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Absentee Ballots Cause Confusion In Upcoming East Quogue School Vote

"DUH" Flowers do not grow outdoors in the wintertime in NY. A big, "NO" vote on the purchase of the property for the school. Neither you or I have a vote on the cell tower, but under Federal Law it appears there will be one at the East Quogue Fire Department. " Feb 3, 12 8:20 PM

Carol, do you have a microwave or cell phone?" Feb 4, 12 3:17 PM

DUH, we got on the cell tower cause you brought it into the discussion on Feb. 1....Did you forget? " Feb 6, 12 9:35 AM

Do you know how to use spell check?" Feb 9, 12 3:40 PM

East Quogue Residents Say They Support Land Purchase

What about the student capacity of the school?" Feb 9, 12 3:43 PM

East Quogue Resident Thinks Fire District Should Drop T-Mobile

Not all of us are against the cell phone tower, just the group who control the civic association. There are many others who are for it, and if one speaks up they are ostracized within the community." Feb 12, 12 7:20 AM

East Quogue Residents Say They Support Land Purchase

BOE meeting was a sham. How many of the employees at the school even reside in our district? They are most of the teachers that were sitting there along with the two administrators and cannot vote on the proposal. Those who oppose the purchase are in the minority if one goes by those who were in attendance. The process is rigged in favor of the proponents." Feb 12, 12 7:27 AM

Still don't have the student capacity of the school, guess its just another cover up." Feb 13, 12 10:05 AM

Whb46, Alleging someone is paranoid is a personal attack. I see you reside in WHB which is outside of the East Quogue UFSD. Are you one of the employees who do not reside in the district and were at the the BOE meeting? I was not there, out of town on business. I find it suspect that a question of student capacity was not addressed. Transparency is lacking within the district. Opposing views are what our country was founded upon, 1st Amendment Rights still exist. Thank you for your concern about my health." Feb 17, 12 7:06 AM

Question of student capacity has not been answered, by the Board of Education, the Principal and the Superintendent. Why not provide full disclosure if there is nothing to hide? Not providing answers validate the concerns many residents have. " Feb 21, 12 8:11 AM

East Quogue Land Referendum Set For February 28

This question is not about the property purchase, but rather something I observed today at the East Quogue Elementary School. Perhaps one of the posters can help me. I saw a private contractor raking and cleaning up the grounds inside the school property along Lewis Road. We employ maintenance personnel at the school, why are we paying for an outside contractor to do this?" Feb 23, 12 3:33 PM

To Whb46, as stated, my question had nothing to do with the vote. Nevertheless, I had a question that I thought perhaps someone might answer for me. Some of the posters here appear to be knowledgeable about the EQ School. Silly me, asking questions about the school are taboo." Feb 24, 12 9:54 AM

East Quogue Residents Say They Support Land Purchase

Perhaps, you are missing the point. If each class can hold 30 or more students and we now have between 14 and 19 students how is that overcrowded? The more classrooms, the more staff and the more money it will cost the taxpayers. It is that simple." Feb 25, 12 9:45 AM

East Quogue Residents Vote In Favor Of Purchasing Property Adjacent To Elementary School

The true feeling of the community....I doubt that very much. The total voting bloc was 587, perhaps the word would be voter apathy since about 10% of the community voted. Obviously, the parents who were attending all the activities that were planned the same day as the vote.......hmm.......voted." Feb 29, 12 9:28 AM

It's nice too see first Amendment Rights are alive and well in EQ." Feb 29, 12 12:55 PM

I did not say anything about anyone not being given the opportunity to vote. "Voter apathy" is the phase and it fits those in EQ who did not vote. That includes both yes and no votes. A total of 587 votes were cast in our community. We live in community where only 587 individuals care about what goes on in the EQ UFSD. What does being a senior have to do with voting at the school? Not exercising one's right to vote is a basic freedom we enjoy. It is shameful, that the majority of citizens in EQ can't get off their butts and vote. It matters little to me how they voted, just that the residents don't even care what happens in their own community. That is the "true feeling" of the majority in EQ. " Feb 29, 12 4:12 PM

"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana" Mar 1, 12 3:24 PM

To those out there who are concerned about school taxes I offer the following. Does the East Quogue School District intend to pierce the 2% tax cap? My school taxes have gone up over 18% in the last two years. This includes the 2 1/2 and 3% raised given to employees. Six employees, who are not covered under any collective bargaining agreement received 3%. Those same employees do not pay into their health care package. We also employ a highly paid maintenance man who received in excess of $79,000 a year. I noted in one of my earlier post that a contractor provided grounds cleanup for leaves and brush this past week. If we are paying for maintenance staff, why duplicate the services of outside an contractor? If outside contracting is the way the School is going, perhaps they need to see if a staff reduction is warranted. That would save the taxpayers money, no pension costs, health care costs, etc. As many are aware, employee costs make up the large part of the budget. I also think we need to look at the teacher staffing levels, can we trim the costs in this area? I am strongly against piercing the 2% tax cap. I would like some feedback from other posters, thank you." Mar 2, 12 6:27 AM

To Fishmonger,
Now tell me, how is pointing out the facts a grudge? YOU tell me what false information I put on this forum? Certain information is public record if one is knowledgeable and knows where to look. I am not attacking the employees, but pointing out where money can be saved. Salaries and benefits are public record, why are you upset that I am pointing this out? Duplication of services is a waste of taxpayer money. I am not the one who made the decision to duplicate services, the school did. I am against the school district piercing the 2% tax cap IF that is their intention. You seem to be one of the individuals looking to stifle dissent in this community. I believe in our First Amendment Rights and I am a defender of that right. The next issue of concern in the community is the school budget. I accept that the purchase of the property has been settled, and I have moved on. Have you and others in the community accepted that there are those in the community who have a dissenting viewpoint?" Mar 2, 12 7:55 AM

