Government: Kamper Named Village Treasurer, Krupski Endorses Browning, Septic Forum Planned

Kate Browning

Kamper Named Interim Village Treasurer in Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Village Clerk Beth Kamper was named interim village treasurer by unanimous vote of the Village Board at a special meeting on Monday, June 18. She replaces Eileen Tuhoy, who resigned to become the village clerk in North Haven. The board postponed a decision on compensation and agreed the appointment stands until a permanent village treasurer is named.

Also at the meeting, the board granted the restaurant Il Capuccino on Madison Street a license to have outdoor dining again this year; authorized the Harbormaster Robert Bori to hire Nick Pupo as a part-time harbormaster at the rate of $24 an hour; and approved Big Fish Inc.’s application to the State Liquor Authority for its Sen restaurant to obtain a new liquor license following its reconstruction work.

The board also conditionally approved the public event application of Temple Adas Israel for a walk starting at the windmill on July 4 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to support the theme “Keeping Families Together.”

Sag Harbor BHPAR Approves Rare 8-Foot Deer Fence

First, Sag Harbor’s Harbor Committee mandated a substantial, new, native wetland buffer to be planted where land clearing had taken place at 71 Glover Street on Upper Sag Harbor Cove. Then, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance for a temporary 8-foot deer fence, where 6 feet is normally the maximum, to protect those plantings. Those factors set the stage for a discussion over the last step in the approval of that fence, obtaining a certificate of appropriateness from the Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review.

Mike Mosche, an environmental consultant representing GL Sag Harbor LLC, which owns 71 Glover Street, told the BHPAR last Thursday that the property owner has tried multiple times to plant the required wetlands plantings, but hungry deer keep decimating them.

“I’ve been out there, watched it get sprayed, watched it get planted, and within a week it is stubs,” Mr. Mosche said. “The rootfall has not gotten into the soil. They come and pull at the plants and rip them out of the ground. It’s very expensive deer food.”

The board was worried about the visibility of the 8-foot fence to the public, but Mr. Mosche quelled the board’s concern by saying it would have limited visibility because it would start about halfway back toward the water. A three-dimensional model helped illustrate his point.

“I think it sounds perfectly reasonable,” board chairman Anthony Brandt said, and the board unanimously approved the temporary deer fence, which is to come down after one year.

Ribbon Cutting for New Playground at Good Ground Park

Children joined Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman to cut the ribbon for a new playground at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays on June 14. The new playground, made possible through a $50,000 donation by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, is for children ages 5 to 11 and was built next to the existing toddler playground that opened last year.

“This park is an amazing place, it’s already become a community center,” said Mr. Schneiderman. “And, of course, playgrounds are not just the place to play and have fun, but also a place to make friends.”

The ceremony began with a Flag Day recognition with the American Legion Post 924 Color Guard and the National Anthem sung by Lindsay Dunn, a 17-year-old student from Hampton Bays. Members of the local community including the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce, the Hampton Bays Civic Association and the Hampton Bays Beautification Association along with several local business owners attended the event to learn how the park can be used for community activities. Several officials and employees of Douglas Elliman joined in the ceremony.

Coming soon, the park will also feature a walking trail around the perimeter of the park. This year about a dozen concerts and other events, are planned for the sunken amphitheater including “Movie Nights” and the premier of “Shakespeare in the Park.”

Good Ground Park is located just north of Main Street at 9a Squiretown Road and is open to the public from dawn to dusk.

Zeldin Secures Approval for Extended Dredging in North Sea Harbor

Congressman Lee Zeldin announced last week he had won approval for extending the allowable dredging period in North Sea Harbor. Dredging was originally scheduled from June 7 to June 9, but according to Mr. Zeldin’s office, the unprecedented number of nor’easters has led to increased shoaling and dangerous navigational conditions that demand a longer period of dredging.

Mr. Zeldin worked with United States Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Suffolk County Department of Public Works and Southampton Town Trustees to secure an extension of the dredging period for North Sea Harbor until June 30.

“A series of unprecedented nor’easters pummeled Long Island, leaving many of our communities’ navigational channels in impassable condition,” said Congressman Zeldin in a press release. “One of those hit hardest was North Sea Harbor, which has suffered from increased shoaling, hindering recreational and commercial industries and the residents who rely on them to provide for their families. In coordination with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the extension of the dredging period is critical to ensuring the work that is needed is completed while simultaneously protecting the wildlife that call our waterways home.”

“I would like to thank everyone who engaged in the dredging process of North Sea Harbor, federal, state, county and local governments all working together to achieve a positive outcome for the maritime heritage of the East End,” said Lisa Dunlap on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton.

Nat Wienecke, vice president of North Sea Beach Colony Association, said: “We have been working for the better part of two decades to begin these efforts to save North Sea Beach. It was fantastic to see President Warner of the Southampton Trustees; Supervisor Schneiderman, of Southampton Town; Suffolk County Department of Public Works; the Army Corps of Engineers; and Congressman Zeldin demonstrate real leadership by coming together to take the first of many steps on this project,”

Krupski Endorses Kate Browning for Congress

Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski has endorsed Kate Browning in her bid to represent the First Congressional District in Congress, according to a press release issued by Ms. Browning’s campaign on Tuesday.

“I’m proud to endorse Kate Browning for Congress,” said Mr. Krupski in a statement. “As a colleague of Kate’s in the Suffolk County Legislature, I saw firsthand her ability and willingness to work with everyone regardless of party or faction, for the benefit of Suffolk County residents. She has a proven record fighting for open space and farmland preservation and she will continue that good work in Congress.”

Ms. Browning is running in a primary race next Tuesday. She faces Elaine DiMasi, Perry Gershon, David Pechefsky and Vivian Viloria-Fisher in an election that will decide who faces incumbent Congressman Lee Zeldin in November’s general election.

Forum on Septic Replacement Incentives Planned

Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) announced this week it will partner with Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and the Town of East Hampton to host a public information session on county and town septic replacement assistance programs.

The forum will be held on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library, 871 Montauk Highway in Montauk.

Nitrogen pollution seeping from aging and inefficient cesspools and septic systems has been shown to cause ground and surface water degradation. Many existing systems on the East End were never designed to remove nitrogen from wastewater as it is filtered back into the aquifer. New technologies are available that do remove nitrogen. Representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and the Town of East Hampton will be on hand at the session to discuss program eligibility requirements, implementation procedures, technical considerations, estimated costs, and more.

“Many property owners are eligible to receive financial assistance from both the county and the town, allowing for the installation of an environmentally sound state-of-the art septic system at a relatively low cost,” said Laura Tooman, CCOM president. “We encourage anyone interested in these programs, whether in Montauk or elsewhere on the East End, to come and learn about this important program.”

“As members of a coastal community, we depend on the health and beauty of our bays, creeks, lakes and harbors,” said Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming. “So, we must act together to resolve the nitrogen pollution crisis. These systems will allow you to do your part. I would encourage all residents interested in the program to attend the event and have their questions answered.”

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said, “Replacing traditional septic systems with those that reduce emissions of nitrogen into the environment will play a key role in eliminating threats to our ground and surface waters — the source of our drinking water and an important ecosystem that supports fishing and other recreation. The town and county programs are designed to make it easier for our residents to replace their antiquated systems.”