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East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

bubby, so I'm a "loon" and I live a "bitter" life? I thought you said you didn't know me? I love the personal attacks that you resort to when you can't ram your self serving point down someone else's throat." May 24, 13 11:45 AM

You're starting to sound like Pee Wee Herman "now I know what you are but what am I".
I can highly recommend "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly for you reading pleasure. You may learn something." May 24, 13 12:13 PM

Buddy Poppy Drives Are Underway On The East End

Please remember that many men and women lost their lives or were injured so that we can enjoy our freedom. Please support the veterans in your community and thank them for their service. On Memorial Day at your celebration say a prayer for them." May 24, 13 1:11 PM

Kabot Gets GOP Nod For Southampton Supervisor; Glinka and Mansfield For Council

Good luck and I look forward to an interesting campaign season." May 24, 13 1:15 PM

East Quogue Village Green Anniversary Celebration Set For Saturday, May 25

Should be a great time for all. The EQ Village Green is a wonderful place to gather with friends and family. Many thanks to the Town of Southampton Parks Department for the wonderful job they do in maintaining "the green". The workers are pleasant and very friendly to those of us who frequent the green. Kudos to the TOS Parks Department." May 24, 13 1:22 PM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

Thank you Miss K for stepping up and asking the questions that you did with respect to the EQ Elementary School. Since I've lived here for more than 40 years I can answer your question on whether or not the budget has ever not passed. One time, maybe 20 years ago it failed the 1st time around but passed the 2nd time. Since that time there have been yearly increases ranging from 6 - 12%. I am truly sorry that your child is not getting the services he/she needs and is entitled to. I can't understand why that is happening. I have spoken to other parents who have run into the same problem when their child needs help. Some school districts are better than others in providing services. It is unfortunate that WHB is not one of them. It was never my intention to get into a "pissing contest" with supporters who feel it is OK to pierce the tax cap, but nonetheless it happened. I have knowledge of the NYS Pension System, collective bargaining contracts, and from going to SeeThroughNY how many and just what the salaries are at the school. This includes the yearly increases which up until recent times have been quite high. God Bless and I hope that you will get the other answers you seek." May 25, 13 6:18 AM

That's an intelligent statement........someone who has worked their whole life now should get a part time job to pay school taxes. How about staying within the tax cap and I may consider voting yes. " May 25, 13 8:56 AM

Thank you SHP for removing the offensive comments which were made on this blog." May 27, 13 6:22 AM

cmac the Superintendent makes $190,124 from the NYS Teacher's Retirement System which includes free health care. He is one of the double dippers who now makes an additional $55,000. Not bad for part time, many people do not make this kind of money and work full time. If the those retired really care about the children they could volunteer their services instead of charging the tax payers more for their services. How many others are double dippers and working part time at the school? By the way, its just the facts......SeethroughNY." May 27, 13 9:15 AM

I agree. There were many years that they got double digit raises with little or no opposition. Now times are rough for many and some are forced to sell their homes and more off Long Island. It is not fair to those who have lived here their whole lives. The NYS Teacher's Union has become greedy and only care for themselves." May 27, 13 9:21 AM

Are you are referring to Halsey Stevens who retired from EQ and is now on the BOE of Westhampton Beach Schools? Why am I not surprised that EQ is sending their students to WHB? Why am I not surprised that his wife who also teaches at EQ Elementary was the former head of the NYS Teacher's union at the EQ Elementary? Why am I not surprised at the large teacher raises that were given at the EQ School until recently? Why am I not surprised that EQ has the LOWEST student/teacher ratio of any public school in the area? Nope, teacher salaries and pension benefits have nothing to do with the school tax rate in EQ. You might be surprised at how many do care about these issues, but choose to remain silent.....that's why they vote, NO. Why doesn't the EQ school hire newer teachers as substitutes? School politics, that why....its all for the politically connected." May 27, 13 11:21 AM

Yep, more kids are leaving EQ Elementary School for WHB. The enrollment is decreasing in EQ, why do we need so many teachers, teaching assistants, and teachers aides? Salaries, pension costs and medical costs $$$$$$$$$. Student/teacher ratio lowest in comparison to other public schools. Yes, I am in favor of the tax cap." May 27, 13 12:38 PM

quid pro quo.............." May 27, 13 12:43 PM

The fact of the matter is that enrollment in the EQ Elementary School is decreasing." May 27, 13 1:54 PM

I'm not the one who had their comment removed because it was offensive..........decreased enrollment, lowest student/teacher ratio in a public school in area, needless spending for property, higher pension costs which were known beforehand. High salaries/benefits given the student/teacher ratio. Do you think that just might have something to do with my NO vote? " May 27, 13 3:04 PM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

cmac what are the exact figures for student/teach ratio in EQ in each grade? Is it not true, that enrollment is declining? Comparing teachers to police officers is comparing apples to oranges. I am not concerned with the police officers since I do not pay 80% of my taxes to support the police like I do the EQ School. Silly goose, I should know better than suggest volunteering....the NYS Teacher's union will not allow it. Maybe you should consider increasing class size? Do we really need to give the principal a stipend as assistant superintendent? Seems to me your only alternative if the school cannot stay with the tax cap is to lay off employees. One poster pointed out the large increases in pension contributions and medical care. Less employees will allow the school to come under the tax cap because there will be no pension and health care contributions to be made. " May 27, 13 5:18 PM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