Run for the school board, not a bad idea, can I
count on your vote lol :-)" Mar 2, 12 4:36 PM

Bridgehampton Teachers Volunteer To Forgo Salary Increases

Its nice to see that in one school district the employees are cognizant of the burden that taxpayers face. I'm sure these employees have families to support but have decided to share in the belt tightening like the rest of us. These employees should be a model for the rest of the school district employees in surrounding areas. My hat is off to all of you, and I thank you even though I do not live in your school district. Now how about the employees of the East Quogue UFSD? Do you care enough about your community to do the same in these hard economic times?" Mar 4, 12 7:42 AM

Apparently silence is golden in the hamlet of East Quogue with respect to the salary increases for the employees of the East Quogue Elementary School. To all the EQ activists why not in East Quogue?" Mar 6, 12 7:39 AM

Hampton Bays School District Looks To Stay Under Tax Cap

Ha, Ha, still no comment about the East Quogue School District piercing the tax cap. Are they, or are the employees going to give something back to the district like they did in Bridgehampton and Hampton Bays? " Mar 10, 12 4:06 PM

Westhampton Beach Will Be Forced To Cut School Positions To Get Under Tax Cap

I wonder why Halsey Stevens wants to piece the tax cap? Maybe it has something to do with him being a retired school teacher from the East Quogue Elementary School. SeethroughNY will tell anyone who wants to know the salaries of current and retired educators. Retired teacher are also able to work part time at the school they retired from. I believe that they call it double dipping." Mar 21, 12 3:34 PM

Southampton Schools Expect To Stay Within Tax Cap, Helped By Salary Savings

I wonder what the East Quogue Elementary will be doing. The staff should be giving up the raises that they are slated for in 2012 - 2013 before they attempt to pierce the tax cap. It is time that the employee give back something to the community who pays their salary. If they won't do this, then the alternative for them is...........layoffs. Somehow I don't think the current Board of Education has the backbone to require this." Mar 21, 12 3:40 PM

bubby, my problem is how taxpayers funds are being spent. If other school districts have employees who are giving up their raises, why not in the East Quogue Elementary School? Oh yes, I said employees, which include all those working at the school. You seem to be focused on teachers, which I am not. You are correct in stating that the district overpaid for a recent piece of property. That is exactly my problem with the EQ school. Its not personal, its the business of how my school taxes continue to be spent." Mar 23, 12 3:03 PM

Southampton Town Board Unanimously Appoints New Comptroller

Probably hired Kratoville so he would have enough tenure under the NYS Retirement System. That's what they do to assure that they collect a handsome retirement package. It happens all the time, they create jobs to protect those who have political connections." Mar 27, 12 10:08 AM

Altschuler Gets Indepence Party Nod

Bishop does what Grucci did, he takes care of his family and relatives using his office to provide jobs and perks the voters do not get. Bishop ignored his constituents and voted for Obama Care which is bankrupting this country. HE did not listen to the voters and did what was in his political best interest and shoved this down our throats. I have not forgotten and will do what I can and support Randy for Congress..........." Mar 27, 12 10:22 AM

Southampton Schools Expect To Stay Within Tax Cap, Helped By Salary Savings

Yes, they pay more, but they have more children and most importantly more schools. More schools mean more employees, thus that is where the higher taxes come from." Mar 27, 12 10:30 AM

Westhampton Beach Superintendent's Proposed Budget Pierces Tax Cap

Why is anyone surprised, it's all about the children????????" Mar 28, 12 8:37 PM

Altschuler Challenges Bishop To Debate On Health Care

Outsourcing started under Clinton and it was approved by many union leaders. They said at the time it wouldn't cost any US jobs. Now, businessmen who participated in the outsourcing are being demonized. Clearly the Democrats and union officials are to blame for its implementation. Bishop voted for ObamaCare which most of us did not want. He will never have my vote because of this." Mar 28, 12 8:48 PM

Forces Tried To Oust Southampton Town Police Chief

Scalera-Preston has started out with a bang, but has no comment when asked. Southampton Town Board now has two come from the world of Brookhaven Town Republican politics. That will not bode well for Southampton taxpayers." Mar 31, 12 5:25 PM

Westhampton Beach Superintendent's Proposed Budget Pierces Tax Cap

Spot on, it starts with the School Board. When their makeup is comprised of administrators, teachers and relatives the taxpayers don't have a prayer in getting a fair shake." Mar 31, 12 5:43 PM

Town Criticized For Reopening East Quogue Marina

I agree, Algieri gives the impression that he speaks for all of EQ which he does not. The civic association represents a very small segment of the population. Differing opinions are not welcome and those who have them are ostracized. Kudos to the Town for allowing those who have docked their boats there the opportunity to continue to do so. Why not take advantage of the additional revenue in these tough economic times? The condition of the bulkhead is an issue the Town will need to deal with in the near future. It is not a top priority item at this time. Give the Supervisor the opportunity to correct any issues which the Town inherited when they bought the property. " Apr 5, 12 6:50 AM

Springs School Will Cut Teacher Positions To Stay Under Tax Cap

I would hope that all the employees in this school have given up any raises for the 2012-2013 school year. Before layoffs, it would be the the right thing to do. How about paying more more health care, etc.? The goal is everyone maintains their jobs in these tough economic times. In the future when the economy turns around you can revisit some of these items. There are many things the employees can do if they pull together." Apr 6, 12 6:47 AM

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