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Starting To Fight

I live in Noyac, on Club Lane. My house is situated 55 feet from the Southampton Town property line. The Southampton property line defines the edge of the property on...

Seeking Justice

Regarding Dick Sheehan’s letter [“Malice Toward None,” Letters, November 26] — really, Dick? President Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, on March 4, 1865, concluded his speech with those...

Please Support Me

I am writing to announce my candidacy for Bridgehampton fire commissioner. A resident of Bridgehampton since 1992, I have been a devoted and involved member in my community. As commissioner,...

Helping Hands

Eastport Green Project thanks all those who have helped us make our historic Main Street sparkle this holiday season. We are especially grateful to local businesses that support us in...

Young Black Hero

For various reasons, media of all types offer a distorted representation of the lives of young Black men. This representation negatively affects the public’s understanding of and attitudes related to...

Our Greatest Strength

We hear that the election of Kamala Harris as vice president is a great victory for diversity, but what does that really mean? “Diversity” has become a buzzword. The problem...

Happy Birthday!*

Wishes for those celebrating birthdays during COVID-19: — May you have a delicious birthday cake and ice cream (but don’t eat too much, because of the “COVID weight gain syndrome”...

Let’s Get Started!

As so many of us are relieved to learn of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine, which will come to be used less than a year after the inception of the necessary...

It Needs To Stop

I’m a military veteran. I’m tired of seeing videos of racist cops who can’t control themselves attacking Black and minority civilians. This needs to stop now. The Black Lives Matter...

Make Time To Vote

The Bridgehampton Fire District elections are scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, between 6 and 9 p.m. The commissioners have refused to allow absentee ballots during the pandemic, so you have...

We Need A Commitment

Every airport in America is assigned a three-letter identification/designator code by the Federal Aviation Administration. Some, like JFK or LAX, are well-known and, indeed, have become part of the modern...

So Many Questions

Ever the shill, Jay Schneiderman raced through his latest resolution clearing the way — and the land — for the proposed two-story sports complex on County Road 39 and Magee...

Dangerous Advice

Many medical school students must take the Hippocratic Oath: “First, Do No Harm.” Donald Trump is not a medical doctor, and he is not fit to give any medical advice...

Important Details

The article about the Suffolk County Water Authority targeting geothermal systems [“Water Usage, Limited Leaf Blowing And An ER For East Hampton,” 27east.com, November 11] may lead readers to an...

Need Some Training

Congratulations to our mayor, Jesse Warren, and our newly reconstituted Board of Trustees! Together, the mayor and his new board have made some promising appointments to our three regulatory boards,...

Pick A Party

Which Republican Party do you belong to? The Trump Party, or the one of Theodore Roosevelt? Roosevelt’s huge election victory of 1904 was fueled by spectacular campaign contributions by corporations...

A Done Deal

What better time than during a lethal virus spike, a pervasive pandemic, school closings, job losses, business shutdowns, holidays curtailed, people reluctant to leave home, amid national political pandemonium and...

Sign Pollution

Imagine my shock upon driving into Southampton Village on Tuesday, November 17. I witnessed a man drilling into the red brick façade of the old Town Hall building. He was...

The Worst Place

I am a resident of Wildwood Road and a board member of the Noyac Civic Council advocating for quality-of-life issues in our hamlet. We have learned of a new proposal...

Collaborative Effort

The “Vistas” column by Carlos Sandoval in the November 19 edition of the paper [“A Clever Path To Police Reform”] correctly described the state-mandated police reform procedure currently being undertaken...

Speed It Up

As of writing, 12 House congressional seats remain to be declared; six of these are in New York State — two on Long Island! In some year (nearly this one),...

Sheer Volume

I have lived two miles from the Stachecki property for the last 20 years. I am a volunteer on the Southampton Town Sustainability Advisory Committee, where I serve as energy...

Big Thanks

It was with regret that I read Penny Wright will be retiring from her position as the director of the adult programs at the Rogers Memorial Library [“A Bittersweet Goodbye:...

Such Chutzpah!

The election is over, and Joe Biden and the Democrats have called for all Americans to “unite” and “come together as one country,” and that “it is time to put...

Gloating And Pouting

After an election, the winners gloat and the losers pout. Nothing new here. As a disappointed supporter of the Trump agenda, I have accepted the results of an election whose...

A Bad Spot

We need cell towers to use our cellphones, and to communicate with first responders to reply to emergencies in a timely manner. However, I am opposed to the irresponsible placement...

Crucial Questions

When Suffolk County announced recently that Amazon would, indirectly, be running a large warehousing operation at Gabreski Airport [“County Offers Amazon Tax Breaks For Giant Westhampton Warehouse,” 27east.com, November 4],...

Milestones

Philadelphia: Where democracy was born, and fascism died on November 9, 2020. Biden Harris victory. Marlene Haresign Water Mill

The Cost Of Silence

It isn’t the number or quality of laws on our books that measures the health of our democracy, of our society. The real measure is the way relevant laws are...

Grave Danger

We are now in a very dangerous period with new COVID-19 infections spiking back up all across the country, as well as here in Suffolk County. Governor Andrew Cuomo and...

Work Never Ends

Like many people right now, especially progressives who work in politics and government, I have a mixed bag of emotions. What stands out for me, though, is a feeling of...

We All Oppose It

I write to oppose the proposed development at 1205 Majors Path to build nearly 150 residential condominiums in a residential neighborhood in North Sea. No one in the neighborhood wants...

Bigger Toys

Re: “Condos Next At Dockers?” [Residence, November 12]: Encapsulated in this article is every last thing we humans have done to strangle both society and the environment. A decent person...

Almost Home Free

By the time this letter is read, we will know if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are accepted as the legitimate winners of the 2020 election. I’m not as optimistic...

Need A Change

Last week, we submitted a Letter to the Editor proffering that the Southampton Town Conservation Board operates as a social club, wielding its power to benefit friends, whether or not...

Hold The Line

According to this newspaper, “The CPF haul for 2020,” by this September, had already surpassed 2019 by 46 percent [“CPF Haul For 2020 Surpasses 2019,” Residence, October 29]. This $84.68...

I’ll Be Watching

It has been educational and disappointing to observe this 2020 presidential election process! This not the first time I have been here, as far as the supposed winner. I remember...

Some Glitches

I was a first-time volunteer inspector on Election Day at the Sag Harbor Firehouse polling place, which was a wonderful experience, seeing more than a thousand of my neighbors carefully...

Malice Toward None

In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln famously said: “With malice toward none; with charity for all …” These immortal words of reconciliation and healing are carved into the walls...

Beyond The Pale

I would like to commend Diane and Henry Riewerts on their recent letter to The Press describing the Southampton Town Conservation Board’s recent absurd decision offering site plan relief in...

Does Anyone Care?

Very quietly, with little transparency, the U.S. Coast Guard is moving ahead with the auction of 28 housing units declared surplus at their housing site just north of Hampton West...

Example For Others

Recently, veterans from VFW Post 5350 in Westhampton Beach, American Legion Post 924 in Hampton Bays, and American Legion Post 388 in Sag Harbor wrote to the Southampton Town Board...

The Same Message

I recently went shopping in Southampton Village and was greeted by two salespeople. One is a Trump supporter, and the other is a Biden supporter. This year, I have given...

Vivid Portrait

Penny Wright, who is retiring this month from the Rogers Memorial Library, has done a fantastic job there, and I’m sure I speak for scores of others in wishing her...

Upsetting Situation

Thankfully, Suffolk County legislators signed into law in September 2019 that it is illegal to intentionally release balloons. I am writing about this now, prompted by a recent upsetting situation....

Take The Lead

Thank you for your thoughtful article on the gill nets [“Anger Over Gill Nets Builds Among Fishermen,” In the Field, Sports & Outdoors, October 29]. As a representative for the...

A Natural Respite

With colder weather soon suppressing the ticks, the East End’s off-road trail network beckons the area’s now-larger population to enjoy great outdoor activity. These blazed trails are the legacy of...

Out Of Touch

Regarding “We Mark Our Ballot: For Congress” [Editorial, October 29]: Good call. The age of respectable journalism and fair reporting of the news is ending. Like many liberals, you’re out...

All It Takes

Regarding “Southampton Town Board Unanimously Agrees That Aquacenter Is Permitted Use On Magee Street CPF Land” [27east.com, October 13]: Even today, a surprising number of adults never learned to swim....

Too Late To Help

I am confused as to why the editorial endorsements for Assembly, Congress and the propositions on the ballot were published on October 27. Voting had begun, as your front page...

You Got Me

Recently, Rob Allan wrote a letter in this paper saying that I am busy establishing a “shadow government” in our village [“Shadow Government,” Letters, October 29]. I would like to...

A Bad Taste

Respectfully, I’ll omit the names and place of my very sad experience that occurred last week, right here at a local establishment in the beautiful downtown Village of Southampton. Those...

Showing Special Favor

We recently became Southampton part-timers and have had relatively little exposure to the inner workings of Southampton Town government. However, it only took one experience with the Conservation Board to...

A Special Place

I wanted to thank our public library in Westhampton Beach. The head librarian’s leadership has resulted in my family getting their books in many different ways to suit our lifestyle...

Debates Were Fixed

Regarding the debates between Trump and Biden, Pence and Harris, and town hall debates: There is a debate commission, which selected moderators, that is currently made up of Democrats and...

Pandemic Puppy

Hello, Pandemic Puppy, how you love to run and jump. Let’s go on our morning jaunt down by the old tree stump. The frisky devil pirouettes until he pauses with...

It’s The End

The other day, we were walking around some swamp areas in Manorville. We came upon creatures that reminded us of Pelosi, Schiff, Maxine Waters, both Clintons, Cuomo, and so many...

Mind The Side Issues

Seeing the article on septic systems [“State-Of-The-Art Septics Required,” Residence, October 22] raised a question for me. First, understand that I truly understand the science: I learned to run a...

Willing To Listen

On October 22, I placed a paid ad in The Southampton Press offering to give away free copies of my nephew’s book, “The Oath and the Office,” written by Corey...

The Same Goal

Openness, accountability and honesty define government transparency. The current Southampton Village Board of Trustees supports a strong ethics program to promote transparency. This program was revitalized in 2017 by former...

Love Being Local

As a native of Sag Harbor, raised and educated here, I am so often heartbroken to see the many physical changes taking place “in my hometown.” I guess I never...

Shadow Government

Who is Dane Neller, and why is Mayor Jesse Warren allowing him so much influence in Southampton Village government? 1. Dane Neller was appointed to the Budget and Finance Committee...

True To His Word

“All men are created equal.” “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” “Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” These are the words written long ago...

Fingers Crossed

Red alert! Attention, homeowners who want to rent their houses in the Hamptons (perhaps to offset exorbitant and ever-rising taxes?). Last Sunday, The New York Times ran an article, appropriately,...

Help On The Way

This election will be about COVID-19. There are other crucial issues on the ballot, but COVID-19 tops the list. None of us have escaped its reach, either on our health,...

A Little Bigger, Please

It is important to me to review a copy of the voting ballot in The Press (and The Express) in advance of an election to familiarize myself with the candidates,...

Pandemic Puppy

Hello, Pandemic Puppy! How you love to run and jump Let’s go on our morning jaunt down by the old tree stump. The frisky devil pirouettes until he pauses with...

To The Colonel

Col. Peter Cuthbert, USAR, Ret., wrote a lengthy letter which appeared in last week’s issue [“Who Supports Biden?” Letters, October 22]. He said up front: “Let us now consider who...

Fight For Her

As the end of this year’s election season winds down toward the November 3 finish line, we must remember that now is the time to stay dedicated to our elected...

Spread Awareness

I’m writing in response to the article “Q&A: Breast Surgeon Says Early Detection Of Cancer Is Important Enough To Get Screened Even During A Pandemic” [27east.com, October 25]. I’m an...

Deserves Your Vote

We live in a time of growing political divide: democracy through the warped lens of 24-hour news (opinion) cycles, and the subsequent regurgitation of those opinions on social media. It...

A Wonderful Village

Muffie is home! Many thanks for everyone with their phone calls, visits and searches. Special thanks to our neighbors Liz and Maggie for their tireless efforts, posters, phone calls and...

Too Much Traffic

Has anyone who is in favor of the public pool in Tuckahoe ever driven on or near South Magee Street in Southampton from about 3 to 5:30 p.m., six days...

Compassionate Choice

Netflix’s explosive new documentary “My Octopus Teacher” chronicles a complex relationship between a man and the world’s most bizarre animal — an octopus. It further testifies to our highly conflicted...

Identify Them Now

Your recent editorial regarding the need for additional affordable housing on the South Fork [“The Great Challenge,” Editorial, October 15] left out one major need. For affordable housing to be...

The Missing Story

I’ve found myself exhausted lately as the election is coming to its conclusion shortly. It is clear from the mainstream media that for the president to win reelection it will...

Black And White

In reference to the October 22 “headline” [“MAGA-Gras Parade To Montauk Supports President Trump’s Reelection Campaign,” 27east.com, October 20], according to the “Trump caravan” organizer, Shawn Farash, “There are only...

A True American

I feel, this year, the choice for president is so clear: We must reelect President Trump. This man has been under attack like no other. The hatred that spills forth...

Considering The Canal

Reading “Donation Saves Boater” by Kitty Merrill in The Southampton Press of October 15 caused me to curtail the folderol and focus my thoughts concerning this Shinnecock Canal. According to...

Need A Landslide

Donald Trump is an evil genius. His debate behavior was his latest deception. He acted like a somewhat normal person. He was out of character. He did what he needed...

No Need To Dream

Imagine, if you will, your representative diligently working across the political aisle to help reduce prescription drug costs. Imagine someone working hard to provide adequate funding for social services and...

What’s Going On?

A couple of weeks ago, well before the October 31 deadline to have my boat out of Conscience Point Marina, I was met with overflowing garbage in the parking lot....

What’s Missing

I read with great interest the Letter to the Editor from Col. Peter W. Cuthbert in the October 22 edition [“Who Supports Biden?”]. Col. Cuthbert has a whole list of...

Their Disservice

Four years ago, in a letter to this paper, I predicted the election of Donald Trump. I’ll make the same prediction this election year: America will continue to say, “President...

Here’s The Story

“Retain Sartain.” You’ve seen the signs. What’s the story? Southampton Town Justice Karen Sartain was appointed to her position at the beginning of this year, and she is now asking...

The Emperor

One need only watch the October 8 Southampton Village Board of Trustees meeting to see the chaos and danger that dysfunctional Mayor Jesse Warren represents for this village [“Southampton Village...

No Joking Matter

The congenitally facetious Jay Schneiderman “quipped,” “That went swimmingly,” after he led his compliant board to unanimously vote to add “pool” to the Community Preservation Fund usage, which will grease...

Our Real History

A recent Press questionnaire asked readers how they felt about changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People Day. History is what was. Historians are still finding new angles to reinterpret the...

It’s A Ruse

As the election nears, it’s quite obvious that former Vice President Joe Biden is trying to get moderate voter support. If you look at the Democrat Manifesto, Biden supports free...

A Way To Give Back

I have never written a letter to the editor before, but on the occasion of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to share my experience at The Retreat Boutique. This...

Help Is Available

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as the director of the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk, I would like to urge your readers to get their mammograms. Regular cancer...

A Very Real Issue

For the record, I believe the aquatic center would be a great addition to the town. Being a full-time resident of just a few years, I am not fully versed...

Wonderful Resource

Thank you, Dr. Josephine DeVincenzi and all the members of Southampton Town Aquatics and Recreation, for re-energizing the movement to construct a local aquatics center. As a past member of...

Not What It’s For

Another long, impassioned piece in support of the aquatic center claims its primary purpose and motivation for its leader is to teach local children to swim and be safe in...

Just Plain Bad

Think globally, act locally, right? Okay, let’s see what Donald Trump has done for us here on Long Island. He doesn’t believe in climate change, orders the very words scrubbed...

In Their Words

Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska recently criticized President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, “He refused to treat it seriously. For months, he treated it like a...

No Notice

Since 1984, I have owned and have lived in my little four-bedroom house on a shy half acre at 18 South Rosko Drive. My property is part of the certified...

Time Is Wasting

I’d like to respond to some assertions Ed Surgan made [“Evolving And Changing,” Letters, 27east.com] in response to a letter I wrote. At the expense of a possible replay of...

Lots In Common

“How to piss off a liberal.” I pulled up at a traffic light behind a guy in a pickup truck. His bumper sticker said those words in big letters. Here’s...

Important Step

On behalf of the Southampton Town Aquatics & Recreation Corporation Board, I wish to thank the Southampton Town Board and all the community members who demonstrated support for the STAR...

Things Have Changed

One of the things I’ve always found interesting in life is the so-called “trickle-down” effect. The Cambridge Dictionary definition is: “referring to a situation in which something that starts in...

God Bless America

There is 90 percent media favoritism. Because of “Fake News” prime channels, cable, social media and some newspapers, truth has been extinguished. I address this to open-minded voters of both...

Benefits Everyone

I read with great interest and excitement about the windmill project and efforts to move the windmill from the Stony Brook Southampton campus to Windmill Lane in Southampton Village [“Push...

Just Giving Advice

I am writing to clarify significant misperceptions that were included in the October 15 issue of The Press in an article, “Southampton Village Board Members Say They Weren’t Invited To...

Out Of Touch

We all know that Congressman Lee Zeldin is far right on domestic issues: dismantling Obamacare, trampling women’s rights and gay rights, and demonizing minorities. But few realize how his narrow-minded,...

The Fine Print

At this point in the campaign, there can’t possibly be any voters who are following the news closely enough to read the Letters to the Editor and are also undecided....

Our Mandate

We each decided to run for Southampton Village trustee after watching last year’s overly political trustee meetings. All too often, the majority of the trustees sought to score political points,...

Not Accepted Here

We are quickly approaching that time again when those who are under 65 and receive income via a 1099 go shopping on the New York State Health Department website for...

Biden’s Silence

During the two recent debates between Trump-Biden and Pence-Harris, among the unanswered questions submitted to Biden and Harris was, “Would you pack or increase the number of judges on the...

Share Your Views

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman claims he has not raised taxes in 20 years as an elected official [“Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Presents ‘Bare Bones’ Budget For a Challenging...

A Better Spot

Magee Street is too far east for me to get emotional about [“Southampton Town Board Closes Hearing On Community Pool Proposal,” 27east.com, September 23], but I do have a question:...

His Own Medicine

Regarding Richard Matula’s letter [“Beyond Shameful,” Letters, October 8]: Joe Biden was just giving Mr. Trump some of his own medicine … and doing it to his face, unlike Trump,...

Memorable Event

The Hampton Bays Civic Association held the ninth annual Family Fun Day and Rubber Duckie Race on September 12. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was broadcast virtually. Beautiful weather and...

Face The Facts

In his letter “Beyond Shameful” [Letters, October 8], Richard Matula declares that Joe Biden should publicly apologize for some of the things he said during his debate with Donald Trump....

Who Supports Biden?

Our 2020 election is the most important one in the history of our country. While our Founding Fathers were concocting our incredible Constitution, there were other historians writing about the...

Put On Your Mask

Yes, I do not like getting my teeth cleaned — it feels invasive. I’d rather sit in the dental chair than lose a tooth. Sunscreens make my skin feel sticky....

Our Basic Values

Congressman Lee Zeldin is a man of strong moral character who shares many of our basic values while supporting the freedoms we want as American citizens. He shows by his...

Evolving And Changing

Mike Anthony, in his typical professorial style, attempted to belittle some well-founded Conservative beliefs that I share in this forum [“Fundamental Harm,” Letters, October 8]. Clearly, I’ve gotten his attention,...

A Toothless Ban

It’s become increasingly impossible to take a walk or run on any stretch of the beach in Southampton without encountering at least one cluster of party balloons, sitting on the...

Incredibly Clear

If you are wondering who to vote for in the congressional race in District 1, the choice is incredibly clear. Nancy Goroff, a former science professor at Stony Brook University,...

The Good And Bad

Keep Columbus Day: Celebrate the good, learn from the bad. Our history is filled with both good and bad. We must not bury the good in a rush to condemn...

Do The Research

Last week, Dick Sheehan pointed to the low fatality rate of Hong Kong compared to the United States and attributed it solely to wearing masks while completely ignoring the treatment...

Murky Waters

Murky are the waters swirling around the supervisor and the Town Board’s rush to give a $4 million parcel of land purchased with Community Preservation Fund money to STAR, a...

We Are The Hope

There is great news afoot. Or, I might say, there is great news underfoot. With the film “Kiss The Ground,” which the Southampton Arts Center, along with Drawdown East End,...

We Can Help

Luckily, I had a chance to tune into the Drawdown East End Zoom panel last night, “The Great East End Soil & Sea Conversation,” in partnership with the Southampton Arts...

Miserable Neighbor

We live on Baycrest Avenue, which serves as the landing beacon for southerly approach Runway 6, one of Gabreski Airport’s instrument-guided runways. Our beacon has worked overtime this year: Private...

Clean And Green

When designing the park abutting Bialsky Towers [“Sag Harbor Hopes To Undertake Initial Improvements To Steinbeck Park,” 27east.com, September 30], I urge Sag Harbor Village officials to give us a...

Get Smart Again

In spite of Donald Trump’s hospitalization for COVID-19, many of his supporters are still calling it all a hoax. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, age 87, won’t seek a coronavirus test,...

A Little Cleaner

Once again, members of the Noyac Civic Council stepped up to clean our hamlet as part of the Great East End Clean-Up. Janet Grossman, Chuck Neuman, Elfie Winkle, and Maryanne...

Beyond Shameful

I came away from the September 29 presidential debate of the opinion that Joe Biden displayed a total lack of decorum, not only toward President Trump personally but also the...

Start A Movement

Let’s start a movement! Won’t you please join us in sending get well cards, letters and best wishes to our president and our first lady? Here are two addresses you...

Send A Signal

To the voters of Long Island in Congressional District 1: We all know that Lee Zeldin is an acolyte and pandering sycophant of our present president. He has never taken...

Please Stop

“We will not stop!” says the Naples, Florida, and part-time Sag Harbor resident, the president of STAR, about her new push to get her oft-rejected pool proposal onto County Road...

For Your Family

If you are not a Native American, your family comes from immigrant stock. Our USA includes a global conglomerate of refugees. How amazing that my family and yours gave up...

Are We Cooked?

Does history repeat itself? In the 1930s, Germans wanted change. A charismatic person came along and enchanted them. He was elected. Gradually, he took more and more power. He scapegoated...

Ongoing Harm

The harm Mark Epley did to Southampton Village lingers on. Furthermore, clueless village regulatory boards, such as the Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation and the Zoning Board of...

Keep The Focus

Despite the vociferous demands of a very small group of people — 75 out of a population of 60,000 — please resist the demand to raid the Community Preservation Fund...

Moral Collapse

Stuart Stevens, chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid, says he originally was attracted to the Republican Party for its conservative ideals. He is a seventh-generation Mississippian and was...

Our Primary Concern

O, sir! you are old; Nature in you stands on the very verge Of her confine: you should be rul’d and led By some discretion that discerns your state Better...

Strong Legacy

I am always happy and proud to read information about Oscar Bunn and the golf facility for which he is named, and how it is being enjoyed by the Shinnecock...

Cease And Desist

It’s coming! Like a tsunami, a relentless force, you expect it, hope you’re wrong, and then try and cope. What? The noise. The pollution. The gas-powered leaf blowers begin now....

Why Trump May Win

Trump may win because he is the person who may best represent this country’s current values, rather than the ideals of the past by which this country was formed. He...

Fog Machine

Lee Zeldin’s speech for the Republican National Convention forgot our Long Island Veterans of Foreign Wars members. He forgot about our elderly veterans, as so many were a casualty of...

