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The Best You Could Do?

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

Slap In The Face

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

History Will Judge

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

Any Ideas?

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

A Job Well Done

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

Based On Data

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

A Destination

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

Much At Stake

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

No Surprise

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

Take Quick Action

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

A Fine Time For The Misanthrope

Work Together

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

Won’t Be Fooled

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

To My Pen Pal

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

Forbidden Use

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

A New Species

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

Ahead Of The Curve

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

From The Virus

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

Where Were You?

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

A Sign Of Hope

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

Modest Proposal

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

Go Outside!

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

Long Overdue

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

Plea Falls Flat

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

Times Like This

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

Truly Dumb

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

We’ll Come Back

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

Which War?

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

In This Together

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

Parking Input

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

Getting Revenge

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

A Voter Purge?

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

It’s No Escape

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

Ban Is Needed

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

Extraordinary Service

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

Warrants A Reply

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

Uninformed Opinion

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

Let’s Be Neighbors!

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

Just Like Europe

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

It’s Not The Time

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

Honoring Her Legacy

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

To The Rescue

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

A Sad Day

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

Hollowed Out

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

Seeing Through It

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

In His Own Words

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

The Changing Times

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

No Paid Parking

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

Purely Local

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

No Profits Here

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

Just Ban Them

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

Two Sore Thumbs

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

Left It Blank

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

Facts Matter

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

Sincere Thanks

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

The Humane Thing

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

Two Strong Voices

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

That Is Real News

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

Staying In Shape

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

My Reasoned Voice

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

Steinbeck Wins

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

In Other Words

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

Really Sick

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

Painful History

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

A Level Field

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

A Bad Move

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

Less Is More

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

Fond Memories

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

Quick Response

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

A Great Job

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

Follow The Money

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

Never Be Silent

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

Dolls And Love

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

Someone Must Pay

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

Two Sides

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

Moment Is Here

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

Symbol Of Vision

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

Let’s Discuss

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

Mysteries Solved

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

Protect Our Water

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

A Predictable Mess

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

Doesn’t Apply Here

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

Clearing Up FOIL

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

Let Us Decide

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

Saviors To Many

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

Freedom Of Speech

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

Thank You, Mr. Trump!

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

Doing Their Best

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

Don’t Insult Us

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

Not My Words

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

Deadly Policies

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

Progressive Fatuity

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

Info Is Missing

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

Save The Aquifer

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

One Solution

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

Time For Action

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

No More Burden

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

No Time For Us

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

Don’t Chase Them Away

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

Some Concerns

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

A Different Plan

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

There’s No Proof

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

A Great Harm

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

A Hard Look

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

Talk Up Bloomberg

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

Looking For Answers

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

We Want A Hearing

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

A Man Of Honor

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

A Choice To Make

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

Enough Is Enough

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

Cabal Of Insiders

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

Okay For Everyone

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

Swift Response

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

Read The Law

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

They Hate Them

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

Needs More Analysis

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

It Must Stop Here

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

Very Sad State

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

Everyone, Calm Down!

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

A Sad Day

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

What’s In A Name?

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

Presents A Danger

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

Who Knows Best?

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

Shout Out For Joe

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

Spirit Is Alive

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

FOIL, Upside Down

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

Facts And Fox

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

Stupidest Ever

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

One Representative

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

Update, And Thanks

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

More Trump Or Not

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

Do The Right Thing

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

What You Can Do

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

Makes Sense For All

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

Show Some Life

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

Similar But Different

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

This Is Trauma

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

Community Effort

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

Our Time Is Now

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

Teach, Don’t Ban

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

Why I Am For Vaccines

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

An Unfair Ban

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

Justice Run Bad

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

Lock Them Up

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

No Conservative

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

Much Appreciated

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

Not That Party

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

No Silver Bullet

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

Good Information

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

Marching The Line

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

Sending A Message

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

A Good Whine

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

Good Reads

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

Filling The Holes

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

Just The Facts

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

A Happy Reminder

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

Do Your Duty

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

Beautiful And Bright

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

End This Process

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

A Fresh Start

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

The Only Answer

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

The Meanest Man

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

Need An Explanation

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

Doesn’t Hold Water

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

Vote Blue

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

Doing A Disservice

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

100 Percent Right

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

Cowardly And Shameful

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

Egregious Efforts

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

Saying Thanks

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

Nobody Wins

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

It’s Disrespectful

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

Many Thanks

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

Outstanding Success

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

Little Lee Zeldin

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

Making It Last

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

Make A Difference

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

Not Bad Results

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

‘Tis The Season

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

Who Will Stop Him?

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

Greatest Challenge

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

Pattern Of Corruption

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

Potential Crisis

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

Many To Thank

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

You Make It Possible

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

Clearing Things Up

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

How They Voted

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

The Demise Of Civility

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

Taking Advantage

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

Look At Tuckahoe

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

Worth A Discussion

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

A Festive Event

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

A Hate Rant

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

Serious Questions

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

Also An Impact

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

A Unique Artist

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

More Study Needed

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

The Real Story

I am writing about an article you printed on November 27 titled “Water Mill Resident Feuds With Gregor over Drainage Easement” [Residence, 27east.com]. It is disheartening to see even our...

Country First

An open letter on impeachment to U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin: Respectfully, I would urge that you put aside partisan loyalty to President Trump if, as expected, it comes to evaluating...

Much Appreciated

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank our local merchants Justin’s Chop Shop, Beach Bakery Cafe, Tonino’s Pizza, Westhampton Beach 7-Eleven, and Jean Dooley for their...

True Colors

Now that Southampton resident Michael Bloomberg has recently declared himself as a candidate in the 2020 presidential election, let’s look at how he has behaved locally. Numerous articles have been...

Good Riddance!

You win some, you lose some, as the old saying goes. But you can sometimes win by losing some — and that was proven by the win-win announcement last week...

Grab A Shovel

Winter is officially just about on us: The village has sent out the annual code enforcement letter notifying all property owners that Section 235-4 of the code demands that those...

Dance With Her

At times, the frail among us feel overwhelmed by the amount of corruption and evil we see around us: We allow despair to drown out hope, we let frustration conquer...

Many Good Things

At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to wish the people of the Town of Southampton a happy holiday season and to express my thanks for their...

A Change Of Rules

After well over a decade, the Southampton School District is proposing to ban home-schooled students from participating in extracurricular activities on school premises. The current district regulations state that home-schooled...

It’s Shameful!

In my opinion, the American people are frustrated with Democrats trying to depose President Trump over the past three years. Examples: the Kavanaugh hearings, the Mueller Report and now an...

A Special Team

It has been an amazing varsity volleyball season for the Pierson/Bridgehampton girls, and it is a bittersweet feeling now that our season has come to an end. Our league season record...

Lies And Delusions

Are you a liar or delusional if facts like live TV statements made by Trump and his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, are disputed? “I never said that …” In...

Giving Vets The Vote

I am always gratified to live in the United States of America and have the ability to vote and be a part of this continuing participation of our country’s ideals...

Vital Changes

As a lifelong resident of Southampton Village, I am dismayed to see The Southampton Press [“Two Sides Of A Coin,” Editorial, November 7] and some of our former politicians [“Sound...

A Shining Light

It came first, a cool breeze lifting the tendrils of the anchorwoman’s helmet of hair. Then the newspapers began to ruffle. Trumpets began to sound. There followed the rush of...

Who Read It?

How many people know that the entire rental world in the Hamptons has changed drastically thanks to our New York State legislators? For 20 years, tenants’ rights groups have tried...

Thank You, Officers

Police are getting exorbitantly bad press the nation over, unfairly. Especially as we come upon Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the efforts and sacrifices of officers who go to...

A Magical Place

Thank you for the encouraging write-up on efforts to establish the Matthiessen Center at the family home of author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen [“Peter Matthiessen’s Former Sagaponack Home Could Become...

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving season, let us give thanks for the bounty that has blessed the East End for centuries. This includes our precious bays, with their myriad fish, crustaceans and shellfish,...

The Day It Washed In

The dead gray body of a young humpback whale nearly five men long came washed in overnight by the broken edge of the sea. It was not full grown when...

Back On The Bench

This is to express my thanks to all of the people in Southampton who supported me in my reelection to the office of Southampton Town justice. I am particularly grateful...

A Successful Year

The Board of Directors of the Hampton Bays Historical Society would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed in making 2019 a successful year of fundraising events,...

Standing With Jesse

Your front-page article “Letter From Critics Lands Hard” [November 21] was simply another unnecessary attack on our duly elected mayor, who has now had to endure three weeks of character...

Cleaning Up Their Mess

I was troubled to read the “sour grapes” attack on Mayor Jesse Warren by four of his predecessors in their November 14 letter to editor [“Sound Advice”]. Mayor Warren is...

The Right Direction

Wow! An editorial [“Two Sides Of A Coin,” November 7] and four former mayors bearing down on Mayor Jesse Warren, breathing fire [“Sound Advice,” Letters, November 14]. The mayors’ letter...

Out With The Old

It is an unwritten rule that once the president of the United States is replaced by a duly elected new president, any former presidents allow the president-elect to do his...

More Signs Needed

I am writing to you to inform you that I am out here every weekend, and in the last month I have seen several baby fawns on the side of...

Baneful Effects

In his “Farewell Address,” President George Washington warned us about the “baneful effects of the spirit of party,” some of which he had experienced during his second presidential campaign. Such...

Make An Exception

The Housing and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 must not apply to Hamptons seasonal lessors. If seasonal lessors must be in compliance with this law, seasonal lessors will have no...

Please Reconsider

Other than a letter from Simon Jorna, former owner of the Beach Bakery in Westhampton Beach [“A Big Nuisance,” Letters, February 28], the decision to replace the existing roadway with...

Sobering Lesson

The long campaign to undo the election of President Trump will play itself out these next two weeks as House Democrats preside over an impeachment inquiry in an attempt to...

Move Long Overdue

If he had not substituted new lawyers for the nakedly pro-developer Elbert W. Robinson Jr. and Wayne Bruyn, our mayor, Jesse Warren, would not have a prayer of (1) maintaining...

Show Some Decency

What is wrong with our society when an umbrella is stolen from outside a dental office in Hampton Bays on a windy and rainy day? As senior citizens, we are...

A Timely Read

As the saying goes, all politics is local … and we just spent a great deal of time and effort on our recent elections here in the Town of Southampton,...

My Day In Court

A Simple Solution

The role and importance of volunteerism should never be underestimated in how it helps to preserve the safety and well-being of all of us who live in Sag Harbor. Volunteers...

Lost And Found

We would like to thank everyone who helped in the rescue of our 2½-year-old golden mix who got away on leash and was wrapped around a tree branch for 2½...

Open Our Eyes

By now, everyone in the world is familiar with that infamous “perfect” telephone call on July 25, 2019, between our dotard-in-chief and the president of Ukraine, in which bribery, extortion...

Sound Advice

Your editorial, “Two Sides of a Coin” [November 7], captured a concern each of us has had regarding the behavior of the new mayor of the Village of Southampton. We...

Viewpoint: Making Sure The Majority Wins

Two Heroes

Many thanks, overdue, to two Halloween heroes. There’s Pete Reyer [“O Frabjous Day!” Letters, November 7], who reminds us that the orange monster, the greatest destroyer ever, slithering in the...

We Can Do It

Why do we want carcinogenic and toxic equipment in our neighborhoods? In 30 minutes gas-driven leaf blowers put more hydrocarbons into the air than an F-150 pickup truck driven 3,887...

Another Dilemma

In a recent editorial [“Rally For Independents,” October 24], The Press correctly brought into focus the role that the profit motive plays in engendering market concentration in health care. The...

I Love A Parade!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Little Lucy’s 19th annual Halloween Pet Parade/Festival. I started the Pet Parade benefit in the year 2000 to raise animal awareness...

An Inlet In Peril

About 15 years ago, I pointed out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the town supervisor the problem with the Shinnecock Inlet: The incoming tide on the ocean...

An Ode To Canio’s

Thank you for your splendid article on Canio’s Books marking the 20th anniversary of the happy and benevolent reign of co-owners Maryann Calendrille and Kathryn Szoka [“After 20 Years, It’s...

Hunting The Hunters

Write on, Mike Wright! In his column “In The Field” [Sports & Outdoors], Mike Wright reports on chaos. Inconsistencies, selectivity, head-scratching policies and slapstick enforcement. He can’t avoid it —...

Let’s Work Together

Some good, conscientious people in Southampton are concerned about affordable housing and what to do about building it. Other good, conscientious people in Southampton are opposed to affordable housing when it...

We Can Do Better

Last week, a letter by David Celi [“Blinding Hypocrisy,” Letters, Western Edition, October 31], who serves as member of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee, raised a few issues that...

O Frabjous Day!

I had the good fortune to go to high school in the 1970s, when educators generally considered instruction in literature, history and geography to be as important as math and...

It’s About Taxes

Recently, the voters of East Quogue rejected the idea of incorporating their community into a village. A few years ago, we, in Hampton Bays, looked at the same idea for...

Cheers And Jeers

Hooray! To the parents who spoke up concerning the Halloween Parade route change for Southampton Elementary School’s Costume Parade on Halloween, which has been going on for many, many decades,...

Blinding Hypocrisy

Carolyn Zenk exposed exactly the reason that I joined the village incorporation effort in the first place [“The Knight We Need,” Letters, October 24]. My position, initially, was anti-village, less...

Continuing Work

In my first term as Town Trustee, I have shown that I can work collaboratively with others in various levels of government, as well as with environmental organizations to make...

What We Share

With less than a week until Election Day, I write to encourage voters to cast their votes. I am reminded that all politics is local and that the greatest impact...

Here Are Some Ideas

Regarding the article “Southampton Town Board And Supervisor Candidates Debate The Issues” [27east.com, October 22], I’d like to summarize the ideas I offered for your readers who didn’t attend or...

Talking Taxes

It has been my honor to serve as town supervisor for the past four years. I work hard every day for our seniors and hardworking families. Regarding property taxes, some...

Coming Together

The October 24 issue of The Press contains an article about the candidates’ debate for Town Board and supervisor offices held on October 17 [“Southampton Town Board And Supervisor Candidates...

Given Us Hope

Congratulations to our new mayor! Mayor Jesse Warren has made the most important change promised but never specified in his election campaign, and I am sure that it was not...

Working For Us

I am writing this letter in strong support for Bridget Fleming to be reelected as Suffolk County legislator. As a long-term resident of the East End, I am concerned with...

Robust Track Record

There is not enough space to list all of the achievements of Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Board member John Bouvier. Their robust track record easily supports their campaign for...

An Awesome Plan

Southampton Village’s young and energetic mayor, Jesse Warren, presented his plan for the cleanup of Lake Agawam to the Southampton Rotary Club on Thursday, October 24. Lake Agawam has been...

Perfect Combination

On Tuesday, November 5, voters have the opportunity to elect two outstanding candidates, John Bouvier and Craig Catalanotto, to the Southampton Town Council. They are the perfect combination to work...

Paradise

Did you ever look at the sky’s deep blue And wonder what made it that way? Did you ever watch white clouds as they flew Or crystal raindrops at play?...

Slow Down

What don’t people understand when going through a school zone — 20 mph? It means just that! Is it because our little school is on a side street, not a...

Courageous Candidates

Some people say, “Forget about politics” … But we can’t … there is too much at stake. We all know how great it is to live out here on the...

Unfair Remarks

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in her remarks to an audience gathered to discuss local groundwater contamination by PFOs and PFAs [“U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Listens To Groundwater Concerns At The 106th...

Mob Action

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s participation in the frat boy stunt at the congressional impeachment hearing last week was another insult to the constituents of District 1. Despite being entitled to...

Far From A Solution

Any recent visitor to Clam Island County Park in Noyac has been beset by the arrival of about 1,000 feet of dense, black sand, dredged from the adjacent inlet and...

The Voters Spoke

Working Families Party leaders have circulated a letter requesting voters to totally disregard the results of the June 25 Working Families primary — a slap in the face for every...

Change Batteries

When you change your clocks, change your batteries. If you own a battery-operated smoke detector, it is recommended that you change the battery every time you change your clocks to...

The Fastest Track

Answering the call to include the powerful science of “drawdown” in their platforms for the future, three candidates have come forward. At the debates for Southampton Town Board, two candidates...

My Choices

Without a doubt, our environment and our water are the most pressing issues facing Long Island and our communities on the East End. Reports of contaminations surface on a daily...

They Stand Out

Yahoo! At the debates for Southampton Town Board last Thursday night, October 17, put on by the League Of Women Voters of the Hamptons, two candidates highlighted that their future...

It Was Some Parade!

It Was Some Parade! It is with great pride and honor that I wish to thank the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America for inviting my family to march...

Pass The Word

Pass The Word The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons thanks the Express News Group for its continued coverage of the 2019 election season and its related and evolving...

Above And Beyond

Above And Beyond It seems that, all too often, there is far too much negativity in the world. We tend to be quick to judge and don’t say thank you...

Must-See TV

Must-See TV The film “Conscience Point,” shown last week at the Hamptons International Film Festival, should be seen by every local schoolchild and government servant. It documents the fight of...

Not A Hard Choice

Not A Hard ChoiceLet’s do a little comparison shopping. Five people are running for two Southampton Town Council seats in November. Taking them in alphabetical order, let’s look objectively at...

We Are Proud

We Are Proud The East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote last Thursday, October 17. We are proud...

Not Based On Science

Not Based On Science Sand Land’s lawyer’s attacks on Suffolk County’s water testing results [“Got It Wrong,” Letters, October 17] are based on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s and Sand...

In Clear View

In Clear View On Friday night, October 18, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman held a fundraising event at the Sebonack Golf Club. The mood at this event must have been rather...

Find The Road Back

Find The Road Back“Stable genius”?We need change now, or our democracy may not survive. Many of our leaders make decisions for the benefit of their political careers. They vote to...

Kids Today

Kids Today Phil Keith brings up a number of interesting points in his column [“The Times, They Are A-Changing,” Mostly Right, Opinion, October 17]. At first glance, I agreed with...

How Is This Legal?

How Is This Legal?Things have a way of popping up in Southampton. One day, something appears, and you wonder “Where did that come from?” and “How is it legal?”The newest...

Out With The Old …

Out With The Old …Under the direction of the Southampton Town Board, there is a systematic failure to govern in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner. A recent example...

A Loss Of Virtue

A Loss Of VirtueI read with consternation John Porta’s letter to this newspaper [“Nothing Sticks,” Letters, Express, October 10]. In the interest of truth, I am compelled to cite facts....

It Deserves Coverage

It Deserves Coverage I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of any coverage by The Press of a rally by Bridgehampton residents on Saturday, October 12, against the proposed...

An Outstanding Job

An Outstanding Job In spite of all the political turmoil in Washington, D.C., there was some very good news in the Labor Department’s September 2019 U.S. Jobless Report: Our nation’s...

How’d It Happen?

How’d It Happen? I, June Morris, my husband, Harvey Sr., and son, Harvey Jr., settled in Water Mill in the mid-1950s. We soon fell upon the little park on Rose...

The Knight We Need

The Knight We Need The community owes much to environmental groups and individuals who defeated the incorporation of East Quogue — a village by developers, for developers — in a...

How To Decide

How To Decide Today, October 17, the residents of East Quogue get to decide whether or not we get to move forward as an incorporated village. The East Quogue Village...

An Unfair Burden

An Unfair Burden Southampton Town’s push for affordable housing is unfair, ineffective for residents — and possibly illegal. Let’s look at some facts; first, where this housing can be located...

A Lesson Here

A Lesson Here Clustering gained favor as a land planning device after early resistance in the 1970s. The idea of preserving open space by grouping approved subdivision units on a...

Make History

Make History On Thursday, October 17, the residents of East Quogue have a unique and fleeting chance to make history. The hamlet of East Quogue has the unique opportunity to...

The Right Way

The Right Way Thank you, Southampton Press, for the “Press Sessions,” with a focus on affordable housing [“Second Southampton Press Sessions Event Focuses On Affordable Housing Crisis,” 27east.com, October 8]....

The Better Vote

The Better Vote Today, East Quogue votes to incorporate into a village or remain a hamlet. Please consider the following questions in response to letters in last week’s Southampton Press....

Men Of Integrity

Men Of Integrity We’re only days away from deciding the political direction that the Town of Southampton will take. A vital component of the well-being of our town rests with...

Got It Wrong

Got It Wrong The reporting in the article “Calls For Better Mine Oversight After County Investigation” [27east.com, October 8] is inaccurate and irresponsible. Nothing in the county’s recent grand jury...

Your Vote Counts

Your Vote Counts Released just three weeks ago, Yale Climate Opinion Maps are revelatory about our community. In Suffolk County, 70 percent of us think environmental protection is more important...

A Dangerous Spot

A Dangerous Spot Call me stupid — you are right — but I’m glad it was me who sank into soft or “quick” sand at Havens Beach, so that I...

Back From The Brink

Back From The Brink Our county government is at a crossroads, and the path to a positive future is in your hands. We need to elect proven leaders who will...

Get Real

“Grassroots campaign”?!?! Get real! And get Discovery Land out of our local business! Alex Burton East Quogue

Let’s Be Positive

One of the things I look forward to each Thursday morning is sitting at Sip’n Soda and reading The Southampton Press. I find out what is going on in the...

Political Hot Potato

The current proposal to incorporate the Village of East Quogue has its roots, among other things, in the pathetic and dysfunctional governance of our Southampton Town Board in the handling...

Look At The Record

In spite of all the political turmoil in Washington, D.C., there is some very good news in the Labor Department’s September 2019 U.S. jobs report. Our nation’s unemployment rate has...

Yes, In My Backyard

My millennial now has their own apartment at Speonk Commons and, yes, no longer over my garage. How future-sighted is our current Southampton leadership to build workforce housing for our...

Follow The Money

Every politician loves to talk about all the “small” donations they have received. However, the money that really fuels elections comes from the big donors, not the little ones. Our...

Giving Selflessly

As longtime Hampton Bays residents who care deeply for the future of not only Hampton Bays, but all of Southampton Town, we will be voting for Rick Martel for Southampton...

Clear Choice

At the debate on October 7 at the senior center in Hampton Bays, Bridget Fleming made a very convincing case and I strongly believe that she has earned another term...

Polluted Evidence

In an effort, seemingly to establish the de facto creation of a Mueller Report redux, the editor(s) of The Southampton Press have lurched into legal issues they seem ill equipped...

Tax

Tax And SpendThe news article this week mentioned the repaving proposal to the state for the entire length of 114 from the ferry to East Hampton [“Officials Want 114 Repaved,”...

Deer Clap Trap

Deer Clap TrapDeer, Peter Hendrickson of Southampton Village writes, after a sojourn in Oregon, “…are a part of life here” [“Harmless And Beautiful,” Letters, October 3]. They are also a...

Unanswered Questions

Unanswered QuestionsNext week, East Quogue voters will confront the question of whether or not they should formally secede from the Town of Southampton and form a village. We urge every...

Nothing Wrong Here

Nothing Wrong HereLast week, I attended a meeting of the Suffolk County Planning Commission. This commission is charged with reviewing proposed development in Suffolk County, and after careful review and...

Take Stock

Take StockI attended the second in the new series of lunch forums started by The Express News Group. This one was on the topic of affordable housing. Though the food was...

Restore Trust

Restore TrustOur environment and ways of life are being threatened in the Town of Southampton, having been entrusted to the wrong people. The waters of Southampton are a resource to...

What’s The Rush?

What’s The RushEast Quogue, what’s the rush? Vote “no” to incorporation until we know: Who will run the village until the village government is established? Who will run for election...

