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Help Save It

An unrest is growing stronger between the ones who wish to stop the overdevelopment of Shinnecock Hills and the ones who don’t. Although Southampton Town has the funds to purchase,...

Extremist Ideas

Why do Republican legislators want to pass laws making a woman’s rights mean nothing — and the cluster of cells growing in her body mean everything? There is a small...

Bad, Bad, Bad

Recently, Robbie Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, under oath in a federal courtroom, admitted that Hillary gave the go-ahead to provide a reporter with the dirt that Trump had back-door...

Mimi Is Missed

Not since Rudolpho first cried out for his Mimi at the grand opening of “La Boheme” in 1896 has a missing Mimi been so sorely missed as Southampton Village’s Mimi...

Who’s The Daddy?

Regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, I would like to offer some suggestions. The time and place for the original decision of Roe...

Know The Rules

This letter is being written to you from Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton. My husband, Tip, and I just came for the first time since summer set in. It is heavenly....

Celebrating What?

To all those cheering the demise of Roe v. Wade, I need to ask: What exactly are you celebrating? The woman who may die because she can’t end a life-threatening...

Rules Of The Road

Over Memorial Day weekend, I was pleasantly surprised by how conscientious drivers were about keeping a safe distance from those of us on bicycles. Thank you, sincerely. The rest of...

Inadequate Republic

“Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or the free exercise thereof …” Yet our U.S. Supreme Court gives itself permission to use the voiding of Roe...

Moral Obligation

Hopefully, Southampton Village residents have read the saga of previous village budgets exceeding the state-mandated 2 percent cap on tax levy increases. This malfeasance occurred during the Epley administration years,...

Messy And Noisy

I am writing to object to a special use permit being issued to the operators of Art Market Hamptons in Bridgehampton. As a resident of the hamlet, I find the...

Save Moses Park

A recent meeting with Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman confirms that the town wants to build a formal sports center in Moses Park that will include two tennis and bocce courts....

Plastics Everywhere

Managing plastics pollution and recycling is a worldwide problem. The United Nations Environmental Program reports that 400 million metric tons of plastics are manufactured worldwide per year, with a disappointing...

Stay On Track

Fortunately, I do not have to face the agony of having to commute each day on the South Fork Commuter Connection, but I did rely on the Long Island Rail...

A Vote Is A Vote

It is notable that The Press reports the vote total for each candidate, followed by the number of absentee ballots [“Arresta Reelected, Manger Returns To Southampton Village Board,” 27east.com, June...

Time Is Running Out

Exactly 100 years ago, Adolf Hitler and his “Proud Boys” were preparing their putsches to overthrow the Bavarian State Government in Munich, to be followed with a march on Berlin,...

Be Aware And Involved

I would like to congratulate Gina Arresta and Bill Manger on their victory on Election Day. I would also like to thank my wonderful supporters, grassroots campaign team and the...

Inadequate Plan

The Southampton Town Board has put forth an inadequate and incomplete affordable housing plan. While this one-size-fits-all plan lacks any real substance, it can be used as a tool to...

Erroneous And Gratuitous

Now that the dust and the dirt have settled, and the votes for village trustees cast and counted, I am left wondering how the admonishments delivered up in The Press’s...

In It Together

On behalf of all of us here at Group for the East End, I want to express our thanks for The Express News Group coverage of our 50th anniversary. In...

What Has Changed?

Coincidentally, as the January 6 Committee hearings are being televised, it is also the 50th anniversary of another bleak time in our nation’s history: the Watergate scandal. So lots of...

Unite The Community

I am humbled by the strong support I received from Southampton Village voters in last week’s election. I would like to sincerely thank all of those who voted for me...

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

I’m not an activist, rabble-rouser or normally a complainer. I’m an older, retired American living on a fixed income trying to make ends meet — but every time I get...

Desecration Of Nature

My grandparents bought land, around 1920, which is now the Anna and Daniel Mulvihill Preserve. They cherished and protected all of its species. My father, William Mulvihill, bought adjacent parcels,...

Shameful

Shame, shame, shame on the Southampton Town officials who cannot make the correct and responsible decision for the people they represent [“Art Market Hamptons In Bridgehampton: Not Approved, But Not...

Determined ‘Screamer’

In response to the letters in favor of a cellphone tower, the “very small group of screamers” that made “false claims” and points that have “zero validity or substance,” I...

Watching With Interest

I would like to thank all of those who voted for me in this past Southampton Village trustees election. Although I was not successful, I am honored to have had...

Zombie Houses

Can someone now explain to me what happened to 752 Hamilton Avenue in Hampton West Estates? This property was part of the Northern Sites development that the town purchased as...

Leaders Of Change

As a Sag Harbor local who read history textbooks and learned of the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade at Pierson High School, it is with the utmost urgency...

Get Active

Last week’s Southampton Village election proves that blatant corruption in our prior village administrations has now been replaced by willful ignorance and backroom deals. We had top-notch professionals under contract...

A Serious Subject

Young women out there, please don’t believe the one-sided views from the “pro-choice” movement. Take it from me and countless other women. I live with sadness and regret from having...

He Came Through

Those down around Long Wharf on Saturday afternoon, June 11, may well have heard the happy sounds of a steel band and seen guests boarding motor yachts, sizes 40 to...

A Better Village

I write to encourage my fellow Southampton Village residents to cast their votes for Trustee Gina Arresta and Bill Manger Jr. in the trustee election this Friday. Trustee Arresta would...

Work Continues

As the Southampton Village election is this week, I am asking for your support. I was raised in a family that has been committed to public service for a long...

Ban The Fair

It is with some disappointment that we read that the special event permit for a Bridgehampton art fair was not denied by town officials [“Art Market Hamptons In Bridgehampton: Not...

Nonsensical

Recently, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman was interviewed on TV. He was asked to comment as to how to prevent another slaughter like the one in Uvalde, Texas. As expected,...

Unending Commitment

Gina Arresta has been a resident for more than 30 years in the Village of Southampton, and it is because of her commitment to the village that she loves that...

Long Way To Go

It is good news that common sense gun violence prevention legislation in Congress is gaining bipartisan support, although it has a long way to go, because most such legislation has...

Star Students

Each year, the East Quogue Civic Association awards two $500 scholarship to two graduating seniors from East Quogue who will be attending college in the upcoming fall. The scholarships are...

Voting Status

Southampton Village elections are here, and everyone who is legally entitled to vote and registered should do so. Those who are not full-time residents of the village should be sure...

Continue Progress

We write in support of the reelection of Gina Arresta for trustee in the Village of Southampton. Gina is one of the most capable people in all of village government....

Put Sign Back

We are writing to the editor because The Southampton Press did not consider it newsworthy to publish it, but we think all our neighbors should know. In 2020, we posted...

Pivotal Juncture

I have known Bill Manger Jr. for more than 45 years. I admire Bill’s integrity, competence and steadfast nature. Bill has a demonstrated record of civic-minded leadership, and I believe...

Cast Your Vote

Very soon, the citizens of our village will be called upon to elect two trustees to represent them in the governance of this village. Each of the candidates offers special...

Full-Court Press

The Democratic Party is employing a full-court press to try to get back into the game being played for the 2022 midterm elections. They have several key players to deploy...

Choice Is Clear

As resident of North Haven, I want to express that Terie Diat has been a total breath of fresh air since she was elected as a trustee nearly two years...

No One’s Business

On East Hampton Airport: Have we stepped through the looking glass? The town owns the land. The town leased the land to business entities. The town no longer wishes to...

Primary Choice

Starting last Thursday night, the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack began a series of eight public hearings on the events leading up to and culminating with...

Double Down

It’s been arduous, as well as enlightening, to knock on doors all over Southampton Village, and to walk the village streets, shaded by the beautiful trees and sometimes by the...

Good Fortune

Readers of these pages are familiar with the many improvements to the Village of Westhampton Beach. Much is visible (Main Street, infrastructure upgrades, new businesses) and much more goes on...

Take Action

Your editorial [“A Cry For Action,” June 2] rightly focuses on school shootings after the massacre at Uvalde High School. But mass killings — most, if not all, of them...

Rule Changes

I want to make sure all your readers know about rule changes regarding absentee ballots in Suffolk County. From the Board of Elections website: “Important change in law about absentee...

Assessed How?

Soon, Southampton Village will be sending out its real estate tax invoices. It will be interesting to see whether the village is continuing its deceptive practice with its “full market...

Student’s Perspective

Who survives this? When I first heard about the shooting in Texas, I thought it was disgusting that an 18-year-old would shoot his grandmother, then go into a school and...

Spirit Offended

To the young woman who yanked the allium out of the garden by my driveway, who did not know that she was observed from afar: She must have thought nothing...

National Treasure

Having had the pleasure for many years, I can assure you that all dialogue below is reported verbatim. Reading first the excellent story on Jules Feiffer [“Q&A: Legendary Cartoonist Jules...

Admires Work Ethic

Of the four candidates running for Southampton Village trustee in next Friday’s election, there is one I have come to know well during the period of public hearings for a...

Hot Air

The data from the Chicago Police Department is staggering: There have been 239 homicides and 971 shootings in the city this year through the end of May. The city with...

Fighting Our War

We can’t be distracted by any other agenda than facing this moment. We cannot let Vladimir Putin’s mistake in Ukraine go to waste, or we will forever regret it. What...

Ideal Choice

As a member of the Southampton Village community, I am writing in support of Gina Arresta, who is running for reelection to the Southampton Village Board on June 17. Gina,...

A Rare Commodity

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The single sentence...

Tree Of A Man

Bob DeLuca is like one of those enduring, beautiful old trees that are mercifully still left to grace the landscape and ease the eye out here. Like them, he has...

A Good Move

I wanted to make a brief comment about the last Southampton Village Board meeting and, in particular, a resolution put forth by Gina Arresta. Although I was not in attendance,...

Restore Vitality

With every passing year, I feel like Southampton Village is losing more and more of its soul. It always surprises me how many people will go to the polls without...

Grit And Determination

We elected two trustees two years ago: Gina Arresta and Joe McLoughlin. Now, Joe must go, and we all need to support Gina, who has distinguished herself from Joe by...

Invisibile Hand

Until my family moved out here full time a few years ago, I would have been hard-pressed to tell you what the village trustees did, how many there were, or...

More Than One Voice

With the village elections upon us, I’d like to take this opportunity to endorse Kimberly Allan for trustee. I first worked with Kim when she was a trustee a few...

Measured Approach

I’m writing to endorse Bill Manger for village trustee in Southampton. I have known Bill for many years, and I have always known him to be honest and forthright. Bill...

Crucial Crossroads

Nothing makes my blood boil more than local politicians who look at their candidacy and opportunity to serve as a stepping stone or another notch in their belt. Trustee Joe...

Protect The Greenbelt

On behalf of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, we want to alert everyone to the newest threat to the Long Pond Greenbelt, the 1,100-acre nature preserve that Southampton...

A Time Of The Signs

What a beautiful Memorial Day weekend to stroll through downtown Southampton Village and see the utter joke that has been made of sign enforcement in our beautiful village. There is...

Civility And Respect

As a lifelong village resident, I was excited to receive Bill Manger’s letter announcing his run for village trustee again. I got to know Bill 25 years ago when he...

Get Something Done

In 2019, President Donald Trump signed a nationwide federal law raising the age to 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a nationwide...

Save Moses Park

Nearly two years ago, the Foxhollow and Harvest Lane neighborhood fought off the development of 55 condos or 15 single-family homes at the base of the neighborhood. We were told...

Exceptional Interview

Your May 26 edition of The Southampton Press was an exceptional publication. It was not only chock full of informative and substantive articles on a very wide range of subjects...

DNA Manhunt

Many thanks to Evelyn Konrad for pointing out the “but for” accomplices to abortion: those who produce and disseminate 23 chromosomes that live rent-free for nine months in a woman’s...

Let’s Not Drone On

It’s kind of funny, but also kind of sad. I’d like to thank “Hunter” for the beautiful overhead shot of our new home, which we wouldn’t have without his having...

Make A Change

I write this letter to our community as a response to the recent tragic mass shootings happening throughout our country. The rhetoric and outrage expressed over these premeditated, aggressively destructive...

Write Someone In

The blah-blah-blahs are here again, as three candidates for Southampton Village trustee mail you their verbose, intellectually dishonest pleas for your vote on June 17. All three ignore the elephant...

Skills To Unite

I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Kimberly Allan for trustee in Southampton Village. I believe she brings years of dedicated experience to Southampton Village as a resident...

Facts, Not Factions

Southampton Village is a traditional community distinct from the larger political entities of town, county and state. We stand for love of place, a cherished identity, historic preservation, environmental protection...

Unfit For Office

I initially had written a lengthy rebuttal to Ed Surgan’s response to my letter titled “Party of Lies” [May 19]. My “Party of Lies” letter was about the Republican gaslighting...

No Agenda

I am a lifelong Southampton Village resident and have always been interested in politics and community service. Our village has been blessed to have many good trustees over the years,...

Numb To The Insanity

It’s been 24 hours. Twenty-four hours ago, another sick, misguided young male person with a gun walked into a school and killed another 19 children and two young adult teachers....

Complicated Topic

This newspaper continues to spread misinformation. Yes, the Supreme Court is on the brink of reversing Roe v. Wade [“Activist Judges,” Editorial, May 26], but abortions will still be legal...

Deadly Ideas

On January 6, after hiding as the Capitol was attacked, and Officer Brian Sicknick was dying, Lee Zeldin emerged from his safe haven, joined his MAGA squad, and refused to...

We Can Do It Again

I hesitated to write a Letter to the Editor this week, because it seemed too unbearable to talk about the carnage in an elementary school in Texas. It seemed too...

Healthy Dialogue

The start of a new season brings a wonderful energy to our beautiful Southampton Village. I’m proud to be part of the fabric of this community and look forward to...

For The Record

There must be something in the water here in Westhampton, besides the concern over contamination turning up in our wells. My neighbor Mike Anthony is claiming that half of my...

Just Wondering

Just wondering about an article in Counter Currents titled “U.S. And Ukraine, Only Two Countries Vote Against U.N. Resolution Condemning Nazism.” The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution...

She Has My Vote

I am supporting Bridget Fleming for Congress for many reasons, foremost of which is her considerable experience in government. She has been in office for more than a decade now....

Bravo, Noyac!

Congratulations to the Noyac community for voicing their concerns on a proposed permit application by a commercial business to establish a day camp at Circle Beach [“Camp Out: Trustees Deny...

Honored To Serve

The May 13 article titled “State Comptroller’s Office Says Southampton Village Indeed Pierced Tax Cap” thankfully lays to rest any doubt that, under previous administrations, the village did, in fact,...

Diverse Community

Last Sunday, May 15, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, a Hampton Bays organization of 15 years, gave away 23 used bikes to students in the area who might use them...

The ‘But For’ Clause

If the Alito draft decision destroying women’s ownership of their own bodies becomes “the law of the land,” it will be “open sesame” to constitutional chaos and a bonanza to...

Dedicated To Village

I have known Kimberly Allan for more than 30 years, first as her manager at Amex and then as a cherished friend. With that history, I can assure you, she...

Positive Impact

I am not a resident. I am a former colleague of Kimberly Allan from her time at Marsh McLennan. I am writing to support Kimberly Allan in her efforts to...

Wrong Step

Regarding “Town Takes Affordable Housing Step” [May 12], I believe the town is taking the wrong step by proposing a new tax on real estate sales over $2 million to...

Nature’s Recyclers

Many of us are doing our best to implement composting, recycling and reducing waste into our daily lives. But our efforts pale in comparison to the work of nature’s greatest...

Mask Or No Mask?

The Hampton Jitney sends out such a mixed message that passengers are confused and prone to argue on most every trip. The official word for Hampton Jitney is: “Face masks...

Get It Done

I applaud your May 12 editorial, “Time To Talk.” School consolidation is the right thing to do and long overdue. The work for the Southampton/Tuckahoe consolidation has been done. The...

Protect Democracy

Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree that no president, regardless of party, should be able to obstruct and undermine the will of the American people or exploit weaknesses...

Just To Clarify

Because of COVID isolation, I was unable to attend last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. I want to be clear that I am opposed to the Greenport-Sag Harbor ferry service....

Nailed It

Your editorial this week on school consolidation [“Time To Talk,” May 12] is one of the most thought-provoking I’ve seen in a long while. This is not least because I...

A Proven Leader

Memorial Day 2022 is fast approaching and, as is usually the custom, many politicians will give speeches and send press releases containing the phrase “Thank you for your service.” Acknowledging...

Thanks, Volunteers

It is that special time of year to send out a big thank you to the women and men of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association for providing lifesaving care...

Benefit For Vets

We want to send our sincerest thank you to the Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees, the college president, Dr. Edward Bonahue, and Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffery. These...

The Dark Ages

Fewer than 25 percent of Americans are Catholic. Some 29 percent of Americans self-identify as Evangelicals, including 22 percent of Catholics. That is, roughly, 35 percent of U.S. citizens identify...

A Party Of Lies

What do Fox host Tucker Carlson, New York Republican U.S. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Buffalo mass murderer Payton Gendron have in common? All three believe in the “Great Replacement Theory.”...

What’s The Cost?

How much waste that we can’t recycle will be left for us in the next 20-to-30-year period? What is the replacement plan/cost? How much will ratepayers be on the hook...

Job Well Done

Maureen’s Haven at First Presbyterian Church of Southampton has come to the end of another successful season. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the community for...

National Hardship

As our country is buffeted by the great difficulties being suffered by most Americans, our president seems oblivious to his significant contribution to our national hardship. I’m sure it is...

Pay Attention

The Shinnecock Tribe’s Graves Protection Society has given Town Attorney Jim Burke a list of properties in the Shinnecock Hills to be preserved using funds from the Community Preservation Fund....

No More Gimmicks

I write to share comments I made at the May 12 Southampton Village Board meeting addressing Lake Agawam restoration efforts. I offered informed perspective on remediation requirements and expressed bemusement...

Long Past Due

Your editorial “Time to Talk” [May 12] gets it exactly right — it is a conversation long past due, concerning school consolidation. The need for multiple superintendents for all these...

A Vote For Children

My name is Jessica Stalters and I am running for reelection to the East Quogue School Board. I have two sons, an eighth-grader at Westhampton Beach Middle School and a...

We Knew, We Saw

Captain Ira M. Barocas (Ret.) writes a fine response [“In The Same Boat,” Letters, May 5]. I find one weak statement: The core problem is coming up with the value...

History Repeats

“Kinder, Kirche, Kueche!” “Barefoot and pregnant!” Hell, let’s just skip waving the interim Confederate flag and go straight to the black swastika in the white field that was waved over...

Elect Professionals

An important election, for two Board of Education seats, is on May 17 in Sag Harbor. For those of us with children at Sag Harbor schools, we understand the importance...

Inappropriate Proposal

Everyone living in Pine Neck has heard about the Circle Beach permit proposal for a license agreement between the Town Trustees and Kamadeva Yoga to use Circle Beach for private...

Two Standouts

After reading about so many vacancies on boards of education around the East End, it is great to see a race of write-in candidates in Sag Harbor. Public schools have...

Respect The Eagles

I was worried the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act wouldn’t be adhered to. It certainly wasn’t, as Wainscott Stone Road was dug up over the last several months with...

War On Women

The 14th Amendment guarantees that government shall not deprive any person of “life, liberty or property” without due process. The Supreme Court has long cited the Due Process Clause of...

Role Models

We are writing to show our unwavering support for Board of Education candidates Grainne Coen and Ronald Reed, two devoted, competent and active pillars of our beloved Sag Harbor community....

Short-Sighted Fix

For the past several months, gas prices nationwide have been at unsustainable highs. As of May 9, the average price of a gallon of gas in New York State is...

Wrong Location

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) collect and store power generated from facilities such as solar farms and wind farms. They are a solution for the problem of uneven energy supply...

What You Get

I am someone who was once a proud political independent. However, I can safely say, based on the leaked Supreme Court document on Roe v. Wade and how Republican-controlled states...

More Experience

I am writing to share my enthusiastic support for Ronald Reed and Grainne Coen, two extraordinary Sag Harbor School Board candidates. Grainne (pronounced Grania) brings her enormous experience as a...

The Real Truth

I was reading through this week’s edition at 27east.com, and a portion of a statement I read — “We’re teaching our children it’s okay to be mean” [“Who’s Grooming Who?”...

United By Principles

Please take a moment to appreciate the dedication and determination of the current Sag Harbor Board of Education. They set the bar high, putting our children’s safety first while maintaining...

Rite Of Spring

If you traverse the back roads in Water Mill, Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, you’ve noticed that annual ritual, spring potato planting, is well underway. The scent of freshly plowed, rich soil...

The Public Voice

So crucial was the newfound voice of the citizenry to the birth of democracy that Robespierre established the death penalty for those who spoke to obfuscate, and those who drew...

Existential Threat

Facing plummeting approval ratings, a faltering economy, and the highest inflation in four decades our president now plans to bribe an entire generation of voters by forgiving student loan debt....

Vote ‘No’ Trend

Besides reading The Southampton Press and 27east.com regularly, I also check out all the local political Facebook pages and websites, to get a well-rounded feel for what is going on...

Amazing Day

On Sunday, May 1, East Hampton Village sponsored its first (and, hopefully, annual) Stop the Stigma MayDay 5K. The purpose of the race was to raise awareness (and money) to...

Inconvenient Truths

The documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” was first shown in 2006. It raised awareness of global warming and all the changes necessary in order to slow it down. It appears that...

Be A Match

Thank you to The Southampton Press and particularly to Kitty Merrill for travailing through the heavy traffic from East Hampton to interview me to share my story [“Grateful Transplant Recipient...

Put On The Brakes

Regarding the concern expressed by Barbara Weber-Floyd about the massive amount of new home construction being considered in the Westhampton area [“The Big Picture,” Letters, April 21], I believe there...

In The Same Boat

Thank you to all who participated and attended your recent Express Sessions event at Gurney’s regarding the future of Montauk, and its conclusions that sea level rise will likely mean...

Dishonest Claims

Our household received U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s recent mailing touting his “accomplishments.” Mr. Zeldin, the first thing that you list involves infrastructure. How dare you pat yourself on the back...

Attitude of Gratitude

All too often, we read letters and articles that are critical of our local, state and federal representatives and politicians. We live in one of the most beautiful places in...

Breadth Of Experience

I am writing to encourage voters in Sag Harbor to cast their votes on May 17 at Pierson High School for the two important Board of Education seats that are...

Housing Solutions

Here are some of my thoughts on the housing shortage here throughout the Hamptons: Almost every business owner I have spoken to on the East End faces the challenge of...

Trojan Horse

I could only shake my head after reading Karl Grossman’s “True Public Power” column last week [Suffolk Closeup, Opinion, April 21]. He lauds the effort in Albany (where most bad...

Bag Man

We all have to deal with garbage in one way or another, but when thousands of us have to pay for town bags to make it acceptable for the local...

Gaslighting Continues

Once again your editorial board gets it all wrong in regards to COVID. The “Ahead On Points” editorial [April 21] was ridiculous. Your claim is that “in Suffolk County, unvaccinated...

Long Way To Go

I read with interest the proposal of a tax to generate revenue via an affordable housing referendum [“Southampton Town Takes First Step Along Housing Fund Path,” 27east.com, April 19]. My...

In The Game

Game, set, match. Spring is in the air and that means local elections are now in play. I am grateful for being elected to serve on the Southampton Village Board...

Native Plant Month

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) are co-sponsors of a bipartisan Senate resolution to designate April 2022 as National Native Plant Month. On March 22, the resolution...

Radical Reactionaries

Words have meaning. Words have clout. When misused, words can defeat truth. Take the word “conservative.” The dictionary describes this adjective as meaning someone who is “averse to change or...

Living Longer

Donald Trump-appointed Florida U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Kimball Mizelle recently issued a nationwide injunction banning mask mandates for public modes of transportation. The Biden administration has appealed the judge’s...

Talking Trash

Noyac is the jewel of Southampton Town, known for its beautiful beaches, ponds, sunsets, hiking trails and amazing volunteers. Members of the Noyac Civic Council participated in the Great East...

Another Fund?

“This is one of those pieces of legislation where we can sleep well at night,” said Town Councilman Rick Martel of the push for yet another tax to create another...

Mariner Pride

Kudos to Donna Kreymborg for addressing the School Board last week and raising the issue of the state of Southampton athletics [“Parent Speaks Passionately About State Of Athletics In Southampton...

Stability Needed

The editorial in last week’s edition of The Southampton Press concerning the vacant police chief position in the Southampton Village Police Department was right on target and to the point...

The Big Picture

The Express News Group devoted a section last week to the affordable housing crisis — an important subject. But I wish they would devote as much space to the crisis...

The Old Days

I just came from the remarkably contentious public hearing about the landlord-tenant registry proposed by Mayor Jesse Warren and the Southampton Village trustees to help village residents collect their rental...

Jimmy Carter Redux

A recent letter by Andrea Klausner [“History Repeating,” Letters, April 7] providing her version of history and the Democratic Party’s fiscal achievements was risible. I thought I was reading the...

They Are Liars

The Democrats and liberal media shoved the Russian collusion narrative down the throats of the American people prior to the 2016 and 2020 elections. Russia, they said, did things to...

Collaborative Effort?

Once past Cailin Riley’s gushing over John Bennett’s “heroism” in her lopsided coverage of the registry law public hearing [“Residents Voice Concerns About Southampton Village Rental Registry Law,” 27east.com, April...

Shortsighted

Traffic, traffic, traffic — that seems to be the operative word and one of the key reasons there is such opposition to the Heart of the Hamptons relocating to the...

Off The Grid

New York State is proposing a total ban on combustible fuels in all new construction starting in January 2023. This means that all new construction will need to be all...

National Amnesia

I have just come back from eight magic days of traveling with my 13-year-old California granddaughter to show her Vienna, the beauty of Salzerkammergut, the historic charms of Salzburg. We...

The Obvious Choice

I am writing in reference to the article “Residents Express Frustration With Ongoing Southampton Village Police Chief Search” by Cailin Riley [27east.com, March 30]. The article implied (or I inferred)...