A New Era

Congratulations to Gina and Joe! And, above all, congratulations to our Village of Southampton, and to all of us who live here and love this village. The people have spoken...

A True Friend

This past week, our village, the Hamptons community, and, indeed, the entire English-speaking world lost a most valued and cherished member: Sir Harold Evans, knighted in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth...

Their Money’s Worth

After seeing a recent Lee Zeldin campaign ad, I can only assume Mr. Zeldin thinks he is running against New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio. Most of the ad...

Not All Schiavonis

This letter comes to you not from one person but from a family, submitted with respect. Growing up in Sag Harbor as a Schiavoni was an incredibly special thing. There...

Meet Actual Needs

This article [“Without Federal Aid And An Accurate Census, The Situation Is ‘Dire’ In Southampton Town, Supervisor Says,” 27east.com, September 21] entirely fails in making a coherent argument of any...

We Will Not Stop

Last week, the Southampton Town Board heard more input from the community on the need for the STAR AquaCenter and the potential location of the facility on the CPF parcel...

Doing Our Part

In the midst of all the chaos in the news cycle, it’s worth noting what didn’t happen this week: a budget election vote for an increase in funds to operate...

A Second Chance

It is rare to be granted a second chance in life. Our community is lucky that the STAR project on Magee Street is giving Southampton the opportunity to rectify the...

The Biggest Threat

All of us have an important role in countering terrorism and violence. All political leaders need to encourage greater civility and refrain from incendiary language. Social media need to fight...

An Insistent Rush

Pandemic reluctance and restrictions notwithstanding, the Southampton Town Board continues its relentless push to change the Community Preservation Fund law by holding truncated, disjointed public hearings, the aim of which...

Silly Accusation

Last week, The Southampton Press ran a negative and misleading editorial titled “Turning A Corner” [September 24]. In addition to asserting that our campaign ads were somehow “misleading,” when they...

Just Be Patriotic

In the midst of all the current chaos in our country, my grandson entered the world. His arrival gave us a welcome respite of joy, peace and thanksgiving. He was...

The Count Matters

The decennial census is constitutionally mandated to apportion the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. Representational equality — each elected official representing the same number of people — is...

Because She Cares

As we all know from both sides of politics, this is passionate like we have not seen in our lifetime. In New York’s 1st District, we happen to have one...

Domestic Crisis

Between 20 years of “manufacturing” illiterate, uninformed juvenile voters, 20 years of millions of illiterate, illegal “voters,” and thousands upon thousands of now outrightly acceptable but downrightly fraudulent mail-in voters,...

Just Say No

How many times must voters say no to Discovery Land Company’s gargantuan golf course and planned residential development, anyway? The Town Board voted no two years ago. East Quogue voted...

Shut It Off

What a timely article [“Top Water Users Drive Up Costs For Everyone,” Residence, September 3] while the West Coast is burning and the East End is facing a severe drought!...

A Fond Farewell

I remember the time Joe Shaw, the executive editor, and I met and found we were “regional neighbors” — and I have been pleased to observe the building and improvement...

A Shared Future

I thank everyone for supporting us over the past few months in our run for office. The hundreds of people who reached out to us with kind words over the...

Protect The Beauty

This November marks 10 years since I moved to Southampton. As a relatively new resident on the East End, I have noticed a marked disregard for our environment and serious...

Preserving Nothing

The proposal for a two-story sports complex touted by Jay Schneiderman and pushed as a “pool” by various of its promoters in the name of the deprived children of the...

Open Your Hearts

I have to say that I am disgusted by the outcry from people opposing the Heart of the Hamptons move to the unused ambulance barn [“Heart Of The Hamptons Supporters...

Just Saying

It did not take long to get to the Community Preservation Fund money to use for other things — like a pool that was voted down years ago. Why do...

Tick Talk

I read the tick article by Brendan O’Reilly with great interest [“Chiggers On Your Legs? Think Again,” Residence, September 3]. In my real-world experience living with ticks, I’ve found that...

Being Ignored

I live on Shinnecock Hills Road, Southampton, an isolated one-road-access community of 90 homes. In 2008, the county widened County Road 39, creating four lanes of traffic. Our community was...

Nursing Home Votes

In last week’s election of Southampton Village trustees, a lawyer used the word “fraud” in objecting to an absentee ballot cast by a resident of a large nursing home [“McLoughlin,...

Attention To Detail

Southampton Town voters would do well to keep Karen Sartain in the post of town justice this year. I know Judge Sartain and have worked closely with her. She is...

In A Bubble

The liberal media chose to ignore what was the biggest foreign policy achievement by a U.S. president this century. The Trump State Department broke the stalemate in the Middle East....

If Only

If he only did nothing … if he only kept his mouth shut. The scientists would have led the way with our coronavirus response, and the debacle of our national...

Looking Forward

I would like to thank the voters of North Haven who supported me in the election for trustee last week. Throughout the process, I met many people who truly care...

Thanks For Support

During these trying times, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 in Westhampton Beach would like to thank all of you generous sponsors who donated funds and/or auction gifts, purchased our...

A Huge Mistake

As a resident and voter in Southampton Village, I received a letter dated September 2 from Michael Horstman, president of the Southampton Village Police Benevolent Association, stating that the PBA...

An Open Mind

This is a deep-felt “thank you!” to all those who voted in last week’s election for Southampton Village trustee — and especially to those who voted for me and the...

A Voice For All

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to my supporters and all the voters who came out to vote in the Southampton Village trustee election on September 15....

Next Year, Maybe?

As a result of ongoing state regulations, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the balance of our Summer Concert Series on the Westhampton Beach Village Green this year. We were...

Doing My Job

Recently, a video has been posted showing me doing my job. Under Chapter 116 of the Southampton Village code, political signs are not allowed in the public right of way....

A Deadly Policy

Governor Andrew Cuomo has resisted inquiries by the press and his Democratic legislature into how his own policy of returning COVID-19 patients to nursing homes contributed to an untold number...

Rare Endorsement

As the Police Benevolent Association president of Southampton Village, I am writing this letter on behalf of Zach Epley. The Southampton Village PBA is proud to announce the endorsement of...

Promises Not Kept

In October 2016, Trump said he would “drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” Instead, eight of his associates have been charged with or convicted of crimes. The Manhattan district attorney...

Fundamental Harm

The good thing about reading Letters to the Editor from Ed Surgan is that I don’t have to watch Fox News to get a glimpse into right-wing thinking. Mr. Surgan...

Stop It Now

Wake up, Tuckahoe! The Town Board is at it again! Or, said another way: This board never stops pushing unwanted development, and other troubling aspects of its agenda, especially during...

Vote For Change

I am an engineer. To people in my profession, facts matter. If they are ignored, people can die. With the conflagrations overwhelming firefighters on the West Coast, we are being...

A STAR Update

People have worked for years to build a public swimming facility for the Town of Southampton. My continued involvement emanates from the senseless deaths of two of my students who...

A New Tradition?

Hats off to Bill Evans and WLNG for arranging Friday evening music in the cove. Great bands, and boats, kayaks and paddleboards of every kind assembled to enjoy the music....

Who He Is

“A Party Of One” [Mostly Right, Opinion, September 3] is the latest example of the Trump dementia that Phil Keith has cobbled together posing as a Conservative. He wastes precious...

Where’s ‘Replace’?

Congressman Lee Zeldin, an ardent apologist for President Trump, was rewarded for his loyalty by being chosen to give a four-minute speech at the recent Republican National Convention. He began...

Letter And Spirit

To the Southampton Town Board: Only because it was brought to your attention that the proposed action to build a huge aquatic center development with parking for 170 cars did...

In A Panic

I am in a panic that I have heard from friends that there have been several cars stolen on South Main Street and on Huntting Street and on Wickapogue, and...

Just Like Göring

I am reading Erik Larson’s book “The Splendid and the Vile.” It’s a great read about Winston Churchill and his defiance during The Blitz. Erik Larson is primarily a writer...

Not Forgotten

Recently, upon reading some information about the Sag Harbor Fire Department, I noticed that the list of fire chiefs did not include those in the 19th century. One 19th century...

The Black Panther

I write this in honor and in memory of Chadwick Boseman, November 29,1976-August 28, 2020. Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an American actor. Born and raised in South Carolina, he took...

Why The Rush?

The Community Preservation Fund was used to secure land on Magee Street and County Road 39 meant for open space, but this CPF property is now being proposed to support...

Unique Qualities

My father would often quote Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” to me as a way of teaching what it meant to live a life of value that one could be proud...

Because They Care

I love Southampton, loved growing up here, and I love the place my family holds in its history. Community has always been important to us, so when my mom suggested...

Another Option

My neighbor, a registered Independent, called me during the Republican Convention expressing shock that our District I congressman, Lee Zeldin, was a Trump supporter. It’s easy to accept his rhetoric...

Under Attack

The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, on August 14, 1935, to function as a “federal safety net for elderly, unemployed and...

Exemplary Management

I watched the Southampton Village trustee debate and became increasingly alarmed by the lack of civility demonstrated in some of the personal and procedural attacks, with no presentation of an...

A True Leader

This summer, I had the pleasure of coaching the Southampton varsity baseball team in a tournament with my brother, Zach Epley. The tournament was very exciting and our team went...

Get Things Done

The most common question I am asked is: “Why are you running for trustee?” The answer is a simple one: I love this village. The three most important things in...

He Cares

I’m writing one final letter to encourage Southampton Village residents to vote for Joseph McLoughlin, my brother, on September 15. Joseph is fully committed to this village and the betterment...

Merciless Tactic

After reading “Shinnecock Pushing Forward With Plan For Discount Gas Station” by Stephen J. Kotz [27east.com, September 3], my advice to the Shinnecock Nation is to always be on guard!...

She Has My Vote

I’m writing to support Kimberly Allan for village trustee. She is committed to keeping Southampton Village a beautiful place to live and a place with heart! As a handicapped woman,...

Second To None

I am writing in support of this ticket, and especially about Kimberly Allan. I have known her and worked with her on many sustainability issues. She has tirelessly pushed for...

A Shared Future

As your trustee since 2017, I believe in improving the quality of your life in the village. My track record shows this. I’ve been an advocate for the environment and...

A Patriotic Act

Just when I thought that the ham-fistedness-in-chief couldn’t get any more abhorrent, what with our quack-in-chief promoting the intake of bleach as a cure for COVID-19, he has fastened his...

No Cheers Here

It pains me to take exception to a remark by Ken Oliver in “Crowd Comes Out To ‘Back the Blue’ In Southampton Village” [27east.com, September 5]. Mr. Oliver sounds like...

Make Amends

Long before the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and before the media regularly reported them, killings of Black Americans by police in cities and small towns, South and...

They Have My Vote

I watched and listened to the debate between the candidates for Southampton Village trustee yesterday [“Video: Southampton Village Candidates Participate In Virtual Debate,” 27east.com, September 4], and I am glad...

She Stood Out

I am writing as a former student of Kimberly Allan as she seeks reelection as trustee in Southampton Village. I attended Long Island University in Brooklyn from 2012 to 2016;...

Highly Respected

Please join me and vote for Karen Sartain for Southampton Town Justice. I know Karen from the Southampton Town Democratic Committee. She is a very smart and very capable legal...

Significant Danger

Republicans have grown accustomed to Democrat hysteria. We sit and listen to them conjure up endless nightmares depicting an America succumbing to global warming, white privilege, duplicitous relations with Vladimir...

Diat For Trustee

I’m writing to endorse Terie Diat for North Haven Village trustee. Terie is an energetic, experienced leader with a wide array of executive skills, keen analysis and calm judgment. She...

Vote Him Out

If you are a little along in years, like me, you should know that Donald Trump is not your friend. This won’t take long. There are only two points, you...

Health Care At Stake

An important date in November awaits the American people. Well, that one, too — but the one I’m referencing, rife with consequence for millions of Americans, is November 10, when...

The Best Choice

On Tuesday, September 15, North Haven voters will have a choice for village trustee. For the first time in seven years, there will be a contested election, as I am...

She’ll Get Things Done

I live in Water Mill but consider Southampton Village my town, too. As a close neighbor, I care what happens in the village and recognize all it takes to make...

She’ll Work Hard

I have worked in the Village of Southampton for 40 years, with 30 of those years being a small-business owner, and the other 10 were at various businesses within the...

Into The Future

I am writing in support of Terie Diat’s candidacy for the North Haven Village Board in the municipal election on September 15. As president of North Haven Manor Association —...

Let’s Keep Talking

I first would like to commend and thank the Express News Group for sharing with us so many informative “Virtual Sessions” on Zoom. I recently viewed the latest Virtual Session...

Two New Voices

As a lifelong resident (50-plus years), I recall Southampton Village as a gentle place in the 1960s and onward. Respect, consideration for others, kindness and truthfulness were valued in the...

The Man Ready

I don’t usually wander into the local political waters: It’s a small town, and many times I have friends or people I respect on both sides. This year’s Southampton Village...

We’ve Been Warned

Rather than denial and political inertia from the Republican Party now in power, what if we had acted immediately on what our science community understood and warned us about the...

The Village First

Over the past several weeks, I have seen a plethora of defamatory and untruthful Letters to the Editor regarding my candidacy for Southampton Village trustee. It is time to set...

He Could Have Said

Years ago, the late Princess Chee Chee Thunderbird Haile first reminded me what “sacred space” means. On Tuesday, August 25, I was among a group of allies who joined Shinnecock...

His Own Words

January 22, 2020: Asked if his administration is worried about a coronavirus pandemic, Trump says, “No, we’re not at all. And we have it totally under control.” February 14: “We...

Trump Property

Any American should have been appalled by President Trump’s use of the White House for a political rally last week. Forget that the Hatch Act prohibits the use of federal...

Thank The Epleys

Gina Arresta and Joe McLoughlin are good people, but the Village of Southampton needs experience from Kimberly Allan and Zach Epley and their families. If you live in the village...

Misleading Ads

Lincoln once said, “Wild passion overrides any reason,” and I hope this is why the Village First Coalition and their candidates, Gina Arresta and Joe McLoughlin, are publishing such negative...

Patience Is Eroding

Re: “County Executive Steve Bellone Extolls Extended Hamptons Season” [27east.com, August 27]. While I am sure the local merchants are happy to extend the season to make up the loss...

A Winning Team

There have been many letters leading up to our Southampton Village election expressing support for Zach Epley and Kimberly Allan. This week, I add my own letter, and hope that...

Disturbing Image

While driving to Ponquogue Beach this past Sunday, I noticed one of the most disturbing images I have ever seen. On a house lawn, there is a 6-foot cardboard cutout...

Misleading Information

We, the undersigned former elected Southampton Village officials, would like to address recent negative political ads that were in The Southampton Press and sent to all village residents by the...

Dangerous Situation

Henry David Thoreau famously said, “That government is best, which governs least.” As we Americans lose many liberties due to COVID-19, we must balance our safety with our freedom. When...

Need A New Mayor

I have owned a home in Southampton Village for over 20 years, primarily as a weekend/holiday resident. All that changed in March. Being out here full time, I have been...

Drop In The Bucket

According to this newspaper, year-round residents are promised some Southampton Town property tax relief if the Homestead Tax gets “the go-ahead from state lawmakers” [“Southampton Town Eyes Reassessment Relief Strategies,”...

Vote For Allan

Concerned about the quality of your life and the value of your home? Vote for Kimberly Allan. Kimberly, in her first term as trustee, enabled legislation to reduce the size...

Something’s Wrong

Let me get this straight: Year-rounders who take full advantage of the town services, such as schools, etc., will get a tax break, while second-house owners who use much less...

Down, Down, Down

I remember how difficult it was for our Dotard in Chief to find any musicians who would perform at his inauguration in 2017. Perhaps he can line up Smash Mouth,...

Dispelling Rumors

I was disappointed to hear that several people have been spreading rumors about my candidacy for Southampton Village trustee, specifically in regards to my support for the police. So here’s...

No Mudslinging

I have lived in Southampton Village for over 30 years. Not once have I have ever written a politically based Letter to the Editor. So, this serves not as much...

Reject It Again

Twenty years ago, the residents of this town — a town surrounded by the ocean, bays and ponds, and with an almost embarrassing abundance of swimming pools — overwhelmingly voted...

Who Gina Is

I am supporting Gina Arresta for Southampton Village trustee. I have lived in Southampton for 30 years and have seen the decline in our lovely village. Gina is committed and...

Not A ‘Lie’

I must say, I found touching Bill Keating’s letter questioning whether in this newspaper “you could give almost any opinion that you wanted — but you couldn’t state things as...

Alternate Reality

In his letter to these pages, Jim Marquardt expressed outrage over the removal of mailboxes nationwide [“Hitting Home,” Letters, August 20]; he was “appalled” by their recent removal in a...

Much To Learn

Last week’s Express News Group “Virtual Session” conversation was an inspiring introduction to learning about the First Nations inhabitants of our area. The Shinnecock Nation has a lot to teach...

Not A World Apart

The anger and violence perpetrated by likely Democrats in our streets was visited upon Rand Paul and his wife as they left the White House on Thursday night. Dozens of...

Demand Better

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend most of my quarantine back in my hometown of Southampton: golf, the ocean, my mom’s home cooking and entertaining local politics. What’s not to...

Giving Back

My husband, Zach Epley, is not one to boast about the many acts of kindness, generosity and community outreach that he does on a daily basis for the village that...

An Uncertain Future

Incredible how, now and through history, a catastrophe such as COVID-19 can amplify the difference between the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy. Look at the contrast. The well-to-do are making millions...

Control This Scourge

I completely agree with Giancarlo Impiglia’s letter of August 13 [“Diabolical Invention”] regarding the continued noise onslaught by gas-powered leaf blowers in our area. In fact, I am writing this...

It’s Real Debt

I want to thank former Village Administrator Stephen Funsch for his detailed explanation of village finances, in which he verifies that the Village of Southampton has accumulated more than $100...

The Real Numbers

I read a recent email, by Ellen Scarborough, claiming that the Village of Southampton ran “massive deficits for the last 15 years.” I also saw a full-page ad in the...

Anarchy In The Streets

As we all have experienced, it is not easy passing the days waiting for our lives to return to normal again. I have tried doing more reading, watching old movies...

Just Not True

I always thought that in writing to this newspaper, you could give almost any opinion that you wanted — but you couldn’t state things as fact that were not factual....

Stop The Negativity

Must this newspaper continue to print letters attacking Joe McLoughlin, who has had the courage and conviction to run for Southampton Village trustee? What has this decent man ever done...

Respect And Dignity

Apparently, last week, there was a horrific page in this newspaper that I believe may have been targeting my family. The ad said that one family controlled Southampton Village. I...

He Really Cares

Elections are always a tough decision. Whose hands and minds do we put the welfare of our village into? It must be someone we can trust to do the very...

Fake Tax Breaks

In 2017, the Republicans talked proudly about cutting corporate and personal tax rates, which, according to President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would promote business investment, grow the economy...

Strong Support

I am writing to voice my strong support for Zachary Epley, candidate for Southampton Village trustee. Local leaders need to be qualified, committed and balanced, and Zachary’s background hits all...

Enforce The Rules

North Haven’s wetlands are a treasure to be cherished. As pre-existing, non-conforming (to current zoning) houses on wetlands change owners, there is tremendous pressure to tear down and build bigger...

Hearings Insufficient

Southampton Village Trustee Kimberley Allan is overseeing two applications (28 Raymonds Lane, before the Zoning Board of Appeals, and 31 Rosko Drive, before the Board of Architectural Review and Historic...

Follow The Money

I want to take issue with the graph depicting the spending increase in Southampton Village in an advertisement published in the Eastern Edition of The Southampton Press last week. The...

Has The Qualities

Please vote for and reelect Kimberly Allan to the Southampton Village Board on September 15. I have known Kimberly for a number of years. She helped me generously when I...

Left No Choice

The quote “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable” is attributed to Mark Twain. The Town of Southampton Housing Plan survey on the town website is an example of...

Science Denialism

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead” — Thomas Paine. In just over three years, the Trump administration...

Take It Back

We have known Gina Arresta and her family for over 16 years. She is a devoted mother, wife and a committed member of the Southampton Village community, where she has...

Targeting The Mail

Has Congressman Lee Zeldin been acting in your best interests? His position on the U.S. Postal Service would lead one to answer in the negative. The U.S. Postal Service was...

Public Health Risk

I had some friends out on Sunday and went for a drive to the inlet. The parking lot was full. It was nice to see so many people fishing and...

Heart Of Gold

I am writing in support of Kimberly Allan’s candidacy for trustee in Southampton Village. I have had the pleasure to know Ms. Allan for several years. In that time, I...

The Real Deal

Gina Arresta is the real deal. What you see is what you get. She does not have any personal agendas or ulterior motives. The minute you meet her, you can’t...

Look To The Science

The Pine Barrens Commission needs to consider one important issue: We need clean drinking water. Without that, all other issues are moot. A violation of the Pine Barrens, which preserves...

We Need Balance

I have been a resident of Southampton Village for all of my 82 years, and my family enjoyed the community for many years before. As I read our local papers...

Why The Rush?

Increasingly, the public is caught between stupidity and cupidity when trying to assess the actions of Jay Schneiderman. Insensitivity and moronic arrogance led to his releasing his inner teenager so...

Needs Your Vote

On September 15, please vote for Kimberly Allan. Southampton Village needs leaders who are committed to its future, to putting in the work it takes to find common ground, and...

Full Of Pride

On Saturday, August 22, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center held its second drive-in concert fundraiser, “Beachstock,” featuring the music of the Beatles performed by New York City band Square...

Call To Recuse

On Saturday, August 15, I received an inadequate notification of a Southampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing scheduled for August 27, for the Zilkha application for 28 Raymonds...

He Needs To Go

I have to agree with an earlier letter writer who said Phil Keith needs to go. Phil Keith is no Conservative. In fact, he’s just a continuum of all the...

It’s An Opportunity

Until scientifically approved COVID-19 practices are mandated by our leaders, or a miracle cure presents itself, we can achieve our kids’ educational goals without risking jeopardy. Let’s go back to...

Storm Warnings

This is not a letter to complain about PSEG Long Island. There are enough of them, many completely justified. I am a 74-year-old man living in Suffolk, hopefully, living out...

We Need Zach

I am proud to say that I was born in Southampton Village, left to attend college and returned “home.” In June 1991 I was fortunate enough to meet the Benedict/Epley...

I’ll Be Honest

On November 3, I will be voting for Nancy Goroff to represent our congressional district, and I’d like to tell you why I think Nancy is exactly the type of...

Vote Here

I read with interest last week’s lead real estate story [“Summer Homes Now Primary Homes,” Residence, August 13] and was not surprised by the professionals’ conclusion that many of the...

Tribute In Lights

After seeing the tributes paid to our front-line heroes by the Blue Angels and by Jet Blue, and after seeing blue lights shining in New York City skyscrapers to honor...

A Fond Farewell

The summer of 2019 was the last summer that the Sisters of Mercy spent vacation time and retreats in Mercy Villa on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill. The sisters...

Well Qualified

I have known the McLoughlin family since before Joseph was born — Joe McLoughlin, his father, served on the Southampton Village Board, giving Joseph an early introduction to our village...

Lost And Found

The Hampton Bays beach community on the Great Peconic Bay is a congregation of sunset worshipers and beach walkers. When I returned in July, I could not wait to plunge...

What About Us?

The Lewis Road planned residential development is another stage in the struggle for the destiny of the critical Spinney Hills Aquifer. This project is presently being considered by the Pine...

Make It Happen

Why is Westhampton Beach School District resistant to having real-time virtual learning for all classes? Live-streaming seems to offer the best plan for all for students who are opting out,...

