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Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

A disgusting show of arrogance which is fully in keeping with the national republican party's disregard for the general public." Dec 1, 10 3:15 PM

You were duped. " Dec 2, 10 11:38 AM

Judge Orders That 161 Ballots Be Counted, Prepares Ruling On 1st District Race

good riddance, Randy Outsourcer" Dec 2, 10 3:35 PM

I thought you already claimed to have taken it back? " Dec 3, 10 9:03 AM

Chris Christie is a reverse Robin Hood who stole money from N.J. schools to give a tax break to the rich. " Dec 3, 10 9:08 AM

Tuckahoe Superintendent Would Rent District-Owned Home Following $95,000 Renovations

This is proposal is a blatant misuse of taxpayer money that falls far outside of the mission of public education. We are in the middle of a great recession and the financial future of all public institutions is uncertain. A renewed focus on educating our children will help to turn this country around. We pay our superintendents very well and I believe they deserve the money, but to become their landlords or to believe that a strong candidate needs any more incentive that what is already offered is simply not true.

Yes, a good superintendent does have a direct impact on improving a child's education, but spending $95 grand to renovate a piece of real estate for "on campus housing" does not.

We do not need a 24/7 on site superintendent and, in fact, I believe that the superintendent is made stronger by having to go out and find housing and live away from the school where they can get a better sense of what it means to be a part of this community and the daily challenges our families face.

What the board has done in proposing this expenditure is to further alienate those residents without children who are already enraged by the taxes they pay for the school. How do you keep going back to these people and asking them to approve budgets when money is spent so frivolously? I have spoken to a number of older residents who are really very angry at Tuckahoe. When I asked them if they would be as angry if the "surplus" monies were to be spent on replacing out of date text books or providing instruments for children or purchasing new computers they felt differently - they still weren't too happy, but, as one said, "At least it would go to the kids."

Mr. Schepps' posted a link to an interesting site about how government, schools, parents, and administrators need to refocus all of their energies on our kids. This is a relevant passage from studentsfirst.org

"We Believe: Public dollars belong where they make the biggest difference—on effective instructional programs; we must fight ineffective practices and bureaucracy.

Schools need smart spending — not more money. Tax dollars should go toward programs that help our kids, ensure their long-term success, accurately evaluate teacher performance, and produce results — not layers or bureaucracy that only serve to protect the needs of special interests."

I couldn't agree more.

This is not a done deal, but a proposal that will go to referendum (which I believe should be moved to a date after the holidays to allow greater participation) and, as voters, we can simply vote no.
" Dec 9, 10 8:23 AM

The school board is holding a meeting on this tonight, Monday, December 13, at 7:30 at Tuckahoe. Attend and be heard regardless of your position. " Dec 13, 10 9:18 AM

Tuckahoe School Board Sticks With Referendum Plan

Although the makeup of the board has changed, their obstinate refusal to listen to their constituents has not. Despite the completely reasonable pleas of a wide range of district voters, all of whom were against this expenditure (appx 30 people?) the board refused even to move the date from the 21st of December, a time when so many residents and their families are away for the holidays, to a time when more voters could be heard.

More importantly, the board was unable to answer some extremely important questions that must be answered in order for the district's residence to get a real sense of exactly what is at stake here and how it could affect the future of our school. One of the most important points that need be considered is this: The money the board intends to use is discretionary, meaning, they can spend it any way the see fit. They could make a purchase that would have an immediate and direct effect on the education of our children like buying musical instruments, or computers, or text books. Instead, they seem determined to move ahead with what is clearly an unpopular and unjustifiable expense – building “on-campus”housing for a superintendent who has a three-year contract at $155,000.00/year plus benefits. Make no mistake, this $95,000.00 belongs to the taxpayers and will eventually have to be replaced by those very same taxpayers.

But what I find most disturbing is that the board has already begun work on the building. They justify it by asserting that they are using members of the school custodial crew, but those custodians are being paid to work at the school, not on a rundown building to be rented by the superintendent.

The board says they rent will be assessed at fair market value but, if I heard correctly, they also said that the superintendent would not be required to pay the full amount as a portion will be provided by this district as “payment in kind'. Additionally, the board has already spent a large sum of money on architectural plans. They would not disclose the exact number, but between the architect and his assistant it comes to at least $225/hour of your tax dollars.

