• The New York League of Conservation Voters doesn’t have too much nice to say about Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 budget, unveiled on Tuesday. The budget calls for cutting $45 million from the already cash-strapped DEC and another $40 million from mass transit funding. They also point out that, while the budget includes $90 million in capital improvements for state parks, the parks are suffering from a $1 billion backlog in maintenance that has not been done. The LCV did say they are happy to see a reform in the budget that would extend the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program by 10 years.
• The folks over at Slow Food East End are organizing a bus from the South Fork to their benefit at Kontokosta Winery in Greenport Feb. 23 for North Fork Table & Inn chef & owner Gerry Hayden, who is fighting ALS. If you live on the South Fork but don’t want to drive, contact Peter Garnham at email@example.com for more information. Slow Food is put together a stellar lineup of chefs and jazz to pay tribute to Mr. Hayden. More information here.
• Today is a good cold day to catch an indie film on the South Fork. Today is the last day of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s series of screenings of “The Selfish Giant,” and Guild Hall in East Hampton is holding a free screening of “La Sirga” at 4:30 p.m. as part of their winter film series with the East Hampton Library.
• If you’re not cold enough sitting at home with your heat plasting, have a gander at these surfers out at Ditch Plains shot last February by the folks at Catamaran Mon Tiki in Montauk: