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Southampton Village gets first glimpse at master plan

I was at this meeting last Friday and would like to comment on one aspect of Mr. Eckstut's presentation.

He explicitly stated more than once that any parking lot developed on Hill St. would NOT be a "parking garage" and definitely NOT have "two or three" decks. His notion was that one level could be below grade and another possibly 1/2 a floor above grade.

Any talk of a "parking garage" is editorializing by the reporter." Sep 10, 08 9:31 PM

Paterson signs bills aimed at zone pricing

Awesome." Oct 1, 08 4:10 PM

Zeldin accuses Bishop of changing stance on offshore drilling

MORE WAR! VOTE FOR ZELDIN!

The Manchurian Candidate strikes again with more ridiculous and untrue mudslinging. Way to go Lee!

Everybody say it with me now...(it's got a nice ring to it):

MORE WAR!
VOTE FOR ZELDIN!" Oct 16, 08 4:57 PM

County backs Shinnecock casino effort

There is really no disputing the fact that the Shinnecocks are a sovereign Native American tribe, and as such, deserve the right to build a casino (as well as all other rights and benefits granted by our gov't). It's only a matter of time before they are officially recognized by the federal government. Deal with it.

So instead of lamenting the beauty lost in another state in another era, the focus should be on how to best plan for this inevitable future.

To the commenter CommonSense: Exactly why is a casino "sheer stupidity"? Because you'd rather not have one within a short drive from your home? For one moment put yourself in the shoes of a Shinnecock tribe member...what would you do?

A Shinnecock casino is coming, be it in 5, 10, or 20 years. So let's focus on how to best accommodate the inevitable so that it doesn't infringe on our everyday lives, but also provides the income to lift the Tribe up.

Perhaps a law that excludes Tribe members convicted of drug- or violence-related felonies from receiving gaming proceeds puts everyone on their best behavior on the Res?" Dec 11, 08 2:21 PM

Also, to commenter "Typical", what's C.A.V.E. country?" Dec 11, 08 2:23 PM

To CommonSense,

I think you miss my point completely. At no point in my letter to I say that I think a casino would be a good idea. In fact, I'll go on record now as saying it's probably a bad idea.

My point is that it's an inevitability we as East End residents need to come to terms with. The Shinnecocks will one day achieve federal recognition (deservedly so), and with that follows a casino. It is with this fact in mind that I think we need to plan for the future.

Also, all this talk of widening roads and adding lanes is to me wholly misplaced. 27 is packed Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer and there is no talk of adding lanes. Seriously, just how much extra traffic is everyone expecting? And crime? Huh? Why is accepted as a given that the two go hand-in-hand? (Don't forget about the rampant prostitution that comes along with slot machines!)

And to poke one last hole in your flimsy argument, CommonSense, exactly how do you figure that a casino in central Suffolk is going to affect your home value here in Southampton? Does a casino 25 miles from your home make your block less attractive or desirable? Are people going to stop visiting the Hamptons because they have to drive past a business you don't agree with?

Wake up and put your efforts into lessening the impacts of a casino on Long Island, rather than fighting the inevitable." Dec 12, 08 1:25 PM

As a point of fact, I am a life-long, full-time (with the exception of college years) resident of Southampton Town.

And to 'Soundview', it has everything to do with rights to build a casino, because once that right is granted by the federal gov't., there will be no stopping the Shinnecocks from building one.

Now, even the Tribal Council has publicly stated they'd rather not build on tribal lands, and would do so only as a last resort. It's for that very reason we've got to begin to play ball NOW, and help guide the casino further west, along a major road, and onto county property.

A CASINO IS COMING. WE GET TO CHOOSE WHERE IT GOES. HB OR FURTHER WEST. WHICH WOULD YOU PREFER?

" Dec 12, 08 2:10 PM

CommonSense,

Where does Tanger get it's power from? Where does SplishSplash get it's water from? Who are you to say what large-scale projects get the OK or not?

I guess the point that a lot of people are missing is that once federally recognized, it will be the Shinnecock's right to open a casino, whether we like it or not. Shoram,Calverton jet port, etc., these were private projects, open to community and political pressure. In this case we're talking about a sovereign Nation, not an electric company or private business man.

I'm in no way advocating for a casino, I'm strongly advocating for intelligent planning for the future. Again, a casino in HB is a last resort for the Shinnecocks but it is possible. Let's accept their right to build a casino and try through diplomacy to steer it away from our tiny Hamptons hamlets." Dec 12, 08 6:25 PM

Mets Fan's idea, which has good intentions, is a legislative mess. I'd guess college-age and younger Shinnecocks make up less than 15% of the total Res population. What about everyone else?

But the real problem with that idea is this: Why write new laws in an attempt to fix a problem when there is already a solution used successfully nationwide? Indian gaming was created as a solution for the EXACT SAME problem the Shinnecocks are experiencing.

And to Soundview, while we may not see blatant examples of oppression today, rest assured that damages done many years ago take generations to heal. This is a widely accepted sociological fact.

CommonSense, I'm joking here, but if you're getting your news (facts?) from Dan's Papers than you have greater problems than the spector of an Indian casino ;-)" Dec 15, 08 11:54 AM

I'd like to build on what 'The Truth' just wrote above. He's right when he says the area is slowly dying. I grew up in Southampton but can't afford to buy a house in good condition. Without us younger people living here the area will surely die.

A few months ago (maybe even a year ago) there was a very interesting article in the Residence section of the Press. I think it may have been written by Joe Shaw. In the article he proposed that Southampton Town, via the Community Preservation Fund, match first-time homebuyers pre-approved mortgage amount. He noted that the problem with affordable housing as it's used out here is that it limits the profits when that first house is sold. Under his proposal, the Town would in essence become 50-50 partners with these young, first-time home buyers. When the house is sold years from now, the initial loan is repaid and the profit split.

Now, I'm not sure if the CPF is the right place to draw these funds from, BUT, what if this money came from a housing fund financed by the casino profits?

Young families stay, the schools and local businesses flourish, and downtown becomes a year-round destination.

Think about it.
" Dec 17, 08 11:50 AM

Mr. Rodney,

Please take a closer look at my comment. I'll highlight the sentence that you seem to have overlooked:

"Now, I'm not sure if the CPF is the right place to draw these funds from, BUT, what if this money came from a housing fund financed by the casino profits?"

A.Y.C." Dec 17, 08 2:19 PM

Construction worker killed in job site accident in Southampton Village

So Tom I guess you're saying that slaves chose to come here?" Jan 6, 09 6:32 PM

New blog targets architecture in Southampton Village

What a great blog! Ms. Spanburgh is right on when she writes that at least some of the ARB members should be qualified design professionals. Would you let an accountant diagnose a medical condition? No? Would you let a fisherman pilot an airplane? No? Then why is the asthetics of our village left up to (well-meaning) folks with no design education?" Jan 7, 09 3:33 PM

More review before potential Dragon's Head demolition

To paraphrase someone else: What is the difference between a well-liked building and a bad one?


Time." Jan 14, 09 11:51 AM

Some opposition to proposed farmers market in Southampton

I think a farmer's market is a great idea, although Saturday is a better day for it. My only fear: Village board member Paul Robinson wanting to charge me admission to boost the village coffers!

Also, Dennis Schmidt is the king of hyperbole!" Mar 13, 09 5:33 PM

Walt you're waaaay off base on this. The Parrish Museum happens to have a large lawn right in the center of town; its simply a logical choice along with Agawam Park.

The idea of being able to buy locally grown and harvested food in a community-oriented outdoor spot is a great one. I applaud Bonnie Cannon for the initiative.

And if Dennis Schmidt doesn't like it, maybe he could start carrying more locally produced items to sell the other 6 days of the week. More Long Island-based goods and less French lemonade & Italian salami is probably a good thing these days." Mar 19, 09 8:09 AM

RealLocal: I think the word you're looking for is xenophobic, not racist. Look it up.

Mexicokid: I for one would LOVE to have hot dog stands on every corner. Then I wouldn't have to pay $11 for a sandwich at Gucci Deli (Job's Lane Deli)." Mar 20, 09 5:21 PM

Code enforcement shuts down soup kitchen at Southampton Tire

To the commenter above (nauti lady),

I couldn't have said it better myself. Very well put.

