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May 5, 2010 11:10 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

County replaces Westhampton sex offender trailer despite town court challenge

May 5, 2010 11:10 AM

Meanwhile, Southampton and Riverhead towns are in the middle of separate lawsuits against Suffolk County over the placement of the trailers for the homeless sex offenders in Westhampton and Riverside. Mr. Sordi said that the attorney representing the county did not mention the new trailer for Westhampton when the two sides were last in court, last Friday.

Southampton area officials said this week that they are concerned that the new trailer in Westhampton, which has beds for eight people and two or three showers, will be the permanent one for Southampton Town and the Riverside trailer will be decommissioned. To install bathrooms and showers at the Riverside trailer, which holds 18 people, would require approval from the Town of Riverhead to hook up to their sewage line, which was denied, Mr. Schneiderman said.

At the press conference on Tuesday, community leaders said the Westhampton trailer is inappropriate because, among other things, it is located next door to Westhampton Pines, a housing community for residents 55 and older. Barry Finehirsch, who has lived in the complex for four and a half years, said the trailers should be moved farther inside the police complex. He further noted that there is not adequate lighting near the trailer, and in the evening a lot of people walk the perimeter of the complex, which has about 200 homes. “We can’t monitor [the trailers] over here,” he said.

Others at the press conference called the county’s actions in bringing in the new trailer sneaky and unfair and said the trailer is dangerous to the neighborhood.

“The community is not going to tolerate this any longer,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “This is not a policy—this is dumping on a community.”

“The burden needs to be shared,” said Westhampton Beach Village Board member Toni-Jo Birk. Her colleague, Hank Tucker, also spoke at the press conference, and pointed out that schools are not far away from the trailers.

Ms. Throne-Holst said that she tried to work with Suffolk County officials and has tried to be courteous, but the county has not shown her mutual respect. “My patience is up,” she said.

Fellow Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming pledged to keep battling the trailers: “We’re going to fight this as hard as we can.”

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throne -holst says "under the cloak of darkness" without any notice. Isn't that exactly how politicians do EVERYTHING?
By uncleronk (136), southold on May 7, 10 3:47 PM
lock these animals up in a cage somewhere remote and throw away the key!
By GoldenBoy (344), EastEnd on May 7, 10 4:24 PM
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Torches and pitchforks?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 8, 10 2:56 PM
Homeless sex offenders are in need of help on a lot of levels for the good of society. They are another part of many of society's intricate social dilemmas. Decisions should be based on the constitutional rights of the interested parties and not by knee jerk reactions by moral opportunists. The models exist but, seem unreached.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on May 8, 10 4:04 PM
Mabye you should help them by moving e few into your household "Johnny"
By Shout ot loud (20), Southampton on May 20, 10 10:50 PM
I am new to this Westhampton Community and was not aware of this sex offender trailer problem. My opinion is to keep the trailors in Riverhead, by the courts, where they belong, on a permanent basis. The trailers and the sex offenders do not belong in residential areas, where people walk and children play.
Do these sex offenders leave the trailers during the day and if so, how do they travel to and from the trailers? Are they monitored by someone or just left to fend on their own.
By barbsal610 (2), Westhampton on May 9, 10 1:59 PM
First of all Barb,both trailers are located in the Town of Southampton.In walking distance to residential areas,Riverhead free library,Suffolk County Center and Schools.They have been here for three years and counting.At any time they hold up to 30 people in Riverside parking lot trailer and 8-10 in Westhampton trailer.It cost over $ 200.00 dollars a day for transportation alone for these offenders(per person) to go too and from social services everyday, not to mention other cost associated.They ...more
By Shout ot loud (20), Southampton on May 20, 10 11:07 PM
This issue cuts across many lines in Southampton town. Folks who normally disagree seem to be together on this one -- almost unanimously opposed to keeping the trailers here. Their departure is long, long overdue.
By Turkey Bridge (1957), Quiogue on May 14, 10 6:06 AM
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