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A Smart Move

Editorial Board on Mar 21, 2023
Last week, the Sag Harbor School District announced that it would move forward with plans to purchase five parcels on Marsden Street on its own, without the financial support —... more

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Promises Kept

News of a link between a cold case 1993 murder in North Sea to the infamous Gilgo Beach serial killer earlier this month left the local community shocked that the heinous killing spree that has made international headlines extended to what was, at the time, a pretty remote corner of Southampton Town. While it doesn’t appear that the murder took place here — prosecutors are speculating that the body of Sandra Costilla was dumped in the woods near Old Fish Cove Road on November 20, 1993, after she was killed elsewhere — the idea that suspected killer Rex Heuermann appears ... 19 Jun 2024 by Editorial Board

No Bad Guys

If it’s not too late — though it probably is — it might offer some perspective to remember exactly what the Southampton Town Board decision on June 11, involving Liberty Gardens, really was: The board merely declined to change the existing zoning on a property. It was not a monumental decision in that regard, nor does it bear quite the philosophical significance it has been assigned by the disappointed developer, Concern Housing. It was, in fact, a much less dynamic choice than if the board had voted in favor. Yes, the Town Board had seemed to be moving toward allowing ... by Editorial Board

Trial and Error

Sag Harbor Village officials have a conundrum on their hands when it comes to parking — a small village with limited space, and incredible demand in season — but should get full credit for pursuing some creative strategies to find a workable plan. There are two parts of the problem: How do you manage spaces for visitors and shoppers to be accommodated on a rolling basis throughout the day? And what about all the people who work at village businesses, catering to those visitors and shoppers? Paid parking can be used for the first purpose — the trick is finding ... by Editorial Board

We Mark Our Ballout:Sag Harbor Village, North Haven

It’s an old adage that when voters — or newspaper editorial boards — are evaluating incumbents and challengers for elected positions, the real decision amounts to a simple question: Should the incumbents be fired? Certainly, there are times when an elected official is doing such a poor job that he or she deserves to lose it. And other times when a challenger is so strong by comparison that it makes sense to unseat the incumbent and give the newcomer a chance. The two competitive village races are perfect examples: Each of the candidates is well-qualified to serve and could well ... 12 Jun 2024 by Editorial Board

Break the Lockstep

The verdict in the Hunter Biden gun possession case came less than two weeks after former President Donald Trump was convicted on all 34 charges in his New York hush money trial, where the jury determined he broke the law, many times over, by falsifying business records to cover up, amid his 2016 presidential bid, a sexual encounter he had with a porn star a decade earlier. Likewise, it is an example of equal justice under the law in the United States, but Trump is not accepting that and has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to annul the guilty ... by Staff Writer

Sea Changes

A few months ago, The Express News Group tackled a project to discuss the past, present and future of the college campus in Shinnecock Hills, now Stony Brook Southampton. One big conclusion: The college there has had its struggles ever since the first Southampton College opened its doors in the fall of 1963. Put another way: If it weren’t for bad luck, that college would have no luck at all. And so, in the late spring of 2024, comes the latest bit of bad news: Stony Brook University President Dr. Maurie D. McInnis will be leaving shortly to become the ... 5 Jun 2024 by Editorial Board

Pride and Joy

A good event gains steam quickly from year to year. But few events have the trajectory of the Hamptons Pride Parade, which began strong with more than 1,000 participants and spectators in 2022 and has only gotten bigger in the two years since, including Saturday’s parade in East Hampton. Tom House, the Bridgehampton School educator who is president of the nonprofit Hamptons Pride, has made it his mission to preserve the South Fork’s long history of tolerance and support for the LGBTQ+ community. The parade is a visible reminder, a party of sorts, but there’s a lot of hard work ... by Editorial Board

A Vote of Confidence

There is something of a pact between residents and their school boards, and the annual budget vote — one of the few times when voters have a direct say in the day-to-day budgeting of their tax dollars — is where that pact is consummated. Credit school district voters: Last Tuesday, they all stepped up and held up their end of the bargain. It’s not always an easy vote. For some homeowners, their property tax bill, which is most significantly made up of school taxes, is one of their biggest expenditures if they’ve already paid off the mortgage and are on ... 29 May 2024 by Editorial Board

Stepping Up

Imagine the want ad: “Unpaid position. Unpredictable hours. Extensive training required. Your life may be endangered at a moment’s notice. Must be on call 24/7. Your physical condition will be tested.” Most people wouldn’t get past the first two words. At a time when the demands of everyday life can be overwhelming, and just living full time in this part of the world is aspirational, it’s no surprise that volunteerism is waning. But as our recent visit to the Suffolk County Fire Academy showed, it’s not dead. In fact, there are men and women of all different backgrounds and age ... by Editorial Board

Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

GOLD STAR To Carolyn Munaco and a group of volunteers who went out early in the morning on a cold, rainy, blustery day to save horseshoe crabs that had been trapped while spawning at a beach in Hampton Bays. High water allowed the crabs safely onto the beach to lay eggs, but then the crabs found themselves blocked from returning to the water by an erosion control structure made of stone and wire. A “bucket brigade” of volunteers boosted the crabs up and over and back into the water. It was a great example of human beings causing a problem ... 21 May 2024 by Editorial Board