Category | Government

Renovation of Historic Church Building Approved by Sag Harbor ARB

Posted on 07 March 2014

A renovation transforming the former Sag Harbor United Methodist Church into a private residence, including a balcony and reflecting pool, was approved last Thursday night by the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board.

Sagaponack Offers to Share Bridge Renovation Costs

Posted on 05 March 2014

It might not look like much to most people, but the low-slung bridge across Sagg Pond that connects Sagaponack and Bridgehampton is apparently worth a lot to the Sagaponack Village Board.

On February 27, Sagaponack Mayor Donald Louchheim, accompanied by three village board members, told the Southampton Town Board the village would be willing to chip in up to $500,000 to renovate the span—provided the town abandoned plans, proposed by Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, to redesign it meeting federal standards so the town could qualify for a matching grant of a similar amount.

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Treasurer Sues Bridgehampton Fire District for $40 Million in Federal Court

Posted on 05 March 2014

Attorneys for Charles Butler, the longtime treasurer and former secretary of the Bridgehampton Fire District, filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking up to $40 million in damages for what they say was a concerted effort by the district’s fire commissioners to punish him and damage his reputation over his objection to the sale of fire district property.

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Mum’s the Word on Status of North Haven Deer Cull

Posted on 05 March 2014

A veil of silence has fallen over North Haven, where village officials last month gave Mayor Jeffrey Sander the green light to negotiate a contract with a private firm to cull the deer herd.

Reached at home on Wednesday morning, Mr. Sander was decidedly tight-lipped.

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DEC Will Revise Mute Swan Proposal

Posted on 05 March 2014

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it is considering changes to a draft mute swan management plan following public outcry over plans to kill or capture all mute swans in the state by 2025. According to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, over the past five weeks, the DEC has received more than [...]

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Southampton Town Board Says Yes to Political Limits but No to Fleming’s Committee Member Ban

Posted on 26 February 2014

The Southampton Town Board on Tuesday unanimously adopted an amendment to its ethics code that seeks to balance the number of political party members who can serve at any one time on the planning, zoning or conservation boards.

The proposal, introduced by Councilwoman Christine Scalera and Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, just two weeks ago, with the backing of Councilmen Brad Bender and Stan Glinka, replaced a measure long championed by Councilwoman Bridget Fleming that sought to ban members of political party committees from serving on the town’s land-use boards.

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Before Cuts, Sag Harbor Village Mulls 7 Percent Increase in Draft 2014-15 Budget

Posted on 26 February 2014

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees received a draft budget for 2014-15 at its first budget work session on February 19, with department heads requesting an overall 7-percent spending increase over last year. On Tuesday, Mayor Brian Gilbride said he would like to see the spending increase reduced to less than 1.48 percent before the budget is adopted in order to ensure it falls below a state-mandated 2-percent property tax levy cap.

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New York Legislators Call For Two-Year Delay on DEC Plan to Eradicate State’s Mute Swan Population

Posted on 19 February 2014

New York officials have introduced legislation that would impose a two-year delay on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate the state’s mute swan population by 2025.

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Lots of Snow, Little Salt Make for a Long Winter in Sag Harbor

Posted on 19 February 2014

Sag Harbor Village Superintendent of Public Works Dee Yardley said he was more than ready for the February thaw that arrived Tuesday and is expected to last through the weekend—even if it is accompanied by periods of heavy rain.

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Solar Farm Pitched for East Hampton Airport

Posted on 19 February 2014

East Hampton Town will ask PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority to consider East Hampton Airport as the site for a 38-megawatt solar farm that, if approved, could generate more than $1 million a year in revenue for the town.

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