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Police deficit the result of town officials' mismanagement, report says

Turkey Bridge has the chronology and the facts right on this." Jul 18, 09 6:25 PM

Independence Party endorsements cause rift

I checked out the NY Independence Party website to ascertain under what principals they operate. I found this:

"To create a political party committed to the highest standards of quality in every aspect of the party -- representation, organization, campaigning, elections, fund raising, and participation"

So, a guess there higher standard is -- to hell with what the local Independent organization wants. I, the great Frank Mackay, will call the shots. A modern day wizard of Oz, or Boss Tweed." Jul 24, 09 10:05 AM

Empire and hospitals take negotiations to the wire; no deal in sight

Recently, Wendell Potter, a former CIGNA VP was on Bill moyer's Journal. He pretty much summed up all of this in a nut shell.

BILL MOYERS: You told Congress that the industry has hijacked our health care system and turned it into a giant ATM for Wall Street. You said, "I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick, all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors." How do they satisfy their Wall Street investors?

WENDELL POTTER: Well, there's a measure of profitability that investors look to, and it's called a medical loss ratio. And it's unique to the health insurance industry. And by medical loss ratio, I mean that it's a measure that tells investors or anyone else how much of a premium dollar is used by the insurance company to actually pay medical claims. And that has been shrinking, over the years, since the industry's been dominated by, or become dominated by for-profit insurance companies. Back in the early '90s, or back during the time that the Clinton plan was being debated, 95 cents out of every dollar was sent, you know, on average was used by the insurance companies to pay claims. Last year, it was down to just slightly above 80 percent.

So, 20% of our premiums go to profit, marketing, administration and other nonpatient care activities. This is what Emire Blue Cross is about, too." Jul 29, 09 11:20 AM

Congressman defends calls for health care reform

I agree with Bob Whyte.

I spent 32 years in healthcare and the current system is broken and unsustainable. How can we tolerate the fact that we spend about $6000 per capita more on healthcare yet rank so low on health measures like mortality rates, infant death rates and other measures.

There is a lot of intentional misleading propaganda coming from the right wing about these bills (of which now there are 4 with another pending, these have to be reconciled in a jount committee of house and senate). Some things never change, they said the same thing 45 years ago when Medicare was enacted. " Aug 1, 09 9:15 AM

Challenger fires the first salvo in supervisor race

Anna is the one to lead us out of this mess. From the day she entered town hall (as a rookie member) she was on to the financial problems created and hidden by Republican administrations. Good luck to ATH, Sally and Bridget " Aug 5, 09 9:47 PM

Bishop engages outspoken opponents of healthcare reform

If anyone wants a true analysis of the bill they can read the Kaiser Family Foundation's side by side comarison of the 4 bills. I'm not sure that Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh would want you to get unbiased information. Try it just once time though." Aug 19, 09 7:26 PM

If anyone wants a true analysis of the bill they can read the Kaiser Family Foundation's side by side comarison of the 4 bills. I'm not sure that Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh would want you to get unbiased information. Try it just one time though." Aug 19, 09 7:26 PM

Kabot won't appeal to Board of Elections

Integrity Party Guy let me ask you a question. How thorough was this year's screening proecess by the IP to endorse candidates? And, if there was no process involved, aren't you just interested in throwing Kabot a few votes.

OK. that was my question, here is my statement: If the Integrity Party is a real party, then I'm the centerfielder for the New York Yankees." Aug 31, 09 1:08 PM

Golfbuddy. I'm jealous, can't golf anymore because of arthritis. Anyway, the pro-Bishop, pro-healthcare reform event at Tim Bishop's Southampton Office was called as a press conference, not a debate, not a rally. a press conference. We habded out press kits to the press.

Please advise me when or where a press conference was held where the organizer's of the press conference allowed an opponent to invade their press conference and let them speak. Did George bush let the Nancy Pelosi speak at his press conferences. No. It isn't done." Aug 31, 09 1:35 PM

Golfbuddy. Did you read the article in Hamptons. com. Some of her story was taken from the press package that was handed out. Every local git a notice about the press conference at Tim Bishop's office. I'll say it again. Name me a press conference where the entity or organization calling the press conference deferred to an opponentand let them speak. It doesn't happen.

