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Suffolk County Water Authority Reacts to New Federal PFAS Standards

Pictured Above: A SCWA water main being installed in Manorville in 2023. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday, April 10 that it is setting a new, stringent standard for perfluorinated compounds in public drinking water supplies. The compounds, known collectively as PFAS, were frequently used in the 20th Century in household items ranging from fabric protectors to food packaging to cosmetics and non-stick cookware, and are also a primary
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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
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April Editorials: A Call for Creativity

Creativity is a driving force for all progress. New ideas and new ways of seeing the world around us drive innovation and problem-solving. This is not a new concept. If you drive through the historic districts of any East End village, you will see changing styles of construction that reflect the needs and the whimsies of different eras, of different people with different priorities. You’ll also see the work of
Southold Town Supervisor Al Krupski discussed zoning with residents of New Suffolk at a March 12 forum at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library.
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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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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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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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Seeking Harmony Among Religions

Pictured Above: Don Russo (l) and Rabbi Gadi Capela (r) at the model Seder in Greenport The fundamental story behind Easter has its roots in Jesus's Passover Seder that became The Lord's Supper. The Seder, a meal commemorating the Jews' exodus from Egypt, tells a story with power to draw together people of all faiths. This past Wednesday, March 27, about 60 parishioners from many faiths gathered at Greenport's Congregation
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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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Climate Local Now: Gray Cobblestone or Cheaper, Smarter, Greener

The gazebo at Reeves Beach in Riverhead after recent winter storms. |. Tom Shaffery photo by Mark Haubner and Mary Morgan What Are We Thinking? More like, How are we thinking? If you do a quick search of local news sources for ‘Reeves Park Beach Pavilion storm 2024’ you will see a resident’s pictures of what massive amounts of water do to our properties.  The pavilion was constructed at the bottom of
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Making The Case to Congress for National Monument Status for Plum Island

Pictured Above: Save the Sound's Long Island Natural Areas Manager Louise Harrison addressed a congressional subcommittee on March 7 |. Thomas Halaczinsky photo The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard testimony about the importance of preserving Plum Island as a National Monument on March 7 — the first time the proposal has been taken up for consideration by a congressional committee. The future
John Avlon and Nancy Goroff at the March 16 debate at the Jamesport Meeting House.
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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