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Tuckahoe developer defends plan

Affordable housing would be a requirement as per the PDD - he can't "not" build it." Sep 2, 10 10:22 AM

The Parrish Art Musuem and the Old Library aren't commercial stores so... not seeing how the relocation of the Musuem has anything to do with this." Sep 2, 10 10:25 AM

Beach erosion study delayed again

Then prove me wrong and show me how the Trustees got an easement over every inch of ocean front from Town Line Rd. to Cupsogue Beach.

Yes, the Trustees have lost quite a few legal battles but there are other factors (like their Town Attorney who doesn't take them seriously and Judges who rarely have an adequeate understanding of environmental laws).

And furthermore, I dind't state that the Dongan Patent set the legal precedent. I said that the Dongan Patent allows for access to the water for all residents of the Town (again, show me the proof that that isn't a factual statement). Having that right, with the Trustees being in charge of ensuring that right, allowed them to gain the easement. You are spinning my words to fit your arguement. It's ok to not know everything Mr. Ice." Sep 2, 10 10:34 AM

Models show possibility of hurricane impacting East End

You are being far too literal. The word "impact" can mean "influence; effect". Would you rather have the headline read: "Hurricane may influence east end"? Come on. Yes, it may be a tropical storm when it reaches here, but it's currently a Hurricane and it's entirely accurate and truthful to state that a Hurricane may impact the East End. If the Hurricane (or Tropical Storm for that matter) were to actually HIT Long Island (which is what you are saying the headline makes readers believe) then the headline would state: "Hurricane may hit Long Island". It would effect the whole island - not just the east end. It's clear to any reader with any amount of education what the headline means." Sep 2, 10 10:41 AM

Hampton Bays civic leaders make their own redevelopment pitch

Should have been more clear. The actual rate is: .185 which is why I stated "approximately .20". So .185 X 40 = 7.428 which would be rounded to 7 but it's =/- 1 and it's multiplication - not addition. But I see your point" Sep 2, 10 10:04 PM

Suffolk County Planning Commission weighs in on Tuckahoe Main Street

The Town was required to bring this to the County because it is a PDD (which needs to go before the Planning Commission) and it fronts on a County Rd." Sep 3, 10 9:37 AM

Hampton Road firehouse in Southampton Village demolished

Yup. The SVVA is looking pretty outdated... Southampton Town Hall was supposed to move and get a whole new look but that deal was squashed a few years ago - so instead they spent a ridiculous amount of $$$ on temporary trailers for the new court while they make up plans for a permanent court w/a tunnel from the police station. Gotta love those "shovel ready" projects" Sep 10, 10 9:39 AM

Scientist proposes poisoning fish in Mill Pond to spark turn around

Yes, he is an employee at Inter-Science who is highly qualified. Of course, there is a big financial incentive for the Trustees to go along with anything he says. I'm surprised a solution has not been put forth by Dr. Gobler." Sep 10, 10 9:44 AM

Why does Mr. Walker not mention the effects this chemical can have on other wildlife in the pond? Muskrats, Frogs, Turtles, Migratory Birds etc. " Sep 10, 10 9:46 AM

Deer problems dominate discussion at meeting

Why do people think that if you thin the deer population (or eliminate deer from you yard) you are no longer at risk for Lyme disease? The white-footed mouse is the key host for lyme disease. Ticks that feed on the mice become infected - the deer are simply hosts of the ticks. If you eliminate deer, you can still have infected ticks being brought to your property on birds, raccoons, squirrels, mice, etc. " Sep 10, 10 9:55 AM

Scientist proposes poisoning fish in Mill Pond to spark turn around

Your $100 million bond is quite arbitrary and while I see your point - quite extreme of a proposition (though, some would argue poisoning the fish is equally extreme).

The Town does not require bonds for anything other than restoration projects or road improvement projects (for example, the construction of a cul-de-sac to Town spec by a developer for a new subdivision - or re-vegetation as part of a site plan).

