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Trustees Talk Role in the Modern World

Posted on 11 March 2015

About 50 residents and community members gathered at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons on Monday at which representatives of the East Hampton and Southampton Town Trustees discussed their role in modern government.
The Trustees of both towns trace their authority to colonial-era patents and were once the local governing bodies when King James II was on the throne in England. They remain to this day, with a primary focus on protecting the East End’s undeveloped common lands, including beaches and the bottomlands of ponds.

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Battle Lines Are Drawn as Public Hearing Looms on East Hampton Airport

Posted on 11 March 2015

Meeting with local officials from the North and South Forks, newly elected U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin held a press conference on Sunday at Southold Town Hall stressing the need for finding a solution to the helicopter noise issue on the East End.

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Petition Calls on Sag Harbor Village to Stem the Tide of Development

Posted on 11 March 2015

By Stephen J. Kotz A petition drive launched by the civic organization, Save Sag Harbor, which decries over-development in the village and demands local government take steps to control it and protect the village’s historic character, has already been signed by more than 750 people, according to organizers. And they say they are heartened by [...]

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Security Fence Installed at Former Morpurgo Property

Posted on 11 March 2015

People driving down Union Street in Sag Harbor this week may have noticed a new addition to the crumbling Morpurgo House: a chain link fence with a padlock on the gate.

DEC Offers New Mute Swan Management Plan

Posted on 10 March 2015

  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this week released a revised management plan for the state’s population of mute swans. When the DEC proposed a year ago to eradicate the birds from New York by, among other methods, destroying eggs in nests, there was a public outcry against it. The new plan [...]

Southampton Town Embarks on Outreach Campaign in Preparation for Plastic Bag Ban

Posted on 10 March 2015

In preparation for the townwide implementation of a ban on single-use plastic bags by Earth Day, April 22, Southampton Town’s Sustainability Committee has embarked on an outreach campaign to alert local businesses about opportunities to participate in its “We Bag to Differ” public awareness program focused on reminding shoppers to bring their own bags. “Our [...]

Montauk Manor Website Hacked

Posted on 10 March 2015

A group purporting to represent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, hacked the website of the Montauk Manor Hotel this weekend. Instead of the usual images of the iconic resort building high on a hill overlooking Montauk, visitors to the website were greeted by a black background with what appears to be Arabic [...]

Tom Preiato

Posted on 10 March 2015

Sag Harbor Village’s new senior building inspector talks about growing up in Sag Harbor, the pride he takes at working in his hometown and the role of the building inspector in regulating development. By Stephen J. Kotz So, you’re a Sag Harbor native. Tell us a little bit about your background. I grew up in [...]

East End Readies for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Posted on 10 March 2015

Ready or not here comes the opening of the 2015 spring season, which will kick off in traditional Saint Patrick’s Day style this weekend in Westhampton Beach, though recent weather conditions may have contributed to the postponing of its post-parade carnival, according to Tim Laube of the Westhampton Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

Flanders Heating & Air: A Family Business in a Changing World

Posted on 10 March 2015

Doug Matz, President and Owner of Flanders Heating and Air Conditioning, is a third generation heating guy. His grandfather started a heating and air conditioning business in 1948, and passed it down to his father. Mr. Matz worked for the family business for a while before it was sold. Then, after a few years working for someone else, he decided it was time to bring it back to the family.