More Inconvenience

At a time when the world is trying to deal with climate crisis, and the Hamptons are dealing with the overwhelming traffic, the Long Island Rail Road started the South...

The Time Is Now

While I applaud ridding the East End of defunct gas stations [“Town Planners Analyze A Trio Of Gas Station Upgrades,” 27east.com, April 5], would we be missing the perfect opportunity...

Lights Out

April 22 to 29 is International Dark Sky Week. We who live in Southampton Town and Southampton Village are lucky to have local Dark Sky laws that protect our view...

Rewriting History

There is a big difference between history repeating itself and a wholesale rewrite of it. The vice chair of the Southampton Democrat Committee, Andrea Klausner, makes the bold statement, “The...

Kick Ticks Out

In the February 3 edition of The Sag Harbor Express, there was a timely editorial titled “The Real Enemy,” regarding the tick crisis on North Haven and the history of...

Feed The Children

During the past two years, as families were faced with nearly unimaginable challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had the assurance that their children would be fed through free...

Noise Vs. Nature

On March 18, my wife and I decided to embrace nature at the Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyac. We walked the path to Jessup Point, just over a mile...

Poisoning The Mind

The bad news just won’t end for the Biden presidency. The latest issue, as if there weren’t enough problems already, is the narrative about Hunter Biden and his efforts to...

Leaf Program Continues

Officials in the Town of Southampton have made protecting the beautiful area we call home a priority. Over the years, the town’s environmental efforts have included: battling global warming; reducing...

Working Together

The Noyac Civic Council volunteers who participated in the April 2 Long Beach Restoration project are truly inspiring. Approximately 35 adults and Pierson students did an outstanding job of planting...

History Repeating

“Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” — George Santayana. If you look at history, the Democratic Party’s approach to strengthening the economy has always...

Silence From Town

Seven weeks ago, some 50 local residents submitted a petition to the Town of Southampton to ban art fairs on the field on Corwith Avenue in Bridgehampton [“Neighbors Petition For...

Enduring Legacy

Enduring 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...

Take Action

The “First Four Actions” to take on our East End housing crisis: 1. Create workforce housing zoning districts in each village and hamlet within the five East End townships to...

Off The Plate

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and game farms like Spring Farm are quick to blame wild birds when avian flu outbreaks threaten the public and hurt their bottom line [“Thousands...

Harmony With Nature

We want to thank you for bringing front and center the travails of our Shinnecock neighbors [“The Rising Tide: Climate Change Threatens Shinnecock Territory Homes,” Residence, March 31]. Your publication...

Overriding Reality

In a sour editorial [“Reality Check,” March 31], this newspaper throws the baby out with the bathwater. Or, worse, holds its head underwater as it dictates some reality checks. There...

The Slap

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27, we sadly witnessed the legacy of pain and childhood abuse. Both men had previously bravely admitted...

Equal Time

Reading Tracy Grathwohl’s column, “Better Out Than In” [Tilting at Windmills, Opinion, March 31] on April Fools’ Day, I found it to be a polyp of information. Therefore, I’m asking...

Landscape Trespass

Two articles published in March call attention to a landscaping standard that may have led to an impasse. In a charming narrative about her property in Southampton, Hilary Woodward describes...

Reading

Reading is an escape, a guide to another world When I need to go back in time, make changes, fix mistakes, I pick up a book, the words flowing over...

Intrusive Project

Thank you, Kitty Merrill, for reporting about the very negative impact the Art Market Art Fair has on our Bridgehampton neighborhood during the precious summer weeks [“Neighbors Petition For Denial...

Impeach Biden

Anyone who thought sending Joe Biden to Europe to try and straighten things out without saying something stupid didn’t have to wait long. The White House has been in spin...

Another Inequity

I filed a grievance complaint on my real estate property two weeks before the February 15 filing date. Facts of my case: The two properties to the west of me...

Missing Gert

We at the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry were saddened to hear of the passing of Gertrude Katz [Obituaries, March 24]. Gert was a gracious and generous friend to the...

The Red Line

You can cross the red line in so many ways. Yet we all are watching such barbaric actions that human eyes should never see. Who would have thought that all...

Restoring Beach

Long Beach (Foster Memorial Beach) is Noyac/Sag Harbor’s prize and one of the most cherished recreational areas. It is a special place for sunset viewing, water recreation, walking and enjoying...

A Money Grab

The mayor and trustees of Southampton Village were caught trying to slip the onerous registration law into the flimflam of their municipal dross in the hope that no one would...

Legitimate Concerns

I’ve been a resident of Meeting House Lane in Southampton Village since 1981 and, until recently, I haven’t felt a need to write a Letter to the Editor. My concern...

Great Support

Recently, we were able to secure a Suffolk County Class C Championship, a Long Island Championship and a place in the New York State Final Four. These achievements are part...

Make Voices Heard

With all the fuss about having to give up (polluting, loud) gas-powered leaf blowers and switch to the (cleaner, quieter) electric kind, you’d think that gas blowers had been around...

Thank You, Jeanette

It is with great sorrow that I write this letter on behalf of the board of the John Jermain Memorial Library acknowledging the passing of Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner. Jeanette was...

A Dangerous Game

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the U.S. Congress was heart rending. But his plea — create a no-fly zone over Ukraine and bring to Ukraine Russian S-300s — is dangerous. In...

Mindless Ranting

Frances Genovese’s shameless, vituperative and over-the-top letter spewing bile at Ed Surgan [“Lickspittle Proselytizer,” Letters, March 10] was unbelievable. Incredibly, Frances projects onto Ed the precise faults that are on...

Heart Hurts

Am I the only year-round resident whose heart hurts when you see a previously wooded lot flattened to make way for another house or shopping center? What happened to preservation?...

A Right To Know

Your editorial on the importance and abuses of the Freedom of Information Law [“Road To Good Government,” Editorial, March 17] really hit home. Take as an instance the antics of...

Promise Is MIA

What, in heaven’s name, is holding up our new Comprehensive Plan? The first new Comprehensive Plan since the May 2000 Comprehensive Plan was Mayor Jesse Warren’s election promise. That promise...

Path Of Destruction

Little or nothing has been written about LongHouse Reserve in The Sag Harbor Express, though I know many in our town have been greatly concerned about the loss of this...

Personal Choice

Why does the Parrish Art Museum continue to enforce a COVID vaccine and mask requirement? The original mandate by Governor Kathy Hochul was mask or vaccine. Why, then, has the...

Temporary Features

The article “A Coast Without A Road Map” [“The Rising Tide,” Residence, February 24] appears to sound the need for a call to action to the newly issued National Oceanic...

No Discussion

Were you aware that Mayor Jesse Warren and the Board of Trustees have put forward a draft rental law to potentially require a rental registry, charge a rental fee and...

Unwitting Targets

Did you know that herbicides and pesticides sold to kill insects and weeds on your property are harmful to soil, plants and animals? Some pesticides can linger in soil for...

Too Lenient

As a dog lover, a 13-year volunteer at our wonderful local Southampton Animal Shelter and a 49-year resident of Southampton Town, I have been closely following the articles in our...

Invective And Bile

I was surprised and amused by the rant directed at me in the previous issue [“Lickspittle Proselytizer,” Letters, March 10]. Frances Genovese has a lot anger toward Donald Trump that...

Learn From The Past

Vladimir Putin tried to put the day behind him as he laid his head to rest in his lavish Novo-Ogaryovo estate located west of Moscow. Typically, his precious sleep isn’t...

Mom Loved It!

My family wants to thank the Westhampton Beach Fire Department and those who participated in the wonderful drive-by on Thursday, March 3, for our mom, Rose Loos, who turned 106...

Bettering Our Village

For nearly two years, I have had the pleasure of serving as a trustee in the Village of Southampton. Performing service as a public official for our village residents and...

Power Of Words

I have been a subscriber to The Southampton Press since 1971, back when the Western Edition was called The Hampton Chronicle. The subscription was a gift to my son upon...

Unfair Procedures

Those optimists in our village who believe that our mayor’s replacement of Epley cronies on the Architectural Review Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board with Jesse Warren cronies...

Constitutional Scholar?

Reading the article regarding Bridget Fleming trying to restrict free speech [“Fleming Seeks To Solidify Rules Regarding Religious Speech At Public Sessions,” 27east.com, February 22] struck me as odd during...

Rental Red Alert

Red alert for Village of Southampton homeowners who rent or may contemplate renting this summer! The slipshod Village Board of Trustees has prepared a nasty surprise for you. Buried in...

The Reward Is There

People, especially people in politics, can’t seem to stop talking about the lack of, and desperate need for, affordable housing. Solutions have ranged from the absurd — Governor Kathy Hocul’s...

Respect And Affection

Someone once efficiently said that the difference between comedy and tragedy could be visualized as an arrow in a triangle. In tragedy, the arrow starts from the base and goes...

A Miscalculation

The United States has had a sketchy history of getting involved in military conflict, frequently with questionable or poorly thought out motives. We have announced, I believe prematurely, that we...

On Deaf Ears

Having tried to review the proposed changes on East Hampton Town’s website, I am forced to conclude that the “restrictions” and “modifications” at East Hampton Airport are minimal, meaningless, and...

Freedom To, Not From

Recently, an article was written on a proposal by Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming to limit religious officials’ invocations at Suffolk County legislative meetings [“Fleming Seeks To Solidify Rules Regarding...

A Proud Day

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department Juniors would like to thank the whole community and organizations for their overwhelming support in the fundraiser for Ukraine. The Juniors would also like to...

Lickspittle Proselytizer

Ed Surgan, who bows low in his allegiance to Donald Trump, is the last person to stand for freedom here or abroad, or to issue calls to “recalibrate ‘our’ understanding...

Poetic Column

Just a note to say how much I enjoy reading Marilee Foster’s “Ground Level” column. It is so interesting to learn about farming, written in such a melodic poetry style....

Almost Treasonous

More than a few Americans believe that Vladimir Putin would have refrained from invading Ukraine if Donald Trump were still president. There is ample evidence to suggest otherwise. Trump successfully...

Casting Stones

I read your February 27 editorial, “A Lesson Learned,” with sorrow — and compassion. Yes, context matters. Both photos would have been better served with captions that fully explained the...

Stand For Freedom

The expected invasion of Ukraine by Russia on the evening of February 23 was a sobering moment to recalibrate our understanding of the world order as we have grown to...

Leave Books Alone

In an age when your 10-year-old can access the most lurid images with a simple keystroke, or find detailed instructions on how to build a proper pipe bomb, I’d like...

Beautiful Bats

Bats haven’t always enjoyed the best reputation; we often think of them as scary, creepy, ugly, rabid and blind. But bats feed on nectar and are excellent pollinators, like birds,...

Act Now

The many letters calling for a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers have been thoughtful, clear and convincing. The time is now to act on this serious issue and bring our...

Fighting For Democracy

To me, there is an obvious similarity in the way that Vladimir Putin has invaded a sovereign country, unprovoked, for the sole purpose of increasing his power, and Adolf Hitler,...

Harsh Critique

Tom Edmonds, the director of the Southampton History Museum, and I have been close friends since we were struggling artists together in the 1980s. He has always been an advocate...

Abusive Machines

As a longtime resident of the Village of Southampton, never have I seen anything more abusive for the environment and the beautiful community we live in. The gas leaf blowers...

The Horror

This is in response to Jonathan Pearlman’s Letter to the Editor about the need to save our children from the vulgarities, twisted sexual situations and outright assault on civilized conduct...

It Really Blows

There’s more to “leaf litter” than just leaves. Moths, butterflies and beneficial insects overwinter in leaves, and when we remove them, these and other native creatures, including turtles, toads and...

Reel Power

Lawn care is hard work, and Southampton Village and the Town of Southampton are lucky to have so many fabulous landscaping companies contributing to the extraordinary beauty of our community....

Protect The Children

We must look out for the children. That is why Jonathan Pearlman’s novel “Two to Tango” should be immediately removed from the local libraries. It contains numerous vulgarities, twisted sexual...

Hellish Machines

The numerous letters in last week’s edition concerning the phasing out of leaf blowers are a clear mandate to ban these infernal machines. Owners of only intermittently used properties, and...

Repugnant Hypocrisy

Mind bending. Allowing thugs to commit crimes without consequence. Democrats in authority are allowing that to happen. Right now. In America. How does one come to the conclusion that that...

Time To Explore

We opened the Sag Harbor Garden Center in 1996, a young couple expecting our first kid. We knew a few things, but we relied on you. You taught us about...

A Village Asset

The Pyrrhus Concer Homestead project, currently in front of numerous Southampton Village land use boards, is a valuable asset to our community and deserves our wholehearted support. I feel it’s...

Housing Plan Needed

There are fundamental shortcomings in the process the Sag Harbor Board of Trustees is using to create its critically important workforce housing legislation that was revealed last week. The board...

A Great Team

I’ve plowed for the Southampton Village Parks Department for 20 years, and just like the storm where there was 30 inches of snow in February 2013, we worked just as...

Gargantuan Effort

Last Thursday’s Southampton Press featured a photo on its front page of one of the many dump trucks depositing tons of snow at the parking lot of Coopers Beach. This...

An Equal Hazard

To my fellow Westhampton resident Mike Anthony, who disagreed with my sense of fairness over voting rules [“Make It Easier,” Letters, February 3]: I actually agree with your criticism of...

The Big Lie

Congressman Lee Zeldin, a relentless promoter of the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, has proven that spreading falsehoods is a habit with him. In a...

Blowers Are Bad

As someone born and raised in Southampton, I have been lucky to spend years enjoying walks around our beautiful village, meandering down tree-covered streets, and enjoying the calm that comes...

No Exceptions

I hope that neither the Southampton Village Board nor the Southampton Town Board will adopt what the town is considering as it explores banning gas-powered leaf blowers: making an exception...

The Ugly Truth

We want to congratulate Jay Schneiderman and the members of the Southampton Town Board for adopting a resolution on January 25 that defines antisemitism, as set forth by the International...

Buy The Theater

OMG, can’t someone buy the movie theater and make it a movie theater? Now we will be a Hamptons town without a supermarket and a movie theater? Maggie Bloomfield Westhampton...

Trash Prices

Your February 3 article on garbage pick-up [“Weighing Garbage Carting Options,” Residence] mentioned Go Green Sanitation. I’ve used them for 10 years and have been pleased with their service. However,...

Verdict Is In

I’ve just been thinking about how lucky we are to have people like Darr Reilly, her dedicated and hard-working teams, and the many people she and they have inspired and...

Alternatives Available

We are blessed to live in a beautiful corner of the world. It is our duty to nourish our fragile ecosystem with respect and to do everything in our power...

The Same Hate

The Westhampton Beach School District has been a place for discrimination, bias, corruption and hate for decades. A Black female student was a victim of these policies for not standing...

A Visionary

This past week, the South Fork of Long Island, and indeed the entire planet, lost a true visionary, Art Cooley. Born and bred in Quogue, the son of former Quogue...

Science-Based Decisions

I want to commend Superintendent Jeff Nichols and the members of the Sag Harbor Board of Education for keeping Sag Harbor schools open and relatively undisrupted over the past year....

A Great Crew

To say I am proud is an understatement. I must personally thank the employees of the Southampton Town Highway Department, who did an amazing job before, during and after this...

Sidewalk Subsidy

The most recent snowstorm is a reminder of the sketchy patchwork of business or property owners along Main Street and throughout the business district of Sag Harbor who take their...

Window Dressing

On day two of being elected a trustee of Southampton Village, I would begin to turn the village’s Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, Zoning Board of Appeals and...

What Next?

LongHouse Reserve was created by founder Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally acclaimed fiber artist, textile designer, collector, author, gardener and landscape designer, turning his residence, collections and 16-acre sculpture gardens into...

Tax Equalization

Several readers have written letters expressing dismay that affordable housing is concentrated in the higher tax rate communities. There’s a way to solve this. Make a list of all school...

Time To Act

When the Village of Southampton committed to address “climate mitigation and the elimination of greenhouse gases as a guiding principle and objective,” I was encouraged. Now is the time to...

Make It Easier

I think I could fill the pages of the Letters section rebutting Ed Sugan’s latest take on national politics [“Rigging the Game,” Letters, January 27], but I’ll focus on his...

The Science Is Clear

I watched the Southampton Village Board meeting of January 25 with great interest and was heartened to learn that the question of gas-powered leaf blowers is front and center on...

A Question

If one has to pass a test to get a driver’s permit before they can drive, shouldn’t the same rule apply to others? Like before you swear on a Bible...

Undervalued Issue

Using DASH (Diagnostic Assessment and Stabilization Hub) for people in a mental health crisis is a good resource and relieves the police from intervening in a situation that is not...

Just Like D.C.?

I write to express my deep disappointment at the chief executive’s vetoing an equitable law on redistricting Suffolk County, voted on by county legislators on December 31 of last year....

Lead The Way

The residents of Southampton Village are justifiably proud that the village has been a leader in environmental action. Last May, the village adopted a Declaration of Climate Emergency, which, among...

Being Neighborly

I feel very fortunate to live in Sag Harbor. On Saturday morning, with the snow in full force, a neighbor called and said her husband would be over on Sunday...

Ban Blowers Now

As concerned residents, we attended the Southampton Village Board’s meeting on January 25 specifically to hear and lend our support to comments urging that gas-powered leaf blowers be banned year...

The More You Know

The more you know, the more you know that all you know is not all you know. That’s why the phrase “The more you know …” usually ends up with...

Embrace Green Economy

Gas leaf blowers are the tip of the iceberg. How many years have the Southampton Village and town governments been working on that ban? Too many. It is time for...

Rigging The Game

It was disheartening watching our president will himself through his long-awaited press conference. It went reasonably well in the beginning, with the help of the teleprompter. But as the open...

Restore Not Replicate

When my wife and I purchased our Main Street home some 15 years ago, we were left with the daunting task of replacing over 100 panes of broken original glass,...

Gratefulness

For the rustle of amber leaves — Swishing of gentle wind Soothing the restless soul. Starry sky at night — A trilling sparkling diamonds to light my way — to...

On Day One

If I were elected trustee of Southampton Village, this would be my agenda on day one: First, I would urge our mayor to immediately hire both an environmental consultant and...

Own, Not Rent

Wouldn’t an affordable housing initiative to purchase homes for first-time homeowners or those who qualify for affordable housing make more sense? The young people of our community cannot afford to...

The CO2 Connection

Science has unequivocally established that human emissions of carbon dioxide trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere, warming the land and oceans. But those CO2 emissions also directly affect the health...

The Hardest Worker

On behalf of everyone at Fighting Chance, I am writing to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Joan Tyor Carlson, recently deceased. Joan was a true pillar of...

Four Pinocchios

On January 11, the Southampton Town Board met to discuss the proposed 104-unit apartment complex on Quiogue. The presentation was littered with empty promises and skewed information. The first Pinocchio:...

Grass Is Greener

It is hard to believe that turf is making headlines again. Didn’t we already have this debate? Didn’t we already come to the conclusion that grass, though it involves frequent...

Follow Code

We believe that golf courses are a wonderful amenity in the Town of Southampton. We also believe that all businesses and residents should develop according to the town’s building codes....

We Are The Solution

This is a snapshot of some of the comments we have already received about this weekend’s virtual Drawdown event: • “Tonight was the most impressive discussion I have ever heard.”...

Zoom Toward Disaster

Count on ham-fisted Fred Thiele to carve into legislative stone what should be a free and fluid decision-making situation. On the heels of his signing on to include seasonal rentals...

Full Of Hope

A thousand thanks to Drawdown East End and Carbon CREW Project, which, in partnership with Southampton Arts Center and filmmaker Damon Gameau, produced a superb weekend of conversations and talks...

I Feel Good

All this controversy regarding the COVID-19 vaccine is a little overwhelming. The government says to get vaccinated, it’s safe, it’s effective, and, oh yeah, it’s free. What more assurance do...

Show Both Sides

It is hard to understand why The Press’s editorial board consistently takes stands against the interests of the residents and business owners in Southampton Village. Your weekly advocacy of marijuana...

Remembering Henry

Missing from 27east’s obituary for Henry W. Moeller was mention of the importance to our marine archaeological history featuring the Revolutionary War era, so … In addition to being a...

Save The Bees

Today, the commercial production of more than 90 crops relies on bee pollination. About one-third of the food eaten by Americans comes from crops pollinated by honeybees, including apples, melons,...

Too Nonchalant

Reading a recent article in The New York Times, I see that Congressman Lee Zeldin was interviewed about the omicron variant of COVID-19. The Times reports: “Speaking just outside the...

Insane Risk

It’s almost impossible to believe that the state and town continue to allow the hunting of wildlife — especially with guns — in this very developed part of Long Island....

Turn Off The Gaslight

The developers of a massive affordable housing proposal, called the Preserve at South Country, presented their plans at a virtual Southampton Town Board public hearing on January 11. Seeing the...

Queen Of America

We know and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of his sacrifices unto death. The marches, the profound speeches. But never could one have seen the “King” more...

Not A Chin Strap

Jay Schneiderman, really? As a member of SYS, we are mandated to wear masks. Apparently, this does not apply to the town supervisor, who is there playing pickleball and wears...

Inspiring Community

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Community Outreach Program and Adopt-a-Family were able to deliver more than 70 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the greater Westhampton area to families and individuals who...

Building Ignored

I have been walking my dogs past the Nathaniel Rogers House in Bridgehampton for over 20 years. I was always aware of a small building with a brick chimney on...

The Real Threat

There are rumors that our country is on the brink of civil war and democracy is in danger of extinction. This proclamation has nothing to do with the facts. Our...

It’s In His Blood

I don’t know why people are talking about the 2024 election, but if that’s where we are, I want my man to be in the running. He is the ex-governor...

Amazing Foresight

I read with great interest and reflection your column by Karl Grossman, titled “An Environmental Pioneer” [Suffolk Closeup, Opinion, January 6], about the COVID-19 travails of Victor Yannacone, a name...

This Is Real

For the past year, we have been bombarded by messages expressing concern for our democracy. Jimmy Carter is writing OpEds about it, Dick Cheney is making statements about it, countless...

Close To Home

The letter written to the editor by Paula Angelone, Ph.D., in the January 6 edition [“Mental Illness To Blame,” Letters, January6] was right on target. So close (too close) to...

Hooray For Capital Plan

Congratulations to Mayor Jesse Warren and to unsung heroine Charlene Kagel-Betts for initiating a short-term capital budget program as a first step in sound fiscal long-range planning [“Range Of Improvements...

A Kiss From God

Checking various TV channels for something interesting to watch, a program about the life of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading American Jewish theologian and philosopher, caught my attention. He proclaimed,...

Essential Bills

One year ago, we witnessed an attack on our country: an insurrection by political extremists at the U.S. Capitol. A mob of violent rioters defaced the Capitol Building and threatened...

Never A Loser

The fundamentals of our democracy are under attack. It is strange but this entire attack, which affects tens of millions of Americans, boils down to the relationship between two people....

The Greatest Speech

His latest was by far the greatest speech Joseph R. Biden ever made. I use his full name because by “ever” I mean from the time he was a 29-year-old...

Silly Reasoning

It is silly to say new quality housing on Quiogue would affect fire and police response [“Quiogue Affordable Housing Hearing On The Horizon” 27east.com, January 4]. These scores of families...

IgnitingTribal Nature

Today is January 6, the anniversary of the break-in of our Capitol Building by supporters of Donald Trump who foolishly were led to believe they had the right to undo...

Where’s The Logic?

I think your editorial board has stooped to a new low by blaming the unvaccinated for the current omicron wave [“It’s Your Fault,” Editorial, December 16]. Just like this current...

Hope For Trees

I read the article by April Gonzales about the chestnut trees [“American Chestnut Trees Are Rare But Can Be Found In North Sea,” Residence, 27east.com, December 13]. I never knew...

Obviously Awake

Michael Daly is obviously “wide awake” to growing concern over affordable housing [“I’m Awake,” Letters, December 23]. He is totally correct, however: The venue is most important. He is pushing...

Mental Illness To Blame

I’d like to offer one explanation for the choice of many people to refuse COVID vaccinations. My opinion is based over 40 years’ experience as a mental health care practitioner,...

Existing Locations

On December 9, the Southampton Town Planning Board was presented with a pre-submission plan from Verizon Wireless for a wireless communications facility at Sag Harbor Village-owned property at 1310 Bridgehampton-Sag...

No Status Quo

As a nonresident (my home is just west of the East Hampton Town line), East Hampton Airport has a huge impact on our quality of life, enjoyment of our homes,...

Lack Of Vision

In the last paragraph of the December 16 article “Tower Plan Draws Fire,” regarding a proposed cell tower on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Planning Board Vice Chairman Dennis Finnerty refers...

COVID Fallout

As an outreach social worker in our area, and a food pantry coordinator, I would like to remind people of one of the most dire consequences of the COVID pandemic...

Tilting At Windmills

I read Marilee Foster’s December 16 column, “Watching from Afar” [Ground Level, Opinion], and it struck a chord with me. I have recently been out just before dawn to catch...

She Will Be Missed

We are writing on behalf of the staff and docents of the Parrish Art Museum in tribute to Joanne Pateman. Joanne was a deeply caring, supportive friend of the museum...

Progressive Trops

John Neely, in the December 16 edition, responds to comments made by myself and another reader, Ed Surgan, about critical race theory and other progressive tropes currently in vogue [“Crowding...

They Are Chumps

The exposure this week of the texts sent by Fox News “journalists” to former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the day of the January 6 insurrection was stunning. The...

Not NIMBYs

Regarding your recent editorial concerning NIMBYs and YIMBYs [“Saying Yes,” Editorial, December 9]: The residents of Hampton West Estates near Gabreski Airport are quite concerned about the possible purchase, by...

I’m Awake

Yes! I’m awake. Awake to East End businesses closing down because they can’t find employees to work. Awake to schools unable to hire enough teachers. Awake to veterans living with...

Christmas Village

As the Christmas holiday approaches, I wanted to give my thanks to all of our Department of Public Works employees. We have had some tough times, and all of you...

