5 Things People Are Talking About in the Hamptons Today

Plastic Bag Ban Comes to East Hampton

Today begins the first day of the plastic bag ban in East Hampton Village. The rule has been in effect in Southampton for quite some time with success. The new law, passed in July, makes it illegal to use plastic bags for single use, with the objective of helping protect the environment. But what is the impact on businesses?

Scoot Trains Coming to the East End

The MTA will add light diesel “scoot” trains on the Montauk and Greenport lines that will add more trains for commuters within the area. The trains were part of the MTA’s capital plan that was established in 2009. The new trains are lighter and more cost effective.

Tim Bishop Honored

Congressman Tim Bishop has received the prestigious 2012 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award For Environmental Stewardship. Mr. Bishop received the award from the New York Water Environment Association after he lead the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2011. 

Maureen’s Haven Opens Center in Riverhead

A new year-round day center designed to cater to the homeless has just been opened in Riverhead at 28 Lincoln Street. Maureen’s Haven provides those in need with connections to jobs, personal budgeting, computer and even yoga classes. The center also coordinates with local churches, schools and community groups to provide places for the homeless to sleep at night.

Westhampton Beach Summer Rentals Fee

The Westhampton Beach Village Board voted unanimously to increase the fees for summer rental permits. The move will generate more money for the village, but has also been the subject of criticism by homeowners who earn a living by renting their houses in the summer. The permit increases will take the cost from $100 to $150.

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