Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Olivia Benson confronts “Law & Order” in zoning dispute, Shelter Island hotel for sale … & more

By Cathaleen Chen | January 25, 2017 04:54PM

Jeff Rossen, his new home at 4 Candace Drive, Mariska Hargitay, and her husband Peter Hermann (Credit: Getty, Realtor.com)

East Hampton refuses to let “Law & Order” star off the hook for illegal treehouse

There shall be law and order when it comes to zoning in East Hampton — even for “Law & Order” star Mariska Hargitay. The East Hampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals denied Hargitay a variance that would have allowed her to keep, on behalf of her son, a treehouse, swing set, and basketball hoop that exceed her neighbor’s property line, according to the New York Post. Not even a letter from 10-year-old August himself swayed the board. “I promise to play basketball really, really, really quietly,” the letter read. Tough luck, Olivia Benson. [Page Six]

Southampton to East Hampton: “Keep up with our energy standards”

President Donald Trump may be eager to roll back national clean energy goals, but local advocates and officials are taking matters into their own hands. East Hampton Town ought to adopt a new set of requirements that would limit large houses to using the same amount of energy as smaller homes, officials from both East Hampton and Southampton urged. The energy sustainability proponents, including Southampton Town’s chief building inspector, are pressing East Hampton Town to enact the Home Energy Ratings System, or HERS, as Southampton did in 2009, 27East reported. HERS would force all houses larger than 4,500-square-foot to utilize energy-saving tools, such as solar panels and geothermal heating. [27East]

Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island hits the market for $12M

For the 1-percenters who prefer quieter summers, this one may pique your interest. The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island is now for sale for $12 million after being in operation for 88 years. Whoever buys the 4.3-acre compound has the option to keep it as a hotel — or could convert it into a private home, according to Curbed. There was a plan about a decade ago to convert it to a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, but older folks in “vaguely nautical garb” put a stop to it, the New Yorker reported in 2008. The 15,000-square-foot main structure contains 22 rooms, 15 baths, a 150-seater dining room, and a tennis court. The property at 108 Ram Island Drive also features 800 feet of beach frontage. [Curbed]

NBC’s Jeff Rossen and wife are latest media power couple buy in the South Fork

We won’t bury the lede — NBC’s Jeff Rossen ponied up nearly $1.6 million for a six-bedroom house in East Quogue. The 5,900-square-foot home, built in 2006, contains 6.5 bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a home office, a finished basement, and a media room. It was originally listed for just under $2 million, 27East reported. Rossen is an investigative reporter for NBC, and his wife, Danielle, has produced TV shows such as HGTV’s “Flipping Moms” and Travel Channel’s “Watt’s World.” [27East]

New York Supreme Court rules against Sag Harbor in “Half House” dispute

It may not be as endearing as the Tanner house on “Full House,” but one tiny “half house” on Jermain Avenue has pitted a property owner against the Sag Harbor Board of Historic Preservation & Architectural Review, or ARB. Julian Ellison, the owner of the 1,600-square-foot property, filed a lawsuit against the ARB after the board repeatedly denied his application to expand the home without naming specific problems with the proposed changes. And Sag Harbor’s historic review board is at fault, State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Pastoressa ruled last month. He ordered the Village Board to specify reasons of its rejection, effectively annulling its denial of Ellison’s application. [27East]