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Sag Harbor’s Wharf Shop Gears Up for the Holiday Season

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Wharf Shop proprietors Nada Barry and Gwen Waddington with some of their unique Christmas items. Michael Heller photo

Wharf Shop proprietors Nada Barry and Gwen Waddington with some of their unique Christmas items. Michael Heller photo

By Emily Weitz

Nada Barry and Gwen Waddington, the mother and daughter team behind The Wharf Shop in Sag Harbor, have a holiday tradition of their own: manning their toy store until the last gift of Christmas is purchased on Christmas Eve. But these ladies start gearing up for the holiday months in advance. While people are still strolling through the store in flip-flops and cover-ups, the staff of The Wharf Shop is at the trade show in New York City, picking out their selection of gift ideas for the holiday season. And while it’s always a bit of a gamble what’s going to be the next “it” gift, The Wharf Shop rests on a foundation of the tried-and-true toys that have brightened children’s eyes for generations.

They were confident that the Frozen storm that swept the world would still be going strong into the holidays, so The Wharf Shop is stocked with specialty items inspired by the Disney movie. But they also thought the new Paddington movie, which was slotted for a November release, would be a big influence on holiday shoppers. When the release was postponed until January, The Wharf Shop found their shelves a little more crowded with Paddington items than they might have otherwise.

But whatever the trends, Ms. Barry and Ms. Waddington, as well as the store’s longtime staff members, want to ensure they provide shoppers with exactly what they want while at the same time, inspiring parents and shoppers by offering toys that have an educational or creative value.

“We curate our inventory,” said Ms. Waddington. “We try to have inventory that is positively educational, that has value for play.”

Some of the most reliable, inspiring toys are some of the simplest. Christmas crackers, which are foil wrapped cylinders with a toy inside, were a tradition when Ms. Barry was growing up in England.

“I don’t think there’s been a Christmas in my life that I didn’t have Christmas crackers,” she said, “and I bring that tradition with me and pass it down.”

They put together a gift basket that includes only toys that have been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. It includes old favorites like the Slinky, the Yo-Yo, and the Frisbee, among other things. Along with the items is a document, written up by Ms. Waddington, that tells the history of each toy.

“The Frisbee,” she explained, “was originally a pie tin from the Frisbee baking company, and college students started throwing them around. That’s how they became a toy, in 1908.”

Tying all of these toys together is a stick, which was inducted into the Hall of Fame as perhaps the most basic and beloved toy of all time.

“The other day,” said Ms. Waddington, “after we put our baskets together, we had kids come in with sticks they had picked up off the street.”

But they are not solely about nostalgia. For all the arguments against plastic and technology in toys, there are also great educational strides that have been taken in the toy industry.

“There are lots of new, innovative toys that have come out,” said Ms. Barry. “A perfect example is this game.”

She brings out “Robot Turtles”, a game that teaches young people how to code. Computer coding is now being taught in school, and this game makes it accessible to even very young children.

The ladies of the Wharf Shop love the holiday season, and not only because it brings a boost to business at the darkest time of year.

“Main Street is so gorgeous and inviting with all the lights and decorations,” said Ms. Waddington with a smile. “And customers are genuinely in a good mood.”

Each year, they pay attention to who the last customer is on Christmas Eve.

“Mom and I close the shop each Christmas Eve around 6 p.m.,” said Ms. Waddington, “and every year we notice who comes in.”

Christmas Eve day feels like a party: they have a buffet for the staff in the back, and even staff members who aren’t working will often stop in to celebrate.

“It’s such a celebration,” said Ms. Barry, “and the atmosphere in the shop is so special.”

What they love about running a small shop in a small village is that they become part of people’s Christmas traditions, and they get to know their customers.

“Every year one customer needs to buy a Christmas mouse,” said Ms. Waddington, “and another always needs a German Christmas ornament. Another woman always picks out ornaments for all her nieces and nephews, and we inscribe them with the names and date. We never want to be an Internet business, because we enjoy interacting with our customers.”

The Wharf Shop is located at 69 Main Street in Sag Harbor and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (631) 725-0420 or visit wharfshop.com.

 

 

Bay Street Theater Announces “Grey Gardens, The Musical” Will Close 2015 MainStage Season

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A film still from the documentary “Grey Gardens” featuring Little Edie Bouvier Beale at her East Hampton home.

