East Hampton To Halt In-Person Meetings Due to Delta Spread

The East Hampton Town Board and appointed boards (Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Architectural Review Board) will stop holding in-person meetings and shift back to virtual meetings as of Sept. 7, 2021.

Virtual meeting technology (ZOOM) and a call-in public comment number, utilized throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, will be available.

While former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s March 2020 executive order that suspended state law requiring in-person government meetings expired in June, new Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation Sept. 2 extending virtual access to public meetings until Jan. 15, 2022 in an effort to “reduce the need for congregation…while the Delta variant is prevalent.”

“We will revert to virtual meetings which allow full participation by the public without risking further spread of the Delta variant. Hopefully we will soon see a decline in the current spike of Covid-19 in our community”, said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.

Members of the public can view Town Board meetings on LTV Channel 22, on the LTV YouTube channel, and on the LTV livestream at ltveh.org

Callers may provide comments on matters being heard by calling the number available on the live stream, 351.888.6331.

Comments may also be submitted, and will continue to be accepted in writing by the Town Clerk, by email at cbrennan@ehamptonny.gov, or by mail to Town Clerk, 159 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, NY 11937.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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