Saunders, Real Estate, Hamptons

113 Comments by Mr Suffolk

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East Hampton couple returns woman's missing wallet ... and $2,400

Yeah, most people are jerks about such things. This lady got lucky. " Sep 28, 09 4:09 PM

Watermill Center residency series begins with 'Powderburn'

Uh, you need to crop that pic a little higher." Sep 29, 09 2:26 PM

Southampton Village replaces Crown Victorias with Chargers

Quick! Customer dispute at the Golden Pear! Says he got too much mayo on his ham sandwich!" Sep 29, 09 2:28 PM

'Sex and the City 2' films near Coopers Beach

Maybe they can get some Hamptons tomatoes for George Costanza's mom. " Oct 1, 09 2:35 PM

Quogue Village mayor pleads guilty to securities fraud

I'm really starting to think any pol in an executive branch long enough, who has access to funds, eventually misuses his power. That's why every office should have strict term limits." Oct 13, 09 8:46 PM

40-year-old Westhampton car dealership to close

I'm not sure what the legalities are and who owns the land, etc., but here's a question I wouldn't mind seeing answered.

If Chevy cancelled the contract with Pastor, why can't he change the dealership to sell Ford, Toyota, Honda, Kia, etc.?

I notice the dealerships in Riverhead change brands sometimes. " Apr 30, 10 10:15 AM

Officials want to use Southampton Town's Community Preservation Fund to save Stony Brook Southampton

The argument that Stony Brook Southampton wasn't a "good business model" is untrue; and when are public colleges a business anyway? There are plenty of majors over at the main Stony Brook campus that operate at a bigger deficit than Southampton's eco-majors. Then there are programs like history, art and English that cost little to run. Southampton was adding such majors this coming fall and was to have over 800 students. Growth was going as expected. There is only so much habitable dorm space. If dorm space were not an issue, and with more mainstream majors (and more master's programs), Stony Brook Southampton would reach its goal of 1500-2000 students at its 5-year mark, which is what the plan was under the presidency of Shirley Strum Kenny. The school did make it pretty far in three years. Comparing Stony Brook Southampton to LIU, a private school that let the campus fall into decay, is not fair, either. Southampton residents got lucky -- they have a gem. The campus is totally renovated, paid for by the state, including a LEED Gold library. Demand courses there in the years ahead, or work with Stony Brook and SUNY on rental agreements for other schools to use this space (like LIU rents space at SCCC-Riverhead). A public-private partnership may be the alternative. It just takes leadership. " Apr 30, 10 10:27 AM

Publisher of Dan's Papers files for Chapter 11

While at one point this past winter Dan's Papers went to to bi-weekly due to low ad sales, the business model isn't bad. I own a newspaper that distributes outside Suffolk County and employ a similar business model.

The model -- the only serious cost should be printing. If one can't find cheap (almost free) writers (forget benefits), the publisher should write the articles himself. People selling ads should only work on commission. Dan does have other staff, such as layout people, but it's a low-paid, skeletal crew.

One thing, as was the case with WLIU's downfall, perhaps people are getting sick of hearing the same profiles of writers and artists over and over in the local media. But that has little to do with newspaper advertising and distribution.

It's the other papers Brown owns that are more-so the problem. They are mostly "real" weeklies with all kinds of staff. That model just doesn't work as well as it used to.

For those of you above claiming to be ad-buyers -- if you enjoy this web site and the paper that owns it, why not consider advertising in quality papers like The Press? Your ad dollars can preserve an important community watchdog. Such watchdogging preserves the environment, makes us proud of our community and maybe even saves tax dollars by routing our government corruption.

Or, if you already buy ads in local papers -- upgrade your small ads to bigger ones!" May 3, 10 11:21 PM

Thiele: Stony Brook rejects idea of maintaining residential campus at Southampton

Eventually, people are going to see $78M worth of buildings on a beautiful campus and wonder why they are empty. And Stony Brook will start adding courses again, and eventually some people will want to stay in the dorms again. Eventually the campus will resemble a college again. Except the Environmental Studies programs will be gone.

The MFA program is excellent but tiny and mostly only alive a couple of weeks a year in the summer. The marine sciences program will not hold classes here, just use the boat yard with some grad students using wet labs.

I'm unsure why Stony Brook had to act so drastically. OK, the residential component was expensive. Replace who services the cafeteria with a local caterer who can work on the cheap. Cut down the dorm buildings from 6 to 2. The other students could scavenge for off-campus housing. Consolidate all the ES majors into one so that classes are full. Most of the staff is going over to the main campus, so little savings will be found with personnel.

There could have been some middle ground that could have made everyone happy. " May 7, 10 9:05 AM

Apples and oranges. LIU was a private college. Public colleges, by definition, do not turn a profit. Every major at every SUNY, CUNY and community college operates at a loss. That's why we pay taxes to support these schools. There's a public benefit. " May 7, 10 10:36 AM

What would you care? It's not your money directly. The money comes from all taxpayers in the state -- including people from as far as Buffalo -- to fund Southampton. Upstate has tons of public colleges. Why don't we deserve one?" May 7, 10 11:03 AM

Barbituates ruled out in dog poisoning

My dog had this problem with barbiturates. Seems that was the least of our worries. He's now on crystal meth and our TV is missing.

