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Southampton Town Board Tables Walk-On Resolution To Approve Bel-Aire Cove Motel Deal

I haven't watched the video either and left the meeting with just about everyone else after open session since there was no resolution on the agenda. Based on this article and the one in Newsday, it does seem like Councilperson Scalera is trying to gather all the facts, law, financing etc. and make an educated decision as she always tries to do. As far as the others, unless they are withholding information from the community, it seems like they are making their decision "blindly" since there is really no basis for a proposal for redevelopment and no reason not to propose the purchase with CPF." Oct 24, 18 5:30 PM

well actually Supervisor Schneiderman said condos...or is it...maybe it will be a motel...maybe it will be townhouses...maybe it will be a trailer park or a field of tiny houses...who knows? Not the community. At this point, the only town purchase that makes sense is to purchase this property with CPF monies - environmentally sensitive area - finite amount of money - known end game. PILOTS until the end of the program. The rest seems like smoke and mirrors." Oct 25, 18 10:09 AM

Ye,s we can all agree that this property needs to be addressed. The Government has failed the community of Hampton Bays by allowing the illegal use of motels. Clearly now, with the purchase of the Hidden Cove with CPF , the settlement at the Tiana Pines and now this proposal, they have demonstrated they have no intend of restoring the seasonal tourism revenue back to Hampton Bays. Putting more full-time density will not help Hampton Bays. CPF will guarantee no more drain on the school." Oct 25, 18 10:24 AM

It seems you mean it makes sense for his campaign, not necessarily for the community. The funniest thing is that he started a political line named "protect the taxpayer" - we need protection from politicians like him that run fast and lose with taxpayer funds." Oct 26, 18 4:23 PM

Ponquogue Beach Facility Parking Lot To Be Closed For Several Months

This flyer was distributed by both the HBBA and the HBCA, and by the accounts of one person that showed up, he was turned away in the parking lot since he didn't have an "invitation". It seems to me that this was just a tax funded political ad. " Nov 6, 18 11:19 AM

Bel-Aire Cove Resolution Sparks Questions Of When Walk-On Resolutions Are Appropriate

I think the best way to describe what goes on in the Town Government is "institutional corruption" - nothing necessary illegal, just wrong. This is the place where facts, law and the truth go to die. The discussion about the Community Development Agency and who is actually buying this property and what they are going to do with it was like the Abott and Costello "who's on first routine. I give Councilperson Scalera and Lofstad for at least trying to get some information. Good luck with that. " Nov 7, 18 8:38 AM

Southampton Supervisor Not Convinced That Damascus Road Landfill Is Source Of Water Contamination

This is an absolute disgrace. This would never happen anywhere but HB or EQ. We may not have the money but we have the votes. " Nov 7, 18 10:25 PM

The Morning After Election Day, Schneiderman Not Ready To Concede Suffolk County Comptroller Race

Turkey Bridge, I am a cPA and you are on the democratic committee. The Newsday endorsement for Kennedy hit the nail about Kennedy's qualifications. He is head and shoulders above Supervisor Schneiderman for this position. This was a name recognition/popularity contest/blue wave tight raise. How much was spent on this campaign? Jay;s robocall about not raising property taxes was a complete misrepresentation. Jay has raised taxes by millions since he has been supervisor and hiding behind the double digit increase in property values." Nov 8, 18 3:37 PM

should be tight race not raise." Nov 9, 18 9:08 AM

Schneiderman Still Not Ready To Concede Comptroller Race Until All Absentee Ballots Are Counted

I agree with Supervisor Schneiderman on this. I also voted via an absentee ballot and I want my vote to count. With 30K absentee ballots, and a 9K spread, I would be doing the same thing." Nov 9, 18 10:00 AM

The Newsday endorsement for Kennedy hit the nail on the head about Kennedy's qualifications. It is really a disgrace how close this race is. " Nov 9, 18 2:00 PM

Southampton Supervisor Considers Leaving Bel-Aire Cove Motel Property As 22-Room Motel

