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UPDATE: Remsenburg Teenager Charged With Vandalizing Westhampton Beach High School

Or dopey kids doing dopey things like dopey kids do." Apr 6, 18 5:43 PM

I'll bet you that the kids who did this have no idea who Lee Zeldin is or what he does." Apr 6, 18 5:44 PM

"If someone paints a swastika on a school, then the home environment of that person is to blame. Period!"
As if all if/thens are that simple an absolute.
" Apr 7, 18 11:56 AM

Yep. Some folks can't see an issue for what it is.
I hope whoever did this is caught, appropriately punished, learns a lesson and grows up.
" Apr 7, 18 1:22 PM

Ridiculous reply. Teens do very stupid things. I don't know this kid nor do I have any need or desire to condemn him. His actions were stupid, heartless and absolutely wrong. He should be appropriately punished. More importantly, he should be given a chance to work out his issues and hopefully become a positive member of society. That is my hope for him. If we all were judged by the worst thing we did in our teens, most of us wouldn't be too happy. " Apr 12, 18 9:27 PM

How tragically ironic that those who claim to be so appalled by this kids actions come here and induce more hate. Out of the 50 or so comments here there are but a handful suggesting that the kid needs to get some help. He should be held accountable, and equally important, given an opportunity to turn himself around.
You want to crucify a 17 year old kid? I don't. I'd like to find out what the heck inspired this and get him some help. " Apr 12, 18 9:44 PM

Why not do both at the same time?" Apr 14, 18 7:21 PM

'The Hills' Developer Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Southampton Town For Rejecting PDD

I especially liked this part: "their votes were cast for the illegitimate purpose of assuaging a loud and vocal minority or project opponents.”
And then the election happened and Julie Lofstad and Tommy JS, both anti-Hills PDD, won by a lot. " Apr 17, 18 8:24 AM

Responsible development = a golf course over an aquifer, used by people who are not, will not be part of the community? The demand for the Hills is external, meaning if you build it they will come. There is no organic demand for the Hills. With land in short supply out here, the Hills is the opposite of smart growth. The Hills is a resort community. You may like that model, but please don't compare it to anything resembling responsible growth when the target market will be imported. " Apr 17, 18 6:17 PM

Actually the Hills application was not as of right, it was a PDD, which this board had earlier determined to be an ineffective and not clearly defined zoning tool. This PDD ultimately approved or not approved at the discretion of the town board. In this case not approved.
Now the developer is attempting to circumvent the TB by bringing this new proposal to the zoning board, and IMO looking for more leverage with this suit.
It's pretty consistent with the MO when you consider how every "public benefit" promised had the lurking shadow of a thinly veiled threat behind it. ie. If we don't get our PDD, we'll give you max build out and environment be damned. DLC isn't acting very neighborly, are they?
" Apr 18, 18 7:51 AM

Valid points, but DLC is still going for a golf course by way of planning board. We'll see where this ends up. With the restrictive zoning in the APOD in East Quogue, I'm not sure what kind of market there will be for houses.
Again though, the town board voted on a PDD application and did not receive the needed super majority. I think we need to look at that and filter out the noise. Would it be appropriate for a town board to vote in favor of a PDD, which they have already determined to be an ineffective zoning tool, out of fear that an alternative application might be presented to the planning board? I think the town board did their jobs, and there is a difference of opinion among them. DLC doesn't like the result. " Apr 18, 18 11:41 AM

Southampton Town Board To Buy, Preserve Property Above Speonk Plume

This was a good CPF purchase. $1.2 mill for 15 acres and this land truly meets the criteria that CPF was designed for. " May 13, 18 10:58 AM

New Westhampton Community Center To Be Built At Gabreski Business Park

I love this idea. Please contact me. You can find me on facebook." May 17, 18 11:37 AM

Valid points. The town is looking to demo and sell the old center. Some of the benefits about having the Rechler Group build at the Gabreski site being the town will not have to invest in the land or construction. The town will lease the facility. The Rechlers certainly know how to build, so the town won't have to worry about construction budgets, waste, bidding etc. IMO, it's better for the town and tax payers to have the Rechler Group build and lease out than the town act as developer. " May 17, 18 5:19 PM