Hard To Believe

It is hard to believe that after four years of flying three well-spaced, in good taste, American flags on our property, someone had the audacity to complain to the mayor...

Send A Message

We read with complete disgust and horror that 17-year-old James Edler was severely injured while riding his ATV on what was most likely the Anna and Daniel Mulvihill Preserve [“Teen...

Give Him A Call

I am a nurse practitioner. Recently, our family doctors prescribed a few generic medications, nothing fancy. An astounding, jaw-dropping price difference was found in the costs for the very same...

Leave The Woods Alone

Words are inadequate to express how despicable is the act of booby-trapping a trail in our local forest [“Teen On Quad Injured On Booby-Trapped Trail,” 27east.com, August 12]. I hope...

Hitting Home

When something bad or awful happens in another part of the country, we may wince and think about it for a few minutes. But when bad or awful happens in...

Where’s The Outrage?

On July 16, the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals granted all variances requested by Farrell Building Company, aka 2331 Montauk LLC, for its application to build a new 5,587-square-foot...

A Certain Rumor

Socrates once said that slander is the tool of the loser — and never has this phrase been more appropriate than now. I am a person who chooses to address...

It’s About Money

I am trying to figure out who had the idea of using the State Department of Environmental Conservation to put up fencing and block the 4x4 driving on the beaches...

Make The Choice

Do you care more about a future Southampton Village trustee deeming themselves an “independent leader,” or them having prior experience as a leader? Then just vote for Joe McLoughlin for...

The Best Experience

I am writing as a parent to express my hope and concern that Southampton seventh-to-12th-grade students receive the best possible educational experience this school year. It is good news that...

Diabolical Invention

Many years ago, my wife, Nina, and I decided to sell our loft in downtown Manhattan and move to Bridgehampton, where we had a little summer house that we purchased...

The Best Choice

I am writing in support of Kim Allan to continue in her role as Southampton Village trustee. Kim has been a part of my life since she was a teenager....

Do The Research

A recent headline was that the United States leads the world in COVID-19 deaths, with 150,000. Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New York State’s young adults not to be stupid and...

Zeldin Is MIA

Lee Zeldin is missing in action. Recently, I received a flashy flier from Lee Zeldin touting his accomplishments for the East End. Clearly, it is a piece intended to bolster...

Sinister Step

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted Social Security legislation to provide some retirement security to the elderly, the law mandated that working people would have a small percentage of their...

The Wrong Choice

What’s ironic is the current effort by blue states and cities trying to de-fund their police departments’ budgets — for example, New York City — but, at the same time,...

Change Channels

I wish I were an award-winning author and had the privilege of writing a column and calling it “Mostly Right.” Phil Keith has this privilege but doesn’t seem to value...

Saying Thanks

Recently, All For The East End, or AFTEE, hosted a series of drive-in movies, called “Show Time in Southampton.” Some came for a date night, others a fun family outing,...

Bring Back ‘Community’

These are trying times for any individual in public office. The political script may have been thrown away, but now is the time to bring the village together, with the...

Worthy Of Honor

The name of Braxton Bragg is not likely to appear on a list of top Civil War generals. Bragg is considered to be among the least competent officers of the...

Good Trouble

One can struggle for years trying to be one’s best self, trying to fulfill an assignment not first enrolled or desired but taken on with a determination of integrity and...

A Better Place

For the past 30 years, I have had the pleasure of calling Southampton home. What an honor it has been to live in this beautiful village and bring up my...

The Buck Stops

So here we are, folks, in a critical health crisis — a life-and-death situation — and the town allowed an outdoor event to occur in Water Mill, which ultimately resulted...

Strong Supporter

As a recently retired member of the Southampton Village Police Department, past president of the Police Benevolent Association and a lifelong resident of Southampton, I’d like to express my support...

The Other Southampton

August 15, 2020, will mark the 600th anniversary of The Mayflower sailing from Southampton, England, and its historic voyage to North America. It may be of some interest to the...

Don’t Defund Police

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration disbanded the plainclothes unit that helped to keep guns off the streets. The 600 officers were reassigned to other duties...

Independent Leader

On Friday morning, July 30, I received a phone call stating that the filing deadline for petitions was at the end of business that very same day! This was contrary...

Word Of Explanation

Let Jay Schneiderman’s bongo-banging performance at the recent mobfest, permitted under his governance, serve as the audition that lands him another daytime gig. He endangered everyone, incurred state opprobrium, devalued...

Silent Majority

In the 2016 election, the major media and most pollsters indicated that Hillary Clinton would win by a huge majority, and that Donald Trump didn’t have a chance. Was it...

A Cowardly Move

I have personally known Julie Fitzgerald for several years. She is a kind-hearted and dedicated Southampton Village employee who puts in 110 percent every day to serve this village. During...

Make A Choice

Do you want more condos in Southampton Village, with the density of the nightmare subdivision at The Latch on Hill Street, right next to Whitefield, the gold standard of condos?...

Housing Questions

As the Town of Southampton solicits opinions on its housing program through a series of virtual forums [“Officials: Updated Southampton Housing Plan Will Go Beyond Affordable Housing,” 27east.com, July 24],...

Angry Mobs

The debacle that the Democrats put on masquerading as a fact-finding interview of Attorney General Bill Barr was infuriating to watch. Every Democrat congressman spent their five minutes insulting our...

Shocked And Dismayed

I am shocked and dismayed by the flagrant disregard of personal protection protocols displayed by attendees at the Chainsmokers concert in Water Mill last week [“After Thousands Attend Water Mill...

Out Of Control

On July 7, between 4:30 and 5 p.m., there was another accident on County Road 39. I have lived on that road for almost 30 years, and it is the...

Standing In The Way

In his July 30 Letter to the Editor, “My Replies,” Ed Surgan cites me by name and distorts the message of my letter, “In My Lifetime” [July 23]. My letter...

A Fresh Voice

It is great to have wonderful citizens get involved in local politics and offer a new point of view and a fresh voice. Gina Arresta will do just that. I...

In The Dark

Here To Stay

What is the endgame of wearing our masks, social distancing and not sending our sophomores, juniors and seniors back to school? How long would you anticipate keeping this cohort of...

Great Additions

A big thank you is in order to Gary Goleski and his team for the recent installation of crosswalks on Hill Street in Southampton Village at the Catholic church and...

To The Rescue

We had an emergency, with our son and dog being lost on the edge of a hundred-acre preserve [“Police Locate Lost Man, Dog,” July 23]. We called the most powerful...

Put Some Effort

With regards to coronavirus, at Ponquogue Beach, one “exit” sign from the parking lot to the ocean beach has been missing for over two weeks. It should be on the...

Wake Up, Americans!

Is what we are witnessing in Portland, which is about to be unleashed on other cities, a dress rehearsal for Election Day? Could that evil clown in the White House...

My Replies

In reply to the typical Democrat whining in the July 23 Letters section, I offer the following. To Shivaji Sengupta [“Change Is Coming”]: Your hypothesis is somewhat deficient. It seems...

Insult To Injury

Your cover story “Bicycles On Main ‘Definitely A Problem’” [Western Edition, July 23; “Westhampton Beach Village Mulls Biking Restrictions On Main Street,” 27east.com, July 21] gratuitously bashes cyclists who are...

Acceptable Risk

I’m not sure what point Lars Clemensen, the superintendent of Hampton Bays schools, was trying to make with his article [“School Reopening Rhetoric Presents A False Choice,” Viewpoint, July 23]....

A Job Well Done

My family and I want to give a heartfelt thank you to the Southampton Village Police and EMS. When my father took ill last Wednesday, within moments of hanging up...

Action Through Service

I write in regards to Kimberly Allan’s commitment to continue serving as a trustee for our village. In the nearly five years I have known her and worked with her...

Share The Road

As a cyclist who’s lived on the East End since 1974, I read with interest your front-page article about Westhampton Beach’s attempt to prohibit bicycles on Main Street [“Westhampton Beach...

The Other Side

I found your article entitled “New Facility Could Be Big For Shinnecock” [Business, July 16] to be deeply disturbing on many levels — mainly because it did not highlight in...

Ready, Willing And Able

Wow! At times like this, when the world seems turned upside down, how wonderful it is to read your story about two special angels, Alie Fitt and Fainne Sheehan [“Westhampton...

A Real Loss

The news of Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren’s abrupt dismissal of his executive assistant, Julie Fitzgerald, was most alarming and disappointing [“Colleagues, Former Mayors Shocked By Southampton Village Mayor’s Firing...

We Know The Truth

I feel the need to respond to certain news articles regarding a real estate transaction I am involved in. At the end of last year, we had an offer and...

So Many Better Places

All of the Bridgehampton Community Advisory Committee members have been very concerned with our chairman, Pamela Harwood, not being able to comment at the Southampton Town Planning Board Zoom meeting,...

Many Objections

I am absolutely astonished that the Planning Board refused to provide a pubic hearing on the plan to convert the farm stand to a fire truck storage building, at the...

Silenced By Zoom

I’m writing in regards to the article “Bridgehampton CAC Voices Concerns about Plan to Convert Farm Stand to Fire Truck Storage Building,” which appeared on July 20 in your online...

We Deserve Better

Imagine you had a person in your employ who was extremely dedicated — so much so that they were available 24/7 with a smile on their face, and a never-ending...

Generous Grant

I would like to thank the Sag Harbor Partnership, personally and wholeheartedly, for its grant of $4,250 towards youth sailing scholarships. These funds will allow us to expand our existing...

Bad Timing

Congratulations to the graduating 2020 class of Pierson High School. I looked forward to this day, as my grandson would be graduating. The weather forecast was heavy rain with thunder....

Legacy Of Love

On Sunday, Congressman John Lewis made his final journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a horse-drawn caisson reflecting the moral conscience of Congress. The bridge was named after Edmund...

The Bigger Picture

Re: “Put It On Hold” [Letters, July 16]: While I appreciated Frances Genovese’s expressive writing style, I was dumbfounded by her own “canopy of ignorance,” as well as her disrespectful...

Remembering Rick

I appreciate being able to express my sincere condolences to Rick Murphy’s loving wife, Karen, as well as his loving sister, Phyllis. I know that Rick mentored both Gavin and...

Respect The Heroism

I read an oafish denunciation of Phil Keith and his column and found myself obligated to write about it. The writer of that letter [“Give It A Rest,” Letters, July...

Becoming More Aware

As we enter the seasonal height of Hamptons activity, the reopening of restaurants for outdoor dining signals a gradual return to normalcy, ending for many what has been a months-long...

Change Is Coming

The U.S. government was the first to employ specialized academics as expert advisers to the president in various fields. Currently, we have Dr. Susan Rice, a Ph.D. from Oxford University,...

A Possible Treatment?

I am a member of our community for the past 25 years and a businessman. An article was recently published in Veterans Today (www.veteranstoday.com) regarding a breakthrough technology in Iran...

A True Gentleman

I have recently heard people questioning the character of Zach Epley as the vote for the Southampton Village Board is approaching. As a lifelong resident of Southampton, I would like...

Interesting And Honest

Regarding “Former Chief Says Reform Is No Easy Task” [Q&A, July 2]: Reading William Wilson’s belief that police today have too much contact with the public, in having to deal...

Thanks A Lot

I would like to thank the members of the Halt the Highway group — it only took me 45 minutes to get from eastern Water Mill to Southampton Village the...

Made For Each Other

I’m writing as an independent voter who recently received the following email from Lee Zeldin’s campaign with Donald Trump as the signatory: “Congressman Lee Zeldin needs your urgent support. He’s...

Excited To Support

I am proud to support Joseph McLoughlin, who is running for Southampton Village trustee in the September 15 election. I have had the pleasure of knowing Joseph for 25 years....

Work Continues

Southampton Town Aquatics & Recreation (STAR) Corporation wishes to thank the Southampton Town Board, the Water Mill and North Sea community advisory committees, and the many members of the Tuckahoe...

A Proper Tribute

I doubt Donald Trump has much of an inner life, other than a childish tallying of who’s got more toys, but even he could sense something special in John Lewis...

A Walk Spoiled

We went for what was supposed to be a beautiful morning walk on the beach along Meadow Lane, only to find an abundance of balloons left over from multiple parties....

Business As Usual

In this time of trouble and bitter ignorance, uncertainty and unnecessary death — as the known world is receding — public spirit and goodness pours forth. I often see, on...

Causing Harm

Would someone please tell Congressman Lee Zeldin that it is safe to wear a mask now. His idol, President Trump, was seen wearing one in public for the first time...

More Dysfunction

Dysfunction again strikes Southampton Village Hall. This past Friday, Julie Fitzgerald, “assistant to the mayor,” was fired, as the mayor described that he had another direction he was going in....

Read Before Writing

The late Senator Patrick Moynihan said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” John MacWhinnie thinks selling beer and wine at Coopers Beach is “A...

Coming Down

Rick Wilson is — or, more correctly, was — a life-long Conservative Republican political strategist, media consultant and author. Like many patriotic Republicans, Wilson left the party during the Trump...

It’s Puzzling

Several weeks ago, the riotous destroyers of our historic monuments unsuccessfully attempted to destroy President Lincoln’s emancipation memorial statue in Washington, D.C. What’s puzzling is how ignorant those protesters are...

Not Since Nazis

I hope this letter gets printed, after several previous attempts have been ignored in favor of left-leaning diatribes promoting a Democrat to win the congressional seat from our 1st District....

Put It On Hold

During this time of acute turmoil, existential death, financial insecurity, fear of the future — with the country’s firmament shuddering underfoot and a canopy of ignorance bearing down from above...

It’s Insulting

Did anyone see the Joe Farrell explanation of his 100-plus mask-less partiers with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, who tested positive for COVID-19 virus [“Donald Trump Jr. Girlfriend Tests...

Quarantine

(While having lunch at the kitchen counter, my granddaughter told me that she had written a poem, which I am allowed to share with you.) I prowl my confines And...

National Treasure

I’m embarrassed to say that I had never heard of Pyrrhus Concer, a Southampton man who should be celebrated as a national treasure but, because he was Black, is little...

Time To Dredge

I know this much is true: Lake Agawam is a nutrient-afflicted waterbody, and phosphorus released from organic bottom sediments (muck) is a major factor with reoccurring algal blooms. As a...

So Many Reasons

As residents of Southampton Village for 25 years, we are so excited to see the idea of building a swimming pool in our village moving forward [“STAR Proposes New Location...

Give It A Rest

When the Express News Group changed the format to become more of a regional paper, I didn’t see a column by Phil Keith for a few weeks. Many of us...

Just Not There

In the early 1970s, a referendum asked residents whether they wanted a swimming pool or a planetarium in the new Southampton High School. The community chose a planetarium. I learned...

A Special Day

Thank you to all the super-generous sponsors and all the police/fire/EMS agencies who helped make the graduation for Southampton’s Class of 2020 a huge success! From flowers to gift bags,...

Worthy Candidate

For a few years now, I’ve read with interest Joseph McLoughlin’s letters and have been impressed by his detailed, ever-evolving knowledge of Southampton Village and how its business is carried...

Can’t Get An Answer

An email thread dating back to May 18 asked Southampton Village officials Richard Yastrzemski, Jesse Warren and Russell Kratoville to allow us to hold classes in Agawam Park, directly across...

Waited Too Long

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed his constituents recently with a plan that sounded serious, although he did not mandate wearing masks in his state. My opinion is that governors could...

Caring Community

I would like to thank the Sag Harbor Police officers and Sag Harbor first responders, along with my caring neighbor George Oberlander and my new neighbor Susan. They responded with...

A Bad Idea

In reference to the proposal by Joseph McLaughlin, who is running for Southampton Village trustee, that alcohol be sold at Coopers Beach [“A Trial Balloon,” Letters, July 9]: Really dumb...

Not So Simple

“Trump’s Visa Ban,” blared the headline, “Wreaking Havoc On Restaurants” [“Trump’s Visa Ban A ‘Nightmare’ for Local Restaurants,” 27east.com, July 7]. While it’s great fun to blame President Trump for...

Constant Noise

I live in Southampton Village, on a small lot with a relatively small house. The yard is full of trees, shrubs and flowers — it feels like a real oasis....

He’ll Fight For Us

I endorse Joe McLoughlin wholeheartedly for trustee of Southampton Village and fervently hope that all of us who care about the future of our treasured village and about the rule...

In My Lifetime

Happily, I celebrated my 73rd birthday on July 3. So, by some standards, I am long in the tooth — and some say I am just a kid! In my...

Be Aware

This time of year, local turtles of all species are on the move, looking for suitable nesting sites. This activity may bring them onto roads — so drivers should all...

Life And Death

The recent “Page Six” article in the New York Post by Oli Coleman, dated June 29, about a party at Joe Farrell’s home on Sandpiper Lane in Bridgehampton, was very...

A Team Of Rivals

There are supporters of all three congressional candidates in the Democratic primary held last month, Bridget Fleming, Perry Gershon and Nancy Goroff. As staunchly as I am rooting for Fleming,...

Letting Us Down

How encouraging it was to see both sides of the political divide coming together in Southampton Village on Saturday. Led by young Mayor Jesse Warren and doctors from Stony Brook...

Mending Time

I have lived in the same house for the last 12 years. There are six cottages that surround mine. The property is beautiful, and we all respect each other’s privacy....

More, Not Less

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration disbanded the plainclothes unit that helped to keep guns off the streets. The 600 officers were reassigned to other duties...

Kings And Queens

So much is being said lately about the repulsive history of slavery and racism regarding Black people, most of which “historians” and “overseers” have hidden, erased or diluted. But there...

A Trial Balloon

Booze at the beach? What do you think? The June 23 meeting of the Southampton Village trustees included a public hearing to discuss whether to serve alcohol at the Coopers...

Made Us Proud

I am proud to support Joseph McLoughlin, who is running for Southampton Village trustee in the September 15 election. I have had the pleasure of knowing Joseph for 25 years....

A ‘Win-Win’ Plan

On June 26, there was a representative of Homeland Towers present at a Zoom meeting with the Planning Board of Southampton Town, for a “pre-submission conference.” I wasn’t aware and...

Barbecue Bugs

COVID-19 heralds some good news for this Independence Day. We won’t be facing heavy traffic. And the scarcity of meat will keep our outdoor grills safe. Folks who grill hamburgers...

God Help Us

For some, the national debacle we are all witnessing as protests over police brutality became riots has been very disturbing. As police were unable to or not permitted to maintain...

Missed Opportunity

I have been following with great interest over the years the succession of plans for the former United Methodist Church on Madison Street in Sag Harbor. Finally, the current owners...

He Has To Go

An Associated Press photo immortalized Lee Zeldin sitting without a mask at Trump’s Tulsa rally. This newspaper, on viewing it, dubbed him “just another face in the crowd” [“Just A...

A Big Thank You

To Austin J. McGuire, chief of police in Sag Harbor Village: I wanted to commend you and your Traffic Control Officers for the exemplary job they are doing in the...

Pierce The Bubble

My name is Zoe Diskin and I graduated from Pierson High School in 2015. My friend and former classmate Maya Buckner brought to light a shared feeling that many alumni...

Something To Explore

In 2016, a referendum was passed to extend the Community Preservation Fund to 2050. Since the inception of the CPF in 1999, hundreds of acres of farmland, woods and open...

Some More Ideas

Congratulations, Mayor Jesse Warren and Southampton Village trustees! Of course, we look forward to enjoying our vehicle-free business center on two upcoming nights! But I left the June 25 trustees...

Amounts To A Ban

It is understandable that the Village of Sag Harbor is strictly enforcing its residents-only permit for Havens Beach and not issuing non-resident permits as one way to reduce the daytime...

Staying Silent

America can’t breathe. Each day, a new crisis is born, thanks to the incompetent leadership in the White House. Adding to these serious problems that we all face, right here...

Another Option

The Express News Group rightly denounces Congressman Lee Zeldin for not wearing a mask at President Trump’s Tulsa rally [“Just A Face In The Crowd,” Editorial, June 25], writing: “It...

Must Say No

Please let it be known that at the Southampton Town Planning Board meeting of June 26, agenda item No. 4 was: “Homeland Towers’ pre-submission conference,” which discussed the site plan...

Mutual Respect

The horror of George Floyd’s murder by the Minneapolis police will not soon leave us. Likewise, the horror of many other such inhuman acts will not soon leave us. Nor...

Can’t Get Away

Far Pond Road in Southampton dead-ends at Shinnecock Bay and offers an idyllic spot for a variety of enjoyable activities: clamming, boating, kayaking and paddleboarding are just a few. All...

Drive-In Fun

Yes, I remember the Hamptons Drive-In. So do my children. One summer, the drive-in had a Disney Festival every weekend throughout the summer. My children and I went every weekend...

A Correction

I found the article “Restoration Of Tupper Boathouse Underway In North Sea” [27east.com, June 16] very informative and interesting. However, I am writing to address an inaccuracy in the article....

Share The Passion

I do not know Marie Eiffel [“Shelter Island Community Pulls Together To Support Local Shop Owner,” 27east.com, June 16]. I was once seated next to her partner, Jason Penney, at...

Don’t Be A Coward

Last week, a manila envelope was left on my porch; the same with several of my neighbors. Inside was a flier with a photograph and message that misrepresented Southampton Village...

Evidence Of Bias

She’s very attractive, intelligent, speaks six languages, is a fashion trend-setter and a mother — that’s our first lady, Melania Trump. However, unlike her predecessor, she gets very little coverage...

Shut It Down

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is fooling himself — or, worse, trying to fool us — if he thinks encouraging more varied flight paths in and out of the East...

The Right Leadership

I’ve been noticing a lot of familial letters, and thought I’d follow suit with my own perspective. My brother, Joseph McLoughlin, is running for trustee of Southampton Village. Throughout his...

Misguided Coverage

I found your coverage of the protest held in Hampton Bays on Sunday, June 14, to be misguided and ironic, to the extent that you chose to pursue an angle...

Something To Explore

In 2016, a referendum was passed to extend the Community Preservation Fund till the year 2050. In addition to the extension, the referendum also included the ability for a municipality...

Coalition Of Outrage

What an astounding, challenging and exciting time to live in this country, in this state, in this village. Yes, we are standing at the edge of an abyss. But, for...

She’ll Win Again

With the primary elections this week in Suffolk County, I was shocked to discover our congressman, Lee Zeldin, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attending Donald Trump’s speech. I didn’t know he was...

Show Of Support

On Tuesday, June 16, the Parrish Art Museum received a meaningful and heartening endorsement from our community, as voters approved the annual proposition for funding for the museum through a...

We’ll Be Well Served

In a recent story, the Guardian newspaper quoted the historian David Brinkley: “What Trump’s done is create a blitzkrieg against the environment … trying to dismantle not just Obama’s environmental...

For All Of Us

It couldn’t be more important to defeat Lee Zeldin in November. He’s been dangerously cavalier regarding ecological protections and has been a cowardly failure at standing up to Trump on...

The Conversation

We are at a pivotal place in this country: In order to heal, the truth must be revealed. And this is not the time to case blame or to hide...

That’s Not Funny

I was quite stunned to see you publish a photograph of a car, crashed though a storefront window, with the caption: “Looking For The Drive-Thru?” What kind of messaging is...

Diesel And Dust

While being homebound in my favorite village, I am blessed with sounds of summer. The nights, with cool breezes blowing softly through Southampton streets, I can hear the ocean waves...

Sign My Name

Congratulations on implementing your policy of no longer disseminating unsigned commentary at 27east.com, which you announced in last week’s editorial, “Quieting The Noise” [June 11]. As one who always signs...

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our four Noyac Civic Council Scholarship recipients: Yanni Bitis, Heidi Bucking, Dylan Hewett and Halle Kneeland. These teens demonstrated superior scholarship, leadership and outstanding service to our community....

