The predictions were daunting — seven to 10 days without power; hurricane-force winds; 2 to 4 feet of storm surge — and the East End prepared. But for most people on Sunday, Hurricane Henri’s fury manifested as just another rainy day in August.
After more than a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Fork Commuter Connection, the Long Island Rail Road commuter train service with weekday trains from Speonk to Montauk, will be back in action on September 7.
And, while the East End’s appetite for outdoor dining continues unabated, the mechanics and permitting requirements can vary from one municipality to the next. In general, officials support its continuance, with some caveats.
The South Fork’s population soared over the past decade, with some localities registering the fastest population rises in their history, the Census Bureau reported on August 12, a departure from national trends that was driven by pandemic-motivated moves out east from the New York metropolitan area.
The first sign of a thaw between the Schiavoni family and Sag Harbor Village over their plans to redevelop a commercially owned parcel they own next to the Sag Harbor post office appeared Tuesday night before the village Zoning Board of Appeals.
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The New York State Department of Health also announced this week that it will require all health care workers, including hospital and nursing home staff, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27.
There will be major turnover at the top of the Sag Harbor Village Building Department, where James Esposito, who was hired nearly six months ago as senior building inspector, was fired shortly before his provisional hiring became permanent. He will be replaced at the end of the month by Christopher Talbot, who holds a similar position with Southampton Village.
State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., an Independence Party member who caucuses with Democrats in the Assembly and who represents the South Fork, said he was sure the governor would be removed from office “one way or the other.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo faced an onslaught of calls for his resignation and impeachment Tuesday, August 3, including from both local state legislators, after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office concluded the governor had sexually harassed a number of women inside and outside of government.
As part of a new effort to address the lack of affordable housing in Sag Harbor, Mayor Jim Larocca said this week he would appoint trustees Bob Plumb and Ed Haye to serve as co-chairs of the Sag Harbor Affordable Housing Initiative.
The North Haven Village Board last week backed away from a proposal to slap an automatic two-week stop-work order on contractors who continue to ignore the village’s weekend-ban on noisy construction work after first receiving a warning from the building inspector.
But most who attended a discussion with Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki sponsored by the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee wanted to know what could be done to get drivers to slow down, stop at stop signs, yield to pedestrians and bicyclists, and put their cellphones down.
Last week, Roger Waters spoke via Zoom from his Bridgehampton home about his connection to the region and how the Shinnecock cause fits into his world view about oppressed communities.
Ed Haye, the newest member of the Sag Harbor Village Board, was not exactly looking for an opportunity to serve in local government when new Mayor James Larocca came calling after the June election.