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Hampton Bays Corridor Study Inches Forward

I am not sure what you mean, but I think you may mean the surrounding private residential properties to the Park. I was not involved when the Park concept and design was agreed to by the "community" and how necessary and relevant it really is, why it is so big and took on a life of its own, but it is here now. In my opinion, without controlled activity, that Park can be an attractive nuisance. I live by the Park and I found the lack of concern for the neighboring residential properties by those involved in the design including the Town Officials disgraceful. It was in the Town's power (it is Town property) to provide buffers, screening and fencing and from what has been done so far, they have no intention of doing so. Now that it is here, the development of the 10 or so commercial properties properties along Montauk Highway should be able to be developed with limited additional adverse effect to the neighboring residential properties, but it will be up to the neighboring property owners to monitor the situation. One of the things I had to realize, is that just because a building is being used as a residential dwelling along Montauk Highway and other main roads, doesn't mean it is zoned for residential use. Many of those lots are zones Village Businesses and can be converted to businesses as of right. " Feb 23, 18 6:34 AM

Was was Tomjulie's comment delete? Then please delete Watchdog1 comment addressed to me." Feb 23, 18 7:03 AM

Zoning Changes Would Limit Size Of Commercial Buildings In Hampton Bays

I can appreciate the math that 3,000 x 4 equals 12,000, does the Town know whether or not the change of zoning and the change of use will create economic revitalization or will it further diminish the ability for potential developers from having a commercially viable property. Under this zoning, the current diner would not be allowed unless it is grandfathered. Does it diminish the value of the properties that are there now .that have viable businesses in buildings that exceed 3,000 sf?" Feb 27, 18 7:51 PM

Hampton Bays Library Closed Friday After Mercury Spill Discovered

The Director reported several months ago that they allowed a volunteer student to spend hours trying to fix a clock. I wonder if this is the same clock and if there is some direct relationship? If so, this could have had a much worse outcome if he/she was exposed to the mercury since I suspect he/she had no experience with mercury. That being said, the referendum was voted down twice and the Board needs to move to maintain this building. We all have "aging facilities" and we do our best to maintain our houses with our own money. That is the way it is. " Mar 1, 18 7:05 PM

Mechanical machines do have an estimated useful life and/or the parts are no longer available. I don't believe an antique clock is crucial for the operations of the library and apparently may contain dangerous material. The Library Board should have an inventory of all of its mechanical machinery, maintenance schedules, estimated useful life and be setting aside funds for repair and future replacement. If there is no one on the Board with budgeting and forecasting experience, they should be getting someone to do it. This is ridiculous. " Mar 2, 18 1:22 PM

Graduate Student Now Offering Social Services At Hampton Bays Library

Nothing against this woman, but there are professional agencies all over the east end that provide social services. If there are not enough library services to fill the building, move to a book trailer and sublet the building to a professional social service agency and stop collecting over $2 million a year from the Hampton Bays taxpayers to run a....LIBRARY...We already pay taxes that get allocated to social services and many of us contribute via charitable donations to social services. And let's hope this doesn't "blow up" like the clock." Mar 3, 18 1:15 PM

I spent many a day, night, and weekend in libraries getting my bachelor's degree in accounting, mater's degree in tax and representing billion dollar clients for almost 30 years as a CPA.. I have gone to almost two years worth of Library Board meeting on and off as well as reviewed the minutes and financial statements. The taxpayers of Hampton Bays sent a clear message to the Library Board when they voted down the referendum for a new building twice. The Board continues to report of the poor conditions of the building but seem not to focus to what is important - the physical maintenance of a taxpayer funded building and core library services. If more social services are needed in the community, they sublet the building to a social service agency and pay for the repairs of the building. " Mar 5, 18 12:49 PM

and let me add that I past the Business Library in Brooklyn Heights this weekend that is now closed as well as the Law Library in the Lincoln Building in Manhattan that is now closed. If we need a social services space, the library itself can probably be condensed to 1/2 to 1/4 of the building - sublet the rest to a professional organization,collect the rent and fix the building." Mar 5, 18 1:12 PM

It appears that you have not been following what has been going on at the Hampton Bays library for more than 2 years about th eneed for upgrades and maintenance. Maybe you should look at the minutes and reports." Mar 5, 18 1:48 PM

I think you are missing my point. The Board continues to report that they are stretching their budget beyond capacity and they don't have the monies to maintain the building and that the 'need a new building". However, they continue to expand into non-core services that put wear and tear on the existing facility. If there is so much excess capacity in the building for these non-core services - they should sublet the building to raise money for the maintenance and not try to pierce the cap or put up another referendum for capital improvements and repairs. If not, they should scale back the services and put the money into repairing and maintaining the building. The taxpayers in Hampton Bays are strapped - look at the blight on Montauk Highway." Mar 5, 18 1:59 PM

