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03/18/19 4:30pm

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Life is ever changing. And the Island is changing — in some ways for the better, but in other ways, long-time residents would be quick to say, for the worse.

Ride along Route 114 heading south from North Ferry, and while the initial impression is positive, as you head up past Piccozzi’s gas station and continue south, it’s not long before you encounter views that Supervisor Gary Gerth and his predecessor, Jim Dougherty, have characterized as less than appealing. Mr. Dougherty, when he was in office, said the main thoroughfare of the Island had become “an eyesore.” (more…)

10/20/17 4:30pm
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

Cruising the Island at 30 miles an hour was Police Chief Jim Read’s idea, not Codger’s.

At a recent Town Board meeting, after the chief presented the results of 14 years of traffic studies on New York Avenue and St. Mary’s Road, Councilwoman Chris Lewis asked about lowering speed limits.

Chief Read suggested that concerned residents might “drive around at 30, get a feel for it.” (more…)

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08/28/17 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Craig Wood addressing the Town Board Friday on proposed site plan review legislation.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Craig Wood addressing the Town Board Friday on proposed site plan review legislation.

At a public hearing Friday on proposed legislation to set up a site plan review process for commercial businesses, only one resident questioned the Town Board on proceeding. But it was enough for the board to leave the hearing open for written comments only for three weeks as the board weighs its decision. (more…)

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12/27/16 11:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Short-term rentals, many of them booked through online services, consumed much of the Town Board's time in 2016

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Short-term rentals, many of them booked through online services, consumed much of the Town Board’s time in 2016

The Town Board meets almost every Tuesday of the year in work sessions and presides over regular meetings about twice a month, taking on issues for discussion and drafting and voting on new legislation.

In 2016, the board aired concerns on, among other topics, preservation of the Island’s heritage and site plan review for new commercial ventures; crafted a budget for 2017; looked into the need — or not — of allocating extra funds for road paving; and discussed the short-term rental situation that consumed the board’s time and energy from early June and is still unresolved. (more…)