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10/25/16 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Town engineer John Cronin and BJ Ianfolla were the panel Sunday at the school auditorium for a public discussion of the referendum on the ballot November8 to alter the Community Preservation Fund.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Town Engineer John Cronin and Town Assessor BJ Ianfolla were the panel Sunday at the school auditorium for a public discussion of the referendum on the ballot November8 to alter the Community Preservation Fund.

Would you take a portion of funds from a wildly successful open space preservation program and use it for water quality improvement projects?

That’s what voters are being asked to approve on a ballot referendum on November 8. (more…)

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04/13/16 11:10am
COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday.

At Tuesday’s Town Board work session the members began the process of drafting a referendum for November’s ballot on improving the Island’s water quality.

The referendum would ask voters to approve or turn down taking up to 20 percent of money going into Shelter Island’s Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for water quality programs. (more…)

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01/20/16 8:16am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

If the town decides to put any money currently earmarked for land preservation into clean water initiatives, there have to be well-researched plans with specifically targeted projects.

That’s according to Councilman Jim Colligan, who brought up the topic at the Town Board work session Tuesday. Mr. Colligan said members of the Shelter Island Association (SIA) meeting Monday evening discussed a new law permitting East End municipalities to take a portion of the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) for use in clean water initiatives. (more…)

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12/31/15 8:00am
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | New legislation could help preserve the East End's surface and ground waters.

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | New legislation could help preserve the East End’s surface and ground waters.

Water quality on the East End became a focus in Albany this year, when legislators and the governor agreed to allow some money once dedicated solely for open space preservation to be used for anti-pollution programs.

A new law, sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) and Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), passed earlier this month, allowing each of the five East End towns permission to allocate up to 20 percent of Community Preservation Fund revenue to water quality protection. (more…)