Let me ask you - do you own a house? Do you fix the roof, boiler, concrete, foundation - do you set aside money knowing that you will need a new boiler someday or do you use your money to take yoga classes, make wreathes, make music tapes and then expect someone to bring you a bucket of money to pay for the repairs and upgrades? The Board should be focusing on maintaining and repairing the building and core services" Mar 5, 18 2:23 PM

I completely disagree. This is a cumulative effect with all of the other non-core programs. We have several taxpayer and charitable funded buildings in our community that can be used, This is a complete misuse of library. " Mar 5, 18 2:42 PM

First of all define "many" - there are 13,000 residents of Hampton Bays - what percent? 1? 1/2 of 1? This is not about being cheap - but please provide your real name and address and suspect a thousand or so taxpayers that voted down the referendum would gladly send you their library (and school) tax bill. Hampton Bays taxpayers pay the hugest rate in the Town of Southampton. The schools, property values This cannot continue to service a handful of people that can get services elsewhere. Socialism only works until the money runs out - and for the Hampton Bays taxpayers it is running out." Mar 5, 18 3:04 PM

ForeignBorn, I am not sure where you are getting pennies - the board wanted $13 million for a new building and the annual budget still includes payments for a bond on the old expansion. The annual budget is about $2 million. It is our duty and responsibility to voice our concerns about how the library is run since it is OUR money - not the Board's money. They have a fiduciary responsibility to allocate and spend our money wisely and in the best interest of the TAXPAYERS. The organization of the Library is antiquated with limited oversight and a self appointed board which can lead to like-minded people running the library. " Mar 5, 18 3:20 PM

Resource allocation and budgeting and forecasting is NOT about pinching pennies and some cost small one time cost savings. It is a much bigger and long range analysis of wants and needs. This is just indicative of a lack of a plan for this taxpayer funded building and the expense of the taxpayers and eventually the patrons of the library." Mar 5, 18 3:39 PM

It is amazing how quickly people turn to demonizing people when they run out of arguments. Again it is not this program alone, but no I don't think people should go to a library to get advice about getting food stamps. That is what DSS and other agencies are for that are already funded with taxpayer dollars." Mar 5, 18 3:52 PM

Why doesn't DSS sublet the extra space from the Library if that is so important to the community? Why double dip on taxpayer funds?" Mar 5, 18 3:55 PM

First of all - you used the food stamp example. My argument is simple also - the library has moved away from its core competency and maintaining the physical structure. The leadership is distracted by the latest idea/initiative that some other library has like making tapes for those that have a memory loss (how many really took advantage or that). How many days have they closed the library because of a maintenance problem that has not been addressed. These programs are like dancing around while your house is on fire." Mar 5, 18 4:38 PM

Yes someone does" Mar 5, 18 7:46 PM

Infoseeker it is always easy to criticize, demonize or attack a person when you can't attack an issue. I am passionate about Hampton Bays moving forward in a positive direction. We have fallen behind all of the other neighboring communities in recovery after the great recession. We are in the best geographic location with the best waterfront and some of the best restaurants on the east end, , but yet take a look along the blight along Montauk Highway, our depressed property values, and high taxes. The Library cannot operate in a vacuum. We need to all work together." Mar 5, 18 8:15 PM

I have repeated in my posts that it is not this one non-core service, but the cumulative effect of all of the non-core services. You cannot bifurcate the effect the the library taxes on the cost of doing business on Main Street as well as the reduced disposable income for the rest of the property owners. We seem to be going around the same mountain so let's just agree to disagree. " Mar 5, 18 10:13 PM

A library should not be providing social services. There are social service agencies trained for that such as DSS. This is as bad as a people who try to fix something that know enough to be dangerous, like the kid that tried to fix the clock with no experience and the library had to close for a day. Don't worry yourself about having to tell me how to live my life, I have been blessed with a very successful one by working hard and putting myself through school at night and have shared my time talents and treasures with many less fortunate and still do. You seem not to understand or want to understand my point which is not directly related to this service, so let's just respectfully agree to disagree, if you are capable of that " Mar 5, 18 10:38 PM

