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Press Sessions Will Explore The Housing Conundrum In East Hampton

Oct 17, 2019 10:00 AM

The “Press Sessions” discussion series will bring its focus next week on the struggle by East Hampton’s middle-class residents to find affordable housing options and attempts by town leaders to provide more opportunities.

In the second installment of the series, to be held in East Hampton Village, those battling to navigate the complicated waters of housing affordability will sit down with interested residents and business owners for a luncheon discussion on Thursday, October 24, at Rowdy Hall.

East Hampton has answered the call for a push for more affordable housing to allow families, young people and senior citizens to be able to stay in the community as housing costs soar. But that push creates stress in other areas, including concerns about its impact on a community that has been focused for years on limiting development. What are the appropriate compromises? Where is the balance point?

These and the questions of East Hampton Press and 27east.com readers will be answered by panelists.

The discussion panel will include Catherine Casey, the director of the East Hampton Housing Authority, which is in midst of construction of a 37-unit rental apartment project in Amagansett; Gail Simons, a mother of three who has wrestled with difficulties of finding affordable family housing in the region; Tom Ruhle, the head of town’s Office of Housing and Community Development, which has managed East Hampton’s decades-long effort to create more affordable housing options for residents; Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, who has shepherded a 12-unit condominium development the town subsidized and is preparing to select owners for from a list of applicants; and State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who authored a pending bill that would create a regional fund, with a quarter-percent tax on real estate transfers, to boost the creation of affordable housing.

The discussion will be guided by Executive Editor Joseph P. Shaw and East Hampton Press Editor Virginia Garrison.

The event will start at noon at Rowdy Hall where a light, three-course lunch will be served to start.

Some tickets to the event, which are $35, are still available and may be purchased at https://sessionseast1019.eventbrite.com.

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The East Hampton Town government put a bullet into the Middle-class years ago, they cater now to their wealthy summer people and illegal immigrants who care for their homes.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Oct 21, 19 7:55 AM
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The people responsible for said housing conundrum are responsible for 99% of the Press' ad revenue. This seems like a conundrum which will impede a frank discussion of solutions to the housing conundrum.
By even fIow (60), Westhampton Beach on Oct 21, 19 10:47 AM