Town of Shelter Island
Shelter Island, New York
Recent News

Town News – Winter 2016


The elections are over and we are settling into the quieter, colder season.


The election is over. Amber Brach Williams was elected to fill the Town Board vacancy left when Ed Brown retired and Helen Rosenblum was re-elected as Town Justice. The referendum to use up to 20% of the Community Preservation Fund for Water Quality Improvement Projects on Shelter Island was passed. The plan is to use some of these funds to reduce nitrogen in Shelter Island fresh and salt waters, but the next challenge is to develop a system to implement the referendum.


The Town Board has been busy preparing the 2017 budget. Another important issue under consideration has been the question of short-term rentals. There has been much discussion about ways to balance maintaining the residential nature of our community with people’s desire to raise revenue by short-term home rentals. Many people have presented their views while the Town Board moves towards some resolution of the issue.


The Town worked with a local doctor to provide free skin cancer screening to residents this summer. It was a very successful program and reached many people who had never seen a dermatologist before. The Town also worked with the Shelter Island Senior Foundation, who donated funds to purchase a handicapped-accessible vehicle to transport seniors to doctor and other appointments.


Studies are underway to protect community resources. Engineers have been hired to assess erosion at Reel Point and the town is developing an Eelgrass Management Plan. Summer interns finished a project to map storm drains, septic systems and wells in the Near Shore zone. The Water Advisory Committee has been closely monitoring water levels during this drought and is developing a plan for imposing drought restrictions if necessary.


Keep an eye on the newspaper for weekly reports on Town news and on this webpage for quarterly updates.

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