Supervisor Schneiderman put forth a proposal in August without vetting all the details. Now in November, the Town Administration wakes up and says there should be an environmental review. Whose fault is that? Don't put this on the community, this is the administration's incompetence. The "redevelopment would gain traction" if the community knew what the plan was and they trusted the Town Administration to do something right. With a purchase with CPF, at least we know what the outcome will be. Enough B.S. " Nov 14, 18 1:51 PM

I am also happy to see that Supervisor Schneiderman acknowledges that its use should be a 22 unit MOTEL and not full time apartments. Some residents would like to see this site back to its original use." Nov 14, 18 2:14 PM

How of the CPF was used for an acre of open space in Sag Harbor? $10 million??? It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. " Nov 14, 18 2:27 PM

dtree, first of all the first priority was for the Town to enforce the safety and health laws they have on the books where they have failed miserably - no win there the second priority was to enforce the "use"rules for a motel which they failed miserably and let the septic pollute the neighboring water - no win there. Jay shows us a picture off the internet like kindergarten show and tell and he calls that a "redevelopment plan" - no win here either. If you are all for this rally your friends and family and come out in support of it." Nov 14, 18 3:51 PM

dtree - also read the article - it is the Town's own incompetence that is causing the delay. Why wasn't this vetted in August before Jay introduced the proposal? " Nov 14, 18 4:02 PM

Hampton Dad, I have watched and/or attended 4 Town Board meetings and 2 CAC meetings trying to get some facts before I make an educated decision to support. You want to support as a knew jerk reaction for what is going on there, go ahead, but don't call the people who have spent the time "pigheaded". This is THEIR administrative screw up. Go to the next Town Board meeting with your family and friends and come out in support." Nov 14, 18 4:35 PM

and I will be first to throw it back to you when this is another "Sandy Hollow"." Nov 14, 18 4:46 PM

That is my point to HamptonDad - all the resolution said was "purchase for community development". The rest of the Press/press about condos and setting up all the permits, etc. is just oral representation from Supervisor Schneiderman which is worth the paper it is written on." Nov 14, 18 5:55 PM

You are making a leap of faith that condos and the alleged auction will be the outcome. There is noting in writing that says that. The press is based on oral representations made by Supervisor Schneiderman. As they say "an oral representation is as good as the paper it is written on " The Board resolution only stated the purchase was for community development. Once it is purchased, it could be anything the Town Board wants including affordable apartments." Nov 15, 18 12:07 PM

Chief, the Town needed to bring this site and many others into compliance years ago. It has been reported as unsafe and should have been vacated. That still has to happen whether it is turned into condos, townhouses, or an ice cream stand. THAT would make many people in HB VERY happy! What happens to afterwards is gravy." Nov 15, 18 7:30 PM

Southampton Town Board Set To Vote On 2019 Budget

Supervisor Schneiderman has been in office for 3 budget cycles. 2017-2019. If this budget is passed, the property tax levy to fund the budget will now be $7.7 million or 13% higher than when he first took office. Compared against the 5.5% cost of living increase for the same period, the property tax levy will literally take grocery and mortgage money from senior citizens on fixed incomes to fund top heavy management salaries, pensions and wasteful outside fees. Councilperson Schalera has been the lone voice of fiscal management trying to reign in the spending during this period." Nov 15, 18 8:13 PM

Southampton Supervisor Considers Leaving Bel-Aire Cove Motel Property As 22-Room Motel

LOL, what plan are you talking about? If you have it please share with the lawyers, accountants, and ivy league graduates that have been trying to get it with no luck. I guess your idea of a "plan" is a picture off the internet like kindergarten show and tell. I am not sure who the ignorant moron is. " Nov 17, 18 8:09 AM

Westhampton Community Center Building Auction Comes Up Blank

compare and contrast what they want to do with the Bel-Aire property....just saying...." Nov 17, 18 9:49 AM

so now it's a Bel-Aire "idea" and not a "plan". Don't want to get behind a picture off the internet like kindergarten show and tell? The "idea" to have the Town purchase it and thereby forcing the owner to vacate and have it demolished is a good "idea" that can be accomplished with CPF monies so the community will know the end game - and not the moving target at the whim of one elected official." Nov 17, 18 11:50 AM

