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Stony Brook, Southampton Hospital Merger Could Be Finalized This Summer

Trump went bankrupt twice with a gambling casino on the Jersey Shore with a Hooters inside of it. No one else has that distinction. As for pooled non profit whatever you're referring to, that's not what I propose. I propose that we take existing health plans, paid for ALREADY by taxpayers, and make them available to all taxpaying American citizens. Insurance companies go away, and we enable all American citizens to choose when and where to get health care, at zero cost. This is provided TODAY in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Israel, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Denmark, Japan, Canada and many other developed countries with wonderful doctors, clean hospitals and GDP per capita less than the USA." May 5, 17 9:55 AM

Southampton Town Passes 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goals For 2025

How about a dollar for dollar property tax write off for all cash investment by home owners in solar panel and installation? We could be solar powered in a year and create tons of construction jobs." May 10, 17 6:13 PM

Increased Property Assessments A Cause Of Concern For Some, Especially In Flanders And Southampton Village

This Town needs to think less about building subsidized housing and more about lowering property taxes so that current residents can afford to stay. How about negotiating healthcare for all employees in a group to gain leverage with insurers and the hospital. That's town admin, police and teachers from all school zones, all in one group." May 10, 17 8:35 PM

Southampton Code Enforcement officers troll AirBnB to find and fine homeowners renting to rich yuppies from NYC in the summer in order to pay exorbitant property tax so that illegal undocumented residents can get free schooling and local law enforcement can have gold ated health insurance and pensions. I had one such undocumented resident tell me he switched from Hampton Bays Middle School to Southampton High School because the taxpayers in HB weren't paying enough.

Meanwhile, the local fee for health insurance for independent American business owner is $550 per person per month even though the local Hospital and Medical outpatient system is fully funded by Medicare and Medicaid and local Town Government workers healthcare payments -- but hospital administration and insurance company execs make mid 6 figure salaries for figuring out how to deny coverage.

Non carbon energy? Sure, but let's create a local microgrid so that we no longer have to pay off LIPA from Cuomo the Elder's long-term legacy of saddling Long Island with Shoreham nucelar mistake debt that never goes away.

Time for a change in local government to folks who are not afraid to stand up for local taxpayers." May 11, 17 8:10 AM

Hampton Bays To Get Trolley Service This Summer

Does nothing make you whiners happy?" May 11, 17 9:15 AM

You are all just a bunch of trolley trolls." May 12, 17 7:44 AM

He's not a great Town Supervisor but I understand why he has to make nice to Bloomberg. A multi Billionaire who is a representative​ from a club of multi Billionaires means the legal process can be used by them to grind everyone in the Town of Southampton to dust. The implied threat of legal liability not to mention the political pull of those poobahs is enormous.

As for the trolley, well if there are tolls there will be trolls, no doubt about that.

And if only the Honorable Christine Scalera cared as much about being diligent in reinvesting parking fees from Ponquogue into some (any?) upgrades to that decaying shack with 50 year old bathrooms I would vote for her. Sadly, the money disappears and obviously goes to other parts of the Town before it can be used to maintain let alone improve the Ponquogue Beach Pavilion. I believe I shall begin calling it The Ponquogue Beach Poverty Pavilion. Because the Town of Southampton is poor, right?" May 12, 17 12:28 PM

Trolley trolls cause trouble, tourists tip and contribute to tax tolls." May 13, 17 10:45 AM

Southampton Town Passes 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goals For 2025

The best way to achieve carbon free energy for the Town of Southampton is a solar microgrid, not tethered to Cuomo the Elder's legacy liability known as LIPA.

It's actually achievable -- start with solar roof installation on every Town government building, library, school, fire station, police station and beach facility, financed by any tax credit available and Solar City so no money down. The houses and businesses closest to these properties will benefit first.

