• We’re expecting snow before 2 p.m. today, then snow, freezing rain and sleet between 2 and 4 p.m., then rain, snow, and sleet after 4 p.m., with a high temperature near 35 degrees and an east wind 15 to 20 miles per hour. New snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible. We’re expecting this mess to switch over to all rain after 8 p.m., with the temperature rising to around 40 by 1 a.m. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain before 8 a.m. Wednesday, with clearing skies throughout the day and a high near 44. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
• New York State is closer than it ever has been before this week to radically changing the way health care is paid for here. Manhattan State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried introduced this year’s iteration of the New York Health Act, which would create a single-payer health care system to cover all New Yorkers, on Feb. 8. A coalition of progressive and religious groups, lead by Progressive East End Reformers, held a seminar at Stony Brook Southampton College over the weekend to get at some common questions about the bill. Here’s our full coverage.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss Empire State Development Corporation grant opportunities, an engineering report for the town hall annex, helicopter committee membership and extensions for property tax payments for furloughed federal workers at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board is expected to hold a public hearing on a change of zone application for a property owned by Harold Reeve & Son on the Mattituck Inlet at their 7 p.m. meeting this evening. Their full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss potential nature preserves, beach driving and parking permits, music permits and clean-up requirements for event permits at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Shelter Island Town Board will discuss preschool funding and exempting small sheds from the town building code at their 1 p.m. work session this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will continue its public hearing on banning single use polystyrene containers at its 1 p.m. meeting this afternoon. The full agenda is online here. The board is also expected to vote on whether to buy the blighted Bellaire Cove Motel in Hampton Bays for $1.6 million for community development. That proposal has been controversial, with many community members concerned about the wellbeing of low-income residents who live in the motel, and others concerned about the unsafe living conditions and blight there.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:47 a.m., 3:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:55 a.m., 2:19 p.m.
Greenport: 3:24 a.m., 3:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:01 a.m., 4:38 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:19 a.m., 3:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:46 a.m., 5:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:53 a.m., 5:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:29 a.m., 1:58 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:07 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:44 a.m., 4:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:52 a.m., 3:23 p.m.
Greenport: 4:21 a.m., 4:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:56 a.m., 5:38 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:16 a.m., 4:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:43 a.m., 6:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:50 a.m., 6:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:21 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:30 a.m., 1:05 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.