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Apr 25, 2016 2:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Man Receives Outpouring Of Support After Motocross Accident

Rob Federico with son Chad and wife Terri. Courtesy GoFundMe
Apr 26, 2016 1:11 PM

The Sag Harbor community has rallied once again to help a local family in need.A GoFundMe page was created last week for local carpenter Rob Federico after he was seriously injured in a motocross accident in Calverton. The crash sent him to Stony Brook University Hospital with two broken wrists and two dislocated elbows, as well as two broken and shattered ankles. He is expected to spend several months in the hospital and at a rehabilitation center.

As of Monday morning, in just four days, the GoFundMe page had raised over $16,000.

“He is a really good rider—and a smart rider,” said Mr. Federico’s wife, Terri Federico, a teacher for more than 20 years at Pierson Middle-High School. She said her husband has been riding dirt bikes since he was young, and wears safety gear every time he rides, as well as a neck brace to prevent neck and spinal injuries.

He also often gives advice to young motocross riders, Ms. Federico said, and is the “unofficial pit crew” at the annual Sag Harbor Scouts’ Soapbox Derby.

She said her husband was taking a slow lap to check out a track, although she declined to elaborate on specifically what happened in the accident. “It was just a freak thing,” she said. “We are very well aware of how much worse our story could be.”

She and Mr. Federico graduated from Pierson and his family owned Federico’s Superette, but Ms. Federico said that’s not why people have been so helpful to her, her husband, and their 10-year-old son, Chad. “We have some close friends who realize the reality which Rob and I need to face,” she said.

“Sag Harbor is one giant extended family,” Ms. Federico said. “It isn’t due to us knowing so many people, it is because this is what Sag Harbor does,” she said.

Ms. Federico said her husband enjoys reading the comments of those who have donated, and that it “has inspired Rob in his healing.” He reached his goal for the week, which was to be able to hug Chad.

Donations to the GoFundMe can be made at www.gofundme.com/2886kap8.

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I sympathize with the family's accident, but I find it hard to understand that with Ms. Federico's salary of $135,696 a year at Pierson, and the fact they have cadillac health insurance to cover the bills, and they pay virtually no money toward their premiums, that they would feel the need to set up a Gofundme page. Shouldn't that be for people who are really in need?
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 16 7:11 PM
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Wow you seem to know quite a bit about the family.....Maybe they have bills or issues you know nothing about... Remember it's not cheap living in Sag Harbor....Maybe they should move like every other local family...Bottom line I can tell you that I know the Federico family and I'm sure they would do the same for someone else, in need ,or not as you assume....Too bad I cant say what I really want to in this post. I don't know how people support one another in Hampton Bays but Sag Harbor is a tight ...more
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Apr 25, 16 11:09 PM
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I only know that it's not cheap to live anywhere. Why not borrow from a bank if you need money? All I am saying is that many people don't have the luxury of a paid for health insurance plan that covers all the bills. This family even has a dental plan paid for by the school, and life insurance, etc. Most people do not enjoy the benefits of a job you can't be fired from and all the bennies that go with it.I don't know the family but everything can be found in seethroughny.net. And why? because teachers ...more
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 26, 16 6:47 AM
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I can only hope that you don't need support from your community one day. Helping people is never wrong.
By orion4ever (13), sag harbor on Apr 25, 16 9:07 PM
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No, but living beyond your means and begging for dollars is wrong.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 26, 16 6:48 AM
So...you don't know the family , but you know that they "live beyond their means "... Did you get that information via see through ny as well , or do you hang out in the bushes in the Federico's front yard and spy through the window ?
Apr 26, 16 12:56 PM appended by Biba
And in response to your comment that it's , "not cheap to live anywhere". Well it's a lot cheaper living outside of NY state. Which is why so many local families like the Federico's have to leave . Because of people making even more money than Mrs.Federico , come to what was once a lovely place to live , tear down a historic quaint cottage , and replace it with a hideous "McMansion". Personally I'll take the Federico's as a neighbor over a hedge fund manager any day ....
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Apr 26, 16 12:56 PM
I can only hope that you don't need support from your community one day. Helping people is never wrong.
By orion4ever (13), sag harbor on Apr 25, 16 9:07 PM
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The family didn't set the gofundme account up. A friend did. So no one is begging. You seem so green with envy of a persons success. If a teacher has great healthcare and dental insurance, good for them. A college degree with a masters degree to follow will get you places in life.
By orion4ever (13), sag harbor on Apr 26, 16 9:54 AM
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So does collective bargaining...Just saying!
By lursagirl (245), southampton on May 1, 16 10:02 PM
another naysayer. sick of them. sag harbor community has always rallied toward any one or family that was in need of help regardless of the degree. Look at Katy's Courage which brought in hundreds of runners and also the runners for the Jo Kosinski brain cancer foundation. this is a community of family and I am sorry the Hampton Bays community doesn't appreciate all of it's residents but DO NOT ever question the love and unshackled love of the sag harbor community!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Apr 26, 16 6:54 PM
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Take it easy on Babyboo, and get off your high-horses. Sag Harbor may be a great community, but you're no different than those from Hampton Bays, Mastic, or wherever. We're all people. I think the idea of "gofundme" has been tainted by people setting them up when they aren't entirely necessary. I've seen "serial gofunders" who always seem to have a cause, and others who collect more than they need, and then fill their Facebook with new toys, trips, and nights out.
I don't know this family, ...more
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Apr 26, 16 7:42 PM
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I'm not on any "high horse". I'm not the one behaving in a contemptuous manner. And no, I will not ,"take it easy" on someone that makes ridiculous assumptions and states inappropriate things when a family is in pain. And now YOU decide to start assuming ? Maybe they have financial issues maybe they don't. Here's what I do know. An assumption was made that the family, "lives beyond their means" and that they were "begging". Quite mean spirited in my opinion. And contrary to you, Babyboo DID decide ...more
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Apr 27, 16 12:21 AM
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This family, whether intentionally or not, made their personal business public with a gofundme account and then a public story in the local paper. This is what happens when you put your business in the street. Whatever happened to neighbors reaching out personally with food, gifts, etc. when a neighbor is in need? Sorry, but this is just one more shameless display of begging for dollars. I stand by what I say and too bad if you don't like it. Gofundme is horrible, it preys on people's good nature, ...more
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 16 1:03 PM
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Again, the family didn't set up the gofundme account. Also many locals no longer have neighbors they actually know because many locals left the area. Often times ones neighbor is an empty house until the summer season. It's not 1950's Mayberry anymore. I understand gofundme may have it's flaws and that's unfortunate. Also, many people that may not live in the area, but know of the family and want to help, can now do so. Why, because it's a free country, flaws and all. And there you go with the begging ...more
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Apr 27, 16 8:21 PM
The Federico family will most likely donate all the money they get from go fund me too a charity. The Federico family is a great family and did a blood drive in memory of Rob's dad Jim. I don't think he would have wanted to have a go fund me account in his name. I don't know why a friend would set up a go fund me account in someone's name. Living anywhere on Long Island is expensive. There are plenty of other area's on LI more expensive than Sag Harbor like Old Field and Muttentown ect. Get well ...more
By lawnman (21), easthampton on Apr 26, 16 10:12 PM
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Why not give it to a real person in need and cut out the middle man?
By lursagirl (245), southampton on May 1, 16 10:05 PM
I don't know him so I don't know if he is need or not but there are plenty of ways to help someone out without starting a gofundme account. Remind me again, how much does the website get to keep?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 6, 16 3:49 PM