This should be connected into a microgrid that is NOT connected to LIPA except under a negotiated bespoke contract so we don't have LIPA mandated anything,

The issue is storage for night time usage and cloudy day streaks. The deep cycle lead acid battery is expensive, there are alternatives but it's certainly an issue. The other issue is the necessity for using union labor mandated by state law that drives up costs and imports laborers from up island that kick back to be in the "union".

Wind Power feeding into the LIPA grid is a big ticket item that politicians love because there is ample opportunity for political contributions from energy equipment suppliers and installation engineering companies. Beware the Swiss based European companies that have perfected the art of bribing local politicians around the planet." May 13, 17 12:31 PM

Hampton Bays To Get Trolley Service This Summer

Trolley transportation to Tiana send trolls into a tizzy." May 14, 17 6:55 PM

Southampton Town Passes 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goals For 2025

Ha! If only blog comments were kilowatt hours we'd have electric cars for everyone." May 16, 17 9:41 AM

Hampton Bays To Get Trolley Service This Summer

Tiana transportation tolls: Tax the trolls today!" May 16, 17 9:42 AM

Zeldin Says No Special Prosecutor Needed After FBI Director Fired

The Honorable Lee Zeldin, whom I voted for, should look up "wolf of wall street yacht scene". It's about 8 minutes long. The FBI is not an organization that even President Trump can intimidate." May 17, 17 8:24 AM

'Hills' Opponents Protest Outside Of Southampton Town Hall Monday

This zoning variance is worth more than $100 million to the developer. You can buy every vote on the Town Board for $20,000 and a turkey for Thanksgiving. This gets postponed until after next election, then approved in February. Fix is in, "last PDD", "better than existing zoning", "my hands are tied". Then the Supervisor runs for Congress with donations from Bloomberg and pals for fixing the other golf course question, blocking off Tuckahoe from locals avoiding traffic going to Easthampton to service the rich folk there." May 18, 17 8:46 AM

'The Hills' Developer Selects Wastewater Treatment System

A $2.65 million expense, for a needed treatment facility, does not justify giving this developer a $100 million worth of zoning variance. And the East Quogue elementary school doesn't currently treat waste water? The 100 or so youngsters enrolled there need an upgrade to their toilets?" May 23, 17 11:59 AM

This developer will sell in a heartbeat if this $100 million zoning variance is granted, and that's the opportunity for preservation." May 23, 17 5:24 PM

What I meant in my last comment, was if the $100 million is NOT approved, then Discovery Land will sale, and the offer price should be whatever original cost they paid, less 10%, so they can take their tax loss and move on to other locations where folks don't care about clean drinking water or the enjoyment of wildlife. " May 24, 17 10:50 AM

Toxic Blooms Spur Calls For Emergency Approach At Georgica Pond

Unrestricted use of phosphate fertilizer to get a nice green lawn for the dinners to benefit liberal causes. Ironic, isn't it?" Jun 13, 17 8:10 PM

New York State Universal Health Care Bill Unlikely To Gain Support Needed Now, But Could In Future

Yes if we don't have a legal residency requirement this is not fiscally responsible. Not only from other countries, but States that have bad healthcare policy. 2 years residency requirement, then provide every New Yorker with the same healthcare that teachers, police, town administration, firefighters, and state legislators receive. If necessary to kickstart that, let everyone buy into those plans at cost." Jun 13, 17 8:15 PM

Would any of the NRA members commenting care if gins were fingerprint or password locked like cell phones? Establish chain of possession for each gun so that if a citizen bought a gun for a terrorist we would know quickly?" Jun 15, 17 10:19 PM

Zeldin Introduces Bill To Lower Insurance Premiums For Flood Insurance Holders

So happy that Rich People with oceanfront houses get federal subsidies for flood insurance and common citizens are denied health care.

