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A Hampton Bays Native Bids Farewell To Position On School Board

Michael Dunn. FILE PHOTO
Jul 2, 2018 11:18 AM

Michael Dunn will say goodbye to his hometown this week, and with it his position on the Hampton Bays Board of Education.

The Hampton Bays native, who’s lived in the hamlet for 45 years, announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election for a second three-year term on the School Board. He expects to relocate to Cooperstown with his wife, Kathy Dunn, and their three daughters, Taylor, Lindsay and Carly.

Newcomer Anne Culhane won Mr. Dunn’s seat in May and will join the board on July 1.

“It’s very bittersweet,” Mr. Dunn said on Thursday, June 28. “I feel fulfilled with what I did.”

In citing his accomplishments on the board, he pointed to his participation in the Hampton Bays School District’s decision to file a notice of claim against Southampton Town earlier this year, which detailed plans to sue the municipality for more than $10.6 million. The claim—the first step toward a lawsuit—cited the town’s failure to enforce laws against long-term residential use of hotels and motels in the hamlet, leading to a strain on the district as residents add to the school population with a corresponding increase in property tax payments.

“What I did to protect the taxpayers from what I feel is a lack of attention from the Town of Southampton—I’m very proud of that,” he said.

As president of the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays, Mr. Dunn took a stance against the hamlet’s motels, particularly the Bel-Aire Cove Motel on Shinnecock Road, calling it the main contributor to pollution in Penny Pond Canal.

Together with Vice President Robert Liner, he argued that the motel’s septic system was designed for seasonal use only, meaning the motel’s current year-round use exceeds the septic’s capacity.

Apart from that, Mr. Dunn coached the Hampton Bays girls softball and basketball teams, and was the co-chair of the Hampton Bays Citizens Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2015.

Mr. Dunn also co-owns Dunn Development and Construction Corporation in Quogue, which he plans to maintain with his brother Joseph Dunn. He added that there is a chance the construction company may expand to include a second location upstate.

And while he will spend the majority of his time upstate, he stressed that he plans to make frequent trips to Hampton Bays, especially during the summer. “I’m still going to be part of the community,” he said.

On Thursday, Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen bid farewell to his colleague, calling him a “lifelong Bayman.”

Hampton Bays Board of Education President Kevin Springer also took time to wish Mr. Dunn well.

“Mike is a lifelong friend whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with on many occasions,” he said on Thursday. “His passion, intuition and attention to detail will be sorely missed on all fronts.”

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Thank you Mike for all that you have done.
By Damon.Hagan (32), East Quogue on Jul 2, 18 8:47 AM
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Mike is a quality guy. Hope he stays involved in HB
civic affairs.
By aging hipster (155), Southampton on Jul 2, 18 9:21 AM
Best of Luck to you and your family - you will be missed.
By G.A.Lombardi (196), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 18 10:37 AM
I find it beyond hilarious that no one calls this mans backwards logic out, ever. Protecting the Hampton Bays taxpayer by suing Southampton Town?!?! Hamptons Bays taxpayers ARE Southampton town taxpayers! Because of Mr. Dunn, we will be suing ourselves just so we can have the state say, “yes, you’re the red headed step child.” We already know that. How about we elect people to the town board and just, you know, care more about HB in the traditional, established ways. Not stomping ...more
By Brandon Quinn (151), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 18 10:55 AM
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The taxpayers of HB pay 100% of the school taxes and less that 10% of the Town of Southampton taxes. We would be ahead 90 cents on every dollar.
By G.A.Lombardi (196), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 18 1:51 PM
It's not a lawsuit, just a "claim" that might lead to a lawsuit -- probably it was a pay off to a mid Island politically connected attorney, and was a defensive move from a board that runs without opposition because everyone knows that running a campaign that cuts taxes in half would result in a frame-up like the one that ended Linda Kabot's and Steve Levy's career. Every year we pay more for health insurance for teachers and janitors and every year the Board pats themselves on the back.
The ...more
By dfree (532), hampton bays on Jul 2, 18 2:06 PM
"probably it was a pay off to a mid Island politically connected attorney" - Lol

Btw, HB kids get into plenty of schools, even better ones than "the good SUNY schools."
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3308), HAMPTON BAYS on Jul 2, 18 2:15 PM
Government gets sued every day by Government; citizens and Towns. That’s a fact. Another fact is the The SHTB cares for East Quogue and Hampton Bays by dumping on them. Have you checked your drinking water quality? The issue at BelAire would never happen in Southampton or any other place! The septic t Bel Aire is broken and runs off into the parking lot and into the Bay. Yet SHTB will not close them down with extreme health and safety issues.Makes you think the SHTB sure will do a lot for ...more
By ZGerry (20), Hamptons on Jul 3, 18 1:31 PM
All the Best Mike to you and your family. Thank You for trying to make HB a better place for all.
By Tomjulie (41), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 18 1:06 PM