This Morning’s Bulletin — 8.31.21

Good Morning!

• We’re currently under a flash flood watch as the rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida pass through the region on Wednesday. We’re expecting partly sunny skies today, with a high near 85 degrees and a calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 miles per hour in the morning. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 69. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. There’s a 70 percent chance of rain Wednesday, with new precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible, mainly after 2 p.m. Rain will continue into the night Wednesday, with a west wind 6 to 11 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 21. Showers will continue into Thursday, with a high near 71, a northeast wind around 17 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 31, with precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible on Thursday.

• Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Shelter Islanders are gathering at Fiske Field on Bateman Road this evening at 7 p.m. to remember those lost to fentanyl poisoning on the island and in Greenport earlier this August. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has also added more information about how to obtain the opioid antidote Naloxone (Narcan) to its website.

• The first contract for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project was awarded Monday to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company for nearly $47.5 million, which will cover the dredging of Fire Island Inlet and sand placement at Gilgo Beach and Robert Moses State Park. The FIMP project, in the works for decades, includes $1.7 billion worth of work to manage tidal flooding, waves and erosion from coastal storms along 83 miles of the South Shore of Long Island.

• East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc announced Monday that he’s signed on to a letter from a group of of government, business, environmental, civic, and community leaders to new New York Governor Kathy Hochul asking her to support the Peconic Bay Region Community Housing Fund Act, already passed by the New York State Legislature, which would allow for a public referendum on a new .5 percent real estate transfer tax to fund affordable housing on the East End. Former Governor Andrew Cuomo failed to sign the act, which was passed by the legislature in June, before leaving office.

“Affordable housing remains a pressing need in our community in order to accommodate members of our workforce and young people who are central to a vibrant, diverse year-round community. An ongoing funding source for affordable housing projects will enable us to move forward more quickly with a variety of projects without unduly burdening taxpayers,” said Mr. Van Scoyoc.

• New York is in the midst of a blood shortage emergency, and the Greenport American Legion Roller Rink, at 102 Third Street in Greenport, is hosting a New York Blood Center blood drive today from 1 to 7 p.m. to help fill the need. Reservations are recommended, online here.

Suffolk County reported 467 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Aug. 28, with 4.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 224 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 32 of them in ICU. The county reported four new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,455 people

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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