This Morning’s Bulletin — 7.7.20

Good Morning!

• There’s a 40 percent chance of showers today, with patchy fog before 8 a.m. but otherwise cloudy skies, with a high near 78 degrees and a southeast wind 7 to 10 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 70. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 86 and a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

• Counting has begun for the New York Democratic primaries, and the frontrunners were crowing at the end of the day Monday. In the race to take on Lee Zeldin in the First Congressional District, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming’s campaign reported Monday evening that, with 21,731 ballots now counted, Ms. Fleming leads with 7,542 votes to real estate financier Perry Gershon’s 7,384 votes, with former Stony Brook University chemistry chair Nancy Goroff garnering 6,805 votes. Just over 14,500 ballots were cast in person in that race, with about 35,000 absentee ballots cast, so there is still some counting to go before results are official. Crime Victims Center Executive Director Laura Ahearn, who had the lead on election night, reported Monday that she was in the lead by more than 1,000 votes in the five-way race. Nearly 26,000 ballots were cast in that race.

• Long Island is on track to enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow, which means the size limit on public gatherings will rise from 25 to 50 people. Higher education, low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment, media production and professional sporting events with no spectators can take place in Phase 4.

• Suffolk County reported 43 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours as of Monday afternoon, with 57 people hospitalized (a decrease of six), 14 people in ICU (a decrease of two), one fatality, two new hospital admissions and nine hospital discharges.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss the town’s ongoing response to Covid-19 and hear a report from the town police on the holiday weekend, including citations issued to several Montauk businesses for not adhering to state pandemic rules, along with a presentation about its piping plover stewardship program at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. The teleconference session will be televised online here.

Update: The school district has decided to hold this meeting virtually instead of in person. Residents who wish to submit comments to the Riverhead CSD Board of Education for tonight’s meeting can do so until 7 p.m. tonight through this link The Riverhead Central School District will be holding its meeting this evening in person at 7 p.m. in the Riverhead High School Auditorium. The meeting will be simulcast on YouTube here. The school district is facing unprecedented challenges, including bulging enrollment, a failed school budget vote, the resignation last week of its superintendent, and, like every other district, the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

• Community Action Southold Town will hold a drive-in movie showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the former Peconic Bay Winery on the Main Road this Thursday, July 9 at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and benefit CAST’s food pantry. More details are online here.

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

July 7
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:13 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:21 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
Greenport: 1219 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:16 a.m., 1:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:14 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:41 a.m., 2:12 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:48 a.m., 2:19 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:29 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:38 a.m., 9:52 p.m.

July 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:31 a.m., 1:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:11 p.m.
Greenport: 1:08 a.m., 1:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:02 a.m., 2:34 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:03 a.m., 1:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:30 a.m., 3:02 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:37 a.m., 3:09 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:19 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:28 a.m., 10:40 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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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