I am not as angry as I am disappointed. Despite all of the turmoil our school has gone through in the last few years the board seems intent upon creating more. The school was starting to heal and now they have ripped open new wounds that only serve to alienate the taxpayers upon whom the school's very existence depends. What happens the next time we have to pass the budget? How can you go back to these people and claim to be a good steward of their tax dollars?

The one mandate of a public school is to educate our children. Creating this rental property does nothing to fulfill that mandate. This does not benefit our children. Our kids' scores will not improve because their superintendent lives “on campus”.

Last night the board had a great opportunity, in the name of transparency and community, to delay the referendum, but they refused to do so. Why? That is the question for which there is no reasonable answer – why? They say it is because they want to get started building before the winter – but winter is already here. They say they never considered that the 21st was right in the midst of the holidays and that so many folks would be away, but now that it has been pointed out to them, why not do something reasonable and delay the vote? Have they made promises to someone? Do they feel the vote is in the bag?

As voters we have an opportunity not only to put a stop to this misuse of funds, but to send the board a message that we are paying attention. Vote NO on December 21st. Tell all of your neighbors to Vote NO and have them tell all of their neighbors. If you will not be here, fill out an absentee ballot. Vote NO on this referendum on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. And 8:00 pm at the Tuckahoe School." Dec 14, 10 10:20 PM

Tuckahoe Superintendent Would Rent District-Owned Home Following $95,000 Renovations

The board has refused to move the referendum.

The board says they rent will be assessed at fair market value but, if I heard correctly, they also said that the superintendent would not be required to pay the full amount as a portion will be provided by this district as “payment in kind'. Additionally, the board has already spent a large sum of money on architectural plans. They would not disclose the exact number, but between the architect and his assistant it comes to at least $225/hour of your tax dollars.

I am not as angry as I am disappointed. Despite all of the turmoil our school has gone through in the last few years the board seems intent upon creating more. The school was starting to heal and now they have ripped open new wounds that only serve to alienate the taxpayers upon whom the school's very existence depends. What happens the next time we have to pass the budget? How can you go back to these people and claim to be a good steward of their tax dollars?

The one mandate of a public school is to educate our children. Creating this rental property does nothing to fulfill that mandate. This does not benefit our children. Our kids' scores will not improve because their superintendent lives “on campus”.

Last night the board had a great opportunity, in the name of transparency and community, to delay the referendum, but they refused to do so. Why? That is the question for which there is no reasonable answer – why? They say it is because they want to get started building before the winter – but winter is already here. They say they never considered that the 21st was right in the midst of the holidays and that so many folks would be away, but now that it has been pointed out to them, why not do something reasonable and delay the vote? Have they made promises to someone? Do they feel the vote is in the bag?

As voters we have an opportunity not only to put a stop to this misuse of funds, but to send the board a message that we are paying attention. Vote NO on December 21st. Tell all of your neighbors to Vote NO and have them tell all of their neighbors. If you will not be here, fill out an absentee ballot. Vote NO on this referendum on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. And 8:00 pm at the Tuckahoe School." Dec 15, 10 8:46 AM

East Quogue 11-Year-Old Bounces Back From Coma

Wonderful news. Kole,you are an inspiration! " Dec 15, 10 11:42 AM

Tuckahoe School Board Sticks With Referendum Plan

An important bit of information regarding the Tuesday, December 21 referendum vote (that's tomorrow at the Tuckahoe School between the hours of 11AM and 8PM):

In order to vote in the referendum you DO NOT need to be registered to vote. This means that if, for instance, you have an 18 year-old or older who lives here but did not register, he or she can still vote in the referendum. If, however, you are registered, you must be registered at your Tuckahoe address and not another address.

To vote in the referendum you have to be a citizen, 18 years of age or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days. If you are not registered, please be sure to bring id. As proof of residency and age you can use a driver's license with your current address in Tuckahoe, a utility bill, a tax bill, or a lease.