HamptonDad, I read a lot of your posts and I agree with most of them, but I don't think you followed this. Jay's proposalswas for the Town to buy the property contingent on the owner vacating the units, get all the permits and zoning changes in place for 10 CONDOS. However, he never presented anything in writing. I agree with your concept about needing motels in the area - too many are being used for year round residences. However, if the economics were there, then the owner would be able to sell directly to a private developer. " Nov 18, 18 5:07 PM

Shop Owners Fear Southampton Village Is Becoming A 'Ghost Town'

Comparison to Patchogue is like applies to oranges. Patchogue has easy transportation to NYC for employment plus it is in close proximity to various colleges which bring in the younger people. Take it from someone who commuted 2-3 hours each way to NYC from HB to afford my "piece of paradise", it was not worth it. You also can't point to the lack of people for Main Street failure. Hampton Bays full time residents (based on the increase in the school population) increased and many of the storefronts are revolving doors. " Nov 19, 18 3:31 PM

Southampton Supervisor Considers Leaving Bel-Aire Cove Motel Property As 22-Room Motel

Guys like me? What guys is that exactly. The transplant from NYC that has invested hundreds of thousands of my hard earned"city money " while watching HB it deteriorate and turn into the Wild wild west...where rules are applied differently if you work for the Town or the School or if you went to he school and sat at the "cool kids table". Please...give it a rest chief1. I usually agree with your posts, but you are way off on this one." Nov 19, 18 4:45 PM

thank you for the clarity. I don't try to hide my identity. I am used to the genetic "guy". It seems some of you have more faith than I do in the oral representation of Supervisor Schneiderman as he has one leg out the door." Nov 19, 18 5:27 PM

Community Partners Work Together To Combat Sexual Violence In Hampton Bays

What sexual violence in Hampton Bays? Why hasn't the residents been made aware of this? Is the Library and School aware of sexual violence that the residents are not being made aware of?" Nov 19, 18 6:46 PM

Westhampton Community Center Building Auction Comes Up Blank

and you made my point about empty meaningless promises of the Town Administration (however you need to append your comment for the rest of it)" Nov 19, 18 7:59 PM

Community Partners Work Together To Combat Sexual Violence In Hampton Bays

This sounds like a solution in search of a problem then. At least the Press should change the title of the article. I don't know what training the Library Director has to comment on this issue. A lot of people overstepping their mission and training as I see it in HB." Nov 19, 18 11:13 PM

Lars, I appreciate you insight however as a taxpayer and resident of Hampton Bays, I do not appreciate the headline of the Press. I also don't appreciate that the Library has turned into an unrecognizable institution." Nov 20, 18 7:49 AM

Westhampton Community Center Building Auction Comes Up Blank

and now "Bel-Aire gate" - oral representation from Supervisor Schneiderman weeks before the election to purchase the property and get it ready to auction it off as a condo development. IMHO, this is just a distraction to avoid the the real issues of the unsafe conditions, overcrowding and misuse of properties at this and other sites. Our safety, quality of life and taxes are all just a political game to some politicians until someone gets hurt or they end up indicted. " Nov 20, 18 11:17 AM

Southampton Town Board Adopts $102.7 Million Budget For 2019 On Tuesday

Supervisor Schneiderman increased the tax collection by over $7 million in the 3 years he has been in office. I don't know how anyone can look at all the unfinished Town projects and lack of services i.e. garbage pick up and not wonder where the $100 million goes. It doesn't matter if taxes are higher elsewhere. Thank you Councilperson Scalera for trying 3 years in a row to stop the runaway spending. " Nov 20, 18 5:05 PM

