• As you probably guessed, all schools on the East End are closed today. We’re expecting a windy morning, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour blowing this snow all around. Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency at 6 p.m. last night due to both the snow and the sub-zero temperatures. It’s currently 12 degrees in Riverhead and the high today is expected to be 18 degrees, but the wind chill will make it feel significantly colder.
• As of 8 a.m. there were still flurries falling and 9.6 inches of snow had fallen on Riverhead, 12.2 inches had fallen on Orient, 13 inches had fallen in Jamesport, 10 inches had accumulated in Hampton Bays and Flanders and 9.5 inches had fallen in Eastport, according to the National Weather Service.
• The 7:30 and 9:15 a.m. ferries out of Orient have been cancelled. The Long Island Railroad is operating on a weekend schedule and all fares are off-peak today. The 7:04 train to Jamaica out of Montauk is delayed leaving Montauk due to the weather. Suffolk County Transit says their buses are running.
• Southold Town offices are opening at 11:30 a.m., Southampton Town and East Hampton Town offices are closed and Riverhead Town Hall is opening at 10 a.m. Most libraries are planning to stay closed today, so call before you go.
Here’s some county government news to distract you from shoveling:
• South Fork County Legislator Jay Schneiderman was named deputy presiding officer of the county legislature earlier this month, the first member of the Independence Party and the first East Ender in a long time to hold a leadership role in the county.
Mr. Schneiderman said in a press release accompanying the announcement that he plans to work on mental health issues, poverty, public transportation, fiscal issues, Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and the environment. Mr. Schneiderman will serve as chairman of the county’s Parks & Recreation Committee.
• The North Fork has a friend in charge of Suffolk County’s Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee. County Legislator Al Krupski, a former Southold Town councilman, was named the chairman of the committee last week. They have jurisdiction over dredging, renewable energy and county road maintenance. Mr. Krupski, a farmer, was also named vice chair of the county’s Environment, Planning and Agricultural Committee.
• We’re hoping the above two announcements will keep The Beacon from having to renew the cause of Peconic County.