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Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender To Resign After Charged With Buying, Reselling Prescription Drugs

Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Bender didn't get a deal with the Feds unless they got something significant from him in return. Hold onto your hats, this is gonna get interesting." Nov 29, 15 10:44 AM

Democratic Party Nominates Julie Lofstad To Run For Town Board

The recent past in Southampton Town has been an era of strife, armed guards to limit debate, questionable attempts at end runs around process, a seeming total failure to consider the voters wishes, and then the debacle of a Board Member resigning in disgrace.

It's time to vote for integrity and confidence that our elected officials will not have a questionable agenda.

Julie Lofstad represents that opportunity.

" Dec 8, 15 8:52 AM

Suffolk County Planning Commission Votes Against Tuckahoe Shopping Center Zone Change

Well said. In fact, perfectly said." Dec 12, 15 10:16 AM

UPDATE: Lofstad Wins Seat In Southampton Town Board Special Election; Yastrzemski Concedes

The winners tonight are the citizens of Southampton." Jan 26, 16 10:27 PM

The winners tonight are the citizens of Southampton." Jan 26, 16 10:27 PM

'The Hills' Developer Expects To Submit Tweaked Draft Environmental Study Next Month

Michael Pascucci wanted Sebonac to be organic. He tried. It didn't work. " Feb 25, 16 5:39 PM

I got yet another mailer from the Hills in my PO box. They say the complete study can be found through the town clerk. I looked. Not true.
The DEIS was returned as incomplete and inadequate by all three consultants, including Dr. Gobler according to the press.
" Feb 27, 16 3:11 PM

Alec Baldwin Joins Local Campaign Against The Hills, PDDs


NYC water comes from reservoirs, not impacted by groundwater pollutants

Ours comes from under our feet where toxic chemicals applied to the ground end up coming out of our spigots

Those are the simple facts

" Feb 28, 16 11:26 AM

'The Hills' Developer Expects To Submit Tweaked Draft Environmental Study Next Month

The Hills' Developer Expects To Submit Tweaked Draft Environmental Study Next Month

Report from Kyle Collins:
"Based on the findings of these reports, the Department of Land Management recommends that the Town Board deem the Hills at Southampton DEIS incomplete and inadequate for public review."

Read the reports.

Seems like a lot more than a "tweak" is needed here." Mar 15, 16 8:42 AM

UPDATE: Town Releases 'The Hills' Environmental Study To Public

Starting to look like the Cabal from the Blacklist series. Bigger and more powerful than our government. First a threat to stop the Trustees from weighing in, then getting the previous supervisor to try to keep the Pine Barrens Commission out, then threatening one of their own scientists to shut up, now getting the new administration to refuse to release a public document. After they get their foothold in East Quogue I wonder what they have in store for us next?" Apr 20, 16 11:30 PM

Will be picking up a copy Monday. Can't wait to see if they pulled the reference to their two KEY CONTACT scientists who both said their names were used without permission and both (two out of two) said that Discovery's environmental practices were abysmal.
" Apr 23, 16 1:03 AM


We elect officials and have the right to expect they will act responsibly for the constituency that elected them.

We have the right to expect them to do the "right thing".

Sometimes that requires bold action.

Asking them to allow the citizens to decide is telling them to abrogate their responsibility.

This Board knows what is required, why they are not acting is troubling." Apr 25, 16 5:02 PM

Updated 'The Hills' Environmental Impact Study Describes When Community Benefits Would Arrive

Ms. Bernocco quotes the DEIS as saying the project will be complete in 2019. NO IT DOESN"T.
It says "with completion scheduled to occur at
the end of 2022".
Ms. Bernocco should read the document if she is going to quote from it, not just listen to Mr. Hissey.
Perhaps she should look at Discovery's Bakers Bay, also mentioned in the document. It started construction in 2006 and has about 20% of the homes built 10 years later. " Apr 26, 16 2:47 PM

Ms. Bernocco quotes the DEIS as saying the project will be complete in 2019. NO IT DOESN"T.
It says "with completion scheduled to occur at
the end of 2022".
Ms. Bernocco should read the document if she is going to quote from it, not just listen to Mr. Hissey.
Perhaps she should look at Discovery's Bakers Bay, also mentioned in the document. It started construction in 2006 and has about 20% of the homes built 10 years later. " Apr 26, 16 2:58 PM

Ms. Bernocco,
Thank you for updating your story to reflect the correction I suggested. There are more coming.

This time I will refer to your quote that Discovery will "keep children out of the school district through “a binding covenant filed with the county.”

I suggest you read the "legal letter" accompanying the "covenant" It says "This opinion letter is rendered for the sole benefit of the addressee(s) hereof, and no other person or entity is entitled to rely hereon. Copies of this opinion letter may not be furnished to any other person or entity, nor may any portion of this letter be quotes, circulated or referred to in any other document without our prior written consent."

So the covenant may not be relied upon. Board members, are you listening??" Apr 26, 16 6:36 PM

As to the "economic benefit" if there is one, lets start by quantifying it properly. The developer says the taxes they project will be generated based on a project value of $372,400,000. At a tax rate of $14.591 per thousand. If, as Ms. Bernocco says the tax rate goes down to $9.21from $11.05 the value of the project would have to go up to $434,000,000 to generate the taxes they promise. And they assume no increase in the budget for services rendered. For example the roads surrounding the community are going to be destroyed by truck and other traffic.
In the DEIS it says:
"between 10,000 and 17,500 truck trips would be necessary to complete this removal process." And thats just to start the construction process. Who pays for that?

