• The Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport will host a Greenport Village candidate debate next Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. Deputy Mayor George Hubbard, Jr. and business owner Zuleyha Lillis are running for the mayor’s seat to be vacated by David Nyce, while incumbent David Murray, Greenport High School coach Jack Martilotta, businessman Douglas Roberts and retired village utilities director William Swiskey are competing for two village board seats. The debate will be hosted by Southold Local editor Lisa Finn and is open to the public.
• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele reported Wednesday that revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund totalled $8.37 million, a 19.4% increase over January of 2014, pushing the program over the threshold of $1 billion raised for land preservation since 1999. Mr. Thiele noted: “The Community Preservation Fund, in passing the $1 billion mark, has exceeded all expectations its creators envisioned when it was enacted in 1998. The true measure of its success is not the level of revenue, but the more than 10,000 acres that have been protected across the East End.”
• Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell’s sixth annual State of the Town address will be held tonight, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the town hall meeting room. Mr. Russell will inform the public of the town’s accomplishments in 2014 and discuss goals for 2015 and the future. He plans to speak about providing services within the confines of the state tax cap and unfunded mandates, as well as a discussion environmental and planning initiatives, an evaluation of town facilities and assets and capital needs for 2015 and beyond. All are welcome to attend.
• Habitat for Humanity volunteers are beginning work this morning on their first project in Orient on Greenway East. Orient resident Michael Bredemeyer, who works at Orient State Park, has been selected to purchase the home, which he will help to build along with Habitat volunteers. The house will stand on land given to Southold Town by Suffolk County after the prior owner failed to pay property taxes.
• The Riverhead Town Board will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. today to schedule a public hearing for a special permit for East End Hospitality, followed by a work session at 9:45 a.m. On the work session agenda are discussions of highway department needs and the town’s East Lawn building. The work session agenda is online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on a scenic and conservation easement at 5 Rod Highway and on improvements to the Camp Hero Sewer District at their 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. Their full agenda is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.