We've got to all ask ourselves: Who among us hasn't had tough times? Who here has never asked for help? In this country legally or illegally, it really doesn't matter, does it? We're all just people trying to get by.

I applaud the Whitby's for their selfless act." Apr 1, 09 5:44 PM

OriginalLocal- The Press story was about a local family helping those in need, which, if you are as hard-up as you say, means you too. Do you believe enough in the American dream to actually go out on the street by 7-11 and ask for work? " Apr 1, 09 9:07 PM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

darwin - If things are so tough for you, I'm sure the Sisters & the Witbys would be happy to feed you too.
" Apr 14, 09 4:46 PM

North Haven murder: One suspect, no arrest

Wouldn't you?" May 4, 09 1:02 PM

Money designated for affordable housing never moved; housing fund in the red

Democrat, Republican, Martian....it doesn't really matter. What matters is that OUR money, supposedly cared for by our elected officials was not where it was supposed to be. Who on earth "forgets" to move TWO MILLION DOLLARS into it's proper account? I can just hear it now:

"Oops oh man what a dummy I am! I'm so busy what with my day to day life that I just up and forgot all about that two million bucks I was supposed to be taking care of! Dang human error....my bad!"

If the Town were run like a corporation then heads would be rolling right now." May 7, 09 9:50 AM

Debate over Southampton farmers market continues

I'd bet that if Dennis Schmidt visited a Village Farmers Market he'd be able to pick up a few product that he could sell in his store SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

Here's a possible scenerio:

Person 1: "Oh man I really love that Bridgehampton Beeswax but I can only get it on Sundays at the Farmer's Market".

Person 2: "No way! Did you hear that Dennis started selling it a Schmidts; now you can get it any day you want, but if you want it Monday-Saturday, you have to see Dennis".

How is this not a win-win situation for everyone?! C'mon everyone, lets get together and be pro-Village!" May 18, 09 4:28 PM

Village's most iconic open space to become five house lots

A special law to block one specific family from legally building on their land does not sound right to me. Small-town politics at its worst.

We've all been lucky to have this open space for so long, but alas, the owner(s) have the right to build." Jun 4, 09 11:11 AM

Water Mill residents oppose 77-foot-tall cell tower

I for one am opposed to this tower! Unless it's gonna boost my AT&T signal, in which case I'm all for it! ;-)" Jul 24, 09 2:38 PM

Barrister's Restaurant for sale

The price seems low to me for that location plus the business." Aug 29, 09 10:42 AM

Ha Josephene I'd love to but still can't even afford to buy a house out here in my own hometown!" Aug 31, 09 9:51 AM

Car that fled police impounded; driver unidentified

They know who owns the car....they can't prove that person was driving.

From the article above:

"The police have interviewed two people of interest—one of whom is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the chase..."" Feb 25, 10 3:05 PM

Bishop will vote yes on health care reform bill

Grimag,

Medicare + Medicaid are both government-run health care programs. Do you consider them socialist as well?

And what about Social Security? It can be argued that it's an example of wealth redistribution...is that socialist too?

My point is that the government already has an enormous hand in our daily lives; why is healthcare suddenly the the straw breaking the camel's back?" Mar 19, 10 5:59 PM

Hi Conservative Gal,

I totally see your point.... Why emulate a failing business model, right? But that's not exactly what I'm trying to say. The rallying cry of so many health-care bill oponents has been along the lines of "keep the goverment out of my health care!". So my point is that via Medicare and Medicaid, the govt is already involved (since 1965!) and no one is calling them socialist. See what I'm getting at? It's all a matter of perspective. " Mar 22, 10 7:09 PM

Offer To Plant Cherry Trees In Agawam Park Withdrawn

It's true, the cherry trees would have framed the monument nicely. What's krazy is how oversized and out of scale the American flags look against the beautiful monument in the accompanying photo. They would look much better at half the height and size and flanking the monument as opposed to randomly being place in front of it.

Just my 2 cents..." Apr 26, 11 2:44 PM

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