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Southampton Town Board considers privatizing waste management

Why are we fixing up the transfer stations only to privatize? Also why does the town keep using Cashin for all it's assesments? How much money has been wasted on their studies? Isn't it a conflict of interest that a former Cashin Employee is running the transfer station for the town? Hasn't Cashin made previous studies on the transfer stations saying that privatization wasn't feasable but now all of a sudden it is? Sooo, is Cashin going to be the privatized company to take over the transfer stations since they were running it previously? The tranfer stations have been previously packed but now Cashin says 11% of folks use it, make it sound like it's a waste to keep it so they can take it over? Cashin, Cashin, Cashin...Cashin, Cashout" Apr 24, 09 8:43 PM

Blizzard snarls life on the East End

Yrs ago there used to be 12 men to a barn and 6 barns in the Town of Southampton. As officials changed in the town board, layoffs occured to save money in the budget, highway employees were decreased to 6-8 men per barn. Decrease in man power and an increase in population and added roads (subdivisions and new roads) just cause a slow down in efficiency of snow removal. It is not the fault of the employees that they are understaffed when it comes to clearing the roads of as much snow as we had. These men and women work long hours without sleep (more than 30hrs) just to clear the roads.

In these kind of storm conditions the general public is asked to stay off the roads. Unfortunatly, when folks don't stay off the road, it only impeads their job as many times those refusing to stay off the roads end up in accidents or get stuck. These individuals then become priority for the highway dept and police as they become traffic hazards, thus the highway dept is slowed down.

As far as medical emergencies, the highway dept makes them first priority for emergency personall if the police or ambulance are unable to gain access. They do everything to help those in need first.

As far as the snowfence as one poster referenced, they found that the snow fence was carrying bacteria (wood is porous) and was thought to be transfering disease to farm crops so some farmers have requested it not be used.

Yes it's an inconvienience to not be able to go where you please but these employees are only human and are doing the best with as little resources and man power that they have. These types of storms, increased roads and decreased manpower, make it nearly impossible for every road to be done in one day.

The men and women of the highway dept do not give importance of road clearing to those others may deem "important". They just want the roads cleared so they can get home to their families. Instead of focusing on the negative and complaining, try to focus on the positive that most of the year the roads are clear.

As far as taxes, the majority of our tax payer dollars are for school.

This is just one of lifes speed bumps and I thank the men and women of the highway department for doing everything they can to clear the roads when road conditions become compromised.

Be well :-)



" Dec 26, 09 3:08 PM

East End still digging out after record snow

Yrs ago there used to be 12 men to a barn and 6 barns in the Town of Southampton. As officials changed in the town board, layoffs occured to save money in the budget, highway employees were decreased to 6-8 men per barn. Decrease in man power and an increase in population and added roads (subdivisions and new roads) just cause a slow down in efficiency of snow and leaf removal. It is not the fault of the employees that they are understaffed when it comes to clearing the roads of as much snow as we had. These men and women work long hours without sleep (more than 30hrs) just to clear the roads.

In these kind of storm conditions the general public is asked to stay off the roads. Unfortunatly, when folks don't stay off the road, it only impeads their job as many times those refusing to stay off the roads end up in accidents or get stuck. These individuals then become priority for the highway dept and police as they become traffic hazards, thus the highway dept is slowed down. Those who place their leaves in the road also create a traffic hazard.

As far as medical emergencies, the highway dept makes them first priority for emergency personall if the police or ambulance are unable to gain access. They do everything to help those in need first.

Yes it's an inconvienience to not be able to go where you please but these employees are only human and are doing the best with as little resources and man power that they have. These types of storms, increased roads and decreased manpower, make it nearly impossible for every road to be done in one day.

The men and women of the highway dept do not give importance of road clearing to those others may deem "important". They just want the roads cleared so they can get home to their families. Instead of focusing on the negative and complaining, try to focus on the positive that most of the year the roads are clear.

As far as taxes, the majority of our tax payer dollars are for school.