A film still from the documentary “Grey Gardens” featuring Little Edie Bouvier Beale at her East Hampton home.

Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater Announced last week it will stage “Grey Gardens,” a musical, as the third production of its 2015 Mainstage Season, which runs May 26 through August 30. “Grey Gardens” will open July 28 and run through August 30, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. According to a press release issued by the theater last week, casting and the creative team will be announced soon.

“Grey Gardens” tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. The play is based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, a cult classic which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 and inspired the HBO film of the same name starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. Set at the Bouvier mansion in the Georgic section of East Hampton, the musical follows a mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to notorious recluses in a crumbling house filled with memories and cats.

“I am very excited we will bring the daring musical ‘Grey Gardens’ to Bay Street this summer,” says Scott Schwartz, Artistic Director for Bay Street Theater. “This is a story set in the heart of the East End and that is woven into the social fabric of our community. What a thrill it will be to see the lives of the Beales unfold onstage just miles from their now infamous home. This musical is entertaining and complex, featuring a terrific score and delicious characters. With this production, Bay Street will continue to share innovative, contemporary musical theater with our audience.”

Tickets to “Grey Gardens” are currently only available through a full subscription to the 2015 Mainstage Season. For more information, visit baystreet.org.

 

East Hampton Wins $250,000 Grant for Coastal Planning

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East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell visits the Napeague-Lazy Point neighborhood with a resident of Mulford Lane, Amagansett earlier this year. In August, the town was awarded a $9.9 million federal grant to purchase a number of properties in Amagansett in order to turn them into protective storm buffers.

The Town of East Hampton was awarded a $250,000 grant by the State on Tuesday to develop a Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan (CARP).

The money from the state will be matched with $250,000 from private and public sources and will develop CARP through a process of gathering and analyzing information and ample public interaction.

“The impacts of climate change and sea-level rise lend ever-greater urgency to coastal resiliency planning,” said Supervisor Larry Cantwell. “This grant will provide the funding to complete a Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan that examines erosion risks, storm vulnerability and natural recovery. I appreciate the cooperation of our Natural Resources and Planning departments, as well as citizens groups such as Concerned Citizens of Montauk for their leadership in helping secure this grant.”

Deputy Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said the plan “will strengthen the resiliency of existing communities in East Hampton, address the needs of future generations and involve broad-based public involvement to develop and implement a community plan.”

East Hampton recently participating in a “Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities” training course at Stony Brook Southampton, hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During the course, there were special sessions on climate science, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning and implementation.

Kim Shaw, the town’s director of natural resources, said that following the training course “we fully expect to immediately integrate climate adaption strategies into our coastal policies, plans and programs.”

East Hampton Town Board Consider Law to Restrict January Bowhunting on Town Parkland

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By Mara Certic 

A possible amendment to East Hampton Town’s hunting regulations attracted comments from hunters, hikers and environmentalists at the town board’s meeting on Thursday, December 4.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has recently extended the bowhunting season, which currently runs from October 1 to December 31, into January. If the season were to be extended, bowhunters and shotgun hunters would be able to hunt side by side during the month of January.

In East Hampton, the town board has jurisdiction over only town-owned parkland, with all other land falling under the purview of the DEC, when it comes to hunting. The amendment to a local law being sponsored by Councilman Fred Overton would prohibit bowhunting on town-owned parkland during the month of January in an effort to prevent the overlap of bow- and shotgun-users while continuing to provide them both with the opportunity to hunt.

Last year’s plan to hire sharpshooters from the United States Department of Agriculture’s wildlife services division to cull the deer population resulted in several “No Cull” rallies organized by Bill Crain, founder of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife.

Mr. Crain spoke up at Thursday’s public hearing, to support the recommendation at hand. “We strongly support this resolution. It will help a lot in avoiding chaos between the archers and those using firearms,” he said.

The East Hampton Group for Wildlife also supports the resolution because it thinks it is one way to limit bowhunting, which Mr. Crain described as “the cruelest form of hunting because the wound rate is so high.”

A bowhunting study compiled by Friends of Animals and Their Environments (FATE) reports the wounding rate for deer at 54 percent.

“Studies indicate that for every deer killed by bowhunters at least one or more is hit and not recovered, compared to deer shot by gun where only one out of 14 shots is not recovered,” the study reads.

Mr. Crain said this was one of the few recommendations made by the Deer Management Advisory Committee that his organization supported, and suggested the board consider involving more members who would be less prone to favor lethal methods.

