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The Orient Association

 

OA’s mission is to provide forums for the people of Orient to learn about the issues that affect them, and to express their views and concerns about those issues. Our goal is to find constructive approaches to improve our community and to help solve the problems that we face. If you have an issue of concern please let us know, we want to hear about it.

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Elections, Early voting: Vote!

October 26th - November 3, Southold Senior Center in Mattituck, 750 Pacific St, Mattituck, NY 11952 Register to Vote Absentee Ballot Request Deadline by October 29

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Southold Senior Center, 750 Pacific St
Mattituck, NY 11952 United States
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Houses are Getting Bigger in Orient and on the North Fork – Come see “One Big Home” and how one Martha’s Vineyard town handled the issues

October 27, 2pm to 6pm, film and discussion. Peconic Recreation Building on Peconic Lane - showing of “One Big Home”, a film about what large house sizes do to community and how the residents of a town in Martha’s Vineyard reduced the size of new homes. Watch the film trailer...

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Peconic Recreation Building, 970 Peconic Ln
Peconic, NY 11958 United States
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Our Top Priorities

OA’s mission is to provide forums for the people of Orient to learn about the issues that affect them, and to express their views and concerns about those issues. Our goal is to find constructive approaches to improve our community and to help solve the problems that we face. If you have an issue of concern please let us know, we want to hear about it.

Water Management

Clean, safe water is essential to our health and the quality of our lives.

Zoning

Zoning and building regulations shape and define the community we live in.

Land Use

The Town of Southold regulates the types of uses that can be made of every parcel of land within its jurisdiction.

Deer

The North Fork can sustain about 15 deer per square mile. Right now, there are as many as 65 per square mile and the population is growing.

Safety Issues

Traffic, speeding, the danger to cyclists, joggers, others using the roads, and the difficulty of getting onto Route 25 when a ferry off-loads are all concerns.

Why Do We Need The Orient Association?

Because you deserve to be heard

OA’s mission is to provide forums for the people of Orient to learn about the issues that affect them, and to express their views and concerns about those issues. Our goal is to find constructive approaches to improve our community and to help solve the problems that we face. If you have an issue of concern please let us know, we want to hear about it.

 

Each community has unique needs

We are a part of Southold, the North Fork, the East End, Suffolk, New York, USA. Each of these geographic areas has its own focus and concerns. Each has its own structural organizations designed to address those issues. And each locality within those larger units has a slightly different set of perspectives and needs. While the government and civic organizations of the town, the county, the state and the country all try to carry out their missions, the individual communities must have a chance to express their priorities and values. OA’s goal is to give the people of Orient that voice.

 

It takes organization to bring about action

Each of us can learn, decide, speak out, vote on the matters that affect our homes, our jobs, our lives. When we are able to get together and pool our ideas, resources and actions, we have a better chance of accomplishing our goals. OA cannot replace the efforts of the many individuals who work to improve our local and broader communities. But we can reinforce and foster those efforts. As a group, it is easier to monitor the things that concern us, share the load and multiply the results.

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Topics Of Interest

The Orient Plan Propositions

The Orient Plan Propositions

Tabulation of Votes   Percentages reflect the number of YES or NO votes divided by the total number of ballots cast (364). Actual YES and NO votes cast for each proposition shown in parentheses.   1 Building size: Under current zoning rules, a house can...

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Orient Beyond The Expressway

Orient Beyond The Expressway

Filmed in 1998. An oral history of the bucolic hamlet of Orient, NY on the tip of Long Island's North Fork. Lifetime residents describe a way of life that has all but vanished since the advent of the superhighway.

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North Shore Helicopter Route

North Shore Helicopter Route

"Picture it – another hot and humid summer afternoon on Long Island. There you are, you master of the universe, sipping a margarita or perhaps a frozen daiquiri, or both, as you lounge on the patio of your beachfront home enjoying another weekend in the Hamptons. Not...

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Water Quality Monitoring

Water Quality Monitoring

"Across Long Island Sound water quality is monitored by interstate, state and local agencies, academic institutions, and volunteers and community organizations. Typically, community organizations focus on rivers, bays, harbors, and inlets, while the open Sound is...

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About The Orient Association

Meet The Board

Drianne Benner – President

Sherry Thomas – Treasurer and Membership

Venetia Hands

Jeri Woodhouse

Jerie Newman

Christine Churchill

Chris Wedge

Imogen Rose-Smith

Tony Asch

Mark Riesenfeld

Rich Gillooly

Orient Association Elections

The President and Board Members are elected by the Orient Association membership at the organization’s annual meeting, which is held in May of each year. Chairs of Standing Committees are chosen by the committee members.

The 2019 Orient Association Annual Meeting is on May 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon at Poquatuck Hall, 1160 Skippers Lane, Orient

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Southold Township Comprehensive Plan

This Comprehensive Plan is the official public document to be used to guide the development of our community. In New York State, the comprehensive plan provides the basis for the zoning and other land use regulations found in the Town Code. Southold Town’s Comprehensive Plan has recently undergone an update, culminating with the publishing of this plan in 2019. The newly revised Comprehensive Plan is designed to shape future updates to the Town Code and policy decisions regarding the appropriate use of the Town’s resources.

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“Our night’s sky, dark and revealing, lends to an older time in most Long Island communities. We are lucky to have such a spectacle and are aware of the need to preserve the dark skies for future generations.”

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Orient Association
PO Box 282, Orient, NY 11957


 

The mission of the Orient Association is to uphold and sustain the interests of residents, businesses, and organizations of Orient, by educating the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community. The Association provides forums to discuss, consider, and become informed about issues which concern the stakeholders of Orient. The Association is an exempt, not-for-profit educational organization under New York State and federal laws.