Again, lack of resources and manpower, increase in population and the late falling of the leaves is not the fault of the highway department. Do those that complain really think the highway department employees really want to drag out leaf clean-up? They want it to be done as quickly as everyone else does. While everyone is entitled to their opnion, lazy these men and women are not.

Also they do not work 24hr shifts. They work till they are told to go home, even if that it is 36hrs or more without sleep. They do not get paid double pay. They would rather be home than going for days without seeing their families or sleep.

This is just one of lifes speed bumps and I thank the men and women of the highway department for doing everything they can to clear the roads when road conditions become compromised.

Be well :-)



" Dec 26, 09 3:53 PM

East Hampton teenager wants to walk with high school class

Our local schools have administrators that are in positions to help children with obvious LD's. Unfortunatly, many children slip thru the cracks of the school systems due to money, politics and/or ego. Unless a family is incredibly proactive for their child (which doesn't always get their child the help/services they need) or are incredibly wealthy, you can bet your bottom they are just shuffled along.

Most signs of LD's can be picked up when a child is young (pre-k, kinder, 1st). The standard answer from faculty is that there is nothing wrong and that at those young ages that it couldn't be dyslexia or CAPD as the children are too young. By the time the LD's become obvious and the child is struggling and losing their self esteem and confidence, the window to help them and remediate the LD is gone (around 4th grade). If caught early and attended to it can turn the LD around for the better and the child can overcome the LD or at the least better work with it. If intensely remediated utilizing a program such as Lindamood-Bell before 4th grade or an equivalent program, that to can change the childs LD for the better.

Early help/remediation is much more cost effective than the long drawn out process after the child is already failing...job justification?

It is apparent that the school system failed this child, but despite them, Devon has kept a positive attitude. I applaud him and if he's reading, don't sweat the small stuff. I know it may mean quite a bit to walk across the stage, but as I tell my children (all of whom have LD - dyslexia, poor processing speed, CAPD and speech issues), rise above their negativity and know that you're not the problem but that they are. Good luck to all your future endeavors :-)" Apr 22, 10 7:14 PM

2012 Southampton Town Budget Will Include Staff Cuts

I respectfully disagree. Only elected officials or managment (white collar workers) are elgible to have lifetime benefits after 10yrs of service. Everyone else employed by the town regardless of being in the unions lose their insurance once they are no longer employed by the town. After 30yrs of service town employees which are not elected officials or management are elgible to ask in writing if they may keep their insurance plan thru the town by paying for it themselves when they retire.
" Sep 21, 11 8:22 PM

NTiger...please see my previous post near the top of the comment thread :-) ONLY elected officials and management recieve health benefits at no cost to them after 10yrs of service. General town employees DO NOT have paid health benefits once they leave the town (retired, layed off, quit or fired). After 30yrs of employment they may request in writing to keep their health benefit plan thru the town at their own 100% expense. Once you leave the town as a general worker you have 100% no health benefits thru the town. Be well :-)
" Sep 29, 11 12:46 PM

New Leader Being Groomed To Take Over Human Resources Of The Hamptons Next Spring

Mary Ann has known Kerry her whole life. Kerry comes from a fine hardworking, dedicated and giving family. Kerry's mother was a school teacher that the local children loved, as she to gave of her time unconditionally. There is no doubt that Mary Anne has picked an incredible replacement :-)" Nov 29, 13 8:34 AM

Snowstorm Dumps Up To 10 Inches Of Snow On East End

Thru the yrs the regimes to cut costs, have downsized each highway department barn. They went from having as many as 12 per barn down to 5-6. Equipment has rarely been updated since the 1950s and is broken down and being repaired more than being operational and effective. The highway dept has had their hands tied as well due to lack of cronyism. That being said, the HB barn has only 6 trucks and not all are able to work at the same time due to breaking down while being used. Yes they then hire contractors but can only hire so many. HB has the most rds as well as having to tend to the sidewalks and certain lots. If you only have 7 people to work that doesn't mean they are all there, (ot is optional, state of emergency is mandatory though). They do the best they can with what little they have. It's easy to criticize when you don't have to be the one doing the job. Plowing takes time and equipment breaks. If you want to see what goes into clearing the rds let me know and I'll teach you how to use my plow truck and you can tell me what a cake walk it is. Stay warm :-)" Jan 7, 14 6:49 AM