(Just adding a bit of levity, as no one has commented on this piece.)" May 10, 10 10:34 AM

Hamptons Online sues former publisher, seeking millions in damages

631politics.com (TwinFors.com) always got more page views than Hamptons.com BTW." May 12, 10 9:15 PM

Meant twinforks.com above. These lawsuits are for way too much money. The Island's best domain -- longisland.com -- recently sold for about $350,000. Hamptons.com can't be worth more than that. " May 12, 10 9:23 PM

Shinnecock Nation explores opening tribal college at Stony Brook Southampton site

This is an excellent idea. And it doesn't have to be anything fancy. Locals just want a standard, adaptable college education at an affordable price. LIU-Southampton College had the majors everyone wanted, but a high price tag due to it having to be priced at the same level as sister school CW Post on the Gold Coast. Stony Brook has proven to be too temperamental -- with a strange form of budgetary ADHD; one minute the campus is a model for the whole country to follow; the next it's being called a satellite campus with impractical majors.

The tribal college would, most likely, thanks to state and federal funding, offer ...
1. An affordable price.
2. A sense of Sustainable Living, as that's an important aspect of native culture.
3. A combination of majors, both traditional and niche.

So, why not? Stony Brook dropped the ball. Make it happen, officials. " Jun 24, 10 9:38 PM

Celestino Gambino, founder of La Parmigiana, dies at 73

Best Italian food on the East End!" Jul 2, 10 10:38 AM

Stony Brook Southampton Dean Mary Pearl resigns

At least she didn't sell out by running some shell of a program at the main campus just to fulfill a contract and help the President save face. Some things are more important than money. Good for you, Mary Pearl, for going out on your own terms.

Stony Brook surely will have some obnoxious plans for Southampton. Then a new President will come on in 5-6 years and throw everything out and come up with a new committee with more obnoxious plans.

The problem with Stony Brook is that the President has way too much power and surrounds him/herself with a cabinet of high-paid butt-kissers, unlike Dr. Pearl.

And if PHEEIA (Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act) is passed, the President will be completely removed from the taxpayers. Then, really WATCH OUT!" Jul 3, 10 9:40 PM

With deadline looming, radio station still short of funds

Wally Smith has a huge ego -- sure, he fooled those idiots running LIU (also egomaniacs) for many years, but he's finally getting his due.

What a sham WLIU was for years -- claiming to be a college radio station but where were the students? Where was the educational element? What smalltown college radio station has people on staff with six-figure salaries?

Adios, Wally. Your station failed because it had no soul. " Aug 15, 10 12:04 AM

Thiele calls for Stony Brook president to step down

Thiele is standing up for his district, which includes the totally gutted Southampton campus. His district does not include Stony Brook. East Enders deserve a functional college, and to get our share." Aug 15, 10 12:13 AM

Actually, LIU handled it better -- they gave students three years on the Southampton Campus to finish up, and were really flexible with course offerings so that Southampton students could do so.

Stony Brook told the kids in April the school would be shuttered by the end of August. Really not enough time for them to transfer to anywhere but Stony Brook or a lesser school (like LIU's CW Post). " Aug 17, 10 11:23 PM

Maertz to face off against LaValle in Calcaterra's stead

Another person no one has heard of before on the Twin Forks. " Aug 19, 10 5:43 PM

Guldi will represent himself in court

It should be wrong for a lawyer to leave a case due to frozen assets. He should have known that was a possibility. " Aug 19, 10 5:45 PM

Scarlatto, Baldwin confirm unemployment impropriety

New York unemployment laws are the WORST. First, NYS is one of the lowest payers in the nation -- $405 max. a week -- despite the high cost of living. Second, the state makes the unemployed jump through hoops, for example by going to a training sessions on finding a job. Half the people there look like felons. Then, they open "investigations" based on almost anything -- so there's a good chance payments could be delayed -- when people need it most. Last, they consider anything "work," thus denying benefits. Don't mow that lawn for the old lady next door. Don't plan on starting a business. Don't help the kid with his lemonade stand.

I worked consistently from age 12 to age 40, usually two or more jobs, but the institution I worked for went belly up recently. I landed a new job, but am not able to start right away. I barely got any of those $405 payments because of various bureaucratic delays and such -- still waiting. It's a good thing I had savings, enough to keep me going until the next job. " Aug 19, 10 8:51 PM

Judge rules that cuts to Stony Brook Southampton violate state law

No SUNY operates at a profit. They all are taxpayer subsidized. Stony Brook PR people kept saying it costs twice as much to educate a student at Southampton than at Stony Brook. That was true with 400 students at Southampton. But admissions were way up -- 800 were accepted for this semester before the announcement -- so, obviously, the cost per student would drop dramatically as population increased. By the time Southampton had its goal of 2000 students, the cost difference between Southampton and the main campus would be minimal. Former President Shirley Kenny had a very detailed five-year plan. The new president abandoned it in year three, bypassing the Council -- an obvious ego play.

Actually, costs were taken into account when SBS was created -- its staff structure, unlike the main campus, was skeletal. Only one dean and no department chairs. The business model actually was sustainable. " Aug 30, 10 10:40 PM

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