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Mar
5
2019
“Widespread participation in this groundbreaking cooperative project demonstrates the urgent need to arrive at effective methods to managing tick populations and combat tick-borne illness”  - Suffolk County Legis. Bridget Fleming

Suffolk County has declared war on ticks and the diseases they transmit with the establishment of a 10-municipality partnership that will work with local health department experts to expand research and combat the bloodsucking insects.

The initiative is part of a shared services partnership that will enable towns and villages to strengthen their fight against the eight-legged creatures by sharing costs and resources. State law mandates...read more »

Feb
1
2019

Beginning in March, commuters along the South Fork will have more transportation options through a new system of Long Island Rail Road trains and shuttles.

LIRR and South Fork elected officials gathered in front of the LIRR’s Hampton Bays station on Friday to announce the launch of the South Fork Commuter Connection, which will connect LIRR trains with shuttle services to reduce the region’s traffic congestion and give commuters new...read more »

Aug
6
2018

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Boaters take issue with bay leases for shellfish farmers

A rise in clam and oyster farming on the East End has some recreational boaters raising concerns.

The state gave the county the...read more »

Jul
17
2018

Noyac residents were joined by environmentalists and elected officials on Friday, July 13, to call for the closure of Sand Land, a one-time sand mine that is now a vegetative waste processing facility. A recent report from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services concluded it is polluting the groundwater.

“We want our officials to act now before this becomes a Superfund site,” said Elena Loreto, the president of the Noyac Civic...read more »

Jul
17
2018

A virtually dead plan to legally protect East End oyster farmers by quadrupling Suffolk’s agriculture districts was unexpectedly revived and approved Tuesday when Legis. Bridget Fleming proposed scaling back the area to be covered.

The Sag Harbor Democrat filed a new plan that reduces the underwater area in Peconic, Napeague and Gardiners bays that could become agricultural districts to 25,000 acres.

The size of the new proposal...read more »

Jun
28
2018

Accabonac Harbor in Springs has been spared, at least for the time being, from Suffolk County’s annual aerial application of methoprene, a mosquito larvicide. A survey on Monday of mosquito breeding in the harbor, conducted by two East Hampton Town trustees and three volunteers, showed few areas of significant mosquito breeding, said John Aldred, a trustee.

County vector control officials were informed of the finding, and decided...read more »

Sep
26
2017

As she waited for the S92 bus to pull onto the narrow shoulder that passes for a bus stop inches away from the roaring traffic of County Road 39 in Southampton on Friday morning, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming looked for waiting passengers to talk with about their daily commute.Her gaze fell upon Bryan Atancuri, a 17-year-old senior at Southampton High School, as he was shuffling his feet in the dirt and playing with his iPhone....read more »

Sep
26
2017

With a steady procession of Atlantic hurricanes on everyone’s mind, the South Fork Natural History Museum held its third annual climate change symposium on Saturday. An eight-member panel made up of elected officials and policy makers were of like mind — that climate climate change is both real and serious and requires changes in the way Americans approach their everyday lives.

“I think everybody has a social responsibilty to care...read more »

Sep
8
2017

Construction workers in muddy jeans and politicians in crisp suits mingled in the dirt as the first homeowner-installed advanced septic system to take advantage of the Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program was put into the ground at the Hobson residence in Flanders.

On Thursday, September 7, Anthony Hobson, an architect for SLR Architecture in Bridgehampton, his wife, Alejandra, and their 16-month-old baby, Amelie, became the proud...read more »

Aug
16
2017
“Tick-borne illness is a serious health crisis in Suffolk County, particularly on the East End,” said Legis. Bridget Fleming (D-Noyack), who is urging residents to attend the forums.

With the tick population especially high in Suffolk County this year, officials are holding a series of four forums to help residents stay free of tick bites and the diseases the bugs carry.

“Whether you live in Huntington or Hampton Bays, our goal is to keep residents safe as we enter the final weeks of summer,” County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement Wednesday.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services, at...read more »

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