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The Push

Editorial Board on Nov 8, 2022
The Sag Harbor School Board should thank its lucky stars for the outcome of the November 3 vote, which paves the way for the purchase of five lots on Marsden... more

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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

The year 2024 was always going to be a challenging one, with a high-stakes presidential election seemingly destined to feature the same two candidates as 2020, with the political banquet this time being warmed-up leftovers spiced with recriminations and contempt. We can’t even look forward to it being over in November — because, as recent history has shown, Election Day is no longer the end of a marathon, just the potential start of a new period of tension and crisis. Drop all the balloons you want — it’s still a gloomy enterprise. Still, the electorate has some control over how ... 7 Feb 2024 by Editorial Board

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

No Bargaining Chip

As tempting as it is — as beneficial as it would be to protect a cluster of public parking spaces in crammed-up Sag Harbor — village officials have to resist the temptation to view the tussle over a piece of ground known colloquially as the gas ball lot as a bargaining chip. Adam Potter holds the long-term lease on 5 Bridge Street, and the Public Service Commission has sided with him in determining who gets to use the property owned by National Grid. It’s a significant holding — 95 parking spaces — and the loss of those spaces will create ... by Editorial Board

Too Big To Bully

The backlash against beach nourishment has begun, it being a particularly opportune time to note that dumping sand is a costly and seemingly futile endeavor — since tons and tons of sand have been swept away from local beaches in storms this winter. At the same time, Montauk is just starting the long-awaited federal nourishment of its beaches. In the right light, it looks like throwing good money after bad straight into the ocean. It seems almost ridiculous. Don’t be fooled. There is a conversation to be had about whether spending millions and millions of dollars to dump sand on ... by Editorial Board