• We’re expecting a slight chance of rain after 2 p.m. today, mostly cloudy skies and a high near 64 degrees, with light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 miles per hour in the afternoon. Tonight, we’re also expecting a chance of rain, mainly after 9 p.m., with a low around 47 degrees. Friday, we’re expecting a chance of showers before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m., but otherwise it’s expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 73. Saturday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 68, Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 74 and Memorial Day is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 73. The National Weather Service is warning of a risk of rapid fire spread Friday afternoon, when we’re expecting low relative humidity and winds gusting 20 to 30 miles per hour.
• It’s been a busy week in Southampton Town politics. Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst told the Southampton Press yesterday that she will not seek reelection for supervisor this fall, but hopes to run for Congress next year against Congressman Lee Zeldin. Also this week, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman announced he will be running for the Southampton Town Board. Mr. Schneiderman has reached his term limit after six years in the county legislature. Meanwhile, Southampton Coucilwoman Bridget Fleming confirmed late last week that she expects to not run for reelection and instead wage a campaign for Mr. Schneiderman’s seat on the legislature.
• It will likely be several weeks before we hear the results of tissue samples on the turtles that died in Flanders Bay earlier this month, but the pattern of turtle and fish deaths seen there over the past few weeks is consistent with a harmful algae bloom. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Flanders and Riverside communities began a petition yesterday evening to ask the Suffolk County capital budget working group to fund the reconstruction of the Riverside in 2016, as originally planned, instead of in 2018, as proposed in the county executive’s most current budget. They had more than 100 signatures as of early this morning. The petition is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss East End Arts’ Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, to be held this weekend, and the JumpstART! and WaterFire arts projects, as well as the town’s East Lawn and East Avenue buildings at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here. Last night, the Riverhead board voted to hire real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield to market properties at the subdivision at the former Grumman plant at EPCAL.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on several Community Preservation Fund acquisitions 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.