Sit At The Table

Sit At The TableThere are many reasons to say yes to incorporation. Here are just a few. We have done two years of research to back up our position. We...

It’s About Golf

It’s About GolfIn a Press article by Joseph P. Shaw and Amanda Bernocco dated November 20, 2017, [“Golf Course Still In Play,” November 20, 2017] the Town Attorney is quoted...

In A Clamshell

In A ClamshellAnn Welker and Andrew Brosnan are the two most qualified candidates for Southampton Town Trustee and deserve your vote on Election Day. While many voters have a fairly...

No Representation

No RepresentationAs residents of East Quogue, we find ourselves in a very unique situation. With all of the money we pay in taxes, there is no representation to the west,...

Incorporation Would Be A Means To Control Our Own Destiny

Five years ago, I would have opposed incorporation of East Quogue as a village, contending that we were doing just fine. I would have been wrong. Rethinking many issues, especially...

Right And Wrong

On behalf of my daughter Lynne Jones and the other Main Street merchants, I’d like to thank The Press for the recent article about Main Street, “It’s Not Closed”[“Main Street:...

Let Us Decide

Let Us DecideEveryone wants to keep taxes low. That is exactly why the hamlet of East Quogue must become the village of East Quogue. Only as a village can we...

Join The Debate

Join The DebateThank you for printing the letter to the editor entitled “New Rules Needed” in the October 3 issue of The Southampton Press [“New Rules Needed,” Letters, October 3]....

Mounting Frustration

Mounting FrustrationHave you thought about The Southampton Town Trustees, lately? Eric Shultz, the former Trustee president, and I, Fred Havemeyer, former secretary-treasurer, have been sitting on the sidelines watching this...

Magical Thinking

Magical ThinkingIt appears that 2019 is the Year of Magical Thinking for the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee. Wishing for something and telling oneself and an entire community that it...

Nothing Sticks

Nothing SticksPresident Trump is a very flawed individual with some important and necessary ideas on how to run this country. Most notable of these are addressing our broken immigration policy,...

Makes No Sense

Makes No SenseI liked your cartoon [“Paw Print,” September 19]. We ban e-cigarettes, which affect 400 to 500 people a year. Why not guns that kill 30,000 to 40,000 each...

The Argument Against

The Argument AgainstFacts matter: 1. Private community is an oxymoron. 2. No development has occurred or is viable without a golf course at the former “The Hills at Southampton.” 3....

Invisible

InvisibleMagothy is a sacred word. It should not be uttered unless with a gasp. Underneath and sovereign, It courses in the arteries of glacial remains, And has captured the depth...

A Great Show

A Great ShowThe editorial urging us to support Westhampton Beach shops this year, as they tear up Main Street, was terrific [“Go Shop There,” Editorial, September 26]! Visitors will not...

Getting in Line

Getting in LineRegarding the application for a second-floor restaurant at Page [“Page Restaurant Plans Expansion,” September 26] — me too! Please! (And probably every other owner on Main Street.) Ted...

Not A Bad Thing

Well, to be literal, that is not what they said … they said Jay was not truthful when he claimed, correctly, that he has reduced the real estate tax rate...

His Real History

Well, this is a time to be judgmental, and we must compare and contrast candidates and vote for the candidate who best suits our vision of the best local government...

Fiscal Disaster

I am proud to stand with county executive candidate John Kennedy and work to get out our message to voters. I am running for Suffolk County legislator for the South...

Toughen The Penalty

Why not a penalty of, say, loss of license privileges for 60 days? This is a serious offense, and drivers should not be let off with a “get out of...

No Justification

Being a 30-year homeowner in East Quogue, I felt it necessary hear firsthand from the proponents their justification for the need to create a village. The answer was the denial...

New Rules Needed

Because I believe this deserves consideration, I am sharing my concerns with our community. In one body of water (Mill Pond), the Trustees are proposing to eliminate all carp because...

Count On Volunteers

With a simple commitment to community service, people freely serve as EMTs, firefighters, in schools and churches, Little Leagues, beautification and historical societies, fraternal and business organizations, and neighborhood food...

David And Goliath

There appears to be a two-front war. You have Goliath (Discovery Land Company) marching through the community to satisfy its greedy ends, at the expense of potentially damaging the drinking...

Self-Serving Drivel

In what amounts to no more than stupid, self-serving slurs, Mr. Daly has made it his mission to accuse the opponents of Mr. Fasano’s dream — which would further burden...

Change Is Needed

Every day, I am astounded by the fact that so many of us still don’t understand, or won’t understand, the dire situation we’re in. When I read letters in your...

A Flawed Survey

This survey originated in the congressman’s office, not an outside accredited polling organization. Since Mr. Zeldin is a zealous Trump supporter, that alone likely biases the results in favor of...

Moment Of Truth

Trump has abused the power of his office, soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election, and he has admitted doing so. If Trump’s behavior is casually accepted as “no big...

Not In Control

One of the issues that came up was “The Hills at Southampton” project that was voted down by the Town Board in 2017. It seemed as if some people were...

A Tale Of Two Sites

The Hampton Bays Citizens Advisory Committee is very concerned with the extensive composting operation located at the Hampton Bays transfer site. Our Hampton Bays Water District has a problem with...

Please Vote No

Comparing East Quogue to Sagaponack is ludicrous. Sagaponack is one of the wealthiest, most exclusive areas of Long Island, and because of that has special concerns that had to be...

Celebrating Columbus

Below are 10 facts that are attributed to him: 1. Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas. 2. Christopher Columbus discovered a viable sailing route to the Americas. 3. Christopher Columbus led...

Harmless And Beautiful

I was a year-round resident starting in 1962, relocated to Oregon in 2001, and returned to Southampton as a year-round resident in 2015. Deer are a part of life here...

Creating Solutions

There was a buzz in the community about “these people” and “overdevelopment” and how it would change this quiet, tucked-away and relatively unknown area called Remsenburg. I had experienced this...

Hurts No One

It hurts no one if an immigrant has a driver’s license. In fact, it promotes safe driving and allows more immigrants to be gainfully employed. Is that a bad thing?...

We Apologize

We were unfortunately not informed of this structural solution until after it had been employed. We deeply regret the correctly perceived lack of transparency with the Historic Preservation and Architectural...

Chump Change

I’ve lived here for more than 38 years and have always been amazed and astounded at how much more we pay in taxes in the unincorporated areas of town than...

Don’t Miss Out

We could not agree more. We know that the only way to control taxes is to limit density and impact on the school district. And the only way to limit...

Not So Fast

My understanding of governance is that a group of citizens who decides before an election who will represent the populous, and what their salaries will be, is considered a lobbying...

An Outright Lie

Huh? Keep taxes low by voting “yes” to an additional layer of government? How exactly does that happen? On the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee’s website, it expressly mentions tax...

We Need Voter Laws

I did a little digging myself and, up until July 2019, New York State was one of only 13 states that did not allow early voting. (This changes in 2020.)...

Stopping At Nothing

Cory Booker was one of 13 Democrats who voted against the drug bill that would have made drugs cheaper in the United States by allowing purchases from Canadian pharmacies. Booker...

Write A Letter!

“You are in the powerful position to help our country reduce its number of Americans from being senselessly murdered by gun violence. Please hand the bill H.R. 5087, Assault Weapons...

A Front-Row Seat

In addition to making it our highest priority to conduct the construction during the offseason, we carefully planned construction so that businesses can remain open — and they need your...

A Tough Job

But there was an elephant in the room at that meeting, and the most significant question about the future of this village was missing from the coverage and from the...

Bent Over Backward

Ernst writes that the West Bank of the Jordan River and East Jerusalem are, in fact, not located in Israel. They are located in the ancient provinces of Judaea and...

Bringing Prosperity

I am a retired supervisor from the New York City Police Department Counter Terrorism Division, a unit in which I served as an integral member. I assisted in its development...

Not A Quick Fix

As the trade parade continues to ignore speed limit signs and limited access signs to our neighborhood roads, our supervisor once again looks the other way. “Laws not enforced cease...

