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Apr 18, 2016 2:56 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Next Southampton Town Board Meeting Is Pushed Back A Week; Now Scheduled For Tuesday, May 3

Apr 21, 2016 11:13 AM

The Southampton Town Board meeting originally scheduled for this Tuesday, April 26, has been pushed back a week and will feature a public hearing on the proposed Bridgehampton Gateway planned development district.

At the special meeting, now scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Town Hall, board members will oversee several public hearings originally slated to take place on April 26. One of those include the next hearing on the Bridgehampton Gateway PDD, which the Town Board opted to keep in the pre-application phase in February, citing the many questions about the project’s size.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said this week that the meeting was rescheduled because he will not be present, and he felt that it was important for him to be part the public hearing for the Gateway. He noted that he could have Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Zappone sit in his place, as former Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst would do, but that he would rather be there himself. He also noted that the April 26 meeting would have fallen on a week where most schools are on spring break, thus resulting in many families being out of town on vacation.

“It’s too important, I think, to have it on a day that I can’t be there,” Mr. Schneiderman said of the Gateway public hearing. “I think pushing it back a week actually means there will be more people who can attend.”

As currently drafted, Bridgehampton Gateway would include up to 105,000 square feet of commercial and residential space, with the latter featuring a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments, all built on 13 acres that sit directly across from Bridgehampton Commons on Montauk Highway.

In total, the developer is looking to construct 20 residential units, mostly second-floor apartments that would sit above several retail stores.

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There's a rumor floating around that this meeting has been canceled due to the fact that the Supervisor will be out of Town and neither of his running mate Councilpersons wanted to run the meeting

Can anyone verify whether this rumor is factual or not?

Can anyone recall any other Board meetings being cancelled due to the absence of the Town Supervisor?

Did the journal who authored this article inquire as to the reason for the "adjournment"? If not, why not?

'One ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Apr 18, 16 7:38 PM
NTiger - your really think the press is going to report anything bad about Jay and crew come on. I am still waiting for the story about how ATH used town hall for political use and gain -
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 9:48 AM
I hear that Julie & Burl Ives aren't allowed to speak without their handler.

And no, the press is making sure that Jay gets headlines on 27East daily.
By Draggerman (931), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 12:11 PM
Funny how the excuses and reasons for delayed meetings don't happen until after someone points things out.

Is that the fault of the journalists writing the initial stories or the elected officials who feel they do not need to explain their reasons until they are confronted?

getting to be a real pattern of opaqueness in Town.

Especially puzzled by the silence from the senior minority member Councilperson.

I know now you view this comments Damon so what gives with ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Apr 21, 16 5:23 PM
NTiger, To the contrary, she does not disappoint. The senior minority member, Councilperson Scalera, has been the only voice calling out the Supervisor, publicly and otherwise, on many of the very same topics you have commented. I suggest you watch the Town Board meetings and work sessions. Surely you will puzzle no more. On topic of this delayed meeting, watch the work session where it was discussed. Ms. Scalera was not happy but she can count.
By Roughrider28 (80), southampton on Apr 21, 16 8:45 PM
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By GALAXIE (43), SAG HARBOR on Apr 22, 16 12:16 PM
Roughrider28 - I agree - I have watched Councilperson Scalera try to be the voice of reason at several work sessions and board meetings.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 22, 16 12:46 PM
... How can an politically appointed deputy supervisor lead a meeting of elected officials?
By William Rodney (552), southampton on Apr 23, 16 10:21 AM
Deputy Supervisor presides over the meeting but does not have a vote.

It's as simple as that.

By NTiger (543), Southampton on Apr 23, 16 2:52 PM
... might be simple, but not necessary. One of the board members should run the meeting, not someone that rarely attends them.
By William Rodney (552), southampton on Apr 24, 16 9:19 AM
Mr Rodney, actually it is necessary, I refer you to Section 42 of the New York State Town Law which states in its entirety:

"The town board of any town may at any time establish the office of deputy supervisor.  The deputy supervisor shall be appointed by the supervisor to serve at the pleasure of the supervisor, and in case the office of supervisor becomes vacant any deputy supervisor in office at the time such vacancy occurs shall continue to serve until the successor of such deputy ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Apr 24, 16 1:28 PM
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