Question for all the knee jerk conservatives, if there's no such thing as global warming, then why does coastal flooding risk require a subsidy from the Federal Government?" Jun 16, 17 3:15 PM

I love paying Federal Taxes so that Rich People with waterfront homes get subsidized insurance. Good thinking, Honorable Lee Zeldin, soak the middle class!" Jun 18, 17 11:40 AM

East Hampton Gives Its Cops Teeth Ahead Of Uber Launch

What happens when the Uber drivers refuse to pay the fines? Will they be given sanctuary?" Jun 24, 17 8:23 AM

MS-13 Has Presence On South Fork, Police Officials Say

Property taxes go up because of the schools. $40.000 per kid per year, they don't get into the good universities, there are heroin dealers on the high school grounds, and the school board thinks it's doing a great job. Keep up the good work everyone!" Jun 24, 17 8:30 AM

Southampton Town May Consider Looser Rental Code Allowing For Airbnb, VRBO Short-Term Rentals

AirBnB has an elaborate review system for potential renters -- not like the pig in the poke rentals of the 80's and 90's. Also lots of European tourists and families. How is this bad for our community? Forcing annual rentals means tons of kids in a Hampton Bays school system that is paying $40,000 per kid per year -- and sending none of them on to the best SUNY colleges let alone any top ten schools." Jun 25, 17 2:46 PM

Schools Could Be A Target For Fast Water Quality Improvements

How about we install solar electricity and solar hot water panels on the schools so that we're not polluting someone else's water by using fossil fuels flushed from the Earth through fracking." Jun 27, 17 2:22 PM

Southampton Town Buys Waterfront Flanders Property; Historic House And Barn To Be Demolished

Isn't that near Iron Point Park? How's that looking nowadays, haven't been back in there in a while." Jun 27, 17 4:28 PM

UPDATE: Chaloner Says Monday Court Hearing Was Final Step In Approval Process For Hospital Merger

Great, a big, new hospital that no one can afford except the folks covered by Southampton Town employee health care insurance. Must have all the same services and fancy machines as Peconic Hospital so that everyone gets their beak wet supplyhg multi million dollar equipment that duplicates the same services that the state hospital authority declared to be unnecessary. Can't wait to see my taxes go up for that as well as paying for the Stony Brook deficits for caring for indigent and undocumented patients from Brookhaven and points west. Go team!" Jun 30, 17 5:13 AM

The new hospital will never be built since the Republican healthcare bill will suck $150 billion from New York Medicaid reimbursement each year. The Trump Administration healthcare policy means Stony Brook Hospital system will be bankrupt in 5 years, along with every other major medical center in New York." Jul 1, 17 1:31 AM

According to a July 2014 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, in 2010 there were 5,570,094 New York residents enrolled in Medicaid. By 2013, Medicaid covered 21 percent of New York residents; between 2000 and 2012, this figure had increased by 10.8 percentage points.[21][22]" Jul 1, 17 7:04 PM

Trump Administration plans to cut Medicaid spending means New York State hospitals will be treating the elderly, indigent and undocumented with no reimbursement. Any hospital with an emergency room will lose big bucks and there will be no sanctuary. Building a bigger hospital means bigger losses. The insured workforce on the East end will see incredible cost increases to cover these losses and that means the taxpayers who pay for teachers, police, fire fighters and town admin to have high end healthcare insurance will see their taxes skyrocket. That's fiscal responsibility, Republican style." Jul 2, 17 7:50 AM

Go to SHCommunityreport do com forward slash numbers. $6 million profit, $6 million non cash depreciation, $22 million in "employee benefits" above and beyond payroll. Kiss it all goodbye as all the excess profits gets sucked into SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and the property taxpayers of the Southampton and Easthampton subsidize the Western Suffolk morass of bribe taking government thieves, undocumented union members and the victims of MS 13 gang violence." Jul 3, 17 10:23 AM

What does the $22 million in employee benefits cover over and beyond the separate payroll number in the Southampton Hospital financial report? How many employees are there? 200? " Jul 4, 17 4:49 PM

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