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Springs Officials Meet With Parents To Explain Cost Cutting Options

Certainly school superintendents in general, are overpaid, as are many teachers (half the teachers in Springs make over $100,00 a year, for working only 185 days a year, plus they get lifetime free medical and rich retirement packages that can only be dreamed of in the private sector). Look at Gualtieri - he's incompetent, making over $250K a year, plus we have to pay for his retirement and for lifetime medical for he AND his spouse - it's ridiculous. However, at least Hartner is competent, and isn't being baby sat by a $70,000 a year consultant like his predecessor was, to make sure that paperwork and grants etc. are applied for on time. And at least Hartner is open and up front in trying to talk to parents and teachers about the tough choices that need to be made. Springs just can't afford year after year of double digit tax increases, and he and the board at least get that! " Mar 19, 11 11:20 AM

Certainly school superintendents in general, are overpaid, as are many teachers (half the teachers in Springs make over $100,00 a year, for working only 185 days a year, plus they get lifetime free medical and rich retirement packages that can only be dreamed of in the private sector). Look at Gualtieri - he's incompetent, making over $250K a year, plus we have to pay for his retirement and for lifetime medical for he AND his spouse - it's ridiculous. However, at least Hartner is competent, and isn't being baby sat by a $70,000 a year consultant like his predecessor was, to make sure that paperwork and grants etc. are applied for on time. And at least Hartner is open and up front in trying to talk to parents and teachers about the tough choices that need to be made. Springs just can't afford year after year of double digit tax increases, and he and the board at least get that" Mar 19, 11 11:23 AM

Springs Superintendent Responds To Teacher Layoff Rumors

Certainly school superintendents in general, are overpaid, as are many teachers (half the teachers in Springs make over $100,00 a year, for working only 185 days a year, plus they get lifetime free medical and rich retirement packages that can only be dreamed of in the private sector). Look at Gualtieri - he's incompetent, making over $250K a year, plus we have to pay for his retirement and for lifetime medical for he AND his spouse - it's ridiculous. However, at least Hartner is competent, and isn't being baby sat by a $70,000 a year consultant like his predecessor was, to make sure that paperwork and grants etc. are applied for on time. And at least Hartner is open and up front in trying to talk to parents and teachers about the tough choices that need to be made. Springs just can't afford year after year of double digit tax increases, and he and the board at least get that!" Mar 20, 11 10:20 AM

Certainly school superintendents in general, are overpaid, as are many teachers (half the teachers in Springs make over $100,00 a year, for working only 185 days a year, plus they get lifetime free medical and rich retirement packages that can only be dreamed of in the private sector). Look at Gualtieri - he's incompetent, making over $250K a year, plus we have to pay for his retirement and for lifetime medical for he AND his spouse - it's ridiculous. However, at least Hartner is competent, and isn't being baby sat by a $70,000 a year consultant like his predecessor was, to make sure that paperwork and grants etc. are applied for on time. And at least Hartner is open and up front in trying to talk to parents and teachers about the tough choices that need to be made. Springs just can't afford year after year of double digit tax increases, and he and the board at least get that!" Mar 20, 11 10:27 AM

East Hampton School Districts Reach Tuition Deal

Finally!
I just hope this doesn't take the pressure off the Springs School Board to keep finding ways to save money. They still need to deal with the teachers (no contract, but still getting 5 to 6% "step" raises in a down economy), and with overpaid superintendents at both schools. Not to mention that the retiree pension and medical costs are going to keep ballooning. The Springs school district should really have a say in the hiring of the next EHHS Superintendent - let's hope Gualtieri decides to leave soon!" Mar 26, 11 6:30 PM

Springs School Will Cut Teacher Positions To Stay Under Tax Cap

I hope all the teachers making over $100 thousand a year for a part time job (no summer work), getting $20 thousand a year medica lifetimel benefits for their families even after retirement, and still getting 2.5 percent "step" increases can sleep at night! Cuomo had to do something to balance the enormous power of the teachers unions. What he really should have done was taken on the unions directly, to eliminate tenure so talented young teachers don't always get the short end of the stick, and to eliminate the crazy work rules and bargaining that costs schools so much money. Want to know why detroit failed? UNIONS!" Apr 7, 12 11:31 AM

Just saying that if you work tne months a year, it's a part time job, and the equivalent annual compensation is 20 percent higher than reported. I would have no problem if teacher comp maxed out at $80 thousand per year, and the superintendent shouldnt make more than $150 per year ($200 or more is ridiculous)r. The problem isn't the pay scale in the early years. It's the tenure based, seniority based union contracts with NY state guidelines that wind up paying highly tenured teachers too much, and with lavish retirement and benefit packages whose that have long term costs that are just outright unsustainable. Again, look at Detroit, where 50 percent of the budget goes to retired employees. " Apr 7, 12 3:25 PM