UPDATE: Tuckahoe-Southampton Merger Fails At Polls

So because our family and friends that live here year round scrounge and scrape together money to pay the taxes, that means we're wealthy cause we voted no??? NO!!! It's means that the majority that voted no can't afford to pay their taxes to begin with, yet you want them to add to their taxes? If the locals could afford to pay their taxes with no problems then they would have voted yes. No one was voting against the children because they don't want them to be together. It's simply because the majority just don't have the money, even if some of you think it would just be $330/million over 10yrs...they simply just don't have a dime to spare. Please stop blaming people with second homes or people that you think have money. It's simply that year round hardworking locals can't afford it, plain and simple. And it's your job as parents to remind your children it had nothing to do with them, that they are wonderful children and that the community wasn't against them. They are good kids just stuck in an impossible situation that they have no control over. Be well everyone " Nov 18, 14 10:04 PM

Exactly, the Tuckahoe taxpayers are paying for their children to go there or for their single family renters...they are in fact paying for the extra children from illegals whom aren't paying taxes for their children that are living several families per home...it's not fair to the taxpayer to be over burdened so that the law abiding families and children suffer...it's tiring to hear that it's the fault of the golf courses, second home owners, the rich etc...it's being disingenuous...people need to stop being politically correct and worrying about offending certain groups...it is what it is and sadly it is affecting those in Tuckahoe...if the politicians and elected officials enforced the laws they have in place to prevent this then maybe Tuckahoe would stand a chance...not trying to offend anyone but I'm sure I have" Nov 19, 14 11:09 AM

My daughter came home from school at SHS and said on a few occasions that the principle was encouraging the students to get their parents family and friends to vote for the merger...we didn't talk about it at home." Nov 20, 14 10:14 PM

UPDATE: Travel Restrictions Lifted But Residents Asked To Stay Off Roadways As Recovery Continues

That is an absolute LIE!!! Southampton Town Highway crews were NOT sent home and we're and still are working without any sleep. There are 6 barns with roughly 5-8men/women per barn and are working with antiquated equipment due to their budget being consistently CUT. They have not been home nor the luxury of sleep as they are trying to do their jobs with little and failing equipment. Whomever the "reliable" source is incorrect. My information is absolute FACT and to answer a call to question whether or not that false information is true is a waste of their time. They are trying to clear the roads and get people unstuck that shouldn't be on the roads, as well as police and emergency personnel. They have never left to go home and call it quits in the middle of a storm. Contractors may have gone home early yesterday but not Southampton Town Highway workers. As of this post they have been working since 6am yesterday morning with no sleep. And just because there may be 5-8 people per barn doesn't mean they have trucks for each person, they may only have 2-4 working plow trucks in weather like this. But hey, those 40 new vehicles that were purchased for town hall were more important than putting money into the highway budget for much needed equipment. Try doing their jobs instead of complaining." Jan 27, 15 7:55 PM

Believe me when I say it is true, the budget has been cut to such a point that they have been unable to purchase much needed equipment. They were given the approval for 1 new truck and it was a small truck which is great but not what was truly needed. The storm a couple of yrs back they had 2 barns with 1 working plow truck each as the others they had broke down and couldn't be fixed quick enough due to a new rule passed that nothing exceeding a certain dollar amount could be purchased without approval from the powers that be (not gregor). Hard to fix things when parts cost money and town hall is closed to get approval for parts needed to fix the trucks. The highways hands are tied. Granted this kind of weather only happens a few times in the winter but since we have an increase in population and rds they should have better equipment. Gregor has only tried to save money for taxpayers not hurt the taxpayers. My apologies if I was grumpy in my response but they have been working nonstop. If the weather was so so each person has the option to work or not. In state of emergency situations it is manditory that they be there. They are there doing their jobs to support each other and make sure emergency personnel can travel safely. They spent more time last night and today with broken down equipment, helping people get unstuck, helping emergency personnel get to homes with medical emergencies and try to clear the rds. People left abandoned vehicles in the middle of the road which hinders their jobs. They also had fallen trees and wires to deal with. If anyone has ever plowed then they would know you need to be able to get speed to be able to push this amount of snow, hard to do when you have no visibility and then to have vehicles in the way. They are doing the best they have with as little as they have. I wish folks would give them a thank you for doing their jobs instead of talking down and trying to find fault. Be well and be safe and please stay off the roads if you all don't need to be on them. If you have an emergency then call the police and they can have the highway get to you so emergency personnel can gain access. And yes 40 new vehicles for town hall that were purchased at the end of 2014." Jan 27, 15 8:35 PM

