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Candidates Profiled: Ocean Beach 6/5/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Ocean Beach, NY –This election year, there are three Village Trustee seats open in Ocean Beach. Two of those seats carry a four-year term and one only a three-year term. Four people are running for office, including three incumbents and one challenger. Here is a little bit on each candidate: Matthew Blake (Incumbent) Queens-raised, Matthew Blake has always …

Ocean Beach Board Meeting 5/16/15: “Short Agenda”

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, New York – Eyebrows were raised when Mayor James Mallot walked into the school gymnasium in his dapper gray suit. Rumor had it he was attending a family wedding later that day. At a mere 14 items, much of it routine, Mallot described the meeting’s itinerary as a “short agenda.” In his mayor’s report, Mallot …

Candidates Profiled: Saltaire 5/22/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Saltaire, NY – Residents in the Village of Saltaire will once again have the right to cast their votes in the Village’s May 22 Board of Trustee Election to be held at Village Hall, 103 Broadway, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Trustees serve a two-year term. This year, two incumbents (Ann Connolly and Alex Chefetz) and …

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Damage Control: Special FIPPOA Meeting 5/2/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Fire Island Pines, New York – Troubled waters are surrounding beautiful Fire Island Pines, and the season has not even started yet. Social media chatter about a possible boycott of nightclubs, hotels and fine restaurants that service the upscale LBGT community reached a frenzied pace over the past week, necessitating the board of directors of Fire Island …

Fire Island Ferry Hikes OK’d

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By Timothy Bolger Riverhead, NY – Fire Island ferry riders will pay $2 more for round-trip tickets to and from the western communities starting May 15, and water taxi riders island-wide will pay even more, depending upon distance traveled. The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved the fare hikes with no debate during their April 28 meeting in Riverhead. Fire Island …

Shelter from the Storm: OB Board Meeting 4/25/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – Days before the scheduled Ocean Beach Board meeting, copies of the 2015 -2016 budget were available in the Village Office marked as final, adopted, and post-dated accordingly. It was also announced on the village website, as well as social media channels, that the draft budget introduced only weeks before at a proposed 5.6% …

Fire Island Ferry Hike Proposal Advances

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By Timothy Bolger A proposed $2 increase on round-trip ferry fares for western Fire Island advanced this week and is moving full steam ahead toward a vote before the Suffolk County Legislature. During an April 20 meeting in Hauppauge, the Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee unanimously approved the Bay Shore-based Fire Island Ferries’ request for an 11 percent fare …

Projects Update: Fire Island Beach Rebuilding to Restart Next Fall

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island, New York – Fire Island beach replenishment work ground to a halt as of April, when the endangered Piping Plovers’ mating season hatched, meaning the shorefront project won’t restart until this fall, officials said. Of the three phases of the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project, the Smith Point County Park leg was …

OB Board Meeting 4/11/15: Draft Budget Proposes 5.6% Increase

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – There was a slightly larger audience sitting in the Woodhull School gymnasium for this meeting. Perhaps it was the milder weather, or maybe it was the draft budget with a proposed 5.6% increase posted on the village website several days prior that had already become the stuff of Facebook chatter. Either way the …

Saltaire Village Meeting: Market Design, Food Trucks & No Tax Increase

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By Katherine Klahn New York, New York – The Village of Saltaire held its Board of Trustees meeting at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, on April 1. For those who could not make the trek into NYC, the Village made concessions by providing remote video or audio-access through the app “Go to Meeting.” The board meeting was a mix …