• Today will be sunny, with a high near 39 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a west wind 5 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting a low tonight around 15 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high near 43 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20, and Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
• Jay Schneiderman pledged collaboration with the town board and the Shinnecock Nation and shared plans to focus on water quality, traffic, affordable housing and economic revitalization at his swearing-in as Southampton Town Supervisor Tuesday afternoon. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Liam Robert Ramnarine was Peconic Bay Medical Center’s first baby of 2016. Born January 1 at 10:04 a.m., he weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces and 18 ½ inches long to parents Maegan & Chris Ramnarine. Happy New Year, baby! Welcome to this big crazy world!
• Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said at Tuesday’s Riverhead Town Board meeting that the town is planning to embark on a corridor study of Route 25 from Route 105 to the town line in Laurel, after concern from many Jamesport residents about impending development along that stretch of road. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• While it’s been pretty chilly this week alongside the Peconic Bay, this is a great time of year to daydream about a summer full of boating. The 111th annual New York Boat Show begins today. Read about what’s happening at the boat show in The Peconic Bathtub here.
• Governor Andrew Cuomo has just announced his plan to expand the New York State Environmental Protection Fund budget to $300 million (up a whopping $123 million from last year) in his new state budget later this month, and environmentalists and state lawmakers all over the East End are excited. The money can be used for projects ranging from preserving land to fighting invasive species and reviving waterfronts, and Mr. Cuomo also announced he plans to work to connect 10,000 Suffolk County homes to advanced nitrogen-removal wastewater systems. State Assemblyman Fred Thiele said it all in these remarks:
“Today’s announcement makes it clear that New York State values its environmental resources. I thank the governor for listening to those of us who have been fighting for this increase for many years. This funding will set New York State back on the right path to protecting and restoring our valuable natural resources and economic prosperity.”
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.