Residents of Wainscott and Montauk, aviation advocates and those who wish to see East Hampton Airport permanently closed, heaped opinions and ideas on the consultants leading East Hampton Town’s information gathering sessions about the future of East Hampton Airport this week — with but one common thread of understand shaking out: the status quo should not be the future at the airport.
A major component in Bay Street Theater’s effort to build a new home and transform a swath of Sag Harbor’s waterfront has fallen into place. The property at 2 Main Street — known locally for years as Fort Apache — was sold to 2 Main Street LLC, which has ties to Friends of Bay Street, the not-for-profit formed last year to find a new home for the theater.
Sag Harbor Village’s newly appointed senior building inspector, Chris Talbot, was busy this week getting used to his new surroundings after 20 years with Southampton Village, including three years as the head of that village’s building department.
The Sag Harbor Village Board will meet Tuesday, September 14, at the Sag Harbor Firehouse on Brick Kiln Road, Mayor Jim Larocca announced this week.
With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the political battle for control of the Southampton Board and other elective town offices on November is set to begin.
Remote Board Meetings May Continue, Provisions Of Executive Order Extended Through End Of 2021
Incidences of COVID-19 infections on the East End have continued to tick upwards in recent weeks, with East Hampton Town seeing the positivity rates at its two testing sites leap above 12 percent last week and Southampton Town reporting an average of about 18 new cases being reported town-wide each day.
The East End’s state representatives appealed to new Governor Kathy Hocul and state health officials this week saying that they fear a staffing crisis if the state’s mandate that all hospital and nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 is implemented this month as planned.
Supporters of state legislation that would allow the East End towns to impose a new tax on real estate sales to fund the creation of affordable housing are appealing to new Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the bill into law — something her predecessor refused to do two years ago.
If East Hampton Airport were to close, most of the displaced air traffic would likely shift to Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, analysts told East Hampton Town officials this week — though hundreds of helicopter flights per month could be expected to instead head for Montauk Airport or the helipad in Southampton Village during the summer.
The group, which is calling itself the Coalition to Transform East Hampton Airport, said in the announcement of its formation that it’s goal is to educate residents about the environmental and noise impacts of the airport in hopes of swaying public opinion in favor of closing down the airport permanently.
Sag Harbor Mayor Jim Larocca confirmed he had reached out to National Grid, asking that it suspend the process of awarding a lease to what is commonly known as the gas ball parking lot on Bridge Street and Long Island Avenue to Friends of Bay Street Theater with the goal of securing it once again for the village.
The SFCC will resume on September 7, on the same schedule as prior to the pandemic, operating during peak commute hours with two eastbound trains in the morning and two westbound trains in the afternoon, making stops in Speonk, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Mountauk.
Ms. Scherer, accompanied by the town’s senior environmental analyst, Marty Shea, appeared before the board to broach the notion of crafting standards for clearing properties and removing trees.
After years of complaints about noisy leaf blowers, the Village of North Haven will become the first municipality in the region to ban gas-powered leaf blowers year-round for all users if it adopts a proposed noise code change unveiled by Trustee Chris Fiore during the Village Board’s monthly meeting on August 17.