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Community Partners Work Together To Combat Sexual Violence In Hampton Bays

Sorry, but I am not going to debate the use of the Library facility turning into a social service agency...been there done that...not doing it again. " Nov 26, 18 12:54 PM

It is irrelevant and off topic." Nov 26, 18 12:54 PM

The East Hampton nonprofit, whose mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse, has partnered with the Hampton Bays Public Library and the Hampton Bays School District to construct a curriculum at the district’s middle and high schools, teaching students how to recognize and prevent violence and bullying.
" Nov 26, 18 2:02 PM

Restoration Of Old Ponquogue Bridge Fishing Piers Complete

I agree this is a great project for HB, but this is a section of an article from 2015 "Construction on the roughly 85-year-old piers is expected to be completed by next summer, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said on Tuesday. The piers were once a part of the drawbridge that served as a precursor to the current Ponquogue Bridge. The project is slated to cost an estimated $117,300 "" Nov 26, 18 8:08 PM

Good luck with that. Supervisor Schneiderman is really good at running for office, maybe not so good at running the Town of Southampton government. $100 million dollar budget????" Nov 27, 18 8:10 AM

Southampton Town Board Looks To Define Roles Of Citizen Advisory Committees, An Issue In Both Towns

I suspect most people are reading this and have no idea what this is about or what a CAC is versus a Civic. No worries, Apparently neither do some of the Town Board members. This has been an issue for almost 20 years, maybe it will take another 20 to actually get it right. NYC has well organized Community Boards for decades. It seems to me that some Town Board members like the confusion so they can "opinion shop" and find the community group that will support what they want to do and/or help in their political campaigns. " Nov 27, 18 5:56 PM

cmac, it has been my experience in HB, that members of the Town Board go to the groups that support what they already want to do or their campaigns. The fact, law, truth, real community support is irrelevant. Councilperson Scalera tries her best to get to the law, facts, truth and then balance that against community input, but I have seen other Board members and their alleged trusted advisers look like deer in headlight. One such adviser told the HB CAC not to "conflate" the truth, facts and the law with Jay's proposal for the Bel-Aire purchase...like medicine peddlers at a carnival show." Nov 27, 18 7:24 PM

I am a political unaffiliated and Julie Lofstad, Tommy John Schiavoni and John Bouvier can attest that my home was used to support Julies campaign for the special election - so NO it is not partisan. It is my NON-partisan observations. Someone said to me "give Jay the vote to disappoint" and he did and he has." Nov 28, 18 9:57 AM

George Lynch a/k/a Turkey Bridge - a member of the democratic committee probably only see things as political. People who ARE political probably don't believe that some of us are not." Nov 28, 18 10:08 AM

TB - actually, I found your comment very partisan and disrespectful. I have followed the Board meeting carefully over the past three years. Good ideas and problems that need to be solved go into an abyss of incompetence and out pops unrecognizable solutions, incomplete and overpriced projects and solutions in search of problems. This is on the Supervisor. The fact pattern leading up to the premature resolution for the changes to the CAC roles is no different that "Bel-Aire gate", the trolley that roamed HB aimlessly all summer, the ridiculous discussions around accessory apartments, GGP with no comfort stations, the Pavilion coming in $1 million higher than what was projected, etc. From what I see, no one seems to question what goes on except Councilperson Scalera. " Nov 28, 18 11:47 AM

Southampton Town Board Tables Bel-Aire Cove Vote Once Again

This just gets better and better. Jay and Julie introduce a walk on resolution in August for a public hearing about purchasing the motel and now they still don't have their ducks in order? Who is running this show? The resolution only states that they are buying it for community purpose - the rest is some oral representation from Jau which is not worth the paper it is written on. Regarding the use of CPF, they just purchased the Lobster Inn which was slated for condo development and a property in Sag Harbor that was also slated for a condo development. The tax issue is really immaterial since condos pay much lower taxes; the current average price in HB is $500K so I have no idea where Jay is getting $750K. They are going to do what they want whether the facts, truth, law or community input supports it." Nov 29, 18 8:06 AM

Tensions Run High At First Public Meeting To Discuss SCWA Management Of Hampton Bays Water

Read all the stories about the drinking water not just HB is affected, the contamination is widespread - the infrastructure is deteriorating. The leadership needs to come together and obtain what ever resources it can to correct the problems and plan for the future. There may be some federal, state county or maybe CPF monies, but the taxpayers need to be prepared to pay for part of this over the next 20 years." Nov 29, 18 3:17 PM

