Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 74 degrees and a northeast wind around 7 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 57. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 75 and Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 76.

• For the first time in decades, there’s a competitive race on for the New York State Senate seat to be vacated this year by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, who announced in January he will be stepping down after 43 years holding the office. Read our coverage of the latest debate between the five candidates running for the Democratic nomination in a June 23 primary.

• New York State will again allow hospitals to let visitors in to visit patients, at the hospital’s discretion and subject to temperature and symptom checks, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Mr. Cuomo also said group homes can begin accepting visitors again, at their discretion, this Friday. Also on the reopening front, Southampton Town playgrounds and skate parks are expected to open tomorrow, subject to the usual coronavirus safety precautions.

• “Plum Island is part of an important coastal ecosystem, and we need to know what’s in the waters around the island in order to protect it,” says Matt Schlesinger, chief zoologist with the New York Natural Heritage Program, which is surveying the waters off the island off of Orient Point. Read more in The Peconic Bathtub.

• The North Fork Environmental Council and the North Fork Audubon Society are co-hosting a virtual workshop on “Local and Sustainable Agriculture on the North Fork” this evening at 6:30 p.m. To receive a registration link, email

• Suffolk County saw 46 new positive cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, said County Executive Steve Bellone in his Tuesday afternoon briefing, with 121 people hospitalized with Covid-19, a decline of six, and 38 people in ICU, unchanged from yesterday. Eight people were released from the hospital and two more died, bringing the county’s total Covid death toll to 1,957.

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

June 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:02 a.m., 8:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:10 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
Greenport: 8:39 a.m., 8:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:29 a.m., 9:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:34 a.m., 8:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:01 a.m., 10:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:08 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:55 a.m., 7:20 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:04 a.m., 5:29 p.m.

June 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:46 a.m., 9:01 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:54 a.m., 8:09 p.m.
Greenport: 9:23 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:16 a.m., 10:24 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:18 a.m., 9:33 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:45 a.m., 11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:52 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:45 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:54 a.m., 6:11 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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