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09/21/16 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO John Reilly, who has used airbnb for short term rentals on his property 15 times this year, spoke before the Town Board Tuesday.

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John Reilly, who has used airbnb for short term rentals on his property 15 times this year, spoke before the Town Board Tuesday.

At its Tuesday work session, the Town Board edged closer to writing legislation on short-term rentals.

The board has discussed the issue most of the summer, with some homeowners telling the board they have been offering the rentals to meet expenses, including mortgage and tax payments, in line with a time-honored Island tradition. (more…)

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09/14/16 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilwoman Mary Dudley outlined her thinking about a 14-day minimum for short-term rentals at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

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Councilwoman Mary Dudley outlined her thinking about a 14-day minimum for short-term rentals at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

The Town Board is still listening, but after three months, members aren’t ready to draft a resolution aimed at finding a balance between the interests of landlords and neighbors who complained about disturbances caused by some renters. (more…)

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08/25/16 8:00am

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The Town Board has backed away from temporarily banning the use of aquifer-fed irrigation systems.

At its work session last week, the board seemed poised to shut down the systems for a time in light of continuing statewide drought conditions. But at Tuesday’s work session, Supervisor Jim Dougherty noted that the dramatic step would not be necessary now. (more…)

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08/03/16 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Town Engineer John Cronin (left) and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. have made a case for long-term infrastructure planning.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Town Engineer John Cronin (left) and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. have made a case for long-term infrastructure planning.

After years of Town Board members agreeing with Supervisor Jim Dougherty about not borrowing money to pay for infrastructure repairs and maintenance, he could find himself outvoted 4 to 1 when the subject comes up at budget work sessions next month.

“Four of us are in agreement about borrowing,” Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis said in Mr. Dougherty’s absence as he recovers from cardiac surgery. (more…)