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Southampton Town negotiations with PBA advance

Town Board member Jim Malone is on this police labor relations committee, but according to the Supervisor, he has missed five out of its six meetings. How come? There was this big County job of his, Deputy Clerk or something, with such heavy responsibilities, that he talked a lot about when he was campaigning for Town Board. Oh, by the way, he also said he'd leave that job if he were elected, but has he quit? No. Could be that's why Jim Malone has had to miss so many meetings. " Apr 17, 10 11:44 AM

Gregor still intends to seek an additional $2 million in funding to repair Southampton Town's roads

No, ridiculous, how about instead they just grant the man the money he asked for, when no one questions the accuracy of his amount, when no one questions the urgent need for the work, when three members of the Town Board think he's right, when it's been the worst winter in many years (contrary to your lame-spin talk of a "couple of storms"), when the longer you let roads go the worse they get, and when it's just a poor use of Mr. Gregor's and the Town Board's time -- paid for by us -- to make him come back later and ask for more money. How about that? " Apr 17, 10 11:55 AM

Financial investigation unearths $3 million deficit in Southampton Town beach fund

Reg rep, you should know by now that every time you roll out that old car, I'm going to tell the people it's a clunker, and why. Sure we had the folks you say on the Town Board, but the fault here lies with the Republican Supervisor, Skip Heaney, as the chief financial officer of the Town, and as the top Town official, the guy to whom everyone answered, especially the accounting people who were supposed to watch the money and didn't.

Your constant reference to Dems on the Town Board overlooks the difference between the executive function (Supervisor Heaney) and the legislative function (Town Board). The Republican Supervisor's job was to take care of the money. The Town Board's job was primarily to pass laws, and only secondarily to watch over the executive branch to see if they screwed up. To blame the legislative branch for the executive's screwup is like blaming the cops when an individual breaks the law. Maybe the cops could have been more watchful, but it was the individual who committed the crucial act in the first place." Apr 17, 10 1:54 PM

Gregor still intends to seek an additional $2 million in funding to repair Southampton Town's roads

No, ridiculous, not 'just give the man the money because he asks for it', but for the six reasons that I stated and you ignored, except to deny that this was the worst winter in years. " Apr 17, 10 2:06 PM

Southampton Town Board promotes three police officers to sergeant

You make my case." Apr 18, 10 10:36 AM

Reg rep, I'm not talking about a general vote on these appointments, as I'm sure you know. The point is that last-minute resolutions for the appointment of someone don't give the public any warning. Maybe if the people knew in advance that so-and-so was to be named to a board, they'd come to the Town Board meeting and speak, but if they don't get any notice, it's the Midnight Auto Supply, and Chris Nuzzi and his crew get to pass some stooge in through the back door with little or no public comment. " Apr 18, 10 10:44 AM

Financial investigation unearths $3 million deficit in Southampton Town beach fund

Responding to Ridiculous up above (Apr. 17, 1:01 PM), you say, speaking of the Republican Financial Follies, that "much worse could have happened." Come again? The very article on which we're commenting reports a brand new $3 million-dollar loss, just now discovered. When you say much worse could have happened, you're talking as if it were over, but it's not over -- the bad news is still coming in from the Republican fiasco that keeps on taking our money.

Besides, even if it were over, I don't know about you, but I expect a lot more from my elected officials than just to keep us from "much worse" that "could have happened". That's like, say, if I were in an accident and lost a leg, and some idiot comes along and tells me it could have been much worse, I could have lost both legs. Cold comfort, right? Ridiculous, you're going to be right up there with Jim Malone in the running for this year's Lame Defense Award, he with his it's-not-like-someone-ran-out-the-door-with-$3 million, and you with your much-worse-could-have-happened. It's going to be close. " Apr 18, 10 11:06 AM

Southampton Town Board promotes three police officers to sergeant

It's that, as I said, your idea of democracy is lacking something if you think we might as well just roll over for unrestrained crony government. I'm not so naive as to think it doesn't happen, and you're right -- both sides do it -- but I believe that if we fight against it, maybe these guys will walk off with only half the store instead of the whole store." Apr 18, 10 8:55 PM

Reg rep, you sound like some kind of tricky lawyer: 'OK, we said we'd do vetting for the boards, but we didn't make any promises about appointments by walk-on resolution.' So you're saying that it's acceptable for Chris Nuzzi, who joined in the pledge to vet candidates for appointed boards openly and to have public input on these appointments, to sneak a nominee in by a last-minute surprise maneuver which prevents the people from commenting to the Town Board because they didn't know it was coming? You're saying that's alright? Wow!

Sure some Democrats were named to the various boards in previous times, but if they were brought on by this kind of sleazy tactic (which I doubt), then it was wrong, whoever did it.