At The Center Of Things, And Growing

A Matter Of Bias

Last Saturday, I experienced figure and size bias at a local clothing retailer. I learned, firsthand, like Bebe Rexha, what discrimination feels like. No one should ever experience this, most...

Valuable Protections

Our committee has studied the pros and cons of village incorporation, and the primary reason to incorporate is to make sure East Quogue does not become broken in the future....

Signs Of Success

The average American ranks the economy, jobs and wage increases as top priorities, along with health care. Climate control and immigration are not that vital! Well, it’s no wonder these...

Not So Special

I was of the belief that what makes Sag Harbor a small and special place is that pedestrians have priority over vehicles. I was frankly appalled and hope this was...

I Am With Her

I am writing to you from Sweden, where my family and I now live. My wife and I lived in Sag Harbor for 35 years. My children went to your...

It’s Time To Act

When a deer gets caught — as happened a few years ago — in the fitting room of a Main Street fashion boutique, you know that the situation has reached...

Idea Is A Dud

That is why I, and many others, deplore Ralph Fasano’s misleading emphasis on “veterans’ housing” to hawk his projects. When we looked into the files, we found a great many...

Time For Culling

New and serious tick-borne diseases, some fatal, as well as environmental and personal property damage, and concerns about safety, mandate that the deer population be reduced, and hunting is the...

A Right To Vote

A few days ago, I spoke to Assistant Town Attorney Kathleen Murray. I was interested in the status of the proposed village incorporation of East Quogue and wanted to know...

What’s Going On?

The School Board got a wakeup call when it recently had a walk through the building. Fortunately, a few of our School Board members — Chris Tice, Yorgos Tsibridis and...

Forces Of Change

And so, too, must our village be woven together as it faces the ever-present and mounting forces that popularity imposes in rising real estate prices, increased tourism and a local...

Climate Action

Months ago, to call attention to the timeliness of addressing our climate crisis, Nobel Peace Prize nominee 16-year-old Greta Thunberg called for international, intergeneration climate strikes for September 20 and...

Memorable Event

Thank you to Hampton Bays schools, for providing parking and volunteers Lily Mazzio, Haley Weissbard and Angie Chinchima; community volunteers Patty Hammil, Larissa Potapchuk and Alexa Foudy; and the multi-tasking...

Not Impressed

His portrayal of the diversion of funds from our military defense budget as cruel to servicemen and the American taxpayer is not very well thought out. After a year or...

Thanks For The Support

With this fundraiser event, the Hampton Bays Lions Club will sponsor six guide dogs through the Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation — three for returning wounded veterans, and three for persons...

Crimes Committed

“Ch. 65, section 10, Maintenance and repair required: … B. No owner or person with an interest in real property … included within a historic district shall permit the property...

Things To Consider

I am not anti-vaccine. However, in my research as a certified natural consultant for more than 18 years, and the mother of four, I would like to point out a...

Turning The Tables

Leaving aside the cognitive disconnect inherent in the fact that Mr. Robins is himself acting as a politician by engaging in a political contest, I have no patience for this...

The #WeToo Movement Is The Necessary Next Step

Left In Disarray

Obviously, it shows mismanagement on the part of Superintendent Katy Graves. Why didn’t the former administrator leave things in a way anyone could look at it and be confident of...

Being Ignored

The neighbors on the north end of Glover Street have been concerned with traffic calming in our neighborhood for some time. We have sent the previous mayor and the current...

Such A Great Summer!

A big shout-out to Binh and Lauren for their superb management of the Coopers concession this summer. We knew it would be good, as they were there two years ago...

So Grateful

The outpouring of friendship and support after this disaster has been and continues to be truly amazing. There are no words to fully express the gratitude we feel for everyone...

Love It Or Leave It

He refers to the mass shootings. How about the mass shootings that took place under the reign of Hussein Obama? How about all the killings each week in Democratic-controlled Chicago?...

We Need Housing

I am a 2000 graduate of Southampton High School and had five years of college, graduating from Southampton College. I am working three jobs, but my primary is for Sag...

Good Guys

The best part was my recognition that good people still exist in this crazy world, upholding the law and defending the principles of right and wrong. Not only were my...

Support The Troops

I have also read the opposition letters in The Press. I am a 67-year-old U.S. Navy Vietnam vet. I use military healthcare at Northport. While there, I have seen many...

Works Nonstop

I’m particularly interested in her recent resolution establishing a Community Choice Aggregation Task Force to explore cost savings and alternative energy sources. Fleming’s obsession with clean water has been evident...

Action, Not Denial

Of course, hurricanes are nothing new. But what is new is that global warming is raising sea-surface temperatures. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is clearly a...

Pure Exploitation

Since my last statement on the matter, I have contacted via email the LGBT Network president, David Klimnick, and asked him why the LGBT Network made this decision. My email...

Transition

melon sun rises more leisurely, splashing periwinkle blue across the horizon. Soft mushroom-gray clouds whip across the sky A harbinger of fall? Gentle breezes — insect sounds — steady, pulsating...

Effective Leader

Bridget Fleming has done a great job as our Suffolk County legislator since 2016, and she deserves another term to continue her good work on our behalf. I know Bridget...

It Ain’t Broke

So, why? Why change something that is not broken? Most recently, Mastic Beach incorporated, only to realize it was too complicated and expensive to continue. They very quickly voted to...

A Bash At Mash

The location and day could not have been better for a first-time event that took all but a month to plan. We are already looking to next year’s event and...

A Village’s History

A new era has engulfed Sag Harbor. Many old homes have been refurbished, including major expansions. Former “captains’” homes are prized possessions. Sag Harbor has not been either a “whaling...

Chasing Life Birds

No Respect

Mr. Koch may not have shared The Press editorial board’s increasingly liberal agenda, but he was a longtime resident of our village, and his family, still in mourning, deserves some...

Thank You, Jean!

Renee BrownWesthampton Beach

Indeed An Honor

I was disturbed and saddened by the negative reporting about Mr. Trump’s visit, by the media on both a local and national level, whether in print, online, on the radio...

One More Dunce Cap

According to the article in The Press, “Housing Reform Has Unintended Consequences” [Residence, August 22], the reforms contained in the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, meant to address problems...

It’s About Water

In the Southampton Town election this November, clean water will be the prime issue, and the Democratic town government, under Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, has done much about it already, and...

An Inside Look

Soon after my father’s death, my late husband and I accepted an invitation to be on the Dowling College Board of Trustees. Although I have not retained records of our...

Senseless Act

In the wee hours of July 16, Sammy was stolen from his enclosure at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. That was his home for 31 years, after a gunshot wound left...

Winds Have Changed

The politician cares about voters and the cost of a project. A leader cares about people and the wisdom of a project. A politician has a strategy to win the...

Keep Everyone Safe

There are too many inexperienced and beginner surfers on the East End who don’t have enough control of their boards to permit surfing at the same time when and where...

Not So Neighborly

My wife and I have been blessed to have traveled extensively and find the behavior of people elsewhere to be much kinder than “out here.” France being the best. Don’t...

A Matter Of Laws

The owner had encouraged public use of this courtyard for 31 years, because that unhampered traffic created business for the stores he had rented. Now, to prevent public access, the...

The Animals Speak

There are myriad other species that are in decline due to human activities. Allowing domesticated feral cats to roam like vagrants, multiplying into millions in the United States, ignores how...

A Positive Future

We thank everyone who participated in this inclusive, civic process. We are now able to let the people of East Quogue vote as to whether or not to incorporate. We...

The Perfect Mentor

There can be no doubt that the title of the article, which Tim left open until receiving feedback from Terry, is entirely appropriate. Thanks to his extensive teaching experience at...

Leader Of The Pack

Over at the Whaling Museum last week, Alec Baldwin and Kevin McAllister spoke to “Living On The Edge in the Time of Climate Change.” Their talk was as if our...

The Race Card

Revising history, Mr. Brandt seems to have completely dismissed the Democratic Party for slavery in the 100-plus years prior. Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat credited for passing the Civil Rights...

