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17 Comments by WHBYankee

County Road 39 signs removed

I wonder what the total cost was of putting up and removing these eyesores.
Any ideas???
Was it part of the millions of dollars spent to widen the roadway or was it extra?" Jan 29, 09 10:57 AM

Fire destroys North Sea home

No foundation lost to date. ;)

" Mar 6, 09 9:13 AM

East Hampton man arrested, charged with fleeing scene of fatal accident

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind." - John Tillotson

" Mar 31, 09 10:00 AM

Alternatives sought after village shuts down Southampton Tire soup kitchen

Who pays Tom Wedell to picket?" Apr 8, 09 4:31 PM

United states citizen, were you ancestors native american? Or did they come to America from Europe or another continent to make a better life for themselves and their families? That's what I thought, stop being a complete hypocrite and have some compassion for other human beings. We're all on this planet together, we should all live as one race, the human race. There should be no more color, language or religious barriers. That's what this country was founded upon, freedom from persecution by people like you. You seem like the "BASURA" to me or maybe you're just "BORRACHO". If you opened up to another culture, you might understand a little Espanol. ;)" Apr 9, 09 1:39 PM

Hearings set for 77-foot-tall wireless pole in Water Mill

Sebonac Road and North Sea Road? That is not possible. Sebonac and Sandy Hollow or North McGee Street?" Jun 12, 09 11:25 AM

Fireworks, parades and other holiday activities

It is WIBORG not WILBORG." Jul 1, 09 12:06 PM

Police chief files notice of claim against Westhampton Beach

SJD / Angelo De La Fuente,
You seem to have way too much time on your hands if you are commenting this much on websites. Don't you have a garage to run? What did Ray personally do to you that you are so angry at him and entire the police department? Maybe it's because you got caught with an illegal apartment over your business and had to make it legit. Cost you some dough didn't it? Bitter old men with too much time who spews lies with bad accents equal trouble in my eyes. GO watch FOX News and keep you lies to yourself.
" Jul 21, 09 5:00 PM

I apologize if I am incorrect about who you are, but I swear I can hear that accent while reading your posts.
The Westhampton Police Department does nothing, hmmmm? I guess what you and I see as nothing are two completely different things:

Westhampton Beach Police reports
Jun 24, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports
Oct 15, 2008
Westhampton Beach Police reports
Jan 14, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports... continue
Aug 13, 2008
Westhampton Beach Police Reports... continue
Jan 28, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports
Jan 7, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports continue
Jun 26, 2008
Westhampton Beach Police reports continue
Mar 18, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports continue
Feb 18, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports continue
Dec 9, 2008
Westhampton Beach Police reports continue
May 19, 2009
Westhampton Beach Police reports continue
May 13, 2009
(Unfortunately the links might not work, but you get my drift.)

That sure looks like more than nothing to me, these are just a few police reports over the last couple years. NOTHING? Really?
I see a police force that does their jobs well and by the book, unlike it was years ago. A few former officers should be happy with their pensions and benefits and not be jealous Ray is getting paid well for doing a good job. Which I might add he is more than qualified for. He could have hung them all out to dry but he did not, he let them all leave the force with some semblance of decency, which was more than generous. (I don’t think I would have been as nice, especially if I knew how they were going to “pay him back”.)

Do you really think the WHB Police had no assistance in helping the Suffolk PD with their sting on the “cop owned bar”? I am pretty sure they did. They might not have gotten the big headlines or due credit in the media because we know how the Suffolk big-wigs-and-moustaches like to see their names and faces in print. (I believe the Suffolk PD needed some positive light more than the WHB police department did at the time with all the changes Levy was implementing between the Suffolk Police and the Suffolk Sheriff.)

As for SH PD responding to the Post Stop robbery first, maybe the dispatch sent the call out for all departments to hear since it was an armed robbery and that SH Town officer happened to be the closest and quickest to arrive. Maybe the WHB Officers were responding to another call and were backed up by SH PD? I’m not sure what the reason is, but I don’t think you know the real story and that means it really isn’t the complete truth.

By the way, Westhampton Beach is a village, not a TOWN.
" Jul 22, 09 12:30 PM

Supervisor Kabot will fight DWI charge, stay in race

When I read these comments I can't help but picture the scene from Frankenstein, a mob of people holding torches chasing after him. I may not agree with their policies, but Linda is not a monster, nor is the editor Joe Shaw, give them some respect, no one is perfect, I know I'm not and I'm sure none of you are either. " Sep 11, 09 9:24 AM

Health care reform passes House with Bishop's blessing

This is from FRONTLINE on PBS.org:

Percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent on health care: 8.3
Average family premium: None; funded by taxation.
Co-payments: None for most services; some co-pays for dental care, eyeglasses and 5 percent of prescriptions. Young people and the elderly are exempt from all drug co-pays.
What is it? The British system is "socialized medicine" because the government both provides and pays for health care. Britons pay taxes for health care, and the government-run National Health Service (NHS) distributes those funds to health care providers. Hospital doctors are paid salaries. General practitioners (GPs), who run private practices, are paid based on the number of patients they see. A small number of specialists work outside the NHS and see private-pay patients.
How does it work? Because the system is funded through taxes, administrative costs are low; there are no bills to collect or claims to review. Patients have a "medical home" in their GP, who also serves as a gatekeeper to the rest of the system; patients must see their GP before going to a specialist. GPs, who are paid extra for keeping their patients healthy, are instrumental in preventive care, an area in which Britain is a world leader.
What are the concerns? The stereotype of socialized medicine -- long waits and limited choice -- still has some truth. In response, the British government has instituted reforms to help make care more competitive and give patients more choice. Hospitals now compete for NHS funds distributed by local Primary Care Trusts, and starting in April 2008 patients are able to choose where they want to be treated for many procedures.

Percentage of GDP spent on health care: 8
Average family premium: $280 per month, with employers paying more than half.
Co-payments: 30 percent of the cost of a procedure, but the total amount paid in a month is capped according to income.
What is it? Japan uses a "social insurance" system in which all citizens are required to have health insurance, either through their work or purchased from a nonprofit, community-based plan. Those who can't afford the premiums receive public assistance. Most health insurance is private; doctors and almost all hospitals are in the private sector.
How does it work? Japan boasts some of the best health statistics in the world, no doubt due in part to the Japanese diet and lifestyle. Unlike the U.K., there are no gatekeepers; the Japanese can go to any specialist when and as often as they like. Every two years the Ministry of Health negotiates with physicians to set the price for every procedure. This helps keeps costs down.
What are the concerns? In fact, Japan has been so successful at keeping costs down that Japan now spends too little on health care; half of the hospitals in Japan are operating in the red. Having no gatekeepers means there's no check on how often the Japanese use health care, and patients may lack a medical home.

Percentage of GDP spent on health care: 10.7
Average family premium: $750 per month; premiums are pegged to patients' income.
Co-payments: 10 euros ($15) every three months; some patients, like pregnant women, are exempt.
What is it? Germany, like Japan, uses a social insurance model. In fact, Germany is the birthplace of social insurance, which dates back to Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. But unlike the Japanese, who get insurance from work or are assigned to a community fund, Germans are free to buy their insurance from one of more than 200 private, nonprofit "sickness funds." As in Japan, the poor receive public assistance to pay their premiums.
How does it work? Sickness funds are nonprofit and cannot deny coverage based on preexisting conditions; they compete with each other for members, and fund managers are paid based on the size of their enrollments. Like Japan, Germany is a single-payment system, but instead of the government negotiating the prices, the sickness funds bargain with doctors as a group. Germans can go straight to a specialist without first seeing a gatekeeper doctor, but they may pay a higher co-pay if they do.
What are the concerns? The single-payment system leaves some German doctors feeling underpaid. A family doctor in Germany makes about two-thirds as much as he or she would in America. (Then again, German doctors pay much less for malpractice insurance, and many attend medical school for free.) Germany also lets the richest 10 percent opt out of the sickness funds in favor of U.S.-style for-profit insurance. These patients are generally seen more quickly by doctors, because the for-profit insurers pay doctors more than the sickness funds.

Percentage GDP spent on health care: 6.3
Average family premium: $650 per year for a family for four.
Co-payments: 20 percent of the cost of drugs, up to $6.50; up to $7 for outpatient care; $1.80 for dental and traditional Chinese medicine. There are exemptions for major diseases, childbirth, preventive services, and for the poor, veterans, and children.
What is it? Taiwan adopted a "National Health Insurance" model in 1995 after studying other countries' systems. Like Japan and Germany, all citizens must have insurance, but there is only one, government-run insurer. Working people pay premiums split with their employers; others pay flat rates with government help; and some groups, like the poor and veterans, are fully subsidized. The resulting system is similar to Canada's -- and the U.S. Medicare program.
How does it work? Taiwan's new health system extended insurance to the 40 percent of the population that lacked it while actually decreasing the growth of health care spending. The Taiwanese can see any doctor without a referral. Every citizen has a smart card, which is used to store his or her medical history and bill the national insurer. The system also helps public health officials monitor standards and effect policy changes nationwide. Thanks to this use of technology and the country's single insurer, Taiwan's health care system has the lowest administrative costs in the world.
What are the concerns? Like Japan, Taiwan's system is not taking in enough money to cover the medical care it provides. The problem is compounded by politics, because it is up to Taiwan's parliament to approve an increase in insurance premiums, which it has only done once since the program was enacted.