The advisory committee is made up of members from the East Hampton Town Departments of Land Acquisition and Management, Natural Resources, Planning and the town Nature Preserve Committee. Committee members also include people from the Suffolk County Department of Parks, New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, the Peconic Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, the Village of East Hampton, the Long Island Farm Bureau and the East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance.

“This committee is stacked in favor of those using lethal methods and hunting,” Mr. Crain said.  “It does not represent the full range of opinion of our community,” he added.

“I’ve contacted the board and even appeared personally to try to get the board to include someone from our group, which tries to promote respect for the deer and their wish to live,” he said.

According to Mr. Crain, he and his organization would also support the prohibition of shotgun and bowhunting on weekends.

Rick Whalen, a former town attorney and avid hiker, warned the board that if it extended hunting to include weekends in January, it could alienate the rest of the community who enjoy weekends exploring town parkland. He suggested the town restrict weekend hunting on town-owned parkland.

“If you’re going to allow weekend shotgun hunting, you’re basically going to tell most of the citizenry of the town to stay out of your parks for an entire month of the year. I don’t think you should do that,” he said.

Terry O’Riordan of the East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance said he and his organization’s primary concern is a townwide ecological and environmental balance, and that they support the use of “lethal, historically traditional methods” of maintaining equilibrium between plant and animal species.

He suggested the town revisit the proposal to perhaps allow shotgun hunters exclusivity in the first part of the month, and to then allow archers to join them for the second half of the month.

“Experts have confirmed the rampant damage our grossly overpopulated deer herd has done here to the woods and forests in our towns,” he said.

Robin Laton and Dell Cullum, both of East Hampton, both disagreed with Mr. O’Riordan’s comment, suggesting deer are in fact responsible for very little damage to wood and parkland.

According to Senior Environmental Analyst Andrew Gaites, the town has only just begun to monitor the situation, so it’s difficult to know the extent of the damage.

“A lot of environmentalists can see the damage,” he said, but added that no one has officially recorded such destruction until the town received a grant to begin vegetative monitoring this year.

Mr. Gaites said earlier this year, town workers put in a few fenced-in areas, inaccessible to deer. These “exclosures” will allow analysts to visibly see what impact deer have on vegetation. They have also begun doing counts and measurements of plant species, he said.

For any regulations to be in place for all of shotgun hunting season, the East Hampton Town Board would have to adopt a law in its last regular meeting of the year, on Thursday, December 18.

Analysts Present East Hampton Airport Phase II Noise Study, Discuss Possible Solutions

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Sag Harbor, Noyac and Shelter Island all had very high numbers of complaints about helicopter noise. This map shows where the “hotspots” of complaint density were. Image courtesy of  HMMH. 

By Mara Certic

Much like an earlier report did, the East Hampton Airport Phase II Noise Analysis report confirmed what many of the residents who are affected by noise on both forks have been saying for years: The problem is regional and it is extreme.

After over an hour of public comment from both airport critics and supporters on Tuesday, Ted Baldwin, of the environmental consulting firm Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH), presented the second stage of the independent noise analysis contracted by the East Hampton Town Board, as part of its effort to tackle to long-standing issue of noise pollution from the East Hampton Airport.

The Phase I analysis report, which was prepared by Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, Young Environmental Sciences and the volunteer work of Peter Wadsworth, attracted criticism from the Friends of the East Hampton Airport. One of the main complaints about the first phase of the analysis, which was presented to the board and the public on October 30, was the use of 2013 data, rather than information from this year, which they said was “intentionally misleading” and showed that the study’s results were “hopelessly flawed and unusable.”

Perhaps in order to dispel some of the criticism of the first study, the second phase of the analysis was done using data from November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014. In that period of time, 23,954 aircraft complaints were received and recorded.

“That’s an extraordinary number of complaints,” said Mr. Baldwin, who began his career as a noise officer at Logan International Airport in Boston, he said.

“We never received that level of complaints,” he said, adding the number of complaints logged at Logan has increased, but still amounts to only 1,000 to 1,200 per month.

“So there’s a very good reason we’re meeting here,” he added.

Mr. Baldwin explained the analysis of complaint statistics, including how many times specific households filed complaints. The almost 24,000 complaints came from 633 different households, he said. The top 10 complainers submitted over 400 complaints each, with the highest logging 2,800 throughout the year.

