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May 26, 2011 2:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Hires Specialized EMT For Bidens' Visit

Jun 1, 2011 10:38 AM

Hiring a new specialized emergency medical responder was one of many preparations Southampton Village officials made for a Memorial Day visit to the village by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill Biden.

Because a specialized responder is required to be on hand when VIPs visit, and the one who had been hired last year on an as-needed basis for that purpose was unavailable, the Village Board hired Randin Miller at a rate of $25 per hour on an as-needed basis just before the Bidens’ visit.

The vice presidential couple reportedly stayed at the same First Neck Lane estate they did last year. Last summer, the Bidens reportedly stayed at a private residence belonging to philanthropist and technology entrepreneur David Bohnett.

Mr. Biden and his wife were spotted strolling through the village business district last year over Memorial Day weekend, as well as in early August.

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Will he get back to White House in time for the Patriot Act signing ceremony?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 26, 11 7:45 PM
Apparently Obama will be signing the Patriot Act tonight via "robopen", so no rush home to celebrate the administrations legistlative victory...
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 26, 11 9:06 PM
Really - who cares? Just 2 more people who think their crap doesn't stink taking up space. My friend encountered them the last time they were here and they were RUDE! BIte Me Biden, lol!
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on May 27, 11 7:50 PM
Biden was seen at Home depot yesterday hob nobbing with "his people"
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 28, 11 8:57 AM
The Bidens visit just prooves the beaches on the East End are the best in the world. Only the best and smartest take in the air in Southampton. June 21, graduation time, I'll be there.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on May 28, 11 9:20 AM
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By FellowTraveller (6), HamptonBays on May 28, 11 12:15 PM
If we didn't have all the well to do people living and visiting the East End it would be a far different place,watch what you ask for...
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on May 28, 11 12:20 PM
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Yeah, it might be quiet, peaceful, and hopefully UNDERPOPULATED for a change.

Last time I looked, the generations before me in this town did fairly well, earned good money, owned middle class homes, and took a vacation now and then. And the island wasn't ready to sink from all the people on it.

It still amazes me to see the still brainwashed that actually believe 1% of the country needs to own two-fifths of it for this nation to be properly successful, and competitive. You can ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 28, 11 5:14 PM
You are right comrade. We should seize that 1% and distribute it among the citizens. Better yet seize the money and give it all to the GVT. They will figure out a proper use for it I'm sure
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jun 2, 11 6:12 AM
You wouldn't know the difference between Socialism, Communism, and Democracy if they bit you in the a$$...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 4, 11 6:41 PM
Also, if you did take your head out of it, you would notice that the wealth has been "redistributed".

Just 3 of every 4 "trickle down" dollars went to the upper 10%. Not much, right?

That's wouldn't have caused the cost of everything to spiral out of control, would it?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 6, 11 8:24 PM
STOP your whining and get to work
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jun 7, 11 10:54 AM
You couldn't hang with me, at what I do.

Thing #13 they don't tell you about capitalism: Making rich people richer doesn't make the rest of us richer.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 7, 11 9:25 PM
I belive the "summer colony" and the visitors they bring have been summering in the Hampton for at least the last 100 yrs,they don't have to own two-fiths
of it to be the engine that moves our economy along,We sure don't have
a large job market out here.
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on May 29, 11 5:11 PM
This is true, but if the summer folks decide to make some place else the new mecca for the rich and shameless, the east end of long island will continue to exist and thrive just like it did before the late 70 and 80's when the new rich started buying and renting summer homes out there. I grew up in Southampton I remember when there was more farm land than housing developments and like Mr. Z said, people lived well. I seriously doubt the success of my home town and all the other east end communities ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 30, 11 10:03 AM
Anybody know what "Leisurama" was?