Southampton Town Board Looks To Define Roles Of Citizen Advisory Committees, An Issue In Both Towns

Sorry TB, but I disagree - HB should NOT have to form a village and tax the working class and seniors in HB to compensate for the incompetence, fat and waste at the Town level. The Board has approved a budget than now eclipses $100 million. The entire Township should see effective use of that money. " Nov 30, 18 10:34 AM

Southampton Town Board Tables Bel-Aire Cove Vote Once Again

All B.S. ZGerry, I think you were at the HB CAC meeting when Jay passed around the picture he took off the internet like kindergarten show and tell and represented that the deal was contingent on the Bel-Aire being vacated and the Town forming a Community development Agency. I FOILED that part of the agreement and my FOIL request was denied." Nov 30, 18 10:49 AM

I first asked for the full agreement and they said since it was not executed I could not obtain it, then I just asked for the terms and conditions that supported Jay's statements and I was given NO reason. I worked in mergers and acquisition in private section, the agreement is often made public - in fact in SEC listed companies it is mandatory under certain conditions." Nov 30, 18 11:51 AM

the Board resolution has no detail about what will be done with the property after the purchase and no terms and conditions of the purchase." Nov 30, 18 12:14 PM

Southampton Town Board Looks To Define Roles Of Citizen Advisory Committees, An Issue In Both Towns

The CAC's often turn into buffers for the TB instead of having the same individual bring their concerns directly to the TB and have on SEA-TV in open session. The CAC's have no power to do anything about anything. They should be able to speak to land use and zoning issues no matter what board that issue is before.The CAC receives the payer copies of the plans historically...what were they supposed to do with them??? " Dec 2, 18 5:12 PM

Tensions Run High At First Public Meeting To Discuss SCWA Management Of Hampton Bays Water

These projects were started way before Jay was the Supervisor, GGP is an example of how a project that was supposed to be the catalyst for Main Street redevelopment was bastardized beyond the point of recognition under Jay's leadership. All projects are materially over budget and delayed under Jay's administration." Dec 3, 18 9:42 AM

I was at the meeting last week. I suggest that residents attend the next meeting which I believe is December 18th. I also suggest everyone that hasn't yet completed the survey on the TOS website, complete the survey. They only had 300 completed out of approximately 6,000 customers. " Dec 3, 18 9:57 AM

Southampton Town Board Tables Bel-Aire Cove Vote Once Again

stree - there is nothing in writing from what I have seen that states the property will be delivered vacant. The resolution that was tabled at the November 27th Town Board meeting was first on the agenda and can be viewed on the Town Clerk Portal. It states that it will be purchased under Town Law 64 for community development - very vague and non-committal. " Dec 3, 18 12:47 PM

and for those that followed the 5 years of adjournments of appeals of the Tiana Pines motel being converted into apartments, the Town Board settled earlier this year to allow the apartment conversion." Dec 3, 18 1:19 PM

Work Begins On Canoe Place Inn Project In Hampton Bays

I am truly thankful to the Rechlers for their investment in Hampton Bays. I wish them success." Dec 5, 18 11:21 AM

The Bel-Aire should be vacated and demolished. Instead the supervisor has changed the conversation to whether it should be a motel, ice cream parlor or condos or affordable housing. The only way the community will be certain it will be vacated and demolished is if it is purchased with CPF - otherwise it could be worse than what is there. After 5 years and 70 adjournments, the Town board settled with the owners of Tiana Pines for 16 apartments." Dec 5, 18 2:31 PM

and the supervisor has also changed the conversation to be about one motel - what about all the others? See the latest press release about the code enforcement action." Dec 5, 18 2:37 PM

Southampton Town Board Looks To Define Roles Of Citizen Advisory Committees, An Issue In Both Towns

How many organizations do you have in Speonk? HB has the HBCA, HBBA, Chamber, "Moms", 3 PTA/PTO, throw in the Library and School Board, Lions and Rotary and the TB have a cornucopia of groups to go to for opinion shopping. Some of the group leadership/Boards are self-serving since they want grants or favors (or maybe even their picture in the paper),, so they go along with what some of the TB members what whether or not it is in the best interest of HB at large. " Dec 6, 18 8:39 AM

Work Begins On Canoe Place Inn Project In Hampton Bays

I think the key phrase here is "40 years" - no plan should last 40 years. Every long term plan should be re-evaluated every year. The fact that the TOS doesn't do that is incomprehensible to me. From my prospective, this project is long in coming and Hampton Bays needs this. This project's success will define the success of Hampton Bays." Dec 6, 18 8:50 AM