Mr. Baldwin said this was representative of common human behavior, and added that 500 households submitted over 20 complaints over the year.

He also looked at where the complaints came from, and found that the problem “covers the whole East End of Long Island.” Using this information, Mr. Baldwin found that areas where the highest number of helicopter complaints come from are in Sag Harbor, Noyac, North Sea and Shelter Island.

Analyzing complaint data showed that helicopter noise seems to be the real culprit, particularly when there are frequent operations taking place early in the morning and late at night.

Using the program Vector, which records the number of flight operations, Mr. Baldwin found there to have been approximately 26,000 operations during the year. Interestingly, 25 percent of all operations were conducted by 25 specific aircraft—14 of which were helicopters, five of which were single turbopropeller seaplanes, five of which were propeller aircraft and one was a jet.

Vector data also showed the airport’s busy season lasts from May 1 through October 31, and Mr. Baldwin noted that it is not unusual for specific aircraft to conduct several round trips on any given day, particularly helicopters and turboprops on weekends in the high season.

Katie van Heuven, of Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell, the town’s aviation attorney, then explained some of the solutions the town is considering, and some of the ideas that have already been rejected.

“The charge that the town gave us as consultants coming out of the October 30 meeting was two-fold. One, help refine the data into a precise problem statement which Ted has done a terrific job of doing,” she said.

“And two, going back to that list of alternatives,” she said, “how do these eight categories of restrictions line up with the problem,” she added.

The analysts have already deemed certain options unreasonable alternatives. Doing nothing, using fee-based alternatives, residential acquisition, sound insulation and federal restrictions have all been rejected as possible solutions.

After Mr. Baldwin used data to precisely define the problem, legal analysts have found that time-based restrictions may well provide part of a reasonable solution to the growing noise problem on the East End.

They will continue to analyze other options before presenting a complete plan, including a slot system, which could limit flights by time or type, certain voluntary measures and by banning certain types of aircraft.

Many members of the public who spoke during Tuesday morning’s work session suggested that a ban on helicopters was the only way to stop the problem. A North Fork resident named Adam Irving said the newly formed North Fork Helicopter Committee supports a full ban on the aircraft.

Elena Loreto, president of the Noyac Civic Council, echoed that sentiment.

“I’m asking for a total ban on helicopters,” she said. “Please consider being a good neighbor.”

Both the first and second phases of the airport noise analysis are available on the town’s website.

Mass Casualty Drill Held in East Hampton

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Photography by Michael Heller.

An East Hampton Town-wide Multi-Casualty Drill was held at 555 Montauk Highway in Amagansett on Sunday, November 23. The drill was organized by Chief David King of the Springs Fire Department, and the incident was commanded by Assistant Chief Alan Bennett of the Amagansett Fire Department using standard National Incident Management (NIMS) protocol, involving Sag Harbor, Springs, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk fire and ambulance crews, as well as Suffolk County Emergency Services, East Hampton Town Police Department and Suffolk County Aviation Unit personnel. The drill involved three different scenarios which began at 9:00 a.m., and all units were debriefed and back in service by approximately 11:30 a.m.

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Alumni Artists on Display at the Ross School

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"Head in Hand" by Bronwyn Roe, Ross School Class of 2006.

“Head in Hand” by Bronwyn Roe, Ross School Class of 2006.

By Tessa Raebeck

Their artistic pursuits have taken them to coveted galleries, television studios and the country’s best art schools, but, working across mediums and the world, the 19 artists in this month’s Alumni Art Exhibition have one thing in common: they cultivated their creativity at the Ross School.

The exhibition highlights alumni artists working in cinematography, design, photography and more, who have graduated from the high school in the last 13 years. Keith Skretch, who designs video for live performance and installation in New York and Los Angeles, graduated in 2001, while Zac Wan of the class of 2014 is currently studying as a freshman at the School of Visual Arts.

The show features the work of 19 former Ross students at different points in their careers. New York University film major Noah Engel, ’11, and Sara Salaway, ’11, who studies photography at Bennington College, are still in the midst of their studies, while Andrina Smith, ’03, works as an actor, playwright and singer.

Despite being just over a year out of high school, the class of 2013 is well represented in the show; Aiyana Jaffe, a photographer studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, Riko Kawahara, who is studying graphic design at the Pratt Institute, and Alia Knowlan, a Savannah College of Art and Design student, are all participating.