Much To Learn

While Supervisor Jay Schneiderman claims he has not raised taxes, and will repeat it endlessly to get reelected, he really means he has kept the tax rate intact, but the...

Absolute Hypocrisy

As someone who politically identifies as a progressive, there often are occurrences where you have to hold those accountable who claim to be in the same fight as you are....

No Skin In The Game

What does “affordable housing” mean to you? I am sure there would be many different responses to that question from many different readers. With that said, there is no agreement...

Come Meet With Us

For four years now, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s constituents have been urging him to hold a town hall meeting where we could question him on some of his policy stands....

One Earth

Last April, the journal Science Advances published a paper calling for a “Global Deal for Nature.” Its unified objective: protect ecosystems to combat climate change and combat climate change to...

‘They’ Are Not ‘Us’

Is Michael Daly a preacher sidelining in real estate, or a real estate agent who sidelines as a preacher? Either way, to me, he reads like a smarmy, sanctimonious flack,...

Giving Thanks

Giving ThanksAs the 2019 East Quogue Hamlet Green Summer Concert Series Committee chairman, I would like to thank all of my East Quogue neighbors, their families, their friends and their...

The Real Threat

The Real ThreatAnthony Brandt is a pompous fool.The real prejudice to be gleaned from his “Out of Left Field “ column [“The Curse Upon This Country,” Opinion, August 15] is...

Who Has ‘Birthright’?

Who Has ‘Birthright’?As reported in the Southampton Press August 9, “The Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Jordan River and Tel Aviv are just some of the sights that can be...

A Few Inaccuracies

A Few InaccuraciesA Letter to the Editor in the August 15 issue by Anna Klebnikov Brinsmade [“Role Reversal”], which opposed village incorporation for East Quogue, contained some inaccuracies about how...

Lost Its Way

Lost Its WayThe Southampton Town Board’s decision to ban food trucks from visiting farms and wineries is wrong on many levels [“Southampton Town Board Rejects Food Trucks At Farm Stands,...

Big And Good

Dear POTUS:Think about something big and good (i.e., “Great”): Join George Washington and call for a 3rd Continental Congress — retain much of the 2nd Continental Congress (under which we...

This Battle-Ax Hurts The One Wielding It

What a great arrangement it had been. And it went on for so many years. Frankly, I’m amazed we were able to get away with it for so long. But...

Be Like Barb

As I crossed in the crosswalk this morning in Sag Harbor and was almost run over by a Jeep, I felt that I had to write this piece. You see,...

Many Thanks

On July 30, Jack D. Capone was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery. He was a well-loved community-oriented man whose many accomplishments were listed in his obituary last week....

The Real Nightmare

Ed Surgan writes to castigate “no fewer than three Democrats” for being too emotional in their views — and The Press for creating a “Progressive nightmare” by publishing their letters...

Wonderful Success

On behalf of Maureen’s Haven, I would like to thank the local businesses that so generously donated to Maureen’s Haven gala benefit on July 25. The event was a wonderful...

All Incorrect

We are writing to respond to the letter from Vicki Greenbaum [“Who’s Behind It?” Letters, August 1]. Ms. Greenbaum is incorrect in all her assertions. First, everyone who spoke at...

It Truly Takes A Village

This summer, I had the pleasure of enjoying my first full season as general manager of the Southampton Breakers for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League — but I couldn’t have...

Stop The Madness

Shame on us. Another week of gun massacres in America … 29 dead … scores injured …Nick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff, says neither Trump nor any politicians are to...

I’m Out

After reading U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s request for campaign funding, “The Radical Socialists Are Ready,” I have finally decided to withdraw any consideration of support for Lee or President Trump.Here’s...

Impressions, Post July 4

Pop! Crackle! Whiz!Mini fireworks still celebratingIndependence DayBlood orange full moon risesslowly against clear sapphire sky —Queen of the nightJade colored inlet — still asglass — two egrets poised totake flight...

You Can Do Better

Shame on you, Miss “I’m with the town,” for your indifference to the needs of the elderly and disabled at Nancy Atlas’s phenomenal show at Good Ground Park in Hampton...

My Turning Point

You may claim to being progressive/liberal, along with those who write letters to the editor, but you are not. Progressives/liberals espouse feelings and thoughts of “compassion, sensitivity, equality for all,...

A Surprise Fee

Has anyone else noticed the trend in Westhampton of charging 4 percent extra if you use a credit card? One business starting doing it earlier in the summer, then stopped...

Teaching The Grommets

Regarding surf camps [“Surf Camp Plan In Works,” July 25]:Every summer, I get the great pleasure of watching grommets (young surfers) drop into little waves with the low, wide stance...

Who’s Behind It?

On July 10, I was hand-delivered, at my home, a copy of a lawsuit—close to 3 inches thick—filed by members of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee. It named Supervisor...

Two Perspectives

Do you believe that climate change is beginning to impact our lives? Many people, businesses included, think so and are beginning to act on this belief; others continue to fail...

Common Denominator

As if on cue, The Southampton Press has taken the side of free breakfast for all of the Southampton Elementary School students [“Gold Stars and Dunce Caps,” Editorial, July 18]....

Bravery And Valor

On behalf of the members, employees and the Board of Directors of the La Ronde Beach Club, we would like to extend our overwhelming gratitude to Officer Mark Yakaboski of...

My Fellow Americans

The Op-Ed page in last week’s Press was a Progressive nightmare in print. No fewer than three Democrats who wrote in the Letters to the Editor on July 25 appear...

A Brighter Future

Election Day is November 5—less than 100 days from now. This is an important election year for local elected positions at the county and town level. Our county government is...

An Active Enemy

In the wake of the Robert Mueller testimony, President Trump will be hosted at a fundraiser in Southampton on August 9. It will be interesting to note who among us...

A Fine Writer

Enjoyed Phil Keith’s column [“A Crash Course In Hamptons Summer Culture,” Mostly Right, July 18]. His people observations are as keen as those in a John Updike novel.Ian CarsonHampton Bays

Wind Farm Hot Air

Honestly, when looking at the diagram of the two proposed wind farms off Long Island [“Ørsted Wins Bid From New York State For Large New Wind Farm Off Montauk,” 27east.com,...

A Form Of Cruelty

It is presumed that Lori Tutt was operating on a full stomach when she wrote her disgusting letter [“No Free Breakfast,” Letters, July 18] and simultaneously submitted it for publication...

Keep The Theater

CVS wants to replace the Hampton Bays movie theater with one of their mega drugstores [“Southampton Town Planning Board Takes Early Look At Proposal For CVS In Hampton Bays Movie...

No Free Breakfast

Southampton School District is at it again, pushing its progressive ideology on the students with the “free breakfast for all” program in the elementary school. Their latest antics include further...

Serious Business

I do not have much faith in the group of East Quogue residents and their attempt to incorporate the hamlet. Their initial petition was fraught with inaccuracies, despite legal counsel,...

Go For The Gold

How satisfying it was to listen in on the annual Sustainability Committee’s report to the Town Board! So much breadth and depth in the efforts on both sides. We are...

A Refreshing Read

It is with great hope and anticipation that I open The Press every week, hoping to see the work of my favorite contributor, Joanne Pateman. Amid all the political nonsense,...

A Wild Night!

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge celebrated its 13th annual Wild Night for Wildlife Gala on Saturday, July 13, and we are so grateful to so many individuals and businesses who helped...

A Prediction

Patriots don’t need to wrap themselves in the flag; they show it respect and dignity. Don the Con[fidence] Man wraps himself in the flag, kisses it, embraces it like it...

More Input Needed

At last Tuesday’s meeting of the North Sea Citizens Advisory Committee, Curtis Highsmith, executive director of the Southampton Housing Authority, which administers Section 8 housing, gave a presentation on affordable...

An Assessment

It’s time to assess Jay!1. Can you realistically sell your home for the assessed value that the town says it is worth?2. Does the town turn a blind eye to...

Excessive Noise

Dear Neighbor, It’s a very sad afternoon for us, as, at the last minute, we had to cancel a pool/lunch date at our home, due to the all-day deafening project...