If you don't I advise you study some Island History...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 1, 11 12:40 PM
You are right. I couldnt hang. You are the king of whiners
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jun 8, 11 9:02 AM
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 8, 11 5:54 PM
How many folks here make a living, a good living, by servicing the properties of the wealthy residents? How many jobs are provided in the trades? How about restaurants? How much tax revenue do they pump into the Town coffers, without utilizing as many services as year round residents,eg. schools? May the richget richer and continue to choose to live in our beautiful Town!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 31, 11 6:22 AM
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And, may future generations of locals not be able afford to own their own homes, as they pile up wealth.

Point to all those princely McMansions, and the people who earn meager salaries working in relation to them, by comparison to their owners, and allow the citdiots to exclaim "This is the result of our Patriotism! "

Jun 1, 11 12:34 PM appended by Mr. Z
"Come visit us again and again, but for Heaven's sake, DON'T COME HERE TO LIVE!" ~Tom McCall, Oregon Governor (1967-1975)
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 1, 11 12:34 PM
I agree with those below. Although it is good for 'business', it isnt good for those of us who would like to live in the area where we grew up. Even in my lifetime, this has gone from a small town environment, to a place deigned to cater the wealthy's every need. Those of us in our 20s cannot afford homes here anymore, I can tell you that jobs are hard to find (year round at least since a lot of places only hire during busy months, again to cater to the wealthy), and the demeaning attituds of those ...more
By acallahan (8), Southampton on Jun 2, 11 3:51 PM
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They need US?

The hell you say...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 3, 11 2:01 PM
Amen. The wealthy pay a lot of people's salaries around here. Yeah, some of them might be a little obnoxious or terrible at driving, but hey - so can the blue collar worker...We all have a choice as to where to live - if someone doesn't want to live here, move to central Suffolk, pay more than twice the property taxes and don't work for the wealthy...choice is yours.
By getalife (61), Southampton on Jun 7, 11 8:59 PM
in my opinion, there cannot be an honest discussion here without the understanding that without the commerce that takes place in the summer season we would be in a world of hurt in these parts.
By kaluss (113), Southampton on May 31, 11 7:38 AM
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Only from the point of view that is skewed by finance.

The catch22 that reigns before you could spit in your face, and ya' don't see it.

It reminds me of the anti drug commercial about blow back in the '80's. Goin' round in circles, working harder, so I can get more of this. Money, money, money, money. It's like booze, too much of it will kill you. Ask Abraham Shakespeare. Oh. That's right, you can't...

Look at all the damage done here. Estuaries polluted, trash ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 1, 11 1:05 PM
bigfresh speaks volume
By Summer Resident (251), Manhattan on Jun 1, 11 9:49 AM
Hey Phil, an honest day's work is not being subserviant, you should try it someitim, it would do you a world of good. As for the local folks not being able to get a job, I call B S on you for that comment. Check out the Press, plenty of jobs there, the illegals all seem to have a job or two, or three! No excuse for not having a job here if you want to work, especially "in season". We live in great times in a great place, all it takes is some effort and some self reliance. Get off yer azz and take ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 2, 11 6:19 AM
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Getting a job is one thing. Making a career out of it is another. Putting the two together in a way that covers cost of living out here? Easy if you move away and only come out for the summer. I know doctors and lawyers out here who have hard times covering the cost of living. Its not just about getting any job you can find, although that is a start.
By acallahan (8), Southampton on Jun 2, 11 3:55 PM
Bear in mind that bigfresh is about twice your age, and grew up in a VERY different America.

