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Southampton Town Will Not Receive $3 Million Grant To Raise Dune Road

Respectfully, the pulling back of the funds does not necessarily confirm in any way the merits of Mr. Gregor's concerns. It only confirms that the Governors Office for Storm Recovery decided to retract the offer apparently quite specifically due to the statements made by Mr. Gregor. Their decision is just as likely to have been made simply because of this negative publicity that was introduced to the project which may have "forced" them to pull back the funds because they were now at risk of dealing with public accusations of perceived catering to the interests of the homeowners on this road. But this is not a private road enjoyed and used by few. It is used by countless people both within and outside of our local communities for beach access and enjoyment, and the funds are now gone which in my opinion is a shame. If there were a severe breach (which does seem eventually inevitable some day, but since we do have at least somewhat reasonable means to delay this from happening, we should do so) the effects would be devastating to far more than just the property owners on Dune Rd, but rather the entirety of these local communities here as a whole." Apr 12, 16 4:39 PM

Democrats Sweep In Southampton Town Elections

Thank you for including the East Quogue vote splits, it confirms based on my own numerous conversations in the local community what I felt was the overall opinion on the Hills, despite the unverified but commonly beaten drum of non-supporters commonly seeming to state as though it was a fact that "the EQ community overwhelmingly does not support it". I am referring only to EQ and not greater SH Township. " Nov 8, 17 9:34 PM

East Quogue School's Reserve Fund Still Exceeds State Limit

Hopefully people have read the articles, seen the pictures, and even visited the school to see some of the conditions of certain parts of the school building before advocating for people to vote no on the budget/bond. The renovation is sorely needed, and the end of the current bond means a perfect transition to the next bond with no tax increase overall. Schools require bonds and bonds have fee's which is a normal cost of doing business...it's not as though this is some plan to make the building wildly lavish. The building needs to be maintained at a basic level and the programs kept reasonably modern. This is responsible long term planning which lowers overall long term costs, rather than the alternative which is continuous short term expensive patches/fixes. This will be good for the community, students, families, and home values for that matter. Just because these excess funds are not applied to this bond does not mean these funds evaporate into thin air. These are surely multifaceted financial matters that may not be as simple as "just allocate the excess funds to reduce the bond". Passing this bond/budget is an easy decision and the results will hopefully overwhelmingly confirm most of the community's feeling on this." Jan 15, 18 10:57 AM

UPDATE: East Quogue $8.4 Million Bond Vote Passes Wednesday

The East Quogue district was approximately 3 times over the state recommended excess balance amount, not 9 times (that was our neighboring district Quogue). While the same principle does still apply about East Quogue apparently holding too much, this is unfortunately an example of how people can quickly and easily become misinformed when they read wildly inaccurate numbers being thrown around. " Mar 21, 18 8:34 PM

We do not have $2.9mm extra, as that would leave us with zero. Apparently the appropriate level of extra reserve $ for our district size is about $1mm, so one could make the argument that we have $1.9mm "extra" which could instead be directly applied to this project and reduce the bond. But let's please not continue to rush out numbers that are not accurate by a wide margin. There are numerous other major factors that go into considering a bond like this for EQ, and thankfully it looks like the EQ community supported it by about a 7 to 1 margin." Mar 21, 18 10:44 PM

We do not have $2.9mm extra, as that would leave us with zero. Apparently the appropriate level of extra reserve $ for our district size is about $1mm, so one could make the argument that we have $1.9mm "extra" which could instead be directly applied to this project and reduce the bond. But let's please not continue to rush out numbers that are not accurate by a wide margin. There are numerous other major factors that go into considering a bond like this for EQ, and thankfully it looks like the EQ community supported it by about a 7 to 1 margin." Mar 21, 18 10:44 PM

East Quogue School District's Unassigned Reserves Continue To Exceed State Limit

Actually, in the last town board election East Quogue voting precincts results were such that we would have put Glinka and Dombrowski-Fry on the board, which would have provided the final necessary board vote to get the golf course approved. The exact #'s are available online on an article on 27east.com" Sep 28, 18 9:34 AM