Actions, Not Optics

Last week, Ed Surgan completely misconstrued my Letter to the Editor concerning Donald Trump [“In Good Hands,” Letters, July 11]. I said nothing about the optics of Trump posing with...

A Job Well Done

We call on Southampton Town’s elected officials to address many issues: water quality, coastal erosion, land use, affordable housing and many more. I think they’ve done a good job in...

What We Have Planned

I read with interest the article “Tupper Boathouse Work Goes Out To Bid For a Second Time” [Eastern Edition, July 11]. Southampton Town officials, by requesting an additional and acceptable...

Many Priorities

With all due congratulations to the new mayor-elect and best wishes for his, and our, success—now that Southampton Village is under his stewardship, it might be wise to alert him...

Taking Advantage

The votes cast in the 2019 Southampton Village general election included a meaningful number of votes cast as absentee ballots by residents of a nursing home located in the village.What...

Just Add Goose Steps

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Really? I’m not so sure about that—at least not in our national discourse. There, names can carry...

In Good Hands

In response to comments by Joseph Chiarello, Dick Sheehan and Stephen Ring [Letters, Western Edition, July 4], I submit my own view.You may quibble over the president’s claim that the...

Happy Memories

Ah, the memories evoked by Annette Hinkle’s piece on John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful [“Welcome Back, John Sebastian,” Arts & Living, June 27]! His comment on why he chose...

Many Thanks

We want to thank our generous friends and neighbors for supporting and attending “An Evening in Positano,” our Italian-themed event raising awareness and much-needed funding for East End Hospice and...

The Next Step

As the summer fishing season is in full swing, and anglers like me ply the waters off Long Island for striped bass, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo have...

Strong Action

I was glad to read of U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s support for legislation that would include young farmers in a program to forgive student loans. But to help all farmers...

The Magic Of Disney

This past Saturday, the Southampton Garden Club presented “Films of Enchantment: The Legacy of Walt Disney,” its first flower show in five years. The design and organization of such an...

Deeply Moved

What do the imposing, interloping themes of movies like “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Russians Are Coming,” and accompanying songs like “Compared to What,” “Shaddap You...

An Emergency

Each passing day of inaction brings us closer to the irreversible effects of runaway climate change. “We have a closing window of opportunity to act and narrowing options … One...

Yes And No

I truly enjoyed your Summer special issue of 27east magazine, and was particularly engaged by the question: Are you a local? In my case, the answer is: No. But I...

The Company He Keeps

At the G-20, President Trump played footsie with Vladimir Putin about meddling in our elections and joked about doing away with journalists. Also, Trump praised Mohammed bin Salman in spite...

Seeking Solutions

Lynn Manger and Pamela Michaelcheck are right: We should clarify village code [“We Need Clarity,” Letters, June 27]. I have volunteered considerable time pursuing just that, meeting with mayors, village...

A Pleasant 105-Mile Ride

People probably think it’s false vanity when I deflect their compliments and praise for having ridden my bike 105 miles in one day, from Manhattan to East Quogue, along with...

Not The Best

President Trump claims that he has the best economy ever. Just another one of Trump’s lies. Trump has the sixth best economy, based on GDP growth while in office: Kennedy,...

Slow Suicide

Our fruitless attempts to stay ahead of nature’s insects are actually killing us [“Beetlemania Is Coming,” Hampton Gardener, Residence, June 6]. These chemical applications, like Roundup, are wiping out the...

An Informed Decision

Peter Sartorius, the mayor of Quogue, announced at the Village Board meeting on Friday, June 21, that the board had unanimously voted against the Save the Dunes and Beaches proposal...

Heartfelt Thanks

The Memorial Day ceremony was held this year in the Village of Westhampton Beach to dedicate a beautiful new military park honoring the men and women from our communities who...

Cancel The Show

Folks, it’s time to cancel the “Jay the Virgin Show.” Or do you really want to continue to suspend disbelief and accept, as in one of the latest episodes, that...

We Need Clarity

In a recent letter, Rob Coburn, a member of the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, attempts to parse scale from size [“It’s About The Code,” Letters,...

Flatly Wrong

This letter is in response to Rob Coburn, member of the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, indirectly justifying his vote, with a slim majority, to approve...

Wonders Of The Air

Thank goodness for the helicopters and seaplanes! I live on the North Fork, where everyday life is relatively quiet. Thankfully, during the summer months, especially on weekends, I am treated...

Looking Forward

We would like to thank the residents of Southampton Village for choosing us to serve as trustees. We appreciate all those who helped and supported us during our campaign. Southampton...

Helicopter Hell

I recently called the Southampton Town tax assessor’s office to discuss the ever-increasing appraisal of our property. We are in the path of the eastbound helicopter route, which has increased...

Fighting Words With Historic Significance

President Donald Trump has accused The New York Times of treason, a term generally defined as a criminal attempt to overthrow the government. Traitors have been liable for punishment by...

See The Difference

They say, “If you wait long enough, the ‘truth’ will emerge.” What they don’t say is who will be chosen to be the messenger. So it was with great surprise...

A Terrible Loss

I am a resident of East Quogue and a frequenter of the Regal Movie Theater in Hampton Bays. My husband, daughter, granddaughter and I regularly enjoy movies at the theater....

The Simple Facts

When our trustees learn and understand the following simple facts, we will have the Southampton Village government we deserve:1. The village zoning code does not confer any rights on developers....

A Great Experience

I am writing this on Monday, the day before the Sag Harbor Village elections. I want to start by thanking you for your endorsement of myself, as well as that...

Vote Local

On the eastern end of Long Island, many treasured, historic villages face challenging growing pains. Solutions are not easy, nor are they quick. Only someone with a longstanding connection to...

Continue To Fight

As the petitioners for the election for the potential incorporation of East Quogue, we are dismayed by the decision by the Southampton Town supervisor, who denied our petition for an...

At Last!

Rain-soaked earth,drenched to capacity—Golden sunrise, anticipatingFather’s Day—Soothing wind rustles throughthe trees—A soothing soundin itself.For a brief moment, one forgetsthe world’s turmoil—Because the emerald greeninlet exudes tranquility.The pair of swans leisurely...

Don’t Deserve A Raise

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced that she wants congressional members to get salary increases.In my opinion, her recommendation has no merit when you consider how little our legislatures have...

Stand In Solidarity

The membership of the Marilyn Buck Solidarity Organization would like to submit a Letter to the Editor in full support of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s sovereignty and right to build...

A Win-Win

I just read with great enthusiasm that our town supervisor, Jay Schneiderman, has proposed a land swap to save our beautiful Tuckahoe Woods Preserve [“Board Floats Land Swap,” News, Eastern...

A Dire Need

Who does the Town of Southampton answer to if not to the residents of the town, their constituents? The town is now in ownership of Bel-Air Cove, which it purchased...

You’ll Be Missed

With all the activity going on in Southampton Village right now, let us not forget the trustees who served on the Village Board and are about to voluntarily vacate their...

It’s About The Code

Thank you to The Southampton Press for hosting the candidates’ forum on Friday, June 7 [“Southampton Village Candidates Debate Top Issues On Friday,” 27east.com, June 11]. The evening was very...

A New Home

It’s been 10 years in the making, and now Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance (SVVA) is finally getting the much-needed new headquarters. Fifteen years ago, the SVVA operated two ambulances with...

Work Very Hard

In just under two years, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving has hit the ground running and vastly improved our quality of life and the environment. We are the first village...

Making Democracy Work

Now that the New York State Court of Appeals has issued an order finally denying the appeal of Eileen Duffy in the case of Lynch v. Duffy, I can speak...

Honor To Serve

On June 25, Independence Party voters will have the opportunity to cast a vote in a primary for the office of receiver of taxes. I am writing today as the...

You Have An Ally

It’s encouraging to see young people rally in support of actions to reverse the looming dangers of climate change [“Kids Lead ‘Earth Uprising,’ Eastern Edition, May 30]. Kudos, too, should...

