Government: New Attorney in North Haven, Browning Endorsed, Fair Fluke Quotas

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North Haven Has New Attorney

Scott Middleton, a partner in Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, a law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton, has been named the new North Haven Village attorney. He will replace Anthony Tohill of Riverhead, the village’s long-time attorney, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Mr. Middleton is chairman of the law firm’s municipal liability and personal injury groups and handles all types of litigation for individuals, businesses and municipalities, according to the firm’s website. A graduate of Stony Brook University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Middleton has also been active in local government in Lake Grove, where he has served as trustee, mayor, village justice and village attorney over the years.

The village board, which is putting the finishing touches on its budget for next year, has included $25,000 in the budget line for the village attorney, up from $5,000 in the current budget.

Browning Is Endorsed

Former Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, one of six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin in the 1st District congressional race in November, announced this week she had received the endorsement of the Women’s Equality Party.

“The Women’s Equality Party is proud to endorse Kate Browning for Congress,” the party’s chairwoman, Susan Zimet, said in a release. “Kate has been an unwavering voice for women and families, first as a union steward with the Transportation Workers Union and then as a Suffolk County legislator. In Congress, she’ll continue to be a strong voice fighting for full and absolute equality. It has been proven when women are elected to office, women and children’s issues are not forgotten.”

Town Wins State Grant for Riverside

Southampton Town has been awarded $1 million from the Restore New York Communities initiative to help in its efforts to revitalize the Riverside community. The funding is part of $2.8 million the state has awarded for projects on Long Island and around New York City.

“This is exactly the kind of catalyst we’ve been looking for to spur economic development in the Riverside area,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman in a release.

The money will be used to help demolish and reconstruct two vacant buildings in the Riverside Hamlet Center district. A former diner will be demolished at 20 Riverleigh Avenue to build a $3.5 million mixed-use development and a former auto repair shop and gas station at 89 Peconic Avenue will be demolished to build a $3.2 million outdoor kayaking and recreational facility and restaurant.

Fairer Fluke Quota Sought

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have announced that New York has filed a petition with federal regulators seeking to establish a fairer quota allocation for the harvest of fluke, or summer flounder, by the state’s commercial fishermen.

State-by-state allocations for fluke were set in the early 1990s using data from 1980 to 1989. At the time, New York’s quota was set at 7.6-percent of the total commercial catch, while the neighboring states received quotas that were more than twice as large. As a result, New York fishermen have seen daily trip limits that were as low as 50 pounds last year.

According to a press release from the state, studies have shown that the distribution of summer flounder — and the out-of-state fishermen who pursue them — has shifted into New York waters.