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Graduate Student Now Offering Social Services At Hampton Bays Library

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

Strain On Hampton Bays Water District Caused By Out Of Service Wells

Good luck to your friend trying to get to the bottom of anything. It has been my experience that the truth, facts, applicable law, transparency and accountability are optional when it comes to the actions of those in leadership roles in the Town. The Town has thrown taxpayer monies at long overdue capital projects, but have done little to address core issues facing Hampton Bays. Maybe it is time that the taxpayers unite. " Jul 4, 18 10:06 AM

"Mostly everyone in Hampton Bays is Family and Friends"? First of all, I doubt that the 13,000 people in Hampton Bays are related (at least I hope not) and what does that have to do with clean drinking water? Bottom line = those accountable to fix this problem should fix it. Residents have the right to be upset - July comes after June every year - it shouldn't have been a surprise. I can't speak to this particular issue as to whether the leadership is/has performed the necessary analyses, but I can speak to others that were less than complete including the recent work session on the accessory apartment initiative. I found Supervisor Schneiderman's reference to an iron skillet as irrelevant as his reference in that work session to his car shopping trip to Patchogue with his daughter. " Jul 4, 18 2:17 PM

Changing The Perception Of Hampton Bays One Project At A Time

This article appeared to be more a public relations advertisement than a news report. It was consistent with the political playbook of Supervisor Schneiderman, Councilperson Lofstad and Councilperson Bouvier took office in 2016 – to distort the narrative of the issues, deflect their responsibility for effective actions and then to label and demonize the residents of Hampton Bays as impatient, angry, frustrated and negative when the residents call for action. The residents of Hampton Bays have always had to speak up to the Town of Southampton government about the issues facing Hampton Bays. Hampton Bays is reliant on the Town of Southampton government since it does not have a separate village government. Since the Town government does not have districts and the Town Board is elected at large, Hampton Bays does not have an official representative on the Town Board. It is irrelevant that Councilperson Julie Lofstad is a resident of Hampton Bays. The Town of Southampton is responsible to maintain the beach properties located in Hampton Bays open to the public. It was only after years of complaints by the Hampton Bays residents about neglected property, did the Town of Southampton commence long overdue capital projects. The residents have heard the excuses for almost a decade from the Town of Southampton as to why they cannot take effective action to address the overcrowded housing and the illegal use of seasonal motels as year round residences. The latest distorted narrative is how Good Ground Park is the panacea to address the lost vitality along Main Street and the vacant stores along Montauk Highway as a substitute for effective economic development planning and programs.
" Jul 9, 18 6:11 PM

The town's planning department is completely out of touch - they continue to refer to the "1999 Master Plan" as if it is still has any relevance. I agree with xtigeo - Hampton Bays is the most beautiful hamlet in the Town of Southampton. The problem is not Hampton Bays, the problem is the out of touch and ineffective administration. " Jul 9, 18 9:35 PM

This is nothing to do about being a "hater" of Hampton Bays. Most people I know that live in Hampton Bays love Hampton Bays. For those that have followed the issues closely in Hampton Bays and the ineffective Town administration, this a political propaganda to make some of the Town officials look like beacons of light in a sea of despair. They are neither beacons of light nor is there a sea of despair. " Jul 10, 18 10:11 AM

Those that have been involved in the issues know exactly what is being worked on and what is not. The Town of Southampton has a $99 million budget and what else are they supposed to do with it but keep up the public property, have effective planning and code enforcement. I am of the generation where you don't get a pat on the back, trophy, bonus or news report for showing up and doing your job. This article is very "transparent" as a public relations article. Let's see how fast and hard they work address the issues and stop being the town of "no" and academic planning. " Jul 10, 18 5:00 PM

There really shouldn't be a need - you would think since there are so many villages and the town has a $99 million budget that they could maintain the town property located in Hampton Bays and address the other issues. Fixing the pavilion shouldn't be news worthy - it should be standard operating procedure. It seems to me its the leaderships perception of their duties and responsibilities that needs to change, not the residents. " Jul 10, 18 5:38 PM

UPDATE: Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Union Employees Reach Agreement On Contracts

Most private sector companies eliminated defined benefit pensions plans decades ago and switched over to defined contribution plans. Defined benefits plans are unsustainable just like social security since people are in retirement for decades after they retire. The municipal and school pensions especially for the six figure salaries many employees have are crippling middle class who are not employed by the school and municipality on Long Island. There are many published independent studies that support that hypothesis. Look at the budgets and see where most of your tax monies go. " Jul 17, 18 4:53 PM

My comments were general about property taxes and the funding of municipalities and schools, not hospital staff. The pension and benefit line item on many of the school and municipal budgets are substantial and I doubt that they are trending downward." Jul 17, 18 7:08 PM

Not necessarily on a dollar for dollar ratio. Take a look at some of the local school budgets." Jul 17, 18 8:12 PM

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