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East End towns get going on business for new year

Dozens of elected officials were sworn in across the East End Tuesday, and towns got down to business for 2010, passing hundreds of resolutions dealing with the most mundane operations of government.

In Riverhead, Southold and on Shelter Island, town boards named their official newspapers for placing legal notices, their official banks for making deposits and loans, and their official officers for such things as issuing marriage licenses and keeping death records.

On Shelter Island, nearly a hundred people turned out for the swearing in of Supervisor James Dougherty and five other elected officials - the town clerk, two town board members, the highway superintendent, and the tax assessor. All were incumbents except for Tax Assessor Patricia Castoldi, who was running for a seat that had opened last year after the incumbent died.

Dougherty, who ran on a policy of cutting town spending and holding down taxes, predicted 2010 would be a difficult year, because the town has to begin working on its storm runoff project, an effort to cut down on pollution by eliminating runoff. "We bought the American Legion hall so we can have something for our youth, we should do something with that, too," Dougherty said.

Meanwhile, in Southold, the town board was also taking a frugal approach to government.

Among its many organizational resolutions was one which stated that, if town officials go to New York City for conferences, they should try to come home at night, rather than staying in a hotel.

And, when the board voted to hire Supervisor Scott Russell's secretary, he noted that she only worked part-time in his office, spending the rest of her time working for other town departments.

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