Integrity Party Guy: If you have so much integrity, then submit candidate petitions with signatures with a little...umm... Integrity.

" Aug 31, 09 11:01 PM

Health care reform march held in Sag Harbor

NYS hospitals incur $2 billion a year in uncompensated care. (Stat from the Health Association of NY -- HANYS). New York hospitals, to keep open, receive $857 million a year from the Bad Debt and Charity Care pool. Read the Berger Commission report. Excutive summary -- "New York Health Care system is broken and needs fundamental reform." " Sep 8, 09 10:08 AM

Southampton Town department heads try to dodge layoffs

Golfbuddy, here is what LK thought back in February'08

"Though she is open to the suggestion, Ms. Kabot said the Town Board would have to approve a resolution before hiring a firm to conduct a forensic audit. At this point, the supervisor said it was a little premature to speculate as to whether or not a more intensive review of past budgets was warranted.

“I applaud Anna’s leadership, but ‘forensic’ is a legal term, and I don’t know right now if such an audit is necessary,” Ms. Kabot said. She added that she would call for such an in-depth review “if we need to.”

This occurred after Anna Throne-Holst was in office for about 6 weeks. Anna had a better sense of the town's finances after one month in office than Linda Kabot did after 13 years in government. " Sep 22, 09 10:21 AM

Golfbuddy -- some day we'll have to play a round of golf and discuss political philosophy at the 19th hole.

Anyway, to answer your question -- these quotes are from the Southampton Press and reported from a townboard meeting, can't say if it was a work session or public meeting.

" Sep 23, 09 10:44 AM

Golfbuddy -- some day we'll have to play a round of golf and discuss political philosophy at the 19th hole.

Anyway, to answer your question -- these quotes are from the Southampton Press and reported from a townboard meeting, can't say if it was a work session or public meeting.

" Sep 23, 09 10:47 AM

Stinchi steps aside, Wruck takes reins of town GOP

Good luck, Marcus, a worthy opponernt" Sep 23, 09 10:54 AM

Eastport resident says McGann campaign illegally stuffed mailbox

Mr. McGann is losing all credibility. Seems like an OK guy who is just in over his head. Where's the leadership of the Republican PArty on this?" Sep 23, 09 10:58 AM

Town housing officials walk out of civics meeting in East Quogue

Agree with dagdavid, fcmcmann, tuffy, jessica713, yearrounder. It's good to hear from caring people like you. You'd think we're were building high rise apts for christmas sake. These units are not outside community norms. " Oct 1, 09 11:46 AM

Linda Kabot's DWI case expected to be moved to Riverhead Town Court

Integrity guy. Anybody who thinks ATH is owned, controlled, or owes anybody anything -- they are sadly mistaken, by a long shot." Oct 1, 09 11:53 AM

Empire and Alliance resume attacks as hospitals remain without contract

Interesting discussion. Back to the immediate issue at hand, though. One of the difficult aspects of hospital/insurance company negotiations is that hospital costs are poorly understood, even by the hospital. To the extent that hospitals understand their costs, they do through a process known as "cost finding." Each year hospitals file a cost report to the state and to Blue Cross (or someone acting as a Medicare intermediary) which details their costs. That is fine as far as it goes, but cost finding is not the same as cost accounting which allows you to drill down to further understand your costs. The implicit assumption made by Empire and other insurers is that hospitals can manage their costs better (which they probably can). However, the absence of a true cost accounting system diminishes the ability to make cost comparisons that can lead to insights about cost containment. At least my view. Having said that, though, health insurance companies suck." Oct 23, 09 11:46 AM

Throne-Holst proposes 13-point plan to reduce town spending

This is a very complete, thorough and well thought out plan. It provides a crying need for this town: an organizational plan to support an organization.

Regarding the budgeting process, it calls for a zero-based/no sacred cow approach, i.e., justify every dollar that is spent, across the board. It asks the questions, are your goals and objectives critical, and if yes, can you accomplish these goals with less money.

