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Code enforcement increased this year in East Hampton Town, report shows

Supervisor Larry Cantwell in front of East Hampton

Supervisor Larry Cantwell in front of East Hampton village hall on Nov. 15, 2012. Credit: John Roca

East Hampton Town code officers have sharply increased enforcement activities this year, according to a report covering the first half of 2015.

Code enforcement officers opened 1,076 cases in the first six months of the year, a 73 percent increase over the 621 cases they opened in the first half of 2014, according to the report released by town officials Thursday.

Officers closed 818 cases so far this year, more than double the 331 closed in the same period last year, the town report shows.

"New reliance on improved technology, such as our online complaint form and vehicle laptop computers, has helped us solve cases more efficiently," town public safety administrator David Betts said in a news release.

Many of the new cases -- 186 -- stem from taxi rules implemented in April, town officials said.

Officers also stepped up enforcement of housing regulations, zoning rules and contractor licensing laws, among other categories, the report says.

Town officials also closed 10 times more cases by getting violators to voluntarily comply with the law -- 421 this year versus 40 at this point last year, according to the report.

Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said in the news release that the report shows the towns "continued improvement in enforcing the town code, to the benefit of all East Hampton residents."

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