Our Nation’s Leader

Facing our current unprecedented COVID-19 plague, I’m thankful we have President Trump as our nation’s leader! I say that because he’s given us economic growth we haven’t seen in 50...

Strong Support

We are writing this letter to express our strong support for two candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary. Tommy John Schiavoni is running for State Senate. Tommy John has been...

Reprehensible Actions

Phil Keith’s latest column, “A Box Of Chocolates” [Mostly Right, Opinion, June 4], certainly hits the nail on its head regarding the current state of affairs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue....

Watch His Record

Recently, my inbox has been filled with lots of happy messages from our congressman, Lee Zeldin. In almost every one, Mr. Zeldin seems to be taking credit for whatever good...

Drop The Mud

To Bridget Fleming: You were good in the debate last night. I have heard you speak other times. You are one of the most impressive politicians I have ever heard...

Show Respect

While it is lovely to see our community come alive with people walking and biking in our neighborhoods, frequenting shops and restaurants on Main Street, fishing, and lying about on...

The Great Guilt Trap

It has been very disheartening to observe the breach of faith Americans have been subjected to by those who would cast grave doubt upon the ideals of our great nation....

Structural Changes

As an LGBTQ+ activist and queer person, Pride Month is a time for reflection for me. In remembrance of the work of early queer rights leaders like Henry Gerber, Bayard...

He’s Got My Vote

I’m voting for Tommy John Schiavoni for state senator in the Democratic Primary on June 23. There is also absentee ballot voting and early voting. Please go to www.tommyjohnfornewyork.com for...

Best Equipped

Tommy John Schiavoni of Sag Harbor is running as a Democrat for the vacant New York State Senate seat in our district this year. The primary election is on June...

To Help Us Heal

“Of the people, for the people …” Those words were part of a speech given by our great president Abraham Lincoln. The Gettysburg Address was given to unify a fractured...

The Main Story

Last week, after watching three blatantly racist events on TV, followed by the president taking a photo op in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., I wondered: Where...

We The People

It was no serendipitous occurrence that Bronx-born Founding Father Gouverneur Morris began the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution with these words: “We the People of the United States …” It...

A Collaborative Effort

It’s nice to have good news to report. We really appreciated last week’s article, “‘Monster’ Utility Poles Finally Removed In Eastport” [27east.com, June 1]. Fighting “city hall” or a giant...

Moment Of Truth

Taking part in the recent protests in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor has educated me about the extent of the racism that has existed out here in the past. Notably, most...

Momma

(In memory of George Floyd) Momma, please come I need you now I’m in so much pain People all around Seeing this torture it’s insane Momma, Momma, please come right...

Make It Happen

Suffolk Country’s 1st Congressional District voters have a critical primary election on June 23. We must select a congressional representative who reflects and represents the needs and values of all...

Not A Prop

I was compelled to write this today while watching our “commander in narcissism” tear gas crowds so he could do a photo op in front of a church: Get that...

The Best And Noblest

“Salt of the Earth” was the first phrase that came to mind when I first met Tommy John Schiavoni. And as I got to know him, I realized, yes, he’s...

Our Champion

I have been following Bridget Fleming since she began her political career as a Southampton Town Board member and then a Suffolk County legislator. Throughout all those years, she fought...

In Solidarity

To Carlos Sandoval: I thank you for your perspective on racism in this country [“A Lived-In Rage,” Vistas, Opinion, June 4]. For me, as a Jew with light skin, I...

Bridget Won

On Monday, June 1, the four Democratic candidates in the 1st Congressional District race squared off against each other before the Democratic primary on June 23. The winner will earn...

Start On Main Street

I was proud to see our community come together this past weekend to march against racial inequality, injustice and division in this country, and to honor the lives of George...

The Haircut

The only at-home haircut I’d ever had, until the other day, was administered more than six decades ago by my wife, with a modicum of help from me. I was...

Keep It Up!

Over the last three months, my weekly trips to Schiavoni’s has become the highlight of my week. Surprisingly, I find myself looking forward to my short drive to town, wondering...

Follow The Rules

Our world is constantly changing. Sometimes for the better, too; often, not so. Who could have predicted COVID-19? Cause, effect; actions require reactions. Decisions made: quarantine, masks, gloves, medical services,...

A Rare Person

I am writing to wholeheartedly endorse Ron Reed for the Sag Harbor School Board. I have known Ron since our sons started kindergarten together two years ago. I have been...

Peace And Quiet

I am a concerned full-time resident of Bridgehampton, and I must implore that more limits or a ban be placed on gas-powered leaf blowers. Especially in these difficult times, when...

Words Are Not Enough

To the Sag Harbor Board of Education: I’m grateful for the statement I received via email this morning. I think it is important that we all stand up and use...

Wild In The Streets

Currently, our country is in shock and outraged over the horrific arrest and subsequent murder of George Floyd. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should feel this way,...

Much To Be Done

Why is it that we continue to see police officers with considerable checkered pasts, regarding human rights violations and extensive pronounced violent tendencies, escape significant disciplinary action? Once again, we...

An Ethereal Omen

I was pleasantly surprised to find my photograph “June 1st Rainbow Sunset over Sag Harbor” published in the Opinion section of the June 4 Express and Press. Thank you for...

We Need Her

Please join me and vote for Bridget Fleming for Congress in the Democratic primary on June 23 at your regular polling location — or you can vote by absentee ballot:...

Makes The Grade

When choosing a school board candidate, voters should measure that candidate against the key criteria needed to be an effective board member. They should ask if the candidate will: 1....

This America

First, I want to send my sincere condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones during this time. Losing a loved one during this time is difficult enough,...

Lucky To Have Him

These are trying times in so many ways for so many people; COVID-19 has changed the world and the lives of every single person on it. My husband, many of...

Touching Tribute

On behalf of the Mathys family, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the fire departments of Quogue, East Quogue, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Flanders for their...

A Classy Lady

Kudos to Steve Kotz for his excellent summation and description of Elise “Weezie” Quimby’s life. His writing is most certainly worthy of the classy lady we all knew and loved...

What’s In A Name

NPR friends who spell me, but I cannot spell: Meghna Charkrabarti, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Doualy Xaykaothao, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Lakshmi Singh, Yuki Noguchi, Sylvia Poggioli, Shankar Vedantam, Rhitu Chatterjee, Mandalit del...

The High Horse

In a recent letter, reader Ed Surgan, without offering any details, complained about Democrats having a sense of superiority over average Americans [“Justice Served,” Letters, May 21]. This complaint is...

Just A Showman

During the Great Depression, FDR’s Fireside Chats brought comfort to our nation. Unfortunately, listening to our supervisor is not so reassuring. The time has come for our supervisor to take...

Kudos And Thanks

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring stress and confusion to our community, real heroes are emerging every day. We are thankful for our health care workers, first responders, police...

Experience Counts

Experience is what counts. Everything else is just talk. In the 1st District congressional election this November, incumbent Lee Zeldin will be a tough opponent, and beyond that, Congress is...

Vote For Ron

We are writing to share our enthusiastic support for Ron Reed in the upcoming Sag Harbor School Board election. In the two years since he moved to the area with...

Pointing My Finger

It’s Friday night, and I usually watch a show about gold prospecting in Alaska. I’ll have no trouble sleeping afterward. However, this Friday evening, I’m watching some of our well-known...

Talk Becomes Action

What great news to see the buoy deployed in Lake Agawam by Dr. Chris Gobler and his Stony Brook University team [“‘An Important First Step’: Lake Agawam Monitoring Buoy Launched,”...

Student Achievement

I am urging the community to place Helen Roussel on the Sag Harbor School District’s Board of Education in this coming election. Yes, we have come through a time of...

Undeserved Status

I recently came across an ad from the Alliance for Patient Access honoring U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin with its “2020 Champion of Patient Access” award. Since I spent 33 years...

A Role Model

Sandy Kruel is a very productive and professional woman who dedicates her time to very important things. She has been a role model for me and many others in the...

Gets The Job Done

Being a mother of premature twins with needs and entering a new school district was very scary. A relative of mine told Sandi Kruel of my fears, and she called...

Endless Beauty

My family, including grandparents, grew up in the summers in Hampton Bays since the 1950s, in a house my father built near East Landing Beach. The house is still in...

A Senior For Sandi

As a senior at Pierson High School who has grown up in Sag Harbor, I have watched, over the years, Sandi Kruel work on behalf of the students in our...

Choose Fleming

Democrats, we will soon choose the person we want to be our next representative in Congress. We must choose Bridget Fleming. We want someone who will truly represent the people...

A Flawed Process

What you should know as you think about your upcoming vote for Southampton Village trustee in September: Bill Hattrick, a former mayor of our village, was president of the Southampton...

Don’t Forget Us!

Online, I’m following your articles re: Coopers Beach and Main Street. Nowhere do I read that anyone seems to care about the summer renters and what our needs are! Your...

Keep A Journal

In this time of the pandemic, I have been thinking about the past and wondering how did certain things get done without … a typewriter, telephone, computer, next-day delivery. The...

Extraordinary Work

With so much bad news, it’s easy to forget that real change begins at school! Sag Harbor School District residents will have received a vote-by-mail ballot for the School Board...

Moving Forward

Elections matter. After six years on the board, about four of those years on the leadership team as president or vice president, I know just how important this vote is....

Excellent Choice

I am thrilled that Helen Roussel is running for the Sag Harbor Board of Education. I fully endorse Helen, as she would be an excellent choice for many reasons. As...

Starts With Schools

If you live in the Sag Harbor School District, I urge you to please vote for newcomers Ron Reed and Helen Roussel for School Board. We desperately need change. I...

A True Representative

Scrolling through Facebook these days, one can’t help but notice the number of posts complaining about the changing face of our hometowns. You can walk down Main Street, Sag Harbor,...

We Need Sandi

I wholeheartedly endorse Sandi Kruel for Sag Harbor School Board. Sandi is exactly the kind of person we need at the helm as the school navigates the challenging years ahead....

The Real Deal

How lucky is the Village of Southampton to have a smart, passionate, determined village trustee like Kimberly Allan? With an impressive resume and a career in financial services in New...

Sights & Sounds

The early morning breeze filters through my window — Awakening the senses — Birds in full harmony, pleased to be alive — The opulent colors dazzle the eye — Cranberry...

Vote Of Confidence

This is a challenging time for individuals, families, businesses and institutions in our community, and we’ve all needed to adapt and make difficult decisions. Following health and safety guidelines, the...

Great Candidate

Joseph McLoughlin was one of my super-amazing students. I am not a Southampton Village resident, but I was for many years a middle school and high school teacher at Southampton...

Get Ready To Vote

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding two Democratic primary debates for voters, via Zoom, hosted by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV, before...

Time To Reflect

With the latest charge of sexual harassment involving a mega-personality like Joe Biden, these accusations have become so ubiquitous as to become blasé. That’s not a good sign. What do...

Important Asset

I have been living in Sag Harbor since 2015, and I am currently a senior at Pierson High School. I have known Sandra Kruel since the first day I set...

Working Together

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I am sure his observation, made over 200 years ago, rings true...

TASH’s Choices

The Teachers Association of Sag Harbor would like to announce that we are endorsing three candidates for the Sag Harbor Board of Education: Alex Kriegsman, Brian DeSesa and Ronald Reed....

So Many Questions

The saga continues. My uncle, a resident at the Westhampton Care Center, was diagnosed three weeks ago with COVID-19. Luckily, he is asymptomatic. It’s a roller-coaster. First, there were no...

Can’t Afford It

I have been quite surprised over the last few weeks to see Mayor Jesse Warren’s attacks on Southampton Village Trustee Kim Allan concerning an environmental item on the village budget....

Fresh Perspective

I am extremely pleased to hear that Joseph McLoughlin has decided to make another independent run for Southampton Village trustee. After finishing only 11 votes shy last go-round, it is...

Experience Is Important

I am a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, the mom of three Pierson graduates (including one in the Class of 2020!), a Pierson graduate myself, and an active community member....

Wealth Of Experience

The upcoming School Board election could be the most important in a long time. The Sag Harbor School District is something that we can all be proud of, but it...

Two Stand Out

I am endorsing Sandi Kruel and Helen Roussel for the Sag Harbor School District’s Board of Education. At a time when everyone is feeling the financial impact of the COVID-19...

Working Together

I wanted to thank the Southampton Village Board and mayor for their swift action in creating a Phase One plan for beach stickers and to provide clarity to those asking....

What I Bring

As an educational advocate, parent and proud member of this community, I would be honored to serve on the Sag Harbor School Board. Originally from England, I have lived in...

The Virus Life

Each day melds into the next — almost unnoticeable. Soft rain, occasional wind, usually dove gray skies Then — a speak of sunlight breaks through, locking chalk-white clouds in stillness...

Tireless Service

I would like to speak to the candidacy of Kimberly Allan to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Southampton. Never have I observed a more energetic public servant...

Difficult Decisions

Re: The Southampton Village Board public hearing of May 14, on the local law to repeal Local Law 1 of 2020, authorizing a tax levy in excess of the limit...

Don’t Need It

My family and I have owned a house on the East End for over 25 years. Because we’re primarily housebound now because of this terrible virus, it gave me time...

A Natural Leader

I write this letter in support of Zach Epley’s candidacy for Southampton Village trustee. While I am not a resident of Southampton, I can provide a perspective on Mr. Epley...

Keep Them In Mind

When I met the young man who became my husband and father of my four children, he was working for his father, a successful builder in New York City and...

Black And White

I think, most certainly, my life has been caught up between black-and-white movies and “Star Wars.” Cannot seem to catch up to Iron Man just yet. Morals and family values...

Most Won’t Pay It

Most Won’t Pay It As noted in a letter to the editor last week [“Shame On The SCWA! Letters, 27east.com, May 11], the Suffolk County Water Authority Board recently increased...

A Senior’s Nightmare

The COVID-19 plague has affected seniors the most! It’s also highlighted the problems at nursing homes, where thousands of New York seniors have died. Sadly, many of these facilities are...

Death By Clicks

We have all spent the last few months battling an unseen enemy — hats off to our medical leaders, health care providers, first responders, food banks, and to all of...

Specters Of Spring

This time of year, time travel is possible. It usually happens in May, just before Memorial Day, when the sighing, soggy earth has been cooked just enough to tip the...

Proud To Support

If you’ve ever been in a car behind Kimberly Allan, you’d better have time on your hands. She keeps to the speed limit, takes constituents’ calls (hands free!) to help...

Welcome Back!

What a pleasant surprise to see the return of Phil Keith to your Opinion Page this past week [“Mother Nature Is A Real Gas,” Mostly Right, May 14]. I, along...

Poor Coverage

I have found all of the negativity directed toward Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren in The Southampton Press to be totally unacceptable, as we need to be united during this...

Putting Politics First

We are in a crisis, nationally and locally. New York is suffering: Over 22,600 have died from coronavirus in New York State, while a huge and growing number of people...

VIEWPOINT: Pretend The Pebbles To Be Hearts

More Than Grateful

I want to extend my thanks to the Village of Sag Harbor and so many friends and neighbors for honoring my 100th birthday with a parade past my house on...

The Glory Of Outside

Today, I left the house. I went for a run down a long road and passed a piece of sculpture at the gate of a driveway. It was modern, colorful,...

Justice Served

I’m often amazed at the moral superiority that Democrats claim for themselves. This self-serving aggrandizing goes hand in hand with the blanket condemnation of Conservative Republicans as racist, homophobic, mouth-breathing,...

A Special Birthday

I just experienced one of the most memorable moments of my life, thanks to our local fire departments, ambulance corps, police department, and, of course, friends. I just recently celebrated...

Answered The Call

To Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren: Thank you very much for providing 30 gowns (personal protective equipment) to a local pediatric office within 30 minutes of you answering the phone....

Appalling Behavioir

After reading Jayne Clare’s letter to the editor [“Wonderful Job,” Letters, May 7], I felt compelled to weigh in on the subject of our mayor, and the many ways he...

It’s So Unfair

Donald Trump says it’s unfair to Republicans to “bail out” blue states. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it’s unfair that New York State puts billions of dollars more into the federal...

Shame On The SCWA!

When the Express News Group newspapers next award “dunce caps,” please don’t forget to include the Suffolk County Water Authority. As many Suffolk County residents already know, the SCWA is...

Forever Grateful

I am responding to Evelyn Konrad’s letter to the editor [“Fill In The Blanks,” Letters, May 7] in regards to Zach Epley’s viability for the role of trustee for the...

No More Insults

I have sat back and listened to Evelyn Konrad attack my father, the former mayor of the Village of Southampton, Mark Epley, since I was 12 years old. After reading...

Let Us Decide

I hope there is one book that all parents homeschooling at this point will read to their young children: “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It certainly is a civics lesson regarding...

Profitable, Deplorable

Let’s review: The people most likely to die from COVID-19 are the elderly and those who have underlying health conditions. Everybody knows that. So, in what universe was it even...

Democracy At Stake

As one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit to reinstate the New York presidential primary, I want to respond to the letter from the leaders of the Southampton Democratic Committee...

A Fatal Exodus

As a New York City patriot, I am greatly pained by frequent reports on the exodus from New York. We’ve been reading pieces like this from the Wall Street Journal...

What’s The Hurry?

This odd spring has brought a flowering of walkers, runners and cyclists in many neighborhoods. Perhaps an organic expression of paced resolve and regeneration. Yet alongside are … the speeding...

A New Plan

Our responsibilities as citizens do not end with casting our votes in our elections. That privilege is a bare beginning. We have some additional privileges and duties: We must enforce...

A Path Of Action

O, decorum and fortitude, where art thou? Since the contentious Southampton Village budget meeting, which resulted in a 3-2 vote striking down the mayor’s proposed budget, an identifiable trend is...

Abject Failure

Yesterday, I came across a tweet from our congressman, Lee Zeldin, that not only boosted his chances for winning the Donald Trump Sycophant of the Year Award but also has...

We Need Better

On Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from the Westhampton Care Center. My uncle’s roommate was running a fever — their beds are 5 feet apart. Alarmed, I wanted...

Monarchs Rule!

Some scientists believe that when a butterfly flaps its wings, it can affect weather on the other side of the world. This idea shows us all parts of nature are...

Wonderful Job

Commendations to Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren for his dedicated commitment to helping protect our village from the COVID-19 outbreak. He has done a wonderful job keeping our community safe...

A Nice Addition

In the 4.7 square miles that is the Village of Sagaponack, Main Road has metamorphosed, swollen its beam, and now there is a usable shoulder that can accommodate all sorts...

Trump’s Tiresias

They say that when the forces of natural calamities baffle human beings without answers, they revert to gods and superstition. Well, we are at that point in our lives when...

Follow The Science

I wonder what those of the greatest generation would think of how we as a nation are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. I am a child (now 70) of “greatest generation”...

Hard To Believe

On Sunday, May 3, on Fox News, Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones, a minority American, stated that he wanted to see President Trump reelected in November, because of “his leadership...

Time To Get Back

Never letting a crisis go to waste, Andrew Cuomo has been auditioning for his eventual presidential debut. It has been his go-to response to take aim at the federal government...

Support The Switch

Massive slaughterhouse closures are driving U.S. consumers to plant-based meat products, as sick workers pay the price. Tyson Foods, JBS USA and Smithfield Foods, the largest meat processors, have closed...

A Friendly Trend

If anyone read my letter in August 2019 [“Be Like Barb”], they may remember my thoughts on being a nice person — to “be like Barb,” my sweet mother who...

He Is All-In

After reading Evelyn Konrad’s letter [“Not In Sync,” Letters, April 30], I felt it would be a good time to write my first-ever Letter to the Editor. My family moved...

The Guiding Hand

It was once thought to be one of the best jobs — with job protection, tenure, benefits, a solid salary — but it may not be so cushy when we...

Take A Stand

In criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime at some time in the future. Criminal law in some countries, or for...

A Positive Buffer

Facing our current unprecedented COVID-19 plague, I’m thankful we have President Trump as our nation’s leader! I say that because of the fact that he’s given us economic growth we...

Very Partisan

I didn’t want to find myself drawn into a political response to the current letters being written to criticize the administration’s performance on our pandemic. The finger-pointing by Barbara Weber-Floyd...

A Team Player

When I think about the type of person who should run for public office, I think of someone who is a leader, a team player, passionate, mentally tough, has a...

Safety First

As the officers of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, we wanted to share some thoughts about the controversial decision to cancel the New York State Presidential Primary. We understand that...

Fill In The Blanks

Gee, the two letters endorsing Zach Epley [“Upsetting To Read,” “A Great Leader,” Letters, April 30] actually give me pause: Both mention the same grade school — or was it...

Beyond The Pale

It’s with no happiness that I write to you with respect to the recent chaos on display by our local government. In this time of crisis, with people losing loved...

A True Leader

It is said that the true test of leadership is how well one excels in a time of crisis. And I must take the time to commend Southampton Village Mayor...

Death Wish

President Trump is correct about one thing: It’s time to use disinfectant on our gene pool, or we’ll be stuck with the idiots ruling over us in the form of...

Bad Reality TV

During the April 21 Village Board meeting, Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren claimed that Village Trustee Mark Parash did not support the environment [“Mayor, Trustees Clash Over Southampton Village Budget;...

A Great Leader

I recently read a letter written by Evelyn Konrad, in which she expressed concerns over her own assumptions of what Southampton Village trustee candidate Zachary Epley’s priorities and intentions will...

Wonderful Teachers

On behalf of Fighting Chance, I am writing to let your many readers know about an act of generosity on the part of the Teachers’ Association of Sag Harbor. Last...

Very Thankful

I know we are all going through difficult times, and anyone in leadership now is subject to being in the light of making critical decisions that could be scrutinized or...

Bad Decision

Will someone tell me who, in our state government, decided to allow empty beds in nursing homes and adult rest home facilities to be filled with recovering COVID-19 patients? The...

Upsetting To Read

Evelyn Konrad recently wrote a letter that resonated with me [“Not In Sync,” Letters, 27east.com]. I was born at Southampton Hospital and grew up in a ranch house on one...

What A Gem!

Thank you, Eagle Scout Keith Aube and the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation Department! I was riding my bike on Red Creek Road this evening for some after-work cardio and...

Count On Him

With all that is going on these days, local elections become ever more important. Thus, for those not well acquainted with Zach Epley, I’d like to share a few quick...

Viewpoint: It’s Time To Restart Our Economy — Carefully

Save The Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service is suffering financially and expects to run out of money in the fall. Email has, over the years, drained away a large percentage of USPS revenue....

Long Beach Osprey

The fashionable Hamptons osprey lures her mate to the home/nest — adorned, decorated with a satiny elongated red ribbon. A design statement influenced by the surrounding waterfront estates? An award...

Kudos To Library

I think a shout-out is much deserved for the Westhampton Free Library. In addition to entertaining and informing all of its members, the library website has become a reliable source...

Carry In, Carry Out

One of the great opportunities we have for escape during the current pandemic is the extensive system of trails across the South Fork. Getting outdoors is a balm for cabin...

Save Some Space

Considering the coronavirus situation, if the town’s ocean and bay beaches are open, with or without restrictions, more and more people will come out to our beautiful towns and beaches....

Ask Trump For Help

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top medical professionals are all stressing the need for comprehensive testing and tracking in order to open up our economy safely and to prevent a...

We Need Them

There is a lot of comment lately from local residents and politicians about non-residents coming out to avoid the city or some other place of residence where the coronavirus is...

How We Got Here

The media has accurately reported how President Trump’s mismanagement of COVID-19 has exacerbated this global health crisis. But Trump’s damage to our public health goes back to the beginning of...

