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Shinnecock Powwow Returns For Its 70th Year Aug 30, 16 11:35 AM

This Labor Day weekend will bring the 70th annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow, where guests can enjoy native music, dance, food and... more

East Quogue Woman Takes Foster Children Under Wing, Provides Them With Luggage Aug 30, 16 10:36 AM

One of the hardest things about being a foster mom for Rebecca “Becci” Mendenhall-Atkins is seeing children enter her... more

Westhampton Couple Injured In Last Week's Fatal LIE Crash Seeking $20 Million In Damages Aug 30, 16 9:49 AM

The Westhampton Beach couple seriously injured in last week’s Long Island Expressway crash that killed six people, including... more

Hearing To Decide Educational Fate Of Student With Down Syndrome Begins Monday In Westhampton Beach Aug 29, 16 5:39 PM

The battle over 13-year-old Aiden Killoran’s future education is now under way with all three sides—the Killorans and... more

Chabad Of The Hamptons Hosts Twilight Reception On Sunday Aug 29, 16 5:32 PM

The Sixth Annual Chabad Of The Hamptons Twilight Reception was held at a private residence in Sagaponack on Sunday evening. KYRIL... more

UPDATE: GoFundMe Campaign Collects Donations For Family Whose Homes Were Destroyed By Fire Friday Aug 29, 16 4:39 PM

UPDATE: Monday, 1 p.m.

Support in the form of donations has poured in for the Collins family... more

Hampton Bays Company Donates Swimming Pool To Girl With Rare Disorder Aug 29, 16 4:34 PM

For most of her short life, Julia Scourakis has dreamed about having a pool of her own. Every summer, Julia, who is entering... more

Southampton Town Supervisor Takes To Facebook In Affordable Housing Search Aug 29, 16 12:02 PM

The lack of affordable housing in Southampton Town is hitting close to home for Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

On Friday, he posted on Facebook that he is looking for an apartment—one that is “affordable”—for a friend and her 3-year-old daughter.

And, thus far, he has not had much luck.

“She has a good job,” he said. “I have a lot of friends on Facebook, so I put it out there. So far it doesn’t look really good.”

The supervisor said he posted his online plea after being contacted by the woman, whom he declined to identify, and she shared that she is desperate to find affordable housing in the Hamptons. Noting that he has more than 3,400 Facebook friends, Mr. Schneiderman said he figured he’d ask around if anyone knew of any affordable apartments between Hampton Bays and Montauk.

As of late Friday afternoon, he said he’s received a few responses but that all were seeking higher rent prices than he had hoped for; one person wanted $2,600 a month for a three-bedroom apartment—above his friend’s price range.

“Your first knee-jerk reaction is to laugh—but it’s not funny,” Curtis Highsmith, executive director of the Southampton Housing Authority, said about the supervisor’s post. “There’s a huge shortage of affordable housing in the town. The issue is so serious that it’s not comical.”

Mr. Schneiderman is working on an initiative that would encourage homeowners, especially those who live east of the Shinnecock Canal, to offer accessory apartments as part of a greater effort to provide affordable housing in areas that mostly lack them. Currently, the law prohibits houses built on three-quarters of an acre or less from having accessory housing, like apartments. Qualified participants would be exempt from the law—if the Town Board ultimately approves the idea—so long as their homes sit on at least one-third of an acre.

The lack of affordable housing in the municipality is an issue that Mr. Highsmith, and members of the working class, are all too familiar.

“I think this entire town needs to start realizing they are the face of who we’re trying to represent,” Mr. Highsmith said. “‘Affordable housing’ has this negative connotation. It becomes a bad word—it’s not. It’s real people who need housing.

“They’re the face—I’m the face,” he continued. “My son—he’s the face. It really bothers me to see so many of my friends left because they just couldn’t afford it here. That’s resources leaving. That’s history leaving.”... more

Basilica Hosts Party Celebrating 106 years Aug 29, 16 10:18 AM

The Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary hosted a cocktail party on Saturday night celebrating the 106th anniversary of... more

Trump Nearly Added Southampton To List Of Golf Course Properties, But Sebonack Won Out Aug 28, 16 1:30 PM

As the Sebonack Golf Club celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, it’s worth noting that the 300-acre bayfront property... more

Mayor: Westhampton Beach Asphalt Company Drops Lawsuit; Will Cease Operations Aug 25, 16 2:35 PM

The operators of an asphalt plant in Westhampton Beach, who sued the village more than a decade earlier after it passed a law that... more

Architects Float Pair Of Ideas For Westhampton Library Renovation Project Aug 25, 16 2:35 PM

Architects have begun pitching ideas to Westhampton Free Library officials on how they could renovate second-floor storage space... more

Vice President Expected To Attend Blue Dream Gala To Benefit Beau Biden Foundation Aug 25, 16 2:35 PM

The work of the late Joseph “Beau” Biden III to protect children from sexual abuse will be honored in Shinnecock... more

Need For A Different Kind Of Green Delays Plans For Second Garden At Remsenburg School Aug 24, 16 1:45 PM

Plans to expand the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School garden are taking root.

Suzanne Henninger and Rachele Zavesky,... more

Westhampton Range Worker Accidentally Shot By Off-Duty NYPD Officer Sunday Aug 24, 16 12:47 PM

An employee of a Westhampton gun range was accidentally shot in the leg by an off-duty New York Police Department officer on Sunday... more
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