PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION The candidates for Town board in 2017. Clockwise from lower left, Albert Dickson, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Gary Gerth, Marcus Kaasik and Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams.
It was a relatively quiet campaign season on Shelter Island to fill two Town Board seats and elect a supervisor.
Republican Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, running for reelection, was considered such a shoo-in that she wasn’t even challenged by the Democrats, who put up Albert Dickson, chairman of the town’s Water Advisory Committee, as the only Democrat challenging for the two seats. Councilwoman Chris Lewis announced early on she was retiring, and the GOP put up political newcomer Marcus Kaasik to run. (more…)
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Shelter Island School District Business Leader Tim Laube
On the heels of getting a clean bill of health from the Shelter Island School District’s external auditors came a report from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that its finances are “susceptible to stress.” (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School
In a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday, Shelter Island is among school districts listed as “susceptible to fiscal stress.” (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.
Residents across Long Island whose wallets continue to be squeezed for electricity at a rate higher than nearly anywhere else in the country didn’t need to read a 34-page audit to know that current costs are unsustainable and unacceptable. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board will have less flexibility in raising taxes if a prediction by a state official comes true.
Shelter Island officials aren’t taking too seriously a statement on the tax cap issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Mr. DiNapoli said last week that the original 2 percent cap on annual tax raises by municipal and school districts will be set at 0.73 percent for those municipalities operating on the calendar year for 2016. (more…)