Just try to imagine East Hampton without its bays, waters, and ocean beaches! Just try to imagine East Hampton without its bays, waters, and ocean beaches!
Just try to imagine East Hampton without its bays, waters, and ocean beaches!
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… which is why we’ve made code enforcement a top priority. … which is why we’ve made code enforcement a top priority.
... which is why we’ve made code enforcement a top priority.
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…which is why we are preserving historical structures in Sag Harbor. …which is why we are preserving historical structures in Sag Harbor.
...which is why we are preserving historical structures in Sag Harbor.
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… which is why we have acted aggressively to get the club scene under control. … which is why we have acted aggressively to get the club scene under control.
... which is why we have acted aggressively to get the club scene under control.
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Here’s just a partial list of what we’ve accomplished … Here’s just a partial list of what we’ve accomplished …
Here’s just a partial list of what we’ve accomplished ...
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A message from Councilwoman Sylvia Overby about airport noise. A message from Councilwoman Sylvia Overby about airport noise.
A message from Councilwoman Sylvia Overby about airport noise.
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…which is why we have acquired over 200 acres of open space, farmland, water access, and wetlands throughout town. …which is why we have acquired over 200 acres of open space, farmland, water access, and wetlands throughout town.
...which is why we have acquired over 200 acres of open space, farmland, water access, and wetlands throughout town.
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…which is why we are working hard to improve social services. …which is why we are working hard to improve social services.
...which is why we are working hard to improve social services.
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Dems Pick Calone

After lengthy discussions that spanned several regular monthly meetings of the East Hampton Democratic Committee, the committee finally decided to endorse David Calone, a native Long Islander, to be their choice in the upcoming June 28 primary as candidate for Congress. If Mr. Calone wins the primary, he will then face the current representative to the House of Representatives from District One in the upcoming national elections in November.

2016 News Updates

Primary Forum

Some sixty odd people met at St. Michaels Church in Amagansett to discuss the candidacies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. Moderator Chuck Hitchcock introduced Bill Chaleff, a prominent local architect, Walker Bragman of the group known as the New Leaders of East Hampton who both spoke about their endorsement of the senator, while former Representative to the US House Tim Bishop spoke of his multiple reasons for supporting Hillary Clinton. Members of the audience who submitted their names on a card were randomly called on to express their views. It was democracy in action.

Let the Hamlet Studies Begin

When the Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2005 it stipulated that Hamlet Studies, designed to envision the future of the town, should take place. It has taken till 2016, and under the leadership of Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, to finally get the ball rolling. A series of meetings took place in Town Hall that grouped the hamlets together, i.e. Springs and East Hampton. Consultants from various companies hired by the town presented the residents of the various hamlets with their ideas for future meetings that would be held in May and June. At that time, input could be delivered to the planners on how the townspeople want life to be in each of their communities.

Airport in 2016

Peter Kirsch and members of his company presented an overview of the effects of recent changes the present Town Board has made to the operations of the East Hampton airport. The courts have upheld all of the rules the Town initiated except the one limiting a particular aircraft to one round trip per week. This litigation was discussed at length. Evidence collected from the public at large via phone calls and e-mails recorded the frequency of flights that annoyed residents. The collected data was explained in charts and graphs. Members of the audience praised the board for bringing the airport under reasonable control and Councilwoman Kathee Burke Gonzalez who worked with the committees whose deliberations produced the new rules. Residents were urged to continue to report aircraft noise via phone calls and e-mails.

East Meets South

In a meeting held at the Bridgehampton Library, the local chapter of the League of Woman Voters presented the supervisors of the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, Jay Schniderman and Larry Cantwell, respectively, to a gathering of citizens. Each gave a short talk about the work they do. Schniderman who previously served as East Hampton’s supervisor and Suffolk County legislator, had recently assumed his present role, told how he was zeroing in on learning about the specifics of Southampton town, which is much larger.

When it was his turn to speak, Cantwell talked about land development and its effect on water quality and how the CPF fund, which would be voted on again in this year’s election for its recertification, would include a provision for monies to be spent on water quality. Supervisor Cantwell also spoke about climate change and coastal resiliency among other issues. The two men, who have known each other a long time, discussed other pressing issues that their towns faces, like affordable housing and repairing decaying infrastructure. Their talks were followed by questions from the audience.

A Committee with a Latin Beat

In an important first, our Town Board has appointed a Latino Advisory Committee. The purpose of this group will be to better integrate the Latino community into the life and political process of the town. Led by Maritza Guichey and Angela Quintero as co-chairs, with supervisor Larry Cantwell as Board liaison, its members include Diana Walker and Dan Hartnett and six other Latino residents. The committee was the brainchild of the Democratic Town Committee’s “New Leaders” mentored by Diana Walker. Among their activities was a public meeting in Town Hall on the new Rental Registry law that was recently presented. The law was discussed in English and Spanish.