The plan calls for revenue modeling so that cashflow/revenue streams are understood. You can't budget without knowing revenue.

It calls for quarterly budget variance reports, that is, comparing actual expenses to budgeted expenses. Variance reports give you the information you need to take corrective action if expenses are growing larger than planned.

It calls for department head meetings to improve communication and ppolicy and procedure review.

The plan calls for a thorough review of all policies and procedures to ensure that they make sense and that they carry out tasks necessary to get things done.

The plan calls for a re-organized town board meeting to facilitate public input.

The plan calls for an accounting review to ensure that the general ledger is supported by appropriate accounting practices.

For town board members it redefines their job. They will be assigned to specific CACs so that each CAC has a go to councilmember. Ending the diffusion and attenuation of responsibility.

It calls for a thorough review of all jobs and job functoins and seeks to ask the question can this job take on more responsibuilty. If yes, then an evaluation can be made if an attrited job needs to be filled.

So, when Ms. Throne-Holst says that she would like to run town government like a business, well, looks like she means it.


" Oct 27, 09 8:02 PM

Throne-Holst outraised Kabot in election campaign, though supervisor outspent her challenger

Golf buddy, Re Anna Throne-Holst

Prior to being elected to the Southampton Town Board, Anna served as the executive director of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center from 1999 – 2004, where she was responsible for all areas of administration including budget planning and oversight, program development, staff development, and fundraising.

Anna is also a co-founder of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton where she worked with a core group of educators to conceptualize, organize, and implement the creation and management of this innovative school.

Anna's 13-point plan completely went over the head of the Southampton Press, and, apparently many others. Anna's plan creates a framework to systematically execute the creation, passage and management of the town budget and its perssonel. This will be in stark contrast to the anything goes (if we have decent mortgage tax receipts) approach that was par for the course (notice the golf allusion) under both Skip Heaney and Linda Kabot. How much more evidence do we need to recognize that Republican administrations ran this town into the ground. " Nov 1, 09 7:29 AM

Hey Golfbuddy

Re:Your Wishy/washy verbs are others action vebs.If you speak to people who write policies and procedures for a living, they'll probably tell you that you start the procedure writing with a verb. so not surprised that Anna's using verbs to describe a process that needs to be fixed.

Look, Southampton Town is an $80,000,000 enterprise and, according to Richard Blowes in July '08 they never measured actual expenditures vs budgeted expenditures via a variance analysis report. These are the kinds of things that ATH writes about in her reorganization plan. What Anna is doing is trying to place a structure in town to measure things so we can legitimately ask the question: how're we doing and get an intelligent answer. The Kabot and Heaney mode of governance was more like a game of pin the tail on the donkey than anything else." Nov 2, 09 10:20 AM

Zappone to be appointed deputy supervisor of Southampton Town

I am privileged to know Frank Zappone and to have the experience working with him on various issues. I could not think of a better Dep Supv. $30,000 annual salary means he'll probably get paid about 50 cents an hour." Dec 23, 09 3:14 PM

Southampton Town comptroller reappointment thwarted

The question to ask is -- how effectual is Tamara Wright in executing the duties of her office. For anyone who has paid attention, she is doing superbly. We need someone in office who is building up a history and institutional memory regarding the financial workings of Southampton Town.

When Obama became president, he retained Republican Sec Defense, Gates. Why? Because he's doing a good job and the continuity was needed as we wind down one war and fight the other (and correct) one. " Jan 14, 10 12:23 PM

Southampton Town Board candidate Fleming receives Independence endorsement

3 member Republican board immediately swings into action by appointing one of their cronies to the planning board despite pleas from various civic leaders to reconsider until a formal selection process is in place, then doesn't support the reappointment of Tamara Wright, only the best controller the town has had and the one person in town who fully understands how awful town finances were under the Heaney regime.

I would say it's a good thing to support Bridget Fleming." Jan 19, 10 12:17 AM

Questions are raised over Town Board candidate's fund-raising restrictions

So my question is who are his fundraiser and campaign treasurer? That would end the story. Funny that they haven't been revealed in the article. Yes, no?" Feb 3, 10 6:59 PM

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