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North Fork


Southold Votes to Limit House Size

The Southold Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to limit the size of houses that can be built within its boundaries, in response to rampant residential development in recent years.

The board adopted the code changes after more than an hour of comments that were mostly supportive, as residents shared their fears that North Fork development patterns are starting to follow in the path of the Hamptons.

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East End

2022 Elections

A Fight For Control of First Assembly District

For his 27 years in office, Democratic State Assemblyman Fred Thiele has enjoyed mostly smooth sailing come election season, riding on the popularity of his pro-environment record and his history of drafting state legislation that directly impacted the lives of the South Fork residents he represented.

But for this year’s election, his district has been dramatically redrawn, and it will now include all voters in Southold Town, and much of Laurel, who had been in the Second Assembly District. The Second Assembly District seat currently held by Jodi Giglio will now include most of Riverhead Town along with much of Brookhaven. 

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Mary Morgan

Climate Local Now

East Enders are Composting. Here's Why

What’s the “sweet secret sauce for gardeners?” Compost, says East Marion’s Robin Simmen. She knows her stuff. Previously head of the Urban Composting Project at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and community horticulture specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Robin is a longtime advocate of composting. “Whether you’re growing vegetables, flowers, trees or shrubs, healthy soil is always fundamental,” she says. “Good gardeners know the secret sauce to building great soil – compost.” 

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East End

2022 Elections

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Weigh Heavily in State Senate Debate

This year’s race for the New York State Senate’s First District pits a first-term Republican incumbent and former prosecutor from New Suffolk on the North Fork, against a 22-year-old Mount Sinai resident who works with families attempting to rebuild their lives after incarceration. 

This office was held for 44 years by former State Senator Ken LaValle, who retired in 2020 and asked incumbent Anthony Palumbo, then the North Fork’s State Assemblyman, to run for his seat. 

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