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

accuracy does not fall under the umbrella of "smarmy".

I just don't understand how you can classify it as a mega-mall. A strip-mall? Yes. but a mega-mall? You have to be kidding me... so I guess that makes two stores next to each other a mini-mall?

You may have been referring to the Town Board but you are upset because the Planning Board issued a neg-dec to this project (which, by the way comes at the hands of staff who follow NY State Law. The project didn't pass enough thresholds to be deemed a positive declaration) - the planning board has nothing to do with the "mega-mall". You are taking two separate projects and acting as though the same people are responsible. " Sep 23, 10 8:14 PM

Southampton Town bracing for stingy 2011 budget

Please supply facts that prove that. For a one or two year span during the Great Recession perhaps wages for civil servants on average were higher, but if you look at a 10 year span it is not true at all. Most Town employees make under $50,000 even after being with the Town for 10+ years. " Sep 23, 10 8:47 PM

Arts Harvest Southampton faces backlash from local merchants

$20,000 for planning a 1-month event (which is turning out to be a disaster)? So that's how people afford to buy this big homes... " Sep 23, 10 9:42 PM

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

I'm wouldn't say I'm "for" them - but it's far from the worst project in the Town. I'd rather see this go up than the proposed Condo project in Hampton Bays which goes against Town Code and is a complete tit-for-tat deal.

I'm happy to see adaptive re-use - a condo project on a horribly blighted sight. Rambo will take his operation elsewhere (he signed a 3 year lease, he can go ahead and by a property for his operation if he wants to). Everyone is acting like this guy is being kicked out and the owner of the proprety is being "forced" to build these condos because of neighbors complaning. That's not the case at all. I want our natural areas preserved and the money the Town gets from CPF taxes everytime one of these condos is sold goes to to preserving natural areas - unlike the $0 revenue the Town gets toward open spaces purchases from what's currently there. " Sep 24, 10 9:13 AM

Additonally, it's extremely difficult for the Town to deny this project. It qualifies for a negative decleration under SEQRA (which means it does not cross thresholds to raise it to a positive decleration) which means the Town cannot deny it for environmental reasons. The BZA is going to set the density and they are the only ones with any sort of power - the Town Board and the Planning Board can't do anything about it. " Sep 24, 10 9:16 AM

Southampton Town bracing for stingy 2011 budget

http://www.southamptontownny.gov/content/760/762/776/default.aspx" Sep 24, 10 9:22 AM

You have to take into consideration that a lot of the federal positions = military which = war zone. I'd hope that a cook in Iraq is getting paid more than a cook @ a crappy restaurant.

Additionally, government positions offer require more intense qualifications due to civil service tests. A Senior Planner for example needs a College degree and X number of years in planning - a Senior Planner in the Private sector has no prerequisite. The article is way too light on details to hold any amount of weight." Sep 25, 10 3:55 PM

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

What I find interesting is I FOILED the file today and there was not ONE letter of opposition to the project... and yet, based on the opinions of people on this site, there is a LOT of negativity aimed at this project. So, I must conclude that you people enjoy being armchair complainers instead of actually making your voice heard. Way to be productive. " Sep 27, 10 8:39 PM

To the Planning Board... but, it's a little late now since the decisions have been made. " Sep 28, 10 9:26 AM

Progressnow didn't make any points, so... I'm not sure what you would like me to address.

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I'm not disputing Uncleronk's statement. But the "mega-mall" is an application being considered by the Town Board where this development was/is before the Planning Board. The two are mutually exclusive so you can't blame one for the other." Sep 28, 10 12:10 PM

Netting of carp OK'd in Mill Pond

I believe the pond is stocked by DEC (or has been in the past) and contains fish species other than carp. Additionally, the pond is used by many species of migratory birds which could be caught in the nets, thus DEC needed to approve the plan. There is no limit on fishing for them with hook and line, but bringing in gill nets is another story. " Sep 28, 10 3:06 PM

Couple stalls wind turbine plans

The big ones kill birds too... a red-tailed hawk ran into the one at Brookhaven Town Hall and was killed last year.

Are you willing to trade a handful of (potential) bird deaths for reducing oil dependency, which just today was shown to negatively effect our shellfish populations (See Newsday, Chris Goblers research)? " Sep 28, 10 4:16 PM

Southampton Town bracing for stingy 2011 budget

let it go or do something real about it - not whine behind a mask on a comment board." Sep 29, 10 7:23 PM

40 people were not fired last year. 40 positions were eliminated - but they were already vacant. Get your facts straight HighHat " Sep 29, 10 7:25 PM

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

What have I done that's hypocritical?

And your e-mails didn't make it into the record... maybe you should have been writing the proper authortative board (the Planning Board) instead of running to your elected officials." Sep 30, 10 9:39 AM

Couple stalls wind turbine plans

Provide your source. And a code doesn't have to explicitly say what is and isn't allowed. For example, just because this alleged new code doesn't have restrictions for wetlands, doesn't mean the authority for wetlands (the Conservation Board and NYS DEC) have their hands tied. It would still have to conform to pre-existing laws." Sep 30, 10 9:43 AM

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

I never said I looked at the file to "scold" anyone. That was not my objective - I just discovered while going through the file there was not a single letter of opposition which I found interesting because it obviously runs counter to the overarching opinion on this board.

