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.
In this week’s edition of 27Speaks, the editors are joined by Chris Paparo of the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center’s Shark Research Team, and Express News Group intern Zoe Kava for a discussion on an article Ms. Kava wrote on the local shark population.
Nia Dawson of Bridgehampton, who said she was a longtime patron of the laundromat, said she believed William A. Tabert, the owner, had harassed her, culminating with him shoving her with his shoulder, knocking her off balance as she tried to enter, because she is Black.
Bridgehampton School Superintendent Dr. Mary Kelly was in the hot seat at the most recent Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night.
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 grounds behind The Clubhouse restaurant and bar in Wainscott were packed with people attending the annual Hampton Cannabis Expo 2021, on Sunday, testimony to the growing interest in business opportunities in a sector that 50 years ago would have been dismissed as literally nothing more than a pipe dream.
Governor Kathy Hochul expanded Tuesday on the need for weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated school staff, especially amid the rise in delta variant coronavirus cases, to ensure schools are safe.
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Long Islanders who want to easily track where it is safe to swim or gather shellfish over the Labor Day weekend can tap into a new mobile phone app developed by marine scientists at Stony Brook University that carries up to the minute information about water quality across Long Island, closures of beaches or shellfishing areas and other water quality concerns.
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.