Editorial Opinion Top Stories

Editorial: We All Have a Role to Play in Denitrifying the Bays

As last year’s barrage of toxic tides made clear, the bays and estuaries that surround Eastern Long Island are facing multiple challenges, from all angles. Some of those challenges, like warming and acidifying waters, are global trends that are beyond our ability to address directly. But scientists have proven, again and again, that nitrogen leaching from Suffolk County’s aging on-site cesspools is the nutrient that is intensifying these algae blooms,
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Environment Top Stories

A Bad Year for Algae Blooms has Scientists Wondering: “Where’s The Tipping Point?”

Pictured Above: The Gobler Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy's overview of trouble spots in Long Island waters last year. Toxic algal blooms were widespread on Long Island in 2023, and strains of algae and bacteria not seen before here began to make headway in local waters, according to Stony Brook ecologist Dr. Christopher Gobler, who gave his annual State of the Bays address at Stony Brook Southampton April 3. The
Construction began Aug. 17, 2022 on the Three Mile Harbor housing complex, a $33 million development by Georgica Green Ventures and the East Hampton Housing Authority that is designed to bring 50 new energy-efficient rental apartments to East Hampton.
East Hampton Housing Top Stories

East Hampton Shares Plans for Housing Fund Money

Pictured Above: At the 2022 groundbreaking on the Three Mile Harbor housing complex, a $33 million development by Georgica Green Ventures and the East Hampton Housing Authority that is designed to bring 50 new energy-efficient rental apartments to East Hampton. The Town's Community Housing Fund could be used to help pay for similar projects. East Hampton Town now has $4.2 million in its Community Housing Fund, and over the next
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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
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Editorial Opinion Top Stories

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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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
Community Greenport Religion Top Stories

Seeking Harmony Among Religions

Pictured Above: Dr. 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
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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