My soapbox was also on the 2 referendums of the l Library expansion and the clock mishap and the boiler mishap that caused the library to close. Clearly the nearly 1,000 property owners that voted down the expansion agree with me. The Library is funded by taxpayers and the Library has a fiduciary responsibility to use the taxpayer monies in fiscally responsible manner. They continue to "cry poverty" that they have no resources to maintain the building and have not set aside monies to replace the mechanical equipment, but yet they continue to spend time and energy and other resources on various on-core programs to a handful of people. Again, clearly you do not agree so let's RESPECTFULLY disagree." Mar 5, 18 10:50 PM

It's you and two people disagreeing - not exactly a mob. No worries, let's see what happens when the library board tires another referendum.." Mar 5, 18 10:59 PM

They are looking for people to join their foundation - why don't you contact them and help them out there." Mar 5, 18 11:36 PM

Good if you did - it didn't seem like they have advertised that. I only know they want to do that since I went to several Board meetings. I hope every gives of their time talents and treasures and tithes to help those less fortunate before they demand others do the same and don't judge others that chose not to for their own reasons." Mar 6, 18 8:32 AM

Again, let's RESPECTFULLY agree to disagree....there is ALWAYS a cost." Mar 6, 18 8:45 AM

Again just let's respectfully disagree on all accounts." Mar 6, 18 8:52 AM

I can ask you the same thing - you don't know the tangible and intangible costs associated with this program as well as the benefits or there lack of associated with this program. Based on my observations and analysis of what has happened to the programs and physical structure over the past several years, I would not be supportive of any new programs until they address the pressing needs of the core programs and building structure. If that is not addressed, there will be NO library for any programs. I think we have a fundamental difference of perspective of what represents cost and benefit. Based on your posts, you seem to have very strong political and social views. My concerns are very specific to the fiscal health of Hampton Bays. I think we need to agree to disagree here and move on." Mar 6, 18 9:21 AM

I am not sure why we can't agree to disagree. I use my real name - why don't you and have a real discussion at the next Library Board meeting. I will meet you there." Mar 6, 18 9:43 AM

I am not interested in continuing this stream. Have a blessed day." Mar 6, 18 10:02 AM

Again, you are entitled to your opinion, but almost 1000 taxpayers would disagree that Hampton Bays needs a new building." Mar 6, 18 10:13 AM

I "rounded up" and there were two votes." Mar 6, 18 10:26 AM

You seem misinformed - the CAC is a TOWN appointed position, it is has nothing to do with the Library. These numbers are consistent with the School and Library votes. Usually only about 1200 people should up to vote/can vote since they are second home owners or away during the vote. " Mar 6, 18 1:09 PM

and only 325 voted in the regular budget last year of which about 1/3 voted it down even though it was under the cap." Mar 6, 18 1:37 PM

Southampton Town Leaders Accuse Zeldin Of Making 'Misleading' Comments About Hampton Bays During White House Visit

bb - couldn't agree more. What IS it going to take? Let's hope it is not a tragedy. " Mar 7, 18 6:25 PM

Hampton Bays Library Closed Friday After Mercury Spill Discovered

bb, we seem to be in agreement about how important it is to maintain the library building and mechanical equipment - I wasn't really referring to the clock specifically -just all of the mechanical in the library i.e boilers etc. - at some point they need to be replaced and the library should have a schedule of those items. I don't know much about the clock itself." Mar 7, 18 6:32 PM

Southampton Town Leaders Accuse Zeldin Of Making 'Misleading' Comments About Hampton Bays During White House Visit

FB, do you really think that the young woman who was sexually assaulted in the safety of her bedroom and had to run naked in the street with the assailant chasing her with a bat threatening to kill her really cared if he was part of an organized gang? The man was an illegal immigrant and was previously arrested but released after a horrible assault at CB's. " Mar 7, 18 10:27 PM

As a human being THAT is the ONLY fact that should matter and seriously some minuscule points really don't need to be made. There was a horrible gang attack at CB's - there was a brutal sexual assault in the village - there was a brothel with sex slaves and you are arguing whether they are "real MS-13 gang members" or if the origin of MS-13 is in El Salvador. If you live in Hampton Bays, you should just be outraged." Mar 8, 18 9:21 AM

Actually only RELATIVE and IMPORTANT facts matter. The relative and important facts facts here is that 4 illegal immigrants from El Salvador were in a bar owned by someone that had well reported ties to MS-13 ties from Hempstead to Riverhead. One of those sexually brutally sexually assaulted a young woman. It really doesn't matter if they were MS-13 or not. We had a brothel in our community where our children go to school running drugs, guns and prostitution. We had a cab driver selling drugs out of his car. Yo want to avoid the issue and split hairs about this or that - knock yourself out. Good luck with that. " Mar 8, 18 10:18 AM