Man With A Plan

What showed up at the Friday night “conversation” among the candidates for mayor and for trustee of Southampton Village, moderated by Joe Shaw, executive editor of The Southampton Press, was...

To Learn And Listen

Thank you, Joe Shaw and The Southampton Press, for hosting a really great candidates’ roundtable debate on Friday. Thanks also to everyone who participated, those running for office and the...

Job Well Done

Although I don’t live in Southampton Village, I support and shop in the village on a daily basis. I’ve connected with store owners throughout the years, getting to know these...

Finding A Balance Between Commodity And Community

I am waiting for the blow, braced for the inevitable. Every morning, as I pass by, I check out the shingled four-square with the real estate sale sign out in...

Show Of Support

On Saturday, June 1, the Parrish Art Museum received a meaningful and heartening endorsement from our community. By an 80 percent margin, voters approved the annual proposition for funding for...

Many Thanks

The Hampton Bays Beautification Association held the 34th annual Garden Party and Famous Chinese Auction at Oakland’s Restaurant in Hampton Bays on Saturday, June 1. A very special thanks to...

Time To Act

Many times, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman slips out of his office and climbs to the top of the Town Hall cupola on Hampton Road. He is seen gazing toward the west....

Blocked From Ballot

Once again, thanks to my own party, an election was decided in the courtroom instead of the voting booth. To keep me off the ballot, other candidates spent money, a...

For The Earth

Friday, May 24—the day before Memorial Day weekend—was one of the busiest Fridays of the year on the East End. In fact, so busy that our whole Southampton Town Board...

Been There, Done That

In 1988, the Flanders-Riverside-Northampton section of Southampton Town became the Incorporated Village of Pine Valley. The proponents for an incorporated village wanted to “control their own destiny.” After two years,...

Just Saying Thanks

I would like to thank all those who supported me in the recent Southampton School District Board of Education election. I intend to listen to everyone in the school district...

Deserves A New Term

Michael Irving deserves to be elected to a second term as mayor of the Village of Southampton. His dedication, hard work and many accomplishments during his first two years in...

Is There Any Hope?

Do you really think that the members of our Southampton Village government know the laws (federal, state and local) which are meant to inform their decisions? Think again. Here’s what...

Need An Outside Look

Need An Outside LookThe latest hearing in Quogue [“Quogue Holds Final Public Hearing On Erosion Control Taxing District On Saturday,” 27east.com, May 29] makes clear there is a need for...

Leader Of The World

Another mass murder in the USA, this time in Virginia Beach. The USA is the leader of the world in domestic gun violence. I am so very ashamed of our...

A Chance To Give Back

Southampton Village has been an essential part of my life. I was born and raised in the village. I attended Southampton public schools, and I am raising my family and...

It Was Historical

The Southampton Press’s recent story on the Nathaniel Rogers House preservation effort [“Nathaniel Rogers House Faces Another Financial Setback In A Nearly Decade-Long Renovation,” 27east.com, May 14] and subsequent editorial...

Long, Slow, Expensive–And Worth It

A recent editorial in The Press titled “The Money Pit” [May 30] contained serious inaccuracies that misrepresented the status of the preservation and restoration of the Nathaniel Rogers House. Located...

Picking And Choosing

“The town is appalled by what is going on. I mean, we are outraged. They will completely change the character of our community we have fought long to protect,” said...

Went Too Far

As a former employee and a radio professional, I’ve been a fan of WLNG for a number of years. The connection it had with the community has been a special...

Hardly An ‘Eyesore’

I have been reading about the so-called “battle” over the Shinnecock Nation’s construction of two large billboards on Sunrise Highway. Today, I went to look at the south billboard, and...

Monitoring Needed

I write this letter the day before the Town Board is scheduled to address a resolution on groundwater monitoring for Sebonack Golf Club. I appreciate that Town Board members are...

Tipping Point

As a concerned resident of Little Fresh Pond Road, I have been watching the struggle by homeowners here in a fight against a huge commercial development on Little Fresh Pond—a...

God Bless Ebby

In remembrance of Maurice’s father, Edward “Ebby” Corrigan Sr. [“Missed Beyond Words,” Letters, May 9; “Edward Corrigan Put His Family And Community Before Himself For 89 Years,” Obituary, 27east.com, April...

Beyond Money

Not that anyone has asked me, but I think that the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s billboards on Sunrise Highway are more than a way to make money for some and irritate...

A Lesson Learned

The decision has been made to pull the plug on the Southampton Town Trustee constituent-funded direct tax line [“Thiele Withdraws Bill To Create Southampton Trustees Tax Line,” 27east.com, May 17]....

Recognize Their Worth

Recognize Their WorthWe need to make a deep acknowledgment of not only the incalculable worth of the Shinnecock Indian Nation to us here on Eastern Long Island, and to the...

Work Together

As someone who was in one of the first cars to travel on the new Montauk Highway/27A in the early 1970s, I am saddened that some of our Native American...

Show Of Support

Show Of SupportThe recent media coverage by The Press regarding the Shinnecock Nation’s economic self-determination projects have not gone unnoticed by other Native American communities in and around New York...

Make A Statement

Make A StatementMillions of people around the globe, in more than 122 countries, went on strike for the climate on May 24. The grassroots group Drawdown East End, a member...

Well Worth It

Well Worth ItI received a mailer from the East Quogue Civic Association, which, like usual, is full of misinformation. The proposed village is not interested in recreating the wheel. They...

Outpouring Of Love

Outpouring Of LoveIt will be one year since Father’s Day, 2018, when my husband, the Reverend Marvin Dozier, took his last breath, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, close relatives...

A New Era

A New EraIt is my firm belief that we need to support our Shinnecock neighbors and welcome them into the 21st century as partners. The monuments they are building on...

The Cost Of H2-B

The Cost Of H2-BHow is the quality of life being compromised in our beautiful community by the missing seasonal laborers? All seasonal small businesses will increase their prices to offset...

A Fire Hazard

A Fire HazardWhen will Southampton Town address the alarming state of the forest in Hubbard Park and on Red Creek Road in Hampton Bays and surrounding streets? Over the past...

Let’s Find Another Way

Let’s Find Another WayLocal community members and organizations are quite concerned regarding the Shinnecock Nation’s electronic billboard project underway on Sunrise Highway. We understand the Shinnecock Nation’s desire to seek...

A Matter Of PR

A Matter Of PR Robert Mueller found no conspiracy but plenty of collusion: more than 600 unexplained, unreported contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians throughout 2016, the year...

Only The Truth

Only The TruthWhere are we, America? Our president has lied to us over 10,000 times. We must all stop and look at the facts—yes, facts. In the infamous words of...

Stick To Facts

Stick To FactsPeople of East Quogue, you may have received a mailer from the East Quogue Civic Association that does not support the incorporation of our hamlet. As per the...

Time For Change

Time For ChangeI fully endorse Charles Styler for Southampton School Board. It is time for a change.As a North Sea resident for over 50 years, Charlie knows the people, the...

Who Should Pay?

Who Should Pay?Is the newly proposed Quogue tax district in the best interest of all Quogue Village residents?The goal should be to preserve and protect the Quogue beach, an invaluable...

Following The Rules

Following The RulesWhen I was a young man, I did not belong to any political party. I wanted to vote for the best candidate, regardless of their political affiliation …...

Heard My Point

Heard My PointAt the Town Board meeting on Tuesday, April 30, I addressed the Town Board during the public comment section. Although the supervisor and the three Democratic Town Council...

Choose Wisely

Choose WiselyGeorge Orwell called it “Newspeak”: Encouraging participation in the democratic process actually undermines it in Bridget Fleming’s America … In the realm of “you cannot make this stuff up,”...

Heartbreaking Task

Heartbreaking TaskI just finished a local author’s outstanding book that I could not put down.George M. Motz has just published an extremely well-written book about his military service during the...

Generous Donations

Generous DonationsOn behalf of the Ana Castro Memorial Scholarship Committee, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations: Whitmores Inc., Kevin Maple Salon, Sugarfina,...

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