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Wainscott, Long Island, Residents Blocked From Voting To Incorporate

The post office in the unincorporated village of Wainscott in East Hampton, Long Island.
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The post office in the unincorporated village of Wainscott in East Hampton, Long Island.

A petition filed to incorporate Wainscott, Long Island, into a village has been rejected.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc says the petition contained invalid signatures from people who were not Wainscott voters. His decision will block residents from voting on whether to incorporate.

Michael McKeon is with the Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott. He made his comments when the group filed the petition.

“They don't want to listen to the people of Wainscott. They don't want to give them the opportunity to express themselves. It's the most anti-democratic move that's possible,” McKeon said.

The group claims Van Scoyoc’s decision was made in “bad faith” to prevent them from having more control with a village government.

They oppose East Hampton’s agreement with offshore wind developers to run a high-powered transmission cable under a town-owned beach in Wainscott.

The petitioners are allowed to challenge the decision in court.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.