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Town Board candidate Sally Pope condemns Planning Board decision

Welcome to Brownfield Gables!!!!" Oct 21, 08 9:51 AM

Woodfield Gables approval coming

Yeah! Approval for Brownfield Gables! " Oct 22, 08 12:12 PM

Southampton Town Board candidates spar over finances during debate

The Republican's answer to everything is to let the developers put up more houses so the Town can collect more tax revenue. Witness Oakland Farms and Woodfield Gables.

This is short sighted because open space will run out very soon. The Town will be left with no open space, over crowded schools, too much traffic, but still no balanced budget because the extra tax revenue will have to be put toward more municipal services for the ever increasing population brought on by the never ending development.

The Republicans have failed to put forth a comprehensive plan to solve the budget crisis while addressing the never ending development.


" Oct 29, 08 1:08 PM

Rivercatwalk developer files $25 million lawsuit against Southampton Town

The Sea Cliff case is a rarity. It is very difficult for a local municipality to have a 42 USC 1983 civil rights case dismissed, and obtain attorneys fees from a plaintiff. There is also no qualified immunity for local municipalities in these type of cases, as there is for state and county entities. That is why this is a popular claim against villages and towns. And, the plaintiff is very often awarded attorney's fees.

The orginal intent of the statute was to favor plaintiffs whose civil rights were violated based upon race. Thus, the law is skewed in favor of plaintiffs and their attorneys.

We solve the problem by passing laws giving the villages and towns the same type of immunity that is afforded to other governmental entities such as state and county.

Say what you will about Mr. Campanelli, but he knows a gravy train when he sees one . . . . " Nov 3, 08 9:26 AM

Local leaders remain hesitant over ambitious project

Great, there will be many more things to do: like sit in traffic longer; watch our clean air and water disappear, and our way or life erode so some idiots can ski in Calverton. Really, does this "resort" really do anything positive. Oh, yes, line the pockets of those involved in giving away public land..... " Nov 14, 08 12:27 PM

Russo awaiting recount

I believe that the GOP conceded the race to Ms. Pope, a wise choice on their part. They are going to lose once the absentee ballots are counted, so save time and gear up for next year. They also have the added bonus of being able to run Mr. Russo or another candidate, and blame Ms. Pope for all that has gone wrong recently with the economy. It is no secret that things will get worse before they get better, and Mr. Russo can then campaign on the "I didn't do it" platform.

May I suggest to Ms. Pope that she get in front of this . . . . . . . . " Nov 14, 08 2:01 PM

Town considering what human services programs to cut

Oh Hampton, if you only knew where the money went. Tough economic times call for a budget reduction, but certainly the town powers that be won't cut their: cars; travel expenses; medical and pension benefits; or, any other perk that your average citizen does not know about. Instead, they cut valuable services or raise taxes. Can you imagine the gall of those who want to raise taxes when the value of everyone's home is decreasing.

It gets worse the higher up in govt you go. Our state senators and reps get paid a full time salary, full time health and pension benefits, fullt time meal and travel expenses, but here is the kicker, they claim the job is only "part time" permitting them to maintain occupations outside their govt positions. Nice "work" if you can get it.

Next time an elected official goes on about cutting services or raising taxes, ask them, what direct benefits did you cut for yourself? The silence will be deafening. " Nov 19, 08 12:38 PM

2009 budget adopted by Southampton Town Board

Can you go one step further, and report when the positions first became vacant? Abolishing 17 positions that have been vacant since 1982 is useless, and the $200,000 is really an accounting slight of hand. " Nov 24, 08 1:01 PM

County backs Shinnecock casino effort

If we legalize prostitution and drugs the County stands to gain a ton of new tax revenue. Think of the construction jobs created for all the whorehouses that will need to be built.

The sheer stupidity of a casino almost out does a ski mountain in Calverton.

" Dec 11, 08 1:01 PM

In response Agawam Yacht Club:

Just because something, such as a casino may generate revenue does not mean it is a sound idea. How do you deal with the increase in traffic or the increase in crime for the surrounding area? Is it terrible that Town residents, myself included, object to a casino because home values, already on the ropes, will fall further while local crime rates skyrocket.

Objecting to a casino has nothing to do with whether the Shinnecocks are a nation or whether they deserve to create something that benefits them economically. Should we let the Shinnecocks run an unregulated nuclear power plant? Could decrease our electric rates and add to the tax revenue.

