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Bishop touts economic stimulus package

Despite the baseless, knee-jerk opposition, Tim Bishop soldiers on for us, as voters know, though not all the commentators know it. "Local", even if all the workers here were from up island, which they aren't, you overlook the 75 lunches the article says they buy from the local deli. "Lefty46", Sally Pope is right to suggest that stimulus funds be used for SHARC; the whole idea of the stimulus is to make the economy improve by investing in beneficial projects. "Hamptons surfer", it's not inconsistent to say the stimulus will put the construction guy back to work, but we don't know how much money will ultimately get to the East End. "Typical", what's this about "all the way to the bank"? If you're implying something, come out with it. "Dagdavid" & "Number19" have it right. Good work, Tim. " Feb 24, 09 10:41 PM

Federal auditors will examine Southampton Town's 2007 financial books

Why did it take the newest member of the Town Board to propose something so obviously appropriate that all the other members co-sponsored it? There hasn't been such unanimity in a long time. Like Frank Wheeler, I'm puzzled that this wasn't adopted sooner. At any rate, Sally Pope has scored a home run. " Feb 24, 09 11:03 PM

Southampton Town drafts wish list for stimulus funds

It's good to see that most of the comments are about what to do with the stimulus money rather than whether there should be a stimulus. The wish list debate is natural and healthy, but it can't go on too long, as urgent action is required. Those few who still oppose the stimulus on principle, e.g., the consequent debt, should remember that when the house is on fire, you can't be worrying about whether the picture frames are straight. " Feb 24, 09 11:32 PM

Southampton Town Board places road construction projects under microscope

Let's see -- the roads don't get paved, the leaves don't get picked up, the money doesn't get accounted for, and the highway superintendent doesn't know when it's stopped snowing. Sally Pope and Anna Throne-Holst seem to be on to something. Next: the Ethics Board. Stay tuned. " Feb 24, 09 11:59 PM

Republican majority on Southampton Town Board quashes plan to restructure financial department

You're doin' a heck of a job, Blowesey." Feb 25, 09 12:02 AM

Elected officials hold press conference to outline goals of new immigration coalition

Comments like those of "NoAmnesty (Spokane)" speak for themselves. Even from a whole continent away, they generate exactly the sort of counterproductive heat that Fred Thiele is talking about. He and Tim Bishop and Anna Throne-Holst deserve credit for undertaking a politically courageous enterprise in the present climate. " Mar 9, 09 6:59 AM

Transfer stations to shut down one day a week, for now

Sally Pope is right to believe that the Westhampton transfer station will need to be open every day during the summer. That Bill Masterson could express such concern about Sag Harbor and omit Westhampton, and that Linda Kabot could say that few people are using these facilities, shows that neither of them knows the facts on the ground. The Westhampton transfer station is a very busy place in the warm months. Closing it for one day a week in the off-season (not two days as Ms. Kabot suggested) is reasonable, but it should be open every day in the summer. " Mar 11, 09 12:27 PM

Millions for East End in Congress spending plan

What's not to like? Here's hoping the Senate signs on." Mar 11, 09 12:32 PM

Kabot claims bad record keeping led to financial mess

Anyone who suggests there's little to choose between Republicans and Democrats in Southampton just hasn't been watching Anna Throne-Holst (who isn't a Democrat) and Sally Pope (who is) in action. The record of 2009 demonstrates that they are the only two people on the Town Board who have taken any serious initiative in addressing the financial crisis that was wholly engendered by the Republicans. As far as machines go, while it's true local Democrats have generated some momentum lately, they are hardly a machine. On one level, they might be happy to have an organization as disciplined and well-endowed as the Republicans', but on a more important level, they probably wouldn't want to be identified with the cronyism and incompetence that characterize the Republicans. Political parties were around long before Geroge Washington, who allegedly despised them, and they're still with us long after his departure. Rather than complain about parties, we should try to make them work. " Mar 24, 09 1:12 PM

GOP may not back Schneiderman

It seems that the only complaint anyone has against Jay Schneiderman is his recent change of party affiliation. Since that was done because of differences over national policy, it's irrelevant to this County race. All the local party leaders, Republican and Democratic, are taking a common-sense approach to the issue, with the sole exception of the Southampton Republicans, who seem badly miffed that Schneiderman won't wear their tee-shirt any more. Get over it, guys. " Mar 25, 09 10:12 AM

County Road 39 moratorium to end early

There's not a word in this piece about Sally Pope's reasons for casting the sole vote against ending the moratorium now. What's the story on that?" Mar 26, 09 11:18 AM