Unacceptable Location

I read with great interest the article by Stephen Kotz on the proposed cell tower adjacent to the Long Pond Greenbelt preserve [“Neighbors, Environmentalists Urge Verizon To Drop Call For...

Light Up The Harbor

On behalf of the Sag Harbor Historical Society, I would like to thank everyone for participating in our second annual “Light Up the Harbor” decorating initiative. This all began last...

Thank You, Voters

Last week, the Suffolk County Board of Elections finalized the election results for the town highway superintendent position. I’m proud of my campaign, which focused on experience, issues and solutions....

Red Wave?

Ann Thomas, a recent Republican and Conservative candidate for Southampton Town Council, wrote a Letter to the Editor this month [“Great Strides,” Letters, December 9] “to connect with the local...

Red Flags

We should all thank the many volunteers dedicated to our town and village committees and boards. It is often hard and tedious work with very little thanks. Many good ideas...

Bait-And-Switch

This is a comment on your article “New Canalside Walkway Proposed For Public Access at Hamptons Boathouses In Hampton Bays” [27east.com, December 7]. Rechler Equity is responsible for the leased...

Crowding Out Issues

I would rather not write this letter, but readers Ed Surgan and John Porta, in their responses to my recent letter, have made statements that I cannot leave unaddressed. Mr....

Take Action Now

For a number of years, over three administrations and numerous attempts by the Landscape/Tree Preservation Committee to help enact legislation, Sag Harbor Village has struggled to codify laws to preserve...

The Fixers

The frivolous lawsuit brought by the owner of the iconic brick courtyard on historic Jobs Lane against the Southampton Village Board [“Courtyard Owner Files Suit,” December 9] proves once again...

Banner Of Ignorance

It is immensely disheartening that this newspaper buttressed its advocacy for “affordable housing” with the simplistic shibboleths of Michael Daly. It swallowed, then regurgitated, Daly’s two-part reduction of a complex,...

Generous Donations

The East End is an expensive place to live, and the ongoing effects of the pandemic have made it even more so: Housing is scarcer and more costly than ever,...

Cream Of Spinach

I had read with interest Carey London’s article about The Automat [“Hungry? Let’s All Go To The Automat!” Arts & Living, December 2]. During the early 1950s, my guardian was...

Troublesome Truths?

John Neely, in the December 2 edition [“They Should Know,” Letters], takes issue with another reader’s concerned comments about critical race theory being taught in our schools as though it...

Ask Better Questions

“That’s why we have our legal consultants,” the former head of the Village Planning Board told me a couple of years ago when I challenged him on the questionable legality...

Tax Credits

I was surprised that several longstanding community residents were not aware that the state, town and villages offer tax credit programs for homeowners, and additional benefits for older Americans (over...

The Strike Zone

Baseball and the U.S. Supreme Court’s legitimacy have a lot in common. Baseball has rules. The Supreme Court has laws. Baseball has established its rules through precedent. The strike zone...

Ahead Of His Time

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), a man ahead of his time. The Garden Club of America is a founding partner of “Olmstead 200,” a project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of...

Blood Brothers

You know the country has sunk to an unfathomable low when a media mafioso like Jeff Zucker gets to set the standard of journalistic probity. Like a dog with his...

Odd Conflict

This newspaper recently interviewed Jay Jacobs, the New York State Democratic Committee chairman, to discuss election losses [“Q&A: Jay Jacobs, State Democratic Leader, On A ‘Red Wave’ Election Year In...

The Christmas Village

On November 27, the holiday season kicked off in Southampton Village with a record number of spectators at the 25th annual Fire Truck Parade of Lights, followed by the annual...

Parents To Blame

Seven children shot, four died. And this happens over and over. The failure was not about the gun; it was with the parenting. We should all hold our heads in...

Holiday Sparkle

On behalf of the Park and Recreation Association of Sag Harbor, I would like to thank Phil and Diane Bucking, who donated the Christmas tree that is now lighted and...

Stellar Public Service

It’s official: By the time you read this letter, hopefully, the final count of the 2021 election will be certified. Contrary to the misinformation of the Republican insurrectionist party, the...

Community Or Greed

I am writing to support the Schiavoni application in any way possible. I’ve struggled for over a week over what to say, and how to say it. What is happening...

False Promises

My appreciation for the kind words from John Porta [“Circus Act,” Letters, December 4], and my Sag Harbor friend [“No Boogeyman,” Letters, November 25], regarding my comments on the Carlos...

Great Strides

With the election over and the holiday season in full swing, I thought now would be the perfect time to connect with the local community. First, I want to congratulate...

Circus Act

It was immensely refreshing to find two readers taking Carlos Sandoval to task for his recent opinion piece [“The Ballot And The Boogeyman,” Vistas, Opinion, November 11]. His reasoning and...

They Should Know

Reader Ed Surgan and others have used these pages to rail against critical race theory, which they mistakenly imply is being taught in our schools. According to Wikipedia, CRT is...

Narcissistic Wokeness

Michael Daly is again sputtering, with his particular take on the “workforce and affordable housing crisis” [“Courage Is Needed,” Letters, October 28]. Whether speaking as preacher, real estate agent or...

Government Pollution

When the Southampton Village Planning Board approved the Paul Robinson 245 Old Town Road subdivision by voice vote and without a full environmental review, the Planning Board violated New York...

Meeting Options

Virtual participation in town and village meetings has become something that we want to keep going, even when public in-person meetings resume. People who have jobs, families, caregiver responsibilities and...

All Or Nothing

As 2021 draws to a close, many use this as a time to reflect and take stock in what we want our future to look like in the new year....

Unnecessary Risk

This Thanksgiving was a relief for me, as I was finally able to enjoy a holiday with my New England family for the first time in two years. The name...

Proper Perspective

I greatly appreciated the column in this past week’s edition titled “In Another World” by Anthony Brandt [Out Of Left Field, Opinion, November 25], in which he lays bare the...

What’s The Rush?

Is anyone paying attention? Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren has been talking for two years about fiscal responsibility and diversity among village employees and the police and dispatch departments. Fiscally,...

Truth Be Told

As loving parents, we are responsible to prepare our children for the real world. Yes? We are to guide and teach them — teach them from the simplicity of tying...

Reindeer In A Row

Getting a jump on Christmas, Jay Schneiderman has already wrapped up his gifts for his favorite developers. While pontificating, and making empty gestures to address traffic on County Road 39,...

Unacceptable Delays

I was on the Zoom meeting last week and am really extremely puzzled and upset. The severity of the case of the Schiavoni property and its continued delay is not...

Help The Helpers

We are reaching out to you on behalf of Sag Harbor Helpers, a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization, which has become a very viable source of assistance to our local Sag Harbor...

Problems With Rezoning

Advocates of rezoning to alleviate the affordable housing problem in the Town of Southampton either ignore or don’t understand the problems with their proposals. Their proposals will urbanize areas of...

Closerr To Home

We recently received a letter from the Suffolk County executive regarding free COVID testing for employees, retirees and dependents taking place at Smith Point Park. With fuel now costing almost...

Mindless Greed

Farrell strikes again, and again. As Bridgehampton residents, we’ve watched the relentless construction of increasingly larger new homes replace more modest older ones over the past 20-plus years. While they...

Pointing The Finger

I know Evelyn Konrad is prosecuting a zoning dispute, but she is wrong regarding the causes of pollution in Old Town Pond (and other waters throughout Southampton Village) [“What Has...

What’s In A Word?

One word can be worth 1,000 pictures, especially when omitted by The Press. “Concern for Independent Living,” the official name of the organization pushing 60-unit “workforce” housing on County Road...

Exploiting Homeowners

A few years ago, the late Southampton Press columnist Phil Keith and I shared emails about zoning. Phil, a conservative, always treated me with respect and a willingness to listen...

What Has Changed

The expensive, two-year-long effort to clean out the pollution from Old Town Pond will be a totally wasted effort if the Southampton Village Planning Board’s grant, in January 2021, of...

Reactionary Government

The spotted lanternfly was first noticed years ago. New York State was trying to watch out for it since 2017. Staten Island had its first confirmed case in August 2020....

No Boogeyman

Carlos Sandoval calls himself a progressive pluralist [“The Ballot And The Boogeyman,” Vistas, Opinion, November 11]. That he is not; in fact, he’s so left he has left the country....

Warriors Rock

The Warriors Rock Veteran Tribute Concert held at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center this past weekend was a major success, reaching and frequently surpassing expectations. More specifically, attendance levels...

Thanks For Support

I want to thank all of those who supported me, and voted for me, during my campaign for Southampton Town justice this year. While I did not win, I am...

Maintenance Needed

Once again, our war memorial is falling apart and in need of major work to save it [“Fundraising Will Begin To Restore World War I Monument In Agawam Park,” 27east.com,...

Slipshod Job

The Town Board, led by Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, has been operating under the mistaken impression that they “rule” the Town of Southampton. The results of the most recent election should...

A Trojan Horse

A comment or two from my point of view in response to Carlos Sandoval’s column, “The Ballot and the Boogeyman” [Vistas, Opinion, November 11]. Initially, Mr. Sandoval calls himself a...

It’s Holiday Time

On behalf of the Southampton Christmas Decorations Committee, I am thrilled to report that the annual Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday, November 27, beginning at dusk in...

The Three Cubes

A good public meeting of the Sag Harbor Board of Trustees was held on Tuesday evening, November 9, but I’d like to speak in defense of Randy Croxton’s presentation, which...

Road Is Capped Out

It should be known that the proposed housing on County Road 39 is not for locals. Anyone from around the country can apply, because it’s federal. It is my understanding...

Brighter Highway Future

Recently, in these pages, the departing highway superintendent offered a dubious proposition to his successor candidates: effectively, to carry on his legacy of picking fights, grandstanding, obstructing town operations, wasting...

Vital Presence

Deeply grateful to have the continued support of the people of the Town of Southampton to carry on the critically important work of the Trustees of the Freeholders of the...

Change The Lanes

We all know County Road 39 is a huge and dangerous road now. We know the speed limit is 35 mph, and everyone travels in excess of 50 mph. And,...

Best Days Are Ahead

Disinformation and gaslighting seem to have worked very well in the November 2 election. Take the Virginia governor’s race, where the Republican winner, Glenn Youngkin, vowed to ban critical race...

Democracy In Action

Any U.S. citizen can understand the actual truth about election integrity, and I chose to learn it myself. I spent last Tuesday as an election inspector at the East Quogue...

Lighting Is On

The Beautification Committee of the Hamlet of East Quogue annually each December holds a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in our hamlet park. Last year, the festivities were suspended due to COVID...

Wave Your Flag

Thank you to all the people of Southampton who put aside time in their busy day to vote on Election Day. I am so grateful to have been elected to...

Fundamental Truth

On November 6, Bryan Polite, the chairman of the Shinnecock National Council of Trustees, was the featured speaker at the Southampton Democratic Club’s monthly meeting. He talked about several of...

Follow Own Advice

In the October 28 Letters to the Editor, Polish Club Director John Kosciusko gives a wonderful history lesson on the Polish Hall [“Plans For 230 Elm”]. He then goes on...

Met The Challenge

On Sunday, Westhampton Beach High School closed its three-show run of “Brainstorm,” a play about the teenage brain that is both written and performed by the students [“Looking Into The...

Hiding In A Zoom Box

It is my personal opinion that the purpose of denying village residents admittance to the Village Board of Trustees meetings is denying citizens their constitutional right of assembly and their...

Lost Our Balance

What a shame that the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee felt so unheard by our elected officials that they felt pressed to disband their organization [“Bridgehampton CAC Members Resign En Masse,...

Thanks, Jesse

Congratulations and big thanks to Mayor Jesse Warren for his patient implementation of a long-term strategy to save the iconic brick courtyard on historic Jobs Lane by applying our own...

Biased Airport Report

The October 12 East Hampton Airport Re-Envisioning Report delivered by the consultants Dodson and Flinker to the East Hampton Town Board has produced potentially very misleading results. While presented as...

The ‘Poor’ Hampton

Direct quote from developer Alfred Caiola on Next Door: “If there is some kind of gentrification in Hampton Bays in general, maybe they’ll have to fix the water. Maybe even...

Code Violation

John Kosciusko’s letter [“Plans For 230 Elm,” Letters, October 28] is a reminder of the important role that organizations like the Southampton Polish American Political Society (and its facility) play...

Paid My Dues

I served eight years in the military protecting this country. I paid income taxes, exactly what I owed for 64 years. Now it has become increasingly clear to me that...

Thank You, Voters

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in this election. Also, thanks and deep appreciation to all the veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces...

Disgrace To Journalism

As a new subscriber to The Press, I was astonished to read your editorial on who should lead East Hampton Town as supervisor and Town Council [“We Mark Our Ballot:...

Wondrous Space

I didn’t know how much I really missed the library until those sliding doors recently opened and I entered that wondrous space once more. The library is a place of...

The Wrong Place

To be able to provide affordable housing to veterans and others with low incomes all sounds good, except the subsidiary is only good for 20 years. After which the rents...

Ban Gas Blowers

Starting in March, all hell breaks loose. At 7:30 a.m., the giant truck pulls up to my neighbor’s house; an army of men gets out, and they start the machines...

Right Skill Set

Traffic is currently the biggest problem in Southampton Town, and the consequences are many. Small businesses and restaurants are struggling to find employees. Schools are losing qualified teachers. School buses...

Invaluable Credentials

It’s rare, in these days of political turbulence and social media, that good people are willing to put themselves out there as a candidate for public office. We are fortunate...

Dedicated Person

Barbara Wilson is a hometown girl, born and raised in Southampton to very hard-working, decent and humble parents, as is she. Barbara worked hard to put herself into law school....

Work Together

For 15 years, I have been a homeowner in Hampton West Estates. We have worked hard for the community to be a safe and beautiful environment, and have succeeded. However,...

Courage Is Needed

Our community, workforce and affordable housing crisis has been allowed to fester for so many years on the East End of Long Island. We have been losing local community members...

Disrespectful

As a former LongHouse Reserve board member and donor, I want to add my voice to the chorus of commentary concerning the recent firing of Matko Tomicic [“LongHouse Reserve Donors,...

Taxpayer Giveaway

Folks: It is time to shut down the candy store. According to the account in last week’s Press [“Sweeney Named New Village Clerk,” October 21], the Southampton Village mayor and...

Important Job

I am writing this letter to once again ask all registered voters in Southampton Town, regardless of political affiliation, for your support, and your vote, in my race for Southampton...

Consensus Builder

I am a lifelong Republican who supports Tom Neely for highway superintendent this year. Here’s why. I was the senior clerk typist in the Town Transportation & Traffic Safety Office...

Plans For 230 Elm

There seem to be some questions, misinformation and, simply put, lack of information regarding 230 Elm Street, historically and affectionately known as Polish Hall. Founded approximately 100 years ago, it...

Knowledge And Ideas

I am running for Southampton Town highway superintendent, and here’s why. The highway superintendent is responsible for the maintenance of our town roads. That means keeping the roads clear of...

Honored To Serve

Election Day, November 2, is almost here, and early voting is now taking place until October 31. I am proud of my record serving as your town justice for the...

Fixing Nothing

Running for office for the first time has been an amazing experience. I underestimated the joy I would feel from the support shown by my friends, local acquaintances and total...

A Better Place

A few words in memory of the recently deceased Marge Sullivan, and also of her late husband, R. Peter Sullivan III, on behalf of all who loved them for many...

A Helpful Hub

When I was young, my friends and I would walk to the library after school and do our homework up in the beautiful rotunda of the John Jermain Memorial Library....

Cooperation And Vision

A thought experiment: Compare our national government with Southampton Town government. Not being encumbered by a filibuster rule helps, but competency and devotion to continuous improvement has helped the Democratically...

Sign First, Worry Later?

As one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the Village of Southampton over its heavy-handed attempts to bring a semi-commercial operation into a residential community [“Village Board Backtracks...

Vote: It’s Good For You

In the United States, unlike in most other Western democracies like Canada, the U.K., Germany or Sweden, voting is an individual responsibility: Voting is optional, and voter turnout is considerably...

Local Matters

So, here it is, 2021, with a local election set for November 2. But it’s an off year, right? And it’s just a local election, right? So, who cares? That’s...

Very Fair

I am writing in support of Barbara Wilson to remain a town justice in Southampton. As a lifelong resident of Southampton, Barbara knows this community and its people, and it...

Pleasure To Serve

I would like to take this time to thank all the residents and taxpayers of this great town for allowing me to be your superintendent of highways for these last...

Job Is To Protect

How can the unions not mandate vaccination? Isn’t their job to protect their members? One-third of U.S. employees belong to unions; add their families, and you would reach herd immunity...

Steadfast Loyalty

In 2005, I attended Charlie McArdle’s retirement party, celebrating his 21-year career in law enforcement. The party was attended by a few hundred people from our community and law enforcement...

Just Vote

The plethora of published pleadings by the pundits of the various parties and the candidates running for election in Southampton Town has totally overrun the capability of the average reader...

Negative Impact

Every inhabitant of the Springs (dead end) will be negatively impacted by the 50-home subdivision at 289/290 Three Mile Harbor Road, and they do not know it yet. Over 7,000...

Roll Up The Sleeves

The Town of Southampton and the surrounding region are at a critical point in their growth and development. Issues such as decreasing water quality, loss of natural environment, as well...

It’s A Sinkhole

Zooming right along at breakneck speed — and with public input stifled by the process — the STAR Aquatics “pool” fiasco is slotted in for a “pre-submission” hearing before the...

Selling Our Future

Political promises of affordable housing. Southampton is at a crossroads. Are we going the route of other western Long Island towns and density? Read the YIMBY website: There is a...

Leave The Leaves

By now, fall garden cleanup is well underway. By November, the spent foliage will be cut down and cleared off, and the raked leaves will be removed. But if you...

Struck Out

Yes, it’s true: No East Hampton Town Board members or Town Trustees showed at Truck Beach. Not one currently elected official showed again. For the second time, I showed support,...

‘Peace’ Of Land

There are many benefits to owning land. First, land ownership gives the owner peace of mind. Land ownership can be a great investment, as long as you enter the deal...

Libraries Are For Books

Apparently, Jennifer Glass took my criticism of the John Jermain Memorial Library and twisted it to her version [“Parallel Universe,” Letters, October 14]. But let me set the record straight...

Trusted And Respected

It is my honor to support Cyndi McNamara, candidate for the Southampton Town Council. She is uniquely positioned to represent the interests of our community. Having grown up in Southampton...

More Harm Than Good

Finally, Kara Bak, Southampton Town’s director of community housing, reached out to me this week regarding the purchase of 26 U.S. Coast Guard homes. Not that she offered much information,...

Bivalves And Bulkheads

Never did I dream that I would be immersed knee deep in these matters, important as they surely are to our coastal community. As a Southampton Town Trustee, having served...

We Can Have It All

I find that Democrats and Republicans alike will say in a political discussion, “Oh, those self-eating Dems can’t make policy … can’t get together …” I have been thinking about...

Rambling Pilot

Reading the Neanderthal rambling from a pilot who lives in Virginia, that East Hampton Airport should accept Federal Aviation Administration grants [“Runway To Anywhere,” Letters, October 7] is a fast...

No Transparency

In regard to the Southampton Town plan to obtain surplus housing from the U.S. Coast Guard and the issue of transparency of local government, I offer this interesting piece of...

Balance Needed

Washington proves to us time and time again that we need balance in our government. If not for a few senators with common sense, we would be another $6 trillion...

Marionette Presidency

Can any of us say, out loud, that they think our country is headed in the right direction? If you, as a Democrat with deep disgust over Donald Trump, made...

Short Sighted

Unintended consequences are the foreseeable, disastrous results of shortsighted decision-making. Take the big piles of painted wood, the McMansions, which have replaced spacious lawns and breathing room between properties on...

The Red Meat

The Southampton Democrats’ campaign slogan is: “Democrats Deliver.” These are not empty words. With a majority in our local government, Democrats have delivered on policies that are improving people’s lives....

How Does He Do It?

How do you feel, America, being an investor in another one of Trump’s deals? He has made his money off his investors for years. He can sell great — he...

Enjoy The View

This is in reply to the Dai Dayton and Sandra Ferguson letter (Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt) advocating that the recent Community Preservation Fund purchase of the 8-acre field...

Gnome For Home

In an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Dr. Anthony Fauci complained about not being liked. People who have conspiracy theories deny reality and don’t particularly care for...

More To Do

I’m running for reelection to the Southampton Town Council. During the almost four years that I’ve served on the board, we have done important things in water quality, economic development,...

Invested In Community

For the past 24 years, our community has had the good fortune to have Barbara Wilson as our town justice. Throughout this time, Judge Wilson has consistently demonstrated the compassion,...

Important Role

We hear a lot these days about climate change and the environmental challenges we are facing today, and the greater threats in the not-too-distant future. These threats are real, especially...

Unmatched Experience

I’m writing to express my support for the reelection of Barbara Wilson as Southampton Town justice. I was fortunate to be her law clerk for a number of years and...

We Are The People

I have been a Hampton West Estates resident for almost 40 years. As a member of the Hampton West Residents Association, we have worked hard to improve the quality of...

A Great Option

Election time is here again. Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” This is never more true than when it comes to Southampton Town. With all the chaos of...

Justice For All

Born and raised in Southampton and having served for 24 years as Southampton Town justice, I am honored to be running for reelection as the Southampton Town “justice for all.”...

Benefits Too Few

Having seen East Hampton Community Alliance’s full-page ads (in several publications) for the past few weeks, warning of the dire effects of the airport closure, I am surprised by the...

Watch The Debate

On May 24, The Southampton Press published a letter I wrote titled “Battle of the Thirds.” This letter was about the candidates on this November’s ballot for Suffolk County Legislature...

Love The Law

Southampton Town justice is not a political position, which is good, because I’m not, nor have I ever been, a politician. I am running for Southampton Town justice and respectfully...

Why I’m Running

I’m running for Southampton Town highway superintendent. Why? After recently retiring from a 34-year transportation career, I know that the best way to serve my community is as your highway...

Shocking Dismissal

Matko Tomicic, executive director of LongHouse Reserve, was dismissed from his position without notice from the board of directors on Saturday, September 4, of Labor Day weekend for no reason...

No Transparency

In regards to the negotiations between Southampton Town’s community housing director, Kara Bak, and the U.S. Coast Guard, we still have heard nothing. I guess we will be forced to...

Bravo!

Bravo to Regal UA Hampton Bays for once again supporting the arts locally by presenting “The Met: Live in HD” 2021-22 season. It was a wonderful performance and wonderful to...

Applaud The Library

The John Jermain Memorial Library is a beacon of light and love in Sag Harbor. I can’t think of an institution in the village with a greater dedication to the...

A Year In The Life

As we approach the one-year anniversary of when I called the Trustees to ask when we are dredging Napeague Harbor, I’m reminded that we are on the poor side of...

Ready To Work

In the upcoming election on November 2, we are fortunate to have Tom Neely, a new candidate for Southampton Town highway superintendent. Tom will be the most experienced candidate we...

Due Diligence

A 60-unit residential housing complex is being considered for development on the main traffic artery on the East End, County Road 39. Why does this not make sense? Because we...

Protect The Pond

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt sends congratulations to Southampton Town on the recent Community Preservation Fund purchase of the 8-acre field in Sagaponack. The field sits next to Poxabogue...

Amazing Community

We wanted to once again thank this amazing community of ours for helping us make the 2021 Hamptons Marathon & Half the success it was this past weekend. We couldn’t...

Successful Series

Due to COVID-19 and its restrictions last year, the East Quogue Civic Association got started late last summer putting together our Summer Concerts Series. Despite that, we were able to...

Three Promises

I am applying for the job of Southampton Town councilwoman. You, the voters, will review my background and accomplishments and decide on November 2 whether I get the job. I’m...

A Delicate Balance

People want to live here. Our successful stewardship of our environment has made the Town of Southampton highly desirable. It is our commitment to preserving green spaces and farmland, clean...

Provide Guidelines

Isn’t it time for our mayor to provide guidelines to turn our Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Board into the powerful regulatory...

Questionable Integrity

I have not lived in the East End for many years, but I am a full-time, voting Southampton resident who cares greatly about local elections. I don’t understand how Barbara...

Slow To Solar

The Town of East Hampton has made pledges as far back as 2014 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and more recently declared that there is a “climate emergency.” In the...

Qualified For Job

As a longtime town resident, I have often wondered why we elect someone to head Southampton Town’s Highway Department instead of selecting the person with the best professional qualifications for...

A Disgrace

I live in Shinnecock Hills (west of the college) and work in Riverhead. Most weekday mornings, as most of us are aware, we need to travel east on Country Road...

Two Thumbs Up

I was so excited to read the excellent article featuring the “Tiny Creatures” Netflix series and its producer, Christina Douglas [“Shinnecock Filmmaker Wins Emmy For Doc,” Community, August 26]. It...

Perpetuates A Lie

Critical race theory is becoming a destructive distraction for many students in our public schools. Its focus is group equity rather than individual equality. Each American, Black, white, brown or...

Parallel Universe

Sometimes I feel like I live in a parallel universe. It stumps me when someone sees something so different from my own perspective, and, as we all know, difference of...

Paved Paradise

Well, I finally broke down and went shopping at the Westhampton Beach Lidl, and I must say I was even more depressed, angry and nostalgic than I could ever have...

Tragedy And Farce

I just read with disappointment and dismay that a new lawsuit against Quogue has been filed in the case of the tragic July automobile accident in Quogue [“Second Wrongful Death...

A Way Of Life

The game of basketball in Sag Harbor has always been much more than just a game. It was a way of life. Having been born in Sag Harbor, I always...

A ‘Duckie’ Day

The Hampton Bays Civic Association held its 10th annual Family Fun Day and Rubber Duckie Race on September 11. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was broadcast virtually. Beautiful weather and...

We Can Do This

Today, in the most beautiful place on earth, Suffolk County District 1, we have a problem. The world, the country and the anger from both sides is prevalent at the...

Pick My Brain

As I write this letter, our Republican/Conservative candidates for the East Hampton Town Board are dealing with a very disappointing situation. Three local groups have invited us to participate in...

