Saunders, Real Estate, Hamptons

20 Comments by CommunityMinded

Southampton Town Seeking Landlords For Rental Housing Program

The article specifically addresses the misinformed and lack of knowledge of the HCV program, which by reading the comments, is not attempting to be understood by some. The homes that are "run down" and poorly maintained are not Southampton Vouchered units. I asked, and Westhampton’s Air Force Base only has 5 vouchers through the Town. The alternatives are usually illegally rented apartments managed by uncaring landlords. There are other agencies that exist that also provide subsidized housing within Southampton, without the oversight of unit conditions and proper screening of quality tenants. 98% of vouchered tenants do not violate the program since they get inspected and screened annually; and if they do, they MUST be prosecuted. If you live next to a unit that's violating the system, report it. No program is perfect, which is why there should be an outreach on how to make it better. Don’t fall into the trap of focusing on past program issues, and not look for reasonable resolutions for improvement. Based on your comments, the Town is inspecting above HUD standards. That tells me they don’t want run down homes and apartments that create a negative impact to the community, what’s wrong with that? The program has been around for years and is not going anywhere, so criticism ok, if constructive. I pray someday none of you ever require assisted living, but if you do, I pray you never have to be addressed as a cart pushing burden to the community. Just sad what we think of people less fortunate. God Bless you!" Oct 7, 14 12:06 PM

Dig-guy... You seem to have the same misunderstanding I did not too long ago. The Town and the Housing Authority are two separate entities. The housing Authority is not a department of the Town. The Housing Authority 's inspectors are HUD trained. Town ordinance requires a rental permit , which involves an entirely different inspector. The article specifically said the Housing Authority agrees with you, and feels it's an issue. I've also have rental units, and it was a headache. Payments were delayed, repairs were unreasonable at times. If we speak to the Town and get them to eliminate the additional steps (rental permit process), maybe things can get better. I'd rather look for a solution rather then cry about the problems. Do you see what people say about our housing units under section 8. Seems like we also have a responsibility of upkeep too. Just my opinion. I went down to the HA and spoke with someone directly, and now have a better understanding. Maybe you should do the same, with an open mind. Good luck." Oct 7, 14 9:55 PM

More KKK Flyers Passed Out In Hampton Bays

"or a set up from the far left looking for votes in 2016 My guess is the latter"

Racial pamphlets were handed out throughout Hampton Bays, and your response is a ridiculous Fox & Friends conspiracy theory, that the Democrats did it to procure votes. Serious??? This country needs healing.
" Feb 5, 15 11:10 AM

Southampton Builder Paints American Flag On His House To Exercise Property Rights

Builder in the Village. If he plans to continue building homes in the Village, he just made himself a target. Thought he was frustrated before, wait until the next applications. It's unique but not a smart career move for future village business of Georgia Builders. " Jul 21, 15 4:52 PM

Southampton Town Steps Up Efforts On Workforce Housing

Socialism doesn't work, but Classism is reasonable and acceptable. I guess as long as we do not allow "integration", and everyone remains in their place, the world will be much better. Sound so familiar. " Oct 13, 15 1:19 PM

Sandy Hollow Affordable Housing Lawsuit Dismissed By State Supreme Court Justice

We defend "as of right" developing by citing that the authors of our zoning codes did so for a purpose, and that standard should be strictly followed. However, we conveniently overlook that the same authors made provisions for modifications in existing zoning for workforce housing. If the defense stands for one, it must qualify for the other.

Second, if the zoning is modified and specified that ALL tenants qualify under a certain income parameter, it can't be altered. (meaning no section 8, not that all people that participate on the section 8 program are "undesirable" people)

To say our Teachers, Hospital staff, Town Employees, Law Abiding Village and Town friends and family that Labor in our shops and stores will make this development ( or any other project similar to this) a slum is egregious and misleading. It's a shame our communities have this "not Here" (I would say not in my back yard but people get so defensive) mindset for our children and friends that were not fortunate to inherit their homes, or unable to purchase a home At This Time.

It would be interesting to see how many of the most out spoken agitators were actually born in this area, but moved in and have become a benefit to there new communities, using talents and skill to make a difference. Now you stand with a billboard of intolerance shouting, "we don't want you here".
How about this, lets build a wall, a great big wall, and lets protect our communities for those that don't deserve to be here. OH and we can get Riverhead and Brookhaven to pay for it. Seems to be the current tone of our nation. Sad.
" Jan 6, 16 1:38 PM

Keep pushing "as of right" development and the developer is going to have a 30 bedroom section 8 project. (not that it would be bad, but I'm sure it also would be protested)
If that photo is the type of complex that's being purposed, jump at it. Far better then that condo complex next to it.

As for the mean spirited people, I read where the community was rude and interrupting the developer while he was attempting to explain the development. Adjectives surfacing like slum, that garbage, ghetto, section 8, and welfare. No, not mean spirited at all.

