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Sep 5, 2008 3:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Planning Board votes against rescinding Woodfield Gables decision

Sep 5, 2008 3:05 PM

Mr. DeLuca said that members of the public should consider a lawsuit over either Thursday’s decision or any ultimate approval of the subdivision, but cautioned that it could cost upward of $100,000 to litigate.

“The irony is that they’re paying tax dollars to have those guys sitting there,” he said of the board.

Mr. DeLuca added that he believes the Town Board, which appoints members of the Planning Board, has the power to remove Planning Board members as well.

“Frankly, they act as if the public is the enemy,” he said of the Planning Board. “I feel like I don’t live on the same planet as some of them.”

Immediately after the decision, Ms. Spilka marched next door to Town Supervisor Linda Kabot’s office to warn the supervisor that if she was a homeowner who bought in the Woodfield Gables subdivision after the Planning Board approved the project without examining the contamination, she would sue the town.

”The Planning Board should be representing the public’s interest on this. To not require a full EIS 11 months ago is where they went wrong,” she said later. “We need the Planning Board to follow the letter of the SEQRA law better. This is the poster child for what you should never do again.”

Another Speonk resident, Lois Davis, was also at the meeting and said she was also disappointed.

“They just lack the guts,” she said. “To me, it’s appalling. These people should have the guts to do right by the people.”

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By Beth Young (7), Southampton on Sep 5, 08 5:55 PM
What a shame. The town has increased the potential for lawsuits if this turns into a mini 'Love Canal'. How can you approve something when you do not know all the answers, especially after the investigation is still not complete. Clean the contamination 1st, get a clean bill of health, then construct the homes - simple!
By cleanfish (2), Astoria on Sep 6, 08 10:43 AM
Who besides Mr. Toler approved this?
By tenn tom (250), remsenburg on Sep 6, 08 5:46 PM
Dennis Finnerty, John Blaney & George Skidmore.
By Beth Young (7), Southampton on Sep 6, 08 6:01 PM
Has the Southampton Planning Board ever requested an Environmental Impact Statement on any questionable tract of land? We're still trying to figure out why one isn't being performed on Oakland Farms...the Conservation Board in 2003 labeled this site as "ecologically sensitive"....hmmmmm
By pvolk (3), westampton beach on Sep 7, 08 2:35 PM
Nobody in their right mind would approve homes here until the issue of safety was resolved. It goes to show the influence of those involved. We thought Kabot would clean up these types of persuasions at Town Hall.
The developer, attorney and Board should be ashamed of themselves.
By Hampton (50), Westhampton on Sep 8, 08 9:53 AM
Who are the real estate interests on the board? Is this Blaney the same as Blaney Reality? Is Mr. Skismore in real estate also?
I can smell that chloroform already.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Sep 8, 08 2:08 PM
isn't a plume a good thing? Oh wait maybe not...let's not buy there!
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