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Quogue Village Rejects Application For Religious Boundary; EEEA Plans To Sue

Have a good weekend, fellow fiddlers." May 18, 12 6:24 PM

Wainscott Couple Sues Over Babinski Barn Approval

Does one smell a counter-suit here, given that the work in progress appears to be in full compliance with previous approvals?

If the Gilberts' lawsuit is deemed to be outside the limits of permissible arguments, it would be appropriate for Mr. Babinski to seek compensation from them (AND personally from Mr. Bragman) for all expenses AND attorneys' fees.

Let the summer games begin!

Call the Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle section back from summer recess." May 29, 12 6:14 PM

Sag Harbor-Greenport Ferry Still Pending Approval

Did ANYONE seriously think that this would be approved for this summer?\

Let the Summer Games begin!

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle" May 29, 12 8:40 PM

Man Dressed As Jesus Journeys To Montauk

Peace on Earth." May 31, 12 5:02 PM

East Hampton Shooting Was An Accident, Victim's Mother Says

Illegal gun + Medivac injury = jail time.

Simple!" May 31, 12 6:51 PM

Regional Helicopter Group Opposes FAA-Mandated North Shore Flight Route

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council, and all chopper pilots for that matter, may be a little late to this party?

They have been assaulting the EH airport for years with indiscriminate low-level incoming attacks and departures.

The time for a meaningful discussion, and adjustment to flight plans, has been available for years.

And now you want to complain about the new FAA proposed regulations?

Where were you when we needed you (and you needed us!)?

"When you lie down with dogs (yourselves), don't complain when you wake up with fleas!"

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle" Jun 5, 12 4:03 PM

Alec Baldwin Applies For a Wind Turbine

To quote Mr. Wilkinson per the article:

"I live in a community that has 400 homes in it,” said Mr. Wilkinson. “What if 400 homes wanted to put up a windmill?”

If ever there was a statement by an elected official which begged for comment, this would appear to be that comment.

When in doubt about a proposal, Mr. W., exaggerate it to the absurd, and then take an indignant high ground? Were you elected, or were you anointed by a Higher Power?

Hubris is difficult to perceive from within the bubble of conceit!

You can't make this stuff up.

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle" Jun 5, 12 7:28 PM

Legislature Renames Theodore Roosevelt County Park To Montauk County Park

How easily we forget an heroic icon such as President "TR" Roosevelt.

Ditto to most of the comments above, as Suffolk County fiddles while Rome burns!

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle.

PS -- Google President Roosevelt's name, regarding his incredible journey from the deep woods near New York's highest mountain, Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks, after Pres. McKinley was assassinated in 1901. He and his party rode through the night on horseback, then switched to stage coach and railroad from North Creek via Saratoga and Albany, to Buffalo to be sworn in as the next President.

Why would Suffolk County take the time and effort to "Dis'" such an important person, by naming the park in such a generically bland fashion? Mind-blowing IMO." Jun 7, 12 7:31 PM

PS -- Does it really matter, to quote Mr. Schneiderman, that TR "wasn't there" at the park, but was at Ditch Plains?

Did we have to prove that JFK was at Idlewild Airport before it was renamed in his honor?

Reagan at Dulles?

We name monuments to HONOR our icons, not to prove their physical location at a specific place in time.

Really, what an incredible waste of VISION on the part of Suffolk County. No wonder Rome is burning!" Jun 7, 12 7:47 PM

26 Vacancies Found In Southampton Village Business District

High rents?

Ain't that Z Truth!

Greed poisons a village -- watch it unfold as the world economy takes another turn down over the next few years.

Also watch as Southampton Village's budget woes skyrocket due to rising legacy retirement and benefit packages, and mind-blowing proposals (e. g., a catering and banquet facility at Coopers Beach?)

"Rome 2.0" indeed.

Have a good weekend, fellow fiddlers." Jun 8, 12 1:31 PM

Village Justice Court In The Red, Overbudget For Years

Another Red line item in the Village budget. Please start projecting out the RISING line items over the next decade or two (for instance legacy retirement and benefit packages for all retirees). These projections should include the likelihood that all sub-line items will increase in annual cost (like medical insurance, doctors' fees, etc.).

Then project out falling revenues over the same period (notably property taxes, especially if the world and US economies take a further turn down over the next few years). The curves started conflicting many years ago (were these projections done carefully in the past?).

"Can't happen here" you say?

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle" Jun 8, 12 1:45 PM

Legislature Renames Theodore Roosevelt County Park To Montauk County Park

Has Mr. Schneiderman commented on his SNAFU?

What local Montauk political pressures might have spawned this move to "Dis" TR?

Hmmmm." Jun 11, 12 8:21 PM

Pavilion Gets Green Light From Southampton Village Officials

Well, at least it is now official. The Southampton Village Board has lost its mind. Hopefully their "Fiddle While Rome Burns" orchestra will entertain us all, as the Village goes bankrupt.

First, they let the Parrish Art Museum slip out the Village's hands years ago (at the planning stages). The new museum could have been built behind the current one. Yes, many adjustments (parking, height restrictions, etc.) would have been necessary, but none requiring the reinvention of the wheel.

Instead, we have the Billboard for Excess (in bright white no less) getting ready to open in Water Mill.

Then came proposals to build a catering and banquet hall at Coopers, and to buy the old Wines building on Windmill Lane.