You can paint whatever picture you wish to help you sleep, behind closed doors, when no one is listening, it's all the same narrative.
" Jan 6, 16 7:51 PM

FYI .. Not true. But sure it doesn't matter.
" Jan 31, 16 9:08 PM

Some Fear Another Sandy Hollow Is In The Works In Speonk

Wow, that mean spirited. what exactly have they done that has caused such vicious responses?
By the way, in case you care about facts... Go back to the website in question. I heard Curtis say in a meeting it was corrected. Find something else to talk about." Jan 31, 16 9:27 PM

Southampton Town Housing Authority Seeking Purchase Of Riverside Property

CDBG-Community Development Block Grant.

CPF -Community Preservation Fund

Two separate funding streams. " Apr 25, 16 4:16 PM

Yes. Email the Town Board and tell them how dare the Housing Authority clean up blighted sites in Southampton and create housing as of right. No zoning changes or PDD's just single family homes. What a dirty nasty tactic.

And the Town had the nerve to approve it.

What exactly are we arguing about?" Apr 25, 16 5:33 PM

Proposed Speonk Affordable Housing Project Met With Community Opposition

They did. Sandy Hollow which is East of the canal.
" Jul 29, 16 10:10 AM

I recall the community having the same "density" arguments for that Speonk Plaza where Brewology is located. Just think, the end of the world never came like what was presented by the opposition and there sure are a lot of locals loving it now.
" Jul 29, 16 10:54 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Takes To Facebook In Affordable Housing Search

Finally CEHJR the dead has arisen (inside joke)... I was wondering when you would start replying. Proud of your work my brother.
pw herman, unsubstantiated claims. Present the evidence and/or the real "blatant deceiver" will be uncovered.
" Aug 27, 16 3:56 PM

Article title not documented, date not documented, and author of article not documented.
Facts: The approved Sandy Hollow income qualifications is between 60% Area Median Income (AMI) to 80% AMI. Section 8 income limits are below 50% AMI.
Now, that's not to say a person cannot apply how has a Section 8 Voucher, because by fair housing law all applications must be accepted and reviewed. " Aug 28, 16 9:53 AM

Let me slow things down for you, because you obviously did not read my comments. Section is BELOW 50% Median Income. Sandy Hollow is ABOVE 60% Median Income. Simple math tells you that the person receiving section 8 would not qualify. If the person on section wishes to apply anyway, the application has to be received, reviewed, and turned down. Secondly, you obviously didn't read the post from Oct 15 because it doesn't say a single word about Sandy Hollow being Section 8. Please stop posting wrong information, it doesn't help those who have a legitimate defense to argue. " Aug 28, 16 5:15 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Takes To Facebook In Affordable Housing Search

or the Village Square Shopping Plaza (see a lot of people getting pizza and beer). What about Larry Citarelli's subdivision, which is as or right? This is about fear of change. No one wants to be faced with unforeseen change and the potential outcome from change. We loose site of the plan because the defense becomes emotional and not logical. Then our minds go to the absolute worse possible conclusions.
"I support as of right" or "I support what you have a right to do", what exactly does that mean? I support you just as long as you do what I want you to do in the manner I want you to do it. Oh, if you don't, you don't care about me. I think I dated that person. " Aug 31, 16 2:48 PM

Sorry Cat. Don't work for developer or know him. I know the ED and have had hours discussing this, Sandy Hollow, Lottery Development, Section 8, etc.. I've been encouraging him to speak up for some time, because I believe that the list of accomplishments within what ever short time he's worked with the Town is commendable. Believe what you may, everyone who shows supports doesn't have to be a part of the team, or need to be attached for it. We just support the worthy cause. " Aug 31, 16 3:15 PM

Nor should it be you. You don't even support "as of right", just ask Mr. Citarelli. You only "support" as of right in this example because everyone knows it will not be built. Compromise?
How about this, go ahead and ask the poor elderly widow to take a loan on her home and frame out a section of her house to become a landlord for the first time to a 22 your old man that she finds out parties all hours of the night after the fact. How about the young family barely making it, goes through the process of framing out the accessary unit and the building department determines in the middle of construction that he needs to put another $25,000 in to the home to bring it up to code. Better yet, why don't you become the first person. Its funny how immediately everyone has become the "affordable housing expert" because they don't want to see a complex in their community.
As for given up amenity, I heard about the gestapo tactics, threatening people to boycott their business if they show any support, or taking over CAC and Civics (or creating one) because the members don't share your views. Calling HUD and other agencies to "try" and discredit a good man's hard work. That's why I'm responding. I'm the face of workforce housing. Banker, engaged, looking for a reasonably priced place to live that doesn't look like a scene from the 70s, because that's all the is available and affordable." Sep 1, 16 12:49 PM

You are absolutely right. Just like East Hampton did. Approve it and put some money behind it. " Sep 1, 16 12:51 PM