Government: Peconic Bay CPF Tops $1.35 Billion; Southampton Receives Bus Grant

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The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) has topped $1.35 billion, according to a press release issued by New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., with revenues in the first eight months of 2018 up 4.5 percent over CPF revenues collected in 2017.

According to Mr. Thiele, one of the architects of the CPF, in the first eight months of 2018, the five East End towns collected $66.79 million, compared to $63.9 million in 2017. Revenues collected in August were $6.43 million, compared to $7.07 million in 2017. The CPF has generated $98.09 million in the last 12 months.

Riverhead has seen the greatest increase in revenues — the town has so far collected $3.22 million, up 49.8 percent from $2.15 million in 2017. In East Hampton Town, revenues are up 30.5 percent, with $22.57 million in CPF generated so far in 2018, compared to $17.29 million over the same period in 2017. Shelter Island has seen the biggest decline, so far collecting $770,000, compared to $1.20 million in 2017. Southampton also saw a dip in revenues, earning $35.35 million in 2018, compared to $38.44 million in 2017.

Southampton Town Opens Up Landmark Maintenance Grants

Southampton Town residents struggling to maintain historic properties may have a funding resource at their fingertips. Applications for the 2019 Landmarks Maintenance Program are now available. Managed by the Southampton Landmarks & Historic Districts Board, this is the sixth year the town has run the program.

The deadline to make an application to the town is December 28.

“These precious landmarks are a significant part of Southampton’s rich heritage and identity. Through the Landmarks Maintenance Award Program, we can encourage the protection and preservation of important buildings that are owned by concerned people under financial constraints,” said Councilman John Bouvier.

The program supports projects that contribute to the preservation and long-term sustainability of designated properties including exterior improvements, structure stabilization, window, door and shutter restoration and dealing with water penetration. According to Stephanie O. Davis, in the last five years the board has awarded about $78,000 for designated town land marks in Water Mill, East Quogue, Shinnecock Hills and Hampton Bays.

To be eligible for the award, an historic resource must already have been designated a town landmark. Owners must have Basic or Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR) status and any work must be completed within a year by a verified Landmarks & Historic Districts Board member.

“This provides another incentive to owners of undesignated historic resources to seek landmark designation. In addition to the maintenance award, local town landmarks are also eligible for a tax abatement program and a preservation easement acquisition,” according to Ms. Davis.

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Southampton Town Receives Grant for Senior Buses

The Southampton Senior Shuttle Fleet will add two new buses to its operation after earning a grant from the New York State Department of Transportation. The buses are used largely for the town’s Senior Services program, which include socialization opportunities and Meals on Wheels.

According to a press release issued by the town this week, two older buses were recently retired from the fleet due to high mileage and the need for frequent repairs. The state grant will cover $165,045 of the overall $206,307 cost for the new buses, with the town paying the remaining $41,261.

The Senior Services Transportation Program provides door-to-door pick-up transportation and runs Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $3 for a one-way trip; $4 for round-trip transportation and reservations can be made five days in advance by calling (631) 728-1110.