Not sure who told you morale was low. Certain individuals weren't happy when Mr Gregor was elected due to egos. Things were done by those individuals to make mr gregor look incompetent when all he was trying to do was the job he was elected to do, which is to keep roads safe for the taxpayers. Most of the barns have great teams of hardworking men/women. They are thankful they have employment and any frustration is due to lack of current functional equipment due to the highway budget being consistently cut. They are making due with what they have but when the public attacks them by saying they are lazy donut eaters or slow and incompetent during storms with less than efficient equipment and small crews if gets to them. If folks would look at their tax bills they would see that schools, police and fire are the highest taxes with highway being I think 6.8%(one of the lowest)...while cutting highway, they have increased employment at town hall with assistants needing assistants needing assistants etc...corruption at town hall is rampant and gregor isn't corrupt as he and the highway workers are taxpayers such as yourselves. If folks would be kind enough to say thank you to the highway workers for doing the best job they could for being awake 62hrs (the hb barn finished at 9pm wed nite but the forman and 2 others came back at 10pm to meet the state to try to clear Montauk hwy, the rest of the barns went back at 2am and they are all still there as of this post) with no sleep, I know they would appreciate that kindess. Politics are what they are but Mr gregor and the people whom work under him are good honest hardworking folks that are their to do their jobs. Again, 6 barns, 5-8 workers per barn to cover alot of roads as the population and roads have only increased thru the yrs. Mr gregor even plows along with the crews as trucks are available. He wants the roads quickly cleared and safe just like his employees and tax payers. Be safe everyone :-)" Jan 29, 15 4:14 PM

Mr gregor is friends with eh highway super...he's tried to purchase "newer" used equipment like Mr Lynch but with his budget being consistently cut, there are no funds available to make those savvy purchases. Some of the highway workers even bring some of their own gear to get jobs done (chainsaws, line trimmers etc) as those are items they can't get approval for (not due to gregor)...Gregors hands are tied. They are doing the best with what they have and wish they had "newer" safer more efficient trucks and equipment. I know I sound like a broken record but I know the frustration they face especially with how they are being made to look incompetent. It's all being done to anger the public and have them think gregor is horrible so that the position can be changed from elected to appointed. I've met employees of Mr Lynch and I know they think he's a great guy. Be well :-)" Jan 29, 15 4:28 PM

Hunters And Residents Continue To Butt Heads Over Deer

Bowhunting only in Suffolk County is from October 31st to December 31st it is NOT till January 31st...there is though a Special Firearms Season for deer which is the 1st Monday following the 1st Saturday in January through the last weekday in January (m-f only)" Jan 31, 15 3:33 PM

My apologies, you are absolutly correct, Cuomo did change the legislation in August to take effect Jan 2015...burecrats lol ty " Jan 31, 15 4:15 PM

