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Opponents launch website to oppose East Hampton's proposed rental registry

East Hampton Town Hall is seen on July

East Hampton Town Hall is seen on July 2, 2012. Credit: Erin Geismar

Opponents of a proposed rental registry law in East Hampton Town have created a website and launched an online petition urging residents to vote only for candidates who oppose the measure.

Organizers, who are not identified on the site,, say the law "will hurt local property owners, local businesses and our local economy on the East End of Long Island. Homeowners will be burdened with paperwork, forms and fees."

Petition supporters are also being urged to write to Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and board members to express their opposition.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Town board members had anticipated strong opposition to the proposal when they decided last week to schedule the hearing at a venue big enough to accommodate a large crowd.

The site asks those joining the petition effort to encourage as many people as possible to attend the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building in Amagansett to prevent passage of the law.

A similar rental registry law drafted last year stalled after a public outcry against it, but the proposal was reworked and is among the measures board members are considering to help rein in raucous young summer visitors to Montauk.

The registry would require property owners to provide the town with their name and contact information, the term of the lease, the number of rooms in a house and the number of tenants. Violators would face fines and jail time.

"Most importantly, the Rental Registry Law will not achieve its legislative intent," the site states. "It does not resolve overcrowded year-round rentals or unruly seasonal share houses as the law's proponents claim."

Cantwell could not immediately be reached Thursday for comment on the petition.


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