Stop Virtual Meetings

End Zoom at Town Hall. At last count, seven-plus people could not get past technical glitches to voice their traffic, environmental and other concerns at the scoping session for Concern...

Imagination At Work

We attended an exciting football game in New Jersey on Sunday. It was everything a fan could hope for. But this letter is not about football. It’s about the return...

Put Proposal On Hold

The Town Board held a Zoom meeting on September 28 regarding the affordable housing project proposed for County Road 39. We had a group of eight with a few computers....

Respect, Repent

Our sign and American flag were stolen Monday evening, September 27. Enemies of a park think they might shut us down, but that theft hardened our resolve. No housing will...

Details Are Needed

Why won’t the Town Board read written comments at public hearings? Neither my letter nor the excellent analysis of the Group for the East End were heard during the important...

Walks Like A Duck

A recent opinion piece by Tom Clavin revealed his personal distaste for mandates regarding vaccines and masks [“Who Is That Masked Man?” The Road Not Taken, Opinion, September 16] and...

Cast Your Vote

As Election Day approaches on Tuesday, November 2, please consider casting your vote for the Southampton Town Democrats. The candidates include a teacher, a traffic expert, a sea captain, conservation...

Disrespectful

Southampton Town’s new community housing director, Kara Bak, announced in the August 12 edition [“New Director At Helm Of Housing,” Residence] that she was negotiating with the U.S. Coast Guard...

You Had To Be There

LTV Chairman Steven Olken mentioned a variety of people and their, plus his, issues in a recent letter to the print media. I will try to break it down for...

Symphony Of Thanks

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 10th anniversary edition of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival. It was one of the most beautiful weekends of the...

Runway To Anywhere

East Hampton should quickly renew Federal Aviation Administration grants to protect East Hampton Airport’s ability to serve the community for years to come. Swift action to protect the airport could...

Ready To Serve

I am writing this letter to ask all registered voters in Southampton Town, regardless of political affiliation, for your support, and your vote, in my race for Southampton Town justice....

Up In Smoky Carbon

Kudos for urging action on climate change. Extolling Southampton Village’s declaration of a climate emergency and breaking ground to install EV charging stations, the papers stated: “It’s late to start,...

Working For Us

I am writing to express my support of Cynthia McNamara for Southampton Town Council and to share a story of how Cyndi’s perseverance has bettered my family. We were informed...

Stoking Fear

What’s going on at the John Jermain Memorial Library? We continue to have a Neanderthal stance requiring a mask, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the...

Thanks To All

The Hampton Bays Beautification Association held its 35th annual Garden Party and Famous Auction at Oakland’s Restaurant in Hampton Bays on Saturday, September 18. A very special thanks to Fandango...

Playing The Odds

All too often, everyone seems to forget that when you hear the words “climate change,” that is the natural process. For far too long, we act as if the minuscule...

More To The Story

An article on September 16 reported the good news that the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund “surpasses $1 billion” in taxes raised since its inception in 1998 [“Southampton CPF Surpasses...

Answers Needed

In the fall, the sun sets earlier, and the local Democratic minions write letters to the editor. Recently, two local Democratic sycophants touted the achievements of the Democratic-controlled Town Board....

A Vote For Tommy John

There are many wonderful candidates on the slate this year. I am writing to support Tommy John Schiavoni for reelection as a Southampton Town councilman whom I have had the...

Invasion From The Sky

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the water of late, boating, swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. The air is crisp, the water still warm. The natural beauty is just...

A No-Brainer

I’ve been upstate at college for a few weeks now, and the people I have met here have never met my mom. Despite that, I’d be willing to bet they...

Local Elections Matter

While you may know where President Joe Biden stands on vaccine mandates, or what Mitch McConnell’s stance is on raising the debt limit, do you know who’s running for Southampton...

Preserving Windmill

Fellow Southampton College alumni and I would like to thank you for printing the letter “We Were Here” on September 23 and thereby sharing with our community our thoughts from...

Preserving Community

Homeowners in Azurest, Sag Harbor Hills and Ninevah Beach, Sag Harbor’s historically African American beachfront communities, issued a resounding vote of support last week for a proposal to form a...

A Disaster Foretold

Once again, Jay Schneiderman is double-ramming Tuckahoe taxpayers, as well as everyone else maddened by taxes, over-development and traffic gridlock on the East End. As fatal accidents pile up and...

Traffic Dragons

It’s all about the traffic. We talk about protecting our environment and promoting our economy, but to do that we must solve Southampton Town’s traffic crisis, on the ground and...

Over The Bridge

The Hampton Bays Lions Club wishes to thank the Southampton Town Board, the Southampton Town Police Department and the Southampton Town Parks Department for their assistance in the 10th annual...

A Grand Journey

I would like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to Matko Tomicic for over two decades of fun at LongHouse Reserve. Jack Larsen, God bless him, chose Matko 26 years...

Protect Neighborhood

I live in Hampton West Estates, which is located in Westhampton, adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard housing, and have for over 30 years. I have been a member of...

Back Road Deluge

It’s great if blinking lights are easing the commuter traffic into and out of Southampton. What remains in need of relief are the residential through roads, from the daylong deluge...

Required Reading

I have just finished reading every word of your special section “Remembering 9/11” [September 9]. Each and every article is written eloquently, poignantly and respectfully, masterfully capturing the complex range...

Local Speedway

I am writing to you to express my deep concern over the lack of enforcement of speed limits in Southampton, specifically on Noyac Road and Majors Path. I live directly...

Promises, Promises

• Eight years, no new senior center. For the last eight years you’ve been promised one. Promised again! • Six years, no communication tower turned on in Springs. No cell...

Working For You

The new and improved Westhampton Beach Village and Main Street should serve as the perfect example of the benefits of an infrastructure investment. It is night and day compared to...

The Future Of Travel

Tom Neely is the man for East End traffic control as Southampton Town highway superintendent. Yes, he can do the job, and we need his skills desperately. Tom has the...

A Great Outing

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 held its annual golf outing at The Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead on August 30. The event was a great success due to our...

The Right Decision

At its recent meeting, the Southampton Town Conservation Board issued a rare and well-documented denial of a new house application at 151 Seascape Lane. The board makes difficult decisions balancing...

no Credibility

The recent court decision concerning the Hampton Bays Downtown Overlay District has stopped this deceitful and bad plan from being implemented. The plan’s intent is to urbanize the Hampton Bays...

Stay In Sag Harbor

I am writing to register my displeasure with the decision by the Town of Southampton Planning Board to proceed to site plan review on a proposal by the Sag Harbor...

It Is Time

On the East End of Long Island, we believe we are “woke” — we believe we are doing something. We believe we are good people. We recycle, we greet our...

Hiding From Public

You may have heard of my refusal to participate in the upcoming debate among town supervisor candidates. I will not participate in a Zoom debate — for I don’t consider...

Missed The Point

Recently, State Senator Anthony Palumbo and I penned a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul, which was direct in its message: It simply recognized the reality that many of our hospitals...

Wrong Location

Regarding affordable housing on Community Preservation Fund land in East Hampton, the subject of a September 22 hearing: 284 and 290 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, 14-plus acres, were...

Gently Falling Rain

Rain comes, rain falls, in wondrous forms: “gentle,” “moderate,” and, sometimes, “storm.” Of all rain’s forms, from the day I was born, dear heart seeks “gentle,” so safe, so warm....

We Were There

“We” are writing in response to the article of September 16 [“Group Wants To Move Windmill Back To Southampton Village, 27east.com, September 15]. We are the more than 10,000-strong Southampton...

Stands By Promises

What is your favorite part of living in Southampton? Some residents may say beautiful fields and foliage, while others may say our beautiful beaches. I would go so far as...

Profile In Courage

With the end of Labor Day weekend, two other major events begin. First, you cannot wear white until next summer — don’t ask us why. Second, the fall political season...

Blissful Memories

I read with great interest the article about John Melillo and the show of his art at Southampton Cultural Center, and his recollections of happy times at Sea Breeze Boarding...

I Am Not Afraid

Penning this letter is of the most importance. Debate season is upon us, and we’ve been asked to partake. Excitement, as if you haven’t been reading the papers, Facebook, Twitter,...

Neighborly History

My home in Noyac represents a unique family history. It was a second home for my family for three generations. In the 1960s, my grandparents purchased the quaint beach house...

A Few Questions

As the Southampton Town election draws near, this might be the time to raise a few questions for candidates Cynthia McNamara and Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, both of whom are endorsed...

Raise Your Voice

Sitting in my home three weeks ago, I had on my television. I was shocked, furious, upset — in short, outraged — when I saw on Channel 12 News a...

He’ll Be Back

I have watched this culture as change took place from my first viewing of David Mamet’s play “Oleanna” almost 30 years ago. I have two daughters and three female grandchildren....

Now A Necessity

I listened to the “27 Speaks” podcast on undergrounding electric power lines. I feel a bit less like a howling crazy person. Karl Grossman started talking about this in 1985?...

Playing Catch-up

Understanding where we come from will only allow us to understand where we are going. Some of these changes include the appointment of Sue Hurteau as the acting chief of...

Access Is Essential

Given that Governor Kathy Hochul recently approved virtual access to public meetings in accordance with New York State’s Open Meetings Law, we urge the Village of Sag Harbor to immediately...

Silence Vs. Consensus

Why did Southampton Town officials feel the need to defend their design for the Hampton Bays Downtown Overlay District (HBDOD) at a virtual Hampton Bays Civic Association meeting, when the...

Con Men Among Us

Throughout the course of the year, legitimate veterans service organizations take donations to help with relief programs and to assist their communities helping veterans, military members and the youth of...

The Vegetable?

Jill and Joe Biden go out to dinner one evening. Jill tells the waiter, “Bring me shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, and for the entree, prime rib, rare.” And the...

Are You Listening?

The Sag Harbor Antique Fire Truck Museum’s special exception application looks to be on the approval track with the Southampton Town Planning Board. The museum is looking to purchase a...

Lacking Diversity

Many of us in Sag Harbor’s historically African American neighborhoods (Azurest, Sag Harbor Hills, Ninevah) attended the locally sponsored HarborFest in Sag Harbor and noticed an obvious lack of diversity...

Debunking Myths

Michael Daly, self-appointed authority on affordable housing in general, and the Concern for Independent Living application specifically, now anoints himself arbiter of “reality” and “mythology” [“Common Myths About Affordable Housing...

Shame On Us

For months now, I’ve been saying to close friends that the irrational rhetoric concerning vaccine hesitancy and wearing masks is because our poor educational system has finally caught up with...

Running Again

My name is Patrick Gunn and I am running for Southampton Town justice. I ran last year and, although unsuccessful, I am proud of my effort and how my opponent...

The Right Decision

I am writing to express our gratitude for the efforts of the Conservation Board, which last week issued a rare denial for a new house build application on fragile and...

Manipulating Laws

I was quite surprised about one item on the September 9 agenda for the Southampton Village Board meeting. The trustees are attempting to change the code with regard to which...

Urgent Situation

The recent tragic loss of life in New York City of occupants of illegal basement apartments demonstrates the danger that they pose to their occupants. The occupants died by drowning...

Mantle Of Shame

Local pilots and their out-of-town hired sycophants are cloaked in a heavy mantle of shame this week with two actions shining a bright light on their disregard for our community....

Talent And Experience

My life has been an eastward migration from bungalows in Breezy Point and the Rockaways, to West Islip, Fire Island and now Sag Harbor. I remember Reynolds Channel and the...

A Negative Impact

My husband and I are full-time Montauk residents. Our home is in the flight path of the Montauk Airport, and when planes and helicopters fly over, all conversation in my...

We Can Do Better

Sag Harbor, we need to do better. As a community, we have a racial bias problem. Most of us don’t realize it, or, if so, don’t want to admit it,...

Ban Leaf Blowers

Thanks for exposing the scourge of gas-powered leaf blowers in the lead editorial last week [“A Place To Start,” Editorial, September 2]. It turns out that, beyond the noxious noise,...

The Time Is Now

2010 brought what is referred to down in Lazy Point as the “December Storm.” In January 2011, the residents began to flood Town Hall looking for help with Napeague Harbor....

Willful Blindness

Thank you, Anthony Brandt, for the buffoonery you share with us in your column titled “The Real America” [Out Of Left Field, Opinion, September 2]. I must tell you, your...

A Fresh Face

Labor Day has passed and the 2021 campaign season is now underway in earnest. In my humble opinion, things are going very well here in the Town of Southampton with...

A Well-Lived Life

With the sad passing of Nancy Nagle Kelley, the planet, the country, the state, the county, the waterways and open spaces of Long Island, and the street she lived on...

Some Power, Indeed

I am compelled to respond to the letters of Frances Genovese [“Killing Fields,” August 19] and Linda Slezak [“Don’t Be A ‘Snowflake,’” September 2], criticizing the women who made credible...

Good Neighbors?

I sat here in disbelief over what was written [“Good Neighbor,” Letters, August 19]. First, the pilots have never been good neighbors. The proposal for a restaurant and playground is...

A Pollinator Pathway

The fate of our pollinators — ladybugs, bees, birds, butterflies, bats and more — has been at the forefront of environmental issues for many years but is getting special attention...

Get Involved

I remember when the new King Kullen Shopping Center in Hampton Bays was proposed, and one of the selling points to the community was its walkability — that it would...

A Great App

SeeClickFix is awesome! This app was touted as a new communication tool for residents at the Southampton Village mayor and trustees’ excellent and well-attended State of the Village presentation [“Mayor...

Good Management

On November 2, Southampton Town voters will cast their ballots to determine town leadership for the next two to four years. Events over the past few years make plain that...

Let’s Make A Deal

Dear Taliban, We Americans don’t usually negotiate with terrorists, but things are pretty whacked out these days, so we’re willing to make a deal. We would like to offer you...

Smaller Packages

Wind is perpetual on an island. I’ve wondered why the thought of making wind work for us properly was forgotten. It’s money, most likely. Just look at this deal East...

Mockery Of Review

Two done-deal, side-by-side proposals being pushed by Jay Schneiderman are scurrying through a mockery of “review” during these last dog days of August. They are the STAR Sports Complex, posing...

Stop Attacking Us

I was disappointed to see yet another Press editorial that has tried to divide our community, this time in regard to the proposed Heart of the Hamptons facility [“Heartbreaking,” Editorial,...

Grow Up

To the so-called parents who oppose mask mandates: Your opinion is not science. Your “freedoms” do not extend to jeopardizing other people’s children, teachers and staff, or the community at...

Distracting Readers

The Southampton Press recently published an editorial regarding a successful challenge brought by a Hampton Bays resident, Gayle Lombardi, that blocked the rezoning of the hamlet’s downtown business district [“No...

A Community Trifecta

Yes, I am a supporter of Heart of the Hamptons, and, no, I am not a resident of the Village of Southampton. However, I was born in Southampton, raised in...

I Love New York

We went to New York City yesterday to see the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit. It was outstanding! But this post is about the city itself and what I hope it...

No Skin In The Game

Everyone who is in favor of the food pantry on Meeting House Lane should offer an alternative in their neighborhood. If they cannot offer an alternative close to their home,...

Edsel For Sale

I’ll bet there are a lot of people who voted for Joe Biden who have the same feeling as the guy who bought an Edsel. Steve Vella Water Mill

Not Outsiders

Comments made by residents in opposition to Heart of the Hamptons moving to the ambulance barn make it abundantly clear that they are unfamiliar with the organization, the people they...

Community Stars

On behalf of the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, we are thrilled that Heart of the Hamptons will soon be our new neighbor at 44 Meeting House Lane. Thank you...

Truth Or Rumor

The Hampton Bays Civic Association’s recent production, starring representatives of the Southampton Town Board did little to clarify truths or rumors surrounding the Hampton Bays downtown overlay district [“Hampton Bays...

Wrong Location

Those in favor of the Heart of the Hamptons on Meeting House Lane seem to be missing the point. Totally not reading all the paragraphs. The point being, HOH does...

Not A Blame Game

The dangerous climate in our country promoting systemic racism is now being perpetuated in the guise of critical race theory. As a person of color, my first experience with racism...

Gentler Impact Needed

Bonnie Verbitsky, the founder of Bridgehampton Action Now, made a critical point and a great suggestion in her letter to your paper last week [“Sensitive Area,” Letters, August 19] regarding...

Something Stupid

Alexa, play something stupid. “Okay, here’s Joe Biden’s press conference.” Steve Vella Water Mill

The Obscene Truth

It is striking how the Biden administration is starting to unravel. Since the election, Americans have witnessed a steady erosion of American interests as the Democrats and their progressive agenda...

Don’t Be A ‘Snowflake’

Frances Genovese wrote a very erudite commentary about the “feminist” reaction to Andrew Cuomo’s fall from grace [“Killing Fields,” Letters, August 19]. Making “the punishment fit the crime” is to...

It Must Stop

I am not a resident of the Town of East Hampton, but, living in Bridgehampton/Sagaponack north, our daily life is impacted by the East Hampton Airport. As a nonresident, I...

Give A Listen

I enjoyed Tim Motz’s article about the Rolling Stones [“A Rolling Stones Throwdown,” Stories from the South Fork, Opinion, August 12]. He might wish to re-listen to The Allman Brothers...

The Rabbit Hole

Did you ever find yourself going down the rabbit’s hole? To begin asking questions that lead you down the path of more discovery? This discovery could potentially be mind boggling....

Changing Lives

I am the community entitlement advocate for the Town of Southampton. I am writing this letter to express my support of Heart of the Hamptons remaining within Southampton Village at...

More Study Needed

Everyone in the community recognizes the incredible contributions of Heart of the Hamptons. We applaud their efforts, especially during this pandemic. That said, the Southampton Village Board is proposing a...

Down The Road

Our local food pantry and charity, Heart of the Hamptons, needs to relocate. Its present location, at 168 Hill Street in Southampton Village, is in a residential neighborhood, about a...

Egregious Boondoggles

Two done-deal, side-by-side proposals being pushed by Jay Schneiderman are scurrying through a mockery of “review” during these last dog days of August. They are the STAR Sports Complex, posing...

Sewage Solutions?

Such great news to see that possible sewage treatment solutions in Southampton Village are front and center [“Hopes Rise For Sewers,” Eastern Edition, The Southampton Press, August 19]. Just last...

Good Neighbors

I grew up in Southampton always aware of helping our neighbors in need. In January of this year, I joined the board of Heart of the Hamptons, because I know...

No Nanny State

I don’t go to the beach; it’s all that sand. I go to the beach when there’s a coastal storm, and this past Sunday was no exception. I want to...

Honk! Honk!

I really wish I could put a sign on my car this summer, and drive around with it all day, one that reads: “PLEASE STOP HONKING!” Living on eastern Long...

This Old House

My maiden name was Cynthia Kendrick Sebolt — I am the third great-granddaughter of Captain Mercator Cooper on my mother’s ancestral side. My concerns for the last five years have...

Stand In The Gap

I was greatly saddened and distressed to read the August 18 story concerning the pushback to the new home for the Heart of the Hamptons [“Neighbors Object To Permitting Food...

Thank You

I would like to thank Heart of Hamptons for personally helping me and my family, including my pet. I’m so blessed to have local businesses, farmers and local donors for...

Growing Pains

I have served as program coordinator at Heart of the Hamptons for the last two years. Since 1980, we have operated out of the basement of the parish hall at...

A Giving Community

Thank you, Mayor Jesse Warren, and the Southampton Village Board, for providing a new headquarters for Heart of the Hamptons. You join an incredible list of individuals, businesses and organizations...

Take A Deep Breath

The good news is that, like many in Southampton Village, I am grateful to Heart of the Hamptons for their work to address food insecurity in and around our community....

Astounding Comments

I was dismayed to see the comments of some of the neighbors of the proposed location for the Heart of the Hamptons food pantry [“Neighbors Object To Permitting Food Pantry...

Bear With Us

Due to staffing challenges coming from multiple directions, South Ferry may have difficulty staffing enough boats at times between now and Labor Day. Travelers should anticipate up to 20-to-30-minute delays...

A New Priority?

I write to inform the public about a delay in fulfilling my Freedom of Information Law request regarding an application filed with the Southampton Town Trustees by 65 Cliff Drive...

A Safety Net

In September 2020, the Southampton Village Board voted unanimously to authorize a lease agreement for Heart of the Hamptons to occupy 44 Meetinghouse Lane [“McLoughlin And Arresta Begin Terms On...

First We’ve Heard

Congratulations to Kara Bak on her new position as Southampton Town director of housing [“Kara Bak Assumes Helm Of Southampton Town Housing And Community Development,” Residence, 27east.com, August 10]. I...

A Note Of Gratitude

This is a letter I have been meaning to pen for a while but, like most of us, have gotten caught up in the busyness of daily life. I am...

Use Common Sense

I’m not sure what your editorial “Our Best Hope” [August 12] was trying to say by claiming we prematurely declared victory and threw our masks away. This is disingenuous at...

A Positive Force

I am writing this letter as a board member of Heart of the Hamptons in support of our new location on Meeting House Lane. Heart of the Hamptons is about...

Killing Fields

In Greek tragedy, hubris (arrogant, blinding pride) always brings down the king/hero and with it come the terrible consequences of worldly loss, and the bitterness of reflection and regret. The...

Truth Don’t Change

A recent email from a longtime reader of my blog questioned why I continue to write in opposition to “Bridget the Third.” This email was not written in her support,...

Have A Heart

I have been a volunteer at Heart of the Hamptons for the past six months, and my husband has been on the board for the past four years. Heart of...

Gently Falling Rain

drip drop, drip drop Softly falls, the calming rain, quietly soothing this weary brain. In rhyme it whispers, directly to soul: “Dream on, dear one, in rain, dream on. Soon...

Safety First

As a resident of Water Mill, I read with great interest “From Canoe Place To North Roads, Traffic Schemes Strategized In Southampton Town” [27east.com, August 10]. No one should have...

Neighbors In Need

Last week, the Southampton Village Board meeting discussion concerning Heart of the Hamptons’ new location left me feeling very disheartened. At the meeting, a group of residents spoke about their...

When We Need It

I am so grateful to Heart of the Hamptons for the support they gave to my family over the past few years while my husband battled cancer and couldn’t work....

Recipe For Accidents

Suffering through the worst summer traffic on record, I truly appreciate Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s efforts to ease road flow [“From Canoe Place To North Roads, Traffic Schemes Strategized In Southampton...

Taking Its Toll

Musical drama can be very entertaining, but not at the expense of wetlands and the pond they border [“Bay Street Embraces The Great Outdoors With ‘Camelot,’” Arts & Living, 27east.com,...

The Future Is Hot

The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, just released its latest findings on the threat posed by climate change, and the news is not good. The headline...

A Helping Hand

I work at Southampton Intermediate School, and I write in support of Heart of the Hamptons’ work and its new facility at 44 Meeting House Lane. I have had the...

Sensitive Area

Why didn’t the Southampton Town Board invite the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee to comment on the special events permits for the Konner property, across from the Commons, regarding Bay Street...

Words Omitted

On August 5, this paper published my purported Letter to the Editor [“Seeds Of Development”] about the Southampton Town Board manipulating Hampton Bays property in the defunct overlay district to...

Local Preference

I would like to respond, obliquely, to a Letter to the Editor published July 1, titled “The Drug Pushers.” Although I don’t do prescriptions, I thought I’d relate an incident...

Not Minor Matters

One should not let Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s (and others) personal attacks on a citizen who exercised her rights to challenge a government decision distract one from the serious...

A Lack Of Respect

According to whaling records, on November 9, 1843, Mercator Cooper left Sag Harbor as captain of the 440-ton ship Manhattan on a whaling voyage. On March 14 and 15, 1845,...

Traffic Woes

The daily rituals of traffic are becoming a plague on the East End. The “trade parade,” as it is currently known among local residents, is coming to a tipping point....

Circulating Mistruths

I am thankful to The Southampton Press for the editorial “No Need To Bully,” published in the August 5 edition. No one should be bullied or demonized by officials of...

Caring Professionals

It started with Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance to safely remove me from my home in their newly acquired chair on the stairs to the waiting ambulance. I never felt safer,...

Twelve Sounds

“The Twelve Sounds on the Flight Path to KHTO,” a poem by Clifford Lavine: On the flight path to KHTO, These sounds were heard by me: Twelve crows a-cawing; Eleven...

Recycle And Reap

When we speak of recycling, we need to speak of how much is actually done. The United States, as a nation, lost about $800 million two years ago. We actually,...

Good Neighbor

I am a local recreational pilot and believe the East Hampton Airport should remain open and fully operational. I would like to bring up a few points. While no solution...

Help Us Help You

Kudos to Lars Clemensen and the Hampton Bays School Board for their COVID immunization program, partnering with Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, to encourage immunization of our local children ages 12...

A Drop In The Bucket

Over 60 residents signed letters to the Town Board supporting Concern for Independent Living’s proposal to construct 60 apartments on the property behind the church on County Road 39. They...

Preventive Steps

I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first-strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike,...

The Killing Fields

In Greek tragedy, hubris (arrogant, blinding pride) always brings down the king/hero and with it the terrible consequences of earthly loss, and the bitterness of reflection and regret. The Bible...

Strong Will Needed

I attended the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting about traffic in Bridgehampton that you reported in your July 29 editions [“Police Chief Tells Bridgehampton Residents No Easy Fixes For Traffic Woes,”...

Our Fair Share

The time has come to once again challenge and verify the taxation of our visitors that come to the East End. The 3 percent hotel occupancy tax that has been...

Fracturing Society

What America do Democrats think they are living in? Because it certainly is not mine. From my perspective as a senior, I cannot believe I am being led by an...

Sticker Scofflaws

The use (or misuse) of handicapped parking stickers is becoming epidemic. Many people use the sticker of a deceased relative, a spouse, or a friend. Some people even “lend” their...

Look Up

On a night that is free of clouds and moonlight, one can see about 4,000 stars. One can see the Milky Way — the galaxy that is home to our...

Solitary Minority

During my tenure as the police liaison (previously titled commissioner, for the past 30 years), I have had the great privilege of negotiating and understanding operations as they pertain to...