Capital budget discrepancy not yet resolved

Whether you love George W. Bush or hate him, the fact is that he wound up being political poison. Right or wrong, this may be what's happening to Linda Kabot because of this mess. As Yogi Berra once said, "It's deja vu all over again"." Apr 11, 09 11:45 PM

Federal government upholds state rejection of Broadwater proposal

It's been a bad week for the pirates, wherever they are." Apr 15, 09 8:59 PM

GOP passes over Kabot; nominates Conservative Party chair

At first, I thought Jim Malone was merely lame, when I read that the only criticism he could level at Anna Throne-Holst was her lack of party affiliation. Then, I learned that he's also inconsistent, saying that it's time to move away from party labels and "be supervisor for everyone." Give me a break." May 21, 09 9:57 PM

Dems united going into convention, party leader says

It's very hard to argue with the need for change, but the Democrats have to get the turnout. This is an off year, and that factor tends to favor Southampton Republicans." May 27, 09 11:10 AM

Westhampton Cemetery expansion continues to hit obstacles

It is stunning that Eric Shultz can say, if the problem isn't solved soon, "I'm going to go to the Town Board and ask them what they're going to do about it", considering the ardor with which the Trustees have defended their prerogatives over the centuries. Whenever the Town Board has remotely threatened to trespass on their jurisdiction, the Trustees have reacted ferociously, and rightly so. But now Mr. Shultz seems to want to have it both ways, demanding a solution from the Town Board. He is wrong, and the Town Board should tell the Trustees to clean up their own mess, as the Town Board is legally barred from interfering. Common sense suggests that the mess is of the Trustees' own making. Incidentally, I would telephone Brian Tymann to discuss this, as he forthrightly invites us to do, but it would be pointless, as he was not present at the August 2006 meeting in question, only having joined in 2007. What was said at that meeting is crucial. While it may have been "reckless", as Mr. Tymann says, for the Cemetery Association to purchase land without written Trustee approval, it seems impossible that they would have been so reckless as to act based only on what the minutes of that meeting, report, i.e., that the Trustees would inspect their property relative to the feasibility of the swap. No one would invest $200,000 based on such flimsy assurance; there had to be more than that. This would hardly be the first time that the minutes of a meeting don't reflect all that was said, but Mr. Tymann wasn't there and Mr. Shultz doesn't remember. Bottom line, we need new blood on the Town Trustees, people who will stand by what they say, who will publish agendas of their meetings beforehand, and who won't abdicate the Trustees' historic duty by passing the buck to the Town Board. I expect to vote for Bill Pell and Chris Garvey in November. " Jun 30, 09 1:14 PM

We're speaking with each other right now, Mr. Tymann. We don't need to take our conversation private, we don't have anything to hide. You say I'm dwelling on the past, but when a court has to determine the cause of an auto accident, it focuses on the past because that's when the operative event took place. It's the same thing here, since the operative event that caused the misunderstanding was in the past, that August 2006 meeting that you didn't attend because you weren't a Trustee yet. You ask how Bill Pell and Chris Garvey would handle this, and my answer is that I trust their judgment, far more than that of the present Trustees. I have no reason to doubt your integrity, but I believe the other Trustees are taking advantage of you, letting you be the point man on this issue when you weren't even around for the critical conversation(s). Since you've asked me about Pell and Garvey, I'll ask you if you agree with your colleague Eric Shultz, that the Trustees should run to the Town Board for a fix, thereby selling out their whole history and legal status as independent magistrates. As you know, a vote for Pell and Garvey doesn't preclude a vote for Tymann, since one may vote for up to five candidates, but I could never vote for someone who'd sell out the Trustees. " Jun 30, 09 8:37 PM

Candidate says invitations at work were a mistake

Oh, please! This one is right up there for the Make Your Own Rules Award, Highway Division. The nominees are: First, "MASTERSON'S LAW OF CONTRACTS", in which Highway Superintendent Bill Masterson releases certain paving contractors from their obligations to the Town simply because the price of asphalt spiked and it would be hard on them, without anything in return for the Town. Second, "WE'LL CALL IT A REFORM", in which the Republicans, anticipating Masterson's retirement, try to hold on to the Superintendent's job by proposing to change it into an appointed position, thereby depriving the voters of the chance to elect someone outside the ruling circle, like Alex Gregor. Third, "CAN YOU SAY 'ETHICS'?", the story reported above, involving the Hwy. Dept. employee/daughter of the Conservative Party vice-chairman/campaign manager for the Republican Superintendent candidate/former Ethics Board member, in which father and daughter distribute, to Hwy. Dept. employees at Hwy. Dept. premises on Hwy. Dept. time, invitations to a party to be given by the father for the candidate --- and no one knew it was wrong?? Give me a break!