I'd become a teacher, but can't due to tenured teachers and seniority based hiring. There are hundreds of applications for every open teacher position. Lots of talented low tenure teachers willing to do the job for less. The problem is union based seniority based hiring and pay scales. And please stop saying I don't value education. I do. I have four kids in the EH school system, and the reason I care is because I see teacher and administrator compensation squeezing out the ability of school districts and their taxpayers to fund what the kids need. When teachers are too expensive, what happens? Districts have to find ways to use less teachers, which means bigger class sizes and worse education. No one has demonstrated that education is improved more by paying teachers more. But they certainly have demonstrated that student to teacher ratio matters a lot. Kudos to the bridgehampton teachers union, which realized this, and offered a real pay freeze. Shame on the EH and Springs teacher union, which hasn't. I bet the laid off teachers, and a lot of their colleagues who really care about the kids would be willing to, but the union leadership just seems tone deaf, and unresponsive to taxpayers concerns." Apr 8, 12 8:59 AM

Agreed. Plus Springs has none of the big south of the highway estates like EH and Amagansett." Apr 8, 12 11:16 AM

Springs School Board Adopts $24.7 Million Budget, Stays Within Tax Levy Cap

How can you say they're increasing administrative costs when they're wacking out a full time superintendent and replacing him with a part time supertintendent? I think this board is making some tough and gutsy moves to control costs, and did a great job, with a ton of community involvement, prioritizing the cuts that were necessary to stay under the cap. I'm also POSITIVE that a budget that went over the cap would stand ZERO chance of passing, and a contingency budget would mean even more drastic cuts. (Just look at the results of the budget vote last year!). This board and this administration deserves a lot of praise, not cheap shots and whining about how everyone couldn't get everything they wanted. And the personal attack on the President, Kathy, was just totally inappropriate and rude." Apr 25, 12 11:42 PM

Cohen Storms Out Of East Hampton Town Board Meeting After Alleging Improper Meeting

The democrats have many people in and affiliated with their committee that are all too ready to take any unsubstantiated issue and run shouting all over town without reasonably checking things out first. If I was a conspiracy nut, I'd say it would be so easy for Wilky and Quigs to set Cohen up with an untrue red herring like this story. But then, I don't think they have the time or the inclination to do so. It would be damn funny though!" May 8, 12 8:25 PM

The democrats have many people in and affiliated with their committee that are all too ready to take any unsubstantiated issue and run shouting all over town without reasonably checking things out first. If I was a conspiracy nut, I'd say it would be so easy for Wilky and Quigs to set Cohen up with an untrue red herring like this story. But then, I don't think they have the time or the inclination to do so. It would be damn funny though!" May 8, 12 8:27 PM

Two Compete For One School Board Seat in Springs

John Grant has my vote! I think He'll be a better negotiator in the upcoming contract negotiations than an ex academic, and will be better at balancing the needs of the kids vs. the needs of the taxpayers vs. the wants of the teachers and other staff." May 9, 12 7:31 PM

Plans For Septic Upgrade At Three Mile Harbor Mobile Home Park Put On Hold

15 families on two acres? At the head of a critically sensitive wetlands??? where there is NO separation to groundwater? Let's call this one and just give all the families a big buyout from the CPF fund, make everyone happy and do a heck of a lot more good for the environment than spending millions on Keyes Island, which had one barely used house on way more land!! Trying to put a workable sanitary system in here is pouring money down the drain. literally. Better to do the right thing long term and turn this into a Real Park, instead of an overcrowded nightmare." Jun 17, 12 12:01 AM

OK, here's another way to go about it...go ahead and do the upgrade, but with the condition that the CPF Fund gets the right of first refusal to buy the trailers as they are sold, since some residents of the trailer park are so "attached" to their double wides, yet every year, one or two of them sell their trailer for $80 to $120K...just start having the CPF fund buy the ones for sale each year, and in 8 to 10 years, the environmental disaster that this overcrowded place is, IS GONE! " Jun 21, 12 10:04 PM

Update: Police Chief Calls Amagansett Death A 'Terrible Accident'

Old stone highway and three mile harbor road, the two main roads into springs, are both impossibly dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists because they have NO shoulders and are twisty curvy roads with limited visibility. They both need two foot bike/walking lanes on each side, or better yet, a parallel trail that winds alongside. I live on TMH rd. and would love to see a bike and walking path alongside the road. I won't let my kids walk on the road, it's too dangerous, even for adults. this tragedy may happen again and again unless we as a community demand changes to these roads. My condolences to all involved in this tragedy" Jun 25, 12 8:39 PM

Local Lawmakers Support Gradual Increase In Minimum Wage

I hope the tax credit for teens completely offsets the increase, because if it doesn't there will be a lot fewer summer jobs for 14 and 15 and 16 and 17 year olds at tennis camps, golf clubs, marinas, summer camps. " Mar 31, 13 10:41 AM