If you have any questions you can contact the district clerk's office at 283-3550 ext 371" Dec 20, 10 10:02 AM

Congratulations to Tuckahoe voters. The referendum failed 249 to 70 (those numbers may not be exact, but it failed by a wide margin)" Dec 21, 10 9:07 PM

ESM Bowlers In First Place; Westhampton Beach Close Behind

Good job, Michael!!" Jan 7, 11 8:17 PM

Scaled-down 'Tuckahoe Main Street' Still Finds Opponents

At this meeting Mr Morrow said he estimates 1800 checkouts per hour while at the same time claiming his change of zone development would actually lesson traffic? Anyone who believes that Magee street and 39 can handle that kind if traffic increase in the middle of summer is not paying attention. And don't forget the endless line of delivery trucks that will be rolling through each and every day.

There is a reason this proposed area is zoned highway business, which a grocery store us not. All Morriw has doneis to remove the stench and stigma of a PDD, but he will still need a change of zoning. " Jan 17, 11 9:56 PM

What a childish and pointless comparison from j Hampton " Jan 17, 11 10:44 PM

The amount of additional tax dollars that Mr. Morrow claims will come to the school is a number that has changed significantly over time. Just last month it was $180,00 and now it has been rounded up to $200,000.00

Firstly, not all of that money goes to the school district, a large percentage, yes, but not all. Additionally, if Mr. Morrow decided to build within the current zoning regulations, the amount of tax revenue coming to the school would double at the very least. Lastly, our school currently has surplus funds (including a capital reserve) of over 1 million dollars and last year the school actually returned $250,000 to the Tuckahoe tax payers.

" Jan 18, 11 12:08 PM

Does anyone really believe that, as bad as traffic is currently on 39 that a grocery store with 1,800 checkouts per hour (that number came directly from Morrow) means no additional traffic at the site of the proposed development? Come on, if we are going to have a debate, let's at least begin in the realm of reality.

Roads that currently have little to no traffic (Magee) will be overwhelmed by traffic trying to get in and out. Can you imagine the line of cars heading west on 39 waiting to turn left into the grocery store in heavy traffic? How long do you think they'll wait before taking a stupid chance?

Quiet residential streets will become traffic jams of shoppers and delivery vehicles. An already dangerous road will become even more dangerous and if you live near the proposed site you do not need a traffic study, commissioned and paid for by the developer himself, to try and convince you otherwise. Have you ever tried to cross 39 on foot to take your kids to the Tuckahoe playground? I have and I can assure you, the addition of 1,800 vehicles per hour will not make it easier. Should we not be able to walk to the local playground in our own neighborhoods? Of course we should.

This property is not zoned for a grocery store. The reason? Because 39 cannot handle the additional traffic. Period.

This community needs to separate wants from needs. Convenience from quality of life. Mr. Morrow is just another in a long line of developers who purchased land believing that it was his right to change zoning to suit his needs. Just another developer who wants to destroy someone else's neighborhood to fatten his pockets. Is this the only place in Southampton where a grocery store could be placed? No. Is it the most ideal? No. Do we need another grocery store? No.

When do we say enough. When do we say, "Yeah, that would be nice to have, but we don't need it." " Jan 19, 11 8:43 AM

You have the advantage of being able to address me directly whereas I must rebut an anonymous avatar, but so be it. I am more than willing to stand behind my postings.

Did you attend the Mr. Morrow's presentation at Tuckahoe? I did. I addressed him directly and the 1,800 checkouts per hour number came directly from him so if it is inaccurate it is his inaccuracy, not mine.

Mr. Morrow also admitted that none of the current allowable uses would generate as much traffic as a grocery store. He further admitted, after first asserting that his proposal would actually lessen traffic, that he really had no idea how his grocery store would impact traffic.

I do not need to mislead, misquote or misrepresent to make my argument. This grocery store is not needed and placing it at this location would be just one more "convenience" that does nothing to enhance the quality or character of our town." Jan 19, 11 8:54 AM

How does having the grocery store lower taxes? Why should school children be asked to accommodate a grocery store?" Jan 19, 11 8:56 AM

V. Tomanoku, would you allow your 9 year-old child to ride a bike on CR39? " Jan 19, 11 1:48 PM

Sag Harbor Student Is Intel Semi-Finalist

Very cool! Good luck at Johns Hopkins!" Jan 24, 11 2:19 PM

School Districts Worried About State Property Tax Cap

Capping property taxes limits revenues, not spending. Cuomo's proposed caps will hurt schools, especially those in low income districts." Jan 24, 11 2:24 PM

Bishop Earns Plum Committee Post

An important appointment for our Rep. Congratulations, Mr. Bishop" Jan 26, 11 9:48 AM

ZBA To Decide on Tuckahoe 7-Eleven Next Month

The Planning Board has already questioned the wisdom of allowing a convenience store to set up housekeeping along CR-39, but the ZBA will have the final say and I urge you to just say NO!

