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Water Mill residents oppose 77-foot-tall cell tower

The planning board strikes again. They ignore the citizens of Southampton Town. If you are unhappy with them, use your VOTE in November for change." Jul 28, 09 9:17 AM

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

The health insurance companies collect plenty from us in premiums and don't want to provide care when it is needed. It's time for a change and it is time they make a deal with our local hospitals so we have local health services. Our three area hospitals have band together to provide services to us.

You wouldn't want to drive into Nassau County if you have a medical emergency.

This is a good argument for National Health Insurance. " Jul 29, 09 8:49 AM

Congressman defends calls for health care reform

Michael Steele doesn't care about uninsured people in our country.
The insurance companies do not want to cover those who get seriously ill, they'll lose money. Is that giving us a choice of health care?

If you become seriously ill and the insurance companies won't cover you, that is not giving you a choice of health care. We need National Health Insurance.

Nothing is free. We can all be covered if we all share the expense." Aug 1, 09 7:54 AM

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

What about an audit of Waste Management and Highways?
Those departments have huge deficits also. Where did the money go?" Aug 1, 09 8:02 AM

Forensic audit of Southampton Town capital fund underway

The next forensic audits needed are of the Waste Management and Highway
Departments. They have been millions of dollars in debt for several years. Might as well get to the bottom of the financial problems before the town board makes any decisions about how to proceed and what we need to pay back." Aug 5, 09 6:09 PM

Southampton Town Board hears new information on highway superintendent question

Isn't it interesting that now that the winds are changing, those in power of Town Hall are worried about losing the grasp on certain elected positions. They want to appoint people they favor, stealing the election.
Are they worried that the electorate will not make the best choice, their choice?" Aug 8, 09 1:02 PM

State gets involved in hospitals' negotiations with Empire

Not only are they dropping the hospitals and controlling the doctors but restricting the policy holders from the coverage for which they are paying. What a wonderful argument for National Health Insurance." Aug 9, 09 1:19 PM

T-Mobile wants to build cell tower in Speonk

Did the Planning Board notify the CAC? Probably not, since no one showed up at the public hearing in August. We do need to change the Planning Board, with members of the community rather than the developers, architects and the like. That is the job of the town planners who are supposed to advise the Planning Board.

Why wasn't Jackie Lofaro reappointed to the board?

I agree with Fidelis. Mr. Nuzzi is just following the party line to support development and ignore the residents of Southampton Town. Is this who we want to represent our interests?" Sep 4, 09 9:28 AM

Westhampton Beach parents angry over new math requirement

I am amazed that some parents complain that their children should not have the best education. It is bad enough that standards of public education have slipped in the last several decades, enough for the last President to pass the "No child left behind" legislation.
Now it is time to raise that bar so this generation will be competitive in an ever more educated and competitive world. Don't sell your children short. Give them the best.

" Sep 16, 09 7:33 PM

Eastport resident says McGann campaign illegally stuffed mailbox

At the beginning of his campaign, McGann used a town employee to distribute invitations to town employees inviting them to a barbeque. This occurred on town time, and using a town vehicle. Was that an innocent mistake, or business as usual?

Having served on the ethics board, he should have known better.
We should expect high standards of conduct from our elected officials." Sep 23, 09 9:56 AM

Southampton Town fines Riverside homeowner for numerous code violations

Chris Nuzzi, whose legislative assignment is "Quality of Life Task Force" or code enforcement should know all about this. If we know about these landlords, why doesn't he?

Maybe if "code enforcement" officers would get out a little more, the town could fine these landlords and improve the conditions at these rentals. It is also a way to pay the salaries of code enforcement officers and help reduce the budget." Sep 30, 09 5:56 AM

Town housing officials walk out of civics meeting in East Quogue

The Housing Authority has been in existence since 2002 and has received neither money nor direction from the town board. Several volunteer chairs have quit in disgust since then. There is one section 8 apartment complex in Hampton Bays, managed by the Housing Authority.
Here it is 2009. Little discussion about affordable housing (owner occupied or rental) has taken place, except during election season. The citizens need to have a discussion about affordable housing and be able to provide ideas.
The underhanded way the planning and zoning boards tried to sneak this through without local input does not provide the citizens with confidence in the town's policy making.
There is little doubt that the hard working volunteers on the Housing Authority, are trying to do a good job, but let's hear from the town board first with some direction.
" Sep 30, 09 4:31 PM

Proposed Southampton Town budget seeks tax hike and layoffs

Chris Nuzzi has been the town board liaison to Public Works, and Highways for four long years. So what did he know and when did he know or find out about the deficit in the Highway fund? That seems to have happened only when Anna Throne-Holst and Sally Pope openly questioned the Highway Superintendent about his budget. It wasn't Nuzzi. Over two million dollars in fund deficits seem to have missed his attention or his inattention. " Oct 4, 09 12:25 PM

Local supporters win bid for WLIU 88.3 FM


Great news for the residents on the East End of Long Island." Oct 9, 09 1:03 PM

Proposed Southampton Town budget seeks tax hike and layoffs

Who sees the budget before Linda presents it to the board? Did anyone know that Linda is considering privatizing two Waste Management transfer stations before it was announced in Newsday on October 5, 2009?
There are no cuts across the board. Look at the list of those who will go. The animal shelter, seven low level jobs in Public Works and just a few of the higher level employees will go. Most of the departments will be untouched.
" Oct 13, 09 7:02 AM

Southampton Town personnel grew while revenues were abundant

Half of the people Linda has targeted to cut are paid under $40,000 a year.
The cuts were not in all departments. 19 people would be cut from two departments, Public Works/Highways and the Animal Shelter.
I guess Linda never considered cutting salaries to save jobs. Linda's way is not the only was to cut the budget.
And what would Chris Nuzzi do but cut a couple of Town Boards to save a few thousand a year. It wouldn't even save a couple of jobs. " Oct 18, 09 9:40 AM

Has anyone looked at the Town Clerk's office with three Deputy Town Clerks?
Not one of them is going. " Oct 19, 09 5:42 PM

Free house up for grabs in North Haven

Why not move the house to one of the 72H lots received from the county?
The Sears houses are beautiful, and may be seen on several lots in Eastport. They are old, but treasured as 1930's architecture. It may be cheaper to move it instead of building a new house.
Too bad one of the historical societies doesn't grab up this house." Oct 22, 09 1:16 PM

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