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Southampton councilwoman accuses supervisor of trying to 'control' her

Please. Please! Look at the video and then maybe you'll want to adjust your comment "the camera does not lie". Images can be extracted to show ANYTHING you wish to "see" out of context." Jan 23, 10 2:52 PM

Race for vacant seat on Southampton Town Board heats up

Sorry but you are wrong and WingMan is correct The 2009 NYS Board of Elections Law reads exactly as follows;

ยง 17-110. Misdemeanors concerning police commissioners or
officers or members of any police force.

Any person who, being a police commissioner or any officer or
member of any police force in this state:

1. Uses or threatens or attempts to use his official power or authority,
in any manner, directly or indirectly, in aid of or against any political party,
organization, association or society, or to control, affect, influence, reward or
punish, the political adherence, affiliation, action, expression or opinion of any
citizen; or

2. Appoints, promotes, transfers, retires or punishes an officer or
member of a police force, or asks for or aids in the promotion, transfer,
retirement or punishment of an officer or member of a police force because of
the party adherence or affiliation of such officer or member, or for or on the
request, direct or indirect, of any political party, organization, association or
society, or of any officer, member of a committee or representative official or
otherwise of any political party, organization, association or society; or

3. Solicits, collects or receives any money for, any political fund,
club, association, society or committee, is guilty of a misdemeanor." Jan 24, 10 11:30 AM

Questions are raised over Town Board candidate's fund-raising restrictions

Not to cut too fine a point but the "HATCH ACT" has been applied in cases such as these and if enforced has, so far to date, been effective in defining who can and cannot mix their profession with politics. See below from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel:

About The Hatch Act - State and Local Employees
Hatch Act: Who is Covered?

State and Local Employees

The Hatch Act restricts the political activity of individuals principally employed by state or local executive agencies and who work in connection with programs financed in whole or in part by federal loans or grants. Usually, employment with a state or local agency constitutes the principal employment of the employee in question. However, when an employee holds two or more jobs, principal employment is generally deemed to be that job which accounts for the most work time and the most earned income.

The following list offers examples of the types of programs which frequently receive financial assistance from the federal government: public health, public welfare, housing, urban renewal and area redevelopment, employment security, labor and industry training, public works, conservation, agricultural, civil defense, transportation, anti-poverty, and law enforcement programs.

Hatch Act provisions also apply to employees of private, nonprofit organizations that plan, develop and coordinate federal Head Start or Community Service Block Grant programs.

State and local employees subject to the Hatch Act continue to be covered while on annual leave, sick leave, leave without pay, administrative leave or furlough.

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Moody's downgrades Southampton Town's bond rating

Hey sure - just elect another one who doesn't know James Bond from a Capital Bond. Bill Hughes thinks he can balance the town's books monthly on the back of an envelope - just like he and his wife do their checkbook (together) each month. Whoeeee! The depth of his knowledge is staggering. The Southampton Town Council is not the place to practice for a "Law & Order" episode either." Mar 1, 10 5:35 PM

Southampton Town Board tables hiring of sustainability coordinator

Some how I have the feeling that Mr. Nuzzi and Mr. Malone's notorious negative stance on this issue (the sustainability coordinator) will come back to bite them big time. Can you imagine how idiotic that position, refusing totally FREE money for a town worker, would seem to be for a (potential - admittedly low but still remotely possible) congressman to take in screwing his own home community? Turn down money with no strings attached? Doing what's right? Trying to score some really cheap political points at the expense of his own town? It just staggers the mind again!!" Mar 1, 10 5:47 PM

Southampton Town Board candidates face off in final debate

There is not very much in this line of comments that is well written, thoughtful, accurate, responsible, relates to the original story, uses critical thinking and (please) a spell checker. Most of it is the output result of constipation of the brain followed by diarrhea of the keyboard. It is painful to read and scorchingly difficult to understand what position, aside from knee-jerk party politics, anyone is taking. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on everything but I don't want to spend my time digging through hundred's of these mud slides of words to find a few (semi-precious) gems. And that, is my opinion!" Mar 1, 10 7:09 PM

Local politicians consider congressional campaign

I think that you should remove this post immediately because it crosses the line of reportage and becomes part of the story. Your job is not to MAKE news nor even to encourage people to make it. This is totally inappropriate and unethical to good critical, open, honest reporting. " Mar 4, 10 5:24 PM

New town supervisors will appear at community forum

And it's the night before the special election in Southampton. Not very good timing at all. Please consider re-scheduling." Mar 4, 10 5:26 PM

Westhampton Beach looks to tighten outdoor music permit application process

Our main economic engine is the seasonal tourist and renter. One of the few things that we can offer to them besides the performing arts center is the outdoor music that some local businesses provide for FREE! This small attraction is worth it's weight in gold in keeping our taxes low and providing income to our local business environment. We should be encouraging business to do more innovative and creative things to attract and hold those visitors with cash to spend. Just try to imagine what Westhampton Beach would be like without that needed summer influx. No visitors - no money!" Mar 6, 10 5:20 PM

Influential East Hampton Democrat Ed Gorman dies

A man who made his life as relevant as it was exciting. They don't build them like this anymore." Apr 9, 10 5:38 PM

Southampton Town Board members doubt need for senior housing plan

Sure Mr. Bernstein has a RIGHT to build there but not at the EXPENSE of the community. Look closely, there is absolutely no "significant community benefit" in that PDD. And he has the OBLIGATION to build in a manner that doesn't leave the future health of residents of his project at risk. Whatever happens to that land JUST SAY NO to the PDD." Jul 19, 10 3:09 PM

Airport Empire Zone grounded before takeoff

Bob Stevens was a great loss to all of us on the East End but I think the die was already cast and they were well on their way to bankruptcy court before the infrastructure construction started and certainly the loss of the Empire Zone benefits did not directly affect their business. It appears that they would have been required to relocate anyway and the stores location at the airport was hardly an ideal retail site. " Aug 11, 10 6:33 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

There is a special "ANTI-BULLYING" performance at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center tomorrow (Monday December 6th) at 10:00 AM and 12;30 PM. I'm willing to pay for any and all Southampton Town Board members (especially the "Gang of Three") who wants to (or should) attend. Please pass the word to them if you can." Dec 5, 10 2:02 PM

FAA Will Keep Gabreski Airport Control Tower Open

Good news all around. The tower at Gabreski Airport serves a much larger community than just Westhampton Beach and the 106th ANG. Residents and pilots should be grateful for this cooperative good work of our Washington representatives, particularly Tim Bishop because it is is home base. But thanks go to Rep. Steve Israel and to Rep. Peter King as well for their critical input and support." Mar 22, 13 5:36 PM

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