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Feb 21, 2012 11:11 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Around East Hampton Town Hall: Illegal Overcrowding Still An Issue, Springs Residents Say

Feb 21, 2012 4:19 PM

One photograph wasn’t enough to capture the illegal number of cars parked at a Springs home at the corner of Copeces Lane and Springs-Fireplace Road, Springs resident Carol Buda told the East Hampton Town Board on Thursday.

“I have to take four photographs to get all 10 cars in the picture,” she said, showing a collage of photos depicting cars on the property on the morning of February 12. “You can’t see all the cars in one picture.”

Ms. Buda, along with her husband David Buda, urged the board last week to take new approaches in resolving illegal overcrowding of homes in their neighborhood.

The town’s Ordinance Enforcement Department has made some progress, but “much, much more” needs to be done to address the issue of illegal, overcrowded rentals, said Mr. Buda, the founding member of The Springs Concerned Citizens group. They repeated their charge that overcrowding directly affects the Springs School District’s enrollment and school taxes, although school officials have denied that in the past, as well as property values of homes in the neighborhood.

Mr. Buda recommended a number of measures to buttress current Code Enforcement initiatives, including dedicating a work session at which Public Safety Administrator Patrick Gunn and Code Enforcement Director Betsy Bambrick are on hand to field public concerns; disseminating a weekly list of new cases the code enforcement department has filed in the Town Justice Court; strengthening current ordinances so voluntary inspections and judicial warrants are more easily attainable and adopting a “rental registration” law that could more easily facilitate a house inspection by a Code Enforcement officer.

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Councilwoman Theresa Quigley said last week that the board has aggressively addressed the issue. “I don’t think that’s fair,” Mr. Wilkinson said about claims that the town has been unresponsive to concerns. Councilwoman Sylvia Overby said she would be interested in holding a housing summit.

Party Line Divide

A number of measures failed along party lines last week, bringing to the forefront a simmering political tension between members of the Town Board’s Republican majority and Democratic minority.

With Councilman Dominick Stanzione’s absence on Thursday, only four board members— Republicans Mr. Wilkinson and Ms. Quigley and Democrats Peter Van Scoyoc and Ms. Overby—were present to vote on resolutions. The result was a stalemate on four resolutions: a local law on home improvement contractors; a code amendment that would lengthen the building permit renewal period from every six months to every three years; a request to waive building permit extension fees for a property owner and a request for proposals (RFP) to renovate the old Town Hall building in light of a bid to sell the town-owned 300 Pantigo Place building and relocate town employees.

Ms. Overby said she voted against lengthening the building permit renewal period because it would mean a loss of town revenue to the tune of about $27,000, she said.

Although the resolutions failed, they can be brought forward again at another Town Board meeting when Mr. Stanzione is present.

Regional Transportation 

Following a request by New York State legislators, the Town Board approved two resolutions that would create a Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Council and a Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Authority.

The two groups would essentially lay the framework for a regional transportation system that would encompass all five East End towns and the villages within them, according to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.. East Hampton Town is one of the first, if the not the first, municipalities to approve the requests, said Mr. Thiele, who is sponsoring both laws in the State Assembly. New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is sponsoring both laws in the State Senate.

A Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Authority would be a public authority on the East End that would replace the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which currently operates the Long Island Rail Road. But creating such a group may not be necessary to developing a viable public transit plan on the East End, Mr. Thiele said. Recently, the MTA approved $37 million in capital funding toward the transportation initiative to buy small, cost-effective diesel trains that would run along LIRR lines, he said. The focus has shifted to creating a Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Council, an 18-member group that would serve as a “voice for the East End” by working with stakeholders and members of all levels of government toward developing and implementing a public transportation plan with the MTA and LIRR.

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2003 N.J. LEXIS 1671,*;178 N.J. 257;
838 A.2d 462


D-64 September Term 2003


178 N.J. 257; 838 A.2d 462; 2003 N.J. LEXIS 1671

December 23, 2003, Decided

December 26, 2003, Filed



[*1] DAVID N. BUDA of FORT LEE, who was admitted to the bar of this State in 1981, having tendered his consent ...more
By whoisthis (2), east hampton on Feb 25, 12 12:56 AM
Is this David Buda described in the item above related to Carol Buda? And is this the same David Buda that is talking about what is legal and illegal in East Hampton? Is this also the same person who plans to lecture the Town's code enforcement staff and local justices on how to do their jobs? If it is, wow, what nerve. If true, now I understand why Mr. Buda isn't suing the town for not doing its job and representing himself as an attorney, he can't.