Depending what you mean about "out east". Hampton Bays has the lowest property values in "the hamptons" and the highest tax rate when you add in the special districts and the school. So the people that can least afford the taxes pay the most. COLA went up 1/2 of what the taxes went up so some seniors needed to choose between food and their taxes to pay the unsustainable municipal budgets." Nov 21, 18 7:39 AM

The municipal and school budgets are unsustainable. They are destroying the middle class of Long Island. There are many 6 figure administrators with close to six figure projected pensions. Private sector did away with defined benefit plans decades ago since they were unsustainable and the only "defined benefits plans" that small business owners know is what they save from their 16 hour 7 day a week jobs. Now everyone is working two jobs to pay for the administrators pensions. " Nov 21, 18 9:48 AM

There are several independent research studies on this issue. It is disguised in the Town of Southampton due to the wealthy second home owners. If full-time residents were paying the taxes, we would be on the verge of bankruptcy and wonder how we were going to keep the streetlights on like Detroit. The leadership wants to do nothing about it - they have their piece of the pie and let the rest of us eat the crumbs." Nov 21, 18 1:31 PM

One school/one tax district is the only way to solve the inequity of the school district taxes in the Town of Southampton. The second is decrease the number of administrators. The "loaded" salaries would decrease the budget by millions across the districts. Sorry Joe, I am pro-development for the most part, but a few mansions on Dune Road won't solve the problem. Maybe if they didn't close the nightclubs on Dune Road, the vitality of the hamlet." Nov 23, 18 9:36 AM

Community Partners Work Together To Combat Sexual Violence In Hampton Bays

The Library has turned into an unrecognizable institution with untrained people "knowing enough to be dangerous" getting involved in things that they should not be involved in. I am old enough to respect Libraries as places of higher learning and now this library has continued to turn into a social service agency. They need to take the Library sign off and stop collecting taxpayer monies for a Library. " Nov 25, 18 9:18 AM

Southampton Town Board Adopts $102.7 Million Budget For 2019 On Tuesday

I think the biggest issue as fbhbg indicated is the "employment package" which extends decades after someone retires. I am old enough to now say "back in the day" and back in the day,municipal and school employees made less than private sector knowing they had a carrot at the end. Now the higher level municipal and school employees are making the same or more than private sector and private sector needs to save for retirement and pay for medical and fund unsustainable municipal and school "employment packages" " Nov 25, 18 9:24 AM

Community Partners Work Together To Combat Sexual Violence In Hampton Bays

Many of the NYC Libraries closed. " Nov 25, 18 11:03 AM

I have a Bachelors, Masters and Licence to practice as a Certified Public Accountant - that doesn't make me a social worker." Nov 25, 18 11:29 AM

The library administration has ignored needed repairs and maintenance potentially putting the patrons health at risk, but yet they continue to expand their programs into areas that are akin to a social service agencies which needs a different skill set and risk assessment. They continue to squeeze the taxpayers and I am suspect will come back with a new proposal for a new building. I don't understand the reference to "sanctuary city"". This is about the appropriate due care and use of a taxpayer funded building." Nov 25, 18 2:18 PM

Again, from my very first post...what sexual abuse????" Nov 25, 18 3:09 PM

The NYPL is in pristine condition with over $300 million in annual revenue. of which only 55% comes from NYC taxpayers - the rest from NYS, grants investments etc. There is no comparison between a small town local library and a NYC iconic institution." Nov 25, 18 3:32 PM

As a CPA, I understand data collection and the analysis of data collection. If the CDC has data, then the HB data should be part of those statistics and available to the residents. I also understand that a homogenized statistic is not indicative of any one location just as income, ethnicity, crime, etc. is not. Apparently, this is a NYS mandated program. I don't understand how this is a news story if it SOP for the Schools and I certainly don't agree with Library staff involvement." Nov 25, 18 3:55 PM

I agree too...but I suspect you are not a HB taxpayer and resident and I don't see the same headlines for "sexual violence" in Southampton involving the Southampton School and Library." Nov 25, 18 4:26 PM