According to data published in Newsday the student/teacher ratio is 14 to 1. Are you telling me that enrollment is increasing for the EQ Elementary School? If so, the BOE Agenda's do not reflect this change in students who are attending EQ Elementary School. It is my understanding that one Kindergarten class was eliminated this year, is that true or not?" May 27, 13 5:46 PM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

Newsday stats say that there is a student/ teacher ratio of 14:1. Are you telling me that EQ Elementary School's enrollment is increasing? If so, BOE Agenda's do not reflect a 40 student increase in the past two years. It is my understanding that EQ Elementary School eliminated one Kindergarten class this year, is that true or not? Are you saying that EQ Elementary has a larger special needs student population than other districts who did not pierce the tax cap? Clearly I understand additional services for those students who need it. " May 27, 13 6:12 PM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

The data from Newsday reflects the teachers which are employed by the EQ Elementary School. Maybe they're not being utilized efficiently? How about the elimination of one kindergarten class, is that true? " May 27, 13 6:23 PM

For the second time budget supporters presume I haven't attended BOE Budget and regular BOE meetings which is not the case. Sitting and listening at meetings then following up with data from SeethroughNY, Newsday, BOE printings and the SHP have provided me with additional facts. Questions were asked, and debate followed which both sides have presented facts and opinions. Seems to me that when valid arguments are made personal attacks ensue. 99% of posters on this site either have children in the school or a relative who works for the school. Salaries, and benefits such as pension contributions and health care are indeed fodder for discussion on this blog. These costs cannot simply be a taboo subject which creates a firestorm of controversy if they are mentioned. These costs need to be reined in and if that is not possible the only other alternative is to cut staff. Asking if existing staff is being utilized efficiently seems to be another taboo subject. I have witnessed firsthand that when a senior who attended a BOE meeting voiced her concerns a parent shouted this senior down in a very rude manner. Her children graduated from EQ Elementary School and has been a lifelong resident. I chose to sit and listen because any opposing viewpoints are not welcome in the EQ Elementary School. Validation of my belief comes from the personal attacks which I have been subjected to on this blog. " May 28, 13 6:41 AM

My critique was not aimed at a particular person, but rather the system as a whole in the EQ School District. Your attacks were personal in nature, that is the difference. EQ has one elementary school, how many other schools districts have JUST ONE? I believe there is a conflict on interest wherein a former retired teacher and now BOE member votes on issues pertaining to the EQ Elementary School. His subs and his wife is also a teacher, nonetheless I am sure I will be attacked for my belief. It may be legal, but it is ethical?" May 28, 13 9:08 AM

Thanks for the compliment." May 28, 13 9:09 AM

The individual in question lives in WHB and is on the BOE for WHB and is not eligible to vote on the EQ budget. Both he and his wife are employed in the EQ district. He is retired from EQ school district and works part time at the EQ Elementary School and his wife is employed full time. It is my opinion that any vote he makes while a BOE member of WHB which pertains to the EQ district is a conflict of interest. I believe I made this clear in an earlier post. I stand corrected on other districts which only have one elementary school. How many of them found in necessary to pierce the tax cap? As I stated earlier, I support the tax cap to rein in school tax costs. Retired senior citizens should not be forced out of their homes because of school taxes which make up the majority of SHT tax bill. Nor should they be told they have time and can afford a computer and internet to get a part time to pay school taxes. " May 28, 13 10:31 AM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

According to the SHP the EQ School District was the only one in Southampton Town and East Hampton to try and pierce the tax cap. I find it hard to believe that the other districts can live within the tax cap and EQ could not. " May 28, 13 10:35 AM

East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

I am well aware of the Seneca Falls formula and the lawsuit which was filed to collect overpayment to WHB. I am also aware that the EQ BOE makes decisions for EQ. My point was and is that any discussions/negotiations/agreements/contracts involving the EQ BOE and WHB BOE are a conflict of interest if this individual participates. Am I being clear enough? One might view any such involvement between the two districts questionable if this is happening." May 28, 13 12:02 PM

East Quogue Taxpayers Reject School Budget; Other Plans Get Passing Grades

bubby chief 1 is right your position is self serving. He brings up some good points. Myself and the other "ignorant" EQ voters voted down the EQ Budget. Guess what, we will continue to do so when we feel the need to......and its too bad either you or your wife can't vote on the next budget. " May 31, 13 4:04 PM

East Quogue School Board Trims Another $600K From Budget; Spending Plan Won't Pierce Cap

