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Oct 21, 2011 1:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Lawmakers Break Ground On Bridgehampton Sidewalk Project

Oct 26, 2011 10:40 AM

A group of lawmakers gathered in Bridgehampton on Thursday afternoon, October 20, to celebrate the ground-breaking of a sidewalk project along the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, an effort to make the roadway safer for pedestrians.

A group of about 25 people huddled at the edge of the shoulder of the road as cars zoomed by, precariously close—a sign in itself that the sidewalks were badly needed along the road. The project will cost about $1 million, according to Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman. Southampton Town is kicking in $100,000 toward the project.

“Today is an important day for the community,” Mr. Schneiderman said as workers shoveled dirt in the background. “It really is a celebration, in a way.”

The legislator was flanked by most of the Southampton Town Board and members of the Bridgehampton community, including Bonnie Cannon, executive director of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. “I’m just 
ecstatic. Now we have a sidewalk,” Ms. Cannon said.

Town Councilwoman Nancy Graboski lead the effort at the town level. She shook Mr. Schneiderman’s hand and said, “Thank you very, very much,” and noted that her one criticism was that the project had taken so long to get rolling. “The wheels of government move slowly,” she said.

Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi, Councilwoman Bridget Fleming and Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst offered words of gratitude and thanked the community. Mr. Nuzzi said the effort to get sidewalks was a “grass-roots one.” Officials thanked Bridgehampton resident Julie Hopson, who galvanized the community and helped organize a 500-signature petition, said Mr. Schneiderman.

“It was the community that spearheaded this and pushed the legislators for moving this along,” Mr. Nuzzi said.

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long overdue
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Oct 21, 11 6:36 PM
long overdue, apparently you do not see the sidewalk that was built about 30 years ago for the residents of the Turnpike area. admittedly the sidewalk was constructed crudely... asphalt spread over the path on the west side of the road. What amazed me when I rode on the Turnpike andter school let out the number of people still walking in the road. I do see that the population is changing out there so maybe this new sidewalk will be used.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 22, 11 12:36 PM
Oh no, government spending money to create jobs and improve lives! Quick, taepartiers, don't miss an opportunity to post your typical b s
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Oct 21, 11 6:49 PM
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Absolutely! Lets spend, spend, spend our way to prosperity!

Your grasp of economics is awe inspiring.

By the way, who's the unionized public "educator" we can thank for your spelling and punctuation prowess?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Oct 21, 11 7:03 PM
Right on cue!
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Oct 21, 11 7:08 PM
Your position is that taxing $1,000,000 out of the private sector, and spending it in through government projects is an excellent and efficient way to create jobs. Right in line with the brilliant economic management Obama has brought to the table.

I'm surprised you've chosen a straight jacket as your avatar. Given where you work, I would have thought you'd be more sensitive to the mentally ill.

By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Oct 21, 11 8:35 PM
You have to forgive reality last, Hazel, he has a hard time swallowing truth with that tea bag lodged in his throat
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 21, 11 7:10 PM
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The best part about leftists like peoplefirst putting their intellectual cards on the table, is that your true nature of these vile, spoiled, overgrown children is on display for all to see.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Oct 21, 11 8:38 PM
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Oct 21, 11 8:38 PM
Sounds like he hit a nerve, eh reality last! I am still laughing!
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Oct 22, 11 9:21 AM
A million dollars for sidewalks? How long is this sidewalk?
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Oct 22, 11 10:24 AM
see my first post up there. You say they are spending a million dollars for this one? Wow I do not think the town fathers 30 years ago spent that much for the asphalt path. :)
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 22, 11 12:39 PM
Interesting photo...before reading the article I assumed a taxpayer must have dropped a quarter on the ground
By Wagoneer (28), Southampton on Oct 22, 11 2:50 PM