Is it just me, but the "more" doesn't show up "anymore"." Dec 6, 18 9:11 AM

Thanks for updating Erin." Dec 6, 18 10:08 AM

LOL - so I guess it is just me....I will update - thanks for the heads up." Dec 6, 18 10:11 AM

VOS, I follow your comments since you seem very knowledgeable about the master plans. You seem to be a supporter of the Hills development in EQ, but not this project. The success of this project will be a benchmark for the revitalization of HB. Times have changed since the master plans. I don't remember the details of the road, but I think the objective is to make that intersection safer and the Rechlers were going to fund the reconstruction." Dec 6, 18 8:41 PM

VOS - I have gone through ALL of the master plans and studies for HB - they are many disconnects and implementation for whatever pieces they implemented has been bastardized beyond the point of recolonization. I don't believe that this project "tears out the heart of soul" of HB. We can agree to disagree. " Dec 9, 18 10:50 AM

After Heated Debate, Southampton Town Board Again Tables Bel-Aire Cove Decision

The taxes on this property is approximately $18,000 and similar "boutique" motels and small condo complexes pay about the same. I say $3.50 per taxpayer per year (18,000 divided by 5,000 taxpayers) of potential lost taxes is money well spent to see this motel sold and demolished. There is no guarantee that the proposed project won't end up as emergency housing and/or affordable housing once it is owned by the Town and will end up costing the taxpayers much more than $3.50 per year. " Dec 17, 18 2:48 PM

The Town has represented for years that, since this is "pre-existing non-conforming" R-20 property that the courts don't uphold the "motel" use. I personally don't believe them. The Town Board just "settled" with Tiana Pines after 5 years and I believe 70 adjournments to allow the owners to convert to apartments. If they purchase this particular one with CPF, at least the costs for code enforcement, school enrollment , etc. will be eliminated. Not the ideal outcome, but better than what is there now. " Dec 17, 18 5:26 PM

I don't make some generalization - this is a single one-acre piece of property zoned mostly R-20. So there are three options (1) leave the substandard housing as is since the Town has demonstrated that they can't or won't do anything about it for at least 5 years; (2) Town buy it with Community Preservation monies and the community will know the outcome or (3) Jay's original proposal for the Town to buy it and "roll the dice" that the Town will actually pull off some condo development or "boutique" motel. I don't trust the Town to do (1) or (3) and frankly they wore me down with their incompetence. I just want this done." Dec 17, 18 6:25 PM

and to be clear as to the Board members' positions, Councilperson Scalera also stated that the Board's first course of action should have been/should be to enforce the laws. The proposal for CPF is in response to Supervisor Schneiderman's nebulous and unsubstantiated proposal to buy the property for "community development" that came out of left field in August." Dec 17, 18 6:53 PM

Exactly RR, Supervisor Schneiderman pulled the proposal for redevelopment out of the air in August and can't back it up. Councilperson Schiavonni and Bouvier seem to go along for the ride and could not back up why they believe it will be "successful" and a benefit to HB. I felt Councilperson Scalera's frustration with her other Board members. Personally, I find the proposal for redevelopment unfounded and borderline unethical. " Dec 18, 18 9:11 AM

and what about the rest of the Board members and alleged trusted advisers? What is the price for selling out? This Town Administration runs fast and loose - all fun and games until someone ends up hurt, sued or indicted. " Dec 18, 18 10:35 AM

Hampton Bays Water District Officials Speak Out Against SCWA Proposal To Manage Local Water

sgt202 - I suspect that you are correct about some town employees since there are school aides with college degrees making $20,000 with no pension, but then there are administrators making 10X - 15X as much with full benefits and pension. I suspect dfree is referring to those. "Back in the day and still in NYC, those with defined benefit plans" made less then private sector with no pension. Now on LI, that has shifted and causing the middle class (unless you work for the municipalities or schools) to leave LI. Those budgets/pensions are unsustainable. " Dec 24, 18 11:09 AM

Southampton Town Planning Board Searches For A Consultant On East Quogue Golf Proposal

It seems to me that the Hills project has highlighted a dysfunction government structure. We have 5 Town Board members voted "at large" - not representing any district appointing members to zoning and planning boards based on political alliance - not necessary knowledge of issues or hamlets. It seems to be that it is only a matter of time that this actual structure of the Town Government needs to be challenged in court. " Jan 2, 19 8:30 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman Sets Priorities For 2019

