• Longtime East Hampton Airport Manager Jim Brundige announced late last week that he’ll be retiring at end of this season, and he’s due to leave the town’s employ just after Columbus Day, said East Hampton Councilwoman and Airport Liaison Kathee Burke-Gonzalez at a work session Sept. 2. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said he will be replaced by Jemille Charlton, an attendant at the airport since May 2013 who has also served as a C-130 crew chief in the Air National Guard in Westhampton for 15 years and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Mr. Charlton has nearly finished his degree in aviation management at Dowling College. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said Mr. Charlton will assume Mr. Brundige’s position immediately, with Mr. Brundige assuming a more advisory role until his departure in mid-October.
“He has local roots. He’s raising his family here. He has incredible credentials and a solid background in aviation,” said Ms. Burke-Gonzalez of Mr. Charlton. She expects the town board will vote on his promotion at their Sept. 4 meeting.
• The Riverhead Town Board will host a public hearing on the subdivision of the EPCAL property in Calverton at their meeting tonight, which has been changed from an afternoon meeting to a 7 p.m. meeting, while the Riverhead Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed subdivision on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. The subdivision documents are are online here.
• Consultants hired by Southampton Town to work on a revitalization plan for Riverside, a blighted community just across the Peconic River from Riverhead, have launched a website to inform the public of their ongoing community outreach. Riverside Rediscovered is part of a campaign to help the community that lives and works in Riverside envision how they’d like to see their hamlet evolve. They are also on Facebook here.
• This year’s second-ever Car Free Day Long Island will be held on Monday, Sept. 22. Organizers are hoping Long Islanders will find alternatives to driving their cars for the day, and post their difficulties and triumphs throughout the day on social media to help the public learn what alternative transportation methods are feasible and to help planners learn which methods need more work. If you take the Car Free Day Long Island pledge, you’ll also be entered into a raffle for all kinds of neat goodies, including bicycles, gift certificates to malls and tickets to shows and museums. As of this morning, about 1,200 Long Islanders have taken the pledge.
• The East Hampton Town Board is planning to hold public informational meetings on its proposed rental registry at its Oct. 14 work session at 10 a.m. at the Montauk Firehouse and again at their Oct. 21 work session at town hall at 10 a.m. They will be entertaining questions from the public at both meetings.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.