While many of the artists returned to the East End for the show, others have forged their careers in the local community. An MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon, Tucker Marder also works locally as an artist, curator and director. Most recently, he presented an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Galápagos” at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, a sold-out performance he co-directed with fellow Ross alum Christian Scheider.

John Messinger, ’02, has also managed to build his career in his hometown. The photographer and artist has shown locally at Guild Hall, the Romany Kramoris Gallery and the Watermill Center, as well as nationally, and will have his first one-man show in New York City this fall.

Filmmaker and cartoonist Dan Roe, ’04, is a media studies teacher at Ross. His latest film, “Weenie,” premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October and will be playing at Cinema Club next month.

“At Ross, you are always given the chance to pursue what interests you,” said Mr. Roe, who will show his cartoons in the exhibit. “For me, I was able to work on countless video projects and draw cartoons all the time…. This kind of project-based learning allows students to integrate what they love and what they’re good at into their learning and not only is that fun and empowering, it also fosters a stronger engagement with the material of a given class.”

Aiyana Jaffe, Ross School Class of 2013, with her untitled piece.

Aiyana Jaffe, Ross School Class of 2013, with her untitled piece.

“It’s not simply art-infused, but fully integrated,” he added of the Ross curriculum. “This means, in a nutshell, that all domains… all fold in on one another and there is no clear division between them. What you get, when all is said and done, is an ingrained understanding of human activity as a complex, with every idea, invention, change, work of art inextricably linked to everything that goes on around it. On the most basic level, this has helped me in applying the approaches I used in filmmaking to making cartoons and vice versa.”

Photographer Alexandra Strada, ’06, Molly Weiss, ’06, MFA candidate at Columbia, independent artist and curator and cinematographer Hunter Herrick, ’03, Skidmore College senior Julian Mardoyan-Smyth, ’08, photographer Kate Petrone, ’05, SUNY Purchase graduate and Ross School house parent Ryan Duff, ’04, painter and visual artist Bronwyn Roe, ’06, and portrait artist Clarisa Skretch, ’04, will also display their work in the show, which is on display through December 18, at the Ross School Gallery, located at 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton.

A Bumper Scallop Season is Celebrated

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George Merritt, Wayne Fenelon and Jim Bennett shuck scallops at  Dan Lester’s facility in Amagansett on Monday. Photo by Michael Heller.

By Stephen J. Kotz

East End baymen and diners alike have grown accustomed to scallop seasons that begin with a bang but end with whimper in a matter of days. But this year has been different, with an abundance of the tasty shellfish being harvested from the bays and finding their way to local tables.

“So far, they have been pretty plentiful,” said Charlotte Sasso, an owner of Stuart’s Seafood Shop in Amagansett. “They are reasonably priced for the customer and the fishermen are getting rewarded for their hard work.”

The scallop season opened November 3 in New York State waters and on November 10 in town waters.

“A week after town waters opened, we’re still receiving 200 to 300 pounds a day,” Ms. Sasso said this week, adding that she was optimistic there would still be scallops available well into winter this year.

Danny Lester, 41, an Amagansett bayman who has spent a lifetime on the water, concurred. Even with increased competition from part-time commercial baymen and recreational scallopers, “who have come out of the woodwork because it’s a good season, there is stuff all over the place,” he said. “You can still go out, put your time in and get your limit.”

Mr. Lester said he was confident that he and his brother, Paul Lester, with whom he works most days, would be scalloping well into January. “You might not get your limit, but if you get six or seven bags, it’s still a good day’s pay,” he said. The season closes on March 31, although in practice it has not lasted that long in decades.

Commercial license holders can take five bushels a day, while recreational permit holders are limited to a single bushel.

Make no mistake about it, even when they are plentiful, scallops are not cheap. They have been selling for $20 to $23 per pound in East End seafood shops early in the season, but as the supply begins to decline, Mr. Lester said he expects prices to rise.

“The price is less than they started out at last year when they were about $30 a pound and averaged $25 to $30 during the course of their availability,” added Ms. Sasso.

A year ago, early prospects for a successful scallop season were dashed when rust tide spread through East End waters in the summer, killing all manner of shellfish. Mr. Lester said believed “the cold winter last year helped, but we did not have the rust tide like they had the last couple of years.”

He said there were a large number of bug scallops, which, barring a return of harmful tides next year, bode well for another successful season.

