Pros And Cons - 27 East


Pros And Cons

authorStaff Writer on Apr 5, 2022
Rumor became news last week when it was announced that the Town of Southampton has made an offer to buy a commercial building at 2 Main Street in Sag Harbor,... more

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It’s a staggering number: According to the Love Is Respect Action Guide, published by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in 10 U.S. high school students experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the last year. That would mean more than 1.5 million victims. Teen dating violence can include physical and sexual violence, psychological aggression, and stalking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in three experienced emotional abuse. Equally as troubling, East Hampton High School student Salome Galindo, a 16-year-old member of The Retreat’s Teen Leadership Council, said, anecdotally, that more than half of her ... 28 Feb 2024 by Editorial Board

Change the Subject

If a community wants to truly lead, wants to set an example for the nation and show that embracing innovation is a noble, American thing to do, it has to accept the complications that come with the territory. A healthy community stays on top of the details and gets in front of the controversies. Both Southampton and East Hampton towns are front-runners when it comes to green energy. With South Fork Wind, the region is actively demonstrating a workable future that includes offshore wind energy. It was a long debate, but the turbines are now making electricity and sending it ... by Editorial Board

Get in the Game

At last week’s Express Sessions conversation in Sag Harbor, “Taking the Pulse of the Hamptons Real Estate Market,” real estate broker Enzo Morabito said he is trying not to take high-end property listings anymore, because they typically take more than two years to sell and the typical discount off the original list price is 25 percent. A broker passing on eight-figure listings — and the commissions that come with them — sounds unbelievable, but considering that the broker could instead put the effort into successfully selling multiple listings at a more modest price, reliably and quickly, the approach makes sense. ... 21 Feb 2024 by Editorial Board

A True Innovation

Is it possible to turn back the clock, to a time before technology forever changed the world we live in? It turns out that it is possible, at least in schools, and at least for the hours of a school day. The Sag Harbor School District is in the middle of a great experiment that every local district should be paying close attention to. About a year ago, the district instituted a new policy using a company, Yondr, that makes lockable pouches. As detailed last week, middle and high school students at Pierson must silence their phones and lock them ... by Editorial Board

By the Numbers

Tax season is underway, turning all of us, to some degree or another, into accountants for at least a day or two, maybe more. The truth is, being an American adult means having some degree of financial literacy, just to manage bank accounts and bills, not to mention investments, student loan bills, mortgages, taxes and retirement accounts. Home economics has long been a mainstay in secondary education, but as two state officials noted last week in an op-ed piece published in Newsday, it’s time for a more intensive financial literacy program that teaches the basics of “personal finance, budgeting and ... 14 Feb 2024 by Editorial Board

Small Price To Pay

This November, voters in Suffolk County will have the opportunity to vote on perhaps the most consequential referendum ever put on the ballot here. The measure, if approved by voters, will increase sales tax in the county from 8.625 percent to 8.75 percent, and the extra revenue will be dedicated to funding both sewage infrastructure and innovative/alternative septic systems for private homes. The additional cost to taxpayers is just one-eighth of a penny on each dollar spent on purchases that are subject to sales tax. To call it a small price to pay for clean water would be an understatement. ... by Staff Writer

Remember the Faces

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Too Much Too Fast

The awkward dance between Albany and local school districts over funding led to a major tumble on the dance floor last week, as Governor Kathy Hochul threw in a clumsy two-step that nobody expected. The governor is trying to close a state budget gap. In her executive budget proposal, she included significant cuts to foundation aid provided by the state to school districts, with the formula hitting particularly hard in “wealthy” districts on the South Fork. In some cases, it meant double-digit declines in foundation aid, up to more than 25 percent, which is a six-figure impact that would be ... 31 Jan 2024 by Editorial Board

Money Well Spent

A first step is important, signaling, as it does, a sense of direction, and of priority. So the Southampton Town Board’s initial proposal to spend significant revenue from the newly minted Community Housing Fund shows how this money will best be used. Town officials will start with a project that can easily be a tone-setter, and with luck a trend-setter. First and foremost, it’s a confident move out of the gate: a proposal to buy 3.8 acres along Montauk Highway in Water Mill. The price is significant, $4.3 million; it will use up a sizable share of the revenue that ... by Editorial Board

Living History

The work that Dr. Georgette Grier-Key and Brenda Simmons do to keep a strong spotlight on the region’s African American community, past and present, is valuable beyond measure. A new project they’ve undertaken, as powerful as it is, should not be left to do its work alone: It is an opportunity to begin to address a generational failure to animate local and American history for young people to appreciate. It’s a dynamic job they’ve done, creating a cellphone tour focusing on the “Hamptons Civil Rights Back Story.” Over the past year, they worked on a tour, which launched over the ... 24 Jan 2024 by Editorial Board