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Jul 17, 2012 9:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Housing Authority Chair Blasts Southampton Town Board For Skipping Survey

Jul 18, 2012 9:45 AM

“I think they need to move quickly, and the neighborhood needs some investment quickly,” Mr. Taldone said.

Despite their differences in opinion, Ms. Cannon said she will be pleased to see the affordable homes go up in the hamlet, possibly within the next year, noting that she will be celebrating with FRNCA members when that happens.

“I’m going to be there smiling when [the families] move in and we cut the ribbon,” she said. “I’m going to be happy—I’m right there with them.”

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I believe that the homes should be owner occupied and built as soon as possible.
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Jul 17, 12 1:37 PM
Why is an elected official from a village on a Town advisory board? I am sure there are enough "civilians" more than willing to serve and get involved in the process.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 17, 12 3:14 PM
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What is Bonnie Cannons expertise in housing? Anyone.. anyone? NONE! Homeowners are what we need in Flanders not a bunch of cheap rentals with people who don't care about their property. Flanders has become the capital for slumlords. I'm not for govt being involved in housing but if they must make it a homeowner. Here is an idea work hard and buy your own house like everyone else!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 17, 12 3:23 PM
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The driving force behind the rentals is the fact that the Housing Authority has to be sels sufficient according to ATH's State of the Town speech. That means the the Housing Authority needs recurring money (i.e. rent) and not one shots from housing sales, unless the Authority wants to get into the mortgage business. Since Section 8 pays in excess of $2,000 a month a rental can generate $24,000 plus a year. Since the Authority will have these properties"in perpetuity" they will be revenue streams ...more
By Hampton West (5), westhampton beach on Jul 18, 12 9:11 AM
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Bonnie Cannon is spot on, right up to and including her gracious comment that the area needs affordable housing whether it's owned or rented, and she'll be there celebrating it either way.

But Ms. Cannon's basic message is loud and clear -- in rejecting the survey that the Housing Authority proposed, the Town Board caved to the civics, trashed the democratic process, and ignored the people, especially minorities.

Sponsor Chris Nuzzi is keeping his head down. Nothing new there. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 18, 12 11:30 AM
put it to a referendum on the ballot. Who will be surveyed?
Who will select those to be surveyed? The Housing Authority?
Turkey Bridge doesn't live in Hampton West Estates, I have for 33 years. I can tell you all sorts of horror stories about absentee landlords and Section 8 renters themselves. This neighborhood has improved itself by going after absentee landlords and encouraging people to own, rather than rent. I wish the same for the Flanders folks.
By Hampton West (5), westhampton beach on Jul 19, 12 8:00 PM
You just can't let it go and accept defeat, can you Mr. Bridge?
Your play on the "we've never done it that way" once again pays homage to your ability to twist.
I've asked you before, would this be the only time the town would do a survey, or is this a new way of governing?
Let me ask you this as well.....on the several stories on this topic, there has been scant support FOR rental units in the area. Are these folks in need of rental housing just to busy to care? Or perhgaps they just ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 18, 12 11:49 AM
Phadreus, thanks for the compliment on what you call my "ability to twist." I just call it plain old logic, going from A to B, but you can twist it any way you like.

You ask, "would this be the only time the town would do a survey, or is this a new way of governing?" Answer: I don't know, let's see how events develop.

I also don't know (because no one's given me a reason) why this survey the Housing Authority suggests is such a bad idea. I ask again: What's wrong with it? ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jul 19, 12 11:23 AM
The Housing Authority needs to consider saturation rentals/vouchers rates in each community before leaping to a rental only policy. They don’t have the information and until they do it deems all their decisions as questionable, reckless, and unprofessional.
By Woohampton (35), Westhampton Beach on Jul 19, 12 1:59 PM
We asked at a recent meeting with the Housing people how many Section 8 vouchers were there within Hampton West. They were able to tell us the Southampton Town total, but they had no idea if other housing authorities on Long Island had any (such as Community Development Corporation of Long Island, or Community Housing Innovations - or Riverhead Town. (Pssst, they do.) So in terms of saturation they have their vouchers only, and no idea how many others there are. Can they really set policy when they ...more
By Hampton West (5), westhampton beach on Jul 19, 12 8:07 PM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jul 22, 12 4:07 AM