The Town of Southampton and its residents need to start separating wants from needs. We need to start thinking of the future of our town and quality of life for us and our children. A convenience store is just that, a “convenience”. It is completely unnecessary, especially as we already have a 7-11, the Southfork Deli and a Hess station within spitting distance.

Please, all we ask is that you adhere to current zoning and stop turning our town into a suburban strip mall." Jan 28, 11 1:30 PM

My opinion is that it is zoned highway business therefore the developer has the right to put anything there that falls within that very specific zoning.

During this great economic crisis, many have made the argument that if an individual purchased a house they could not afford then they should lose the house and millions of individuals have had to face foreclosure. Why should we be expected to bailout a developer?" Jan 28, 11 2:44 PM

Schneiderman Unable To Secure Votes To Override Levy Veto Of Sunday Bus Measure

V. Tomanoku, extremely well said. " Feb 9, 11 3:16 PM

Levy's actions are most certainly meant to harm the day-laborers who use the buses." Feb 9, 11 4:33 PM

East End Residents Affected By Uprising In Egypt

The Egyptian people opposing Mubarek have been extremely courageous and it does look as though their efforts to oust him may pay off, and soon. It is being reported today that the Obama administration is calling for Mubarek to step down immediately and not wait until September.

The fear of no viable leader to take over is a reasonable one. Mubarek's ouster will leave a void and the history of these types of revolutions shows us that this void is often filled by extreme groups or candidates looking to exploit the opening.

Mubarek is a tyrant whose time has come. Recent reports put his personal wealth at around 70 billion dollars (that is more than Bill Gates) while the average Egyptian earns $2 a day and cannot afford to buy food. A fair and internationally monitored democratic election is the only solution - but we will have to accept the choice of the Egyptian people. " Feb 9, 11 4:45 PM

Southampton Village Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Good. Get rid of the bags." Feb 10, 11 12:23 PM

Attorney Asks For $70 Million Judgment Against Southampton Town

I have to agree. Sounds like nothing more than political grandstanding." Feb 10, 11 1:39 PM

Bridgehampton School Board Hires Former Superintendent As Consultant

Parents and residents must be very diligent when it concerns these local school boards. Sometimes there motives are innocent, but the result is often that monies that should be spent on education our kids are diverted to "less worthy" allocations.

" Feb 10, 11 2:24 PM

East End Residents Affected By Uprising In Egypt

To captain amer, why would you attempt to denigrate what was clearly a peaceful revolution? An uprising against a tyrant by working class people just looking for a better way and all you can think to say is "They burned and looted"? A handful of incidents by a few misguided people out of the hundreds of thousands who gathered and "THEY burned and looted"?

As was widely reported during the two week uprising, any violence was committed against the protestors by Mubarak supporters. Muslims and Christians united and a despot was driven out of power without violence, without weapons.

What we witnessed in that square was the power of a peaceful revolution. There will always be people like you who try to misrepresent what these events really mean. Not surprisingly Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaught attempted to do the same thing. Why do you belittle the Egyptian people, because they are Muslim, or because they are somehow less human than you?

By the way, I seem to remember that "idiotic" statement of second amendment remedies being used by "tea party patriot" Sharon Angle insinuating that those who think like her must prepare themselves for armed revolution. She could learn a lot from the Egyptian people and, given the extreme rhetoric in may of your postings, so could you.
" Feb 12, 11 4:58 PM

I have read a number of your postings- your intentions were clear. Given the opportunity to say anything you wanted you chose to focus on the least significant of all events that took place over those 18 days.


" Feb 12, 11 8:44 PM

Farming Use Pitched For Aldrich Lane Park

I am certainly not against local farmers, but this land was purchased as a park for the folks nearby. So build the park. " Feb 24, 11 9:18 AM

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