The red districts voted against holding more meetings further east, while the green areas voted for it. (Credit: Paul Squire, Suffolk County district map)
The Suffolk County legislators’ reasons for voting ‘no’ varied: the inconvenience of moving staff, the cost of added mileage or a reluctance to mess with a government they say already works.
But there was one thing universally true for all the legislators who voted against a proposal holding more meetings on the East End: they all represent districts far west of here. (more…)
Southold trustee and bayman Jim King harvests oysters and clams in Mattituck Inlet last year. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)
The East End’s baymen — at least what’s left of them — are getting a hand from local governments, which are trying to open up shellfish beds that were designated as polluted by the state but could actually be quite clean.
Due to a state regulatory agency that’s strapped for time and money, a new agreement from the Suffolk County Legislature and the Peconic Estuary Protection Committee will set up standard practices for the county and East End towns to test their own water under the state’s strict guidelines. (more…)
Three farm workers were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center after they experienced headaches and grogginess from carbon monoxide emitted by a space heater at Wells Farm in Aquebogue Tuesday, fire officials and a farm co-owner said.
The workers were in barn that was being heated by a kerosene space heater when they began feeling ill, said farm co-owner Eric Wells. (more…)
These two baby owls were recused Monday at same house where another owl was saved last week. (Credit: Joseph DiVello)
Baby owls are having a tough time staying in their nest at one Southold property.
Four days after a local real estate agent and animal rescue crews helped a juvenile great horned owl back into its tree after it had fallen, two babies found themselves in a similar situation Sunday. (more…)
A helicopter at East Hampton Airport. (Credit: Kyril Bromley/The East Hampton Press, file)
Battle lines have been drawn by the Town of East Hampton in the war over excessive helicopter noise plaguing East End residents, especially those on the North Fork, Shelter Island and around the airport.
The board has crafted a local law to take control of the town’s airport and put significant restrictions on aircraft traffic.
The draft law, still subject to a public hearing and a vote, was announced at an East Hampton Town Board work session Wednesday and would:
• ban all helicopters on weekends during the summer season; (more…)
It’s been called a pipe dream. A myth. Insanity. Yet it’s been talked about on the East End for over 50 years.
And, it appears, after a brief glimmer of hope for a change in circumstance, the pipe dream is likely to remain just that. (more…)
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)
Police chiefs and other top brass from agencies across the East End met this week to share information with one another on local gang activities during a meeting called by the Suffolk County District Attorney.
The three-hour meeting in Riverside Wednesday follows last month’s gang shooting in a residential area of Southold, after which now five alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete.
That incident, followed by much local and regional media coverage, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End. (more…)
It appears Optimum will be the only cable provided on the East End for awhile. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Is Verizon FiOS coming to the East End?
Short answer: Nope.
“It’s a simple no,” said Verizon spokesperson John Bonomo. “I hate to be blunt, but the answer is no.” (more…)