schneiderman, is registered in the Independence patty and also is running on the Democrat and Working Families lines.

He’s opposed by Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, running on the Republican and Conservative tickets.

Our choice for reelection is Mr. Schneiderman. He is an experienced, knowledgeable and able legislator who understands the concerns of Shelter Island. He’s proven that by writing and promoting a law that directs the county’s vector control, active in preventing the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, to take a role — for the first time — in helping control the public health crisis of tick-borne diseases.

Mr. Schneiderman deserves to be reelected.

10/31/13 8:00am

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Two seats, three players.

Not musical chairs but your choice Tuesday to vote for two out of three candidates for the Shelter Island Town Board.

Two incumbents of long-standing, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, running on the Republican and Conservative lines, and her colleague, Councilman Ed Brown, joining her on the Republican and Conservative tickets, face off against Robert Reylek, the Democrat, Independence and Working Families candidate.

In an election where the incumbent supervisor, highway department superintendent, town clerk and town assessor are all running unopposed, the two Town Board seats have three dedicated and well-respected candidates to fill them.

Mr. Reylek isn’t a stranger to elections or public service, serving 21 years on the Shelter Island School Board of Education, 19 as president. His commitment to his community is obvious, not just for his work on the BOE, but as vice president of the Lions club and as a director of the Shelter Island Association.

Ms. Lewis has been a Town Board member for 12 years, serving with distinction. She has conscientiously represented her constituents, being especially dedicated to Island seniors.

An example of Ms. Lewis steadiness, sense of responsibility and openness was her handling of the so-called “dark skies” debate that consumed months of the Town Board’s time, wrangling over a simple lighting law. It got rough in work sessions, to the point where people’s integrity was challenged, but Ms. Lewis kept her head and saw through the passage of the law.

Councilman Brown has served on the Town Board for 13 years. Anyone who has attended meetings will recognize him as the most active fiscal hawk among his colleagues. He doesn’t speak in theories, but in numbers and what that will mean to the taxpayer’s wallet. In addition, Mr. Brown has spoken often about making decisions carefully, knowing that setting precedents today may handcuff future Town Boards.

To look at the dark skies debate as a way to define political temperament, Mr. Brown came out as solid, as opposed to histrionic. Strongly against the eventual law, he never descended to bickering or outraged expression.

The Reporter endorses Councilwoman Christine Lewis and Councilman Ed Brown for well-deserved reelection to the Town Board.

For County Legislator
Because of redistricting, we are now in Suffolk County’s second legislative district, which includes the Island and runs from Montauk to the Moriches. The long-time incumbent, Legislator Jay Schneiderman, is registered in the Independence patty and also is running on the Democrat and Working Families lines.

He’s opposed by Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, running on the Republican and Conservative tickets.

Our choice for reelection is Mr. Schneiderman. He is an experienced, knowledgeable and able legislator who understands the concerns of Shelter Island. He’s proven that by writing and promoting a law that directs the county’s vector control, active in preventing the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, to take a role — for the first time — in helping control the public health crisis of tick-borne diseases.

Mr. Schneiderman deserves to be reelected.

10/15/13 8:13am

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | A forum for candidates seeking to represent Shelter Island in the Suffolk County Legislature was held Saturday at the Shelter Island Public Library. Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi faced off against Legislator Jay Schneiderman. Another candidate forum was held 10 years ago.

10 YEARS AGO
Supervisor candidates set themes

Ten years ago, the battle for supervisor pitted one-term Republican incumbent Art Williams against former two-term supervisor Gerry Siller, running on the Democratic ticket. In a public forum, Mr. Williams argued he was the best candidate to handle fiscal management of the town, while Mr. Siller ran as the candidate out to protect home rule on the Island. In a close race, Mr. Williams’ arguments won the day as he secured a second term as town supervisor.
POSTSCRIPT: This year, Supervisor Jim Dougherty is running unopposed, but there is a race with two incumbents — Ed Brown and Chris Lewis — seeking re-election and Democrat Bob Reylek looking to fill a seat. Last Saturday, candidates for Suffolk County Legislature Jay Schneiderman and Chris Nuzzi faced off in a forum at the Shelter Island Public Library. Redistricting has moved Shelter Island from the First to the Second Legislative District.

20 YEARS AGO
Goody pile will continue

Twenty years ago, the Town Board debated whether to continue to allow residents to bring reusable household items to the dump without paying a fee. The long-popular program of people bringing such items to be claimed for use by their neighbors was in jeopardy because the landfill had been closed that fall and the town had enacted a $25 dumping fee per cubic yard for disposal of such items as overstuffed furniture, mattresses and rugs. That left the goody pile in limbo. Concern was that people would use the goody pile to dump items that weren’t reusable. The Town Board opted to continue the goody pile without a fee and monitor how it worked.
POSTSCRIPT: In September, Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. announced the goody pile wouldn’t be a pile of junk and said people dropping items for recycling to their neighbors would have to see an attendant who could determine if the items are, indeed, reusable.

30 YEARS AGO
Ms. Lewis to retire from board

Before she was a Town Board member, Chris Lewis was president of the Shelter Island Board of Education. But 30 years ago, she opted to give up that role after 11 years of service with an announcement in October 1983, that her resignation would take effect in January 1984. Her plan at the time was to return to hospital work. The registered nurse told the board that after a long absence from her medical career, she needed time to focus on developing her professional skills.
POSTSCRIPT: Ms. Lewis is seeking re-elecion in November to the Town Board to which she was first elected 11 years ago.

50 YEARS AGO
Town’s ‘64 budget down despite salary increases

That’s a headline taxpayers would like to see today as the Town Board wrestles with the 2014 budget. In October 1963, the Town Board approved a $147,093 budget, down from $157,353. And that was despite raises that in some cases amounted to as much as 50 percent. Of course, salaries were much lower in those days as the town historian went from $150 a year to $300. But what enabled the budget to go down were surpluses in the existing year’s budget along with the establishment of a Department of Public Works that would take responsibility for handling many services that had in the past been going to private contractors. Budgeted at $16,000, it was expected the new department would do jobs for less than what it had cost to the town to pay for outside contractors.
POSTSCRIPT: The Town Board is currently meeting with department chiefs and working through requests for funding for the 2014 fiscal year.