Education Government Riverhead

Riverhead School Boosters Oppose Comp Plan Provision for Charter School, Environmental Hearing to be Held Next Week

After hearing more than two hours of testimony Monday evening on a final draft of its Comprehensive Plan Update, mostly from residents opposed to a recommendation that would allow private schools in industrial zones, the Riverhead Town Board will accept written comments on the plan through June 10. Town Supervisor Tim Hubbard told the crowd that filled the room that a separate public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for
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Government Riverhead

Riverhead To Hold Final Comp Plan Public Hearing Monday

This coming Monday, May 20, is the last chance the public will have to weigh in in person on Riverhead Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update before it is finalized. The final draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update released April 25, available online here, includes several changes to a draft document released in March.  The Comprehensive Plan Update process began in 2020, and suffered several setbacks during the Covid-19 pandemic that eventually
East Hampton Deputy Mayor Chris Minardi and Mayor Jerry Larsen with supporters of the Skip the Stuff campaign outside the Village Board's Dec. 15 meeting at LTV. |. photo courtesy Surfrider Foundation
East Hampton Environment Government Top Stories

“Skip the Stuff” Movement Gains Momentum

Pictured Above: East Hampton Deputy Mayor Chris Minardi and Mayor Jerry Larsen with supporters of the Skip the Stuff campaign outside the Village Board's Dec. 15, 2023 meeting at LTV. |. photo courtesy Surfrider Foundation With the April 19 passage of an East Hampton Village "Skip the Stuff" law phasing in a requirement for village restaurants to refrain from automatically giving out disposable cutlery and condiments, the Suffolk County Legislature
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Government Southold Top Stories

Southold Accepts Final Environmental Impact Statement on Strongs Yacht Center Boat Storage, Expects Decision This Summer

Pictured Above: Strong's Yacht Center, with the hill where the new boat storage buildings behind the existing buildings, as seen from across Mattituck Inlet. The Southold Town Planning Board unanimously accepted an independent Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that points out numerous flaws in a plan to build two large yacht storage buildings at Strong’s Yacht Center in Mattituck on Monday evening. Board members said they will now forward the FEIS to
The Enclaves resort hotel project in Southold began clearing land in late February, in advance of receiving a building permit, because clearing there was limited to the winter months to protect the seasonal nesting habitat for long-eared bats.
Government Southold

Southold Town Will Not Consider Broad Development Moratorium, Sets June Hearing on Hotel Pause

Pictured Above: The Enclaves resort hotel project in Southold began clearing land in late February. The Southold Town Board has set a public hearing for Tuesday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m. on a proposed 12-month moratorium on hotel, motel and resort development proposals while the town updates its zoning code. The board declined on Tuesday to take up a request earlier this April from the North Fork Civics coalition for a broader
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Government Southold Top Stories

Civic Groups, Group for the East End Join Chorus Advocating for Broad Southold Development Moratorium

"Save What's Left" may be the North Fork Environmental Council's motto, but this week the NFEC is no longer alone in asking the Town of Southold to do just that. The leaders of nearly every civic association on the North Fork, along with the Group for the East End, spoke up at Southold Town Hall Tuesday, April 16, advocating for a broad moratorium on development while the town finishes a
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Government Riverhead Top Stories

Riverside Sewer Plan Inches Forward as Riverhead Threatens Legal Action

Pictured Above: The traffic circle at the center of Riverside. As Riverhead Town considers taking legal action against Southampton Town over its plan to establish a sewer district in the blighted hamlet of Riverside, the Southampton Town Board closed a public hearing that had been open since January on establishing the district Tuesday afternoon, after hearing comment on the proposal on five occasions since the beginning of the year. The
Southold Town Supervisor Al Krupski discussed zoning with residents of New Suffolk at a March 12 forum at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library.
Government Southold Top Stories

As Residents Pack Zoning Meetings in Southold, Town Looks Ahead to Next Steps

Pictured Above: Southold Town Supervisor Al Krupski (center, in blue) discussed zoning with residents of New Suffolk at a March 12 forum at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library. Update, April 10: The Southold Town Board tabled a resolution to hold a May public hearing on the proposed moratorium on applications for hotels and motels at its regular meeting April 9, after hearing concerns from hotel owners who are planning renovations and
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Climate Change East Hampton Energy Government Renewable Energy Top Stories

East Hampton to Draft All Electric Law

Pictured Above: Rewiring America (rewiringamerica.org) is filled with information about all electric houses. East Hampton Town, which is ever-seeking to be at the forefront of the green energy movement, is drafting a new Local Law that would require all electric heating and cooling systems in all new construction and substantial renovations (more than 50 percent) beginning Jan. 1 of 2025. The New York State Legislature passed the All-Electric Buildings Act
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East Hampton Government Top Stories

Appellate Court Rules East Hampton Airport Must Remain Open and Go Through Lengthy Process for Restrictions

The New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, issued two rulings March 27 in the ongoing litigation against East Hampton Town by users of the town's municipally owned airport in Wainscott. The appeals court ruled that East Hampton was not allowed to close its public use airport and reopen it again days later as a "private use" airport, as it attempted to do back in 2022, and ruled that the
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Government News Top Stories

Southold Extends BESS Moratorium, Ends Affordable Housing Buy-Out for Subdivisions

Pictured Above: The proposed Oregon Road site of a BESS facility before public hearings were held early in 2023, before Southold’s BESS moratorium. The Southold Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday, March 26 to approve a 12-month extension of a moratorium on Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), to approve the removal of a longstanding provision allowing developers to 'buy out' of including affordable housing in their subdivision proposals, and to preserve