REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town government has spent 10 months discussing short-term rental legislation.
A member of the Town Board recently said, “I have a good attention span, but after 10 months it strays a little.”
The member was speaking about the discussions on regulating short-term rentals that have been a weekly feature of the board’s work sessions since May. We’re promised that there will be a public hearing on the issue in January, and to that we can add: Hallelujah. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A contentious meeting was held at Town Hall yesterday.
The normal sense of calm, civility and courtesy among Town Board members was broken at the Tuesday work session, replaced by raised voices, accusations and sarcasm.
A resident near the end of the meeting joined in, loudly castigating the board for wasting time and failing to act on important issues. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Councilwoman Mary Dudley led the discussion at Tuesday’s Town Board work session on legislating short-term rentals.
The magic number by which a rental would be considered short-term could be 13.
At their Tuesday work session, Town Board members discussed legislation setting regulations to cover short-term rentals.
Councilwoman Mary Dudley led the discussion through 16 points meant to guide her colleagues to a final decision. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd, shown here at an earlier meeting, was called ‘rude’ and offensive at the Tuesday Town Board work session.
At the end of the Town Board work session Tuesday, a resident took Councilman Paul Shepherd to task for what she termed his “rudeness,” “arrogance” and “downright offensive behavior” toward a colleague.
Mr. Shepherd gave as good as he got. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown, Councilman Ed Brown.
At its work session Tuesday, the Town Board looked at the case of a property on Peconic Avenue, owned by William King, which Building Inspector Chris Tehan had discovered violated environmental law by building in restricted wetlands.
Mr. Tehan issued a stop work order on construction when he discovered that the owner was building a patio in the restricted area without a wetland or a building permit. (more…)