Actually it clearly matters to YOU and those that are more concerned about liberal agendas than the safety and well-being of those living in Hampton Bays. considering you think it is OK that the diner turns into some strip club. Good luck making your liberal arguments. I welcome ANYONE - ANY PARTY that wants to make Hampton Bays a safer, family friendly place to live and visit. Good luck with your liberal arguments." Mar 8, 18 11:38 AM

an FB - you seem to be good with "the google" and have time on your hands look up the information - NY Times article, Hempstead lawsuits, Riverhead denial of permits." Mar 8, 18 12:43 PM

what are you referring to....I am referring to YOUR comment regarding the new diner potential business....and I add YOUR comment on the Edegwater site. Apparently less than family friendly activity in our wonderful hamlet is OK with you.....not so much with some of us." Mar 8, 18 8:48 PM

Many a truth is said in jest " Mar 9, 18 6:04 AM

Glad you cleared that up - maybe you should think about the things you post and if you would post them if you weren't hiding behind an anonymous screen name." Mar 9, 18 11:04 PM

Douglas Elliman Donates $50,000 For Good Ground Park Playground

Thank you Douglas Elliman . The Town raised $3-4+ million in grants from the State and County. Those monies were supposed to cover all of the playgrounds and the comfort stations (at least is what we were told 2 years ago). Now it seems like they are passing around the basket to collect money to fund the park features including the comfort stations. The park construction was rushed through without comfort stations and the main entrance from Main Street. This was supposed to be an economic development project - has anyone walked along Main Street? The Town Was surprised that NYS EDC turned them down for a second $1 million grant - I am surprised that NYS EDC didn't ask them for the $ 1 million back that they already gave them." Apr 13, 18 7:58 AM

bb, there will be a schedule coming out soon from what I understand. In the final plan, there were two playgrounds. From my evaluation and knowledge of economic development, this park was poorly designed and implemented by the Town officials involved. It took on a life of its owns instead of the Town officials keeping their eye on the purpose - to encourage business development. Thee is not enough parking, no entrance on Main Street, but playgrounds are going to attract shoppers. Brilliant.
" Apr 14, 18 8:41 AM

Let me repeat my post, the Town represented they had the money two years ago for the comfort stations and the playgrounds. I find it distasteful that now the Town officials needed to turn to the former assistant town attorney that is now at Douglas Elliman to pay for the playgrounds. The Town has a $99 million budget. There are many worthwhile projects in Hampton Bays that that $50,000 could have been used for. " Apr 14, 18 8:54 AM

Brendon Henry Drops Congressional Bid, Leaving Five Democrats In Race To Challenge Zeldin

I am hoping that 27east changes the policy for anonymous posts before the November elections so that committee members will have to disclose who they are when they post." Apr 14, 18 11:19 AM

I don't think it is so rare there Bruce, but thanks." Apr 14, 18 1:13 PM

Douglas Elliman Donates $50,000 For Good Ground Park Playground

Yes Bruce, must be or could it be I am all about the Party of Hampton Bays and don't see it through any other party?" Apr 16, 18 5:51 AM

Brendon Henry Drops Congressional Bid, Leaving Five Democrats In Race To Challenge Zeldin

HC, You are entitled to your opinion but not to judge whether I am informed or not. The only party I belong to is the United Party of Hampton Bays. " Apr 16, 18 6:05 AM

New Security Measures Added To Southampton Town Hall This Week

Does anyone else see the irony in that we have has the Town officials to enforce their own rules for OUR safety and health and quality of life and turned a blind eye and deaf ear, but now that they are concerned for THEIR safety, it is a whole other story? " May 1, 18 2:10 PM

Nonprofits Interested In Former Hampton Bays Chamber Of Commerce Building

So prime real estate on Main Street that looks like a ghost town next to two Historic Buildings that are never open to the public will now be used to store boxes for some not for profit like the Hampton Bays civic Association who indicated that they were interested in it. Brilliant ideas by the Town and Chamber." May 21, 18 1:53 PM

Hampton Bays Will Not Get Trolley Service This Summer

Another poorly executed plan -another missed opportunity - approved by the Town Board. It is about time the Town Administration starts to own their own poorly executed plans. They have no problem wanting a pat on the back for the good ones. The success of this should have been easy breezy - a couple of tours - some bar crawls - beach events etc. - instead it drove around aimlessly all day and at times seemed to be int he Park for hours. "less that 5 passengers a day" - I believe it was 1 or 2 and that may include the driver. They had plenty of time to adjust - if there is a will there is a way. What foot traffic is Supervisor Schneiderman referring to? On Main Street? Where are people to supposed to park and walk? Illegally in private parking lots where customers are supposed to park? How many times a month can you get your hair cut or nails done? You can't "walk" to the beaches or waterfront restaurants. Seriously, just own you didn't do a good job and move on." May 21, 18 4:45 PM