How is comparing a casino to prostitution overdone? Both would increase tax revenue and create construction jobs.

Is the only answer gambling? Really, we prey on people's addiction to make a buck, really? I know, I know gaming casinos are wholesome family fun . . .

" Dec 12, 08 12:38 PM

Agawam:

If you believe that a casino is a bad idea, why advocate for it? Remember a few years back when Shoreham was inevitable, as was a jet port in Calverton? Both plans, because they were poorly thought out did not survive largely because people opposed them publically, and expressed their opinions rather than sitting back and letting the "inevitable" happen.

Preserving my block is not my sole concern. A casino for Long Island, with its traffic problems is a bad idea. Not to mention the environmental issues raised by building a large facility. Where will the facilities drinking water come from? And power to run such an operation? Oh yes, the County and LIPA will agree to reduce power rates to the facility, but they will need to install new power lines and transformers, paid for by the Taxpayers.

And yes, gambling and crime go hand in hand. Guess which crime lab is almost as large and complex as the FBI's? Las Vegas, which is known for, you guessed it, gambling.
" Dec 12, 08 3:00 PM

Who am I to suggest what projects are done? Well let's see, I am the taxpayer who all of these projects directly impact along with my children and their children. The point about Tanger and Splish Splash make my point, how many large scale projects can Long Island withstand? Maybe we should pave over everything from Montauk Point to the Suffolk Nassau border? Future generations don't need clean air or water . . . . . So long as the politicians get rich at our expense, maybe we can outdo the Southwest Sewer District fiasco . . . " Dec 13, 08 6:08 PM

I read with interest the article in the most recent Dan's Papers about the woman who stole from the Montauk Fire Department to pay for her, wait for it, wait for it . . gambling debts.

Mets fan is correct, a college education may enable future generations of the Shinnecocks to do something other than offer a player to split his or her aces." Dec 15, 08 11:09 AM

Construction worker killed in job site accident in Southampton Village

The issue to address with illegal immigration is whether society can afford to treat non-citizens the same as citizens.

I do not believe that illegals are inherently evil law breakers. Rather, they want to work and provide for their families, get their children an education. All noble causes, that in a perfect world would not be denied to anyone.

But, economically, for every illegal present, that takes away from legal citizens. For every illegal willing to work cheap, that prevents work from going to a citizen who pay taxes, revenue used to pay for public services.

For every child of an illegal family enrolled in school, that may take resources away from children who are citizens. For every illegal seen in an emergency room, those are resources diverted from citizens.

So, the issue is simple. Do we afford non-citizens the same rights as citizens. The current laws and interpretation of the Constitution says yes, all deserve equal treatment. Do we want to continue that or change it?

Lets stop the argument that illegals are evil and lawless, and focus on the defining issue.

And yes, I know that everyone's ancestors came from another country, but that was one hundred to two hundred years ago, when economically the United States needed the labor force and needed to expand its citizenship to grow and compete on a global scale. Absent the economic need for the increase population, I do not believe that we would have accpeted the tired, hungry and poor yearning to break free . . . . .

Today, we are bursting at the seams and are running out of land, water and air and perhaps cannot sustain a significant population increase. Do we curtail immigration to sustain what is left for citizens, or attempt another solution.

Would be interested in everyone's thoughts, peace.
" Jan 8, 09 11:40 AM

Pope holds swing vote on Nuzzi proposal

I am all for cutting the Town budget in these economic times.

However, a "budget cut" cannot be used as an excuse to wage a politcal witch hunt against non-Republicans and ease the way for rampant over-development. A recent article in this newspaper indicated that the Speonk plume is bigger than first suspected. We may have known that earlier had the proper environmental studies been performed.

To offer a refresher course to those in public office: the job entails doing what is best for the Town, not what will add more money into your re-election campaign or the party coffers. Whoever voted against Brownfield Gables should get a lifetime appointment. . . . " Jan 22, 09 1:39 PM

$19 million in Southampton Town capital budget unaccounted for

What is the over under on when the Republicans in town hall start blaming Sally Pope for the missing $19 million. One week, two? After all, Ms. Pope has been in office for three weeks! How is that this came as a "surprise" to the board members. What have they been doing all this time??" Jan 25, 09 12:33 PM

Town capital budget discrepancy is downgraded

There is an old Thomas Nast cartoon showing members of the Tweed Ring standing in a circle. Each person is pointing to the person on their right and blaming them for lost public funds. Why does that sound familiar??" Feb 5, 09 2:08 PM

Federal auditors will examine Southampton Town's 2007 financial books

The inept Republicans on the town board looking for new jobs after the next election may find work with the paving contractors who donate money to the Town GOP. The contractors should have the extra money since they did not have to honor the terms of the contracts they signed with the Town.

