• The Suffolk County Legislature voted Tuesday to ban the sale of dogs from puppy mills, a bill sponsored by South Fork Legislator Jay Schneiderman. The new law prohibits pet stores from selling pets from breeders who have received violations from the USDA in the past two years, or who have not made their facilities available for USDA inspection. The new law also requires pet stores to provide information on the pet’s origin to new owners, and require that puppies sold in stores be at least eight weeks old.
• East Hampton Town received 475 complaints from residents underneath the approach to the East Hampton Town Airport over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, up from 248 complaints the same weekend last year, more than half of which were due to helicopter traffic, according to Airport Manager Jim Brundige, who presented the statistics to the East Hampton Town Board at their work session Tuesday. The airport saw a 20 percent increase in traffic over the same weekend last year, though Mr. Brundige said that may have been because the weather was much better this year than last. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• An overflow crowd packed Southold Town Hall Monday night for a public hearing on a controversial new proposal for the waterfront in New Suffolk. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Tuesday morning, Congressman Tim Bishop and executives from the Cross Sound Ferry announced that the ferry service has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program to rehabilitate 270 feet of bulkhead at the ferry dock, ensuring uninterrupted operation of service to more than 1.1 million passengers each year. “The terminal at Cross Sound Ferry is an important link for those from eastern Long Island who are traveling to New England,” said Congressman Bishop in a press release issued Tuesday. “We need to ensure that this mode of transportation remains available and that the conditions at the facility are in the best condition possible to protect the safety of those who utilize its services.”
• Suffolk County has activated its West Nile Virus hotline for the season, as part of a continuing effort to detect and prevent the spread of West Nile virus in the county. West Nile virus infects birds and is spread to humans by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and then humans. Residents are encouraged to report sightings of dead birds such as crows, blue jays and hawks, which may have been infected with the virus, to the Department of Health Services’ Public Health Hotline at 631.787.2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hotline will remain active until Labor Day.
• Southold Town’s series of hamlet meetings on the land use chapter of their ongoing comprehensive plan update continues this Thursday, June 5 at the Cutchogue East Elementary School on Route 25 in Cutchogue. Two more sessions will be held, on June 14 at 10 a.m. at Poquatuck Hall in Orient and on June 28 at 10 a.m. at the New Suffolk School.