East End Digs Out From Snowstorm Tuesday

Suffolk County is responsible for Montauk Highway..." Feb 6, 15 10:45 PM

Elderly Speonk Woman Says Highway Workers Won't Pick Up Her Leaves

What this article is missing is a direct comment from Mr Gregor himself. What ever happened to going directly to the source vs a phonecall to his secretary or an email? If the reporter had spoken to mr gregor as i did, she would have found that individuals over 73 must contact the highway department and "register" for their loose leaves to be picked up EVERY YR. The reason is that they dont assume that the age appropriate resident is still at that address each yr as they could have moved or died. Ms Garcia had in fact registered the previous year but had NOT this year. If she had then mr gregor does not have a record of it and it would then come down to the secretaries whom claim she did not register. When she did call the highway dept it was in december after the leaf program had ended and again she was not registered. The leaves were pushed back as they were left in the road which is a hazard and were pushed back off the road till the spring. That at that point was the decision of the forman of that barn which is the westhampton barn and the reporter could have gone to that barn and asked him. I have mentioned in previous comments that there are individuals within the higway that do not care for mr gregor due to egos. Do you all honestly think that if you spoke with gregor himself he would have responded that way? Hes had work orders go missing as have a few formen, all to make him look incompetent. Do you all really think that highway should become an appointed position so that more corruption can fill our town and take more rights away from you the taxpayers? Mr gregor doesnt make backdoor deals like your previous highway super or his prized minions. Sure they got the kickbacks but you the taxpayer didnt. Again, look at your tax bill, highway is one of the lowest taxes. Schools, police and fire are the highest. Town hall is even higher than the highway tax. Out of the small tax that they collect for highway which i belive is about 6.8% highway is lucky if they even get that. Gregor writes a budget based on employees, infrastructure, equipment and various other highway needs. It then goes to the town board for approval. Doesnt mean its approved and as a matter of fact it has been CUT over and over again! Gregor has gone out of his way to get the jobs done but that means corners must be cut or delays must occur. Granted, he did try to cut leaf pick up which people were enraged by. The taxpayers felt that they pay high taxes and that they pay lots of taxes so this is what the majority of their taxes must go for so they demand that they have it done. Becaue that is not true (again schools, police and fire) it causes the budget to be strained by the leaf program. Gregor then thought of a way to save taxpayer dollars and save his budget buy collecting the leaves but then by processing them at the highway barns which then he could sell to composting companies and make money back for the taxpayers leaves (recycle the leaves for the benefit of the taxpayer) and was ordered to bring the leaves to the dump and PAY the dump to take them. How does that make good fiscal sense? Again, its to make gregor look incompetent so taxpayers get duped into thinking big government is the answer and that an appointed position is what the taxpayer needs. Would it really be to the taxpayers benefit that the person in charge of the dump (aka transfer stations) is a former Cashin and Associates employee or that they were also appointed head engineer or appointed head of lighting and would also be appointed highway super as well? Gregor CANT be bought and isnt corrupt so that makes him a bad guy? No, that makes him honest and ethical, somthing which is in short supply within southampton town. If someone sees any highway employees doing something they think is wrong, then by all means take a picture of it (most people have phones with cameras) and see gregor directly and show him or email him. Make him aware, dont just make comments on here about it. He cant correct something he doesnt know about and to just say it happened and to go by biased articles from the press (which this article totally is) is disingenuous. Hes a taxpayer just like the rest of us and a hardworker as well. Hes out there plowing if a truck is available, when did the previous super ever do that? Thats right he didnt. Gregor isnt hiding behind anyone. Demand to speak with him directly or just email him directly. But common sense is that during weather conditions such as snow storms he will be hard to get ahold of. Should you have an emergency, please contact the police department and they will get gregor on the radio. Again, they have small crews and constantly failing equipment but they are doing the best they can with the large areas each barn must cover. Increase in population and subdivisions and roads means it takes them longer to get work accomplished. Again, dont be quick to bash when theres so much more involved behind the scenes. He along with the workers are not the incompetent, lazy people they are being made out to be by the biased press or town board. They are one of the lowesg rungs on the ladder of southampton town. Try and do their jobs for once and you will experience the daily frustration they face as well as the negative comments from those that have never walked a mile in their shoes. Be well and be safe and please dont be so quick to judge :-)" Feb 15, 15 9:11 AM

My apologies for the lack of paragraphs, im challeneged that way occasionally lol and it truly offends the eyes, especially with the small print." Feb 15, 15 9:20 AM

Cupsogue, you're a pretty level headed person as I have seen by your comments...granted not everyone is going to be pleased all of the time, but what is it that you feel he is doing wrong? He has had to cut corners due to his budget being continually cut, he's not doing back door deals and he tries to do what is best with taxpayer dollars to maintain the roads, mow grass, trim roadsides, plow snow and sidewalks, leaves etc...each barn has a very small crew to do increased roads and sidewalks...his predecessor was a true politician and while a nice person as is mr gregor, he didn't do half the work, had larger crews and less roads and sidewalks to maintain as well as a very large budget.

