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Aug 30, 2017 11:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Scaffolding Outside 'The Hills' Information Center In East Quogue Vandalized Monday Night

The Hills informational office in East Quogue. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Aug 30, 2017 12:07 PM

Scaffolding outside the information office for a luxury golf course resort community in East Quogue was vandalized on Monday night with an obscenity disparaging the proposed development.

The facade of the Main Street information office for The Hills is undergoing construction, explained Mark Hissey, vice president of Discovery Land Company, the developer behind the project, said on Tuesday. Scaffolding was put up on Monday and at some point that night a vandal defaced it.

“Last night somebody came by the building and wrote obscene language disparaging The Hills,” Mr. Hissey said. “We were very disappointed someone would go so low to do that.”

The graffiti read, “F--- The Hills,” he said.

Mr. Hissey said Jessica Insalaco, who handles public relations for The Hills and wrote a letter to the editor in this week’s edition of The Press about the graffiti, filed a police report about the incident.

The developer is seeking approval from the Southampton Town Board in the form of a planned development district, or PDD, to construct 117 homes and an 18 hole golf course along 168 acres in East Quogue.

The informational office was occupied by the developer last year to provide a place where people could get information and ask questions about the project.

The inside of the building, which formerly housed a Capital One bank, was renovated last year before it opened in December 2016. The developer recently secured permits with the town to update the outside of the rented building.

When the renovation is completed in a couple of days, the building will have a white facade and exterior lighting, Mr. Hissey said.

“We’re making it look more aesthetically pleasing,” Mr. Hissey said. “It was a big piece of rotting wood up there.”

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... while the act is clearly criminal and an assault on the hamlet itself, is evidence of the acrimony the people have for this project,
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Aug 31, 17 10:54 AM
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Rubbish. It is the evidence of acrimony from a small minority, some of whom want to resort to criminal activity. You've given tacit approval to vandalism. Bravo.
By Mark Hissey (171), East Quogue on Aug 31, 17 12:44 PM
This project still doesn't have any community benefits tho.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Sep 1, 17 9:47 AM
... there is no logic to what you say, but not important. Those against the project and the destruction of the Pine Barrens will continue to speak out as evidenced today by the scathing anti-hills editorial in the Southampton Press.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Aug 31, 17 4:29 PM
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Given your vehement commitment to your erroneous claim of "destruction of the Pine Barrens", why did you not have the moral resolve to not buy a house in the middle of the area that you claim is being destroyed?

Secondly, why isn't your anger directed at Richard Amper? He is the oe who championed the Pine Barrens Law. The one that specified where the Core Preservation Area and where the Compatible Growth Area was located? The development of The Hills is specifically in that compatible growth ...more
By Mark Hissey (171), East Quogue on Sep 2, 17 12:53 AM
... YOU question MY moral resolve? We shall soon see about moral resolve. The houses on Spinney were built 20 years before the Pine Barrens Act was written, long before your cabal ever set foot in East Quogue and, probably, long before you entered this country.

If you care to trade personal barbs, have at it. You'd be better off defending you housing development.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Sep 5, 17 9:31 AM
If you are going to dish it out, be prepared to get it right back. Your xenophobia speaks volumes.
By Mark Hissey (171), East Quogue on Sep 5, 17 10:31 PM
As crude a comment as that is, it is indicative of how many in our town feel about, let's call it by the correct name, "The Hills at East Quogue". We won't be duped by the bribery and we will remember those in office who can be bought.
By zappy (65), east quogue on Aug 31, 17 4:41 PM
Correction. A minority in the town. A minority that clearly includes criminals. You are welcome to them.
By Mark Hissey (171), East Quogue on Sep 2, 17 1:18 AM
what a joke.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Sep 7, 17 12:29 PM