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Southampton board hires a consultant for dual-language program

Actually, the United States does not have an official language." Nov 23, 09 2:20 PM

Westhampton Beach Village Board will soon decide who will hear charges against suspended officers

It was.

As for the other story: By default all stories related to Police do not accept comments. The comments section is now turned on." Dec 3, 09 1:12 PM

Two meetings of the Southampton Town Board had no quorum

French, meaning approximately: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."" Dec 7, 09 11:18 AM

Seventh day of deliberations ends with no verdict in Oddone case

The jury submitted a note to the judge this morning asking to review "a lot" of evidence. No report on what it is yet. Staff Writer Michael Wright is at the court now." Dec 8, 09 11:25 AM

WLIU employees working without pay; fund-raising struggling

As a noncommercial, public radio station, WLIU cannot legally broadcast commercials. Instead of advertisers, the station has underwriters." Dec 21, 09 3:02 PM

Blizzard snarls life on the East End

That story is linked to this story under "Related Stories."

To upload your photos, visit this link: http://www.27east.com/snowstorm-2009.cfm " Dec 23, 09 1:01 PM

Southampton Town Board delays reorganization meeting

A copy of the press release announcing that the meeting was being postponed is now attached to this story. Here is the URL: http://www.27east.com/assets/articlepdf/Organization%20meeting.pdf" Jan 5, 10 5:05 PM

Parties gear up for nominating committees

Yes, they are.

The article is written as if today is Thursday, January 7, because that is the day the paper comes out. Sorry for the confusion." Jan 6, 10 10:39 AM

Despite loss in court, man renews effort to control dogs on beaches

This article has been edited since it was published to correct the spelling of Colin Astarita's last name." Jan 6, 10 11:34 AM

East Hampton Town harbormaster arrested for marijuana possession

Mr. Shaw reversed his position on that, and comments were allowed on that particular story and future stories surrounding the DWI charge against Ms. Kabot.

Comments are allowed on this story because, as senior harbormaster, Mr. Bousson is a public figure." Jan 6, 10 12:36 PM

WLIU employees working without pay; fund-raising struggling

This article ran on December 17 in The Southampton Press-Eastern Edition on page A3." Jan 9, 10 1:23 PM

Body washes ashore on Plum Island

The police initially reported that the body was that of a white male but later sent a correction saying the autopsy revealed it to be a black male." Jan 16, 10 1:27 PM

Mariners and Bonackers in top three in bowling standings

Thanks for the correction." Jan 27, 10 10:25 AM

MTA plans to shut down train service to the North Fork

An earlier version of this story misidentified the Hunters Point Avenue train stop." Feb 3, 10 1:53 PM

Westhampton Beach board member, father of Village Police chief, exchange words in supermarket

This accident? http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=259001" Feb 4, 10 12:38 PM

Local leaders speak out against MTA service cuts

For an ongoing discussion on the prospect of creating a Peconic Transportation Authority, visit the new 27east forums: http://www.27east.com/forum/messages.cfm?threadid=E81A0565-E081-4CAC-92F7809631CFF959 " Feb 23, 10 12:54 PM

Southampton Village asks attorney for opinion on releasing cops' secondary employment information

The Southampton Press-Eastern Edition's editorial this week regarding this matter:

The Right To Know

A spirited discussion is taking place at 27east.com, among commenters, regarding The Press’s battle with Southampton Village over a Freedom of Information Law request submitted recently, seeking the village’s records regarding secondary employment by Village Police officers. The biggest question critics are asking: Why “stir the pot” by requesting that information?

A simple answer would be that the pot should be stirred from time to time, but that’s too glib. This is a serious matter that deserves serious consideration, and what’s at stake is nothing less than the public’s right to know.

The Press filed the FOIL request after Christopher Broich, a former Village Police officer who has been a gadfly since he was fired from the force in 2007, submitted an identical request and was rejected. The newspaper took up the fight as a matter of principle: Regardless of what Mr. Broich planned to do with the information, or what he was looking for, he had every right to see which police officers had sought to take side jobs, and whether or not those requests were approved by the village. And, frankly, it raised the question: Why wouldn’t the village want such basic information to be released? It hints that there might be something to hide.

Secondary employment by police officers is hardly a non-issue—depending on what jobs they take, there can be tremendous potential for conflicts of interest, and the department’s own general orders correctly restrict the kinds of part-time employment that are acceptable for a police officer. Is the village being vigilant in making sure the rules are being followed? And the questions aren’t new: Back in August 2004, The New York Times explored the interconnections between the region’s police forces and the officers who moonlight in the private security sector, and the divided loyalties, conflicts of interest and ethical dilemmas that result. A security company owned by a Southampton Village Police officer played a significant role in that story.

What will be revealed by the information The Press is seeking? There’s no way to know until it’s reviewed. Possibly nothing. But that’s not the point. It is public information—a point confirmed by the State Committee on Open Government, in an opinion backing the FOIL request—and there’s no reason for the village to withhold it.

Government can be held to necessary standards only if there is a free flow of information, and that is why it’s important for the public to expect the village to answer any reasonable request. It’s not just common sense, it’s the law. " Feb 26, 10 12:06 PM

Dedicated group hoping to bring back a piece of history

Update for those who read the story in the newspaper: Mr. Manfield will no longer be making a presentation to the Southampton Town Board on March 11. The matter was referred to the town's Parks and Recreation Department." Mar 3, 10 11:20 AM

Local politicians consider congressional campaign

Who would you give the GOP nomination to? Sound off in the 27east forums: http://www.27east.com/forum/messages.cfm?threadid=2A13925E-E081-4CAC-928F6E15B2594B09" Mar 4, 10 11:50 AM

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