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Value of Montauk Beach Work Debated

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By Stephen J. Kotz

A new economic analysis by East Hampton Town of a proposed beach stabilization project for downtown Montauk has calculated that the project’s value in total economic benefits would be more than double the amount projected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

First Coastal Consulting Corporation prepared the report at the request of the town and estimated that saving the ocean beach in the downtown Montauk area would be worth an estimated $238.9 million. URS, a consulting form that undertook a similar study for the Army Corps, estimated that the project would provide an estimated $103.9 million in economic benefits.

The finding lends support for Montauk to receive significantly more relief than what the Army Corps has already committed to the hamlet, the town stated in a press release on Monday.

The Army Corps’ latest proposal calls for only half of the Montauk project to be built this fall. A more extensive project is proposed to be built under the greater Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study two years later.

“Without the construction of a feeder beach, the emergency project as currently proposed places Montauk in a vulnerable position,” said Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

Since the economic analysis is key to the Army Corps’ justification for this project, Supervisor Cantwell has urging the Army Corps to build a much more substantial project in Montauk as soon as possible.

Pitching Playground Project

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By Stephen J. Kotz

The North Haven Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday agreed to seek proposals to replace equipment at the village playground.

The board discussed whether the playground should be expanded or remain its current side, but made no final decision. Deputy Mayor Dianne Skilbred and Village Clerk Georgia Welch will continue to seek out various proposals to improve the 20-year-old playground.

The board also passed resolutions improving the village’s annual stormwater management report to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the village’s annual auditing expenditures.

Ms. Welch presented several options of alternative machinery that might be leased to clean village Southampton Town is supposed to provide the equipment on a yearly basis, the clerk said, but North Haven is not scheduled to have its drains cleaned by the town until late August.

The meeting was George Butts’s last as a village trustee; he thanked his fellow board members for their hard work and dedication.

Septic Rebate Law Up for Hearing

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By Stephen J. Kotz

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on a new law that would offer rebates for homeowners replacing aging septic systems when it meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10.

The law would offer rebates for up to half the cost of replacing a septic system that was installed before 1981 and had not been upgraded or repaired since.

In most cases, the rebate would be limited to $2,500, although it would be doubled for alternate sewage disposal systems as defined by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Rebates would be increased if a septic system being replaced  was within 200 feet of any water body.

Last month, Mayor Brian Gilbride noted that the village had set aside $50,000 in next year’s budget to kick-start the program, which would provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

The law will be tweaked to prevent homeowners who are upgrading their septic systems as part of any development project to qualify for the rebate, the mayor said.

A similar law was adopted in Southampton in 2013.

“In the upper cove, we are starting to see issues,” Mr. Gilbride said last month. “We are a waterfront community, and this is something I’d really like to get done.”

Bishop: Unemployment Should be Extended

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Last week, Congressmen Tim Bishop and Steve Israel called on the House Republican leadership to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The two further demanded leadership hold a vote immediately upon the House returning to session in early January.

“It is absolutely unconscionable that the leadership in the House would allow is to adjourn for the holidays while leaving so many families in danger of not being able to keep a roof over their heads or put food on the table,” said Bishop in a press release issued Friday. “The time to deliberate about extending unemployment insurance benefits has long since passed. It is time for us to act, and act swiftly to ensure that Long Island families are protected.”

“As our economy continues to recover from the worst economic downtown since the Great Depression, it’s crucial that we provide those New Yorkers who lost jobs through no fault of their own with the vital relief they deserve as they look for new employment,” said Israel. “It is unconscionable that 1.3 million people around the country are out in the cold especially during the holidays. That is why I’m standing with Rep. Bishop today to call on Congress to immediately extend Federal Unemployment Insurance.”

Without an extension, 1.3 million Americans could lose access to unemployment insurance benefits on December 28. An additional 3.5 million could lose coverage in 2014.