" Feb 20, 09 2:54 PM

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

I too would like to offer my services to the Town. I will accept a salary of $100,000 per year, use of a Town owed car, pension and medical benefits.

In exchange, I will shuffle paper all day, release statements to the Press that I am working hard and expect to have the Town's financial problems fixed shortly once I fix the mess caused by the Administration that left office in 1962.

Plus, I get bonus if I reconcile the missing money in the capital budget before OJ finds the real killers. Deal? " Feb 24, 09 9:54 AM

If Ms. Kabot had the time to write an e-mail in protest, then I am sure she had time to draft a counter proposal. Would the Press publish it please?

" Feb 25, 09 3:31 PM

Southampton Town Board considers capping County Road 39 moratorium early

Bad economy = incumbents elected out of office. Granting exemptions = campaign contributions from those seeking to build on CR 39. Add it up and you can see why the Town Board is considering the exemptions. The quid pro quo is bad for taxpayers, but what does the Board care, without their Town positions, they might have to go out and actually work like the rest of us. " Mar 2, 09 6:15 PM

Supervisor has bone to pick over councilwoman's dog

A Town CouncilPerson, someone in a leadership position is unaware that bringing a pet to work is unprofessional? Really, she didn't know any better? Really? Did she get the dog from ARod's cousin?

" Mar 4, 09 1:20 PM

Kabot claims bad record keeping led to financial mess

Ms. Kabot is quoted in the article as stating that there are 175 capital accounts dating back 10 years, and that reconciliation will take more time. The 19 million dollar question [or $250,000 if you believe Ms. Kabot] is why the heck did no one address this issue before??

Can anyone in the Town explain in detail what they plan to do to avoid this situation again? Anyone, anyone at all? It would make a heck of a campaign platform and November is only around the corner . . . .



" Mar 18, 09 3:57 PM

It will be difficult to get experienced and professional people to serve office in the face of the Republican political machine. For example, the Town Highway Supervisor ignores the interests of the tax payers for the benefit of paving companies. Those paving companies then make political contributions to the Highway Supervisor's political party. The result is that the Town gets stuck with whatever party hack the Republicans march up to the podium, whether or not that hack can add 2 + 2 and come up with 4.

Did Ms. Kabot have any finance experience before she took office, or was her claim to fame [other than taking pictures], being a party loyalist?



" Mar 19, 09 11:53 AM

Mr. Whyte:

Ms. Pope and Ms. Throne Holst would not have been elected but for the fact that they are registered Democrats. Party affiliaton is the first and really only candidate qualification, above intelligence and work ethic, and the Town suffers. If the Democrats sweep Town hall next election, we would just replace one polical machine for another. Take a look at Democratic East Hampton where the Town budget officer is a failed hairdresser, any wonder EH is ten million in debt?

There is a reason George Washington despised polical parties. " Mar 20, 09 1:47 PM

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

The 5% tax cap is there for a reason, to protect taxpayers when politicans want a quick budget fix. If Southampton residents/taxpayers care anything at all about the Town they live in, do not let the Town Board alter the tax cap law.

Even if the Board claims a modification of the tax cap is a one time event, do not buy it. If you believe that, there is a nice bridge in Hampton Bays I can sell you!

" Apr 1, 09 4:18 PM

Southampton Town must issue $16 million in bonds this year

Kabot was on the Town Board and voted for all of the budgets but is now "shocked" about the financial slight of hand. Maybe if she did her job and did not just rubber stamp a budget offered by fellow Republicans, the Town would not be in this mess. Did she read the budgets and understand them, or just nod her head yes like a puppet?

Want to fix the problem? No more town cars, phones, pensions and health insurance for Town Board members and their cronies inside Town Hall. That should cut costs and help balance the budget. " Apr 15, 09 3:37 PM

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