Deserve Our Thanks

Thank you to last week’s stories about how the novel coronavirus has impacted those with developmental disabilities, both living in group homes [“Unsung Heroes Continue To Staff East End Disability...

Continue The Change

We’re all living through a difficult time right now. With everything going on, it can be hard to focus on anything beyond our own families and health. However, though COVID-19...

The Greater Good

Let me be the first to welcome Zack Epley and Kim Allan to the upcoming race for the Southampton Village Board [“Epley, Allan To Run As A Team For Southampton...

Not In Sync

I like Kim Allan. I’ve known her for nearly two decades and found her to be hardworking. Now if only her personal career goals lined up with the interests of...

Stepped Back

“Well, Francis, there you go again,” spewing your vitriol at poor Mr. Piazza, myself and the president [“He Stands Alone,” Letters, April 16]. I can see you are using your...

The Beauty Of Birds

Why not bequeath a lifelong appreciation for birdwatching to the next generation? We teach our children woodshop and pottery, and contemptible games like dodgeball — why not give them a...

It’s Our Money!

It goes to show how desperate Donald Trump feels about his chances in 2020 that he ordered the U.S. Treasury to print his name on the stimulus checks, stimulating all...

It’s Last, Best Use

In 1929, it was the rush on banks to liquidate assets; in 2020, it’s a rush on toilet paper. Different era, different priorities. When I turn on the faucet, water...

Doing An Injustice

Leave the Tuckahoe Woods Preserve as is! The land was acquired by eminent domain and is attached to other woods for preservation. Lands are bought and land is donated to...

At What Cost?

I know this is a very uncertain time we are now living in. Many families are being affected. Many families are mourning the loss of loved ones, lost jobs, and...

Plenty Of Room

Look hard at this photo. This is a Southampton Village beach a short walk from Coopers Beach. If you’re one of the enthusiasts joining the throngs at Coopers Beach, you...

It Never Changes

It’s beyond comprehension that this terrible coronavirus pandemic has upended our lives in ways that we could never have conceived. At this same time, farmers all over the country are...

A Great Idea

A friend in Pennsylvania mentioned that their local grocery stores have a one-way policy in the aisles, so it is easier to maintain a 6-foot distance, or to pass someone...

There’s Still Time

There is a silver lining to the pandemic we are now experiencing. A crisis — and this is a “good” one — puts us in an incredibly vulnerable state and...

Answered The Call

The Noyac Civic Council would like to recognize the outstanding public service of Cynthia Ward Capalbo and her team of volunteers, called the Sag Harbor Helpers [“Sag Harbor Volunteers Cook...

Safe Holidays

Wishing our community a safe and healthy spring holiday season. Happy Easter and Passover! Joan Tutt Southampton

He Stands Alone

The skein of language is stretched thin attempting to define a microscopic, unknown, fast-replicating lethal virus and how to bring it under control — the science and mathematics are separate...

You Hold Us Up

To all of my friends in the medical profession: I am thinking about you all of the time during this crisis. Staying hard in the face of tragedy is difficult...

Stay Civil

Herrick Hardware in Southampton Village has introduced some valuable safety measures but so far does not have plastic shields around the cash registers. However, there’s no accounting for the behavior...

Hospital Heroes

There are heroes working here on the East End. I am talking about the doctors and nurses at Peconic Bay Medical Center. With the novel coronavirus pandemic upon us, these...

Sincere Thanks

I want to take the time and extend a sincere thank you to all first responders and residents who took part in showing appreciation and support for the medical staff...

Stay Safe, Stay Home

After a couple of weeks in isolation, it is tempting to start cheating. We’ve been isolated for a while now, and we’re getting a little nutty. Zoom isn’t cutting it....

The Best You Could Do?

It has been a while since I responded to Press reader and my new pen pal Ed Surgan. I hope the two or three readers who look forward to my...

Slap In The Face

Police officers who are employed by the village and town police departments of the East End are some of the most highly trained in New York State, if not the...

History Will Judge

When I was in high school (in the mid-1950s), my Social Studies/Geography teacher was pointing to the Indochina Peninsula as the next place where a war would be fought. In...

Any Ideas?

Perhaps the East End government enforcement agencies should start an impossible task: locating all New York City residents who seek shelter in our East End communities from the coronavirus epicenter,...

A Job Well Done

Maureen’s Haven at First Presbyterian Church of Southampton has come to another end of a successful season. Thank you for providing your services to the First Presbyterian Church. I would...

Based On Data

Your article states: “Dr. [Christopher] Gobler’s assessment of the groundwater flow was in direct contradiction to the opinion offered by consultant Pio Lombardo on behalf of the applicant” [“Planning Board...

A Destination

Small respite: Find “Sagaponack Sculpture Field” on Google. Visit, enter … enjoy! Louis K. Meisel Louis K. Meisel Gallery Sagaponack

Much At Stake

From Channel 12 and mailed notices from our village government, I can see that our young mayor, Jesse, is very alert to the dangers and problems of our village. But...

No Surprise

For those of us inclined to pay close attention to the Trump administration, this aspect in particular stands out: the undoing of all varieties of federal regulation. Environmental, banking, consumer...

Take Quick Action

The pandemic crisis has thrown a light for me on the responsibilities of running for office and what it takes to be in office. While I was concerned before with...

A Fine Time For The Misanthrope

Work Together

Much has been said of New York City residents coming out to shelter in the Hamptons and hoarding food and supplies. We all must realize that without them we would...

Won’t Be Fooled

The struggle for political supremacy is now in a desperate full-court press. The object this time round is to blitzkrieg the American economy into a lasting recession. This will fail,...

To My Pen Pal

It has been a while since I responded to Press reader, and my new pen pal, Ed Surgan. I hope the two or three readers who look forward to my...

Forbidden Use

Among the recreational outlets that our new early season neighbors have chosen is the motorized cycle, and off-road trails are an inviting playground. What many of these cool-weather enthusiasts may...

A New Species

Shocked local residents have found a new species: “New Yorker panic sapiens.” They look like us, homo sapiens, but their DNA has suffered mutations. They carry genes for selfishness, rudeness,...

Ahead Of The Curve

To Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren: Here’s another chance for you to provide the leadership, in this case, so sorely missing at the federal level. 1. Get the trustees to...

From The Virus

Dear Humans: Do not be afraid. I write to you from every corner of this Earth to assure you: I am here to help. Though by nature you are shortsighted...

Where Were You?

In the March 19 issue of the Western Edition of The Southampton Press, the A section is devoted to articles about the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on Suffolk County...

A Sign Of Hope

I was wondering if you would publish an idea: That residents put at least one strand of Christmas tree lights of any color on the front of their house, or...

Modest Proposal

Here’s a practical suggestion to generate income and “helping” experience for young folks in our community — and also to actually save lives. COVID-19 data clearly show that its virulence...

Go Outside!

In this lovely early spring, you can avoid exposure to COVID-19 while you enjoy the special beauty of East Hampton’s preserves. Hundreds of miles of trails with few people on...

Long Overdue

I support the long overdue legislation that will protect the graves of the ancestors of the Shinnecock people — and a moratorium on building in the Shinnecock Hills. The town...

Plea Falls Flat

I did wonder if perhaps I had misread the intention of an unsolicited email I received this week from a local restaurant group. At first, I had assumed it was...

Times Like This

At this moment in time, and on behalf of myself and every local who resides full time on the East End of Long Island, we would like to thank all...

Truly Dumb

I have been traveling, and this weekend I caught up on some past issues of The Southampton Press. I took special notice of Karl Grossman’s column concerning Trump’s proposal of...

We’ll Come Back

When it comes to the matter of public health, communication is key. That said, my main focus is to make sure all Southampton Village residents have the most informed and...

Which War?

The Press is to be thanked for a heartfelt editorial “Life During Wartime” [March 19]. But what war are we evoking, exactly? Remember Susan Sontag’s analyses of the historical uses...

In This Together

During this historic and frightening time of our lives, I feel it’s a shame that some of our local friends and neighbors seem to want to blame the “city people”...

Parking Input

The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors appreciates the mayor attending our meeting to discuss the plans for paid and residential parking. We understand that the board must...

Getting Revenge

I am one of the petitioners in a lawsuit filed against Southampton Town with respect to the Hampton Bays Waterfront Revitalization Plan. As noted in The Press, this resulted in...

A Voter Purge?

Many of our part-time residents move away for the winter and forward mail to their winter homes. This may have resulted in removal from active local voter rolls. This year,...

It’s No Escape

I flew back to New York this past Saturday and was surprised by the volume of traffic leaving Manhattan and traveling to the East End of Long Island. Ordinarily, I...

Ban Is Needed

Next Tuesday, March 24, the Southampton Town Board is set to approve legislation regulating what should happen when native grave sites are unearthed [“Southampton Town Unanimously Approves The Acquisition Of...

Extraordinary Service

This is a letter of commendation to Southampton Senior Services in Hampton Bays for their extraordinary service to the seniors of our community. Specifically, the availability of their handyman, Merritt...

Warrants A Reply

In a thoughtful letter addressing my recent column about New York’s bail reform law [“Bail Reform: A True Story,” Vistas, Opinion, March 5], Jeffrey Close raised factual points and claimed...

Uninformed Opinion

I am writing in response to the article “Shinnecock Officials Take Bloomberg To Task Over Critical Comments Made at Forum” [27east.com, March 2]. I find it disturbing for one person,...

Let’s Be Neighbors!

Saturday night, I moved out (shopping cart full of clothes bags, suitcase, ski clothes — season is definitely over! — ski brace bag, etc., etc.) and am all happily settled...

Just Like Europe

Whether we wanted a wake-up call or not, we got one. The globe got one in COVID-19. Are we listening? It seems to me that Sag Harbor needs a wake-up...

It’s Not The Time

In a short couple of weeks, the lives of all of us have been affected by the surreal arrival of a health threat that is now a worldwide pandemic. My...

Honoring Her Legacy

We, the family of Paulette H. Brown, are respectfully seeking donations to the Paulette H. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 1986, to commemorate the enduring service, leadership and citizenship...

To The Rescue

On Sunday, March 1, a friend visiting from Paris and I decided to take a walk up Main Street to enjoy our beautiful, historic village. Unfortunately, she tripped and fell...

A Sad Day

Last week, Southampton Town Planning Board members Robin Long, Dennis Finnerty, Phil Keith and John Blaney voted against the environment. They voted to not support scientific data and clarification of...

Hollowed Out

At a recent COVID-19 press briefing, President Trump said, “Who would have thought?” in reference to the coronavirus pandemic. Well, the experts were warning about the risk of a flu...

Seeing Through It

A new kind of squash [“Coach Courts Board Approval For Free Summer Squash Program In Southampton Village,” 27east.com, March 3]! Bird brains? Or bird’s brains? … I hope someone capable...

In His Own Words

John Steinbeck wrote about Sag Harbor: “Out here I get the old sense of peace and wholeness … and it seems to be getting into my work. I approach the...

The Changing Times

Years ago, when we taught real history, I used The New York Times as a resource for current events that might appear on the Regents exams. Today, I would use...

No Paid Parking

Please consider the simple fact that Sag Harbor Village is a working town and not just a tourist destination. Free parking on Main Street [“Paid Parking on the Table,” March...

Purely Local

Congratulations to my friend Dennis Schmidt on the milestone 40th anniversary of his fine store [“Schmidt’s To Celebrate 40 Years In Business In March,” 27east.com, February 21]. No other place...

No Profits Here

When I was a young boy, the pet store in my hometown’s mall was one of my favorite places to go. It wasn’t long before my parents broke down, and...

Just Ban Them

The leaf blower has to be the most annoying, polluting, useless machine ever. Deafening noise, soil and animal feces blown into the air, a waste of gasoline — all to...

Two Sore Thumbs

I have lived in Southampton my entire life, as have many generations of my family. For the first time in my family’s recollection, we are now confronted by a developer...

Left It Blank

Leaders are suppose to lead, make difficult decisions and bring people together. Evidently, this is not so in the Southampton School District. Again, next year’s school calendar will be void...

Facts Matter

In these divisive times, it sometimes feels difficult to know what to trust. That’s why I appreciate the hard work of those at this newspaper and countless others around the...

Sincere Thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the multiple law enforcement agencies who participated in the active shooter drill that was held at Raynor...

The Humane Thing

Thank you for the article on Assembly Bill A6298 [“Assemblyman Thiele Co-Sponsors Bill That Would Ban The Sale Of Puppies, Kittens And Rabbits In New York Pet Stores,” 27east.com, March...

Two Strong Voices

Two of the most environmentally respected elected officials in New York State have weighed in on the proposal by Arizona-based Discovery Land Company to build a mega golf resort and...

That Is Real News

As president of one of the largest civic associations in the Town of Southampton, I am writing to express my great disappointment and confusion over your decision not to cover...

Staying In Shape

I recently read the news I’ve been waiting over 50 years for in The Southampton Press — concerning the potential aquatic center [“STAR Floats Idea For Southampton Village Space For...

My Reasoned Voice

Just for the record, Tom Neely, I’ll leave the whining to you [“Let’s Discuss,” Letters, February 27]. I’ll even agree with you on a few points. I’m not embarrassed to...

Steinbeck Wins

I read the article about changing the name of the park with some amusement [“Winter Of Our Discontent: Sag Harbor Committee Ponders Dropping Steinbeck Name From New Park,” sagharborexpress.com, February...

In Other Words

Your recent article “Pine Barrens Commission Hosts Supporters And Opponents At Lewis Road Public Hearing” [27east.com, February 26] demonstrates that the proponents of this development project are at the end...

Really Sick

Many people are getting sick, and so far about 2 percent of them are dying from the Coronavirus. Clearly, this is now a worldwide issue that requires serious leadership from...

Painful History

Referring to Dr. Georgette Grier-Key’s letter, “A Great Harm” [February 13], about Sam Johnson’s African American rag dolls on display at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton for Black History Month:...

A Level Field

Much of this letter is to our town’s elected officials, appointed officials and the community: Please consider the rights of residents to have usable and non-polluted drinking water in all...

A Bad Move

President Trump’s State of the Union Address was a home run with the bases loaded! Nancy Pelosi’s tearing up the text of President Trump’s speech reminded me of a spoiled...

Less Is More

I wanted to applaud the Southampton Village Board and mayor for funding the purchase of a new modern fire truck at the Thursday, February 13, board meeting. This is the...

Fond Memories

I really enjoyed Jim Marquardt’s article on the Watchcase factory saving Sag Harbor [“Looking Back: When the Watchcase Saved Sag Harbor,” sagharborexpress.com, January 3]. The history of Fahys and Bulova...

Quick Response

For several weeks now, I have personally scrubbed and removed at least a dozen “tags” of graffiti in and around Southampton Village. On Wednesday evening, while I was walking past...

A Great Job

Wow! Our library was awarded an American Star designation from the Library Journal [“Westhampton Free Library Receives American Star Designation From The Library Journal,” 27east.com, February 11]. This is due...

Follow The Money

Who, exactly, is picturing a new Hampton Bays [“Press Sessions Discussion Explores The Future Of Hampton Bays And Its Downtown,” 27east.com, February 12]? The business owners make mention of “foot...

Never Be Silent

Dear Vered [“Freedom Of Speech,” Letters, February 20]: While I agree with you that every American, under the First Amendment, has the right of free speech, and that the action...

Dolls And Love

Since I am away from Bridgehampton in my South Carolina home, I will miss the exhibition of Sam Johnson’s collection of black memorabilia, including the 15 dolls at the Rogers...

Someone Must Pay

The recycling crisis reported in this week’s edition [“Southampton Town Seeks Bids To Lower Costs Associated With Disposing Recyclable Materials,” 27east.com, February 18] needs rethinking. Just because China no longer...

Two Sides

Taxes are on everyone’s mind here on the East End. At the February 13 meeting of the Southampton Village Board, a discussion ensued about piercing the 2 percent tax cap,...

Moment Is Here

Nearly 30 years ago, there was an insightful vision by a number of politicians to protect a swath of pristine and environmentally sensitive land — the Pine Barrens of eastern...

Symbol Of Vision

I own a house in Southampton Village and for years have seen a parcel of land, an empty expanse of lawn, bordering Nugent Street and Windmill Lane. I propose the...

Let’s Discuss

Ed Surgan states that Republicans became more conservative thanks to the efforts of Rush Limbaugh [“A Hard Look,” Letters, February 13]. I would like to make two points. First, I...

Mysteries Solved

“Fogging Up The FOIL” would have been a more apt title for the letter from Rob Coburn [“Clearing Up FOIL,” Letters, February 20] accusing, while not naming, me of making...

Protect Our Water

This letter is to our town’s elected officials, appointed officials and the community. We look to those who govern, monitor developments and are tasked with addressing public health to also...

A Predictable Mess

It can’t be easy to be a moderate Democrat these days. Everywhere I look, Democratic government is under scrutiny for being out of touch with the majority values of this...

Doesn’t Apply Here

Landlords on the East End need to carefully follow the law enacted by the State Legislature in June 2019: the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act.” Or they could face...

Clearing Up FOIL

We may never know who made the FOIL request received by Southampton Village on January 17 [“Mystery FOIL Request Has People Wondering At Southampton Village Hall: Who Filed It, And...

Let Us Decide

Of all the character assassinations, invective, political swill, lies and bad faith routinely chronicled in the Letters to The Press, none is as outrageous as that from Dr. Georgette L....

Saviors To Many

After 55 years of living with brittle diabetes, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Westhampton Beach and Quogue police officers and Westhampton Beach Ambulance personnel who have...

Freedom Of Speech

I am writing to tell my version of what happened on the night of February 12 [“Video: Art Dealer Arrested Following Disturbance At Sag Harbor Film Screening,” 27east.com, February 13],...

Thank You, Mr. Trump!

Many economists gauge our nation’s economic condition, going forward six months, by the rise and fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is the combined stock price of 30...

Doing Their Best

My wife, Gloria, and I recently joined Drawdown, a group formed to help the environment. Part of the goal of the organization is to help rid our atmosphere of carbon...

Don’t Insult Us

Ed Surgan has outdone himself [“A Hard Look,” Letters, February 13]! Those poor Republicans — so demure, so timid and non-confrontational. Joe McCarthy surely didn’t mean to upset so many...

Not My Words

In a recent article [“Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Hampton Bays CAC Chairman Clash Over Appointments,” 27east.com, February 5], the first quote is correctly attributed to me, beginning with “I’m looking...

Deadly Policies

I find it incredible that Assemblyman Fred Thiele finds that “it is an over-broad and irrational response to a legitimate exercise of state sovereignty, driven solely by politics,” regarding the...

Progressive Fatuity

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared “political extortion,” declaring that he will not be bullied, and is now threatening to sue the Trump administration for freezing New Yorkers out of programs...

Info Is Missing

In the Town of Southampton, the planner has too much control of information that goes in front of the planning and zoning boards. It is the responsibility of the planner...

Save The Aquifer

Have we learned nothing? Are we so shortsighted that we’ve lost our ability to see beyond a few feet in front of our noses? Have we lost our capacity to...

One Solution

In your editorials in the February 6 edition [“Slow Down, You Move Too Fast,” “The Start Of Something”], I was struck by the fact that both articles addressed dangers of...

Time For Action

Many thanks for covering the Drawdown East End Festival and informing readers of its efforts to implement solutions to address climate change [“Drawdown East End: ‘Ragtag Group’ Targets Climate Change,”...

No More Burden

Consider Tuckahoe: an arbitrary and gerrymander-ish patch stretching on the map from the highway into the bay and designated a “hamlet” as a municipal afterthought. Home to four tax-evading, exclusive...

No Time For Us

Our U.S. representative, Lee Zeldin, has been a busy man lately — not fighting for his constituents, but speaking on Fox News and elsewhere, defending the actions of a president...

Don’t Chase Them Away

I’ve been summering in the Hamptons for 50 years. Close East Hampton Airport to appease fewer than 100 year-round residents [“Press Sessions Discussion Explores The Future Of The East Hampton...

Some Concerns

While I strongly support the volunteer ambulance corps, I am very concerned about the proposed ambulance building for North Sea Road. The building is extremely large for the hamlet of...

A Different Plan

I would like to thank the New York State Pine Barrens Commission for holding a public hearing on the proposed planned residential district “Lewis Road” development, formerly The Hills at...

There’s No Proof

Once again, Fred Thiele Jr. gets it wrong. He cannot back up his claims with facts — no statistics, no substance. Just what he thinks, and that stinks for New...

A Great Harm

Please be advised that I’m writing in reference to the article concerning the “black face” display [“African-American Rag Dolls On Display At Rogers Memorial Library In Southampton For Black History...

A Hard Look

It is becoming apparent I am enjoying more interest in my letters than some of The Press’s columnists. That should be getting the attention of the editor and those I...

Talk Up Bloomberg

Don’t know whether it matters, but I was born in Southampton Hospital and have spent more years here than any other place. I like Michael Bloomberg — he’s much richer,...

Looking For Answers

I commend Vickie Bovio, Kevin Lubbe and Carli Simon for their January 30 letter [“Who Knows Best?”]. I agree that the local newspapers are not the best arena to debate...

We Want A Hearing

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is once again letting down East End residents by not protecting our water. As of January 2020, the Sand Land mine is applying to...

A Man Of Honor

Today, we got a pleasant surprise in what everybody said was a fait accompli. Mitt Romney, a Republican U.S. senator, voted to convict Donald Trump and to remove him from...

A Choice To Make

If you’re a Republican and were of voting age in 2012, you probably voted for Mitt Romney for president. Romney had a competently organized campaign. He released his tax returns...

Enough Is Enough

Thank heaven, impeachment has finally ended! Even before President Trump took office, the Democrats talked about impeaching him. Yes, before he did anything. Was it because they are such childish...

Cabal Of Insiders

As a lifelong employee and year-round manager in the Village of Southampton, I felt compelled to read the story in the now-sold-out Southampton Press “Who Wants the Mayor’s Texts?” [January...

Okay For Everyone

A play (that’s been running too long): “Unethical, Not Illegal.” Cast: Billy, a young boy, and his mom. Scene One: A conversation at the dinner table, anywhere in America. (The...

Swift Response

My wife and I and our whole neighborhood would like to publicly thank our local firefighters for the swift response on Sunday morning, February 2, at about 3 a.m. There...

Read The Law

For some Hamptons homeowners, short-term summer rentals provide intentional, meaningful business income. For these folks, the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 could be catastrophic. This letter is...

They Hate Them

She’s very attractive, intelligent, speaks six languages, is a fashion trend-setter and a mother — that’s our first lady, Melania Trump. However, unlike her predecessor, she gets very little coverage...

Needs More Analysis

At a Town Planning Board work session two weeks ago, I was stunned to hear misinformation and omissions during the discussion on the Southampton Tennis Club and Camp’s site plan...

It Must Stop Here

Declared “radio silent” last year by Jay Schneiderman, the Full Gospel Church “affordable housing” scheme is now radioactive, thanks to him, Diana Weir and his compliant Town Board [“Southampton Town...

Very Sad State

Joke: Why is a common antibiotic cheaper and easier to get in a third-world country? Punchline: Because they cut out excessive layers of health care. I go to Egypt on...

Everyone, Calm Down!

These times are tough, fraught with sharply divisive issues that pound us each day. The tone and words with which we are communicating about these divisive issues have become sharp...

A Sad Day

I, too, am tired of Ed Surgan pontificating about the virtues of Donald Trump [“More Trump Or Not,” Letters, January 30]. Donald Trump is a liar, a cheat and a...

What’s In A Name?

My friend John Neely takes issue in his recent letter with the use of the term “Democrat Party” to refer to what is correctly called the “Democratic Party” [“Not That...