" Apr 27, 16 9:53 AM

Environmentalists Continue To Push For Southampton Town To Repeal PDD Law

Give Julie a chance. She's only been in office for a two months. I'm confident she'll stand up against pressure and vote her conscience when counted on to do so, as will John." Apr 28, 16 4:29 PM

Town Trustees Reject Offer To Work With Moriches Bay Project

Mr. Kandell has keen insight. It's not the first time this developer has tried to "buy in" to a community.

Wall Street Journal January 14, 2016 Developer Mike Meldman Is Real Estate’s Party Boy

"It took him 18 years to get past opponents of the project, who were concerned the land was in a wildlife corridor and on the San Andreas fault. “I got a Ph.D. in planning,” he jokes. He also markets his projects as environmentally friendly since ultra-high-end buyers prefer low-density communities. In order to avoid more protracted battles and to gain the support of the local community, Mr. Meldman formed Discovery Land Co. Foundation, a charity that supports foster-family programs in the areas around the resorts."

" May 4, 16 9:23 PM

UPDATE: Tuckahoe Budget Fails To Pierce Cap; All Other East End School Budgets Pass

Nice to see the school board election was won by two qualified candidates who care about the school and don't have another "outside" agenda. " May 17, 16 9:47 PM

Property Owner Carol Konner Withdraws Support For Bridgehampton Gateway PDD Proposal

If overbuilding a commercially zoned intersection in Bridghampton is Kyle Collins "Hindenburg" then allowing a mega golf development on 500 acres of pine barrens in East Quogue must be a Kyle Collind "Hiroshima". " May 20, 16 10:15 PM

Hillsnbells, you hit the nail on the head. "Not a spot for development". But until the Town takes this PDD zoning gift off the table the developer won't negotiate. The minute the PDD is gone so is the Arizona developer. Then the land can and will be acquired at reasonable market value. Their are about two hundred unsold lots in East Quogue now. What is a developer going to do with the 50 or so additional they would actually get under current zoning with all regulations applied? I'll tell you what, he'd sell to the CPF. " May 21, 16 11:28 AM

UPDATE: Discovery Land Changes Time Of Saturday Informational Meeting

Yes That may be true, but we need to eat. Does anyone "need" to play golf?" Jun 8, 16 8:33 AM

Southampton Town Deems The Hills Environmental Impact Study Incomplete For The Second Time

If the Petrovic report was issued May 23 why wasn't it released to the public? And what about the AKRF report which isn't even mentioned.

'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)

" Jun 9, 16 5:40 PM

UPDATE: Discovery Land Changes Time Of Saturday Informational Meeting

We need to do it all. Upgrade septic, absolutely. But the Cornell Report says 80% of nitrogen comes from turf. So we also have to stop planting new turf. The proposed golf course has 4million square feet of turf.
" Jun 10, 16 8:35 AM

In the five acre zone, 80% of nitrogen from Turf.
See
Land Use and Ground Water Quality in the Pine Barrens of Southampton Cornell 1983
Page 29
Figure 6.2
" Jun 10, 16 11:21 AM

And by the way, the Cornell Study is an appendix to the Discovery response to the Town's scoping document from September 2015. So you won't have to look far to find it." Jun 10, 16 11:25 AM

Southampton Town Deems The Hills Environmental Impact Study Incomplete For The Second Time

The Petrovic report focuses on golf course management protocols. The AKRF report on everything else. Why wouldn't there be a new AKRF evaluation of the revised DEIS. Who else would be evaluating the revised version for completeness?
And the report is not in the file.
" Jun 10, 16 11:36 AM

East Quogue Civic Association Meeting To Discuss 'The Hills' Turns To Screaming Match

Livingston Marshall was named as a "key contact" in Discoverys original version of the DEIS. When Discovery was caught red handed lying about the "key contact" scientists the whole section disappeared from the revised DEIS.

Now they reschedule their meeting, that had the same 20 or so people show up who want a free meal or work for Discovery, so that they can send shills to disrupt a legitimate community organizations educational meeting.

These guys don't play by the rules. " Jun 11, 16 4:33 PM

Incorrect weaver. Discovery's attorneys letter threatening her makes no mention of a non-disclosure, so that wasn't the issue. It accuses her of making defamatory statements, and repeats them in their letter. You should read it, interesting reading.

And you should double check everything you hear from Discovery.


" Jun 12, 16 10:26 AM

Turnout Will Be The Wildcard In June 28 Congressional Primary

Thoughtful, appropriate, responsible development is not a bad thing.. Blind support of every development proposal that comes her way has been the hallmark of the Throne-Holst Southampton administration, not a good thing.
David Calone is a true Democrat and a committed supporter of our fragile environment. And he can win in November." Jun 15, 16 11:28 PM

East Quogue Civic Association Meeting To Discuss 'The Hills' Turns To Screaming Match

From the Southampton Press 2011
According to town records, the Sebonack course is 249.7 acres, has a land value of $34 million and paid $214,725 in school taxes; National Golf Links is 251.2 acres, has a land value of $35 million and paid $221,496 in taxes; Southampton is 167.68 acres, has a land value of $11 million and a school tax bill of $69,838; and Shinnecock Hills is 282.85 acres with a land value of $39 million and pays $241,752 in school taxes.
And they say the Hills course will take up less than 100 acres and pay millions in taxes?? Sure. " Jun 15, 16 11:39 PM

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