01/26/18 10:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO

The Community Preservation Fund (CPF) was created in 1998 by a referendum in the five East End towns establishing a real estate transfer tax.

The basic plan is the imposition of a one-time, 2-percent tax paid by the buyer. The first $250,000 of the purchase price in East Hampton, Southampton and Shelter Island is exempt for the tax, and $150,000 in Riverhead and Southold. The state collects the tax and each town receives its 2-percent money to purchase open space to preserve. (more…)

07/16/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Long Island, with a centuries-long history of farming, has undergone an agricultural revolution in just a few decades, sparked in 1973 by a pair of pioneers in planting grapes for fine wine, Louisa and Alex Hargrave.

Ms. Hargrave in her wonderful book, “The Vineyard,” writes: “I was 25 and Alex was 27. With no farm experience and little life experience, we really didn’t think the vines would need much attention. Before we bought the farm in Cutchogue, neither one of us had grown so much as a vegetable garden … The idea of the vineyard at that point was still a fantasy whose only tangible basis in reality lay in the 10,000 rooted, grafted vines we had bought.” (more…)

03/29/15 3:00pm
CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC

CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC

BY RICHARD AMPER

On April 2, East Enders will be celebrating the Community Preservation Fund’s having generated more than a billion dollars and preserved more than 10,000 acres of open space and farmland.

Approved by voters in 1999, the CPF uses a small tax on real estate purchases to preserve land and protect water. It is arguably the most successful land preservation program in the country. (more…)