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When It Comes To Sewers, Municipalities Look To Patchogue Village For Inspiration

I'm not sure I understand the question, but: I think the point is that Patchogue has been referenced by many officials as showing the many changes that can result from sewers. In Patchogue, that included development like the larger complexes--something that would be specifically excluded by zoning rules in Southampton Village. It just seemed important to make that distinction in the story. I'm not sure where bias comes into play; if you see it, it was sincerely unintended. " Feb 11, 16 7:42 PM

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

Just FYI: We will be filing a FOIL request with the town for the document, even though The Press has been given a copy by the developers. This is a document that we believe--and Mr. Freeman confirms--definitely should be available for public review via Town Hall. The precedent set here by the town refusing to release a document on specious grounds is the concern." Apr 20, 16 1:30 PM

Eastport Fire Department Rescues Nine Ducklings From Drain Tuesday Afternoon

We will look into that, definitely. Thanks for the tip.

For you, and everyone else: We welcome news tips at mailbag@pressnewsgroup.com. Feedback of any kind, too. " May 7, 16 7:56 AM

Community, Lawmakers Combat Growing Heroin Epidemic

Normally, we would follow up on Facebook with this, but the anonymity of the website allows for some more candor here. So let's try something:

We know for a fact that the heroin epidemic, and the related abuse of prescription drugs, is a widespread problem in the community. It might help demonstrate just how widespread if our readers would share, here, their own stories about how the epidemic has touched their lives, or the lives of friends and family.
" May 26, 16 3:05 PM

UPDATE: DA Says Evidence Insufficient To Connect Man Arrested For Southampton Break-In And Sexual Assault With May Stabbing

I wanted to step in for a moment to clarify things.

First, we erred in reporting that Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni was on the bench at the time of the suspect's release. It was our mistake, based on a misread of an earlier story we wrote. The story has been corrected to reflect that information--and to add more information about why the release was ordered, because the DA's office failed to indict in the required five days. (We are working to get more information on that angle of the story as we speak.)

We apologize to Justice Schiavoni for the mistake, which has led to a series of comments attacking her unfairly. Please take that into consideration when reading those comments.

Also, regarding comments: We have allowed a certain degree of latitude regarding this issue, but the nature of the comments is turning vitriolic and, frankly, ugly. If it continues, we're going to shut off commenting on the story.

We appreciate the frank nature of internet commenting, but please use some discretion." Aug 8, 16 11:05 AM

Still No Buyer For Hampton Bays Diner Building One Year After Closure

Okay, so, let me respond to this.

We recently changed our policy to eliminate comments on police stories. There are several reasons for that, but mostly it comes down to the fact that comments regularly violated our commenting policy, typically by going off topic. It also was pointed out that we were being inconsistent in which police stories we were allowing comments on and which we weren't--it was fair criticism. Finally, the comments on police stories are often unfair to those who are accused, but considered innocent until proven guilty.

Unlike many media sites, we DO monitor comments on our site and remove comments that violate our policy--and we typically allow a great deal of latitude before doing so. We'd like the comments to be a place for candid discussion of issues, and that's what we aim to provide.

That said, I must say that the feedback I receive most frequently from the community is about the ugliness associated with anonymous commenting on the website. I have defended our policy, but it's becoming harder to do that--and, in fact, we are considering a variety of options to address it.

I would ask the "commentariat" for a little help on this front by keeping comments on topic, avoiding personal attacks, and simply raising the level of discussion rather than lowering it when possible.

P.S. There is always social media to discuss these stories without moderation, if you choose." Aug 18, 16 10:17 AM

Press News Group Files Lawsuit Against Southampton School District Seeking Details Of Former Superintendent's Departure

It might help to read the documents related to the lawsuit, which outline the legal argument in more specificity. We don't know what the information is that we're seeking, or if there's even anything in the report that's relevant. But the bottom line is: a school district is a public institution, spending public money. It's not Goldman Sachs or Apple for that very reason. And FOIL makes it clear that ALL records are public, unless they meet very specific exceptions. We have said, from the beginning, that we're not seeking anything the public has no right to see--that information can be redacted. But to refuse to provide ANY information, on the off chance that some of the document might not be public information, is contrary to the spirit and letter of FOIL. This isn't about "bruised ego"--it's about a principle: that public business is public business. That can be inconvenient for the district, but that's not a valid argument for excluding the public from information it has a right to see.
" Sep 1, 16 12:42 PM

Southampton Town Board Delays Adoption Of Environmental Report On 'The Hills' Application

Just FYI to all: We're having issues with the attached PDF file because of its size--well over 400 pages--and the ability to download it from the site. We're working right now with Discovery Land, who provided the original to us, to split the entire document into several PDFs to make it easier to download and review. Bear with us--we should have links soon to do that. " Sep 28, 16 12:58 PM

For 30 Years, Suspect In Southampton Double Murder Case Has Eluded Capture, Justice

Yes, Rick, your story was very good too. " Dec 23, 16 9:15 PM

Parents, Children Fearful Of National Immigration Policy Changes, Local Doctor Says

We will publish a clarification in the coming issue: She is, in fact, a primary care provider and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, who has completed doctoral-level academic degrees. She has practiced for more than 45 years, 26 in this community, and is known as Dr. Hellman, in part because of the advanced degrees...but is not a medical doctor." Mar 3, 17 5:12 PM

Court Orders Southampton School District To Turn Over Farina Materials For Review In Private

You're absolutely right--it was an oversight not to mention the Southampton Association. Story updated to add that. " Apr 14, 17 10:16 PM

New Southampton Town Police Chief Is Sworn Into Office Monday

According to the town, he's actually the fifth to hold the post of chief--although others have led the department as captains." May 2, 17 2:02 PM

Ah, sorry--see you beat me to it!" May 2, 17 2:02 PM

Sam Price Remembered For Commitment To Helping Others

Just FYI: A longer obituary will appear in print this week.
" May 18, 17 3:54 PM

'The Hills' Developer Selects Wastewater Treatment System

I know Turkey Bridge has retracted the remark about Kevin McAllister and apologized, but I thought I'd just add my two cents here.

In a recent interview with Kevin, I asked him, flatly, whether he's being paid in any way by Discovery, or if his organization has been promised support by Discovery in connection with his positions on the science of the project.

His answer was an unqualified "no" to both questions--and he added that he would return any check he would receive, because he feels it would "taint" him.

I'll just add that I've known Kevin for a long time and trust his word on this." May 24, 17 3:47 PM

The Press News Group To Host Debate Between Southampton Village Candidates On June 5

Yeah, to be clear--it's at the Southampton Arts Center, which is on Jobs Lane (the former Parrish Art Museum).

There was some confusion last time, too, I think--some people went to the Cultural Center instead.

SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER, 25 Jobs Lane." Jun 2, 17 2:19 PM

UPDATE: Hundreds View Solar Eclipse On South Fork Monday

In fact, it's the first total eclipse to TRAVEL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES alone, coast to coast, for nearly 100 years. That was the point. There were, and will be, more total eclipses to view in specific areas--the next in the U.S. is in 2024.
" Aug 21, 17 3:13 PM

Former Administrator Received Nearly $500,000 In Settlement With Southampton School District

Story is correcting--a typo put the number at $308,000 originally--it's actually $380,000. Apologies.
" Feb 1, 18 4:23 PM

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