Last week, The Southampton Press reported on the appeal of an application within Southampton Village [“Southampton Village Board Member Withdraws Appeal Of Building Inspector Decision,” 27east.com, June 9]. Before any rush to judgment and crazy conjecturing begins — such as an accusation of using a PBA card to get out of going to jail over a Zoning Board of Appeals decision — I felt it would be pertinent to share my views with our residents.
Earlier this month, while operating in my official capacity as a village trustee, I decided to withdraw the appeal with the ZBA regarding the application of 365-385 South Main Street. My decision incontrovertibly prevented taxpayer dollars being used to foot the bill for the village to defend itself in the event of an imminent lawsuit. I have always contended that my first priority is to protect Southampton Village from unnecessary and costly litigation, especially if that litigation is unlikely to have a positive outcome for the village.
We are seeing a dangerous trend take hold locally, and the contentious electioneering and unsubstantiated slurs must stop. More than ever, we need to come together to work on our collective problems.
As your trustee, I will step up to ensure civility and compliance are administered properly. I would like to remind all village residents that I am available to them at any time and just an email away by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph R. McLoughlin
One fine body…