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Meeting: February 13, 2023

Agenda I. Roll Call II. Public Comment III. New Business IV. Old Business V. Committee Reports VI. Administrative VII. Report of the ClerkRead More
Commercial dock at Montauk Harbor Photo Christine Sampson

Fishermen to Benefit from the American Rescue Plan Act

Montauk Harbor – Commercial Dock Photo Christine Sampson The American Rescue Plan Act was passed in March of 2022. Councilman David Lys was instrumental in seeing that funds would be provided to Montauk’s commercial fishing fleet to help with onshore storage of their gear. The East Hampton Town boardRead More

Piping Plovers Thrive in Delaware-Not So Well on the East Coast

Photo: A piping plover and chicks. (Kaiti Titherington/USFWS) Piping plovers have been endangered since the 1980s because of increased public use of the beaches these shorebirds nest on, and because of additional predators. Coastal states have worked to conserve the birds — educating beachgoers, installing fencing and closing someRead More
Study of scallop heartbeat and heat waves

Peconic Bay Scallop Die-Off – Study Reveals Global Warming is Cause

By using a combination of satellite temperature and long-term environmental records, field and laboratory experiments, and measurements of scallop heartbeat rates, researchers determined the outcome. (Courtesy Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences graduate Stephen Tomasetti, PhD.) EAST END, NY — A new study indicates what many have longRead More

East Hampton Star Editorial in Support of Trustee Scholarship Name Change

Support for the change of name to our scholarship fund by The East Hampton Star is in this week’s edition. The Trustees wish to thank David Rattray and the editorial staff for giving a nod to an important and timely issue. Many thanks to David and Donnamarie Barnes ofRead More

Shellfish Harvesters in the Town of East Hampton 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Shellfisheries Section (Department) has determined that water quality in portions of Montauk Lake, Three Mile Harbor, Hog Creek, Napeague Bay, and Accabonac Harbor adjacent to East Hampton Town has changed, requiring reclassification to protect public health. The Department has also determined that it was necessary to make technical changes to improve enforcement and readability of the regulations in portions of Montauk Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, Hog Creek, Fresh Pond, Napeague Bay, Northwest Harbor, Northwest Creek, Accabonac Harbor and Georgica Pond. 

On June 27, 2022, DEC filed a Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking to amend Title 6 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations, Part 41.3, “Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Land,” in Suffolk County. The new regulations are EFFECTIVE immediately (as of June 27, 2022).   


Trustee Resolution 2022 – 28: To Appoint Counsel and Authorize Legal Proceedings

During the regular meeting of the Board on February 14, 2022, the Board of Trustees unanimously passed and approved a resolution to appoint Daniel A. Spitzer, Esq. and the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP to represent the Trustees and the residents of the Town who wish to use the Trustees’ Fishing Reservation for commercial or recreational fishing, as the Trustees are currently a named defendant in the civil proceeding The Seaview at Amagansett, Ltd. et al/ v. Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton et al. (Index No. 034714/20009). This resolution authorizes the intervention in the Town lawsuit and any necessary new proceeding, including action on behalf of individual residents or any class of residents and to authorize the entry into any joint defense or similar agreements.


Trustees Support Beach Access

The Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton stand in full support of a condemnation of the 4,000 ft. stretch of beach known as “Seaview”” that was recently awarded ownership to adjacent homeowner’s associations in February of 2021 by a ruling of the New York State Supreme Court. The more recent decision of September 14th by the New York State Court of Appeals, denied a hearing of both the Town and the Trustees motions to appeal.

East Hampton Trustees, 2022.


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