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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
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Hampton Bays Morning Traffic Program Returns

Southampton Town Police and Highway Departments will launch the Canoe Place Traffic Reduction Program on April 1, aimed at addressing the growing traffic congestion in the community.  On weekdays between the hours of 5:30 and 9:30 a.m., the traffic light at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Canoe Place Road will be set to flash, and no left turns will be permitted at that intersection.  Other traffic lane modifications will
Tommy John Schiavoni (left) and outgoing State Assemblyman Fred Thiele.
2024 Elections News

Schiavoni Wins Fred Thiele’s Endorsement

Pictured Above: Tommy John Schiavoni (left) and outgoing State Assemblyman Fred Thiele. Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni has won a vital endorsement in his campaign for the New York State Assembly First District seat held by Assemblyman Fred Thiele for more than 28 years — the endorsement of Fred Thiele himself. Mr. Schiavoni, who shares the hometown of Sag Harbor with Mr. Thiele, announced the endorsement March 18. "The
John Avlon and Nancy Goroff at the March 16 debate at the Jamesport Meeting House.
2024 Elections News Top Stories

Democratic Congressional Hopefuls Offer Contrast in Style

The First Congressional District, which includes the entire East End, may well be in play this election cycle as Democrats attempt to win back the U.S. House of Representatives, and the race for the June 25 Democratic primary for the seat is down to two competitors as the April 4 filing deadline approaches. Nancy Goroff, an organic chemist who had chaired the chemistry department at Stony Brook University, announced her
East Hampton Councilman David Lys, Southampton Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, East Hampton Councilwoman Cate Rogers and Southampton Councilman Michael Iasilli at the March 14 event.
Energy News Renewable Energy Top Stories

South Fork Wind Project Is Powered Up

Pictured Above: East Hampton Councilman David Lys, Southampton Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, East Hampton Councilwoman Cate Rogers and Southampton Councilman Michael Iasilli at the March 14 event. | photo courtesy New York Governor Kathy Hochul's office. Governor Kathy Hochul, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark
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 News Top Stories

Southold Weighs Possibility of Hotel Moratorium

Pictured Above: The controversial Enclaves resort hotel project in Southold began clearing land in late February, after years of concerns raised by Southold residents. The Southold Town Board waded into a discussion Tuesday on whether to propose a moratorium on development of hotels and motels while the town completes its Zoning Update, as the North Fork Environmental Council begged the town to consider a much more sweeping pause on development.
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2024 Elections News

George Santos To Launch Primary To Represent the East End in Congress

Pictured Above: George Santos for Congress campaign photo. If you thought you'd heard the last of expelled GOP Congressman George Santos, you were wrong, and the news is closer to home than you might expect. Santos announced on X Thursday night after President Joe Biden's State of the Union address that he will be running a GOP primary campaign against Congressman Nick LaLota to represent CD1, which includes the entire
David Gallo and Rona Smith at the Feb. 25 forum on affordable housing in Peconic.
Housing News Southold

Housing Proposal in Flux

Pictured Above: David Gallo and Rona Smith at the Feb. 25 forum on affordable housing in Peconic. A public forum that had been slated to discuss a proposed new affordable housing complex in Peconic Feb. 25 underscored the difficulties Southold Town is facing as it attempts to address the ongoing crisis in housing affordability here. In December of 2023, Southold Town agreed to sell five acres of land on Carroll
Construction continued in February on South Fork Wind. |. Ørsted
Business Energy News Renewable Energy

Sunrise & Empire Wind Win New State Contracts

Pictured Above: Construction continued in February on South Fork Wind. |. Ørsted New conditional contracts for the offshore wind farms Sunrise Wind and Empire Wind 1 have been accepted by the New York Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday. The new contracts replace contracts cancelled by the wind farms last year amidst rising construction costs. “I promised to make New York a place for the renewable energy
Community News

North Fork Civics Kick Off Zoning Discussions

The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association will discuss Southold Town’s Zoning Update Project at its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the first of several meetings in the upcoming weeks to discuss the zoning project at civic associations throughout the North Fork. The meeting will be held in the downstairs community room at the Mattituck-Laurel Library. After an overview of zoning by Town Planner Heather Lanza, residents
Education News

New Suffolk School Chooses Southold Ahead of Community Forum, Vote

The New Suffolk Common School, which is holding a March 5 community referendum on sending all of its students out of district to be educated, announced this week that it has reached an agreement to send the students to the Southold School District, where students in the district's upper grades already attend classes. The district is hosting a community forum on the vote to create what's known as a non-instructional