An Antisemitic Rant

Having just read the interview that appeared last week with Roger Waters [“Q&A: Rock Star Roger Waters Talks About His Connection To South Fork, And The Shinnecock,” 27east.com, July 28],...

Answers Needed

I will try to make this as short as possible. My opinions from the work that has been presented to us as the public, regarding case 21-E-0261. 1. The Public...

Racing History

I see in this week’s paper the announcement of the opening of the Nathaniel Rogers House, at long last [“At Long Last, Bridgehampton’s Nathaniel Rogers House To Be Unveiled,” 27east.com,...

Poor Editorial Choice

It was a great and generous gift that Roger Waters gave to the Shinnecock Nation, and the part of the article/Q&A devoted to that and to the struggle of the...

Always On Duty

On behalf of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I write to say that words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for having Sean King as a neighbor in...

Oceans In Peril

You may have heard the phrase “30 x 30” before, but what does it signify? It’s pretty simple, really, but vitally important. The objective of the 30 x 30 movement...

Not For Locals

Ralph Fasano’s proposed 60-unit affordable housing on County Road 39 is not the proper venue for this already congested area [“Town Board Calls For Full Environmental Study Of Proposed Housing...

Blowback Coming

I have read various articles explaining the mentality in states like Arkansas and Missouri as to why they have such low vaccination rates. One prominent explanation is that many people...

Infrastructure Paralysis

I’m glad to see that Congress may be on the road to pass a big infrastructure funding bill. I think everyone can agree that this county is need of it....

A White Wash

Thank you for the nice article on the rabidly antisemitic Roger Waters [“Q&A: Rock Star Roger Waters Talks About His Connection To South Fork, And The Shinnecock,” 27east.com, July 28]....

Seeds Of Development

The State Supreme Court overturned Southampton Town’s plan to develop stores/housing along Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays [“Court Reverses Decision On Hampton Bays Downtown Overlay District,” 27east.com, July 28]. The plaintiff...

We Need A Diner

“Promise her anything, but give her Arpege.” Anyone out there remember the 1965 ad for cologne besides me? Well, this is how I’m feeling about the town’s plan for the...

Change The Rules

First, I need a bit of help. Please fact check me. There was an article about a woman who has an organization dedicated to eradicating the inequality baked into our...

Charge Impact Fee

Thanks go to Dee Yardley, his crew and all who helped get John Street and parts of Glover Street repaved. These two streets were in terrible shape, and it’s not...

Got Your Number

I hope it is not too late to RSVP to Ralph Fasano (whose application for multi-“workforce” housing is before the town) and his public invitation to come visit homes that...

A Big Bypass

Hampton Bays became the latest target for a suggested bypass that does not address any root causes. Such a proposal reminds me of Band-Aids that are lower-cost store brand offerings,...

Questions To Ask

Regarding my recent Letter to the Editor, per Aiden Corish’s observation, I recently saw the least expensive studio co-op in the Hamptons: $115,000. I happened to meet the owner, too,...

See The Other Side

Newspapers and other media are reporting on the hopeless tangle that Congress finds itself in trying to create a bipartisan committee on the insurrection on January 6. It is a...

Good Advice

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the fact that neither “Bridget the Third” nor her Republican so-called opponent, Robert J. Carpenter III, wanted the position of Suffolk County legislator,...

The Clock Is Ticking

Communication systems in Springs, both cellular and emergency, have become unnecessarily politicized and confused. As Councilperson Kathy Burke-Gonzalez pointed out at the last East Hampton Town Board work session, the...

Outdated Thinking

Regarding the Hampton Bays bypass plan: Either none now know or a choice was made to ignore its true purpose and design: It was to be a four-lane road connecting...

True Leadership

I would like to give a special shout-out and a big thanks to Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore and Westhampton Beach Village Trustee Brian Tymann for going over and beyond...

An Amazing Facility

The Noyac Civic Council was fortunate to have a tour of The Church in Sag Harbor given by one of its founders, April Gornik. The current exhibition, called “Road Rage,”...

The Tide Has Changed

Are we taking proper care of Mecox Bay? Is it being opened wide enough, often enough, deep enough or for a long enough duration of time to cleanse Mecox Bay?...

Find Some History

Years ago, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon volunteering at the Wicoff House Museum. That volunteering would lead into being an intern, which would lead into being a lead...

The Future Is Here

I am a lifelong Long Islander transplanted by choice to East Quogue in 1994 due to the beauty of the area, the proximity to Riverhead for shopping and nearby magnificent...

What’s Cooking?

So the Southampton Village Board wants to defund the North Sea Fire Department [“Furious About Float, Village Board Member Calls For Banning FD From Next Year’s Parade,” 27east.com, July 14]....

Not For The Locals

The “housing plan” that The Press reported on in its July 22 edition is anything but [“Town Board Calls For Full Environmental Study Of Proposed Housing Project In Southampton,” 27east.com,...

Get Over It

I cannot believe or understand the complaints about the North Sea Fire Department’s float in the Fourth of July parade [“Furious About Float, Village Board Member Calls For Banning FD...

Inevitable Tragedy

I knew of the accident from seven states away as soon as I awoke this morning. All day long I’ve asked myself, why? Why does it have to take a...

Fighting For Seniors

For the last three months, several people have asked me why I became a candidate for the East Hampton Town Board. My answer is simple: Seniors in the town are...

Move Forward

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph A. Santorelli issued a final determination on July 20, granting my petition against the Town Board of the Town of Southampton and annulling Town Board...

Cynical And Misguided

Carlos Sandoval, I was offended by your column “Mirror, Mirror” [Vistas, Opinion, July 8]. Your celebration of the debate about “Critical Race Theory” and its forced introduction in our secondary...

Want To Be Heard?

I am writing to encourage the Sag Harbor Village Board to reinstate the access to board meetings on Zoom. It does not seem that the problem is money, as the...

Laughable Notion

I am writing to respond to the recent letter by Paula Angelone [“Violence Is Wrong,” Letters, July 15]. I agree with her that violence is bad, and we are becoming...

No Fun

Oh boy! Who is “reigning” on the parade [“Furious About Float, Village Board Member Calls For Banning FD From Next Year’s Parade,” 27east.com, July 14]? Since when is anything coined...

Cold-hearted Calculus

In a stunning display of total disregard for the principle of representative government, the entire Southampton Town Board voted first that they approve of the park swap in Hampton Bays...

Let The People Decide

Your editorial urges Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation that would allow the creation of the Community Housing Fund, a new 0.5 percent tax to use for affordable housing measures...

A Very Big Mouth

Many southern and western Republicans don’t trust science, even though they view Trump as their leader. He helped achieve the COVID-19 vaccine, but it wasn’t by himself — he needed...

A Suggestion

I was so pleased to attend the Southampton Arts Center’s opening display this past Saturday. Wow! What a fine display, so fresh and inspiring. Individual expression yet cohesive in content....

Oblivious

Having had the singularly nasty experience of appearing before the Southampton Village Planning Board when it was chaired by Roy Stevenson, I find it more than lamentable that he ran...

How Much Longer?

As I sat in on my first advisory committee meeting, something I’ve unfortunately not been able to attend previously due to other obligations I had with the fire department, my...

Nothing But Hot Air

Let’s give credit where credit is due. Recognizing the impact of the pandemic on families, President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress built into the American Relief Plan aid to...

In Case You Missed It

In case you only get your news from one of our liberal news sources on TV or in print, I’d like to inform you of a few stories you probably...

Take The High Road

I was shocked by what I felt to be misleading information in your recent podcast, “Piping Plovers Are No Picnic When It Comes To Beach Driving In Southampton.” For starters,...

Down In The Dumps

Southampton Town faces myriad problems. Some issues are blatant; for example, traffic. Other concerns are more subtle. If you are a “self-hauler” and use the Hampton Bays, North Sea or...

There Are No Winners

On Independence Day, Lex Scott, founder of the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter, declared the American flag a “symbol of hatred,” yet another reflection of the twisted logic of...

Unseemly Letters

I was shocked at the lack of sensitivity that was displayed in two Letters to the Editor that appeared online recently. They both used the recent profoundly tragic building collapse...

A Righteous Bore

Won’t someone please show me how to chloroform that absurd, idealistic, teenaged Pollyanna who keeps bouncing back within me after each terminal betrayal, each cowardly lie, every unnecessary, ugly deception...

Chasing Ghosts

I’m glad to see that critical race theory is driving Carlos Sandoval “nuts” [“Mirror, Mirror,” Vistas, Opinion, July 8], as I to find it nuts but in a totally different...

An Invitation

I write in reply to Frances Genovese’s letter, “Flawed Proposal” [July 1], in which she raises concerns and questions regarding Concern for Independent Living’s proposal to build affordable homes on...

Theater Memories

When I first viewed the “for sale” sign on the Southampton theater, my heart sank. It holds many fond memories for me. It was a part-time job that I held...

Vilolence Is Wrong

I take exception to last week’s letter to the editor by Thomas M. Jones, titled “Enough, Already” [July 8]. While I believe Mr. Jones’s desire was to express his patriotism,...

Constant Neglect

The communication tower in Springs was completed in 2015. Truth be told, I’m amazed that the fire department has had to face the challenges for these many years. If I...

It Wasn’t Me

I has come to my attention that the unpleasant lunch with a trustee at the American Hotel, which Jim Larocca describes in your interview [“Q&A: Jim Larocca On His View...

Those Darn Kids

I was disturbed to read in this week’s Southampton Press that there were youthful shenanigans occurring in the town-owned abandoned house on Bay Avenue in East Quogue [“Neighbors Rebuke Bay...

Is Project Justified?

How much? For how far? And why? These are my questions regarding the proposed bypass of Montauk Highway between the junctions of Route 24 and Springville Road in Hampton Bays...

Supports Veterans

VFW Post 5350, Westhampton Beach, is holding its 2021 golf outing on Monday, August 30, at the Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead, a great links-style course. Golfers may register online...

Parking & Manners

It is high season in Southampton, and there are more of us here this year than anyone can remember. There is also less patience and fewer expressions of manners. Here...

Committed To All

I want to thank the Democratic and Working Families voters who voted for me in early voting, by absentee ballot, or on primary day, June 22, in my race this...

Plastics Problem

Thank you, Southampton Town Council, for the ban on lighter-than-air balloons [“Southampton Town Board Adopts Balloon Sales Ban,” 27east.com, June 29]. This plastics ban could not have come soon enough....

Beach Degradation

A returning resident — I was born in Southampton and attended public schools here — I managed to turn a passion for the ocean into a lifelong journey. Back in...

Voting Matters

Since COVID began, I wear a black mask with “VOTE” imprinted in large white letters. After the presidential election, my husband turned his inside out, thinking it wasn’t relevant any...

Airport Opportunity

It’s incredible that the East Hampton Town Board continues to hold important meetings at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday. I certainly would have attended, but, alas, like most of us,...

Enough, Already

Instead of celebrating our independence from tyranny and the sacrifices that a common people endured to secure freedom for a new nation, this newspaper gaslights the January 6 riot as...

Heartwarming Events

Two of the most heartwarming experiences we have enjoyed in the Village of Southampton in our nine years living here were the opening of the Southampton African American Museum (rebuilt...

Yes To Local Pharma

I was dismayed to read Erica Buckley’s letter, “The Drug Pushers” [Letters, July 1], and learn of the unethical practice by chain pharmacies of refilling prescriptions early and then pressuring...

You Know The Story

I have been reading about the collapse of that Florida apartment building. That tragedy showed me problems apparently embedded in the privilege of self-government: decision-making characteristics seem shared by the...

Move Mountains

A building falls in Florida, people asleep are crushed and won’t see the sun again. Despite all the warning signs and the experts, the unthinkable happened. It’s human nature to...

Full Agreement

Regarding “What To Celebrate” [Editorial, July 1]: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Preston T. Phillips Bridgehampton

Speak Up Now

Attention, Hampton Bays residents, regarding a Route 24 extension: There was a public hearing at Town Hall recently, and no one showed up, pro or con, about this proposal. It...

Illegal Notice

Our new Southampton Village government should stop another flagrantly illegal notice of a Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review public hearing scheduled next Monday, one to which it is...

Pick Up Signs

My grandfather Maurice Bloch, Tammany Hall’s State Assembly leader, managed two statewide Democratic campaigns. In 1926, he managed Robert F. Wagner’s campaign for his first term as a U.S. senator....

Integrity?

In her letter titled “Vote In November” [Letters, July 1], Barbara Wilson said she has the integrity to ensure justice for all. Barbara Wilson was found guilty by a State...

Abysmal Turnout

A few days ago, in Southampton Town, two similar yet different events took place. The first event occurred in the Village of Southampton, where a highly emotional and hotly contested...

Take It Outside

If there is one universal “good” from the pandemic, it’s that we modern-day humans finally started to appreciate and even need the great outdoors. The global lockdown improved air quality,...

Stop The Noise

Have you been bothered by aircraft noise while trying to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends? Southampton has been the doormat for the East Hampton Airport (KHTO) for years,...

Flawed Proposal

Glaring questions remain about the Southampton Full Gospel Church “affordable housing” proposal (60 units on 9 acres on County Road 39), which zoomed full speed ahead, prodded by Jay Schneiderman...

Vote In November

My heartfelt thanks to all the people who took the time to vote during early voting and on June 22. I also extend my thanks to all the poll workers...

Not A Prom

I write this letter in response to what was widely called by the Westhampton Beach High School community a “Junior Prom,” held last Wednesday night. As a result of the...

Undeniable Legacy

Who wrote our history? Why was our history written? Writing history gives you the chance to render your opinion. Since the interpretation of history is always subjective, writing allows you...

Supports Beach Rights

Yes, it’s true: No East Hampton Town Board members or Town Trustees showed at Truck Beach. Not one currently elected official. I certainly showed support, representing me personally and our...

Illegal Code

At the first public meeting of our reconstituted Southampton Village Board on July 8, I will recommend a review of our local laws for announcing public hearings by our three...

White Washing

When I hear folks explaining the historical details of “Juneteenth,” I find a disturbing “white wash” of the facts; the omission is an Irish hero of the days after Lee’s...

We Are Drowning

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve begun planting the first of the 10 acres of pumpkins I’ll need for our fall season at The Milk Pail, established in 1969....

Ocean Connection

With Jesse Warren’s stunning reelection results, it is time to get serious about cleaning up Lake Agawam. Band-Aid approaches do not work. Drainage for most of the village, as far...

A Sham Election

Election day was a very sad day for the locals. The polls were a circus. People who have clearly never voted here before were asking for directions to the Southampton...

Grateful Survivor

I have been bicycling in Southampton since 1960, when I was 6 years old. Cycling has taken me through northern Europe and across the United States. My bike buddy is...

People Have Spoken

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Southampton Village voters for putting their trust in me and electing me as their trustee. It is especially gratifying that...

Momentous Occasion

The Southampton African American Museum grand opening on Juneteenth was indeed a kairos moment — to reach the 70 percent goal, allowing all COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted, and President...

Stay Involved

I want to thank my neighbors for bringing back sanity to our election process in the Village of Southampton. Maybe we will be an example to others: Fear and dirty...

Breast Cancer Battle

I want to send a tremendous thank you to everyone who contributed to our “Help Susie Give Cancer the Boot!” campaign: our generous sponsors, those who made online donations to...

An Honor To Serve

It has been a wonderful two years serving as one of your Southampton Village trustees. I first want to thank all of those who have supported me and been enthusiastic...

‘Hamptons’ Mystique?

The roots of an unethical, unsustainable economy are now laid bare and compounded by the predicted demographic change in the labor force. Should it ever have been legal to use...

Work With Community

Now that the village race is behind us, I want to congratulate Mayor Jesse Warren and Trustee-elects Robin Brown and Roy Stevenson. I also wanted to thank Trustee Mark Parash...

An Apology Owed

Did The Southampton Press decide to forgo standards in its advertising department? I’m referring to the multiple full-page ads that ran in the weeks running up to the mayoral election,...

It’s What We Do

On May 25, the Southampton Village Policeman’s Benevolent Association members made ourselves available to the public to answer any questions. This is the first time they have ever seen the...

Decisive Election

Congratulations, Mayor Jesse Warren, and welcome, Trustees Robin Brown and Roy Stevenson. This was more than a hugely decisive election: This was a mandate. What I heard voters say: This...

A New Future

Extending a congratulations to Mayor Jesse Warren and newly elected Trustees Robin Brown and Roy Stevenson for their wide-margin win in last Friday’s election. A new direction has been set,...

Latest Battle Cry

“Fire Dr. Fauci” — that’s the latest battle cry from Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and some of her “dingbat” Republican allies. Throughout the horror of the past 15 months of...

Exit 66 Challenge

An incident involving a Hampton Bays volunteer firefighter caused my blood to boil and provoked me to expose this danger to the public right now, before summer gets going, post-pandemic....

The Real Winner

Jesse Warren is to be congratulated on his win in Friday’s election. However, I believe the real winner were the voters of Southampton Village. They choose not to be intimidated...

Doubling Down

I would like to thank our entire village for your support in our Southampton Village election on Friday, June 18. We could not have done it without everyone’s help, and...

The Drug Pushers

I’m wondering how many other readers have had the experience with local drug chains whereby unrequested prescriptions are filled as much as two weeks earlier than they are due. It...

Moving Forward

Congratulations to the Democratic candidates and the successful advancement for some. I am looking forward to participating in a positive campaign and movement for the betterment of East Hampton Town....

Senior Center Plan?

In 2014, the East Hampton Senior Services Committee issued its final report to the East Hampton Town Board. As a person who qualifies as a senior citizen, I was interested...

Shameful Behavior

I’m not sure why your editorial “We Mark Our Ballot” [June 10] states that “fingers point both ways” in terms of negative campaigning in the Southampton Village mayoral election, when...

Send In The Clowns

P.T. Barnum said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.” The ringmaster has been reelected and all the clowns are in place. Let the circus begin. Rob Allan Southampton Village

Wrong Location

As one of the people who spoke at the public hearing regarding the Atlantic Golf Club proposal I feel it is necessary to correct your comments in your editorial “A...

Justice Not Politics

I had the privilege of serving on the Southampton Town Board from 2001 to 2005, and from that experience I learned a lot about local politics — and a lot...

Simply Racist

The East Hampton Town Board recently has made the decision to purchase the Avalon Motel on Fort Pond in Montauk. This action has come at the most inopportune time, when...

Deserves Our Vote

Judge Barbara Wilson has the experience as being a fair, dignified and impartial justice and will be getting my vote in the June 22 primary. Judge Wilson has served as...

Don’t Be Fooled

The mayoral race is all about money. Maybe if the chief got less money we could give the policemen on the beat a higher salary. Then they wouldn’t need as...

Support Wilson

I am a registered Democrat. On Tuesday, June 22, I will be voting for Barbara Wilson as my choice for Southampton Town justice. I am sure many of you know...

A Better Village

I am a full-time resident and homeowner in the Village of Southampton. After growing up in Old Westbury, marrying and raising my children there, I moved to Southampton full time...

A Firm Grasp

As we approach the final days of one of this village’s most heated election cycles, there are many who have yet to decide for whom they will be voting this...

A Great Show

Last night I attended Bay Street Theater’s production of “Becoming Dr. Ruth” and would say I found it to be one of the most moving shows ever performed there. Tovah...

Protecting Community

It is with great enthusiasm that I endorse Mayor Jesse Warren for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the director of a local healthcare center and a registered nurse...

Quiet And Competent

The Southampton Press has endorsed Michael Irving to become the next mayor of Southampton. However, this endorsement significantly understates Mayor Irving’s accomplishments during his prior term in office. Consider, for...

Time For Change

To follow up my last letter: With geocubes blocking a road in town, I began questioning, what for? Certainly, anyone can see what has happened in Hawaii. These structures have...

Your Responsibility

On December 9, 2014, I was in the U.S. Supreme Court being sworn in as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar. My ultimate dream was that I would...

Out Of Our Control

It has come to our attention that some of the mailings going out about our mayoral race have taken a negative stand toward Mayor Jesse Warren. We, as candidates, have...

Sailed Through Storm

I believe everyone in the Sag Harbor community should be very proud of how our schools have remained open throughout the school year. Whereas the city schools have relegated to...

Supports Grossman

Adam Grossman is the right man for Southampton Town justice. Yes, he is the right man: dedicated and long on experience. A native East Ender who has practiced law for...

Not A Politician

My name is Barbara L. Wilson, and I am asking for your vote in the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families primary. Early voting has already started at the Stony Brook...

Travel Lanes Needed

I just finished reading the article on the proposed Hampton Bays bypass, which would utilize lands acquired using Community Preservation Funds to divert through traffic away from the Hampton Bays...

Obvious Choice

Mayor Jesse Warren’s opponents have made this election needlessly complicated. Voters need only focus on a few simple issues and determine which candidate has better addressed them. Jesse Warren is...

Working Together

I am writing in support of Jesse Warren for mayor. As a fellow first-time mayor, in Sag Harbor, now in my own contentious reelection campaign, I feel like the level...

Let Them Rip

Are you withholding from publication Letters to the Editor that are critical of Joe Biden? This is being discussed by my golf buddies. Maybe you’re thinking that the grace period...

It’s Indefensible

If Willa Bernstein is not a defense attorney, she should be. Her letter [“Entitled To Vote,” Letters, June 10] contains just the sort of red herrings, mis characterizations and ad...

Bring New Insights

In the June 22 Democratic primary, voters can cast a vote for good court management, fairness and sound jurisprudence in Southampton Town by supporting Adam Grossman and Shari Oster. For...

A Dirty Business

I applaud the front-page article in last week’s Southampton Press clarifying the truth about the relationship between Hulbert Waldroup and Mayor Jesse Warren [“Florid Flyer Attacks Village Artist and Gallery...

Ignoring The Law

When will Governor Andrew Cuomo take control of the Department of Environmental Conservation? The DEC is ignoring the May 27 Appellate Court ruling that annulled the permit for the Sand...

Democratic Choice

It is with great pleasure that I shall cast my ballot for Barbara Wilson on Tuesday, June 22, in the Democratic primary. Barbara has been the Democratic choice for the...

An Essential Role

In 2016, National Public Radio researched the origins of the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” NPR was unsuccessful, largely because the spirit that the phrase...

Appeal Withdrawn

Last week, The Southampton Press reported on the appeal of an application within Southampton Village [“Southampton Village Board Member Withdraws Appeal Of Building Inspector Decision,” 27east.com, June 9]. Before any...

Ask For Escrow

With this letter, I am asking the mayor to make an immediate written request to Adam Potter. It would simply say: “Adam … Village review of your plans will take...

Honesty And Integrity

I am writing in support of Mark Parash and Andrew Pilaro for Southampton Village trustees in the coming election on June 18. As we approach election day, I am continually...

Condemn Messaging

Condemn Messaging You know, if I weren’t already for Jesse Warren, I sure would be after seeing all these seriously dumb, misleading, deceptive and, frankly, embarrassing anti-Warren postcards and phone...

Fair And Impartial

It has been a long time since I have written a Letter to the Editor. As a member of the Southampton Town community, I am honored to be running for...

Supports Fiore

I am writing to endorse Chris Fiore for North Haven Village trustee. As a 30-year full-time resident of North Haven, I feel strongly that steadfast and thoughtful leadership will be...

Vote For Unity

As a Southampton Town resident, I often follow village politics without getting involved. However, the current state of division and dysfunction in the village is very concerning and impossible to...

A Hot Topic

Finally, some almost realistic news reporting by Kitty Merrill on May 27, when she wrote that the “police won’t be cut” [“Mayor Says Police Won’t Be Cut,” The Press, Eastern...

Ban Balloons

I am hoping that Southampton Town joins other jurisdictions and entities and soon enacts a ban on balloons inflated by lighter-than-air gases, like helium. With good reason, California, Connecticut, Florida,...

Illiterate And Immoral

This is the saddest letter to the editor I’ve ever written. Sadder that there is a reason for writing it. The latest campaign against our elected Southampton mayor is totally...

A Blind Eye?

Bay View Avenue has been blocked by Geocubes since 2018. This is not only a deeded road to the homeowners and landowners but can be used as the emergency access...

Mayor’s Role

I enjoyed the recent Zoom debate among the candidates for the Sag Harbor Village Board. My thanks to your group and the other sponsors. Aidan Corish and Bob Plumb expressed...

Earn Your Line

What do the Conservative Party and Working Families Party have in common? Not an awful lot. Actually, the two platforms are quite different, and mostly incompatible. The Working Families Party...

Entitled To Vote

Rob Coburn’s Letter to the Editor [“Eligible Voter,” Letters, June 3] is all wrong. Beginning with the statement “I’m not a lawyer, but …” he goes on, nevertheless, to give...

Beautify Park

Last year, when the pandemic began its assault on our nation, many workout patterns of older citizens changed dramatically. Locally, the Y closed, and the East Hampton School District forbade...

Hold On Tight

Some people have picked up more balloons on the beach than me, but not many. The other day, I picked up 40 deflated balloons between Sagg Main and Jobs Lane...

Focus On Issues

When I decided to run for village trustee, I never dreamed the campaign would be so contentious. Personal attacks. Anonymous texts filled with anger and vitriol. Efforts to influence the...

Not A Democrat

Barbara Wilson is running for a spot on the Democratic line in the June 22 judicial primary. Barbara Wilson is a registered Republican. Barbara Wilson is not a Democrat. Adam...

Diat, Fiore For Trustees

North Haven residents, please vote on June 15 for Terie Diat and Chris Fiore. Terie is completing her first year as a trustee after narrowly defeating Chris last June. Chris...

Respect Voters

Southampton Village is a place I call home, a place that I respect more than any other in the world. I am ashamed of how some have decided to bring...

A Path To Healing

On April 27, an article appeared in the online edition of the paper, reporting that the Diocese of Rockville Centre had finally released the list of 101 Catholic priests “credibly...

Responsible Civic Duty

As summer visitors enter Southampton Village, one of the safest, most prosperous and beautiful residential places in the world, they are greeted by foreboding “Save Our Police: Southampton in Crisis”...