Presents A Danger

I write with urgency on the future of our area and with strong conviction in saving all of the water bodies within the Peconic Estuary watershed. The Planning Board must...

Who Knows Best?

We commend the young ladies’ “Viewpoint” in the January 16 editions of The Press [“School Board’s Letter Dismisses Real Science”]; however, the letter is an example of how information gets...

Shout Out For Joe

In kindness and in the true spirit of Christmas, I wish to acknowledge Joe Milazzo, general manager, Village Auto Body Shop, Hampton Bays. My car had a dented left front...

Spirit Is Alive

On January 24, the Sag Harbor Booster Foundation hosted the ninth annual Spirit Night. It is an evening designed to showcase and celebrate the wonderful talents of our students. The...

FOIL, Upside Down

Weary, bleary-eyed followers of the impeachment have been stymied by an impenetrable wall of withheld documents and black swaths of redaction emitting from CROFUS (the Corrupt Ruler of the Former...

Facts And Fox

Lee Zeldin favors Fox News over facts and truth. On January 22, on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox, Zeldin said President Trump was required to withhold the $400 million in...

Stupidest Ever

After reading “No Conservative” [Letters, January 23], I decided to actually read another Phil Keith column. I do not often bother. Whew! “The 28th Amendment” essay [Mostly Right, January 23]...

One Representative

We are so blessed to be living on the East End of Long Island. Life is beautiful — except for our politics. To think we have a representative of one...

Update, And Thanks

I was riding my bike on Hill Street last Saturday morning when I fell off. The next thing I remember is two men helping me up. I think they both...

More Trump Or Not

The House Democrats presented their case. We all listened or watched or read about it to some extent. They argued that he is who he is and is not going...

Do The Right Thing

It is very heartening to read that Sag Harbor Village is seriously contemplating a partial ban on gas-fired leaf blowers [“Village Considers a Leaf Blower Ban,” January 16]. In addition...

What You Can Do

I recently attended the amazing Drawdown Festival on Saturday, January 11, at SAC, and was gladdened to see hundreds of attendees — a surprising sight in January. It was a...

Makes Sense For All

Dr. David Posnett’s informative letter about House of Representative bill HR3 [“Choosing Sides,” Letters, January 9] details key elements of Congress’s promise to establish a consumer- and patient-friendly drug price...

Show Some Life

As I walk Southampton Village, the empty storefronts seem to be a sign of downturns and lifelessness. The mayor suggested we should put “art” in the windows to give people...

Similar But Different

I love history. There’s much in the patterns of human behavior that are repeated by our species throughout the millennia. Books provide us with the opportunity to learn from the...

This Is Trauma

I was at the “Protect Burial Grounds” event in unity with the Shinnecock Nation last week [“Protests Continue As Town And Property Owner Discuss Partial Preservation Of Site Identified As...

Community Effort

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Community Outreach Program and Adopt-a-Family were able to deliver over 90 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the Greater Westhampton area to families and individuals who needed...

Our Time Is Now

Our community took the opportunity to demonstrate what it cares about at the “Drawdown Festival: Films Forum Fun,” presented by Drawdown East End and the Southampton Arts Center on Saturday,...

Teach, Don’t Ban

Destroying the livelihood of local Southampton Town businesses that sell balloons is not the answer to a litter problem. Educating the public how to properly use and dispose of balloons...

Why I Am For Vaccines

I read with interest the Viewpoint by Maude Wilson, Rienna Russo and Lily Wilson in the January 16 editions [“School Board’s Letter Dismisses Real Science”], because it brought back horrific...

An Unfair Ban

I’m writing to express my opposition to the proposed balloon ban [“Southampton Town To Consider Bans On Helium Balloon Sales, Limit On Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers,” 27east.com, January 13]. Efforts to...

Justice Run Bad

Yes, the benefits are getting better and better for criminals in the State of New York. The softening of our society is led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the help...

Lock Them Up

In 2017, after watching Donald Trump and his band of inept lackeys commit treason against the United States of America, I wrote a Letter to the Editor expressing the view...

No Conservative

I understand that this is an “Opinion” column, but do you have so few opinion writers that you are forced to use a crybaby, Phil Keith, who likes to dish...

Much Appreciated

Southampton High School’s Rotary Interact Club would like to thank our generous community for all the donations to our annual Bingo Night, held at the high school on January 10....

Not That Party

In his recent letter, reader Ed Surgan has made some statements that cannot go unanswered [“Doesn’t Hold Water,” Letters, January 9]. The most outrageous of these is that Democrats have...

No Silver Bullet

On Friday, I attended the “Press Sessions” event on water quality in Southampton. A group of elected officials, environmental professionals and high-profile residents were in attendance and part of the...

Good Information

Without The Southampton Press, I would not have known about the extraordinary new health facility now open to the public at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead: a brand-new Olympic...

Marching The Line

Regarding “Zeldin Joins GOP Colleagues In Seeking To Overturn Roe v. Wade” [27east, January 10]: Our representative, Lee Zeldin, is hardly representative of this region. His decision to oppose legal...

Sending A Message

In the January 9 issue, Phil Keith, in his “Mostly Right” column [“Bananas All Around”], declares that our president drove half the world bananas with his “unprovoked curveball, out-of-left-field assassination...

A Good Whine

When I submitted my letter “Little Lee Zeldin” [Letters, December 26], a rhymed critique of our congressman’s sad record and sycophantic relationship with Donald Trump, I might have expected to...

Good Reads

“A Fresh Start” by Joseph R. McLoughlin [Letters, January 9] was thoughtful and inspiring. The stewards of our community can work together for good … “a fresh start” is a...

Filling The Holes

The Village of Southampton Department of Public Works has been aware of the numerous potholes on Hill Street in recent weeks. At 1 inch deep on a roadway with a...

Just The Facts

The Press, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, offered up a prayer-ish editorial of gratitude for the continuance of print journalism, local readership and their nascent merger. In language redolent of...

A Happy Reminder

I would like to acknowledge my thanks for a number of things. A few weeks ago, I lost my wallet at the Water Street parking lot. After a few horrendous...

Do Your Duty

Not long ago, Little Fresh Pond had some of the cleanest water among Long Island’s ponds, as documented by its low blue-green algae count. But by the end of this...

Beautiful And Bright

Thank you to all the businesses who participated in the inaugural Holiday Window Decorating Contest. The creativity, spirit and hard work everyone put in helped Southampton Village shine beautiful and...

End This Process

Once again, Southampton Town has put the real estate industry ahead of saving what is left of our natural resources and native burial grounds in the Shinnecock Hills. The town...

A Fresh Start

Sixty years ago, it was the top priority of this country to win the space race. Now, divisiveness and tribalism and blatant self-interest have destroyed pride in America and paralyzed...

The Only Answer

Regarding “Governor Vetoes Thiele’s Affordable Housing Fund Legislation” [27east.com, December 21]: The discussion continues on how to solve the issue of affordable housing on the East End. It’s been going...

The Meanest Man

There was a Letter to the Editor on December 26 blaming Democrats for the loss of civility in our politics [“The Demise of Civility,” Letters, Western Edition]. I find this...

Need An Explanation

My Southampton Town taxes just increased by 21 percent. I suppose it could have been worse, since my assessment increased by 27 percent. It is impossible to believe that I...

Doesn’t Hold Water

Reflecting on the recently concluded Democrat impeachment of President Trump, I was never more confident that he would be reelected. If you believed his behavior was deserving of condemnation, most...

Vote Blue

The race is on in Congressional District 1, with three Democratic candidates, not just one. Regarding George Lynch’s poem “Little Lee Zeldin” [Letters, December 26], Mr. Lynch, treasurer of the...

Doing A Disservice

Let me start by saying: Let’s bring back trade schools. I’ve been listening to politicians, for years now, saying we need to get more people into college for the higher-paying...

100 Percent Right

Global warming, climate change, oceans rising, and increasing coastline erosion and inundation are all operating together to make it very risky to build or live on or near coastal shorelines...

Cowardly And Shameful

Following the recent rash of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) blamed President Trump. He based his opinion on the fact that President Trump, during...

Egregious Efforts

Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice inspector general, acknowledged before Senate lawmakers that the FBI applications to surveil Carter Page, a CIA operative and volunteer in the Trump campaign, included...

Saying Thanks

On Sunday December 1, the Southampton Fire Department Juniors held their annual pancake breakfast and Chinese auction. On behalf of the SFD Juniors, I would like to thank our terrific...

Nobody Wins

President Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I was dismayed at the divisive discourse that occurred at the December 12 meeting of the Southampton Village Board...

It’s Disrespectful

I was absolutely appalled to hear this morning that Dave Pharoah, the commander of the Sag Harbor American Legion, was informed that he would have to pay a fee to...

Many Thanks

Despite the foggy morning, the Southampton community came out to support Saturday’s Polar Bear Plunge at Coopers Beach. We’ve held the Plunge every December for 16 years, to raise funds...

Outstanding Success

Recent U.S. Labor Department monthly economic reports have been pleasant surprises. Last month, our nation’s economy added 266,000 jobs to our country’s workforce. The estimate had been 180,000. In addition,...

Little Lee Zeldin

Little Lee Zeldin went up to The Hill Promising passage of bill after bill, But actually not much has happened since then. Lee vowed to deliver, but never said when....

Making It Last

I have been so pleased lately with all of the people who have stopped me to say how beautiful the village looks or what a great job I’ve done. My...

Make A Difference

We’ve come a long way … maybe? But while progress was underway, African-Americans’ opportunities for economic and professional mobility were extremely limited. That reality was reflected in the vast wealth...

Not Bad Results

Phil Keith’s recent column “Base Instincts” [Mostly Right, Opinion, December 5] first takes us through a basic civics lesson to display his fundamental knowledge of how our government works and...

‘Tis The Season

Listen closely to the winds, and hear the gentle whisper of an angel’s wings in flight. Look far into the sky and see the shimmering stardust left behind. Close your...

Who Will Stop Him?

Trump, the most corrupt occupant in the history of the White House, who has busily filled the swamp with fellow creatures from the Black Lagoon, is interested in cleaning up...

Greatest Challenge

I would like to commend Sag Harbor Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy for bringing transparency and openness to the village. In a short time, she has stimulated important conversations on issues that...

Pattern Of Corruption

Donald Trump has a long-established record of lying and cheating and stiffing the people that he deals with. With respect to political malfeasance, his record follows a clear pattern. These...

Potential Crisis

With the recent replacement of telephone poles in Bridgehampton by PSEG-Long Island, we understood that Optimum and perhaps other cable operations were responsible for repositioning and hanging the displaced lines....

Many To Thank

Thank you for shedding light on the work being done here in Hampton Bays on behalf of the homeless population of the East End [“Hampton Bays Civic Groups Raise Concerns...

You Make It Possible

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Holiday Party this week; we hope you enjoyed the music, caroling, food and friends that make this one of...

Clearing Things Up

I am writing to correct some misinformation given in an article in the December 5 Western Edition of The Southampton Press article titled “Homeless Encampments Trouble Hamlet Residents.” In the...

How They Voted

As a resident and property owner on the South Fork, I appreciate your recent article on the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 signed into law by Governor...

The Demise Of Civility

“Base Instincts,” the title used for Phil Keith’s usual diatribe against all things Trump [Mostly Right, Opinion, December 5] is an exercise in the very partisanship his article complains about....

Taking Advantage

I visited the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital ER in May with my son. He had a respiratory illness, a history of asthma and was coughing up blood. It happened at...

Look At Tuckahoe

You’re kidding — really? Recent reports by Newsday and the state comptroller’s office underscore what many already know: “Nassau and Suffolk homeowners are severely overburdened by housing costs.” Preeminent among...

Worth A Discussion

The Express News Group is to be applauded for its recent focus on health care. First, the story [“Independent Pharmacies Feel Helpless As Unregulated Middlemen Influence Profits,” 27east.com, October 15]...

A Festive Event

The Sag Harbor Historical Society’s open house last Sunday afternoon was a truly festive event for all. The Annie Cooper Boyd House heralded the event with a wonderful banner created...

A Hate Rant

It was disappointing to see in your newspaper that silly opinion from pseudo author/journalist Phil Keith with his hate rant against our president of the United States [“Okay, Boomer …”...

Serious Questions

As an independent voter, I’m struggling to sift through the daily deluge of news reports and sort fact from fiction. Some things seem clear to me at this point. Did...

Also An Impact

The unexpected visual impact of the HVAC equipment on the roof of the Sag Harbor Cinema is one thing, but does anyone have an idea of how much noise that...

A Unique Artist

In memory of Nova Mihai Popa: As an artist from New Jersey, I had the opportunity of working with Nova, and it stood out in my mind how much he...

More Study Needed

For years, the water in Lake Agawam has been extremely polluted. In recent years, the levels of blue- green algae registered 75,000 mcg/liter, levels high enough to attract the attention...

The Real Story

I am writing about an article you printed on November 27 titled “Water Mill Resident Feuds With Gregor over Drainage Easement” [Residence, 27east.com]. It is disheartening to see even our...

Country First

An open letter on impeachment to U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin: Respectfully, I would urge that you put aside partisan loyalty to President Trump if, as expected, it comes to evaluating...

Much Appreciated

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank our local merchants Justin’s Chop Shop, Beach Bakery Cafe, Tonino’s Pizza, Westhampton Beach 7-Eleven, and Jean Dooley for their...

True Colors

Now that Southampton resident Michael Bloomberg has recently declared himself as a candidate in the 2020 presidential election, let’s look at how he has behaved locally. Numerous articles have been...

Good Riddance!

You win some, you lose some, as the old saying goes. But you can sometimes win by losing some — and that was proven by the win-win announcement last week...

Grab A Shovel

Winter is officially just about on us: The village has sent out the annual code enforcement letter notifying all property owners that Section 235-4 of the code demands that those...

Dance With Her

At times, the frail among us feel overwhelmed by the amount of corruption and evil we see around us: We allow despair to drown out hope, we let frustration conquer...

Many Good Things

At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to wish the people of the Town of Southampton a happy holiday season and to express my thanks for their...

A Change Of Rules

After well over a decade, the Southampton School District is proposing to ban home-schooled students from participating in extracurricular activities on school premises. The current district regulations state that home-schooled...

It’s Shameful!

In my opinion, the American people are frustrated with Democrats trying to depose President Trump over the past three years. Examples: the Kavanaugh hearings, the Mueller Report and now an...

A Special Team

It has been an amazing varsity volleyball season for the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls, and it is a bittersweet feeling now that our season has come to an end. Our league season record...

Lies And Delusions

Are you a liar or delusional if facts like live TV statements made by Trump and his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, are disputed? “I never said that …” In...

Giving Vets The Vote

I am always gratified to live in the United States of America and have the ability to vote and be a part of this continuing participation of our country’s ideals...

Vital Changes

As a lifelong resident of Southampton Village, I am dismayed to see The Southampton Press [“Two Sides Of A Coin,” Editorial, November 7] and some of our former politicians [“Sound...

A Shining Light

It came first, a cool breeze lifting the tendrils of the anchorwoman’s helmet of hair. Then the newspapers began to ruffle. Trumpets began to sound. There followed the rush of...

Who Read It?

How many people know that the entire rental world in the Hamptons has changed drastically thanks to our New York State legislators? For 20 years, tenants’ rights groups have tried...

Thank You, Officers

Police are getting exorbitantly bad press the nation over, unfairly. Especially as we come upon Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the efforts and sacrifices of officers who go to...

A Magical Place

Thank you for the encouraging write-up on efforts to establish the Matthiessen Center at the family home of author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen [“Peter Matthiessen’s Former Sagaponack Home Could Become...

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving season, let us give thanks for the bounty that has blessed the East End for centuries. This includes our precious bays, with their myriad fish, crustaceans and shellfish,...

The Day It Washed In

The dead gray body of a young humpback whale nearly five men long came washed in overnight by the broken edge of the sea. It was not full grown when...

Back On The Bench

This is to express my thanks to all of the people in Southampton who supported me in my reelection to the office of Southampton Town justice. I am particularly grateful...

A Successful Year

The Board of Directors of the Hampton Bays Historical Society would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed in making 2019 a successful year of fundraising events,...

Standing With Jesse

Your front-page article “Letter From Critics Lands Hard” [November 21] was simply another unnecessary attack on our duly elected mayor, who has now had to endure three weeks of character...

Cleaning Up Their Mess

I was troubled to read the “sour grapes” attack on Mayor Jesse Warren by four of his predecessors in their November 14 letter to editor [“Sound Advice”]. Mayor Warren is...

The Right Direction

Wow! An editorial [“Two Sides Of A Coin,” November 7] and four former mayors bearing down on Mayor Jesse Warren, breathing fire [“Sound Advice,” Letters, November 14]. The mayors’ letter...

Out With The Old

It is an unwritten rule that once the president of the United States is replaced by a duly elected new president, any former presidents allow the president-elect to do his...

More Signs Needed

I am writing to you to inform you that I am out here every weekend, and in the last month I have seen several baby fawns on the side of...

Baneful Effects

In his “Farewell Address,” President George Washington warned us about the “baneful effects of the spirit of party,” some of which he had experienced during his second presidential campaign. Such...

Make An Exception

The Housing and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 must not apply to Hamptons seasonal lessors. If seasonal lessors must be in compliance with this law, seasonal lessors will have no...

Please Reconsider

Other than a letter from Simon Jorna, former owner of the Beach Bakery in Westhampton Beach [“A Big Nuisance,” Letters, February 28], the decision to replace the existing roadway with...

Sobering Lesson

The long campaign to undo the election of President Trump will play itself out these next two weeks as House Democrats preside over an impeachment inquiry in an attempt to...

Move Long Overdue

If he had not substituted new lawyers for the nakedly pro-developer Elbert W. Robinson Jr. and Wayne Bruyn, our mayor, Jesse Warren, would not have a prayer of (1) maintaining...

Show Some Decency

What is wrong with our society when an umbrella is stolen from outside a dental office in Hampton Bays on a windy and rainy day? As senior citizens, we are...

A Timely Read

As the saying goes, all politics is local … and we just spent a great deal of time and effort on our recent elections here in the Town of Southampton,...

My Day In Court

A Simple Solution

The role and importance of volunteerism should never be underestimated in how it helps to preserve the safety and well-being of all of us who live in Sag Harbor. Volunteers...

Lost And Found

We would like to thank everyone who helped in the rescue of our 2½-year-old golden mix who got away on leash and was wrapped around a tree branch for 2½...

Open Our Eyes

By now, everyone in the world is familiar with that infamous “perfect” telephone call on July 25, 2019, between our dotard-in-chief and the president of Ukraine, in which bribery, extortion...

Sound Advice

Your editorial, “Two Sides of a Coin” [November 7], captured a concern each of us has had regarding the behavior of the new mayor of the Village of Southampton. We...

Viewpoint: Making Sure The Majority Wins

Two Heroes

Many thanks, overdue, to two Halloween heroes. There’s Pete Reyer [“O Frabjous Day!” Letters, November 7], who reminds us that the orange monster, the greatest destroyer ever, slithering in the...

We Can Do It

Why do we want carcinogenic and toxic equipment in our neighborhoods? In 30 minutes gas-driven leaf blowers put more hydrocarbons into the air than an F-150 pickup truck driven 3,887...

Another Dilemma

In a recent editorial [“Rally For Independents,” October 24], The Press correctly brought into focus the role that the profit motive plays in engendering market concentration in health care. The...

I Love A Parade!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Little Lucy’s 19th annual Halloween Pet Parade/Festival. I started the Pet Parade benefit in the year 2000 to raise animal awareness...

An Inlet In Peril

About 15 years ago, I pointed out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the town supervisor the problem with the Shinnecock Inlet: The incoming tide on the ocean...

An Ode To Canio’s

Thank you for your splendid article on Canio’s Books marking the 20th anniversary of the happy and benevolent reign of co-owners Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka [“After 20 Years, It’s...

Hunting The Hunters

Write on, Mike Wright! In his column “In The Field” [Sports & Outdoors], Mike Wright reports on chaos. Inconsistencies, selectivity, head-scratching policies and slapstick enforcement. He can’t avoid it —...

Let’s Work Together

Some good, conscientious people in Southampton are concerned about affordable housing and what to do about building it. Other good, conscientious people in Southampton are opposed to affordable housing when it...

We Can Do Better

Last week, a letter by David Celi [“Blinding Hypocrisy,” Letters, Western Edition, October 31], who serves as member of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee, raised a few issues that...

O Frabjous Day!

I had the good fortune to go to high school in the 1970s, when educators generally considered instruction in literature, history and geography to be as important as math and...

It’s About Taxes

Recently, the voters of East Quogue rejected the idea of incorporating their community into a village. A few years ago, we, in Hampton Bays, looked at the same idea for...

Cheers And Jeers

Hooray! To the parents who spoke up concerning the Halloween Parade route change for Southampton Elementary School’s Costume Parade on Halloween, which has been going on for many, many decades,...

Blinding Hypocrisy

Carolyn Zenk exposed exactly the reason that I joined the village incorporation effort in the first place [“The Knight We Need,” Letters, October 24]. My position, initially, was anti-village, less...

Continuing Work

In my first term as Town Trustee, I have shown that I can work collaboratively with others in various levels of government, as well as with environmental organizations to make...

What We Share

With less than a week until Election Day, I write to encourage voters to cast their votes. I am reminded that all politics is local and that the greatest impact...

Here Are Some Ideas

Regarding the article “Southampton Town Board And Supervisor Candidates Debate The Issues” [27east.com, October 22], I’d like to summarize the ideas I offered for your readers who didn’t attend or...

Talking Taxes

It has been my honor to serve as town supervisor for the past four years. I work hard every day for our seniors and hardworking families. Regarding property taxes, some...

Coming Together

The October 24 issue of The Press contains an article about the candidates’ debate for Town Board and supervisor offices held on October 17 [“Southampton Town Board And Supervisor Candidates...

Given Us Hope

Congratulations to our new mayor! Mayor Jesse Warren has made the most important change promised but never specified in his election campaign, and I am sure that it was not...

Working For Us

I am writing this letter in strong support for Bridget Fleming to be reelected as Suffolk County legislator. As a long-term resident of the East End, I am concerned with...

Robust Track Record

There is not enough space to list all of the achievements of Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Board member John Bouvier. Their robust track record easily supports their campaign for...

An Awesome Plan

Southampton Village’s young and energetic mayor, Jesse Warren, presented his plan for the cleanup of Lake Agawam to the Southampton Rotary Club on Thursday, October 24. Lake Agawam has been...

Perfect Combination

On Tuesday, November 5, voters have the opportunity to elect two outstanding candidates, John Bouvier and Craig Catalanotto, to the Southampton Town Council. They are the perfect combination to work...

Paradise

Did you ever look at the sky’s deep blue And wonder what made it that way? Did you ever watch white clouds as they flew Or crystal raindrops at play?...

Slow Down

What don’t people understand when going through a school zone — 20 mph? It means just that! Is it because our little school is on a side street, not a...

Courageous Candidates

Some people say, “Forget about politics” … But we can’t … there is too much at stake. We all know how great it is to live out here on the...

Unfair Remarks

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in her remarks to an audience gathered to discuss local groundwater contamination by PFOs and PFAs [“U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Listens To Groundwater Concerns At The 106th...

Mob Action

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s participation in the frat boy stunt at the congressional impeachment hearing last week was another insult to the constituents of District 1. Despite being entitled to...

Far From A Solution

Any recent visitor to Clam Island County Park in Noyac has been beset by the arrival of about 1,000 feet of dense, black sand, dredged from the adjacent inlet and...

The Voters Spoke

Working Families Party leaders have circulated a letter requesting voters to totally disregard the results of the June 25 Working Families primary — a slap in the face for every...