Mr gregor does care, but when you have your hands tied by a corrupt board, how is he expected to get the job done to everyone's satisfaction? If you would be kind and express what you feel he isn't doing I know he would be grateful. He isn't a career politician, he's a hands on worker. All that means is that he isn't always warm and fuzzy making empty promises by telling people what they want to hear. He's a realist and straightforward which can upset people. Would folks rather be given empty promises or the truth? Regardless be well and be safe, just wish mother nature would give us a break :-)" Feb 16, 15 9:00 AM

Marlinspike, we will have to agree to disagree :-) There are quite a few people behind those in the spotlight that had then and currently the integrity you felt Masterson and Lance had. Sometimes things aren't as they seem especially when biased media paints a much different picture.

Crusader, I am sorry. In all fairness with the storm that gave us all that snow, the roads came first. We had tons of snow, roads took priority then we had that sleet which froze, some melting and refreezing. They don't have equipment capable of handling that kind of snow and aren't able to purchase better equiment due to budget cuts. Please take the time if you have it to make a personal appt to see him and put your issues in writing.

Please be well both of you :-)" Feb 16, 15 2:08 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday Afternoon Crash On County Road 39 Caused By Driver Who Fell Asleep

This article makes it sound like the highway worker was at fault. The driver of the car unfortunatly fell asleep at the wheel and drove into the town highway rig. Very unfortunate accident but not the fault of the truck driver." Feb 25, 15 5:28 PM

Thank you for updating the article to reflect that the town driver was not at fault as the article was originally written. Very sorry for the man in the car that fell asleep, just happy that all are ok :-)" Feb 26, 15 11:23 AM

UPDATE: Two-Hour Delayed Opening At Several East End Schools Friday

There are 6 barns in southampton town that have roughly 5-8 employees per barn...at any point in time they may have 1-4 plow trucks operable due to needing repairs while working. The highway budget has been cut repetitively and they are unable to add much needed equipment. Contractors to help are in short supply. If you look at your tax bill highway is one of your lesser taxes. Not the fault of the highway department. They do the best they can with the repetitive cuts to their budget and small crews. Restrictions were also added as for parts to repair equipment and anything needed for repairs to keep the equipment going must be approved by town hall. Hard to get parts to make repairs when town hall is closed...this is done to make highway look incompetent so that it can be turned into an appointed position so that town hall has even more control and taxpayers no say. Why not say something positive to the men and women who work non-stop till all roads are cleared which can be days without sleep and rest. Clearly it's easy to criticize if you've never done the job and you can sleep at night in your warm cozy bed. They don't come home till the job is done and being that the population and roads have increased it takes the few men/women per barn quite some time to get every road. " Mar 5, 15 3:21 PM

Thank you for plowing, it is greatly appreciated :-) as you can see I agree with you about how funds are appropriated by the town which hinders certain departments not in favor from being able to do their jobs safely and efficiently. Please be safe when your out plowing :-)" Mar 5, 15 6:53 PM

Three People Hospitalized After Flanders Crash

It wasn't at the intersection, it was on the south side of the bridge, well before the east bound turning lanes." Oct 2, 15 7:47 AM

UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed In Bridgehampton Accident Identified As Anna Pump; Police Identify Driver

That is a STATE road, NOT a town road...Gregor has absolutly NO authority over that road...contact Fred Thiel to get the STATE highway Dept to do something!" Oct 11, 15 2:46 PM

Bonac79, I can't answer that question, that would be something to ask the Southampton Town Board since they took that upon themselves to do and not the highway dept...their concern at the time of that bid was for a crosswalk near the library not the crosswalk by the post office. It clearly has not been done as of yet. The state repairs, plows and maintains their roads to the best of their abilities with their small crews. That's what your state taxes pay for.