Signs Of Gratitude

Much has been written lately about the red “Save Our Police” signs blanketing Southampton Village. Quite a bit of it has been in condemnation of them, some even referring to...

A Man In Charge

I want to highlight the incredible work of Mayor Jesse Warren in ensuring that Southampton Village was safe and healthy during the pandemic. I worked as director of infectious diseases...

Exemplary Candidates

I am writing in support of Terie Diat’s and Chris Fiore’s candidacies for the North Haven Village Board in the municipal election on June 15. Terie is running for reelection...

Based In Reality

Elections have consequences. I believe Jim Larocca and I both care deeply about the village. And I believe we both bring strong resumes and experience to our jobs — Jim,...

Teamwork Got It Done

On Thursday, May 27, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court annulled the 2019 Department of Environmental Protection permit allowing the Sand Land mine to dig deeper...

Moving Village Forward

Mayor Jesse Warren is by far one of the most productive and involved mayors that Southampton Village has ever elected. He has tackled problems that previous administrations had struggled to...

Vote For Both

The two candidates for Sag Harbor mayor care greatly for the village and are qualified. Both have positions on issues that we agree with and several that we do not....

Pay Attention

I came here in 1978, and I worked at the Corner Bar. Bill King, the artist from East Hampton, told me, “Whoa, you were here then? I would never come...

True Gentlemen

As we get closer to election day, I become increasingly aware of the quiet, calm demeanor of both Andrew Pilaro and Mark Parash. They present the most gentlemanly qualities while...

The Real Losers

The League of Woman Voters takes pride in the nonpartisan educational debates we sponsor during election seasons. It is our goal to enable voters to become familiar with candidates and...

A Train Wreck

A two-part question for candidates, if you will, for any Sag Harbor Village Board seats. One: A train or airplane wreck normally starts long before the actual occurrence, because people...

Unreasonable Situation

I am writing this letter to make you aware of a situation with the bus parking lot at the corner of Division and Grand streets in Sag Harbor Village. Pierson...

Mutual Respect

On Tuesday, June 15, I will be on the North Haven ballot for reelection as village trustee. When the voters on North Haven go to vote, they will find an...

Civil Debate

I want to express my gratitude to the League of Women Voters for hosting a civil, fair and informative debate last Tuesday. Cathy Peacock asked thoughtful and pointed questions of...

Delivering On Promises

Mayor Jesse Warren has my full support for several reasons: He has lowered taxes, revived our downtown, brought village government into the 21st century with new technology, increased law enforcement...

Time For Courage

Aquay, family, friends and neighbors. It has been nearly a week since the rediscovery of 215 Native children buried in a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School has been...

Ancient Ritual

I was thrilled to see the cover story about our horseshoe crab population on the East End [“Horseshoe Crabs: The Real Blue Bloods Of The Hamptons, Vulnerable To Extinction,” 27east.com,...

Failed Responsibility

There is a full-page advertisement in last week’s Sag Harbor Express, on Page A19, signed by the “Committee to Save Our Waterfront.” It levels a number of charges against Sag...

Ditch The Filiibuster

I don’t want to name names, but there are a few Democratic senators in Congress who clearly care more about protecting the filibuster, an antiquated procedural norm that lets a...

Compelling Candidate

On June 22, there will be a primary election for the Democratic nomination for Southampton Town justice. There are three contenders for two slots. Shari Oster and Adam Grossman are...

End The Sorrow

I write with a full heart to passionately and zealously support the use of Community Preservation Fund revenues to purchase lands in the Sugar Loaf Hill area of Shinnecock Hills....

It Wasn’t Us

We wish to inform your readers that Save Sag Harbor had no involvement in the creation or the purchase of the political ad that appeared in the May 27 edition...

Work Paid Off

On Thursday, May 27, the New York State Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court annulled the 2019 Department of Environmental Conservation permit allowing the Sand Land mine to dig...

It’s About Real Estate

The first play I saw in New York when I came home from two combat tours in Vietnam was “Hair,” a game-changing sensation in musical theater that unlocked in me...

Who Paid What

I read Aidan Corish’s letter [“Everyone Is Important,” May 20]. He quotes The Times as saying, “We live where prices meet the sky.” I write because I bought an affordable...

Creative Anchor

I read in The Express that Bay Street Theater is weighing anchor, or at least threatening to do so [“Bay Street Theater Says It May Have No Choice But To...

Eligible Voter?

Waiting in a grocery checkout line in Southampton Village this rainy Saturday morning, I heard the following conversation between the two people in front of me: Person A: “I haven’t...

Not Impressed

As a 40-year Westhampton resident, I write to agree with those who are not impressed with the opening of Lidl supermarket [“Shoppers Check Out New Lidl Grocery in Westhampton Beach,”...

A Masquerade

I do not know who “Protect Sag Harbor” is, but a full-page ad in the newspaper with the headline “Save Sag Harbor” in red lettering startled me. Save Sag Harbor,...

Poor Planning

With the extended sabbatical that the East Hampton Town Board had taken these past several months, I had hoped that they would have come up with a long-term permanent plan...

A Bully In The Village

Many of you may know me for the position that I held at Southampton Village for 20 years. In that time, I saw several elected officials come and go. I...

Different Conversation

It is both heartwarming and hopeful that the passionate tirades for and against the former White House resident, expressed in Letters to the Editor over the past four years, have...

Learn From Mistakes

Based on Trustee Jim Larocca’s sometimes wildly contradictory stances on land use near and surrounding the 7-Eleven properties, I can see his election resulting in the worst possible outcome for...

Free Village Hall

In 2005, a new mayor helped by three cronies passed bad local laws, embedded corruption in village government and silenced voices of opposition. The residents of Southampton Village are paying...

Reckless Change

Interesting to find that the Bay Street Theater group feels they are being victimized by Jim Larocca because he wants them to be accountable to the community. It appears that...

It’s The Little Things

Who the village mayor is does matter. Though for me it’s the little things that distinguish a great one from the all the rest. It’s the one who knows how...

Nothing To Hide

In a recent ad in The Press, I was called the “shadow government.” Wanting peace in the village is not a shadow government. Do you know who writes the ads?...

Stand Together

Last week, I attended an informational session with the Southampton Village Police Department in front of Village Hall. Shortly after I arrived, Mayor Jesse Warren approached the group of officers,...

Behind The Hedgerows

I realize that we live in an era of divisive politics, but, even by those standards, what’s going on ahead of the June 18 Southampton Village mayoral/trustee election should be...

Dumbing It Down

I am exhausted by a trend in America of taking an important idea, dumbing it down to single-syllable words, repeating it over and over again, and presenting as an explanation...

Not A Surplus

I was surprised by Michael Irving’s misleading and erroneous Letter to the Editor [“Classic Bait-And-Switch,” Letters, May 20], particularly given the mailers he’s sent awarding himself an “A” and Mayor...

Give Him A Chance

It looks like the Brookhampton Conservative Committee in Hauppauge and Good Neighbor DeVito, two outside organizations, are exerting enormous influence on the coming election for Southampton Village mayor. Scurrilous photographs...

Political Drama

I was disgusted by the juvenile advertisement recently printed in this paper titled “Don’t Be Bob,” paid for by Frank Devito, a top supporter of Michael Irving, Andrew Pilaro and...

Night Lights

If one of the reasons to install lighting at Hampton West Park is to accommodate adult leagues using the park at night, I vote no — unless some measures can...

Door Is Open

As we find ourselves on the back end of the pandemic, I want to take time and reconnect with our village residents. With division on the rise and lines being...

Business Must Adapt

Southampton Town must ban helium balloons, now. The many compelling reasons why have been fully stated by others, and I won’t get into that here. I just want to address...

It Pays To Volunteer

Many thanks to the Noyac Civic Council members who tirelessly picked up trash along Noyac Road, Circle Beach and around Trout Pond for the Great East End Clean-Up on Saturday,...

Keep The Charm

I read with interest Wendy Moonan’s letter and critique relative to the proposed Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor [“Clueless Design,” Letters, May 20]. Her list of accomplishments and her...

What We Learned

We are writing to tell you all we learned about the work on Town Pond. We are in second grade at John M. Marshall Elementary School, in Kristine Eberhart’s class....

The Syndicate Moves In

The article “Bay Street Theater Says It May Have No Choice But To Move Out Of Sag Harbor” [27east.com, May 25] leaves several troublesome questions unanswered. 1. Neither Bay Street...

Explore Alternatives

I have had intensive experience working on a property on Lake Washington in Seattle, which has a similar history and contamination profile to the National Grid “gas ball” lot in...

Thoughtful Initiative

I would like to take a moment to say how pleased I am with the various interactions I have had with Andrew Pilaro and Mark Parash. It is particularly refreshing...

Twisted Facts

Pursuant to the briefing Ed Hartnett gave the trustees [“Consultant Refutes Task Force Criticism Of Southampton Village Police Attributed To His Firm,” 27east.com, May 19], it seems even more shameful...

Going Green?

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning and two outs — and, yes, it is. Everyone in the flying community has known for years (especially the last five) that, come...

Just A Pawn

Friends don’t turn their backs on you because of a disagreement. Friends work together and find ways to fix problems. I thought many of the people I worked with politically...

Typical Gaslighting

Folks, here is a simple truth: We live in one of the wealthiest villages in the entire country. While we come from humble origins in 1640, today we are the...

Antiquated Machines

I applaud Andrew Messinger’s article against gas-powered leaf blowers [“Problems With Blowers Go Beyond The Noise,” Hampton Gardener, Residence, May 13] and want to support his message. While Southampton Village...

Political Food Fight

I write to endorse the SV-21 team of Michael Irving for mayor, and Mark Parash and Andrew Pilaro for trustees, in the upcoming Southampton Village elections. I have never spoken...

Unfair Assessments

In a recent editorial, The New York Times wrote, “Local governments are failing at the basic task of accurately assessing property values, and there is a clear and striking pattern:...

Suburban Solution

I looked with interest at Jim Larocca’s proposal for a waterfront park as laid out in his ad for mayor, with the headline: “We can dream, can’t we.” While a...

Taken For A Ride

I have been a resident of Southampton Village since 1998 and, until recently, have pretty much stayed out of local politics. However, I find the recent deluge of misinformation, truth-bending...

Poisoning Marine Life

I could not agree more: People who fish for a living could be an incredibly powerful political force [“Fishermen Should Be A Political Force,” In the Field, Sports & Outdoors,...

Look At The History

I enjoyed your “Q&A” with the Chief Michael Sarlo [“Q&A: East Hampton Town Police Chief Talks About Reform Process And Its Impact On Morale,” 27east.com, May 5]. But the one...

Take That Back

This evening, I watched the Southampton Village Board session with Edmund Hartnett. During the meeting, Hartnett addressed the Village Board directly, bringing to light glaring discrepancies between the report he...

Co-op Heads Up

I just sold a co-op. Let’s call it East End Manor. What I realized while doing my taxes is something that every co-op shareholder should recognize about their maintenance increases....

Experience Needed

Several people supporting Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy have phoned me alleging that I am managing Trustee Jim Larocca’s campaign. I am not anyone’s campaign manager. However, I have spoken with both...

Battle Of The Thirds

There is an old adage that says: “If you live long enough, you’ll experience everything.” Well, I have followed and studied politics for more than six decades, and I thought...

Lies & Falsehoods

An email titled “Save Our Village” recently found itself in my inbox, and I believe it’s doing the rounds throughout Southampton in support of Jesse Warren’s campaign and the two...

The Simple Truth

It is unfortunate that mayoral candidate Jim Larocca has made a conscious and politically motivated decision to make Bay Street Theater’s proposal to remain in Sag Harbor his campaign focus....

Popular Option

So, how much less expensive are those fancy foreign cars and SUVs when you buy them without the turn signals installed? Seems to be a popular option. Thomas MacNiven Wainscott

Vote For Jesse

As you get ready to vote for a Southampton Village mayor, think about our two prior mayors: It’s been “scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” government for special interests. In...

Ban Balloons

The Southampton Town Board will hold its second public hearing on Tuesday, June 8, on whether or not to ban the sale, distribution and use of helium-filled balloons. The answer...

A Magical Result

After a long, detailed process (made longer by COVID-19), I have sold my parents’ property in Shinnecock Hills to the Town of Southampton for preservation, as of March 2021. This...

Turning The Tide

Thank you for Michael Wright’s reminder that the recreational fishing community has everything to gain from more robust engagement with federal, state and local officials charged with stewarding our fisheries...

No More Zoom

The public is being severely disenfranchised by the continued restriction of meetings and hearings to Zoom. While this emergency measure had to be endured during the most difficult time of...

A Pretty Sight

I wish to express my sincere thanks and give full credit to our village workers for the recent renovation to the fountain in Agawam Park. In addition to all the...

Important Context

Mayor Jesse Warren frequently refers to himself as the “CEO of Southampton Village,” reinforcing his responsibility and oversight of all village departments. As for his oversight of the Southampton Village...

Getting Trashed

Once again, another spring season is upon us. And with a new season comes new opportunities to address the many issues that seem to plague East Hampton residents each year....

End Filibuster

Year after year, we see politicians in Congress make promises about what they can do for constituents like me. And, year after year, the progress is usually less than we...

Works With And For Us

I am a 20-plus year resident of the village and am greatly distressed by the mayor’s attacks on the Southampton Village Police Department. The last thing I want is to...

False Notions

Has the happy homeowner referenced by Jay Schneiderman [“In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Sales, Town Board Agrees To Hire Consultant To Assist Assessors,” 27east.com, May 5] considered the following questions:...

Clueless Design

As the author of the recent Rizzoli book “New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms,” and a writer about architecture and design for Town & Country, House & Garden,...

Operationally Justified

In 2009, I was a Southampton Village resident when a fuel oil tank fell on me while I was attempting to carry it down the basement steps of my home...

Afraid To Hope?

“Honey, what do you want for Christmas?” “Oh, Mommy, I wanna big red firetruck.” “I wanna dolly that talks.” “I wanna bike.” “Mommy, I don’t want anything. I just wanna...

Shameful Treatment

I write this letter in response to Desirée Keegan’s article [“Westhampton Beach School Board President Calls Parent A Bully During Board Meeting,” 27east.com, May 12]. As a parent of children...

Focused On Village

Recent political ads and letters in this paper misrepresent the facts about the letter I sent in support of Bay Street Theater and the National Grid lot. I’d like to...

Successful Event

Sebonack Golf Club hosted a charity golf outing to benefit Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, May 10. “Golfing With the Owls” was a successful fundraiser, honoring Quogue Village Mayor Peter...

Ban Helium Balloons

The climate crisis, the array of challenges and responses, can be overwhelming in contemplating approaches. In one instance, we have the U.S. military-industrial complex polluting more than 140 countries combined....

Classic Bait And Switch

Elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to our residents and stakeholders. Our current Southampton Village mayor, Jesse Warren, has failed to hold this responsibility in favor of achieving a political...

Earned Credentials

A new normal is unfortunately taking over some medical practices. Perhaps you’ve had this experience: You arrive for an appointment with your physician, yet are seen by a PA (physician...

One-Sided Reporting

Last week, The Southampton Press published an article regarding the findings of the Southampton Village Police Task Force [“Consultant, Task Force Report Waste and Mismanagement In Southampton Village Police Department,”...

Everyone Is Important

Ever rising house prices might be great for the Community Preservation Fund, but not so for the community. There is no doubt that the CPF has been enormously successful in...

Support Needed

Support Needed During these crazy times in Southampton Village, I stress the importance of not forgetting about our police dispatchers. These men and women work day and night, 365 days...

Traffic Ordeal

An open letter to Jay Schniederman and the Town Board: I am a Hampton Bays resident, and as we head toward summer I can see the dramatic increase in eastbound...

Alternate Means

At the May 14 Southampton Village Board meeting, Jeff Brodlieb, chair of the Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, and Paul Travis, chair of the Planning Commission, suggested an...

A Key Element

In the recent special meeting held by the Southampton Village Board, many topics regarding the operations of the Southampton Village Police Department were discussed by a task force put together...

A Nature Fix

I read your informative cover article on efforts to clean up Lake Agawam [“New Device Deployed To Combat Algal Blooms In Lake Agawam In Southampton Village,” 27east.com, April 21], and...

A Job Well Done

I want to write a quick note to thank a remarkable Town of Southampton employee. Way back when I was an active community volunteer, I had innumerable interactions with town...

The Tipping Point

Traffic in front of my home in Hampton Bays marks late spring, as diesel engines, squeaking brakes and a blaring car radio mingle in with backyard birdsong as I sip...

A Heavy Load

A Heavy Load An open seat for Southampton Town highway superintendent invites this ask of the candidates: Will you help redress the noisy and dangerous cavalcade on many of our...

A Serious Issue Exists

In response to Desiree Keegan’s article [“Westhampton Beach School Board President Calls Parent A Bully During Board Meeting,” 27east.com, May 12], I am the parent and I would like to...

A Lot Of Hot Air

The Town of Southampton is considering placing a ban on the sale of balloons filled with helium. These restrictions will cover Mylar balloons and “old fashioned” latex balloons. Mylar balloons...

Unjustified Attack

After reviewing the Hartnett report on the Southampton Village Police Department, I came to two conclusions. The first is that Mayor Jesse Warren’s “task force’s” interpretation of the report is...

Everything Is Important

It has been an honor, an education and one of the great pleasures of my life to serve the people of Sag Harbor for the past four years. We share...

Community Preservation And Climate Change

Whose Side Are You On?

Early in Jim Larocca’s service as a trustee of Sag Harbor Village, we were notified by National Grid that the company was going to put the former manufactured gas site...

Mr. Pussy Cat

When someone comes into your life and then disappears without warning, and then after time you realize how much you loved him, in your heart are the memories that stay...

Get Resident Input

North Haven’s charm stems from its beautiful forests and estuaries. Many people move to North Haven for this reason and expect it to stay this way. Maybe not for long....

A Smear Campaign

It started with “Jesse, Time to Go” signs, posted illegally overnight around town. Next, it was fake “polling” calls asking if we supported dissolving the Southampton Village Police Department. Now...

An Illusion?

From the first day humans stood up straight and walked on Planet Earth, the quest to discover the “Laws of Nature,” science, is and has been one of the major...

Go Native!

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is happy to announce the launching of its “Go Native for Wildlife” plant initiative. Through this initiative, QWR is working with local garden centers so that,...

Change The Dynamics

In a 2016 study, researchers found that ants could turn their mortal enemies into allies. After intense battle, they stop fighting and form a truce. It is now our time...

A Cautionary Tale

A plan for a new theater, an expanded park at the entrance to Sag Harbor, relocating businesses affected — it all sounds like a plan with great promise and potential....

Off Limits

For years, some candidates in our village elections have solicited absentee ballots from patients in a local nursing home. Even if it’s technically legal, soliciting votes from nursing home residents...

Leave The Leaves

The highest concentrations of soil microbial life and energy occur within the upper few inches of the soil’s surface. When we disturb and remove the organic matter covering the ground,...

Making The Rules Fit

After the tragic passing of George Floyd, the words “police reform” became a headline across the nation. You can google it for a very detailed meaning of what that means,...

Like A Nightmare

Is it true that North Haven is about to expand its clearing code [“Opposition Stalls Vote By North Haven Board To Ease Clearing Code,” sagharborexpress.com, April 30]? As an artist...

On The Front Page

Last week’s Southampton Press was incandescent with everything that is wrong with this place. Starting with the front-page account of Jay Schneiderman “musing” about “the market” and the “thrill” of...

Disclose Donors

Many of the citizens of Sag Harbor Village took to the streets against the 7-Eleven when it was proposed. Now, many years later, it seems like an old friend is...

Homegrown Parks

Thank you to Susanne Jansson and Liz Schroeder from the Conservation Committee of the Westhampton Garden Club for their letter on how we can manage our yards in ways more...

Amend The Law

As the Southampton Village demolition code now stands, outside of historic districts, the Building Department may issue demolition permits without review for any building built after 1926. For buildings outside...

Develop A Vision

Public opposition to Bay Street Theater’s expansion plans isn’t unexpected. Resistance generally tends to be more vocal than support. While criticism of their process is warranted, the ultimate question for...

A Little Consideration

I have a concern that affects all of us in the Hamptons. Many years ago, most residents knew each other, and there was a courtesy extended when one was considering...

The Real Problem

Last week, I wrote about the road drainage problem on Mohawk Avenue in Water Mill [“Promises Not Kept,” Letters, 27east.com, April 29]. The sides of the roads were built up...

Dirty Tricks

With the resignation, in disgrace, of Republican President Richard Nixon, it was hoped that the era of dirty tricks in American politics had come to an end. This, however, as...

Conflicted Relationship

Sunday night’s Oscar for Best Documentary went to Netflix’s trailblazing documentary “My Octopus Teacher.” The documentary chronicles a complex relationship between a man and the world’s most bizarre animal, an...

In The Dark

By the time this letter appears, the issue may be a fait de accompli by the the town’s Parks Department. On Friday, April 30, an official notice was stapled to...

Slow Down

In light of recent vehicle accidents involving police deaths, people, drivers need to recognize speed limits will get them there safely. Everyone speeds, especially in the early morning. What’s the...

A Greedy Plan

Michael Irving’s platform, as expressed in his newspaper advertisement, is woefully short of specifics and embarrassingly behind the times in his promise to “Update Village Master Plan.” Two weeks ago,...

Trust Is Important

One of the key concepts and phrases we remember from the movie about Watergate was the advice from “Deep Throat” to Bob Woodward: “Follow the money.” That advice was important...

More Positive Track

With election season in full swing and summer around the corner, it is a great time to evaluate how we are doing as a community. There is so much good...

Inflate And Weight

With so many storefronts standing empty on our main streets, I have to wonder why the Southampton Town Board wants to create another vacancy. That is what the proposed ordinance...

Denial And Inaction

Havens Beach stormwater pollution is back in discussion, with a new opportunity to fix the problem: Fill the ditch and direct the stormwater through a constructed wetland. Water treatment by...

A Toxic Cocktail

The public forum held on Saturday at the Bay Street Theater was quite a spectacle. It had all the elements of an off-Broadway production about a small town being promised...

The Trust Vs. Mr. Big

As most of us know, there is a shadow pool of capital — let’s call it “Mr. Big” — who is on the prowl and uses several disguises. Mr. Big...

Honor A Real Hero

Braxton Bragg was a Confederate general and a traitor to our country. He also was a loser on many levels. Bragg graduated from West Point, where he swore an oath...

Keep It Up

Excellent reporting on the Westhampton Beach School District racism [“Student Refuses To Stand For Pledge In Westhampton Beach To Protest Perceived Systemic Racism In District,” 27east.com, April 21]. I hope...

The Soil Is Calling

It’s that time of year when farmers take to the fields. Frost is out of the ground and the soil is dry enough for a plow to turn the cover...

Not Driven By Drama

I am a lifelong resident of Southampton Village, and our greatest asset has always been the unity of our village. Lately, we have been losing sight of working together and...

Here We Go Again

As we enter another election season, I want to remind candidates, campaigns and supporters that under village code, Chapter 116-13 H.(4)(b), political signs are not allowed in the right of...

How Many More Acts?

The plot of Southampton Village politics has become like nothing so much as a poor go at Shakespeare (minus the soaring language). Reason and civility have left the theater. In...

Turning A Corner

For decades, Lake Agawam has been plagued by toxic blue-green algae that is harmful to both humans and animals. In 2018, the year before I was elected, Lake Agawam had...

Shared Love For Village

Shared Love For Village In response to Evelyn Konrad’s criticism [“Places To Look,” Letters, 27east.com, April 20], I can only say that I have long admired Ms. Konrad’s efforts to...

The Power Of Youth

My name is Jack Grzan. I am 11 years old and I chose to live in Sag Harbor. This is where I want to spend the rest of my life....

Bent Rules

I’m writing in defense of David Schiavoni and his efforts to erect a new building where their business once stood [“Sag Harbor Developer Says He Would Offer Space For 7-Eleven...

Gnats At A Barbecue

Your article on the stunt by a local pilot [“Police Confirm They’ll Press Charges Against Pilot Who Buzzed Sag Harbor,” 27east.com, April 16] certainly raised safety issues. Chief of Police...

Open Discussion Needed

The proposal to open up the Cilli Farm property drew my attention, as I often walk by that property and the impressive barn group [“Stewardship Plan Pitched For Sag Harbor’s...

Amend The Code

In 2019, the Planning Commission of the Village of Southampton held a historic preservation workshop. This workshop was presented by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. As our village...

A Bully In The Pulpit

I have thought about what has been transpiring in Southampton Village over the last two years. The recent Southampton Village Board meeting on April 8 was a disgrace to our...

Better Than HGTV

Near the end of Friday’s meeting in Steinbeck Park, Nada Barry made an impassioned appeal for all to pay greater attention to the tireless work that our appointed boards take...

The Art Of Avoidance

Throughout Southampton Town, litter blows like tumbleweed on our streets. Construction site dumpsters overflow into our waterways. Food service trucks visit construction sites and leave their wrappings everywhere. Against the...

A World Upside Down

Recent events have turned the world upside down under the guise of social justice, a word that needs no modifier if it is indeed justice. George Floyd has been lionized,...

Written In Stone

Regarding Long Beach: It’s written on the stone — almost as good as written in stone. Access was important then, and it’s still important. Lee Foster Sagaponack

Mushroom Principle

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the manner in which Bay Street presented its proposal for a new theater in the Village of Sag Harbor. There is an...

Equally Enforced

As a local businessman and builder, I love to see new projects, especially after growing up here in the 1970s, when there was no money in this town. When my...

A Terrible Price

The Palace is spreading and swallowing Rome! Let us all flee to Veii and make it our home. Yet the Palace is growing so damn fast That it threatens to...

Bridget The Third

When television, wrestling and I were young, there was a wrestler whose ring name was Krusher Kowalski, aka “The Krusher.” Krusher Kowalski was loved, not only because he was successful...

Places To Look

As you consider voting for Roy Stevenson for Southampton Village trustee, there are some neighborhoods you should look at: 1. The new condo development on Hill Street wedged in between...