Since 2008, East Hampton Town’s Shellfish Hatchery has been growing scallops and seeding them into sanctuaries in Napeague and Three Mile harbors, according to  John “Barley” Dunne, the hatchery’s director, who said “some credit has to be given to restoring the shellfish beds” for the successful season in East Hampton. “Next year, we are hoping to expand into other harbors in town and that this bounty will occur in those harbors as well.”

But he added the revival may be more cyclical in nature.  “There’s been a good scallop harvest on other parts of the island,” he said, adding baymen were having good luck in Southampton Town and even as far north as Martha’s Vineyard.

Like Mr. Lester, he agreed the lack of harmful algae blooms also helped this year’s set thrive. “The one we worry about is the rust tide,” he said. Although the rust tide affected waters in parts of Southampton last summer, East Hampton was largely been sparred.

Kevin McAllister, the director of Defend H2O, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting water quality, said he was skeptical that this season’s rebound will last.

“We haven’t remotely turned the corner. We’ve got big challenges ahead of us,” he said of water quality issues. “As far as a modestly good scallop season, let’s hold the applause here and see if five or six years follow or if this is just a blip.”

If the East End wants to restore its fisheries, it will have to do much to reverse long-term trends in water quality degradation, according to Mr. McAllister.

Mr. Lester sounded a note of caution of another sort. He pointed out that commercial baymen are required to obtain separate permits for their shucking sheds that must have running water, refrigeration and be inspected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to make sure the shellfish are not tainted.

“There are some people who are selling scallops for cheap,” he said. “But if you are buying them you might be getting them from someone who is opening them on the tailgate of his truck.”

East Hampton, Southampton Town Budgets Due

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The weeks of discussions and negotiations over annual budgets are coming to an end on Thursday, November 20, when the town boards of East Hampton and Southampton will be required by state late to adopt their 2015 operating budgets.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell has proposed a $71.5 million budget, which will require a 3.2-percent tax rate increase for those who live within East Hampton Village and a 2-percent tax rate increase for those residing outside of it.

This translates to a $14.32 increase for a house valued at $550,000 outside the village and $23.08 for one within the village boundaries.

Still, East Hampton’s preliminary budget is more than $300,000 below the state-mandated tax levy cap. Although some have criticized the high revenue estimates in the budget, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reviewed the preliminary budget earlier this month and deemed the revenue and expenditure projections in the tentative budget as reasonable.

In Southampton Town, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has presented yet another budget with a zero percent tax levy increase. Her $88.5 million budget includes money to hire six new police officers over two years.

The board has been under pressure from the Southampton Town Trustees and the Highway Department to include more money in their budget lines.

Each town included $100,000 in their budgets for their wastewater management plans and $25,000 each for the South Fork Behavioral Health Care Initiative.

The Southampton Town Board will adopt its budget when it meets at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, November 20. The East Hampton Town Board is scheduled to adopt its budget at its regular meeting tonight at 6:30.

East End Funding in County Budget

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Suffolk County’s proposed $2.89 billion operating budget will including funding for a number of East End initiatives, according to County Legislator Jay Schneiderman.

Among other things, the budget includes additional money for East End police departments, funding for an East End teen suicide prevention program, and new positions to improve water quality and respond to the Lyme disease epidemic.

An additional $3 million from county sales tax revenue will be earmarked over the next three years for East End municipalities that have their own police departments. A disproportionate amount of sales tax has always gone to the Suffolk County Police Department, which only serves western towns, according to Mr. Schneiderman, who has lobbied for a greater contribution to East End departments since joining the legislature.

Legislator Schneiderman said he was able to secure $50,000 for a South Fork teen suicide prevention program that will also receive funding from Southampton and East Hampton towns as well as several local school districts. The program will be administered by a new mental health consortium formed by the Family Service League in conjunction with Southampton and Stony Brook hospitals.

The county budget also includes $500,000 to expand Sunday bus service to additional routes and for longer hours into the evening. Previously, only about 20 percent of bus routes had Sunday service.

Mr. Schneiderman said in a press release that he was also able to secure additional funding to add positions, so the county can take more water samples and investigate ground water contamination. He also said he secured funding for an entomologist to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce Lyme and other tick-borne illness in the county.

The adopted budget will now go back to County Executive Bellone who will have the opportunity to veto any amendments made to his originally proposed $2.89 billion budget.