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06/13/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO  Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count count them.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count them.

After years of speculating how residents view deer and tick problems and solutions to stop tick-borne illnesses, the town’s Deer & Tick Committee is ready to ask the people. (more…)

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10/25/16 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Town engineer John Cronin and BJ Ianfolla were the panel Sunday at the school auditorium for a public discussion of the referendum on the ballot November8 to alter the Community Preservation Fund.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Town Engineer John Cronin and Town Assessor BJ Ianfolla were the panel Sunday at the school auditorium for a public discussion of the referendum on the ballot November8 to alter the Community Preservation Fund.

Would you take a portion of funds from a wildly successful open space preservation program and use it for water quality improvement projects?

That’s what voters are being asked to approve on a ballot referendum on November 8. (more…)

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08/24/16 12:35pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Town Board met in work session Tuesday to discus a new poll on short term rentals.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Town Board met in work session Tuesday to discus a new poll on short term rentals.

The Shelter Island Association (SIA) presented a survey Tuesday to the Town Board on short term-rentals it conducted this month.

One of the most revealing statistics from the survey, which employed the online tool survey monkey.com, is that 63 percent of those responding believe unregulated short-term rentals are not beneficial for Shelter Island. About 20 percent said lack of regulations was a good thing and 18 percent were neutral on the issue. (more…)

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01/20/16 8:16am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

If the town decides to put any money currently earmarked for land preservation into clean water initiatives, there have to be well-researched plans with specifically targeted projects.

That’s according to Councilman Jim Colligan, who brought up the topic at the Town Board work session Tuesday. Mr. Colligan said members of the Shelter Island Association (SIA) meeting Monday evening discussed a new law permitting East End municipalities to take a portion of the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for use in clean water initiatives. (more…)

01/16/16 8:00am
MAY ELLEN McGAYHEY PHOTO | Are these and other town officials getting ready for their close-ups?

MAY ELLEN McGAYHEY PHOTO | Are these and other town officials getting ready for their close-ups?

Jim Dougherty’s fifth coronation last week was buoyant, evoking the victorious optimism of his first, in 2008, which also seemed to many a fresh start in Shelter Island politics. Papa Jim not only won back his post as supervisor with a landslide, but brought in a Democratic majority. On paper, at least, he had a Town Board in sync with his visions.

Which is why Codger began imagining during the swearing-in ceremony that he was on the set of a brand-new movie or TV series, a show that has yet to be criticized, analyzed, recapped or knee-capped. Codger knows the unspoiled joys that only exist at the very start, when the future is filled with Emmys and Golden Globes and Oscars — no rotten tomatoes. (more…)