Respect The Objective

The objective when the Cilli Farm property was acquired was to preserve an open space in the Village of Sag Harbor that would be safe from any development — safe...

In Her Honor

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...

Enough Is Enough

Carlos Sandoval writes a column on bystanders and racial reckoning, and his political bias and, frankly, cowardice is plain to see [“The Spring Of Bystanders And Racial Reckoning,” Vistas, April...

Show Us The Papers

Presenting accurate facts in news reporting is key — not opinion. Kitty Merrill’s article regarding Superintendent of Highways Alex Gregor and the St. Andrews Road East [“Highway Superintendent Gregor Continues...

A Roaring Start

The dangerous low-altitude flight over Sag Harbor Village last week, by a local pilot “gone rogue,” exemplifies the dangers to which our communities are regularly exposed. This was not the...

Just Obstructionism

After its two-year pilot, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) had saved 130,000 utility ratepayers in Westchester County $15 million. And CCA continues to save money for ratepayers not only in Westchester...

Take The Lead

I understand that Southampton Village is considering creating a charging station for electric vehicles. I want to voice my support of such an idea, both because it will be a...

Native And Natural

Celebrate Earth Day by consciously considering the impact of traditional lawn maintenance on our earth, its air, waters, soil and increasingly extinct natural inhabitants: our birds and insects. Humans, both...

Different Rules?

A recent article featured a developer who dropped his plans to build an increased-density subdivision in Westhampton Beach and who now plans to build fewer houses as-of-right, because he believes...

A Race Is Underway

The story about the Biden administration’s push for wind-sourced energy development off Long Island’s shores [“Biden Puts Spotlight On Waters Off Long Island For Wind Power Future,” 27east.com, April 1]...

A Friend To All

Seldom do we get to meet, know and call someone our friend when they are selfless, kind and a friend to all. We recently lost an individual with those characteristics....

A Place For Everyone

Value pak. Lovely junk mail we cannot avoid. In my most recent edition, as always, fliers for lawn care. Tick and mosquito extermination. Perfection achieved with fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides. “Organic”...

Help When It’s Needed

It’s funny what one takes for granted. I always took it for granted that when I called 911 help would arrive. And it did. It arrived with a young paramedic...

Save The Cilli Farm!

With all that is going on in our little village, I was dismayed to read of a plan by Trustee Aidan Corish and the Dawgpatch Bandits to “revitalize” the Cilli...

A Closer Read

It’s troubling that so many who cite the Constitution of the United States of America in defense of their gun rights haven’t read it. Amendment 2, just 27 words and...

East Vs. West

There seems to be a great deal of momentum building behind the movement to close East Hampton Airport. Without commenting on the merits of that issue, I am concerned that...

All Is Well

Despite dire warnings about our village finances that were blasted all over the press and into your mailboxes during last year’s election, it appears that the sky is not falling....

An Easy Decision

I would like to applaud the East Hampton Town Board for unanimously approving a climate emergency declaration. By making this declaration, the Town Board has chosen to look at the...

Promises Not Kept

One of the campaign promises was to form a citizens advisory committee to the Southampton Town Trustees that would help advise the Trustees on things they might have missed, and...

Moratorium Takes Away Landlord Rights

I was infuriated and outraged by your article regarding the DiPasquale family and the eviction moratorium [“Veteran Can’t Move Into Home Meant For Him As Nonpaying Tenant Cites Eviction Moratorium,”...

It Doesn’t Take A Smartphone

I’m writing this letter to, once again, bring attention to the parking issue in Sag Harbor Village. Two years ago I had a meeting and conversation with the mayor regarding...

At The Very Least

Talk about dark money. Here comes an anonymous donor who apparently wants to buy up the Sag Harbor waterfront and build an enormous theater that will look like nothing else...

Never Expected

As an old person, I have lived through a lot of difficult times in America, such as the Depression, World War II, Korean War (where I served), the Viet-Nam War,...

Master Plan Needed

The growing revelation that one development group, Friends of Bay Street, is attempting to secure ownership of a vast array of properties in the waterfront area of Sag Harbor is...

Critical Thinking Is Needed

Critical Thinking As an 87-year-old senior citizen, a war veteran and a father of six children I believe our country’s democracy and system of justice are being torn apart by...

Destroying A Village

The headline for the story last week about the Bay Street Theater’s new plans [“Bay Street Theater Unveils A Plan That Would Transform Waterfront,” 27east.com, April 6] might have been:...

Expensive Output

As recently reported [“Thiele Measure Would Help Municipalities Save On Electricity Costs Via CCA,” 27east.com, March 31] Assemblyman Thiele is the primary supporter for properly upgrading the laws for Community...

Common-Sense Approach

The Southampton Village Board had its regular meeting this past Thursday during which, among other important issues, we discussed whether to let the chief of police’s contract auto-renew on May...

Setting The Record Straight

Setting The Record Straight As a Southampton Village trustee and official liaison to the police, it is important for me to show unity and leadership on behalf of the village....

We Don’t Want To Live In Pottersville

We have all been thrilled that our beloved Bay Street Theater, an important cultural anchor of the village, will be staying here in Sag Harbor, but the presentation made Tuesday,...

Rethink Nitrogen Reduction

In an uncharacteristic manner, the scientific community has given two meanings to the term “harmful algae blooms.” Do you know the difference between what causes an excessive bloom of the...

Demand A New Comprehensive Plan

Last September 2020 we voted for trustees who promised to stop overdevelopment. In June 2019, we vote for a mayor, supposedly dedicated to the same goal. So far, no cigar!...

Share All Of The Plans

While I am thrilled that Bay Street Theater is finally going to have a permanent home in Sag Harbor, I’m very concerned about the bargains that appear to be in...

Note Of Thanks

I would like to express my gratitude to former Mayor Michael Irving and former Trustee Kim Allan in regards to their successful efforts on the gas-powered leaf blower legislation —...

Parking On Spring Street

While Bay Street Theater’s proposal to a new building on Long Island Avenue is most impressive, I can’t be equally enthusiastic about their plan to lease the former gas works...

Cut It In Half

Alas, I have not followed the salary negotiations taking place between the mayor and the Southampton Village Police. But I have followed Trustee Joseph McLoughlin for many years and know...

A Bold Move

President Joe Biden has taken a huge second step. It gives me hope again for America and democracy. Let’s look at what President Biden calls infrastructure. There are all the...

An Ambiguous Law

I feel compelled to write an open letter to all waterfront homeowners in the Village of Sag Harbor. Currently, somewhat under the radar, a local law to amend Village Code...

Reluctant Nomad

As a recent transplant from the city, I am excited to officially call the East End my home. I have a new business that I opened in August, Ari’s Closet...

Exporting Money

The Biden administration will pay Costa Rica to hire more female police officers as cops at home get defunded (source: Judicial Watch, March 2021 issue). Costa Rica will receive $200,000...

Need Vs. Want

To my despair, for several years running Shinnecock Bay near my home was devoid of birds in winter. This year a great flock of birds appeared around Christmas time —...

Bad Decisions

Where has our Southampton Village Building Department hidden the 2010 file for Guerin, then-owner of the deed for 7 South Rosko Drive, Rosko Place Subdivision? That’s the file that the...

Turn Out The Lights

This has been the International Dark Sky Week, in which we celebrate our beautiful night sky by turning off unnecessary night lighting and step out and look up at our...

A Teachable Moment

Finally, our country has a president with a clear moral compass who speaks directly to Americans, all Americans. In Andrew Cuomo, we have a well-respected leader who has proven, in...

Finding Solutions

Dark Sky Week 2021 takes place Sunday, April 5, and runs through Sunday, April 12. Join Southampton Town and the International Dark Sky Association for a week of celebration, learning...

No Airport Is An Island

No man is an island — and neither is an airport. Your recent webinar and news articles discussing the debate over the fate of the East Hampton Airport [“Express Sessions:...

Some Basil Tips

I read with interest Andrew Messinger’s article on basil [“Choosing, Raising And Harvesting Basil,” Hampton Gardener, Residence, 27east.com, February 16]. Having gardened with basil for over 58 years and used...

Whom You Represent

Why do our village regulatory boards make so many decisions that appear developer-biased to our village residents? One reason is the fact that neither the members of our regulatory boards...

Losing Focus

The Riverside Revitalization Action Plan had a vision of a walkable downtown area, full of neighbors meeting neighbors. It was a wonderful vision. The plans are displayed on the first...

False Consciousness

I am writing in response to the article titled “Armed Robbery Reported On Saturday In Riverside” [27east.com, March 21]. Although this article that I chose may be short and simple,...

No Compromise

Repeatedly complaining to the Town of East Hampton about airport noise has, understandably, provided little or no relief [“Express Sessions: Panelists Discuss The Future Of The East Hampton Airport,” 27east.com,...

A Ferry Solution

While the Sag Harbor Village Board is working diligently to redo the zoning for the waterfront, some organizations have weighed in with their own ideas and opinions. One such group...

Southampton’s Finest

My wife and I simply wanted to express our appreciation for the fine work of Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison and Detective Steven Rios a few weeks ago in Southampton Village....

Come Together

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill” is one of the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus, according to The Gospel of Matthew. During...

Unpatriotic

We thought we dodged a bullet when 7 million more Americans voted for Joe Biden than Donald Trump. We thought we dodged another bullet on January 6, when the violent...

Talk About It

Chief Alfred Callahan, thank you for your information regarding transparency in the Southampton Fire Department [“Selfless Devotion,” Letters, March 25]. This seems to be an issue with all agencies, especially...

Play Your Cards Right

The proposed casino to be built on Shinnecock Territory in Southampton is a prominent topic of discussion on both state and local levels. The main issue surrounding this proposal is...

A True Leader

For the past two weeks, I have written Letters to the Editor backing Governor Andrew Cuomo. They spoke to the two issues that are reasons why others want him to...

New Fund Is Needed

In 2019, I introduced the Peconic Bay Community Housing Fund bill in Albany to address the compelling need for workforce housing on the East End. The fund would have been...

Three For One

Another impressive, well-written article showing the many sides to the issue [“‘The Hamptons: No Vacancy’: Scott Bluedorn Illustrates Severity Of East End Affordable Housing Crisis,” 27east.com, March 17]. One idea...

More Transparency

Thank you for the article last week [“Looking To Protect ‘Moments In History’ With Proposed Village Code Change,” 27east.com, March 16]. As a member of the Southampton Village Board of...

Feeding Frenzy

I’m a firm supporter of Governor Andrew Cuomo. I feel sorry for the men and women whom he may have mistreated. I’m sure all the do-nothing politicians hate him because...

It’s A Loss

On hoping for a Phil Keith column in last week’s newspaper, I was greatly saddened to find, instead, his obituary. Our most recent email exchange was just last month, when,...

A Gift To The Village

Getting nearly all of Southampton Village to agree on a development project is like herding cats: Either the goal is unattainable, or you’ll drive yourself crazy trying. Which is just...

It’s That Simple

A few weeks ago, President Joe Biden made a plea for us to come together to finally beat this pandemic. He said, straight into the camera, “I need you.” Van...

Careful Consideration

Save Sag Harbor is the only community-supported, not-for-profit organization to advocate for the protection of our vibrant and independent Main Street and the historic designation, character, scale, and quality of...

A Generational Gift

John Kirrane’s statements at the Express Sessions virtual event, “Turbulence: Could East Hampton Airport Be Tamed Without Being Closed?” were spot on! If there was discussion today to consider building...

The Past Year

Health care workers ingest antiseptic air They witness the tragedy of black bags Encompassing death with frightful exhaustion. Bodies drown in fluid-filled lungs As lethal mucus replaces healthy oxygen. Families...

Selfless Devotion

In reference to the letter “Dropped the Ball” [Letters, March 18]: The Southampton Fire Department chief’s office will not comment on specific internal personnel matters, especially as it pertains to...

No More Adjustments

In 2008, Sand Land promised Southampton Town that they would submit a site plan and variances for all of their illegal buildings. That was a condition of their remaining open....

Go Native

As spring approaches, you may be making plans to improve your garden. In the process, you can provide a healthier environment for wildlife, including the butterflies, bees and birds that...

Reducing Losses

At last! Congratulations to Jeff Brodlieb, head of the Southampton Village Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, Mark McIntire, member of the ARB, and our mayor, Jesse Warren, for...

Put It To A Vote

The article on the dearth of affordable housing on the East End [“‘The Hamptons: No Vacancy’: Scott Bluedorn Illustrates Severity Of East End Affordable Housing Crisis,” 27east.com, March 17] highlights...

Dropped The Ball

The Southampton Fire Department has really dropped the ball in procuring COVID-19 vaccine for its members. Everyone has to fend for themselves, and often with little success. Many do not...

Wise Counsel

Barely six months ago, I wrote a Letter to the Editor expressing my gratitude to a recently deceased friend of mine for lifting my spirits during a challenging time in...

On Zoning

Zoning often tends to be a hot topic in the Town of Southampton. The idea of development and the purposing of land is complex. Many experts often find themselves disagreeing...

In Good Faith

Let’s talk about nursing homes. No one really wants to go to a nursing home. Loving children place their parents there only because they have to. Visiting a loved one...

VIEWPOINT: A Once-In-A-Century Year Of Our Lives

Zeldin And MTG

As the old saying goes: “Ignorance is bliss.” Marjorie Taylor Greene, or “MTG,” says American dollars should not go to foreign countries like Guam. Actually, Guam has been a part...

Price Of Leadership

Generational differences may explain the wide range of reactions to the sex scandal of Governor Andrew Cuomo. For those who came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s,...

They Need Help

Why are Navajo Indians dying in such large numbers? I called Chris Halter, the director of the reservation, recently and asked what was the most important of their needs. Are...

What’s At Stake

With local businesses continuing to struggle due to the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, why would the Southampton Town Council even consider a ban on balloon sales that...

A Familiar Ring

As a lifelong Democrat and feminist, I’m appalled at the rush to judgment surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo. Even with an investigation underway, a stunning number of political and media figures...

Where Is The Support?

We were very excited about being present for the discussion with Shinnecock leaders and some of our local Southampton leaders about the economic future of the Shinnecock people [Express Sessions...

A Courageous Voice

The Southampton Town Planning Board mourns the loss of our valued colleague Phil Keith. His professional approach and active participation in discussions with the public, planning staff and board hallmarked...

Another Solution

If Good Ground Road Extension is the elegant solution being devised to be a relief valve for the Main Street traffic congestion in Hampton Bays, then something here doesn’t smell...

Group Identities

The Brits call it “taking French leave.” The French condemn the same ghastly behavior as “partir a l’anglaise.” At the start of World War II, the French hated “the Tommies”...

Bubbles At Walgreens

I drove to the nearby Walgreen’s in Westhampton Beach for my second Moderna shot. I hoped it would be a smooth in and out like my first vaccine was just...

Tell Us Something

I write because of the cavalier fashion in which Lidl supermarkets has treated the people of Westhampton Beach and vicinity, and doubtless other centers where it had plans to open....

On Our Behalf

My wife and I have been residents of Southampton for the past 45 years. If you have ever been to the Hamptons, you know it is a gem of New...

Not For Us

I would like to comment on your article “Airport Is Economic Driver” [“Pilots Group Says East Hampton Airport Drives $77 Million Into Local Economy, Supports 800 Jobs,” 27east.com, January 27]....

Local Hero

Before last week’s article [“Westhampton Beach Pharmacist Leads Charge To Get Locals Vaccinated Against COVID-19,” 27east.com, March 3], few outside his immediate family and customers had ever heard of Lou...

We’re Paying Attention

In good faith, and as an officer of the court, I need to address the issue of a cellphone tower proposed off Stock Farm Lane in North Haven. After my...

Just One Side

The space devoted to the East Hampton Community Alliance’s “research project” [“Pilots Group Says East Hampton Airport Drives $77 Million Into Local Economy, Supports 800 Jobs,” 27east.com, January 27] and...

Memories Of Trieste

We all wore the same navy school uniform, covered with black smocks during classroom activities. We wore the same canvas belts in the color of our class, the matching ribbon...

Shocked And Surprised

If someone is transparent, it means that person does not hide or conceal anything. Transparency creates openness and trust. It was very concerning to myself and many others, on February...

Too Much At Stake

How quickly we dispose of people in public life. Two weeks ago, I wrote a Letter to the Editor about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s problems with nursing home statistics [“Like A...

The Perfect Time

Feckless Lee Zeldin, who has spent the last four-plus years unabashedly honing his credentials as arguably the most fawning and shameless toady to Donald Trump, has decided that now may...

His Accomplishments

For readers who can’t think of any of President Donald Trump’s accomplishments, I would like to list some of them, since our major media will not. He created our strongest...

Pure Fiction

Joe Biden ran as a moderate alternative to Bernie Sanders. He ran as the alternative to Donald Trump. He ran as a unifier, a figure to bridge the extremes of...

It’s A Joke

Regarding the shooting in North Sea [“Police Investigate North Sea Shooting That Injures Three; Police Suspect Gang Activity,” 27east.com, March 2]: Your reporter states that the house where the shooting...

Attitude Of Kindness

We were among the fortunate ones able to obtain appointments for our first COVID-19 Vaccine in late January, through our wonderful pharmacy, Barth’s, in East Moriches. They directed us to...

Too Soon To Tell

I am disappointed that in your most recent editorial in regard to the Shinnecock Nation [“Shinnecock Go All-In,” Editorial, February 25], you state that the neighbors and residents who were...

Crucial Reform

When I think about all of the issues that plague our democracy, one that makes me especially angry is felony disenfranchisement. It’s absurd. In the year 2021, New Yorkers who...

A New Fuel

The article on the yacht broker who buys Co2 credits [“Westhampton Beach Yacht Dealer Promises Carbon Neutral Experience,” Business, 27east.com, February 26] is a ray of sunshine. It is good...

Truly Independent

As of now, two former state executive aides have courageously come forward in relaying their experiences of sexual harassment and misconduct committed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Though it is the...

So Grateful

The Bridgehampton Association raised and distributed over $47,000 to 18 local organizations this year — a remarkable feat, especially in a year like 2020! We adapted, like everyone else, and...

Golden Grotesque

Mardi Gras, subdued in New Orleans, has migrated, maskless and mindless, to the CPAC freak show in Florida, heralded by the “golden gaffe” — a huge idol-sculpture of Trump with...

We’ll Pay A Price

News of the Shinnecock Nation planning to construct their proposed casino on the edge of Southampton Village in Shinnecock is troubling indeed, for reasons obvious and less obvious. To name...

A New Focus

I feel the need to respond to numerous points in last week’s article [“North Haven Retreats From Cell Tower Effort,” 27east.com and sagharborexpress.com, February 23]. First, the statement by an...

Greatly Appreciated

A week ago, I received a letter from Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren offering to help older residents to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Having had no luck...

The Wall Would Work

It’s ironic that now we have our nation’s Capitol fenced in and protected by thousands of National Guard troops. I say that because when former President Donald Trump proposed building...

Hazardous Conditions

The uncleared state of sidewalks in Sag Harbor Village in the wake of our recent snow events is deplorable. All home and business owners with sidewalks in front of them...

Puts Lives At Risk

Apparently, there was some well-organized opposition to the possible construction of a cell tower for North Haven [“Sudden Opposition To North Haven Cell Tower Erupts,” 27east.com, February 17]. Today, cell...

Tremendous Benefit

I am writing to thank Mayor Jesse Warren. His recent letter to Southampton Village residents was most welcomed, as it has been so difficult for many seniors to obtain the...

Engage With Nature

This past year has challenged us in ways that, a year ago, we could not have imagined. Fear of illness, isolation and loneliness, and a pervasive sense of anxiety have...

Flies On A Veil

I have found something to celebrate about the social isolation imposed by the coronavirus: the time to reexamine our favorite memories. Like a trusted cleaning woman who never disturbs hard-to-reach...

Like A Leader

Let’s stop the political bickering. How could anyone complain about Andrew Cuomo? Do all of you have such a short memory? He handled the pandemic problem by calming and supporting...

Cell Tower Update

I would like to provide some background and clarify some misinformation that may have been circulated regarding work that has been done over the past several months to improve cellular...

A Giant Of His Day

It is now a day hence the passing of Rush Limbaugh. This event is experienced differently by most Americans. Liberals no doubt have uttered “good riddance” in their own fashion....

A Happy Ending

I’ve stopped at yard sales and seen something nice. I picked it up, discussed it with the owner, haggled over price, and paid for it. When I got home, I...

A Prince Calls

Accompanying the pandemic is a second viral invasion of life — the endless, self-perpetuating robocalls. Always intrusive — with quarantining, they are pervasive — calling people, interrupting their thoughts, stopping...

Not For Children

Thank Jay Schneiderman for playing fast and loose by enticing STAR away from land in Red Creek, approved for a “pool,” and giving them a $4.4 million parcel on County...

Held Responsible

As I stated in my previous letter [“The Three Stages,” Letters, February 11], I want to convey my disapproval of Congressman Lee Zeldin’s vote in Congress to overturn the Electoral...

Flags

Bitter cold sparkling sun — Special trip to Manhattan. The Covid Virus floats among dozens of American flags. So much red, white and blue gives courage, raises our spirit &...

Taught To Follow

Anthony Brandt offers a substantial argument for how we have become a society of followers, not thinkers [“Teaching Them To Think,” Out of Left Field, Opinion, February 4]. I attended...

Time To Wake Up

Does anyone else remember flies? June bugs? Cellar bugs? Earwigs? Fireflies? When it turned cold, big, fat flies would sneak into the house. We had hilarious competitions to see who...

Nowhere Fast

I agree with John Gregory about the work traffic using residential streets as shortcuts [“A Few Suggestions,” Letters, February 4]. I have been a resident on Pelham Street in Southampton...

Nail In The Coffin

The Village of Sag Harbor has proposed a paid parking plan to generate money for infrastructure projects. First, has a study been conducted to see if more parking is needed?...

Myths And Fables

Several decades ago, I attended a lecture provided for parents of undergraduates who had expressed the intention of majoring in “Myths, Fables and Folklore” — and, as that academic department...

A Dark Day

The irony of the juxtaposition is strikingly clear as I write this letter on February 14, the day of love, in a country shattered by hatred. The Senate vote by...

A Great Comfort

As principal of Our Lady of the Hamptons for so many years, I have seen many changes in the Village of Southampton. I write to you in the hope that...

The Real Harm

Your recent story on Alex Gregor’s graceless exit from our political scene [“Without A Clear Party Line To Run On, Alex Gregor Will Not Seek Another Term As Southampton Highway...

They Were Duped

The Senate Republicans have released a man who continues to have power that he did not earn. They may have aided another Hitler. That may sound harsh, but look how...

I Mean, Really?

I was struck dumb when I opened The New York Times last week, and there was a big picture of Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren sitting amid boxes, with the...

A Lesson To Learn

Watching the Super Bowl, I noticed something immediately about Tom Brady, which, I’m sure, seasoned sportscasters have noticed and commented on before: There was a quiet, self-directed way that he...

The Worst Polluter

The Climate Emergency Declaration of East Hampton Town’s Energy Sustainability Committee is in line with what scientists, environmental groups and informed citizens have been saying for years: We need to...

Telling Our Stories

A recent article in The New York Times by Jeanne Theoharis, “The Real Rosa Parks Story Is Better Than the Fairy Tale,” begins by stating: “The way we talk about...

Good Samaritan

I wanted to take the time to thank a Good Samaritan who helped me out this weekend. This past Saturday, I decided to take my 96-year-old mom out for a...

Worked Tirelessly

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the Hampton Bays Volunteer Fire Department, the Southampton Town Police Department, the fire marshals and the town building inspector. Following a terrible...

It’s Their Territory

The New York State Department of Transportation is waging a propaganda campaign to support its attack on the ability of the Shinnecock Nation to operate two advertising signs it calls...

The Three Stages

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump starts this week on charges of “incitement of insurrection.” People are debating whether citizen Trump can be tried for impeachment out of office....

Coward’s Way Out

I’m writing as an independent voter who has no particular ax to grind about the election procedures used in the last presidential election, or President Trump’s legal challenges to the...

Singled Out

Former Village Trustee Kimberly Allan and Planning Commission member Laura Devinney called out me personally, and the mayor, for passing changes to the accessory code that were not to their...

Zeldin Fails Again

Our 1st District U.S. representative, Lee Zeldin, fails again. On February 4, 11 Republican members of the House of Representatives joined all the Democratic members of the House in voting...

Immediate Jeopardy

Our sacred Shinnecock Hills have been at the heart of Shinnecock culture — our place of burials; our place from which we spied a pod of whales to begin the...

Making A Difference

Providing early education with a focus on literacy and wellness, from birth to kindergarten, will make a difference for us all. Making a difference means getting involved. It means becoming...

Thinking Small

The Hamptons Doc Fest recently screened a film called “Fish & Men,” focusing on the small fishing industry, especially along the East Coast. The message was that while we rely...

No Excuse

The chief executive officer of villages in New York State, including Southampton Village, is the mayor, and the deputy mayor. As executive officers, these two members of the Southampton Village...

His Accomplishments

For the benefit of this newspaper’s readers who can’t think of any of President Donald Trump’s accomplishments, I would like to list some, since our major media will not. He...

Safety First

I have three wishes for the new year for the safety of Southampton Town residents: 1) Children 16 and under, wear helmets while riding a bicycle, tricycle or scooter. 2)...

Need More Sites

Once we have enough COVID-19 vaccines, the next problem would be setting up locations, especially for seniors, to get their vaccinations. My suggestion would be for the Town of Southampton’s...

Why Now?

It strikes me as highly ironic that the longest-serving Village of Sag Harbor trustee, James Larocca, is now calling for a comprehensive villagewide plan review — after some six years...

Led By A Fool

Watching my favorite cable station the other day, the news anchor suggested that Democrats seemed to now view former Trump supporters as potential domestic terrorists. To substantiate his claim, he...

Spewing Hatred

It never ceases to amaze me how Trump supporters can use up so much column space in this paper without bringing up one substantive policy idea. In his recent letter,...