Let's not overlook the rezoning of the old Glennon Buick/Cadillac property for a Whole Foods Market, on one of the busiest intersections on the entire East End.

Moving on to the current proposal. The design is surely a nice fit with the current museum, isn't it? NOT! Why does every "hot" architect think it is necessary to make such a bold, new "statement?" A really classy arts center which fit in design-wise with the current museum could be really "tasteful," but taste seems to be a remote concept to Mayor Epley et al..

Finally the costs for all of the above. Southampton Village is heading for municipal bankruptcy as it is. The vested retirement costs, alone, over the next few decades are mind-blowing IMO, when projected out conservatively.

Sure the "bait" for this new proposal has it being paid for by donations. Hah! Who is going to maintain it, staff it, etc. etc.?

YOU ARE, Village taxpayers, and you cannot afford such an escalation of the Village budget.

PS -- Are the busts of the Roman Emperors still on the walkway on the east side of the museum? Now we can add one for Emperor Epley. Hey, nice alliteration too!" Jun 16, 12 12:25 PM

Altschuler Secures Fishing Endorsements

Go Boo!

Thank you for your contribution to the Fiddle Section." Jun 18, 12 2:19 PM

Suffolk County Approves Sag Harbor-Greenport Ferry, Extends Long Wharf Lease

Good luck, however the catamaran vessel may not handle the rough tide-and-wind-driven rough seas around Shelter Island in ALL conditions?

Hopefully the approvals given by Suffolk County, Sag Harbor Village, and Greenport Village, took into consideration the safety of the passengers in the WORST of conditions?

BTW did Southampton Town and Southold Town sign off on this? If not, why not? Would not their liability insurance kick in if there were to be a major incident with a capsize and/or drowning?

Bon Voyage!

PS -- Perhaps a follow-up by the Press would be appropriate regarding how the various approvals have affected the liability of the municipalities involved? The previous articles have not mentioned this line item as of of the costs. Hmmmm." Jun 19, 12 7:58 PM

PS -- and the Town of Shelter Island regarding approvals at the Town level.

Liability, liability, liability.

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle" Jun 19, 12 8:01 PM

Former Library Building's New Owner Says He Will Restore Building

Correction EE68:

"Emperor Epley" whose bust will be added to the walkway of Roman Emperors east of the current Parrish Art Museum." Jun 20, 12 1:03 PM

Four Companies Battle Mulch Pit Fire Near Sag Harbor

Nature, I don't think they were mining irony, just sand and gravel, with a salad of mulch on the side." Jun 24, 12 5:08 PM

East Hampton Airport Gets New Federal Classification

Now we will get to see if Mr. Stanzione and the rest of the EH Town Board are serious about the noise problems.

Tomorrow is the beginning of a 10-day window surrounding the Fourth of July, and it is likely that air traffic will be insane during this period.

Ditto to SagHarborBob, fingers crossed, but the middle one on the right hand is itching to salute the EH Town Board if the tower is not effective.

Have a good Fourth of July "Weekend" over the next week and one-half.
" Jun 27, 12 6:25 PM

Is this tower operational, as we head into the Fourth of July "Week From Hell?"

Will there be landing and takeoff operational details posted online ? (for all 24 hours of the day, and 7 days per week)

According to the article, the tower will open at 7 AM.. What about the MANY flights which take off earlier, especially on Monday mornings? Are they under ANY local control, or even recorded?

If pilots will seek to avoid the established hours of the tower, is it obvious that the limited hours actually ENCOURAGE !!! night flights. Did the EH Town Board consider the implications of their low-budget operation to deal with the VERY REAL noise problems from HTO?

Not to mention during the night. Is the airspace over HTO now a "Free-for-All" while we all try to sleep?

Sorry Board Watcher, but I do not live near the airport. There is a larger debate going on here. FAA funding is a separate debate, also IMO. Perhaps you could file your flight plan? Is there a noise problem at HTO, or not?

Board Watcher, push your throttle forward! Or take on a new moniker of:

Board Shover!"" Jun 29, 12 8:33 PM

Coast Guard Assists Boat In Shinnecock Bay

Hindsight is 20 20, K2020?

An apparent emergency requires all available resources to respond IMO. It this vessel had been on fire, and pulled into Jackson's, and then exploded, would you complain about too may agencies on-hand? (to discuss the worst case scenario)

Fortunately Rome did not burn on this call.

Well done by all responders IMO." Jul 2, 12 2:39 PM

Bayman Says Shots Fired From Reservation; Shinnecocks Demand Baymen Stay Away

Hmm, speaking of the Pow Wow, is a visa granted by the sovereign Shinnecock Nation required for citizens of the USA to attend the Pow Wow? Where does one pick up a visa application? What is the lead time for a visa being granted? Hopefully not longer than two months!

Do the daily shoppers on the south side of Old Montauk Highway between Old Fort Pond and Hill Street have to present visas to buy cigarettes, coffee and so forth when they pull over to shop?

Is the "border" enforced to prevent "foreigners" from shopping, and from attending the Pow Wow?

If my family pulls in to spend some "clams" at the shops and/or Pow Wow, will they be shot?

The last time I drove by, I did not see any fences or border enforcement agents along Old Montauk Highway.

Please advise for the safety of all.

Thank you." Jul 8, 12 5:22 PM

Mother, Son Struck By SUV While Crossing Street In Sag Harbor

Let the Summer Games begin!" Jul 8, 12 5:37 PM

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