Take your pick, but whichever entry wins the Make Your Own Rules Award, the people in power lose. These folks have been in charge for so long they've forgotten how to be discreet, or they just like flaunting it. The reckoning is coming, and soon." Jun 30, 09 9:45 PM

Whoa!! Mr. Wheeler! Alex Gregor a "perennial loser"? A man who came within 50 votes of unseating Bill Masterson the last time out? The chair of the Independence Party that commands its own line on the ballot and enough votes to be decisive in Town elections? This is a perennial loser? I don't think so. You're not usually so far off the mark. Perhaps it was the hour. Comments posted at 1:24 in the morning are often not as well thought out as those posted at more conventional times." Jul 1, 09 12:57 PM

I disagree, Johnny. There's more to the notion of "winner" or "loser" than the number of elections won or lost. I stand by my position that no one with Alex Gregor's record and political muscle can be called a loser. If you doubt it, look at how much weight the Independence Party vote carried last November, and watch it happen again this year." Jul 1, 09 3:39 PM

Kabot outlines fiscal troubles

The Supervisor is the chief financial officer of the Town. She is responsible for what happens on her watch. While there may be some merit to Linda Kabot's fixing blame on the Heaney administration, she will take the fall for this incredible mess, because it's her show now. Anna Throne-Holst has been asking where the money went, what went wrong, and how to fix it, almost from her first day on the Town Board. Ditto Sally Pope, who was the first to take the hard step of calling for a State audit. Nancy Graboski is in many ways an admirable public official, but she sat on the Town Board through most of these shenanigans, and one never heard her ask the kinds of questions that Anna Throne-Holst and Sally Pope have been asking. Chris Nuzzi, typically, has no comment. If he has anything to say, it will be short, anodyne, and carefully scripted.

The full dimensions of this catastrophe are not yet known, as Ms. Throne-Holst points out. When they are known, there will be shock and rage. Think Bernie Madoff victims -- it will be that type of fury, because repairing this disaster will take a serious bite out of all of us. People's lifestyles will be affected, their plans will be crimped, and some may not even be able to keep living in Southampton Town. Then you will hear them howling for punishment of the responsible officials, just as others howl for punishment for Madoff. 150 years out of office, anyone? " Jul 2, 09 8:03 PM

Westhampton Cemetery expansion continues to hit obstacles

The problem, Publius, is that you're citing and applying legal principles -- correctly, I believe -- but this is more than a legal matter. (To the extent that it is a legal matter, it presents a he said/she said factual issue, a question for the jury, and my jury vote, as stated in a previous comment, is that it's not believable that the cemetery association could have been so foolish as to go ahead and buy land based only on the ephemeral representations recorded in the Trustees' minutes -- there had to be more.) Getting past the legal considerations, this matter demands a practical solution, bearing in mind that the cemetery association is not some greedy developer looking to make a pile by raping the wetlands, but rather a non-profit organization meeting one of the community's most basic needs -- a place to bury its dead, a function which (I'm guessing here) causes no environmental damage except for the displacement of natural vegetation. In the court of public opinion, the Trustees will be found to have reneged on an agreement, regardless of whether that agreement is legally enforcable, and to have placed the interests of the 30-odd neighboring property owners above the interests of the community as a whole." Jul 5, 09 9:11 PM

Southampton Town Board slashes $1 million from town budget

Come on, folks, let's not let MrRight distract us from the pressing local issues on the table. The present budget cuts are a good step, but the thing to remember on Election Day is that they are no more than a partial measure for cleaning up the catastrophic mess caused by Ms. Kabot and her party. Remember, too, that despite her efforts to shift blame, Ms. Kabot was in a high position of responsibility throughout this disastrous period, either as Supervisor, or as a Town Board member, or as a top assistant to a previous Supervisor. " Jul 16, 09 10:50 AM

MrRight; Here I go, letting you distract me from local matters, just as I said we shouldn't, but I must address your last comment. As a Vietnam veteran and a two-buildings-away neighbor of the former World Trade Center, I'm offended by your waving of the bloody shirt, and I'm bound to tell you that at least one who wore the uniform and directly experienced the 9/11 tragedy disagrees with you entirely. I note also that your attempt to confute Kabot with Obama fails utterly, because Obama had no connection to the Bush administration, while Ms. Kabot was an integral part of the two preceding administrations that caused the problems in Southampton." Jul 17, 09 10:00 AM

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