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Editorial: Zoning & You

Pictured Above: Mattituck residents laid out their priorities at a Feb. 26 forum on zoning in Southold Town. South Fork advocates against overdevelopment are right to warn that we are quickly becoming “Levittown by the Sea,” with a few big differences — the homes being built here are on a scale that would never fit in Levittown, people of modest means can’t afford to live in them, and, in fact,
The future site of "The Enclaves" in Southold
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February Editorials: “Up West” is Now Out Here

Pictured Above: The future site of "The Enclaves" in Southold We’re shocked, but not surprised to see the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency dismiss the concerns raised by numerous Southold residents over the tax breaks awarded in January to the resort hotel known as The Enclaves, which will likely soon begin construction. The brusque manner in which the IDA disregarded the mountain of public opposition to the project is sadly
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Editorial: Moving Beyond Carbon: Let’s All Make A Plan

One decade ago, when Southampton Town was trying to adopt its 400+ Sustainability Plan, we remember hearing again and again from a chorus of naysayers who thought the plan was a United Nations plot to curtail individual rights. We’ve been heartened over the past month by the comments we’ve heard from people who’ve been critical of Southampton’s new Climate Action Plan — not because we don’t believe time is of the
Palestinians inspect the ruins of Aklouk Tower destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on October 8, 2023. . Palestinian News & Information Agency (Wafa) in contract with APAimages Via Wikimedia Commons
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Letter: Join People of Conscience in Supporting Gaza Cease Fire

Pictured Above: Palestinians inspect the ruins of Aklouk Tower destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on October 8, 2023. |. Palestinian News & Information Agency in contract with APAimages Via Wikimedia Commons To the editor: Every Sunday at 3 p.m. for the last several weeks, a community gathering of people of conscience has met at the windmill on the wharf in Sag Harbor. The group firmly rejects US support
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Editorial: Let’s Do Housing Right

Pictured Above: The Cottages in Mattituck, a 22-unit community of affordably owned homes often held up as a model of a successful North Fork housing development. We started 2023 filled with optimism about the East End’s ability to make progress on finding attainable housing for people who have long been vital members of our community. Each of the East End towns that had put up a referendum creating a Community
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Editorial: Listen to the ‘Leftovers’

As longtime inhabitants of the East End, we have seen a bunch of changes happen here. We have seen big stretches of woods in East Hampton change into monstrous mansions. We have seen Montauk go from being THE END to being “The Beginning.” We have seen Greenport change from a sleepy little village where everybody had electric heat because it was cheaper than oil to a downtown destination that mirrors
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Letter: Gas Wins as Wind Loses Before Public Service Commission

Pictured Above: Wind turbines for Ørsted and Eversource's South Fork Wind are being prepared in New London, Conn. this week to be installed 30 miles off of Montauk. The companies' larger Sunrise Wind projects, expected to be adjacent to South Fork Wind, were among four projects contracted by NYSERDA that had asked the Public Service Commission for inflation adjustments. | photo courtesy Ørsted To the Editor: We East Enders are
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Letter: Policy Changes in Greenport Should Be For Now and For Our Future

To the Editor, I attended a Greenport Village Board work session on Oct. 10, presumably the last of six extended public sessions, to hear feedback about changes to Chapter 150, "Zoning." Several business owners, and the Business Improvement District, have publicly zeroed in on proposed parking regulations and fees, as well as changes in post-disaster building reconstruction guidelines.  I have not spoken at the sessions because I'm of mixed minds,
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Editorial: Natural Places Enrich All Of Our Lives

This September was a banner season for migrating monarchs. When we spotted our first batch swooping through the hedges surrounding a lush estate down a back road in Cutchogue, just blocks from the Peconic Bay, it felt like an anomaly, perhaps a luxury. It must be nice to have the acreage to provide refuge for all the earth’s creatures. But then we were startled to see the butterflies, battered by
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Editorial: Transparency is a Must at EPCAL

The debacle that is Riverhead’s fire-sale contract to sell 1,643 acres of land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton was on full public view throughout the month of August, and make no mistake, the people of Riverhead are paying close attention to every nuance of this deal.  This project will likely have an impact on the entire East End community, and we all need to be paying attention.  The $40
The site where Riverhead plans to build a new town square, across Main Street from the Suffolk Theater
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Letter: Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force Serves All

August 23, 2023   To Riverhead Town Councilman Kenneth Rothwell  Dear Mr. Rothwell, It would be a disappointment to have any elected official criticize or devalue the Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force members and the work we do to promote and protect our community, but it is more disturbing that our own liaison would publicly state plans to 'overhaul' the ABTF without first privately having a discussion with us. It is a