Wholesale Plant Nursery Opens In Speonk; Seeks Zoning Exemption From Town

Community concerns as follows:
The well located to the west of the house sits over the solvent plume. Local hydro-geologists are concerned that the well could alter the flow of the plume and bring contaminants to the surface. The town does not monitor irrigation wells. The county should have eyes on this.
The van acting as a sign is too close to the street. It looks like it is about to pull out of the property. That's a town issue.
Monitoring the facility to make sure it is operating strictly as a wholesale business. There are other garden centers in the area selling retail / paying retail taxes and rent. In the interest of fairness there should be oversight.
Making sure trucks don't back out of the facility. The curve on Old Country Rd creates a visual hindrance where motorists have little time to react to obstacles. Combined with the awful intersection at Speonk-Riverhead Rd and Old Ctry Rd, this could be a dangerous little stretch.
The facility looks nice and nobody wants to interfere with their right to operate a business. IMO the above concerns are valid and should be addressed. " May 19, 18 10:13 AM

New Westhampton Community Center To Be Built At Gabreski Business Park

IMO weighing the positives and negatives, doing this with the Rechlers at Gabreski makes the most sense. It's the most efficient and cost-effective model, doesn't require any zone changes, has room for expansion, and doesn't put the town in the position as acting as developer. In the end, this represents a real opportunity to create a center for seniors, youth services, civic groups, various clubs, etc to enjoy. We've been waiting for this for a long time, and this is a great opportunity. So looking at this project on this site with these builders, I can't come up with a better scenario to actually get this done. " May 19, 18 5:13 PM

As do I. Let's work on it. " May 20, 18 7:42 AM

The Rechler Group is going to build a small business facility at the industrial park too. 1 main building containing 4 or 5 office/shop spaces at approx 2000 sqr ft each. I really like this idea. " May 21, 18 9:01 AM

Thanks, TB. I truly believe that this will be a net gain for the community by a lot. " May 21, 18 9:02 AM

Planning Board Seeks Recommendation From Chief Building Inspector On Golf Course In East Quogue--Despite Public Comments Supporting It

Remove the emotions that The Hills application invokes and ask if we are ok with a town board decision effectively being overturned by way of an appointed board punting final say to a single town employee? Are we ok with that scenario playing out with any application?" May 29, 18 8:03 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Announces Run For Suffolk County Comptroller This Fall

You mean you want to have respectful dialogue and debate? You actually want examine a subject with reason? You are willing to approach something with an open mind? That's crazy talk!!!" May 30, 18 11:35 AM

A lot of people do. Sadly, when most of the homes were built out here there was little thought about the long term impact on our waters. Same goes for the fertilizers and pesticides that we have used, and continue to use. Now state, county, town govt are actively exploring solutions, which will only work if we all change our habits. So I'm glad that you are aware of the problem, Chief. I also hope that you will be part of the solution. " May 30, 18 11:45 AM

Southampton Town Residents Come Out In Support Of Rose Hill Deal

1 of 3 - unrelated.
2 of 3 - Sandy Hollow vetting criteria requires 60% AMI and a participating landlord.
3 of 3 - Section vouchers require 50% AMI, and the landlord isn't participating. " Jun 19, 18 10:21 PM

* section 8 vouchers" Jun 19, 18 10:22 PM

You have no point. Repeating inaccurate information over and over doesn't make an argument. Being against multi-family affordable models is certainly your right. To call you on broadcasting falsehoods is equally my right. Do your homework. Speonk is getting the larger of the 2 complexes. Neither will be section 8 because both are 60% AMI and the landlord isn't participating in the voucher program. The waiting list for the combined 62 apartments is over 800 people deep and growing. In other words, they can fill these apartments 13 times over before needing to consider a section 8 model. " Jun 20, 18 9:07 AM

