East Hampton Village will postpone plans to re-design the parking along Newtown Lane in the Reutershan parking lot until after the summer season, Mayor Jerry Larsen said this week. The village had been preparing to re-stripe most of the southern end of Newtown Lane to make parking on both sides of the street diagonal, rather than the current parallel, by the end of this month. The move would have created 12 new parking spaces on Newtown Lane and seven in the Reutershan lot. Mr. Larsen had said the new arrangement would also make the sidewalks more friendly to outdoor dining. ... by Michael Wright
Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc has proposed that East Hampton Town pay for the full cost of running the Hampton Hopper shuttle bus in Montauk this summer, in the absence of a state grant that had helped pay the costs in the past. Mr. Van Scoyoc said on Tuesday that he thinks the popular bus route — which makes loops of Montauk from the docks area to downtown, the train station and the Gurney’s resort — should be brought back this year, even though the $100,000 in state funding that had helped support it from 2017 to 2019 is no longer ... by Michael Wright
Though the Town Board has gotten most of the attention in the Democratic primary in East Hampton Town this year, there is also an odd primary election for the nine nominations to the East Hampton Town Trustees. All nine of the incumbent Town Trustees — John Aldred, Francis Bock, Ben Dollinger, Rick Drew, Tim Garneau, James Grimes, Mike Martinson, Susan McGraw-Keber and Bill Taylor — are on the ballot, as well as one newcomer, David Cataletto. Voters are asked to vote for nine of the 10 candidates and the candidate who gets the fewest number of total votes will be ... by Michael Wright
The East Hampton Town Board will return to holding in-person meetings for its July 6 work session, for the first time since March 2020. The board’s meetings will continue to be simulcast live by LTV on channel 22 and on the station’s YouTube channel live stream, and residents will still be able to call in with comments during the public portion of all meetings. Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said that he would like to see the meetings remain in the daytime time-slots that have been used since the pandemic began, rather that returning to the two monthly regular meetings ... by Michael Wright
The New York State Legislature has approved a request from the East Hampton Town Trustees to extend their elected terms in office from two years to four, allowing the board to stagger elections so that all nine Town Trustees are not running at the same time. The State Assembly and State Senate both voted overwhelmingly on June 8 in favor of allowing the centuries-old board to adjust its election guidelines. The bills will still have to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo by the end of the year for the new rules to take effect. If the governor approves the ... by Michael Wright
Legislation to protect the seasonal rental industry in New York State passed the State Senate on Wednesday, June 9, about a week after the State Assembly gave its approval. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 prohibited landlords in the state from collecting an advance or deposit in excess of one month’s worth of rent, upending the traditional practice in the Hamptons of collecting an entire summer’s payment upfront. This legislation seeks to reverse that, but it still requires the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo before it becomes law. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. of Sag Harbor introduced ... 15 Jun 2021 by Brendan J. O’Reilly
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