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12/10/15 2:00pm
TIMES REVIEW GRAPHIC BY CHRIS LISNISNSKI | Figures recently released by the Empire Center.

TIMES REVIEW GRAPHIC BY CHRIS LISINSKI | Figures recently released by the Empire Center.

Shelter Island’s town police are paid about 45 percent more than the state average for town police, according to data released this week by the Empire Center, an Albany think tank .

In 2014, the average salary for a Shelter Island Police Department officer was $131,362, substantially higher than the statewide average of $90,554 for a town police department officer, according to the Empire Center’s report. That amount makes Shelter Island’s 10-officer department the highest-paid among the five East End towns. (more…)

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11/24/15 10:00am
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | There are 77 listings on airbnb.com — a few that are legitimately licensed B&B operations, including two that appear in the Shelter Island telephone book.

PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | There are 77 listings on airbnb.com — a few that are legitimately licensed B&B operations, including two that appear in the Shelter Island telephone book.

Officials at the county level are exploring strategies to collect a 3 percent occupancy tax from tourists who rent private homes for brief periods through websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway — and they want those property owners to know they may be legally obligated to tax their guests. (more…)

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10/02/15 12:00pm
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO The Miss Nancy fishing boat moves through Greenport Harbor.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO The Miss Nancy fishing boat moves through Greenport Harbor.

Local commercial fishermen who have had grievances with the state Department of Environmental Conservation — including one Greenport boat captain who was reimbursed over $8,000 two years ago after having his catch taken from his boat in 2011 — may now have some relief thanks to New York’s Inspector General. (more…)

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10/01/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Plum Island.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Plum Island.

Elected officials from Southold Town and Suffolk County joined several advocacy groups Monday to urge a New York State Assembly committee to preserve Plum Island, which the federal government owns and plans to sell.

“I think it is critical that we join forces and fight this ill-advised sale of the island,” said Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell. “We need to do everything we can to keep it the way it is.” (more…)