Good Morning!

• Today will be partly sunny, with a high temperature near 39 degrees and wind chill values between 20 and 30, with a north wind 11 to 17 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 24. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 49.

• Republicans, who had a wide lead on Election Night, maintained the edge in Suffolk County races after more than 168,000 absentee ballots, which highly favored Democrats, were counted. In the final tally, President Trump received just 252 more votes than President-Elect Joe Biden here. Here are the full details.

Suffolk County reported 748 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Monday, with 6.2 percent of people tested testing positive. The county reported 359 people are currently in Suffolk hospitals, with 57 of them in ICU. The county reported six new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,083.

• In an echo of this spring’s Covid-19 outbreak in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered hospitals on Tuesday to expand their bed capacity by 25 percent and issued a call to all retired doctors and nurses, urging them to return to service if they are able to do so. Here are the details.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hear an update on New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act from Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, stormwater abatement at Georgica Pond and restoration of the Hedges Parson Colonial Cemetery at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.

• The Southampton Town Board has numerous public hearings on its 1 p.m. agenda today, including on requiring a permit to use the town transfer stations, on regulating battery energy storage systems, and on changes to the composition of the town’s ethics board. Here’s the agenda.

• The Accabonac Protection Committee will hold a Zoom forum about shellfish with with Stephen Tettelbach, PhD., Shellfish Ecologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension and John “Barley” Dunne of the East Hampton Town Aquaculture Department this evening at 6 p.m. Here’s the registration page.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

December 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:43 a.m., 3:58 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:51 a.m., 3:06 p.m.
Greenport: 4:20 a.m., 4:35 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:02 a.m., 5:24 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:15 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:42 a.m., 5:57 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:49 a.m., 6:04 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:40 a.m., 2:46 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:49 a.m., 12:55 p.m.

December 9
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:41 a.m., 5 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:49 a.m., 4:08 p.m.
Greenport: 5:18 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:13 a.m., 5:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:40 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:47 a.m., 7:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:37 a.m., 3:47 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:46 a.m., 1:56 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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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