Some would opine he is still stuck in the Irving Berlin static bubble...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 3, 11 11:25 PM
I would like to know what you are calling BS on. It doesnt take a genius t orealize that the younger generations have started to move away from here because there are very few jobs that cover the cost of living on the East End. Bigfresh speaks of part time / seasonal jobs provided by the influx of summer crowds to "The Hamptons" but hasnt hinted at making a career. I guess the local crowd should be stuck at the low class level and live a 'made to serve' lifestyle? I call BS Bigfresh.
By BlackLab (40), Southampton on Jun 4, 11 10:39 AM
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By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 3, 11 6:15 AM
Find a service that the second home owners need and provide it. Work your azz off, do your job well, work your azz off, return every call from potential clients, work your azz off, do the right thing for your clients and finally , work your azz off! There's a recipe for success.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 3, 11 6:16 AM
Sounds like a landscaper or utility company. Or a toy dog groomer, one of the above. Some career. What if you don't happen to own a service company? Do you bother talking to other locals? Or are they all fed up with what you have to say to the point no one listens to you anymore. I am telling you that I know for a fact that it is not that easy. I know many younger folk who are now moving away because of the cost of living and lack of employment opportunities. So I know you cannot tell me I am wrong.
By BlackLab (40), Southampton on Jun 4, 11 10:44 AM
I get a laugh out of the remarks by the newcommers to the Hamptons. You would do well to go to the Library to research the history. Then you will have a bit of knowledge on just how "The Hamptons" happened. When you do know exactly how it happened in the 1870's THEN maybe you can decide and expound on just what should have been done to avoid what is now.
As it is now, my great grandpa did what came naturally, when he had a piece of land he could afford to sell, some rich guy got off the train ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jun 4, 11 11:26 AM
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I am confused. Who are you telling to do research on the hamptons? The newcommers could care less about what has changed out here over the years, all they care about is that their pools are filled and hedges are trimmed before they arrive for the summer. They couldnt care less who does it and what it takes. One who can afford to have their driveway swpet clean every morning doesnt care that his property used to be a nice field filled with great wildlife. You dont need to research anything to know ...more
By BlackLab (40), Southampton on Jun 5, 11 3:14 PM
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why do you open every one of your posts or comments with some statement meant to degrade your audience? you don't necessarily need to do that before stating your opinion. you have as much a right to express yourself as anyone...but aside from disagreeing with you..which is part of it all and no problem...i have just been noticing your habit of some condescending mean opening salvo..which probably really decreases the amount of focus people put into what you are trying to express after it. hope ...more
Jun 9, 11 6:57 AM appended by kaluss
this was directed to ms. summertime. thanks. and really no disrespect meant.
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Jun 9, 11 6:57 AM
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By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 3, 11 6:16 AM
I love the baggers looking to Chris Christie as their savior! Outside of New Jersey folks can't even stand to look at the gluttonous wingnut and even in Jersey his approval rating is now below 40%! Add to that the fact that he took a freaking $2,500/hour helicopter ride to his son's baseball game, got off the helicopter and plopped his huge ___ in a freaking limo to drive the next 100 yards! (and don't say "He paid it back" because he only did so AFTER his prodigious ___ was caught in the act) ...more
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jun 3, 11 3:32 PM
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Y'know, it's been a while since I heard a congressman's wife needed a diamond studded anything, from Paris...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 3, 11 11:27 PM
Welcome to the effluent Hamptons.
By MattS (7), E H on Jun 5, 11 5:02 PM
49 years old Z man, owner of a fine gardening business, own my home and other property, it's a good life and provides a good living with the winter off to travel. All this was made possible by learning the business while working for another company, then going out and making it happen. 15 years in business and , thenk God, in the middle of our biggest season yet! It's not easy, but it's possible, there's plenty of work for a quality minded company. If this is a crappy economy, I can't wait until ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 6, 11 7:10 PM
Well, I'm not the one calling BS.

But I will say this, any house I ever looked to lay my hands on was no less than $290k, and that was the bottom of the barrel "handyman special".

Not too affordable, on a middle class salary, I would say...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 6, 11 8:22 PM
Phil said local folks can't buy a house, get a job or get a college education, that is BS! My point Z man is that it's possible to do all these things by providing services to our wealthy second home owners or peripherally to those who do. How many delis are now owned by Latino families and serve that segment of the population? Amazing how some new immigrants are doing well. How about the Chinese restaurant in North Sea, those folks are running a successful business.While some here seem to look ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 7, 11 6:32 AM
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Congrats to you, but not everyone is cut out to be small business owners or work in the service industry. Maybe (just maybe) if the Gabreski Park thing works there will be some higher paying jobs there; but that is not enough.