What does one have to do to "be ...more
By hellothere (10), springs on Feb 25, 12 8:26 PM
Hey "whoisthis" and "hellothere," what have you accomplished in your lives? I am proud of everything I have achieved over the course of a long professional career and evertything I am currrently doing, and trying to do, to make the Town of East Hampton and The Springs a better place to live. On the other hand, obviously, you have something to hide: your names. Some of my credentials: Syosset H.S., Class President; Cornell Univ., B.A; Columbia Univ. M.A.; Rutgers Law School, J.D., with Honors ...more
By davbud (127), east hampton on Feb 25, 12 11:55 PM
However, I am not proud of the two typo's in the above post. Mea culpa. David Buda
By davbud (127), east hampton on Feb 26, 12 12:01 AM
I guess my question has been answered about if this is the same guy. I was just asking. And I really understand you have to do little to get in trouble, but to lose you profession forever. Anyway I guess whoever found that info about Mr. B was correct in posting it. No need Mr. B to list you background, degrees, etc. Richard Nixon was Vice President and President of the United States -- that is impressive on a resume too.
By hellothere (10), springs on Feb 26, 12 12:22 PM
From Internet website "DISCIPLINARY SUMMARIES"

Admitted: 1981; Fort Lee (Bergen County)
Disbarment by Consent - Unreported (2003)
Decided: December 23, 2003
Michael J. Sweeney for Attorney Ethics
Gale B. Weinberg for Respondent
The Supreme Court of New Jersey accepted the disbarment by consent of an attorney who admitted that he could not successfully defend pending disciplinary charges alleging the knowing misappropriation ...more
By whoisthis (2), east hampton on Feb 26, 12 6:02 PM
Yeah - so "whoisthis" ad "hellothere" are the same person, and undoubtedly one of the Springs slumlords that want to keep raking in the dough at the expense of full time, family property owners (not to mention the safety of first responders). Big surprise.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Feb 26, 12 9:27 PM
WRONG! Never rented, leased or loaned a room, a house, a trailer or an apartment in my life. Just curious about those I read about in the papers, as everyone should be. Isn't it important that those who criticize the hard work of dedicated and honest town employees be vetted?
By hellothere (10), springs on Feb 27, 12 7:27 PM
You sound a tad more than "just curious"! The situation in Springs is beyond belief and the Town isn't taking the proactive steps necessary to stem it. Why is Southampton Town seemingly capable of going in and shutting down such firetraps yet EH isn't? Clue: it has nothing to do with staffing levels.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Feb 27, 12 8:49 PM
If you are a legal citizen your child is a minority to children brought into this country illegally.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Feb 27, 12 10:32 PM
Finding that I have not suddenly been struck down by lightning leads me to the inevitable conclusion that perhaps I was meant to continue on the worthy path I have chosen to help lead "The Springs Concerned Citizens," a/k/a the "Unoccupy The Springs” movement. For your information, attorney trust account regulations are inflexible and regardless of the de minimis amount involved, and the absence of any monetary loss, harm or inconvenience to any client, even a single fully resolved past error ...more
By davbud (127), east hampton on Feb 28, 12 9:40 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By blanketsmama (6), Springs on Feb 28, 12 10:28 AM
It was MALICIOUS, UNKIND, and UNNECESSARY to post that 2003 information about Mr. Buda. We do not know the facts, nor are they our business, nor does Mr. Buda put himself forward as an attorney.

I, for one, am very grateful to Mr. Buda for the enormous effort he is making on behalf of our quality of life in Springs.

(Thank you, Mr. Buda.)
By HogCreek (7), East Hampton on Feb 28, 12 5:30 PM
The oldest sins, cast the longest shadows...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 28, 12 9:48 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By Dr. Yes, Southampton on Mar 1, 12 12:24 PM
I suggest you all watch the film TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, then go to the Town website and watch last Thursday's (March 1) Town Board meeting. For a minute I was expecting Gregory Peck to take the podium to defend those who were accused of creating a pandemic -- a pandemic of what? Too many immigrants? Overcrowding? Too big a families living together? Someone actually said she saw some ONE being picked up in front of their house to presumably go to work and that should be reported to the police! ...more
By hellothere (10), springs on Mar 3, 12 1:54 PM