Percentage of GDP spent on health care: 11.6
Average monthly family premium: $750, paid entirely by consumers; there are government subsidies for low-income citizens.
Co-payments: 10 percent of the cost of services, up to $420 per year.
What is it? The Swiss system is social insurance like in Japan and Germany, voted in by a national referendum in 1994. Switzerland didn't have far to go to achieve universal coverage; 95 percent of the population already had voluntary insurance when the law was passed. All citizens are required to have coverage; those not covered were automatically assigned to a company. The government provides assistance to those who can't afford the premiums.
How does it work? The Swiss example shows that universal coverage is possible, even in a highly capitalist nation with powerful insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Insurance companies are not allowed to make a profit on basic care and are prohibited from cherry-picking only young and healthy applicants. They can make money on supplemental insurance, however. As in Germany, the insurers negotiate with providers to set standard prices for services, but drug prices are set by the government.
What are the concerns? The Swiss system is the second most expensive in the world -- but it's still far cheaper than U.S. health care. Drug prices are still slightly higher than in other European nations, and even then the discounts may be subsidized by the more expensive U.S. market, where some Swiss drug companies make one-third of their profits. In general, the Swiss do not have gatekeeper doctors, although some insurance plans require them or give a discount to consumers who use them.

The fact that so many Americans go bankrupt because of sickness is sickening, it shouldn't happen. " Nov 11, 09 12:34 PM

Jury now deliberating in Oddone trial

Glad you like the coverage Knitwit, but Mr. Shaw's name is Joseph, not James.

" Dec 3, 09 3:58 PM

East Hampton's Gload signs with Phillies

From MLB.com:

"PHILADELPHIA -- Ross Gload passed his physical Tuesday in Philadelphia to finalize a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Phillies. A source said he will make $1 million in 2010 and $1.6 million in 2011."" Dec 16, 09 4:59 PM

Suspended Westhampton Beach Village Police officers return to work

From the Village Code:
Pursuant to the provisions of General Municipal Law § 806, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Westhampton Beach recognizes that there are rules of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which must be observed if a high degree of moral conduct is to be obtained and if public confidence is to be maintained in our unit of local government. It is the purpose of this chapter to promulgate these rules of ethical conduct for the officers and employees of the Village of Westhampton Beach. These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the Village of Westhampton Beach. The rules of ethical conduct of this chapter, as adopted, shall not conflict with but shall be in addition to any prohibition of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law or any other general or special law relating to ethical conduct and interest in contracts of municipal officers and employees.
Standards of conduct.
Every officer or employee of the Village of Westhampton Beach shall be subject to and shall abide by the following standards of conduct:
Gifts. He shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $75 or more, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise, or any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him, or could reasonably be expected to influence him, in the performance of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part.
[Amended 9-13-1993]
Confidential information. He shall not disclose confidential information acquired by him in the course of his official duties or use such information to further his personal interest.
Representation before one's own agency. He shall not receive or enter into any agreement, express or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any municipal agency of which he is an officer, member or employee or of any municipal agency over which he has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
Representation before any agency for a contingent fee. He shall not receive or enter into any agreement, express or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any agency of his municipality, whereby his compensation is to be dependent or contingent upon any action by such agency with respect to such matter, provided that this subsection shall not prohibit the fixing at any time of fees based upon the reasonable value of the services rendered.
Disclosure of interest in legislation. To the extent that he knows thereof, a member of the Board of Trustees and any officer or employee of the Village of Westhampton Beach, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Board of Trustees on any legislation before the Board of Trustees shall publicly disclose on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he has in such legislation.
Investments in conflict with official duties. He shall not invest or hold any investment directly or indirectly in any financial, business, commercial or other private transaction, which creates a conflict with his official duties.
Private employment. He shall not engage in, solicit, negotiate for or promise to accept private employment or render services for private interests when such employment or service creates a conflict with or impairs the proper discharge of his official duties.
Future employment. He shall not, after the termination of service or employment with such municipality, appear before any board or agency of the Village of Westhampton Beach in relation to any case, proceeding or application in which he personally participated during the period of his service or employment or which was under his active consideration.
Penalties for offenses.
In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law, any person who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment, as the case may be, in the manner provided by law" Dec 18, 09 10:58 AM

East Hampton Town harbormaster arrested for marijuana possession

I'm curious why comments are allowed on this story?

To quote one of Mr. Shaw's comments on the Kabot arrest:

"No, we're not allowing comments on the story about Ms. Kabot's arrest on a DWI charge. Our policy is generally not to allow comments on stories involving criminal charges--a few have slipped through the cracks in the past, but when we realized it we pulled the commenting off those stories. I think it's only fair to maintain the policy for the town supervisor."

" Jan 6, 10 12:15 PM

Westhampton Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee schedules fund-raiser

condemnant quod non intellegunt" Mar 3, 10 12:33 PM

Westhampton Beach Village Attorney Bo Bishop resigns

Do you read the newspaper articles or do you just comment because they give you a space to write?

From an article in the Press: Chief Dean said he usually sets aside around $5,000 from his annual budget to cover the overtime that is accumulated by some officers. He also said that the neighboring police departments do not charge Westhampton Beach Village for the extra patrols.


I know your a big Latin buff too: "Cogita ante salis."" Mar 26, 10 10:54 AM