Change Batteries

When you change your clocks, change your batteries. If you own a battery-operated smoke detector, it is recommended that you change the battery every time you change your clocks to...

The Fastest Track

Answering the call to include the powerful science of “drawdown” in their platforms for the future, three candidates have come forward. At the debates for Southampton Town Board, two candidates...

My Choices

Without a doubt, our environment and our water are the most pressing issues facing Long Island and our communities on the East End. Reports of contaminations surface on a daily...

They Stand Out

Yahoo! At the debates for Southampton Town Board last Thursday night, October 17, put on by the League Of Women Voters of the Hamptons, two candidates highlighted that their future...

It Was Some Parade!

It Was Some Parade! It is with great pride and honor that I wish to thank the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America for inviting my family to march...

Pass The Word

Pass The Word The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons thanks the Express News Group for its continued coverage of the 2019 election season and its related and evolving...

Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond It seems that, all too often, there is far too much negativity in the world. We tend to be quick to judge and don’t say thank you...

Must-See TV

Must-See TV The film “Conscience Point,” shown last week at the Hamptons International Film Festival, should be seen by every local schoolchild and government servant. It documents the fight of...

Not A Hard Choice

Not A Hard ChoiceLet’s do a little comparison shopping. Five people are running for two Southampton Town Council seats in November. Taking them in alphabetical order, let’s look objectively at...

We Are Proud

We Are Proud The East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote last Thursday, October 17. We are proud...

Not Based On Science

Not Based On Science Sand Land’s lawyer’s attacks on Suffolk County’s water testing results [“Got It Wrong,” Letters, October 17] are based on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s and Sand...

In Clear View

In Clear View On Friday night, October 18, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman held a fundraising event at the Sebonack Golf Club. The mood at this event must have been rather...

Find The Road Back

Find The Road Back“Stable genius”?We need change now, or our democracy may not survive. Many of our leaders make decisions for the benefit of their political careers. They vote to...

Kids Today

Kids Today Phil Keith brings up a number of interesting points in his column [“The Times, They Are A-Changing,” Mostly Right, Opinion, October 17]. At first glance, I agreed with...

How Is This Legal?

How Is This Legal?Things have a way of popping up in Southampton. One day, something appears, and you wonder “Where did that come from?” and “How is it legal?”The newest...

Out With The Old …

Out With The Old …Under the direction of the Southampton Town Board, there is a systematic failure to govern in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner. A recent example...

A Loss Of Virtue

A Loss Of VirtueI read with consternation John Porta’s letter to this newspaper [“Nothing Sticks,” Letters, Express, October 10]. In the interest of truth, I am compelled to cite facts....

It Deserves Coverage

It Deserves Coverage I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of any coverage by The Press of a rally by Bridgehampton residents on Saturday, October 12, against the proposed...

An Outstanding Job

An Outstanding Job In spite of all the political turmoil in Washington, D.C., there was some very good news in the Labor Department’s September 2019 U.S. Jobless Report: Our nation’s...

How’d It Happen?

How’d It Happen? I, June Morris, my husband, Harvey Sr., and son, Harvey Jr., settled in Water Mill in the mid-1950s. We soon fell upon the little park on Rose...

The Knight We Need

The Knight We Need The community owes much to environmental groups and individuals who defeated the incorporation of East Quogue — a village by developers, for developers — in a...

How To Decide

How To Decide Today, October 17, the residents of East Quogue get to decide whether or not we get to move forward as an incorporated village. The East Quogue Village...

An Unfair Burden

An Unfair Burden Southampton Town’s push for affordable housing is unfair, ineffective for residents — and possibly illegal. Let’s look at some facts; first, where this housing can be located...

A Lesson Here

A Lesson Here Clustering gained favor as a land planning device after early resistance in the 1970s. The idea of preserving open space by grouping approved subdivision units on a...

Make History

Make History On Thursday, October 17, the residents of East Quogue have a unique and fleeting chance to make history. The hamlet of East Quogue has the unique opportunity to...

The Right Way

The Right Way Thank you, Southampton Press, for the “Press Sessions,” with a focus on affordable housing [“Second Southampton Press Sessions Event Focuses On Affordable Housing Crisis,” 27east.com, October 8]....

The Better Vote

The Better Vote Today, East Quogue votes to incorporate into a village or remain a hamlet. Please consider the following questions in response to letters in last week’s Southampton Press....

Men Of Integrity

Men Of Integrity We’re only days away from deciding the political direction that the Town of Southampton will take. A vital component of the well-being of our town rests with...

Got It Wrong

Got It Wrong The reporting in the article “Calls For Better Mine Oversight After County Investigation” [27east.com, October 8] is inaccurate and irresponsible. Nothing in the county’s recent grand jury...

Your Vote Counts

Your Vote Counts Released just three weeks ago, Yale Climate Opinion Maps are revelatory about our community. In Suffolk County, 70 percent of us think environmental protection is more important...

A Dangerous Spot

A Dangerous Spot Call me stupid — you are right — but I’m glad it was me who sank into soft or “quick” sand at Havens Beach, so that I...

Back From The Brink

Back From The Brink Our county government is at a crossroads, and the path to a positive future is in your hands. We need to elect proven leaders who will...

Get Real

“Grassroots campaign”?!?! Get real! And get Discovery Land out of our local business! Alex Burton East Quogue

Let’s Be Positive

One of the things I look forward to each Thursday morning is sitting at Sip’n Soda and reading The Southampton Press. I find out what is going on in the...

Political Hot Potato

The current proposal to incorporate the Village of East Quogue has its roots, among other things, in the pathetic and dysfunctional governance of our Southampton Town Board in the handling...

Look At The Record

In spite of all the political turmoil in Washington, D.C., there is some very good news in the Labor Department’s September 2019 U.S. jobs report. Our nation’s unemployment rate has...

Yes, In My Backyard

My millennial now has their own apartment at Speonk Commons and, yes, no longer over my garage. How future-sighted is our current Southampton leadership to build workforce housing for our...

Follow The Money

Every politician loves to talk about all the “small” donations they have received. However, the money that really fuels elections comes from the big donors, not the little ones. Our...

Giving Selflessly

As longtime Hampton Bays residents who care deeply for the future of not only Hampton Bays, but all of Southampton Town, we will be voting for Rick Martel for Southampton...

Clear Choice

At the debate on October 7 at the senior center in Hampton Bays, Bridget Fleming made a very convincing case and I strongly believe that she has earned another term...

Polluted Evidence

In an effort, seemingly to establish the de facto creation of a Mueller Report redux, the editor(s) of The Southampton Press have lurched into legal issues they seem ill equipped...

Tax

Tax And SpendThe news article this week mentioned the repaving proposal to the state for the entire length of 114 from the ferry to East Hampton [“Officials Want 114 Repaved,”...

Deer Clap Trap

Deer Clap TrapDeer, Peter Hendrickson of Southampton Village writes, after a sojourn in Oregon, “…are a part of life here” [“Harmless And Beautiful,” Letters, October 3]. They are also a...

Unanswered Questions

Unanswered QuestionsNext week, East Quogue voters will confront the question of whether or not they should formally secede from the Town of Southampton and form a village. We urge every...

Nothing Wrong Here

Nothing Wrong HereLast week, I attended a meeting of the Suffolk County Planning Commission. This commission is charged with reviewing proposed development in Suffolk County, and after careful review and...

Take Stock

Take StockI attended the second in the new series of lunch forums started by The Express News Group. This one was on the topic of affordable housing. Though the food was...

Restore Trust

Restore TrustOur environment and ways of life are being threatened in the Town of Southampton, having been entrusted to the wrong people. The waters of Southampton are a resource to...

What’s The Rush?

What’s The RushEast Quogue, what’s the rush? Vote “no” to incorporation until we know: Who will run the village until the village government is established? Who will run for election...

Sit At The Table

Sit At The TableThere are many reasons to say yes to incorporation. Here are just a few. We have done two years of research to back up our position. We...

It’s About Golf

It’s About GolfIn a Press article by Joseph P. Shaw and Amanda Bernocco dated November 20, 2017, [“Golf Course Still In Play,” November 20, 2017] the Town Attorney is quoted...

In A Clamshell

In A ClamshellAnn Welker and Andrew Brosnan are the two most qualified candidates for Southampton Town Trustee and deserve your vote on Election Day. While many voters have a fairly...

No Representation

No RepresentationAs residents of East Quogue, we find ourselves in a very unique situation. With all of the money we pay in taxes, there is no representation to the west,...

Incorporation Would Be A Means To Control Our Own Destiny

Five years ago, I would have opposed incorporation of East Quogue as a village, contending that we were doing just fine. I would have been wrong. Rethinking many issues, especially...

Right And Wrong

On behalf of my daughter Lynne Jones and the other Main Street merchants, I’d like to thank The Press for the recent article about Main Street, “It’s Not Closed”[“Main Street:...

Let Us Decide

Let Us DecideEveryone wants to keep taxes low. That is exactly why the hamlet of East Quogue must become the village of East Quogue. Only as a village can we...

Join The Debate

Join The DebateThank you for printing the letter to the editor entitled “New Rules Needed” in the October 3 issue of The Southampton Press [“New Rules Needed,” Letters, October 3]....

Mounting Frustration

Mounting FrustrationHave you thought about The Southampton Town Trustees, lately? Eric Shultz, the former Trustee president, and I, Fred Havemeyer, former secretary-treasurer, have been sitting on the sidelines watching this...

Magical Thinking

Magical ThinkingIt appears that 2019 is the Year of Magical Thinking for the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee. Wishing for something and telling oneself and an entire community that it...

Nothing Sticks

Nothing SticksPresident Trump is a very flawed individual with some important and necessary ideas on how to run this country. Most notable of these are addressing our broken immigration policy,...

Makes No Sense

Makes No SenseI liked your cartoon [“Paw Print,” September 19]. We ban e-cigarettes, which affect 400 to 500 people a year. Why not guns that kill 30,000 to 40,000 each...

The Argument Against

The Argument AgainstFacts matter: 1. Private community is an oxymoron. 2. No development has occurred or is viable without a golf course at the former “The Hills at Southampton.” 3....

Invisible

InvisibleMagothy is a sacred word. It should not be uttered unless with a gasp. Underneath and sovereign, It courses in the arteries of glacial remains, And has captured the depth...

A Great Show

A Great ShowThe editorial urging us to support Westhampton Beach shops this year, as they tear up Main Street, was terrific [“Go Shop There,” Editorial, September 26]! Visitors will not...

Getting in Line

Getting in LineRegarding the application for a second-floor restaurant at Page [“Page Restaurant Plans Expansion,” September 26] — me too! Please! (And probably every other owner on Main Street.) Ted...

Not A Bad Thing

Well, to be literal, that is not what they said … they said Jay was not truthful when he claimed, correctly, that he has reduced the real estate tax rate...

His Real History

Well, this is a time to be judgmental, and we must compare and contrast candidates and vote for the candidate who best suits our vision of the best local government...

Fiscal Disaster

I am proud to stand with county executive candidate John Kennedy and work to get out our message to voters. I am running for Suffolk County legislator for the South...

Toughen The Penalty

Why not a penalty of, say, loss of license privileges for 60 days? This is a serious offense, and drivers should not be let off with a “get out of...

No Justification

Being a 30-year homeowner in East Quogue, I felt it necessary hear firsthand from the proponents their justification for the need to create a village. The answer was the denial...

New Rules Needed

Because I believe this deserves consideration, I am sharing my concerns with our community. In one body of water (Mill Pond), the Trustees are proposing to eliminate all carp because...

Count On Volunteers

With a simple commitment to community service, people freely serve as EMTs, firefighters, in schools and churches, Little Leagues, beautification and historical societies, fraternal and business organizations, and neighborhood food...

David And Goliath

There appears to be a two-front war. You have Goliath (Discovery Land Company) marching through the community to satisfy its greedy ends, at the expense of potentially damaging the drinking...

Self-Serving Drivel

In what amounts to no more than stupid, self-serving slurs, Mr. Daly has made it his mission to accuse the opponents of Mr. Fasano’s dream — which would further burden...

Change Is Needed

Every day, I am astounded by the fact that so many of us still don’t understand, or won’t understand, the dire situation we’re in. When I read letters in your...

A Flawed Survey

This survey originated in the congressman’s office, not an outside accredited polling organization. Since Mr. Zeldin is a zealous Trump supporter, that alone likely biases the results in favor of...

Moment Of Truth

Trump has abused the power of his office, soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election, and he has admitted doing so. If Trump’s behavior is casually accepted as “no big...

Not In Control

One of the issues that came up was “The Hills at Southampton” project that was voted down by the Town Board in 2017. It seemed as if some people were...

A Tale Of Two Sites

The Hampton Bays Citizens Advisory Committee is very concerned with the extensive composting operation located at the Hampton Bays transfer site. Our Hampton Bays Water District has a problem with...

Please Vote No

Comparing East Quogue to Sagaponack is ludicrous. Sagaponack is one of the wealthiest, most exclusive areas of Long Island, and because of that has special concerns that had to be...

Celebrating Columbus

Below are 10 facts that are attributed to him: 1. Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas. 2. Christopher Columbus discovered a viable sailing route to the Americas. 3. Christopher Columbus led...

Harmless And Beautiful

I was a year-round resident starting in 1962, relocated to Oregon in 2001, and returned to Southampton as a year-round resident in 2015. Deer are a part of life here...

Creating Solutions

There was a buzz in the community about “these people” and “overdevelopment” and how it would change this quiet, tucked-away and relatively unknown area called Remsenburg. I had experienced this...

Hurts No One

It hurts no one if an immigrant has a driver’s license. In fact, it promotes safe driving and allows more immigrants to be gainfully employed. Is that a bad thing?...

We Apologize

We were unfortunately not informed of this structural solution until after it had been employed. We deeply regret the correctly perceived lack of transparency with the Historic Preservation and Architectural...

Chump Change

I’ve lived here for more than 38 years and have always been amazed and astounded at how much more we pay in taxes in the unincorporated areas of town than...

Don’t Miss Out

We could not agree more. We know that the only way to control taxes is to limit density and impact on the school district. And the only way to limit...

Not So Fast

My understanding of governance is that a group of citizens who decides before an election who will represent the populous, and what their salaries will be, is considered a lobbying...

An Outright Lie

Huh? Keep taxes low by voting “yes” to an additional layer of government? How exactly does that happen? On the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee’s website, it expressly mentions tax...

We Need Voter Laws

I did a little digging myself and, up until July 2019, New York State was one of only 13 states that did not allow early voting. (This changes in 2020.)...

Stopping At Nothing

Cory Booker was one of 13 Democrats who voted against the drug bill that would have made drugs cheaper in the United States by allowing purchases from Canadian pharmacies. Booker...

Write A Letter!

“You are in the powerful position to help our country reduce its number of Americans from being senselessly murdered by gun violence. Please hand the bill H.R. 5087, Assault Weapons...

A Front-Row Seat

In addition to making it our highest priority to conduct the construction during the offseason, we carefully planned construction so that businesses can remain open — and they need your...

A Tough Job

But there was an elephant in the room at that meeting, and the most significant question about the future of this village was missing from the coverage and from the...

Bent Over Backward

Ernst writes that the West Bank of the Jordan River and East Jerusalem are, in fact, not located in Israel. They are located in the ancient provinces of Judaea and...

Bringing Prosperity

I am a retired supervisor from the New York City Police Department Counter Terrorism Division, a unit in which I served as an integral member. I assisted in its development...

Not A Quick Fix

As the trade parade continues to ignore speed limit signs and limited access signs to our neighborhood roads, our supervisor once again looks the other way. “Laws not enforced cease...

At The Center Of Things, And Growing

A Matter Of Bias

Last Saturday, I experienced figure and size bias at a local clothing retailer. I learned, firsthand, like Bebe Rexha, what discrimination feels like. No one should ever experience this, most...

Valuable Protections

Our committee has studied the pros and cons of village incorporation, and the primary reason to incorporate is to make sure East Quogue does not become broken in the future....

Signs Of Success

The average American ranks the economy, jobs and wage increases as top priorities, along with health care. Climate control and immigration are not that vital! Well, it’s no wonder these...

Not So Special

I was of the belief that what makes Sag Harbor a small and special place is that pedestrians have priority over vehicles. I was frankly appalled and hope this was...

I Am With Her

I am writing to you from Sweden, where my family and I now live. My wife and I lived in Sag Harbor for 35 years. My children went to your...

It’s Time To Act

When a deer gets caught — as happened a few years ago — in the fitting room of a Main Street fashion boutique, you know that the situation has reached...

Idea Is A Dud

That is why I, and many others, deplore Ralph Fasano’s misleading emphasis on “veterans’ housing” to hawk his projects. When we looked into the files, we found a great many...

Time For Culling

New and serious tick-borne diseases, some fatal, as well as environmental and personal property damage, and concerns about safety, mandate that the deer population be reduced, and hunting is the...

A Right To Vote

A few days ago, I spoke to Assistant Town Attorney Kathleen Murray. I was interested in the status of the proposed village incorporation of East Quogue and wanted to know...

What’s Going On?

The School Board got a wakeup call when it recently had a walk through the building. Fortunately, a few of our School Board members — Chris Tice, Yorgos Tsibridis and...

Forces Of Change

And so, too, must our village be woven together as it faces the ever-present and mounting forces that popularity imposes in rising real estate prices, increased tourism and a local...

Climate Action

Months ago, to call attention to the timeliness of addressing our climate crisis, Nobel Peace Prize nominee 16-year-old Greta Thunberg called for international, intergeneration climate strikes for September 20 and...

Memorable Event

Thank you to Hampton Bays schools, for providing parking and volunteers Lily Mazzio, Haley Weissbard and Angie Chinchima; community volunteers Patty Hammil, Larissa Potapchuk and Alexa Foudy; and the multi-tasking...

Not Impressed

His portrayal of the diversion of funds from our military defense budget as cruel to servicemen and the American taxpayer is not very well thought out. After a year or...

Thanks For The Support

With this fundraiser event, the Hampton Bays Lions Club will sponsor six guide dogs through the Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation — three for returning wounded veterans, and three for persons...

Crimes Committed

“Ch. 65, section 10, Maintenance and repair required: … B. No owner or person with an interest in real property … included within a historic district shall permit the property...

Things To Consider

I am not anti-vaccine. However, in my research as a certified natural consultant for more than 18 years, and the mother of four, I would like to point out a...

Turning The Tables

Leaving aside the cognitive disconnect inherent in the fact that Mr. Robins is himself acting as a politician by engaging in a political contest, I have no patience for this...

The #WeToo Movement Is The Necessary Next Step

Left In Disarray

Obviously, it shows mismanagement on the part of Superintendent Katy Graves. Why didn’t the former administrator leave things in a way anyone could look at it and be confident of...

Being Ignored

The neighbors on the north end of Glover Street have been concerned with traffic calming in our neighborhood for some time. We have sent the previous mayor and the current...

Such A Great Summer!

A big shout-out to Binh and Lauren for their superb management of the Coopers concession this summer. We knew it would be good, as they were there two years ago...

So Grateful

The outpouring of friendship and support after this disaster has been and continues to be truly amazing. There are no words to fully express the gratitude we feel for everyone...

Love It Or Leave It

He refers to the mass shootings. How about the mass shootings that took place under the reign of Hussein Obama? How about all the killings each week in Democratic-controlled Chicago?...

We Need Housing

I am a 2000 graduate of Southampton High School and had five years of college, graduating from Southampton College. I am working three jobs, but my primary is for Sag...

Good Guys

The best part was my recognition that good people still exist in this crazy world, upholding the law and defending the principles of right and wrong. Not only were my...

Support The Troops

I have also read the opposition letters in The Press. I am a 67-year-old U.S. Navy Vietnam vet. I use military healthcare at Northport. While there, I have seen many...

Works Nonstop

I’m particularly interested in her recent resolution establishing a Community Choice Aggregation Task Force to explore cost savings and alternative energy sources. Fleming’s obsession with clean water has been evident...

Action, Not Denial

Of course, hurricanes are nothing new. But what is new is that global warming is raising sea-surface temperatures. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is clearly a...

Pure Exploitation

Since my last statement on the matter, I have contacted via email the LGBT Network president, David Klimnick, and asked him why the LGBT Network made this decision. My email...

Transition

melon sun rises more leisurely, splashing periwinkle blue across the horizon. Soft mushroom-gray clouds whip across the sky A harbinger of fall? Gentle breezes — insect sounds — steady, pulsating...

Effective Leader

Bridget Fleming has done a great job as our Suffolk County legislator since 2016, and she deserves another term to continue her good work on our behalf. I know Bridget...

It Ain’t Broke

So, why? Why change something that is not broken? Most recently, Mastic Beach incorporated, only to realize it was too complicated and expensive to continue. They very quickly voted to...

A Bash At Mash

The location and day could not have been better for a first-time event that took all but a month to plan. We are already looking to next year’s event and...

A Village’s History

A new era has engulfed Sag Harbor. Many old homes have been refurbished, including major expansions. Former “captains’” homes are prized possessions. Sag Harbor has not been either a “whaling...

Chasing Life Birds

No Respect

Mr. Koch may not have shared The Press editorial board’s increasingly liberal agenda, but he was a longtime resident of our village, and his family, still in mourning, deserves some...

Thank You, Jean!

Renee BrownWesthampton Beach

Indeed An Honor

I was disturbed and saddened by the negative reporting about Mr. Trump’s visit, by the media on both a local and national level, whether in print, online, on the radio...

One More Dunce Cap

According to the article in The Press, “Housing Reform Has Unintended Consequences” [Residence, August 22], the reforms contained in the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, meant to address problems...

It’s About Water

In the Southampton Town election this November, clean water will be the prime issue, and the Democratic town government, under Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, has done much about it already, and...

An Inside Look

Soon after my father’s death, my late husband and I accepted an invitation to be on the Dowling College Board of Trustees. Although I have not retained records of our...

Senseless Act

In the wee hours of July 16, Sammy was stolen from his enclosure at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. That was his home for 31 years, after a gunshot wound left...

Winds Have Changed

The politician cares about voters and the cost of a project. A leader cares about people and the wisdom of a project. A politician has a strategy to win the...

Keep Everyone Safe

There are too many inexperienced and beginner surfers on the East End who don’t have enough control of their boards to permit surfing at the same time when and where...

Not So Neighborly

My wife and I have been blessed to have traveled extensively and find the behavior of people elsewhere to be much kinder than “out here.” France being the best. Don’t...

A Matter Of Laws

The owner had encouraged public use of this courtyard for 31 years, because that unhampered traffic created business for the stores he had rented. Now, to prevent public access, the...

The Animals Speak

There are myriad other species that are in decline due to human activities. Allowing domesticated feral cats to roam like vagrants, multiplying into millions in the United States, ignores how...

A Positive Future

We thank everyone who participated in this inclusive, civic process. We are now able to let the people of East Quogue vote as to whether or not to incorporate. We...

The Perfect Mentor

There can be no doubt that the title of the article, which Tim left open until receiving feedback from Terry, is entirely appropriate. Thanks to his extensive teaching experience at...

Leader Of The Pack

Over at the Whaling Museum last week, Alec Baldwin and Kevin McAllister spoke to “Living On The Edge in the Time of Climate Change.” Their talk was as if our...

The Race Card

Revising history, Mr. Brandt seems to have completely dismissed the Democratic Party for slavery in the 100-plus years prior. Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat credited for passing the Civil Rights...

Much To Learn

While Supervisor Jay Schneiderman claims he has not raised taxes, and will repeat it endlessly to get reelected, he really means he has kept the tax rate intact, but the...

Absolute Hypocrisy

As someone who politically identifies as a progressive, there often are occurrences where you have to hold those accountable who claim to be in the same fight as you are....

