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Sep 13, 2016 3:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor Discusses Raising Dune Road, CPF Referendum During Quogue Visit

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman talks to residents of Quogue Village. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Sep 13, 2016 4:31 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman visited Quogue Village Hall on Sunday to offer residents updates on several local issues, including the status of funding to raise Dune Road and the importance of the Community Preservation Fund referendum that will appear on the November ballot.

Ideally, Mr. Schneiderman explained, both the town and village would be ready to raise the nearly seven-mile stretch of Dune Road that runs from the village’s western border east to Hampton Bays—work that is expected to cost about $7 million. Thus far, the town has set aside $1.2 million for the work while Quogue has earmarked $2 million for the raising, according to Mr. Schneiderman and Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius.

“It costs $7 million to lift the road two feet,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “The problem is the $7 million. That’s a lot of money.

“I’m trying to come up with money without burdening the taxpayers,” he added.

The supervisor explained that recent attempts to secure a $3 million state grant were unsuccessful after Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor argued against the idea of using the money for that project. Additionally, Mr. Schneiderman said, the town’s efforts to get the road raising included as part of the federal Fire Island to Montauk Point plan also came up short, as that funding can be spent only on beach nourishment projects.

“The good news,” Mr. Schneiderman said, “is that we got a bigger beach. The bad news is that Dune Road is still not elevated.”

Mr. Sartorius noted that the Army Corps of Engineers will host a public hearing on the Fire Island to Montauk Point plan at Stony Brook Southampton on Tuesday, September 27, at 6 p.m. “This does affect Quogue,” the mayor added, urging village residents to attend.

During the supervisor’s informal speech, organized by the Quogue Association, he also urged the estimated 100 attendees to support the referendum on November’s ballot that, if approved, will allow the town to spend up to 20 percent of the CPF’s revenues to improve water quality. That work could include providing incentives to homeowners who live near the water to upgrade their antiquated cesspools.

Presently, the CPF is primarily used to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive properties.

“We thought years ago [that] by reducing all the potential development we were going to help our waterways,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “It probably has, but there is still enough development that it’s affected our water.

“I think its a great idea,” he continued, referring to the referendum. “I highly support it. We did everything on the Town Board to get that on the ballot.”

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