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Oct 13, 2009 5:40 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fishing license injunction extended to October 22

Oct 13, 2009 5:40 PM

The court injunction issued against the enforcement of New York State’s new Marine Recreational Fishing License has been extended until October 22, after attorneys for the state asked for an extension to allow them to prepare their arguments against the injunction.

The temporary restraining order was granted by Justice William Rebolini on September 30, just hours before the much criticized licenses were put into effect, and was set to expire on Tuesday, October 13. Attorneys for the East Hampton Town Trustees, Southampton Town Trustees and the Town of Shelter Island challenged the state’s right to enact the license laws in their jurisdictions.

Assistant Southampton Town Attorney Joe Lombardo said on Tuesday that he expects other East End towns to be making similar challenges in the near future, including the towns of Southold and Brookhaven.

The current injunction applies only to areas where the trustees of the three towns have jurisdiction. It does not currently impact the license requirement in any way beyond the East End and would not apply to fishermen on boats outside of town waters or in Montauk, because the East Hampton Town Trustees’ authority does not include the Montauk area.

While the ocean is state waters, the restraining order does free surfcasters from having to carry the license when fishing between the east side of Moriches Inlet, where the Southampton Town Trustees’ jurisdiction begins, and the western boundary of Hither Hills State Park in Montauk, where the East Hampton Town Trustees jurisdiction ends, because enforcement of the license is barred within the Trustees’ jurisdiction.

michael wright

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Finally, something worth fighting for! I've said it before, and I'll say it again...Fish and Fowl, for Free!

Hooray for the Town Trustees!!!
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Oct 21, 09 2:40 PM