While the Planning Board is appointed by the Town Board, they serve long terms (7 yeras) so a member of the Planning Board wasn't neccissarily put in power by current Town Board members, and the current Town Board members often don't have the power (time) to remove them from the Board.

My point is that a lot of people are complaining and saying how the community doesn't want it - well that doesn't accomplish anything unless it goes into the official record. I have no problem with people and their opinions and it's good to fight the powers that be because you can get real change (or at least get an improvement) but you have to actually go and do it. Highhatsize is a prime example - he hides behind his avatar and doesn't actually do anything to get real change.

Educate yourself on the process for these types of approvals and be seen and heard at every step - otherwise, stop whining. I'm not giving anyone approval or direction, just saying that you'll save yourself a lot of stress if you are yelling at the right people in the right way." Sep 30, 10 11:38 AM

A call for PDD moratorium in Southampton Town; Supervisor willing to consider dropping controversial planning tool

Apparently no one has told ATH that the Town Board can simply say "ENC" (Elect Not to Consider". They can't be sued because the developer never has a right to a PDD... but no, instead let's make a big splash and say we are going to do a moratorium. And let me guess, Mr. Morrow's project would be exempt because the process has already started?

I know the article states the Tuckahoe PDD would be halted - but that is not how these things work (look at the motel/condo conversion moratorium and the exemptions from that). " Sep 30, 10 2:14 PM

Southampton Town bracing for stingy 2011 budget

Erm... my comment was to Mr. HighHatSize. I in general have nothing against you or your posts as they are matter of fact and not confrontational for the purpose of being confrontational.

And I'm not sure what you mean about 'Nature'...elaborate? Are you saying I hijacked someone's handle?" Sep 30, 10 10:54 PM

Throne-Holst: No layoffs in 2011 tentative budget

Fantastic - give the Building Dept. even less oversight. Cuz Mr. Benincasa is really known for his honest and fair dealings... good thing he is getting a raise too and can spend that extra money in Brookhaven Township where he lives.

ATH - why the raise? What was he going to do if you didn't give him the extra $$$, retire? Woulda saved TOS a lot of green" Oct 2, 10 3:07 PM

hey highhatsize - want some help beating that dead horse?" Oct 3, 10 2:47 PM

I didn't say it was anything worthy of the Suffolk DA, just said that his dealings aren't honest and fair (as in, expediting someone's permit because they are a friend, or interpreting a section of code one way for person A, and a different way for person B). I'm not excusing the CBI of doing anything illegal, just not fair and honest (maybe transparent is a better word?)" Oct 3, 10 10:55 PM

There is no requirement, of course, to live in the Town if you are a dept. head. My point is he is not invested in the Town of Southampton. He is a Brookhaven guy (he lives there and formerly worked there). His interests are in Brookhaven - I'd rather have my Chief Building Inspector live in this Town and deal with the consequences of his decisions (like issuing a demo permit to his buddy Joe "I'm the greatest builder in the world" Farrell to knock down a historic structure on Main St. in Bridgehampton without the necessary inputs from the Planning Board.)

And of couse they have a surplus, they give out permits for anyone who wants one! " Oct 3, 10 10:59 PM

A call for PDD moratorium in Southampton Town; Supervisor willing to consider dropping controversial planning tool

I echo those comments - kind of like how an acceptable ag use on ag easements in clustered subdivisons is polo-fields... give me a break" Oct 3, 10 11:01 PM

Rechlers pick up demolition permit applications for Canoe Place Inn

I'll save everyone else the troulbe.... What you propose for the Tuckahoe sight = Riverhead. Downtown Riverhead is a disaster, due in large part because of Rt. 58 and all the big box stores, so...unless you want SHV to go the way of Riverhead, re-consider what kind of stores you'd like to see in Tuckahoe." Oct 4, 10 12:24 PM

Or Mr. Benicasa could sidestep it, and give them their permit followed with an "oops" ala the historic building in Bridgehampton for his buddy Farrell. " Oct 4, 10 4:06 PM

University Council supports cuts made to Stony Brook Southampton

Right, cuz the article says condos will be built there. Are you aware of the number of steps required to get condos on that site? All of which would be moot the minute the Town changes the zoning?" Oct 4, 10 7:51 PM

Where did he "pilfer" it too?" Oct 4, 10 9:19 PM

And it couldn't possibly be the fault of Shirley Strum Kenney, who pushed this all through without any foresight as to how it would be paid for? And who literally pilfered Flower Fields which is now going to cost the state an EXTRA $100,000,000 PLUS 5 years interest... right?" Oct 4, 10 10:14 PM

Throne-Holst: No layoffs in 2011 tentative budget

This is meant to be informative - not argumentative. The state issued a new retirement incentive plan, which many municipalities picked up (Southampton Town being one of them) without getting into the minutia, it lets many people retire before they would normally be eligible without any penalties. So if someone only has 25 years in (but they are 55) they can retire as if they had 30 years in... this isn't a situation where people are really being forced, an incentive was created to get them to leave. " Oct 4, 10 10:17 PM

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