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Hampton Bays condo plan moves forward


This developer does not understand what a traditional coastal Hampton Bays Style is. He should have researched the older boarding houses which were situtated along the bays.

Secondly, he is misrepresenting the property. The canal is about 1 foot deep at low tide and cannot be dredged and cannot accommodate the sail boats in his ads. The ground is mainly clay, drains poorly and it is only a few feet to groundwater. Wait until the septic system backs up and overflows into the canal!! The property also floods in a storm event and his drainage system will not accommodate the waterI. Wading /driving through sewage is quite a thrill!
The year round family community he is creating will further boost our school taxes and traffic to the beach will be impossible.
Good luck to the locals!! " Jan 24, 10 6:30 PM

Southampton councilwoman accuses supervisor of trying to 'control' her

Ms. Graboski is talking out of both sides of her mouth! On January 12th she and her controlling team mates squelched resolutions for the docket!

She should go back to her silent mode since she cannnot control herself. What disgraceful behavior! Like most Republicans who think they are the only ones entitled to control and dominate Ms. Graboski obviously cannot deal with intelligent suggestions and recommendations , unless of course they come from the people whom she then ignores. Supervisor Throne-Holst deserves respect and professionalism from her board. Get it together. You get an F for effort. and you have finally shown your true colors. Take the Supervisor's good advice. Settle your anger. Then apologize and get on with our business or resign." Jan 24, 10 6:41 PM

Suffolk County judge overturns East Quogue marina application approval

The big question is: Why would the trustees object to conducting a SEQRA
review? If they are truly committed to protecting the public interest for the freeholders who own the bays and bottomlands, they would welcome the opportunity to conduct the most thorough environmental review possible. They are our trustees and have a fiduciary responsibility to all our citizens. We should sue them for making such a bad decision.

The trustees first priority seems to be the power they love to brag about and revel in. The Dongen Patent of the 1600s needs to be expanded to provide the best environmental decisions which are required in our modern society. It is a different world, but their ( trustees ) egos seem to take precedence here.

Remember, it wasn't only Kevin McAllister who objected to the destruction of one of the last pristine shell fish/fin fish habitats and nurseries of Shinnecock Bay to feed the greed of a private enterprise. Close to a thousand citizens signed petitions and voiced their dismay. Do the trustees operate a feifdom within the town? Are they a law just to themselves? I think not. Thank God for Kevin. " Feb 3, 10 7:34 PM

Southampton Town Board candidates square off in first debate

Regarding the debate in Hampton Bays, I came on time and could not find a seat. There were not 50 people but 119. I took the count from my standing position. Hampton Bays is a driving force in the Southampton Community.

Secondly, regarding immigration, Mr. Hughes took an myopic approach, playing to the emotions of the crowd. He is not for a hiring hall anywhere, and we must assume that includes any hall erected by a private enterprise. He obviously prefers to see the immigrants congregating on our streets in large numbers, loitering all day long. Mr. Hughes offered no solution , just a resounding "NO" . He prefers to let that aspect of the immigration problem remain "status quo". That is NOT going to do us any good and that means I will not vote for him. Any individual who claims to have administrative and community experience and holds such an uncompromising position on such a multi-faceted issue is not going to govern fairly or effectively or achieve success in reaching concensus. Mr. Hughes communicated an uncompromising attitude - " my way or no way, especially when he exploited the emotions of people for political gain and fired up the crowd with an inflamatory , non thought out statements on immigration.

Ms. Fleming should not be subject to the mind reading expertise of whomever wrote this article. Who said she was timid about stating her immigration position in Hampton Bays? That is a biased, personal remark and does not belong in this article. What has happened to classic journalism?

Getting back to immigration, Ms. Fleming had a plan which included reaching concensus, throughout the town, about the immigration problem and a hiring hall. The ultimate decision would be based on public input and implemented. How more reasonable could she be? There is no easy solution and the people must make the determination. Perhaps a referendum is in the future for this issue. Let's see what everyone has to say and then go forward. This is a reasoned, intellectual, fair minded and appropriate answer from someone who will work for us. I cast my vote for Bridget. You should too. " Feb 21, 10 8:37 AM

Southampton highway superintendent asks for more money for road paving

The condition of our raods is truly deplorable and should be the first priority.

I say put the Red Creek Road alignment on the back burner and reassign that money to road repair. The reailignment of Red Creek Road is ridiculous anyway. That curve has been there forever, and straighteing it will only turn it into more of a speedway. and tear up preserved land, purchased with our money. A practical solution would be a sign and a camera which will take a photo of the speeding car. The fine should be uped to $500.000 and the safety problem would be eliminated plus there would be revenue for the town. Where is the common sense? " Feb 21, 10 8:51 AM

Proposal for a new 7-Eleven on County Road 39

A poor business plan is no excuse for a variance. The owners knew what they were building and the underlying zoning as well. The ZBA has no grounds for an excepton here. This ugly building is in the wrong location to attract business. and the rents are absurd. They should have built it in Remsenberg !

To grant this variance would degrade our community, put human life at risk and hurt our home town small businesses as well as make a mockery of our laws. That is the problem in Southampton - we have pretty good, though convoluted laws, but the ZBA does not do its job as defined by state law. Exemptions are the rule, not the exception. Where is the Business Alliance which is supposed to support our small, local businesses?

If this variance is granted, let them also approve a White Castle, Subway, Taco Bell, Hooters and of course a bar to complement 7-Eleven. A dollar store would complete the picture, just to make it family friendly and don't forget exemptions to our sign law, so approaching traffic could see ithe choices soon enough to depart the highway! That be a wonderful statement to the visitors and tourists which drive our economy.. Come join us for a slice of Coram!" Feb 26, 10 9:53 AM

A poor business plan is no excuse for a variance. The owners knew what they were building and the underlying zoning as well. The ZBA has no grounds for an excepton here. This ugly building is in the wrong location to attract business. and the rents are absurd. They should have built it in Remsenberg !

To grant this variance would degrade our community, put human life at risk and hurt our home town small businesses as well as make a mockery of our laws. That is the problem in Southampton - we have pretty good, though convoluted laws, but the ZBA does not do its job as defined by state law. Exemptions are the rule, not the exception. Where is the Business Alliance which is supposed to support our small, local businesses?

If this variance is granted, let them also approve a White Castle, Subway, Taco Bell, Hooters and of course a bar to complement 7-Eleven. A dollar store would complete the picture, just to make it family friendly and don't forget exemptions to our sign law, so approaching traffic could see ithe choices soon enough to depart the highway! That be a wonderful statement to the visitors and tourists which drive our economy.. Come join us for a slice of Coram!" Feb 26, 10 9:53 AM

Bridget Fleming wins vacant Southampton Town Board seat

Congratulations Bridget Fleming! Now we can get going!

Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone put the final nail in Mr. Hughes' coffin at the last town board meeting. Thanks guys!

" Mar 10, 10 8:25 AM