Time For Action

Congress, in response to the far-right’s Nazi “America First” movement of the late 1930s, enacted the Alien Registration Act of 1940. This law made it a “federal criminal offense to...

What This Means

The reporting of Karl Grossman in his recent column [“Trump Local Ties,” Suffolk Closeup, Opinion, January 21] is critical for voters to read and understand. He states that talks are...

Blazing Biden

Joe Biden’s first day in the Oval Office with his entire cabinet: Chief of staff: Sir, wake up, nap time isn’t for another three hours. Here are 17 executive orders...

Cancel Culture

Sara R. Throne ruefully laments that Optimum/Cablevision has included a news network in its cheapest and most basic service that she finds offensive to her fragile sensibilities [“Pull The Plug,”...

The Wrong Time

Is the village trying to help the parking problem? This “park by phone app” program will not. Is Sag Harbor Village trying to make revenue? If the answer is yes,...

Proposal Falls Short

While well-intentioned, Mayor Jesse Warren’s and the Southampton Village Board’s recent attempt to modify the current accessory code, a means to offer an affordable rental option, falls short. The village...

What He’s Done

It gets tiring to hear Republicans try to tout Trump’s accomplishments without ever naming one. I guess if you are very wealthy you might enjoy the tax cuts, but if...

A Fitting Tribute

Is it possible that more can be written about “‘The Windsor Heart’ Project: A Sculptured Stone Tribute To Edith Windsor At Southampton Town Hall [27east.com, January 13]? This is exciting...

Listen To Them

We need to listen to our girls’ words, as they can be more profound than the words of adults. At President Biden’s inauguration, a diminutive Black girl gets up to...

Putsch Comes To Shove

Never underestimate the beginnings of things, no matter how insignificant; the bad and the good are often indistinguishable in their embryonic stage. But all the more reason to pay close...

Misusing MLK

The hypocrisy of Congressman Lee Zeldin knows no limits. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he sent out a mass email picturing the great leader with some laudatory words about...

In A Small Town

It has just now been my privilege to have one of those great community experiences that we sometimes have in a small town: My wife and I had our first...

The Real Money

I always worry, when politicians are trying to sell us something, that they always pick and choose the information that they give us. Take the new paid parking agenda in...

A Few Suggestions

As Southampton Village and points eastward have grown since I purchased my home almost 25 years ago, an ever-increasing volume of traffic has been added as part of the equation....

Not On Main Street

I would like someone from the Sag Harbor Village government to detail the kind of signage necessary to implement the paid parking proposal for the village. I have looked over...

What’s In A Name?

The Republican Party is now often referred to as the “party of Trump,” although we still are using words and phrases such as “Republican members of Congress,” or “the Republican...

What Will You Do?

As one of U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s constituents who wants to know what our elected representatives are up (or down) to, I read his latest “Dear Joan” email about the...

Clean It Up

Once a year, I clean all of Butter Lane, from Scuttle Hole Road to Montauk Highway. This year, I accumulated 13 garbage bags of street refuse, two times more than...

An Easy One

Sometimes there’s a question so simple that it doesn’t take a lot of work to get to the answer. As a retired lawyer no longer getting paid for my thoughts,...

Into The Abyss

The countdown to Biden’s removal from office by the Democrats just started. They knew he was moving toward dementia, and they knew that he was an incompetent person even without...

Reversing Course

On the day of his inauguration, I watched a smiling President Biden sign 15 executive orders and two executive actions, which revoked a number of former President Trump’s executive orders...

What He Meant

Joe Biden, October 15, 2020: “We’re eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.” Joe Biden, January...

Rare And Priceless

Southampton Town is now considering what would be a very wise use of our Community Preservation Fund. A 4-acre, mostly wooded property, owned by the Magidoff family, has 700 feet...

Mixed Messages

To secure approval of a golf course resort in East Quogue known as the Lewis Road Planned Residential Development, Discovery Land of Arizona (a global corporate real estate developer) would...

A Sign Of Change?

Usually, when I quote reader Ed Surgan in one of my missives, it is a prelude to a rant on how misguided I think his position on a given topic...

Brotherhood Of Man

For United We Stand, Divided We Fall. And if our backs should ever be against the wall, We’ll be together, together. You and I. God Bless the USA. Dianne Rennard...

Looking Ahead

A few observations about the state of our Conservative/Republican loyalty after the disastrous election just concluded. The confusion over the veracity of the ballot count was incredibly destructive for us....

A Real Problem

Our recycling losses are a real problem. But that doesn’t mean that we should give up on recycling or charge residents for the “privilege” [“Southampton Seeks Remedies For The Growing...

No Worries

This past week, I was scheduled to travel to Jones Beach to receive my first shot of COVID-19 vaccine. In all honesty, I was relieved to be scheduled for the...

Need Your Help

The tycoons have divided the hospitals among themselves. NYU Medical Center became NYU Langone Medical Center. Carl Icahn has stamped the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Sanford Weill...

Pull The Plug

I recently learned that Cablevision’s “basic” (i.e. lowest tier) channel lineup includes Newsmax, a channel the spreads the kind of disinformation, conspiracy theories and outright lies that gave rise to...

Curtain Call

Now that the Democrats have majorities in both houses of Congress, and a Democrat as president, I would hope that Tim Bishop, who preceded Lee Zeldin as representative of the...

Return Our Calls!

My fellow Southamptonians, I would like to address how my community has expressed being consistently under-served by the town. Flanders has been colloquialized as the “orphan” of Southampton Town, or...

The Hope We Share

Among the many highlights of Joe Biden’s inauguration was Amanda Gorman reading her poem, aptly named “The Hill We Climb.” At only 22, she is truly a shining star. To...

Get Something Done

To My Republican neighbors: First and foremost, I would like to congratulate U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on his role as Senate majority leader. I am urging you and your colleagues...

Disgraceful Vote

It was with sadness and barely controlled anger that I read Ed Romaine’s lament (thank you, sir) about the disgraceful vote by the Central Pine Barrens Commission to give Discovery...

Shell Game

We should write to President Joe Biden that if he is to agree to a nuclear pact with Iran or North Korea, he must not repeat the fatal flaw of...

Time To Quit

Thank you for the clear and sane analysis of Lee Zeldin’s insane case for overturning an election that was not only more scrutinized, more tested, and more inclusive than any...

A Sad Day

As I sit and compose this letter, I am saddened by the fact that it appears that the Pine Barrens Commission is going to give Discovery Land the okay to...

Remove Them

The violence of this past summer’s protests was from the Right, trying to delegitimize the BLM protests over police violence in furtherance of their objective to create the need for...

Woefully Inadequate

I received a copy of the local survey intended to get community opinion on local policing, as part of the state’s requirement to evaluate current processes. Understanding community issues and...

A State Of Affairs

President George Washington, in his Farewell Address, warned us about future “political party strife.” Throughout our history, we have endured some strife, but never have we experienced anything even close...

An Encounter

In mid-March, my husband and I, both septuagenarians and “high-risk” because of our age, hastily left New York City and encamped full-time to the Hamptons, where we have owned a...

Blind Support

NPR reported that Congressman Lee Zeldin had criticized the Democrats as hypocritical and suggested that they come up from the bottom and take a long, hard look in the mirror....

Beauty Of Democracy

After the violence at the Capitol Building last week, many have written about how the Capitol in Washington, D.C., inspired feelings of awe and reverence. These same sentiments were expressed...

Held Accountable

Brendan O’Reilly penned a masterful dissection and teardown of U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s anti-factual and irresponsible speech to support overthrow of the presidential election [“Analysis: A Weak Argument,” January 14]....

Time To Incorporate?

The recent article “Wainscott Residents File Village Incorporation Petition With East Hampton Town” [27east.com, December 30] piqued my interest and raised a question that I thought warranted consideration: Is it...

Take A Deep Breath

This letter is in support of our fine U.S. representative, Lee Zeldin. It is a well-known fact that many counties in the country experienced unusual circumstances counting ballots that were...

Remember, Remember

We need our own version of “Remember, Remember the fifth of November” to commemorate the outrageous events of January 6, 2021. I hope these suggestions will get others writing and...

Remembering Marty

Thanks to Karl Grossman for his tribute obituary of Martin Shepard in last week’s edition [“Martin Shepard Of The Permanent Press Has Died,” Arts & Living, January 14]. I’ve had...

No Response

Thanks to Brendan J. O’Reilly for the very thorough analysis of Lee Zeldin’s speech [“Analysis: A Weak Argument,” January 14]. I also appreciated the extensive collection of Letters to the...

True Chutzpah

I am writing to call for the resignation of Congressman Lee Zeldin. He has violated his oath of office by voting to object to the legitimate results of the election,...

Blind Ambition

Lee Zeldin would like voters to think that his hands are clean in the attack on the Capitol. He has yet to apologize in any way for his conduct. He...

An Open Mind

Thank you for the sensitive and comprehensive obituary of Andrea Spilka [“Andrea Spilka, Tireless Civic Advocate For The East End, Dies At 72,” 27east.com, January 12]. It was with profound...

Village Censorship

I suppose it had to come, once truth about the pro-developer bias of our village regulatory boards was made known to village residents (and voters!): Full-blown censorship has just shown...

Baffling Numbers

An article published on November 19, 2020, titled “Town Targets Zombie Houses” [Residence], described a house “targeted” by Southampton Town as neglected, blighted and abandoned. Yet the town increased the...

The Final Straw

Thank you for finally calling out Lee Zeldin for his continued support of President Trump no matter what the consequences. I feel the East End press has given him very...

Never Had A Chance

On Thursday, I was a tad disappointed but certainly not surprised to see that you elected to not publish my Letter to the Editor [“No Will To Look,” Letters, 27east.com,...

What’s In A Word?

Social lingo often defies Webster’s literal meanings. Remember when “phat” was a compliment? Being “bad” was a positive quality? Now we have “most” unemployed, “best” food lines and “greatest” deaths....

Be A Hero

So many people in North Sea have expressed their distress about the 120 condo units and 250 parking spaces that Thomas R. Stachecki wants to build on property in North...

Asking Questions

Two questions: Does our East End congressman, Lee Zeldin, serve the interests of his constituents or those of President Trump, when, even after Trump’s dastardly call to the Georgia secretary...

Will Be Missed

The news that Amy Kirwin will be leaving Southampton and taking a position at Guild Hall was a sad surprise [“Amy Kirwin Joins Guild Hall As Its First Chief Creative...

He’s Not Worthy

Congressman Lee Zeldin sent an email to constituents on Sunday, recycling his efforts to save Plum Island. It was an affront to patriots who are still reeling from the attempted...

There Is Hope

The eye-catching photo and caption “Diving In: East End high school swim team ready to begin new season” [Sports & Outdoors, January 7] immediately reminded me that not all students...

Time To Resign

Lee Zeldin’s sponsorship of Trump’s delusion that he won reelection has contributed to the death of six people (including two officers of the Capitol Police Department), the desecration of the...

Where Were You?

Where were you, “proud military veteran” Lee Zeldin, when your supporters stormed the Capitol making threats against the vice president and your fellow members of Congress? What secret undisclosed location...

Disgraced Himself

What transpired on January 6 in Washington, D.C., was nothing short of an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States by stopping the peaceful transfer of power and...

Traitors In Arms

The word “treason” has been thrown around so often in contemporary political discussions that it almost seemed to lose its meaning. Fortunately, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin was kind enough to...

We Won’t Forget

Lee Zeldin has shown that, for reasons of his blind ambition, he is willing to risk damaging our republic forever; he has been willing to contest the very fabric of...

Badly Served

After witnessing the attack and occupation of the Capitol by a mob of misguided Trump supporters incited by the words of the president, I can no longer condone or excuse...

We Deserve Better

Lee Zeldin’s sycophancy toward Donald Trump is all the evidence that sentient constituents need to know that he is not the person we deserve representing us in the U.S. House...

Look Around

On January 6, a day that will go down in infamy, Congressman Lee Zeldin showed how nothing will move him off his obsession to support Donald Trump. Not the president...

Stop This Madness

The insurrection that took place on January 6, as domestic terrorists stormed Capitol Hill, left me speechless and horrified. It also left me furious. First of all, this attempted coup...

Shame Weighs Heavily

Each member of the U.S. House of Representatives, by virtue of the office he or she holds, is accorded the title “Honorable.” One of the definitions of the word “honorable”...

Contemptible Vote

Lee Zeldin — after the violent insurrection storming of the Capitol, and after Congress was forced into lockdown — joined other Republicans in the vote to decertify Pennsylvania’s electors in...

Time To Resign

“ln Defense of the Republic.” That is what Congressman Lee Zeldin entitled a video of his speech when he objected to the counting of legally cast and court-sanctioned votes on...

Peddling The Lie

In her recent Letter to the Editor, reader Jacqueline Smith suggests that voter fraud must have been rampant in our presidential election, because she knows people who received more than...

Shame On Them!

Watching the horror at the U.S. Capitol last week was déjà vu for me. A number of years ago, I attended a debate, at the Polish Hall in Riverhead, between...

It Still Kills

Many of us are now concerned about the environment at the same time we want to eliminate mosquitoes, ticks and other insect pests from our yards. We know that pollinators...

Lies To Truth

On Wednesday, January 6, 121 members of the U.S. House of representatives rejected the election results from Arizona; 138 House members rejected the results from Pennsylvania. Authorities have called this...

Waterfront Fight

In his dismissal of our Article 78 proceeding [“Bel-Aire Cove Motel Action Dismissed In Court, But Litigants Expect To Sue Again,” 27east.com, January 6], State Supreme Court Justice Sanford Berland...

No Fraud Was Found

Phil Keith nailed it in his recent Mostly Right column [“A Conspiracy Of Dunces,” Opinion, January 7]. To generalize from Phil’s specific example, the American public, as information consumers, is...

Good Reads

So refreshing to read such a great front-page story about finding historical art in a closet in Southampton, and a juke joint [“Coal Bin Paintings Find New Home: Southampton African...

Outpouring Of Love

The last year has been emotionally, mentally and physically draining on everyone. People struggled to keep jobs, they have lost loved ones, and the uphill battle in a pandemic world...

Give Him A Call

Shame on President Trump and shame on the Republican senators and congressman who precipitated the insurrection and the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6. Much has been written...

Make It Official

As the spectacle of January 6 proved to us, there is a large group of people who follow the beliefs, words and attitudes of Donald Trump. Importantly, much like Donald...

Pay A Big Price

Below is text from an email from the Zeldin for Congress website that hit my inbox at 1:50 in the afternoon last Wednesday, just as thugs were attacking our nation’s...

Truth And Lies

America’s 220-year history of a peaceful transfer of power — the cornerstone of our democracy — was shattered in one horrifying afternoon. On January 6, a frenzied mob incited by...

Shamed Our District

Our unfortunate congressman, Lee Zeldin, has continued to show a poor grasp of the spirit of democracy. In the immediate aftermath of the shocking and historically shameful attempted putsch of...

Breath Of Fresh Air

Thank you, Phil Keith, for your voice of reason and your fabulous ability to articulate the truth despite a local Republican loudmouthed majority, including Lee Zeldin and several misguided letter...

Failed The Test

On January 2, the president demanded that the Georgia secretary of state nullify the results of the presidential election in his state. He did so in the face of two...

Amazon Sonnet

The sweat on his palms clearly signaled the fear of an annus horribilis coming quite near. Oh my gosh, is it true? Will this be the year? … that Amazon...

Biden And China

What concerns me, and I’m sure many Americans, is the Biden family’s close ties to Communist China! Joe Biden stated on May 11, 2019, in the New York Post, that...

Uncertain Times

As a constituent, I am very disappointed that U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin joined 125 other House Republicans in challenging the presidential election results that were certified according to the rules...

No Will To Look

Lin Wood, a Georgia attorney, has brought suit against his state. He alleges that not one of the state’s judges has looked at the merits of the “mountain of evidence”...

The Right To Disagree

In Letters to the Editor published on December 24, there are some comments that can only be considered deeply disturbing and troubling to freedom of speech in the United States,...

Just A Prank?

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin has been excoriated in these pages [“Reality Check,” Editorial, December 17] and elsewhere for his support of a Texas lawsuit attempting to overturn a presidential election...

Changes Needed

Do you know what an “ombudsman” is? It’s someone appointed by government to represent you, the people, against government agencies or boards, such as our village regulatory boards. You, the...

A Hamlet At Risk

Your article “Opposition To North Sea Condo Plan Crowds Zoom Hearing” [27east.com, December 22] describes the backlash of neighbors to the application before the Planning Board for a 120-unit condo...

In Our Hands

It was interesting to read Ed Surgan’s response [“Very Clear,” Letters, December 24] to the outpouring of anger brought on by the misguided Texas lawsuit that attempted to disenfranchise millions...

Seems Fishy

Looking at the new condo going up behind 7 Eleven (which, to be honest, I don’t understand why anyone would want to live so exposed to the public?), I amused...

Say It Twice

What does it say about the condition of our town, or perhaps of the newspaper itself, that two stories about an $84,000,000 house made it into the same edition of...

Follow The Loser

An attempted coup by a deranged lame duck president and a small group of Republican congressmen was attempted this week. Like lemmings, these few blindly followed their loser over the...

A Bad Choice

Your Person of the Year [“The Southampton Press Eastern Edition Person Of The Year: Robert Chaloner,” 27east.com, December 28], along with Time magazine’s, are poor and thoughtless selections. What about...

Answer The Call

A few weeks ago, the Hamptons Doc Fest screened a film called “Fish & Men.” It focused on the small fishing industry, especially along the East Coast, most notably Gloucester,...

Tears Of Rage

A thank you to Tim Motz for his column on Bob Dylan’s selling of his intellectual properties [“The ‘New And Improved’ Dylan Songbook,” Stories from the South Fork, Opinion, December...

The Christmas Spirit

The recent arrival of the first snowstorm of the year left me stranded to shovel a long driveway. As I was working to clear the icy snow, a car pulled...

Up From The Bottom

Where is the bottom? Time and again, Donald Trump has done something to make me think, “Oh boy, now he’s done it, this is it, this rips the envelope wide...

Selling Music Short

Tim Motz riffs with detached irony on Bob Dylan’s recent sellout of his music for $300 million [“The ‘New And Improved’ Dylan Songbook,” Stories from the South Fork, Opinion, December...

Don’t Be Biased

My husband and I moved to Sag Harbor 17 years ago from Nassau County. We decided to order your newspaper in order to be up to date on the activities...

Profiles In Courage

I wish I could say I was surprised when Lee Zeldin chose to sign on to the amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out hundreds of thousands...

An Indelible Stain

Last week, Congressman Lee Zeldin joined almost two-thirds of House Republicans in support of the recently dismissed Texas lawsuit seeking to invalidate millions of votes in the battleground states won...

Reasons To Worry

There were some interesting developments this week in the ongoing Amazon-Gabreski saga, seemingly innocuous disclosures that have important forewarnings for the local citizens who fear that the Amazon trucking operation...

V For Victory

Branding in our societies throughout the world is something that we see daily. We see it in all sorts of advertising on our shirts, jackets and ball caps, promoting sports...

Very Clear

It’s impossible to respond to so much misinformation, distortion and outright anger permitted in the editorial [“Reality Check,” December 17], the Phil Keith column [“… And The Madness Continues,” Mostly...

Seems Undemocratic

Despite the final resolution of the 2020 presidential election by way of the formal vote of the Electoral College, I believe it is important to point out that District 1...

Interesting Displays

In the Village of Southampton, Local Law No. 6 was enacted on July 21, 2020. This code requires vacant storefronts in the village and highway business districts to put up...

Waiting For Reform

The mayor’s well-meaning but disastrous “accessory apartments” proposal [“Eying Accessory Apartments, Southampton Village Board Considers A Special Permit Process,” December 15] constitutes planning without a plan. It creates unnecessary new...

Just The Start

On December 11, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Joseph Epstein that essentially insulted Jill Biden for using the honorific “Dr.” in front of her name. The article,...

Choosing Sides

Clean water is essential to all of us. The Suffolk County Health Department has found contaminants, in the form of pesticides, carcinogens and heavy metals, in our aquifer beneath a...

Killing The Goose

So, do I have this correct? Trustee Aidan Corish wants paid parking to pay for sidewalk repairs, rain gardens, John Steinbeck Park and a host of other projects that paid...

Everyone Benefits

I only found out how Southampton Town was considering addressing the rising costs of garbage disposal from the December 10 article in The Southampton Press [“The Rising Costs of Recycling”]....

A Little More Info

Thank you for the article “North Sea Maritime Center Will Use Gift To Launch Capital Drive” [27east.com, December 8], describing the recent progress of our organization, the North Sea Maritime...

Caution Is Needed

Normally, I would welcome more employment at Gabreski Airport, and I had a favorable reaction to Amazon’s plan to build a facility at the airport for their distribution purposes. However,...

Hit Pause

While all eyes are on the cell tower in Noyac, a proposed 100-foot cell tower at 1054 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, is quietly making its way through the Planning Board....

Trump Triumph

Some of the letters selected for us in the December 10 paper were priceless. Far more entertaining than reading the same old debate over whether a golf course in East...

Just Say No

Perhaps it is time that Southampton Town legislated change instead of increasing fees [“Town Board Eyes Paid Permit For Residents Who Recycle At Southampton Transfer Stations,” 27east.com, December 9]. How...

Breaking Rules

To have a good society, we (all of us) need to have good rules. If we don’t … we will all be fracked up. The initial public offering of Airbnb...

Speak Up Now

For all those who haven’t heard, there is a proposal to build a 120-unit condo development in North Sea [“North Sea Condo Plan Draws Ardent Opposition From Community Members,” 27east.com,...

Stand Up For Values

While I have always known that U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin blindly followed President Trump, no matter where it led, I was extremely disappointed to learn that he penned his name...

Makes No Sense

To Pine Barrens Commission members: I have lived on Lewis Road in East Quogue for 50 years! Regarding the Lewis Road planned residential district, the idea of building this totally...

How Did It Happen?

Ed Surgan’s letter, “Mostly Wrong” [December 10], brought up a question that has troubled me for most of my entire life. I was too young to understand what had happened...

Just One Question

Representative Lee Zeldin does not believe in democracy. This statement is not hyperbole. His actions and words prove it to be true. Mr. Zeldin has been claiming that Donald Trump...

Holiday Spirit

I want to let East Quogue residents know why the lights on the large tree at the Hamlet Green and the six trees surrounding the circular field were on, on...

A Pitiful Spectacle

Our decidedly less than illustrious, newly reelected congressman, Lee Zeldin, has forcefully confirmed what we’ve suspected all along: There is no length he will not eagerly cross, nor bar too...

Peel Back The Layers

“Peeling back the onion” is a common expression, often used in psychotherapy as a metaphor for what takes place during the process of self-discovery. Interestingly, it can also describe the...

Too Big A Change

I am writing with concern relative to a proposed change in town law that would authorize manipulation by the Southampton Town Board for participation and membership on the Planning Board...

A Festive Place

The Hampton Bays Beautification Association would like to thank everyone helping HBBA decorate our hamlet for the holiday season. With their help, we make our community a festive place during...

Violating An Oath

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s credentials include being an attorney, a member of Congress, an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve — and, now, what is likely to be his most...

Not So Simple

Last week, a reader who lives in Bridgehampton wrote a Letter to the Editor discussing the unsightly large homes being built in Bridgehampton, and she placed particular emphasis on the...

A Little Common Sense

Since November 3, constant and unsupported allegations of rampant election fraud have been made by President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and dozens of other Republican lawyers and supporters, including Lee Zeldin,...

No Explanation

Lee Zeldin, our recently reelected congressman, chose to add his name to a list of more than 120 other Republican congressmen who signed on to a Texas lawsuit aimed at...

A Lot To Do

To Phil Keith: First, let me say that I generally approve of your December 3 column [“Too Close For Comfort,” Mostly Right, Opinion]. However, I think that you don’t go...

Brightening Spirits

2020 is nearing its end. This has been such a hard year on our community and country. So many have suffered by falling ill or losing their lives. This year,...

Shakespeare’s Message

While reflecting on the last four years, I was drawn to the words of The Bard. In particular, the words of Mark Antony from the play “The Tragedy of Julius...

Another Notable

Concerning the article “Meet the Saints Of Sag Harbor’s Creative World” [Arts & Living, November 26], which notes that Eric Fischl has placed a number of illustrations of past Sag...

Brave New World

It’s comforting to know that there is a vaccine ready for distribution before the end of the year, despite being previously trashed by the media as another Trumpian myth that...

Mostly Wrong

If only we could vote Phil Keith off writing his ridiculous column. Mr. Keith insults Republicans and Conservatives by claiming to be one of us [“Too Close For Comfort,” Mostly...

Republican Pandemic

The drubbing and calls for Phil Keith’s banishment by his fellow Republicans are unjust. I almost never agree with him but honor his right to write what he thinks. But...

A Long Time Coming

“Ubuntu” is an African word that means: “I am who I am because of who we all are.” It highlights the fact that we are all interdependent. The Golden Rule...

Missed Opportunity

I don’t usually read Jim Marquardt’s articles, because, although he researches his topics, they feel devoid of any real Sag Harbor connection. It might be history, but it lacks the...

Learning To Listen

Where is the path to healing? The ordeal of the election is over. Joe Biden has won sufficient electoral votes, and he will be inaugurated in January, with or without...

Paying The Price

Why is it? That we, the people of Southampton Town, are willing to lose the sights and sounds that brought most of us to these little hamlets in the first...

I’m Still Here!

How fiercely I argued, during past years, with European visitors who would arrogantly dismiss our American values. “The American religion is worship of the Holy Dollar!” the Europeans would say,...

Under Our Feet

I hope you all get a chance to watch an amazing new film, “Kiss the Ground,” to hear its upbeat message: There is a simple solution that will help heal...

The Best Choice

I am writing this letter to support and elect Elizabeth Kotz on December 8 to the position of commissioner of the Bridgehampton Fire District. Elizabeth is the first woman to...

Fight With Gusto

I am writing to agree with Sharon Bakes, whose letter [“The Worst Place”] printed in the November 26 edition condemns the proposal of a cell tower in the Noyac area....

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...