Can you substantiate, "it has to as the county is involved as a partner?" Have you reached out to Bridget Fleming on the matter? Have you read the application itself? Do you know where the bulk of the funding comes from and the criteria one must follow to qualify for said funding?
Being wrong with conviction won't make you any less wrong. Perhaps if you educated yourself on the subject you wouldn't be filled with as much angst. " Jun 20, 18 12:05 PM

Lawmakers, Environmentalists Push To Close Sand Land Because Of Water Contamination

"licensed professionals hired by Sand Land found a number of discrepancies in the report."
There's a shocker. Time to shut these guys down." Jul 16, 18 2:56 PM

Of course, and expeditiously. " Jul 16, 18 4:35 PM

The 15th Annual Soldier Ride To Roll Through On Saturday

Respect and gratitude to these folks!!!" Jul 21, 18 9:46 AM

Westhampton Beach Village And The Greater Westhampton Chamber Of Commerce Team Up To Promote Tourism With Video Campaign

I'd love to see more curbside dining and agree with the above post about beach restrictions. Main Street should offer a lot more than real estate offices. So much untapped potential. " Jul 31, 18 9:33 AM

Zeldin, Gershon And The Two Issues That Are Defining 2018

Based on the lack of respect and willingness to engage in the exchange of ideas and solutions on these boards, perhaps we are getting exactly what we deserve out of our representative government.
Seriously, at what point do we stop the political football game and childish name calling, and get to work on finding the common ground that most of us share???
The divisiveness is taking us farther away from our goals. " Oct 29, 18 10:42 AM

MAGA means nothing to me, because it's just a slogan and I never stopped thinking that America was great. Arguing taco trucks on corners is a complete waste of time. We get wrapped up in personality at the expense of evaluating policy.
Instead, we can discuss the issue of immigration. America benefits from the labor and service that Latino immigrants provide. Conversely, unchecked immigration is potentially dangerous, unfair, and unsustainable. So instead of arguing absolutes, ie. walls vs. open borders, perhaps we can discuss the proper balance between supply and demand in terms of jobs / immigration policy.
The point being we are slinging mud on behalf of those who are not doing their jobs properly, and it's not doing anyone any good. I'd rather talk about solutions than scream about absolutes. " Oct 29, 18 11:53 AM

Southampton Town Board Looks To Define Roles Of Citizen Advisory Committees, An Issue In Both Towns

Folks come to the CAC-W with all kinds of issues that aren't necessarily town board related. We hear from developers looking to build apartments, land use disputes, variances, street lights, tick control, traffic issues, water runoff concerns, etc.
Our feeling is that if it's a community issue we'll talk about it and see if we can assist in any manner. Our TB liaison, John Bouvier, typically takes notes and either contacts the appropriate town department, or guides us to people that can assist. In my opinion, this is government as it should be, and a town board member assisting constituents. It’s been successful, and I’m proud to be a small part of it. So the question is, if a town board member has the ability to assist, guide, or clarify things for constituents, aren't they worth discussion at any given CAC? That would include matters of zoning, variances, and development in general.
Craig Catalanotto, Vice-chair CAC-W" Dec 1, 18 1:11 PM

" it has been my experience in HB, that members of the Town Board go to the groups that support what they already want to do or their campaigns."
Which is the exact opposite of the experiences that I've had with the town board. When discussing the workforce housing apartments in Speonk, the board went out of their way to hear us and work towards a fair end. That board was made up of Stan Glinka, Julie Lofstad, Christine Scalera, John Bouvier and Jay Schneiderman. All treated us fairly and were remarkably accessible. The developer had a solid application, the backing of the state, and zoning on his side. The town board, regardless of party affiliation, worked to find balance in what was an emotionally charged debate. " Dec 1, 18 1:34 PM

Community's Concerns Intensify Regarding Bridgehampton Gateway Complex

"Citizens Against Virtually Everything"
That's pretty funny." Jan 29, 19 8:05 AM

Former Southampton Town CPF Manager Reflects On 3,500 Acres Of Preservation

Mary did an amazing job managing the CPF program. She will be missed." Feb 7, 19 8:56 AM

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