I don't know why Bridget Fleming wasn't at the two meetings you say she missed. Do you know why Jim Malone missed five out of six meetings of the labor relations committee? Do you know why Jim Malone reneged on his campaign promise to leave his demanding, time-consuming job as Deputy County Clerk in order to serve on our Town Board?" Apr 19, 10 10:28 AM

Reg rep, your jaded cynicism really makes me sad. You talk about me and my "dem friends" coming to speak, as if no one else would have -- no one in the middle, and no one on your side, maybe to support the appointments. Why not?

You say the outcome on these appointments would have been the same even if people had been given notice and had come to speak against them, because of the Republican majority. So you're going on record as saying the Republicans wouldn't listen to the people. Why not?

I said above that I doubt the Democrats did it this way when they had the majority, but if they did, it was wrong, just as it is now. The difference is, we know for sure what happened just now -- the Republicans sneaked these guys in without notice for public comment, and you say it doesn't matter, because the Republicans would have ignored the public anyway. Again, wow!

You're right about why I'm on here commenting, but I think you're wrong about the reach of this site. There are many who don't post comments, but read it regularly. What I don't get is, if you really believe the audience is so small, why are you on here every day? " Apr 20, 10 1:56 PM

You have a lot of suggestions for me, reg rep -- running for office, speaking at Town Board meetings, etc. Thanks. I have one for you: Since you're not campaigning on this site (as I am), because you believe the audience is so small, and you're "just having fun" here, get a life. " Apr 21, 10 10:20 AM

This is a typical maneuver of yours, reg rep -- and of the Bush Republicans generally -- you pivot away from the substance and try to turn the focus on the other person, instead of on what they said. Apart from the fact that you have no knowledge of my activities, and no standing to suggest what they should be, why don't you just address my point: Is it really OK not to let the people know in advance about planned appointments because the Republicans on the Town Board wouldn't listen to the people anyway, even if they had notice to come and speak? That's what you said. Is that what you meant? Don't duck it, just answer the question, please. " Apr 22, 10 2:45 PM

Southampton Town comptroller works out tax lien issues

I think Nature is defining "works out" too narrowly, as meaning only that it's all over, that Ms. Wright's dispute with the IRS is completely resolved, which of course it isn't, as he points out.

Look at Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, however, and you see that the first three meanings of "work out" suggest more of an ongoing process: "to bring about by labor and exertion"; "to solve (as a problem) by a process of reasoning or calculation"; "to devise, arrange, or achieve by resolving difficulties". In view of these definitions, which are a good description of how tax audits go in the real world, I'd cut the headline writer a little slack. " Apr 22, 10 5:41 PM

Southampton Town Board promotes three police officers to sergeant

Thanks for your answer." Apr 23, 10 12:27 PM

Comptroller will discuss plans to close $3 million deficit with Town Board on Thursday

So, it's "a recently discovered $3 million deficit" in an enterprise fund, plus "older capital fund deficits now estimated at $5 million." Adds up to $8 million of our money, lost through inexcusable negligence, inattention, incompetence, and and the carelessness that comes just from being in power for too long. And that may not be the end of it.

That's the legacy of the Republican administration of Skip Heaney. Nice work, guys and girls. Thanks a lot. Remember, these folks are still in the saddle, with a 3-to-2 majority on the Town Board. The sooner that changes, the better. " Apr 26, 10 3:31 PM

Town supervisor says Canoe Place Inn developer working on alternative plan

Localsonly may be stating it a bit severely, but the CPI is probably far from the most desirable structure for a developer to have to work with. The community support for its preservation, while strong, is clearly more sentimental than practical. This being so, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst deserves great credit for her efforts to find a way for the developer to do something short of the demolition that common sense would dictate. As businessmen, the Rechlers naturally expect concessions for this accommodation, and anyone who "scoffs" at that is being unrealistic. " May 3, 10 11:25 AM

Nothing new here. Typical ATH-bashing." May 5, 10 10:52 AM

That's all nobly stated, Nellie, but you lose credibility when you make false accusations. Let's look at what you and I really said above. I said, in plain terms, that the CPI is probably a loser, but there's much (perhaps misguided) community support for its preservation, so ATH deserves credit for giving it a shot by talking with the developer, who'll naturally want something in exchange. You called my comment "party line rhetoric", but I don't see any basis for that charge, and I don't think most people would. Maybe it's you who's the real party liner." May 13, 10 6:26 AM

Levy says he will veto sex offender legislation

It looks like Steve Levy can forget about the Southampton town vote in any future elections." May 14, 10 5:48 AM

Shinnecocks casino team visits Brookhaven airport at invitation of town and county officials

You must not live anywhere near Gabreski. Some of us do, and we don't want it." May 14, 10 5:51 AM

Town working to ban gambling at Westhampton property to thwart potential Shinnecock bid

Though often critical of Chris Nuzzi, I'm glad to congratulate him for leading the charge on this one. Any even remote possibiity of siting a casino in the neighborhood of Gabreski Airport should be shut down tight, now. " May 14, 10 6:03 AM

