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05/24/19 11:51am

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Shelter Island Police Department headquarters.

Update: Since this Reporter story was published this morning, Supervisor Gary Gerth notified the Reporter this afternoon that Emory Breiner had resigned his post as Planning Board chairman this week. “He had been acting out of his authority,” Mr. Gerth said.

Below is the original story. (more…)

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11/28/18 10:00am

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The Community Housing Board held a “Builders Roundtable” at Town Hall Monday evening, with Chairwoman Mary-Faith Westervelt, center. At left, builders Jim Olinkiewicz and Chris Fokine.

Town Hall was packed on Tuesday evening with Islanders from all walks of life assembled to listen to what was billed as the Community Housing Board’s “Builders Roundtable.” (more…)

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06/07/16 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd told attendees Friday the Town Board, in considering proportional sizing based on square feet of living space instead of percentage of lot coverage isn’t trying to ‘create a nightmare’ on the Island.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd told attendees at the Friday the Town Board meeting that considering proportional sizing based on square feet of living space instead of percentage of lot coverage isn’t trying to ‘create a nightmare’ on the Island.

At the same time that the Town Board is considering a resolution aimed at limiting the size of structures built on lots, it’s examining a proposal for workforce housing that could allow two connected units to be built on a lot meant for a single house.

That’s how some at Friday’s Town Board meeting characterized what they view as a direct conflict in public policy. (more…)

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02/24/16 10:50am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board in work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

At its work session on Tuesday the Town Board once again turned to the question of regulating the size of houses on Shelter Island.

The discussion ranged from protecting the Island from so-called “Hampton-ization” to the effect regulation would have on tax revenues to the environmental consequences of allowing large residences to continue to be built on the Island.

Councilwoman Chris Lewis noted that she is asked by residents on a regular basis “how long are you people going to let this go before you put a stop to these McMansions?” (more…)