JULIE LANE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. smiled through his lengthy budget presentation Tuesday afternoon. He’ll be called back by the Town Board to make his case for substantial spending increases before the 2016 spending plan is solidified.
If you’ve been celebrating word from Supervisor Jim Dougherty that the town’s 2016 budget could come in at a 2.9 percent increase, don’t uncork the champagne yet.
That number was based on a budget proposal of $7.96 million in taxes, an increase of $221,116 needed in taxes to fund the current year’s spending. (more…)
Shelter Island Republican’s are eager to take on Democrats this fall on issues of money and transparency, said GOP Chairman Bob DeStefano Jr.
Money will matter in the upcoming election for town supervisor.
And Republican candidate Art Williams can win on pocketbook issues, said Island GOP Chairman Bob DeStefano Jr. (more…)
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Shelter Island may be separated from the rest of the world by two ferries, but it doesn’t mean issues affecting neighbors on the North and South forks haven’t found their way here.
There are 77 listings on airbnb.com — a few that are legitimately licensed B&B operations, including two that appear in the Shelter Island telephone book. But the others are private houses providing rooms for guests with no licensing or inspections. (more…)
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The town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Recih. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.
With last week’s report from auditors giving the town a general thumbs up for money management in 2014, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, at the Town Board work session Tuesday, addressed suggestions by the auditor to improve operations.
One recommendation was “segregation of duties” when it comes to handling money at the town’s Justice Court, the Town Clerk’s office, the Finance Department and handling town payroll department. Procedures are already underway, Mr. Dougherty said, and policies will be reviewed to improve the situation. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed an incident between a woman and a police officer one night last month.
The Town Board, after questions from a resident at Tuesday’s work session, reiterated their position that there were no racial issues involved with an encounter between a police officer and a woman at South Ferry on the night of July 18. (more…)