County replaces Westhampton sex offender trailer despite town court challenge

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." May 14, 10 6:06 AM

Levy says he will veto sex offender legislation

Do your research, Mr. Wheeler. I don't believe you'll see Steve Levy even mentioned in any comment of mine before this one above, so this charge is even emptier than your usual unsupported material. Another way you've gotten the facts wrong is by trying to make this a partisan issue, when in fact there's near-universal support in Southampton for getting rid of the trailers. The May 4 opposition press conference at the Westhanmpton site was attended by Anna Throne-Holst, Jim Malone, Bridget Fleming, Chris Nuzzi and Jay Schneiderman, among others. Just for the record, are you defending Levy's stand on the trailers?" May 17, 10 6:26 PM

Correction -- I have commented on Steve Levy's party switch, but contrary to what you say, Mr. Wheeler, it was no attack. Far from it, on March 25, 2010, at 12:02 pm, I concluded a wide-ranging (alright, rambling) post with the following: "Whether this means Steve Levy is the right Out to become Governor at this time is an open question, not least because there are a lot of additional factors at the level of State government. Time will tell."" May 17, 10 7:00 PM

It doesn't wash, Mr. W. First, you're dead wrong about who's more affected by the Westhampton trailer, but being dead wrong is business as usual for you.

In politics, as in all of life, actions have consequences. If Steve Levy acts to keep the trailers here, as he seems to be doing, there will be consequences in the form of a negative Southampton vote.

That's not a "partisan issue", that's how democracy works, and that's all I said in the first instance: "It looks like Steve Levy can forget about the Southampton vote in any future elections." You tried to make of that single sentence a partisan attack, which it isn't, and you accused me of attacking Levy ever since he changed parties, which I haven't. Your original charge is therefore groundless.

What happened is, you shot from the hip, with no reflection and no research, I called you on it, and now you're flailing around trying to do damage control with cheap debating tricks like "the issue is the trailers, not Steve Levy." Mr. Wheeler, we all know the issue is the trailers, and we all know Steve Levy is the guy who could make the trailers go away in a heartbeat, but he doesn't, so Steve Levy and the trailers become one for this purpose. It's that simple, and you can't get out of it." May 18, 10 1:44 PM

Justice Department probes Hamptons real estate business

I don't get it, tuckahoetrip. Are you saying that if government is doing its job and clamping down on unfair trade practices, that those "elites" who are engaging in that kind of activity won't vote for "big government" so they won't get caught? Or are you saying that this story may somehow convince the "elites" that government shouldn't be watching for unfair trade practices at all, that people should just be free to lie, cheat, steal, whatever? Which is it?" May 20, 10 10:22 AM

And I bet you don't have any problem with the new Arizona law re immigrants, or with a super-tough law-and-order stance regarding street crime, but when it comes to white collar stuff, up in that privileged stratum, then it's hands off, right? A little inconsistent, don't you think?

BTW, there's a whole lot of people who've spent their professional lives dealing with the jurisprudence of unfair trade practices, on both sides of the issue. I think they'd be very surprised to learn that fairness in business dealings is not enforceable.

Since it sounds like you're slotting me in a stereotype, I'll mention that, while I'm as outraged as anyone at recent Wall Street developments, and while I believe we need robust banking regulation, I'm wholly opposed to any cap on compensation, because freedom of contract is a cornerstone of the free market which I firmly support." May 20, 10 9:25 PM

Thanks for your thoughtful response." May 21, 10 9:37 AM

Westhampton Beach man receives GOP nod for assembly; Thiele gets Democratic endorsement

Entirely apart from policy considerations, ideological parsing, or party identification, Fred Thiele is going to win another term in the Assembly. It's understandable that the Republicans would be stung by Thiele's recent defection, but they do themselves and the voters a disservice by nominating an outlier like Richard Blumenthal to oppose him.

It's really sort of head-clearing to learn that the Republicans have managed to narrow their eight Congressional candidates down to three for their primary. Tim Bishop looks good in any event, but some of the discarded Republican hopefuls, say, Chris Nuzzi and Jay Schneiderman, made Bishop look like the Second Coming. Mr. Nuzzi's limitations are obvious; he is hardly equal to the demands of the local office he holds, much less those of the U.S. Congress. Jay Schneiderman has done some good things, but his reckless dealmaking last year caused some good candidates to lose in November, just so Jay could be endorsed by everyone and his dog. There are those who will not forget this, and who would have worked doubly hard for Tim Bishop if Jay Scheniderman had been his opponent." May 22, 10 1:50 PM

" . . . stop being so fresh young man"?? I don't believe it! With respect, lady, if you can't stand the heat, get off the blog. This, by the way, is the same tuckahoetrip who responded to me under another piece with "Hahaha you be silly!" I don't think tuckahoetrip is someone the rest of us need take seriously." May 22, 10 2:00 PM

FAA to impose new regulations for helicopters

You're right zaz, Jerry said he'd leave, but no such luck. The man is still around cluttering up the media." May 24, 10 11:01 AM

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