A Part I, II EIS would be required, and it of course would trigger a Part III (more likely a Positive Decleration right off that bat which would require a full blown DSGEIS (Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement) which would be done by Inter-Science and would have to be approved by the State of New York DEC which of course would be reviewed by State Biologists. Public Scoping would also be a part of that process. However, the Trustees could illegally maneuver around the full SEQRA regs (which is done more often than you would like to think - not by the Trustees, but by all Governments) and hope they don't get sued. But, even if they do, the damage would have been done.

I'm not 100% sure of Mr. Walkers qualifications, but I know it's appropriate to all him a scientist (just don't recall exactly what his discipline is.)

I am curious why SUNY Stony Brook isn't being consulted (as they have spent years studying this pond) but they may not want to get their feet wet (or dirty) when it comes to a solution. " Sep 10, 10 6:10 PM

Mill Pond can't "find its own balance" because it is so heavily influenced by humans (i.e. runoff from adjacent ag fields, and leaching septic pools). We as humans need to decide if we want to play the risky game of "creating" a balance, or tackling the problems we have caused and eliminating them.

While it is nice of the farmer to point out that new residential development along the pong has been detrimental (in nitrogen inputs from septic system and lawn fertilizer) the farm runoff is much worse (in terms of quantity). The biggest problem is the Town does not have an adequate storm water department, which was essentially eliminated last year due to budget cuts. The engineering dept. does not have enough resources to properly investigate and resolve issues related to stormwater runoff from the streets surrounding the pond (and the entire 7 ponds system, which of course all contributes to Mill Pond.

(And in regards to your $100 million #, I think that's adequate, but you wanted that from everyone which would be well over $1 billion)" Sep 11, 10 12:20 AM

Hampton Road firehouse in Southampton Village demolished

I never said it was a main house... nor did I say it was a shovel ready project... I was referring to other projects and other government expenditures." Sep 12, 10 1:07 PM

Water Mill man is a 'Survivor'

My guess is he drives the Hummer 1 (not H2 or H3). There are very few H1's around the hamptons so it is a rather uniuque vehicle, especially if mhe is driving it in the winter and not just summer weekends " Sep 13, 10 4:16 PM

Yes, BUT the H1 is diesel which offers SLIGHTLY better fuel efficiency then the no-diesel H2, if that's any consolation... haha. Plus, the company that made them originally was owned by Sagaponack's very own Ira Rennert. So, really, when you think about it, the guy is just trying to help out the local economy!" Sep 13, 10 9:54 PM

Scientist proposes poisoning fish in Mill Pond to spark turn around

We don't need your opinion for an EIS. It is required under NY State Law (SEQRA).

And further, I think you are oversensitive. The article doesn't state that the Trustees think this is a good idea, or that they are moving forward to approve it. In fact, the President of the Trustees stated he is against the idea of using poison... so maybe settle down a bit? " Sep 13, 10 9:59 PM

After 40 years at college helm, Getz to retire

Congrats to Don - he taught me everything I know about boats and tools. I don't know how anyone can stay at the same position for 40 years but it must have helped to have a new influx of interns two-three times a year. I just can't believe he is actually going to let someone run the Paumanok without him on it!" Sep 15, 10 2:25 PM

Water Mill man is a 'Survivor'

I heard he has a replica of the Candy Kitchen in his house! haha" Sep 15, 10 10:57 PM

Southampton Town bracing for stingy 2011 budget

What evidence do you have to backup workers are doing nothing 50% of the time? The Southampton Town Planning Dept. has been drastically reduced from just a few years ago. At it's peak there were 7 planners including a Chief planner (note this is current planning, not long range) - they are down to 2 now. Yes, there are less applications than in the heyday but not a big enough reduction to justify having 2 planners. The Environmental staff is also down to 4 from a high of 7 (including secretaries) which is a woefully inadequate number of employees.