Fred S., HB has the lowest property values and the highest tax rate in the Hamptons. We need our leadership to be prudent and responsible with our tax monies and have real solutions to real problems handled by professionals. I am all for programs where there is a need or obviously mandated by a NYS. I don't need to choke on my cup of joe reading that there is "sexual violence" in HB and the Library resources are used to address the issue." Nov 26, 18 6:09 AM

Sorry Fred S. you are still missing my point. I am a CA - hire me to audit your books and records, but don't hire me to build your deck. The Library is NOT the appropriate resource." Nov 26, 18 6:21 AM

and Fred, since you believe taxes are irrelevant, why don't you provide your full name and address and taxpayers of HB can sent their tax bills to you. Seniors citizens that have seen taxes go up 150% while their COLA has gone up only 50% over the past 19 years need to chose between buying groceries and paying their taxes - their lives matter too." Nov 26, 18 6:33 AM

You are correct - the cost of the police is spread across all of Southampton township while the taxpayers of HB bear the burden for the Library and the School. If this is a NYS mandate and /or a pervasive problem, then why is this not a program across all the districts? The HB Library leadership continues to complain that they can't stay under the cap, can't afford to fix the building, the parking lot is overcrowded, tries to eliminate some of the senior programs, but continues to take on more than they are trained to do. Why? This doesn't make sense or cents. " Nov 26, 18 7:05 AM

Fred, I am certainly not a social worker, but I am a daughter and was a young woman in corporate american when sexual harassment was "rated A - F", not reported. We knew not to go to HR since they protected the company not the employee. I think today is different, the training can be done in two steps "JUST SAY NO" and GO TO THE POLICE, even if it your father who is abusing you. The Catholic Church is finally coming to task for what they did. It is no longer a secret." Nov 26, 18 7:52 AM

Again, those TRAINED in this area and have no vested interested in seeing it buried should be doing the TRAINING. Go back to the original posts." Nov 26, 18 8:10 AM

and I am old enough to know that "just say no" was Nancy's Regan's slogan for drugs. My point was that if this is a NYS mandate, the State should have a well vetted curriculum for all the school districts and provide the schools with the resources to execute the mandate. Whatever is going on here in HB doesn't make sense or cents as I said. Clearly, we should stop the dialogue since we are not going to convince the other of our position and just agree to disagree. However, as a HB taxpayer, I will continue my journey to make sure my dollars and the dollars of my fellow taxpayers are being used in a prudent and effective manner." Nov 26, 18 8:26 AM

I give up too. If the Retreat wants to run the program with charitable donations and grants, I am all for it, but that is not the fact pattern here. We clearly see things differently. I also see the big picture for the overall health and well being of all of Hampton Bays. " Nov 26, 18 8:50 AM

Fred, I am not sure about you, but it seems to be that people who don't live and pay taxes specific to Hampton Bays seem to have a lot to say about what should go on in Hampton Bays. The YIMPBY (yes in my backyard) people are really YIYBY people - yes in YOUR backyard and on your tax dollar." Nov 26, 18 9:24 AM

Why don't yo take the lead in Southampton then if you believe this is such a pressing national issue and not worry about what is going on in HB. Education is very important - I am the first to graduate college in my family - I would like effective education in HB not fat and waste." Nov 26, 18 10:06 AM

and there is at least one person that goes off topic and circles back to Trump." Nov 26, 18 11:08 AM

Based on Lars' comment it is a State mandate for a program which means all the schools should be doing it. My main concern was why the Library? It makes no sense or cents and I took offense to the headline as if sexual assault was rampant in Hampton Bays." Nov 26, 18 11:27 AM

Sorry, but I am not going to debate the use of the Library facility turning into a social service agency...been there done that...not doing it again. " Nov 26, 18 12:54 PM

It is irrelevant and off topic." Nov 26, 18 12:54 PM

The East Hampton nonprofit, whose mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse, has partnered with the Hampton Bays Public Library and the Hampton Bays School District to construct a curriculum at the district’s middle and high schools, teaching students how to recognize and prevent violence and bullying.
" Nov 26, 18 2:02 PM

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