Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Monday that half of the county's buses will be switched out for hybrid buses, paid for mostly by federal and state grants.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Monday that half of the county’s buses will be switched out for hybrid buses, paid for mostly by federal and state grants. 

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers and patchy fog today, mainly before 9 a.m. Skies are expected to clear throughout the day, with a high near 70 and a southwest wind 16 to 20 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 47. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 63, and Thursday we’re expecting increasing clouds, with a high near 59.

• Suffolk County is ditching half its belching diesel buses in favor of new hybrid buses, County Executive Steve Bellone announced Monday. The 70 buses, which are slated to be delivered later this month and into June, will cost about $25.6 million. Ninety percent of that cost will be covered by federal and state grants. The project also includes an upgrade to fareboxes that allows people to pay without exact change and receive a card that can be reused within the bus network with their change on it.

• Maygration, the annual slew of migrating songbirds that pass by our shores, has begun! North Fork Audubon’s Tuesdays with Tom celebrates Maygration every Tuesday this month, beginning today at Inlet Pond County Park at 8 a.m. More details are online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss an update on the fishing industry in town, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recommendations for Coastal Barrier Resource Act Zones, taxi legislation and proposed local laws on outdoor dining and take-out restaurants at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will hold public hearings on plans for upgrades to the town’s water district at its 2 p.m. meeting this afternoon. The board’s full agenda is online here.

• The Ecological Culture Initiative will host a screening of “More Than Honey” at the Hampton Bays Public Library this Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with ECI and Blossom Meadow’s Laura Klahre. More details are online here. [$15]

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

May 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:19 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:27 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
Greenport: 3:56 a.m., 4:34 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:48 a.m., 5:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:51 a.m., 4:29 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:18 a.m., 5:56 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:25 a.m., 6:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:37 a.m., 1:21 p.m.

May 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:27 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:35 a.m., 4:13 p.m.
Greenport: 5:04 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:52 a.m., 6:33 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:59 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:26 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:33 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:37 a.m., 2:20 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

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