Nonprofits Interested In Former Hampton Bays Chamber Of Commerce Building

Ironically, it sounds like you are describing a fully functioning Chamber of Commerce. Where is the Chamber office in the Senior Center and who knows about it? This building should have been maintained at the expense of the Town if the Town Administration truly cared about the economic recovery of Main Street. It is the perfect home for a fully functioning Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau. " May 21, 18 9:06 PM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin Discusses Combating MS-13 Gang At Roundtable With President Trump In Bethpage On Wednesday

FB, Wow - a neighborhood without a murder in a year makes it to the New York Times - like that is something to be proud of. I worked as the director of economic development for a local utility in East New York in the 1990's and still have ties in the "not so nice" parts of the "outer" boroughs of NYC. FB, what is your first hand experience? It is not all cool and hip no matter what you read. Some of us know how bad it can get and maybe want to make sure it doesn't get that bad here." May 25, 18 8:24 AM

FB, bad times follow good. Have you walked through Manhattan lately? When was the last time you were in an "outer borough". Big decline in the last 4 years. " May 25, 18 11:40 AM

Property values don't equal quality of life -and with the rising property values where are all the working class supposed to live. There is illegally overcrowded housing all over and an increase in homelessness. The only way property values increase quality of life is when you sell and leave." May 25, 18 1:14 PM

Vacant Coast Guard Homes Expected To Be Auctioned Off This Summer; Neighbors Concerned About Future Of Neighborhood

I agree Resident Tax - if these units were set aside for those serving in the military, they should be used for just that. Otherwise, these units should be owner occupied at least for a period of time. It should be in the by-laws of the association. Brandon, yes some change is "bad" and apparently these owners who worked hard to make their community a nice place to live, don't want to see it deteriorate by allowing these units to potentially be purchased for investment purposes and turned into illegally overcrowded housing I suspect that if they had confidence in the Town of Southampton to enforce their own code for illegally overcrowded housings, their concern may not be the same. " May 29, 18 5:19 AM

The single unit rental house is not the issue here. It is the abundance of potential rental units and the potential for illegally overcrowded rentals that the Town seems to do nothing about. I love the YIMBY movement - alleged to be YES in MY backyard, but actually it seems to by a YIYBY movement - YES in YOUR backyard (stay out of mine!)" May 29, 18 9:27 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Announces Run For Suffolk County Comptroller This Fall

This position requires a person who understands and acts with the highest standard of governance, transparency and accountability - not a personable guy who is a musician and former chemistry teacher. Supervisor Schneiderman insists that he "lowered taxes" when the reality is just that property values went up more than the tax increase. He "gets" what needs to be done in Hampton Bays and it is about time he does something about it and not just kick the can down the road like his predecessor did.

Gayle Lombardi, CPA" May 30, 18 8:53 AM

Southampton Town Officials Debate New Affordable Accessory Apartments Proposal

This work session last Tuesday is worth the watch. It is on the Town website. This issue was raised almost 3 years ago and the presenters were woefully under- prepared. Councilperson Scalera repeatedly trued to obtain the relevant facts, applicable law, necessary analyses and address any unintended consequences to make a sound decision while the rest of the Town Board and "trusted advisers" acted as if she was speaking a foreign language. Based on my observations over the past number of years, except for Councilperson Scalera, the Town administration has gotten so far off course that the truth, relevant facts, and applicable law are optional in any discussion and decision.

Gayle Lombardi, CPA
" Jun 13, 18 2:18 PM

It sounds like you are assuming that the other Board members want an effective solution. Based on outcomes over the years, I am not sure that is the case. I am not sure if it is because they really don't know or they don't care or they surround themselves with "trusted" advisers who really don't know or really don't care. From my observations, there is an egregious waste of taxpayer funds paid to internal "trusted" advisers supplemented with consultants and other outsourced labor. Councilperson Scalera has been the champion of fiscal responsibility and effective problem-solving in a sea of ineffectiveness and fiscal waste for years. I would have given up years ago.

Gayle Lombardi, CPA

" Jun 14, 18 6:29 AM

A Hampton Bays Native Bids Farewell To Position On School Board

Best of Luck to you and your family - you will be missed." Jul 2, 18 10:37 AM

The taxpayers of HB pay 100% of the school taxes and less that 10% of the Town of Southampton taxes. We would be ahead 90 cents on every dollar. " Jul 2, 18 1:51 PM

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