No Skin In The Game

What does “affordable housing” mean to you? I am sure there would be many different responses to that question from many different readers. With that said, there is no agreement...

Come Meet With Us

For four years now, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s constituents have been urging him to hold a town hall meeting where we could question him on some of his policy stands....

One Earth

Last April, the journal Science Advances published a paper calling for a “Global Deal for Nature.” Its unified objective: protect ecosystems to combat climate change and combat climate change to...

‘They’ Are Not ‘Us’

Is Michael Daly a preacher sidelining in real estate, or a real estate agent who sidelines as a preacher? Either way, to me, he reads like a smarmy, sanctimonious flack,...

Giving Thanks

Giving ThanksAs the 2019 East Quogue Hamlet Green Summer Concert Series Committee chairman, I would like to thank all of my East Quogue neighbors, their families, their friends and their...

The Real Threat

The Real ThreatAnthony Brandt is a pompous fool.The real prejudice to be gleaned from his “Out of Left Field “ column [“The Curse Upon This Country,” Opinion, August 15] is...

Who Has ‘Birthright’?

Who Has ‘Birthright’?As reported in the Southampton Press August 9, “The Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Jordan River and Tel Aviv are just some of the sights that can be...

A Few Inaccuracies

A Few InaccuraciesA Letter to the Editor in the August 15 issue by Anna Klebnikov Brinsmade [“Role Reversal”], which opposed village incorporation for East Quogue, contained some inaccuracies about how...

Lost Its Way

Lost Its WayThe Southampton Town Board’s decision to ban food trucks from visiting farms and wineries is wrong on many levels [“Southampton Town Board Rejects Food Trucks At Farm Stands,...

Big And Good

Dear POTUS:Think about something big and good (i.e., “Great”): Join George Washington and call for a 3rd Continental Congress — retain much of the 2nd Continental Congress (under which we...

This Battle-Ax Hurts The One Wielding It

What a great arrangement it had been. And it went on for so many years. Frankly, I’m amazed we were able to get away with it for so long. But...

Be Like Barb

As I crossed in the crosswalk this morning in Sag Harbor and was almost run over by a Jeep, I felt that I had to write this piece. You see,...

Many Thanks

On July 30, Jack D. Capone was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery. He was a well-loved community-oriented man whose many accomplishments were listed in his obituary last week....

The Real Nightmare

Ed Surgan writes to castigate “no fewer than three Democrats” for being too emotional in their views — and The Press for creating a “Progressive nightmare” by publishing their letters...

Wonderful Success

On behalf of Maureen’s Haven, I would like to thank the local businesses that so generously donated to Maureen’s Haven gala benefit on July 25. The event was a wonderful...

All Incorrect

We are writing to respond to the letter from Vicki Greenbaum [“Who’s Behind It?” Letters, August 1]. Ms. Greenbaum is incorrect in all her assertions. First, everyone who spoke at...

It Truly Takes A Village

This summer, I had the pleasure of enjoying my first full season as general manager of the Southampton Breakers for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League — but I couldn’t have...

Stop The Madness

Shame on us. Another week of gun massacres in America … 29 dead … scores injured …Nick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff, says neither Trump nor any politicians are to...

I’m Out

After reading U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s request for campaign funding, “The Radical Socialists Are Ready,” I have finally decided to withdraw any consideration of support for Lee or President Trump.Here’s...

Impressions, Post July 4

Pop! Crackle! Whiz!Mini fireworks still celebratingIndependence DayBlood orange full moon risesslowly against clear sapphire sky —Queen of the nightJade colored inlet — still asglass — two egrets poised totake flight...

You Can Do Better

Shame on you, Miss “I’m with the town,” for your indifference to the needs of the elderly and disabled at Nancy Atlas’s phenomenal show at Good Ground Park in Hampton...

My Turning Point

You may claim to being progressive/liberal, along with those who write letters to the editor, but you are not. Progressives/liberals espouse feelings and thoughts of “compassion, sensitivity, equality for all,...

A Surprise Fee

Has anyone else noticed the trend in Westhampton of charging 4 percent extra if you use a credit card? One business starting doing it earlier in the summer, then stopped...

Teaching The Grommets

Regarding surf camps [“Surf Camp Plan In Works,” July 25]:Every summer, I get the great pleasure of watching grommets (young surfers) drop into little waves with the low, wide stance...

Who’s Behind It?

On July 10, I was hand-delivered, at my home, a copy of a lawsuit—close to 3 inches thick—filed by members of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee. It named Supervisor...

Two Perspectives

Do you believe that climate change is beginning to impact our lives? Many people, businesses included, think so and are beginning to act on this belief; others continue to fail...

Common Denominator

As if on cue, The Southampton Press has taken the side of free breakfast for all of the Southampton Elementary School students [“Gold Stars and Dunce Caps,” Editorial, July 18]....

Bravery And Valor

On behalf of the members, employees and the Board of Directors of the La Ronde Beach Club, we would like to extend our overwhelming gratitude to Officer Mark Yakaboski of...

My Fellow Americans

The Op-Ed page in last week’s Press was a Progressive nightmare in print. No fewer than three Democrats who wrote in the Letters to the Editor on July 25 appear...

A Brighter Future

Election Day is November 5—less than 100 days from now. This is an important election year for local elected positions at the county and town level. Our county government is...

An Active Enemy

In the wake of the Robert Mueller testimony, President Trump will be hosted at a fundraiser in Southampton on August 9. It will be interesting to note who among us...

A Fine Writer

Enjoyed Phil Keith’s column [“A Crash Course In Hamptons Summer Culture,” Mostly Right, July 18]. His people observations are as keen as those in a John Updike novel.Ian CarsonHampton Bays

Wind Farm Hot Air

Honestly, when looking at the diagram of the two proposed wind farms off Long Island [“Ørsted Wins Bid From New York State For Large New Wind Farm Off Montauk,” 27east.com,...

A Form Of Cruelty

It is presumed that Lori Tutt was operating on a full stomach when she wrote her disgusting letter [“No Free Breakfast,” Letters, July 18] and simultaneously submitted it for publication...

Keep The Theater

CVS wants to replace the Hampton Bays movie theater with one of their mega drugstores [“Southampton Town Planning Board Takes Early Look At Proposal For CVS In Hampton Bays Movie...

No Free Breakfast

Southampton School District is at it again, pushing its progressive ideology on the students with the “free breakfast for all” program in the elementary school. Their latest antics include further...

Serious Business

I do not have much faith in the group of East Quogue residents and their attempt to incorporate the hamlet. Their initial petition was fraught with inaccuracies, despite legal counsel,...

Go For The Gold

How satisfying it was to listen in on the annual Sustainability Committee’s report to the Town Board! So much breadth and depth in the efforts on both sides. We are...

A Refreshing Read

It is with great hope and anticipation that I open The Press every week, hoping to see the work of my favorite contributor, Joanne Pateman. Amid all the political nonsense,...

A Wild Night!

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge celebrated its 13th annual Wild Night for Wildlife Gala on Saturday, July 13, and we are so grateful to so many individuals and businesses who helped...

A Prediction

Patriots don’t need to wrap themselves in the flag; they show it respect and dignity. Don the Con[fidence] Man wraps himself in the flag, kisses it, embraces it like it...

More Input Needed

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the North Sea Citizens Advisory Committee, Curtis Highsmith, executive director of the Southampton Housing Authority, which administers Section 8 housing, gave a presentation on affordable...

An Assessment

It’s time to assess Jay!1. Can you realistically sell your home for the assessed value that the town says it is worth?2. Does the town turn a blind eye to...

Excessive Noise

Dear Neighbor, It’s a very sad afternoon for us, as, at the last minute, we had to cancel a pool/lunch date at our home, due to the all-day deafening project...

Actions, Not Optics

Last week, Ed Surgan completely misconstrued my Letter to the Editor concerning Donald Trump [“In Good Hands,” Letters, July 11]. I said nothing about the optics of Trump posing with...

A Job Well Done

We call on Southampton Town’s elected officials to address many issues: water quality, coastal erosion, land use, affordable housing and many more. I think they’ve done a good job in...

What We Have Planned

I read with interest the article “Tupper Boathouse Work Goes Out To Bid For a Second Time” [Eastern Edition, July 11]. Southampton Town officials, by requesting an additional and acceptable...

Many Priorities

With all due congratulations to the new mayor-elect and best wishes for his, and our, success—now that Southampton Village is under his stewardship, it might be wise to alert him...

Taking Advantage

The votes cast in the 2019 Southampton Village general election included a meaningful number of votes cast as absentee ballots by residents of a nursing home located in the village.What...

Just Add Goose Steps

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Really? I’m not so sure about that—at least not in our national discourse. There, names can carry...

In Good Hands

In response to comments by Joseph Chiarello, Dick Sheehan and Stephen Ring [Letters, Western Edition, July 4], I submit my own view.You may quibble over the president’s claim that the...

Happy Memories

Ah, the memories evoked by Annette Hinkle’s piece on John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful [“Welcome Back, John Sebastian,” Arts & Living, June 27]! His comment on why he chose...

Many Thanks

We want to thank our generous friends and neighbors for supporting and attending “An Evening in Positano,” our Italian-themed event raising awareness and much-needed funding for East End Hospice and...

The Next Step

As the summer fishing season is in full swing, and anglers like me ply the waters off Long Island for striped bass, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo have...

Strong Action

I was glad to read of U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s support for legislation that would include young farmers in a program to forgive student loans. But to help all farmers...

The Magic Of Disney

This past Saturday, the Southampton Garden Club presented “Films of Enchantment: The Legacy of Walt Disney,” its first flower show in five years. The design and organization of such an...

Deeply Moved

What do the imposing, interloping themes of movies like “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Russians Are Coming,” and accompanying songs like “Compared to What,” “Shaddap You...

An Emergency

Each passing day of inaction brings us closer to the irreversible effects of runaway climate change. “We have a closing window of opportunity to act and narrowing options … One...

Yes And No

I truly enjoyed your Summer special issue of 27east magazine, and was particularly engaged by the question: Are you a local? In my case, the answer is: No. But I...

The Company He Keeps

At the G-20, President Trump played footsie with Vladimir Putin about meddling in our elections and joked about doing away with journalists. Also, Trump praised Mohammed bin Salman in spite...

Seeking Solutions

Lynn Manger and Pamela Michaelcheck are right: We should clarify village code [“We Need Clarity,” Letters, June 27]. I have volunteered considerable time pursuing just that, meeting with mayors, village...

A Pleasant 105-Mile Ride

People probably think it’s false vanity when I deflect their compliments and praise for having ridden my bike 105 miles in one day, from Manhattan to East Quogue, along with...

Not The Best

President Trump claims that he has the best economy ever. Just another one of Trump’s lies. Trump has the sixth best economy, based on GDP growth while in office: Kennedy,...

Slow Suicide

Our fruitless attempts to stay ahead of nature’s insects are actually killing us [“Beetlemania Is Coming,” Hampton Gardener, Residence, June 6]. These chemical applications, like Roundup, are wiping out the...

An Informed Decision

Peter Sartorius, the mayor of Quogue, announced at the Village Board meeting on Friday, June 21, that the board had unanimously voted against the Save the Dunes and Beaches proposal...

Heartfelt Thanks

The Memorial Day ceremony was held this year in the Village of Westhampton Beach to dedicate a beautiful new military park honoring the men and women from our communities who...

Cancel The Show

Folks, it’s time to cancel the “Jay the Virgin Show.” Or do you really want to continue to suspend disbelief and accept, as in one of the latest episodes, that...

We Need Clarity

In a recent letter, Rob Coburn, a member of the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, attempts to parse scale from size [“It’s About The Code,” Letters,...

Flatly Wrong

This letter is in response to Rob Coburn, member of the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, indirectly justifying his vote, with a slim majority, to approve...

Wonders Of The Air

Thank goodness for the helicopters and seaplanes! I live on the North Fork, where everyday life is relatively quiet. Thankfully, during the summer months, especially on weekends, I am treated...

Looking Forward

We would like to thank the residents of Southampton Village for choosing us to serve as trustees. We appreciate all those who helped and supported us during our campaign. Southampton...

Helicopter Hell

I recently called the Southampton Town tax assessor’s office to discuss the ever-increasing appraisal of our property. We are in the path of the eastbound helicopter route, which has increased...

Fighting Words With Historic Significance

President Donald Trump has accused The New York Times of treason, a term generally defined as a criminal attempt to overthrow the government. Traitors have been liable for punishment by...

See The Difference

They say, “If you wait long enough, the ‘truth’ will emerge.” What they don’t say is who will be chosen to be the messenger. So it was with great surprise...

A Terrible Loss

I am a resident of East Quogue and a frequenter of the Regal Movie Theater in Hampton Bays. My husband, daughter, granddaughter and I regularly enjoy movies at the theater....

The Simple Facts

When our trustees learn and understand the following simple facts, we will have the Southampton Village government we deserve:1. The village zoning code does not confer any rights on developers....

A Great Experience

I am writing this on Monday, the day before the Sag Harbor Village elections. I want to start by thanking you for your endorsement of myself, as well as that...

Vote Local

On the eastern end of Long Island, many treasured, historic villages face challenging growing pains. Solutions are not easy, nor are they quick. Only someone with a longstanding connection to...

Continue To Fight

As the petitioners for the election for the potential incorporation of East Quogue, we are dismayed by the decision by the Southampton Town supervisor, who denied our petition for an...

At Last!

Rain-soaked earth,drenched to capacity—Golden sunrise, anticipatingFather’s Day—Soothing wind rustles throughthe trees—A soothing soundin itself.For a brief moment, one forgetsthe world’s turmoil—Because the emerald greeninlet exudes tranquility.The pair of swans leisurely...

Don’t Deserve A Raise

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced that she wants congressional members to get salary increases.In my opinion, her recommendation has no merit when you consider how little our legislatures have...

Stand In Solidarity

The membership of the Marilyn Buck Solidarity Organization would like to submit a Letter to the Editor in full support of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s sovereignty and right to build...

A Win-Win

I just read with great enthusiasm that our town supervisor, Jay Schneiderman, has proposed a land swap to save our beautiful Tuckahoe Woods Preserve [“Board Floats Land Swap,” News, Eastern...

A Dire Need

Who does the Town of Southampton answer to if not to the residents of the town, their constituents? The town is now in ownership of Bel-Air Cove, which it purchased...

You’ll Be Missed

With all the activity going on in Southampton Village right now, let us not forget the trustees who served on the Village Board and are about to voluntarily vacate their...

It’s About The Code

Thank you to The Southampton Press for hosting the candidates’ forum on Friday, June 7 [“Southampton Village Candidates Debate Top Issues On Friday,” 27east.com, June 11]. The evening was very...

A New Home

It’s been 10 years in the making, and now Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance (SVVA) is finally getting the much-needed new headquarters. Fifteen years ago, the SVVA operated two ambulances with...

Work Very Hard

In just under two years, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving has hit the ground running and vastly improved our quality of life and the environment. We are the first village...

Making Democracy Work

Now that the New York State Court of Appeals has issued an order finally denying the appeal of Eileen Duffy in the case of Lynch v. Duffy, I can speak...

Honor To Serve

On June 25, Independence Party voters will have the opportunity to cast a vote in a primary for the office of receiver of taxes. I am writing today as the...

You Have An Ally

It’s encouraging to see young people rally in support of actions to reverse the looming dangers of climate change [“Kids Lead ‘Earth Uprising,’ Eastern Edition, May 30]. Kudos, too, should...

Man With A Plan

What showed up at the Friday night “conversation” among the candidates for mayor and for trustee of Southampton Village, moderated by Joe Shaw, executive editor of The Southampton Press, was...

To Learn And Listen

Thank you, Joe Shaw and The Southampton Press, for hosting a really great candidates’ roundtable debate on Friday. Thanks also to everyone who participated, those running for office and the...

Job Well Done

Although I don’t live in Southampton Village, I support and shop in the village on a daily basis. I’ve connected with store owners throughout the years, getting to know these...

Finding A Balance Between Commodity And Community

I am waiting for the blow, braced for the inevitable. Every morning, as I pass by, I check out the shingled four-square with the real estate sale sign out in...

Show Of Support

On Saturday, June 1, the Parrish Art Museum received a meaningful and heartening endorsement from our community. By an 80 percent margin, voters approved the annual proposition for funding for...

Many Thanks

The Hampton Bays Beautification Association held the 34th annual Garden Party and Famous Chinese Auction at Oakland’s Restaurant in Hampton Bays on Saturday, June 1. A very special thanks to...

Time To Act

Many times, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman slips out of his office and climbs to the top of the Town Hall cupola on Hampton Road. He is seen gazing toward the west....

Blocked From Ballot

Once again, thanks to my own party, an election was decided in the courtroom instead of the voting booth. To keep me off the ballot, other candidates spent money, a...

For The Earth

Friday, May 24—the day before Memorial Day weekend—was one of the busiest Fridays of the year on the East End. In fact, so busy that our whole Southampton Town Board...

Been There, Done That

In 1988, the Flanders-Riverside-Northampton section of Southampton Town became the Incorporated Village of Pine Valley. The proponents for an incorporated village wanted to “control their own destiny.” After two years,...

Just Saying Thanks

I would like to thank all those who supported me in the recent Southampton School District Board of Education election. I intend to listen to everyone in the school district...

Deserves A New Term

Michael Irving deserves to be elected to a second term as mayor of the Village of Southampton. His dedication, hard work and many accomplishments during his first two years in...

Is There Any Hope?

Do you really think that the members of our Southampton Village government know the laws (federal, state and local) which are meant to inform their decisions? Think again. Here’s what...

Need An Outside Look

Need An Outside LookThe latest hearing in Quogue [“Quogue Holds Final Public Hearing On Erosion Control Taxing District On Saturday,” 27east.com, May 29] makes clear there is a need for...

Leader Of The World

Another mass murder in the USA, this time in Virginia Beach. The USA is the leader of the world in domestic gun violence. I am so very ashamed of our...

A Chance To Give Back

Southampton Village has been an essential part of my life. I was born and raised in the village. I attended Southampton public schools, and I am raising my family and...

It Was Historical

The Southampton Press’s recent story on the Nathaniel Rogers House preservation effort [“Nathaniel Rogers House Faces Another Financial Setback In A Nearly Decade-Long Renovation,” 27east.com, May 14] and subsequent editorial...

Long, Slow, Expensive–And Worth It

A recent editorial in The Press titled “The Money Pit” [May 30] contained serious inaccuracies that misrepresented the status of the preservation and restoration of the Nathaniel Rogers House. Located...

Picking And Choosing

“The town is appalled by what is going on. I mean, we are outraged. They will completely change the character of our community we have fought long to protect,” said...

Went Too Far

As a former employee and a radio professional, I’ve been a fan of WLNG for a number of years. The connection it had with the community has been a special...

Hardly An ‘Eyesore’

I have been reading about the so-called “battle” over the Shinnecock Nation’s construction of two large billboards on Sunrise Highway. Today, I went to look at the south billboard, and...

Monitoring Needed

I write this letter the day before the Town Board is scheduled to address a resolution on groundwater monitoring for Sebonack Golf Club. I appreciate that Town Board members are...

Tipping Point

As a concerned resident of Little Fresh Pond Road, I have been watching the struggle by homeowners here in a fight against a huge commercial development on Little Fresh Pond—a...

God Bless Ebby

In remembrance of Maurice’s father, Edward “Ebby” Corrigan Sr. [“Missed Beyond Words,” Letters, May 9; “Edward Corrigan Put His Family And Community Before Himself For 89 Years,” Obituary, 27east.com, April...

Beyond Money

Not that anyone has asked me, but I think that the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s billboards on Sunrise Highway are more than a way to make money for some and irritate...

A Lesson Learned

The decision has been made to pull the plug on the Southampton Town Trustee constituent-funded direct tax line [“Thiele Withdraws Bill To Create Southampton Trustees Tax Line,” 27east.com, May 17]....

Recognize Their Worth

Recognize Their WorthWe need to make a deep acknowledgment of not only the incalculable worth of the Shinnecock Indian Nation to us here on Eastern Long Island, and to the...

Work Together

As someone who was in one of the first cars to travel on the new Montauk Highway/27A in the early 1970s, I am saddened that some of our Native American...

Show Of Support

Show Of SupportThe recent media coverage by The Press regarding the Shinnecock Nation’s economic self-determination projects have not gone unnoticed by other Native American communities in and around New York...

Make A Statement

Make A StatementMillions of people around the globe, in more than 122 countries, went on strike for the climate on May 24. The grassroots group Drawdown East End, a member...

Well Worth It

Well Worth ItI received a mailer from the East Quogue Civic Association, which, like usual, is full of misinformation. The proposed village is not interested in recreating the wheel. They...

Outpouring Of Love

Outpouring Of LoveIt will be one year since Father’s Day, 2018, when my husband, the Reverend Marvin Dozier, took his last breath, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, close relatives...

A New Era

A New EraIt is my firm belief that we need to support our Shinnecock neighbors and welcome them into the 21st century as partners. The monuments they are building on...

The Cost Of H2-B

The Cost Of H2-BHow is the quality of life being compromised in our beautiful community by the missing seasonal laborers? All seasonal small businesses will increase their prices to offset...

A Fire Hazard

A Fire HazardWhen will Southampton Town address the alarming state of the forest in Hubbard Park and on Red Creek Road in Hampton Bays and surrounding streets? Over the past...

Let’s Find Another Way

Let’s Find Another WayLocal community members and organizations are quite concerned regarding the Shinnecock Nation’s electronic billboard project underway on Sunrise Highway. We understand the Shinnecock Nation’s desire to seek...

A Matter Of PR

A Matter Of PR Robert Mueller found no conspiracy but plenty of collusion: more than 600 unexplained, unreported contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians throughout 2016, the year...

Only The Truth

Only The TruthWhere are we, America? Our president has lied to us over 10,000 times. We must all stop and look at the facts—yes, facts. In the infamous words of...

Stick To Facts

Stick To FactsPeople of East Quogue, you may have received a mailer from the East Quogue Civic Association that does not support the incorporation of our hamlet. As per the...

Time For Change

Time For ChangeI fully endorse Charles Styler for Southampton School Board. It is time for a change.As a North Sea resident for over 50 years, Charlie knows the people, the...

Who Should Pay?

Who Should Pay?Is the newly proposed Quogue tax district in the best interest of all Quogue Village residents?The goal should be to preserve and protect the Quogue beach, an invaluable...

Following The Rules

Following The RulesWhen I was a young man, I did not belong to any political party. I wanted to vote for the best candidate, regardless of their political affiliation …...

Heard My Point

Heard My PointAt the Town Board meeting on Tuesday, April 30, I addressed the Town Board during the public comment section. Although the supervisor and the three Democratic Town Council...

Choose Wisely

Choose WiselyGeorge Orwell called it “Newspeak”: Encouraging participation in the democratic process actually undermines it in Bridget Fleming’s America … In the realm of “you cannot make this stuff up,”...

Heartbreaking Task

Heartbreaking TaskI just finished a local author’s outstanding book that I could not put down.George M. Motz has just published an extremely well-written book about his military service during the...

Generous Donations

Generous DonationsOn behalf of the Ana Castro Memorial Scholarship Committee, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations: Whitmores Inc., Kevin Maple Salon, Sugarfina,...

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Bridgehampton Chamber Music – Calidore String Quartet
Making their Bridgehampton debut, the dynamic and virtuosic Calidore String...
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East End Arts & LISC STEAM Collaboration: Grades K – 3
with Judy Isbitiren LISC and Kathleen Ruscick EEA STEAM weekly...
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East End Arts & LISC STEAM Collaboration: Grades 4-6
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East End Arts & LISC STEAM Collaboration: Grades 7-12
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