• State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is again hopping mad at PSEG-Long Island, this time over the utility company’s plan to increase the delivery charge on Long Island’s electric bills by nearly 4 percent for the next three years. Mr. Thiele said, when a three-year rate freeze was promised as part of the LIPA Reform Act, PSEG was told to operate the utility better. “We don’t have more money,” he said. “You can’t keep putting your hand in the pocket of the ratepayers. That’s not the answer. The answer is, use the money you have more wisely.”
• The third phase airport noise study at the East Hampton Airport will be presented to the East Hampton Town Board this morning at 10 a.m. Yesterday’s work session was postponed due to the weather.
• Congratulations are in order for Riverhead Navy ROTC Cadet Brianne Corwin, who has received the Navy ROTC Scholarship. Cadet Corwin was hand-picked by Commander David Byrd. She has been very active with Rotary Club, participated in clean-ups at the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, and has helped out at the First Congregational Church of Riverhead. She is also on the school’s golf, tennis and winter track & field teams, as well as a member of the school’s SADD Club, Key Club and the National Honor Society. Cadet Corwin has been accepted to several colleges (Fordham University, Stony Brook University, Pace University, Drexel University, SUNY Binghamton, and others), but is awaiting acceptance from her preferred college, the University of Florida, where she hopes to study Materials Science and Engineering. Brianne was also nominated by former Congressman Tim Bishop and Lt. Col. Peter G. McCarthy (USMC-Retired) to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where her application is under review.
• The fourth quarter of 2014 was on the seller’s market end of the sweet spot between a buyer’s and a seller’s market on the North Fork, while a buoyant stock market sent the high end of the South Fork market soaring. The Beacon’s full report is online here.
• LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is hosting a winter walk led by horticulturist Alex Feleppa on Sat., Feb. 7 at 11 a.m..It’s a great opportunity to see this beautiful and peaceful place in its winter finery. Call 631.329.3568 to reserve your spot. The cost is $10.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.