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10/26/17 4:30pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO At a ground breaking ceremony September 23 at Sylvester Manor Education Farm for a wastewater septic system unique to Suffolk County,  manning the first shovel were, from left, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac). Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development and Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO
At a ground breaking ceremony September 23 at Sylvester Manor Education Farm for a wastewater septic system unique to Suffolk County, manning the first shovel were, from left, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac). Sara Gordon, the Manor’s director of planning and development and Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

The town has taken a major step in helping residents building homes to pay bills to install state-of-the-art, nitrogen-reducing septic systems, as well as homeowners upgrading systems who are doing reconstruction of 50 percent or more of their residences. (more…)

05/05/17 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island School Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, and Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island School Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, and Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik.

A pitch for the Island
We applaud the Shelter Island School District for making an effort — and following through — to encourage parents who send their children to school off-Island to seriously consider enrolling them in school here. (more…)

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02/02/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The Town Board Friday holding a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
The Town Board Friday holding a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd. Several letters this week commented on the public hearing.

Where are we going?
To the Editor:

I read with great interest the recent online piece on the Island school being “susceptible to fiscal stress.” (more…)

04/17/12 10:47am

Shelter Island resident Vincent Novak, who has been in the news for having complained to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services about public swimming in Fresh Pond, wants Supervisor Jim Dougherty to correct the impression that Mr. Novak  “bugged” his telephone three years ago.

Mr. Dougherty made a reference to Mr. Novak and the “bugging” of his phone at the Town Board work session last week, as the board and Mr. Novak, who was in the audience, bickered over his complaint to the county. It has resulted in a county demand that the town ban swimming at Fresh Pond, Shell Beach and Menhaden Lane because they lack the facilities required under state and county law for public beaches.

In an email he sent to the supervisor this week that Mr. Novak asked be entered “into the public record,” he wrote that the supervisor’s use of the word  “‘bugging’ suggests that I physically tapped into your telephone line to listen to your private conversations.  That did not happen.  I legally recorded my telephone conversation with you, on my telephone, within the confines of my own home.  As you like to say, ‘trust but verify.'”

“You created the impression that I committed a crime.  Please correct this misstatement, publicly, at the next work session,” Mr. Novak wrote.

“I will continue to exercise my legal and constitutional rights, whether you agree with it or not.  When necessary, I will contact any county, state or federal entity, as I see fit.  It is every citizen’s right to do so.”

“Councilman Reich’s angry public response to the SCDHS directive was uncalled for,” Mr. Novak added, “and could incite others to violence.  I ask that that the town not cause any more harm.  I have requested extra SIPD patrols at my home.  Governing with vengeance, harassment and intimidation is what bureaucratic dictators do in communist countries.

“Understand that all of this could have been avoided had any consideration been given to my wife and myself before the Fresh Pond town landing was converted to a beach in 2007.  Retaliation and intimidation is not the way.  Enough is enough.  Please enter this correspondence into the public record.”

The supervisor’s office passed on the email to the other Town Board members, the town clerk, the town attorney and the Reporter. At Tuesday’s work session, Mr. Dougherty made no statement about Mr. Novak’s request. Mr. Novak did not attend the meeting.