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Pope holds swing vote on Nuzzi proposal

It's a little tricky to claim that you'll save $670,000 over 7 years. Once budget cuts are made (presumably permanently) you've reestablished a new budget base. You save the $96,000, that doesn't mean that you cut $96,000 every year. The implications of Nuzzi's reasoning is that he would cut $96,000 from these boards this year and then cut that same $96,000 every year after that for 7 years. The result would be negative board membership. Let's assume that the town board cuts two million dollars this year from a base of 80 million. 7 years from now can it be said -- look we have a budget of $66 million. Of course not. All things being equal (no adjustment for inflation, no other adjustments) the budget would still be $78 million 7 years from now." Jan 15, 09 10:21 AM

Immigration bill to be revived

Faceless,

Far be it from me to claim to have all the answers, and I certainly feel for any crime victim and those that you cite; however, the available (non-anecdotal) evidence shows that undocumented aliens are more apt to be crime victims because perpetrators know that undocumenteds are reluctant to complain to the police. Seems this may be the case in Patchogue as we learn that the killers of Marcelo Lucero committed other violent crimes against Latinos.

All immigrant groups. my people included, were shunned, ridiculed and hated during the long process of assimilation. I hope that we can all come together and support the comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Our second president, John Adams, and his federalist allies in Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Act. If that law stood the test of time, maybe neither one of us would be living in Southampton." Feb 4, 09 1:16 PM

Town might seek forensic audit of capital budget

This kind of back-of-the envelope accounting is unacceptable. It's not like this is rocket science, go back and review your Accounting 101 text book and straighten this out." Feb 9, 09 2:20 PM

Recall -- Sally Pope asked for an independent audit of the books in her campaign last year. Also note, she asked the state comptrollers office to audit." Feb 11, 09 5:39 PM

Southampton Town drafts wish list for stimulus funds

I'm wondering why the letter was sent to Schumer. I hope they copy Paterson and Levy and the new Transportation secretary. Schumer voted for the bill but most of the money will be funneled through the states." Feb 21, 09 8:13 AM

Bishop touts economic stimulus package

I can't understand some of the negative commentary about Tim Bishop. I guess a lot of Rush Limbaugh dittoheads read the Southampton Press, too. First, education, infrastructure, healthcare, stabilization and environmental money will make its way to the east end. Second, economists from the left and the right have supported this stimulus bill as absolutely necesary. Many economists tell us we're in a crisis not seen since the depression. The spending power from consumers and business has fallen off a cliff so only government spending can create demand. If anything, this program may be too small. Rep Bishop did the absolute best thing by voting for this bill." Feb 24, 09 6:54 AM

Former comptroller brought in to look at Southampton Town capital budget

This is Keystone Cops meet the Flintstones. The Republicans and their abacuses should be sent packing." Feb 25, 09 6:49 AM

Republican majority on Southampton Town Board quashes plan to restructure financial department

Ms Wright seems to be just what the doctor ordered. It's clear that Anna Throne-Holst is providing leadership and attempting mightily to straighten out the financial mess. Kudos to Sally Pope also; she called for a state audit during last year's campaign." Feb 25, 09 5:05 PM

Southampton Republican Party chairman says Kabot is not a lock to secure nomination

I guess Linda just has to beat back Marcus again this year" Mar 4, 09 5:08 PM

Immigration coalition holds its first forum

I don't believe for one second that this nation, the one that has the Statue of Liberty still residing in NY harbor, is going to massively deport 15,000,000 undocumented aliens. So, with that as the premise, it seems the best and only alternative is to propose exactly what Congressman Bishop suggests, a hard path to citizenship. I hope that everyone can play a positive role in welcoming all potential fellow citizens. I applaud our elected officials (Bishop, Thiele, Throne-Holst) and their attempts to grapple with a tough a issue. " Mar 19, 09 11:35 AM

Capital budget error bolstered budget surplus, which was used to cut taxes

The thing that boggles my mind is tha this is not rocket science but rather Municipal Accounting 101. Clearly some training on basic budget and accountng skills are needed. As we used to say in the audits I was involved in "Tic and Tie." This is what you report, where's the back up documentation. " Apr 1, 09 5:05 PM

Code enforcement shuts down soup kitchen at Southampton Tire

For those of you who might have missed it, here is the parable of the Good Samaritan

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead with no clothes. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."" Apr 2, 09 3:41 PM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

Thanks Mayor Epley. In the words of Rabbi Isreal Salanter, "Most men worry about their own bellies and other people's souls, when we all ought to worry about our own souls and other peoples bellies."" Apr 14, 09 1:41 PM

Southampton Town must issue $16 million in bonds this year

Anyone in town hall hear of a chart of accounts, cost/revenue centers, commingling accounts? This i s bizarre. Would an individual tax payer put his wage income in schedule D? No. Come on, this is basic accounting. " Apr 15, 09 4:20 PM

Poor economy exacerbates persistent East End tension over immigration

The more I read the more I realize that comprehensive immigration reform is the only answer." Apr 29, 09 12:56 PM

Fred Thiele backs gay marriage bill

Good for you, Fred. It's nobody's business who someone else wants to marry. Why put a legal fence around love. " May 5, 09 10:56 PM

A while ago, it was legal in the states of these United States to ban interracial marriage. In 1976 The Supreme Court (Loving vs Virginia) ruled against laws that banned interracial marriages. The arc of history is toward freedom and liberty. Those of you who are against gay maariage are on the wrong side of history. Besides, if Iowa could approve gay marriages, we can't in NY? " May 6, 09 10:49 AM

Money designated for affordable housing never moved; housing fund in the red

I get a kick out of this statement: "If a municipal corporation was held to the same standard as a public company is under federal law, then the CEO and the comptroller of that company would be held criminally responsible for misrepresenting the financial condition of that company."

How many banks have been misrepresenting their books lately? Exactly how many cases were brought by the SEC over the past several years? There's plenty of evidence that the SEC knew about Madoff and they just sat on their hands. Madoff confessed because his scheme became untenable. Oaxley/Sarbanes law came about because corporate reporting was too flawed, Please, enough of this notion that the private sector is so diligent.
Southampton Town screwed up just like other entities screwed up. We're at this stage now because of the diligence of the 2 Democratic members of the town board who were not afraid to ask questions. " May 6, 09 6:12 PM

Kabot says party leaders pressuring her to keep lid on financial woes

I like what Gordon Herr said in this article. It's clear that the Southampton Democrats have their priorities in order: nominate good people, hopefully get them elected, and then let them do the PEOPLE'S business." May 13, 09 6:32 PM

Southampton Town restructures its finance department, hires new comptroller

The crux of the budget problems was the lack of controls and fiscal mismanagement. Anna Throne-Holst is correct in suggesting these changes so that we won't have problems that occured in the past, ie, no follow through when the board passes capital ordinances, tracking funds that are transferred between operating accounts, etc. We'll now have someone focused on managing the accounts. " May 27, 09 4:51 PM

Hampton Bays woman founds new pro-immigration organization

Thanks for stepping forward Ms Baruch. Yes, we all share a common humanity." May 28, 09 9:38 AM

Throne-Holst to lead Southampton Democrats' November ticket

Great slate of candidates. Gordon Herr and the Dem comm have assembled a professional slate of candidates who, if elected, will bring proper management and business acumen to Southampton Town. The town's best chance to get out of this financial mess is to elect Throne-Holst, Pope and Fleming " Jun 2, 09 7:37 PM

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