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Dec 30, 2010 12:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Road 39 Named For Edwin "Buzz" Schwenk; Town Takes Ownership Of North Sea And Noyac Roads

Dec 30, 2010 12:38 PM

The Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday unanimously agreed to name County Road 39 in Southampton for Edwin M. “Buzz” Schwenk, a Southampton resident who was active in Republican politics and instrumental in the creation of the Community Preservation Fund and the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act. The resolution was sponsored by Legislator Jay Schneiderman of Montauk, who represents the South Fork.

At the same meeting, the legislature transferred ownership of North Sea and Noyac roads to Southampton Town, which will take over maintenance of the roadways. The two roads were formally known as County Road 38 and were maintained by the county.

The transfer, which came at no cost to the town, is designed to allow the town to seek state and federal funding to maintain the roads, according to a copy of the resolution. It passed with unanimous support.

The town had previously agreed to take over care of the road.

The section of roadway begins approximately 500 feet north of Millstone Brook Road in Southampton and ends at the western boundary of Sag Harbor Village.

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I'm missing something, right? The county used to maintain the road - it's been in good shape. Now the town will have to plow, pave, etc. - this is a benefit...how? Oh, the town MAY be able to seek funds for maintenance.

Sounds like another money pit; the town always floats bonds for road maintenance. Another great job by our town board to save us money. Sheesh.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Dec 22, 10 10:44 PM
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another bad idea....maybe that's why they re-named after a politico?
By uncleronk (136), southold on Dec 23, 10 9:24 AM
If you never knew "Buzz" personally, please don't call him a "politico".

Maybe he made a couple mistakes in his younger days, and he did pay for them. However, he was the nicest guy you could ever run into. It's said that "The true measure of a man, is how he treats a person from whom he has nothing to gain.".

Well, Buzz indeed was a man of measure.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 23, 10 1:22 PM
oh...Uncle Ronk, don't be such a schwenk!
By CC Barbie (7), Westhampton Beach on Dec 23, 10 1:32 PM
Who cares except the company with the contract to make new signs? (Maybe his friends and family could pay as a memorial.)
What don't the Suffolk County legislators understand about unecessary spending? People will still just call it 'The Highway' anyway.
By consciencepoint (16), Southampton on Dec 26, 10 8:33 AM
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