After reading the SHP and receiving the mailing from Superintendent Black I am commenting. I did not attend the latest budget hearing wherein these cuts were discussed. It seems to me that eliminating 3 special education teachers for those students who are "at risk" in favor of keeping other programs is suspect. How do you plan to keep the same level of services for these "special children?" Why is the school not cutting in areas such as physical education, language and lastly the music program, first? Did we have too many special education teachers at the school in the first place, or are some "at risk" students going to lose the help they badly need? It seems to me that cutting staff in the physical education department should be done before special education teachers are eliminated. Is gym staff more important than educating these "at risk" students? I think not!!!" Jun 12, 13 8:28 AM

Thank you for your condemnation of the questions I have posed. Thank you for pinning the entire rejection of the defeated budget on me. Thank you for presuming to know how I feel about the unfortunate special needs students. And lastly, thank you for the personal attacks which you feel reinforce your self serving position. " Jun 17, 13 8:02 AM

UPDATE: Voters Approve East Quogue Budget

Maybe now those who have "VOTE YES" signs which litter the public right of way in front of their property will remove them. LoL" Jun 19, 13 12:08 PM

East End School Test Scores Drop, Reflecting Statewide Trend

It was an eye opener to read the recent test scores for our children. Although I do not believe test scores tell the whole story, it does appear that our children are ill equipped to compete in the global environment. Because the children "appear" to do well in our local schools they must be given the skills needed to compete in today's society. Testing is one way to create a benchmark to see how they measure up to the challenges they will face when they leave our local schools." Aug 9, 13 10:40 AM

New Golf Course, Housing Development Proposed In East Quogue

Proposing a golf course is one way to get approval for a change in zoning. What the developers want is to build more homes and will after the golf course folds. Look to Brookhaven Town to see the golf courses that have been built and after a short time they fold and are then able to convince the town to allow them to build more homes. They care little for the impact on the community and that is what this is about. When they build the homes they currently want more children will come into the EQ School District. The District will be forced to expand and the current residents school taxes will skyrocket because of the needed increase. Traffic along Lewis Road will increase along with that on Old Country Road which is now out of control. Anyone who lives in the area knows these roads have become a drag strip for speeders. Additional traffic is unacceptable to those of us who live in the area." Aug 9, 13 10:55 AM

Proposing a golf course is one way to get approval for a change in zoning. What the developers want is to build more homes and will after the golf course folds. Look to Brookhaven Town to see the golf courses that have been built and after a short time they fold and are then able to convince the town to allow them to build more homes. They care little for the impact on the community and that is what this is about. When they build the homes they currently want more children will come into the EQ School District. The District will be forced to expand and the current residents school taxes will skyrocket because of the needed increase. Traffic along Lewis Road will increase along with that on Old Country Road which is now out of control. Anyone who lives in the area knows these roads have become a drag strip for speeders. Additional traffic is unacceptable to those of us who live in the area." Aug 9, 13 10:55 AM

The operative word is "minimize" the impact, nonetheless the local schools were impacted!!!! Having lived near in the Mill Pond Golf course area I know that situation well. The residents were told by the town officials that because they approved the golf course, no houses would be built on that property. When owners gave the remaining part of the golf course to the town they were allowed to build houses on the other part. NO change is zoning should be approved to allow this builder to circumvent the current zoning in East Quogue. The community fought long and hard to get the current zoning. " Aug 9, 13 12:00 PM

It would be interesting to know which political operatives have a stake in the change in zoning for this project? Current Suffolk GOP Leader John Jay LaValle was supervisor in Brookhaven during the Mill Pond Golf course period. Nuzzi and Preston-Scalera hail from Brookhaven and owe LaValle big. The Brookhaven Allstate land deal was rumored to have caused LaValle to not seek reelection. Vast sums of money involved here.........." Aug 9, 13 12:40 PM

Politics has everything to do with zoning changes.........

" Aug 9, 13 9:07 PM

East Quogue Golf Course Proposal Back In Spotlight

Guess what the majority in East Quogue do no support a change in zone for this project!!! We do not want the increased traffic nor the chemicals from the golf course. I wonder which of the councilmen are going to vote yes, perhaps the one who is seeking to become a county legislator or the one who is no longer running for office. The article says there was an oversight is giving the community enough time to respond. Is there a reason that this must be pushed through so quickly???" Aug 23, 13 12:39 PM

Environmentalists, Residents Oppose East Quogue Golf Resort Proposal

No "The Hills at Southampton". No change in zoning for this parcel, this was made very clear at the Southampton Town Board Meeting. Now lets see what our elected officials do???" Aug 28, 13 1:05 PM

Suffolk County Planning Commission Rejects East Quogue Golf Course Development Proposal

The president of the East Quogue Chamber of Commerce wants this project, but many of the "shortsighted" residents do not. Perhaps, those of us who do not want this project and live in the community should take our business elsewhere." Sep 26, 13 9:07 PM

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