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Nov 30, 2011 10:32 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Developer Demands Resignation Of Westhampton Beach Trustee

Nov 30, 2011 10:55 AM

The developer looking to build a new supermarket in Westhampton Beach this week demanded the resignation of Village Board member Sue Farrell, stating in a letter delivered to Mayor Conrad Teller that she was unfit to serve based on her recent actions in cyberspace.

Andrew Mendelson of Westhampton, whose attempts to hold a meeting to discuss his plan, which requires a change of zone, were rebuffed by the mayor last month, is taking issue with Ms. Farrell’s decision to hit the “like” button on an inflammatory comment posted under a recent news story published on The Press’s website, 27east.com.

The anonymous comment, posted by a person who uses the screen name “Frank Wheeler,” suggests that the Stop & Shop in Hampton Bays is a better option for local residents. The commentator then states: “Mendelsen [sic] should stop sniveling—he’s a typical developer who isn’t getting his way. And after what he contributed to the death of Riverhead’s wonderful Main Street, he SHOULD have been executed!”

Mr. Mendelson was the developer behind the Riverhead Center shopping center on Route 58, which features a Home Depot, a Pier 1 and other retail stores.

“There comes a point where you have to draw the line, and this is it—when town officials think, somehow, that I should be executed for bringing forth an idea,” said Mr. Mendelson.

Ms. Farrell, who said she almost never responds to online news stories, said she agreed with the first part of the comment, the portion stating that the Stop & Shop—where she shops herself—was more convenient. She said her decision to hit the “like” button did not support the suggestion that the developer be “executed.”

“What does he think, that I’m a killer?” Ms. Farrell asked.

As for the mayor, he has no plans to ask for her resignation.

“I fully support any of my trustees who speak out,” Mr. Teller said. “The Constitution gives us the right to speak.”

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Be very careful what you do on line:)
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Dec 2, 11 6:11 PM
How is it that Ms. Farrell finds it more convenient to travel to Hampton bays to shop when she lives in Westhampton beach? This issue should be put on a referendum to get the feelings of the constituents of Westhampton and Westhampton Beach. They are the ones that have to shop for food. What is convenient fro Ms. Farrell may not be convenient for everyone else. A little competition may finally get Waldbaum's to do what they should have done years ago--clean up their store and their prices. ...more
By bobalooey (45), East Quogue on Dec 3, 11 3:47 PM
It seems as if Mr. Mendelson has already conducted a "private referendum" of his own in the form of a telephone poll earlier this year, and that's what he came to the Trustees with.

As for running for Mayor, he'd have to live in the Village, which he doesn't.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Dec 4, 11 10:50 AM
What Mr. Mendelson fails to realize, is that he was an accomplice in "murdering" Riverhead Main St. by aiding, and abetting big box retail stores development on 58. And, there are a great many who feel that way. What do you think Southampton's Main St. would look like if more "big boxes" were allowed to operate east of the canal?

"Mom and Pop" businesses simply cannot achieve the cut rate, bulk buying power of a mega corporation, and their presence (mega corporation) has ended the existence ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 3, 11 5:35 PM
When I went through main street in Riverhead last week there were people walking up and down the street, window shopping and going to restaurants. Westhampton Beach was dead. There is no reason to go to Westhampton anymore. The big box store may be on Rt 58 but small specialty shops, nice bars, restaurants and shops are creating a great main street. The decaying old building are being knocked down and the aquarium, hotel, and riverwalk are turning around the area. Westhampton is strangling business ...more
By Spinny OHO (94), Speonk on Dec 3, 11 9:47 PM
Yes, things have slowly gotten a little better. I'll grant you that.

But, it was not so long ago that many people had to "close shop". Remember that Riverhead not only applied for, and received Federal dollars to revitalize Main St. thanks in no small part to Tim Bishop. It has been a fairly big project to get it to where it is as you see it now.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 4, 11 1:41 PM
I used to go to Westhampton Beach regularly decades ago before Main Street went upmarket. It had nice little stores like the general store on the north side that was the last survivor of the old guard before the owner finally died and it was converted into boutiques. (I have particularly fond memories of a short-lived ice cream parlor of my youth named "Moniebogue Alley" featuring the "Super Supreme Size YouNameIt" which I never had the temerity to order.) There never was much going on there ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Dec 4, 11 11:24 AM
Westhampton is dead
By Hambone (514), New York on Dec 4, 11 10:58 PM