Vikki K, I have absolutly no desire to contact Thiel. All I did was state a fact, it's a state rd not a town road. For state issues you contact the departments within the state and he would be the big man. I personally live on a county road. Being such, I do not have leaf pick up. The county plows, repairs and maintains the road I live on and not the town. I do know that people have contacted Gregor and while he can try to help those individuals with their issues or concerns by reaching out to state or county, he is unable to force them to do what needs to be done. He works for the Southampton Town taxpayers and uses the continually cut budget, meant to tie his hands, to maintain town roads.

The one observation I do see whenever I'm crazy enough to drive into Easthampton, Bridgehampton, southampton or hampton bays are people that step out into the crosswalks without ever looking. I know that I myself have nearly struck quite a few people. I do not drink or do drugs and I drive slow when in those towns as I am aware that people step out, open doors all the way or pullout without ever looking not to mention children. We do not have stop signs at the crosswalks (yeilds) nor do all the crosswalks have signs in southampton. Easthampton does have signs to stop for pedestrians in their crosswalks and on Montauk highway before the movie theatre, they have the landing strip strobing. I drive with a dash cam as well for my protection.

I agree that no one should be hurt or killed when crossing a road and I am truly sorry for Anna Pump. She was an incredibly kind lady and I have always loved her store.

Pedestrians have a responsibility as do bicyclists, joggers etc to pay attention and look before crossing the road. It can't just be assumed that drivers will be able to stop on a dime or will be able to see them step out and start crossing especially during poor weather conditions, particular times of the day when it's sunny out or evening. I agree that it would be ideal, especially in the villages to add more lights at certain crosswalk areas since the main sts have more activity.

Again, all I did was just state whom was responsible for that road. Those folks were upset that the town highway was not addressing their concerns when the town highway is just unable to remediate the problem.

For those that commonly use those crosswalks, I would suggest folks ban together make an appt to talk with Gregor to ask for his support as well as the best approach to get the crosswalks illuminated, get a petition going and bring it to Thiel insisting that he make efforts to immediately get the engineers and state highway dept heads together to improve visibility at those crosswalks.

May you all be safe and well and to Anna Pumps family and friends, our family extends our deepest sympathies." Oct 14, 15 8:23 PM

Child Development Center Of The Hamptons To Close At The End Of The School Year

This school epitomized what real dedication and teaching was...these teachers and aids had no tenure and stayed purely for their love of teaching and the children...they made a very poor living there...funds for the childrens education was shifted from the child's district to the public charter school which offered a positive learning environment, small class size and increased teacher/aid student ratio...the public schools didn't appreciate the shift in funds...what better way to seal the school fate than to employ an administrator from one of those schools...? Forever a downward spiral of the school after that...such a shame" May 10, 16 1:00 PM

Enforcement An Issue On North Sea Beach

Instead of complaining that other people need to clean it up, why not take some of the garbage with you? Leave it cleaner than when you found it...also dead birds or fish aren't litter, it's nature and it's biodegradable...take action and make a difference instead of complaining and get the beach shut down...that's what's going to happen and then where will you go?" Jun 15, 16 10:45 PM

No one is shooting the birds or fish...people go down there to shoot skeet and sometimes the shells get left behind (which they should clean up after themselves), skeet targets are biodegradable...any extra shells on the beach may have washed ashore from sea duck hunting from the winter or duck hunting in general from the north shore even...birds and fish die, its not always from nefarious reasons because shotgun shells are around...carcasses of birds and fish, unless a major die off have nothing to do with litter, it's a by product of nature or fishermen putting back to be recycled by other wildlife" Jun 16, 16 11:35 PM

Grey Gardens Hits The Market For The First Time Since 1979

There are no smells of cats there nor any other animals at any time. Grey Gardens has been incredibly maintained by the owners and their management company along with every service professional hired to maintain the grounds as well as furniture, etc...it's really quite a beautiful peaceful place." Feb 9, 17 12:46 PM

Lol not worried :-) I understand they are joking...I can just personally attest that it doesn't since that's a question that's asked all the time given the history :-) " Feb 9, 17 6:39 PM

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