People need a mix of jobs and they certainly need to make more than the service industry pays to afford rent here, if not enough to buy a house. How many of YOUR employees can afford decent housing even with a working spouse? What will your kids do for work? Where ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jun 7, 11 11:26 AM
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So, we are to understand that in order to own a home, and have the "American Dream", you must be a business OWNER?

Well, how the sacrosanct qualities of being "middle class" have changed...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 7, 11 7:10 PM
And, just for reference, I do provide a service to the "wealthy".

I have NEVER seen such a wasteful, squanderous, "class" of people who fritter away fresh water, food, and useful articles like they were common kitchen refuse.

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 7, 11 7:23 PM
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i love all you winers out there that sit on their butts and complain. North sea is right on the money. Get up early every morning a provide a service that the rich need ,work your butt off and everything else will fall into place. If your not making it in the job your in, open your eyes and see whats going on out there. There are a lot of people making a lot of money using their hands and minds providing for the rich. But most of you would rather complain and wish thing were the way they were.
By fish sticks (53), hampton bays on Jun 8, 11 9:25 PM
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Here is another citizen who is part of the problem.

You know how these people got so rich? Because most of them live and work in the epicenter of deregulated, fraudulent, capital central.

Warranted, many of them are skilled at what they do. The only reason they could be paid so well was the manipulation of the various markets by the unscrupulous. At least seventy percent of the "new" capital that flowed through the market since 1998 EVAPORATED inside of six months. The ONLY ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 9, 11 5:47 PM
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By fish sticks (53), hampton bays on Jun 8, 11 9:29 PM
HMMM, the Demokratz forcing the banks to give mortgages to home buyers who had no chance of paying it back is a start.
Not all our wealthy second home owners made their initial fortunes in the markets or banking. Some of them started a small business and parlayed it into a multi national. Some invented a product and ran with it. See Z, the rich are not evil , and none of htem would be where they are today without a lot of HARD WORK, the basis of success.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 9, 11 7:10 PM
And just where do you think the money that financed them came from?


Last time I checked, his son preferred to be a pauper.
Jun 9, 11 7:23 PM appended by Mr. Z
And the "Demokratz"? Just enablers. Human beings saw the opportunity of lax regulation, and ran their scamming azzez off. You should read up on Jefferson County Alabama sometime...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 9, 11 7:23 PM
And, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but there are ALOT of really good, solid "HARD WORKING" people out there, who just aren't making it.

And they are not all single, crackhead, high school dropouts either. They are people in very nominal circumstances, who put in their sixty hours a week, or more, but it's just not enough.

Just because you found a niche, and it paid off, I'd advise AGAINST berating people who you believe don't put in their time on the clock. Some ...more
Jun 9, 11 7:32 PM appended by Mr. Z
It's amazing how you look at all those plants, and trees, but fail to take note of the roots when it comes to the ills of society.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 9, 11 7:32 PM
I have berated no one Z Man, just pointed out that the statement by Phil that no one here can buy a house, get a job or a college education is BS. Providing a first person account does not belittle or berate anyone, if so construed, my apologies to those sensitive souls who were offended. Blaming those who are successful, and bythat I mean the truly wealthy, for the ills of society is misguided, in my opinion. In the big picture, we are each responsible for our own financial situation. Those who ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 10, 11 6:22 AM
BigFresh you are absolutely right, and its sad not many pick up on that. Not everyone gets their dream job and this area has become one where the trades are the most popular and needed jobs out here. if a professional career is what you are looking for then perhaps this is not the best place for you. The rich being around is what makes this a unique place to live since we were the last to feel the effects of the recession and one of the first to see the way back, you should all feel lucky we ...more
By HBresident (24), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 11 9:09 PM