UPDATE: Owner Of Sunken Boat Says Captain Tried To Warn Approaching Vessel

Any boat with good marine radar should easily be able to see another boat on the radar screen and avoid it - you can even see lobster pot buoys offshore on radar. If the Nina Marie radar was off or not in use then they were crazy to be going 20 knots in fog. If the Nina Marie had no radar (no radar dome is visible in the picture) then that is crazy too. CG regs state that in low visibility you need to monitor channel 9 on the radio, post a lookout, and toot your horn regularly. Sounds like Nina Marie was doing none of these. Too bad for the working fishermen!" May 18, 15 6:56 PM

Flashing Lights Experiment To Ease Traffic On County Road 39 Won't Happen By Memorial Day

LIRR needs a commuter train from patchogue to the Hamptons - the only eastbound trains get to Southampton n East Hampton at around 3 AMi, 9 AM, and 10 AM, too early and too late for people to get to work - they need a commuter train arriving around 700 AM in SH and EH. And returning departing around 5 PM" May 18, 15 7:23 PM

East Hampton School Board Pleads With Town For Fair Distribution Of Affordable Housing

Oh boo hoo, the district with the lowest school taxes can't afford to have affordable housing. Let's just keep dumping on Springs school - there's plenty of affordable housing going on there -it's just not government funded. Nope, just working families with no multimillion dollar estates and no Main Street to support the tax base. Get real East Hampton school district, your school taxes are a third of the taxes in Springs" Sep 22, 15 7:38 PM

UPDATE: Pilot Of Missing Boat From Montauk Hit-And-Run Comes Forward

Ed Michele's, the East Hampton Town Harbormaster is the head of the marine patrol, and carries a badge and a gun and is part of the police department. He is not in a political position." Sep 22, 15 7:58 PM

East Hampton School Board Pleads With Town For Fair Distribution Of Affordable Housing

And Wainscott is even more of a crybaby than East Hampton. Their schools taxes are the lowest of all. God forbid they should be forced to educate children from affordable housing! Nothing like a bunch of millionaire NIMBY's to put the captial H in Hypocracy!" Sep 23, 15 6:37 PM

And Wainscott is even more of a crybaby than East Hampton. Their schools taxes are the lowest of all. God forbid they should be forced to educate children from affordable housing! Nothing like a bunch of millionaire NIMBY's to put the captial H in Hypocracy!" Sep 23, 15 6:39 PM

East Hampton At Impasse On Civil Service Contract Talks

So let me get this straight - the CSEA members got RAISES of 1% during the financial crisis, when most of us self employed taxpayers took CUTS of 10 to 20 % in our comp, and now, with the step and normal increases they want RAISES totaling 4 to 6% per year, way above inflation and the tax cap. I'm all for compensating people what their worth, but the math on this one just doesn't add up for the taxpayers in EH. GOOD JOB LARRY - STAND FIRM AND PROTECT THE LITTLE GUY TAXPAYERS - we can't afford what the union bosses want. " Oct 28, 15 6:49 PM

State Could Open Door For Uber In East Hampton

Read: Cuomo takes on another entrenched inefficient system and helps make New York State a great place to live in the 21st century. I use Uber and it's simply a much better service than the old taxi system. Way less waiting, cleaner cars, better drivers and all on my phone - so convenient." Oct 28, 15 7:22 PM

Video Showing Deer Jumping Hedges, Crashing Into Car In Southampton Demonstrates Need For Caution When Driving

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!! I thought the video was funny until I read the ridiculous statements in the article!!! I agree with everyone's posts - when the deers are running into the sides of stopped cars, it's time for less deer. A LOT less deer. Koyaanisqatsi. Life out of balance. We need more predators, and less deer." Dec 8, 15 6:33 PM

Offshore Wind Farm and Energy Storage Systems Proposed For South Fork

Unless the Feds or the State subsidizes wind power, it won't be lowering our rates, but rather increasing them substantially, as Germany is finding out. And if you want renewable energy, it has to be complemented by additional interconnections with the grid (e.g. The cross sound cable) because the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow. Germany has found out the hard way - they now have enough renewables to power the country, but no way to store the energy or transmit it from where it is produced to where it is needed, so they are paying to keep the old fossil power plants going AND paying for renewables and now have the highest electric costs in Europe. Storage technology, especially batteries, isn't cost effective yet, so more capacity and interconnectedness in transmission lines are critical." Dec 8, 15 8:42 PM

East Hampton Town Board And Southampton Hospital Discussing East Hampton Emergency Facility

This is a great idea and sorely needed. Kudos to Larry for taking the lead. " Jan 6, 16 9:59 PM

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