The Town is far too top heavy (as all branches of government seem to be) and they get themselves in trouble by signing contracts with $100k + "administrators" who they can't get rid of no matter how ineffectual they are without paying them.

Also, what is your basis for stating "our employees make excellent salaries"? I will agree that dept. heads and admin's do, but the planners, analysts, building inspectors, secretaries etc. do not make excellent salaries. They are civil service workers and their benefit for dedicating their working life to the public at wages comparatively much lower than private industry is the pension they are guaranteed upon retirement.

I'm always amazed that when times are good, all the private industry people are blowing money left and right and looking down on the poor teachers and civil servants who chose a life of serving their neighbors but as soon as the economy turns south these same people are looked at as greedy because they expect the 2% raise their contract stipulates. Please, have some respect for government workers. " Sep 22, 10 10:29 PM

Hampton Bays leads town in code enforcement calls

The article should indicate that HB is significantly larger than all other hamlets and provided a breakdown per capita. Not to mention, HB has more year round residents than a place like Water Mill so of course it will have more complaints.

As for Mr. Betts' statement that because HB has it's own code enforcement officer means it gets more calls - that makes no sense. People aren't calling because they know HB has it's own officer... perhaps if there were stats on how many of these are rectified that piece of information could play a role...." Sep 22, 10 10:33 PM

Southampton Town bracing for stingy 2011 budget

The Supervisor is the only elected official who makes 6 figures ($102,000 in 2010) whereas the other Town Council members are making $60,000 as it is a part time job.

And as fcmcmann points out - you are well represented - it just so happens you don't like the job those who were voted in are doing. " Sep 23, 10 9:41 AM

It is also a FACT that the Southampton Town Justice Court is the busiest Town court in the ENTIRE State of New York. You don't have the busiest court (especially for a relatively small township) without having a great Police Force. And I don't want to hear people saying that the police are filling "quotas" (which has never been proven to be factual) or giving out unwarrented tickets. The only ticket I got I deseverd and I've found the local police to be quite lenient and generous. Have some respect for our officers and look at all the other waste in the system." Sep 23, 10 9:51 AM

Pensions are guarenteed to all government workers and are compensation for the minimal wages civil servants receive compared to the average wages of the private sector. It is an incentive to serve your fellow citizens - without it how would the government ever find qualified workers at such low wages?

As for unused sick and personal days - that is essentially a thing of the past. Look at any contract that has been put in place in the last 3 years in any local government and you will see this benefit has been eliminated. You can't yell and scream about how much someone is getting paid for unused sick time when they started 30 years ago. That was built into their contracts and it cannot be taken out - in 30 years, you won't see people taking home a years worth of salary on sick time. Educate yourself before you make your posts. " Sep 23, 10 9:55 AM

Condominium plan for Rambo site gets thumbs up from Southampton Town Planning Board

MACK "We need to start preserving our areas and not building them up more.
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So, you want to preserve our areas by having them be used as transfer stations and compost sites when they are surrounded by residential areas? What a great idea.


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Proposed cell tower in Westhampton faces hurdles

The Church is 1.5 miles away... which believe it or not in the cell phone tower business is a long distance. And I'm guessing T-mobile has an antennae in WHB already.

Furthermore, the Town would not suggest they look at moving it to the village because the Town would lose out on possible tax revenue. A far better location for this would be the now empty car dealership directly to the East. It's more of a commercial property and much larger which could adequately handle a 100' tower and not require a variance in relation to the fal zone.

Every wireless application that goes before the Town must submit a list of all other cell phone towers within a defined area which demonstrates areas that are covered and areas are not. Additionally, they must prove that they have looked at all other options (including government land and firehouses/police stations) before settling on a particular site. The biggest issue is the power the FCC has which means the Town cannot delay these applications. " Sep 23, 10 12:22 PM

Hampton Bays leads town in code enforcement calls

Mastic Beach made a mistake by becoming their own village - no way their taxes are going to be lower or their services are going to be any better. " Sep 23, 10 12:30 PM

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