Category | Government

Congressman Bishop Introduces Bill to Protect Children from E-Cigarette Marketing

Posted on 02 April 2014

Late last week, U.S. Representatives Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Tim Bishop introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the advertising of e-cigarettes to children. Currently, e-cigarettes are unregulated. According to the bill, manufacturers are targeting children and teens through [...]

Wildlife Service Announces Beach Closures at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge

Posted on 26 March 2014

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, will temporarily close most of Jessup’s Neck peninsula on the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyac to protect nesting shorebirds, the agency announced Wednesday morning. In addition, the beach area above the mean high tide line at the Amagansett refuge in [...]

Thiele Proposes Larger Penalties for Code Violations

Posted on 26 March 2014

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. is co-sponsoring legislation with State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski of Rockland County that would increase the penalties for building code violations when the condition is deemed an imminent threat to the safety and welfare of the building’s occupants by the local government. The bill provides for graduated penalties [...]

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Aquaponic Farm Approved at Page Restaurant

Posted on 26 March 2014

The Sag Harbor Planning Board approved improvements at 63 Main Street Tuesday night that will allow the building’s owner, Gerard Wawryk, to construct an aquaponic farm facility on the second floor that will grow fresh vegetables for the first floor restaurant, Page @ 63 Main. Aquaponic farming combines hydroponics and aquaculture. Plants are cultivated in [...]

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State Officials: Replacing Historic Materials Last Resort

Posted on 25 March 2014

“Retain, Repair, Replace” is the mantra used by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation when it comes to materials and features on historic residences and commercial structures, and in historic districts like Sag Harbor Village. After meeting with Julian Adams, the director of that office’s bureau of community preservation services, on Monday the village’s Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board will likely consider adopting a similar mantra, and may consider changing its rules to allow more leniency in specific cases where homeowners or businesses ask to use materials like aluminum clad windows or composite siding.

Personnel Salaries Capped in 2014-15 Sag Harbor Village Budget

Posted on 25 March 2014

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees unveiled a tentative budget on March 19, highlighted by $91,040 in cuts made from a previous draft of the 2014-15 spending plan, primarily through the reduction of full-time salary increases across several departments.

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East Hampton Touts Bond Sale Success

Posted on 19 March 2014

Richard Tortora, president of Capital Markets Advisors LLC, the Town of East Hampton’s financial advisor, said this week that his firm was “delighted” to report that a bond offering made by the town on Monday attracted an extraordinary amount of investor interest. Eleven different banks and securities firms bid on the town’s $14.51 million in [...]

Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund Revenues Up 54-Percent in February

Posted on 19 March 2014

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced this week that revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund produced $7.60 million in revenue for the five East End towns for February 2014, compared with $4.92 million in 2013, a 54.5-percent increase. In 2014, a total of $14.61 million has been raised so far, which is a [...]

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Southampton Town Pays Off Retirement Debt

Posted on 19 March 2014

The Southampton Town Board on March 11 unanimously adopted a resolution that authorized the payment of nearly $2.55 million of the town’s outstanding debt to the New York State pension system. In recent years, many municipalities have struggled to meet annual pension contributions required by the state Comptroller’s Office. In general, public pension funds, including [...]

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Senator LaValle Requests Nominations for “Woman of Distinction”

Posted on 19 March 2014

New York State Senator Ken P. LaValle is requesting nominations for a woman to be recognized as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Residents of the 1st Senate District have been encouraged to nominate friends, spouses, coworkers and neighborhood leaders who have performed outstanding work on behalf of their communities. “This program provides [...]

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