Shinnecock, Sunday
Shinnecock, Sunday

Good Morning!

• Suffolk County’s new Tick Control Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow, July 30, at the Riverhead County Center. This group, which is separate from the county’s Tick and Vector-Borne Disease Task Force, is charged with advising the county’s Vector Control office on tick issues. Vector Control currently deals primarily with mosquito control. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss a potential Main Road historic district and a meeting on helicopter noise at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. Their evening meeting is at 7:30 p.m. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.

• The first six months of revenue from the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund this year totaled $45.76 million, up from $43.87 million in the same period last year, an increase of just 4.3 percent. The North Fork posted the biggest rebound year-over-year. The biggest jump in revenue came from Riverhead, which saw a 68.9 percent increase, bringing in $1.79 million in the first six months, followed  by Southold, whose revenue increased 30.8 percent to $2.21 million. Southampton brought in $26.79 million, a 4.6 percent increase, while East Hampton brought in $13.87 million, a 3.2 percent decrease. Shelter Island brought in just $1.1 million, a 5.2 percent decrease.

• PSEG Long Island has scheduled a public hearing on the much-derided East Hampton Village to Amagansett transmission line project. Earlier this year, the utility company began installing a series of tall poles that wind through a series of back roads in residential neighborhoods, in an attempt to fortify the grid. The hearing is set for Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.

• The Suffolk County Legislature is hosting a public hearing this morning on a plan to return $33 million the county borrowed from its Drinking Water Protection Program and to put safeguards in place to keep the fund from being used for other purposes again. The hearing will be held at the legislature’s Hauppauge headquarters on Veterans Memorial Highway at 9:30 a.m. or relatively soon thereafter. The water protection program is funded through a 1/4 cent sales tax originally approved by voters in a 1987 referendum.

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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