Red Creek Hampton Bays
Summer in Red Creek.

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 84 degrees and a northwest wind 8 to 14 miles per hour. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 54 degrees. Friday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 84 degrees, Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high near 81 and Sunday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 82 degrees.

• The Riverhead Town Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday evening to pass an ethics bill that would effectively force the town’s Republican Party chairman, Mason Haas, to choose whether to remain as the party head or continue as an elected tax assessor. Board members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio voted against the resolution. Ms. Giglio won the Republican nomination to run for supervisor this fall, ousting incumbent supervisor Sean Walter, who has since strongly backed the ethics proposal. Mr. Walter plans to wage a primary against Ms. Giglio.

• East Hampton Town has appealed a judge’s decision to not allow the town to enforce its rule limiting noisy helicopters to one trip per week to the town’s municipal airport, while the case is being argued in federal court. The town is arguing that the restriction and two curfews, which were allowed to proceed, were intended to work together provide noise relief. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell also announced this week that the state’s base tax increase cap calculation for 2016 will now be .73 percent, less than half of the amount allowed last year, which he predicted would be “a tremendous stress on the town as it gears up to begin the 2016 budget process.”

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss a grant application for Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays, the skyrocketing costs of a proposed pedestrian bridge from Riverside to Riverhead and the Southampton Housing Authority’s business plan at their 10:30 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• Riverhead’s town work session scheduled for this morning has been cancelled.

• The Zoppe Italian Family Circus returns for its annual engagement on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach tonight. The circus stars Nino the clown and features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, and plenty of audience participation. More information is online here.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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