The Town Government systemically fails Hampton Bays. Supervisor Schneiderman keeps pushing "his" proposal for the Bel-aire cove like it is the panacea for Hampton Bays economy. They spent $4 million of CPF on the Sag Harbor Cinema and $10 million of CPF on an acre of land in Sag Harbor. The community is asking for the Bel-Aire property to be purchased with $ 1 million of funds, and he is digging in his heels against that. It seems to me, there is something more to this than he is saying. The Town has a budget of over $100 million dollars and all they need to do is take care of non-Village property and he makes it sound like fixing the Ponquogue Pavilion is some sort of "gift" There is such a disconnect between the administration and the needs of Hampton Bays." Jan 3, 19 8:07 AM

Geroge, and as I said before, the taxpayers of Hampton Bays should not have to incorporate just to get service from the Town. Maybe the Town Administration needs to "man up" (or "woman up") and actually provide services with their $102 million dollar budget. Maybe the Supervisor is too preoccupied with other things to run the administration in an effective way." Jan 3, 19 4:28 PM

It is ironic to me that the hotel that is owned by the Supervisor and others in Montauk are not used as full time residences (since I FOILED the school district records last year), but yet in the Town in which he is the Supervisor this illegal use is tolerated. Double standard?" Jan 3, 19 10:48 PM

Residents Press Southampton Town Board Members To Purchase Bel-Aire Cove Motel With CPF Revenue

I think there is a misunderstanding here. There are two separate proposals - one to purchase with CPF and leave the land vacant and one to purchase with Town funds to redevelop into some fathom plan that Jay has in head. There is really no support from the community or the law and the facts to support the the purchase for redevelopment, but Jay keeps digging in his heels and 3 or the 4 Board members are going along for the ride. . The Governor vetoed the Bill for the Town to form a Community Development Agency two years in a row and that is still not stopping them. Something is amiss here." Jan 10, 19 5:04 PM

Southampton Town Board Rejects Proposal To Purchase Bel-Aire Cove Motel With CPF Money

I was at this meeting and many of the others. The only elected official that listened and tried to get to the relevant facts and law was Councilperson Scalera. This process has been the poster child for institutional corrupt from from the original walk on resolution to purchase the Bel-Aire property for redevelopment back in August - a systemic failure for the government to provide governance..yet again failing the residents of the Bel-Aire, the environment and the community...and we get all this all this for the bargain price of a $1.02 million budget. Disgusting... Gayle Lombardi, CPA" Jan 23, 19 1:19 PM

knitter, I think you are mixing two separate funding sources. If it is purchased with the Community Preservation Funds (CPF), it will be preserved as open space - it cannot be resold or re-developed. The alleged "plan" from Jay in August was to buy the property under a Community Development Agency formed under NYS Law and get the permits in place for a redevelopment and resell it. The Governor vetoed the bill to form the Community Development Agency in December. Now Jay is circumventing that with an Urban Renewal Plan. Something is horribly amiss here. They are running fast and lose with a process and it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt, sued or indicted. " Jan 23, 19 3:22 PM

this place is in a environmentally sensitive and dense area. The CPF committee and and administrator recommended it be purchased with CPF notwithstanding it is a "garbage motel". " Jan 23, 19 4:48 PM

HamptonDad, most people that have followed this and other overcrowded and illegally used property for 5 years would probably agree with you 100%. However, the Town has failed the community and continues to make excuses. The proposal for CPF made sense since it would force the relocation of the residents and it is actually an environmentally sensitive area and leaving it as open space can alleviate some of the density in the area. I have no idea why the Supervisor and 3 of the 4 Town Councilpersons are digging in their heels on some far reaching process of purchase and redevelopment. of which they have no experience or knowledge." Jan 23, 19 5:29 PM

cmac, I was there and can attest that Donna T and her husband supported the plan and opposed the purchase with CPF. I have now requested all the public input under FOIL since Supervisor Schneiderman represented he has worked with the community, Councilperson Lofstad said people have told her not to purchase it with CPF and Councilperson Bouvier indicated that 1/2 of the people opposed the purchase with CPF. If their statements are not supported by public documents, our elected officials have once again provided unsubstantiated and false and misleading information. " Jan 23, 19 5:37 PM

This is the property on Shinnecok Road, the one where CCHB commissioned a water study of Penny Pond that the Town Administration ignored. The Town Administration also settled with the owners of Tiana Pines to allow for conversion to apartments after about 5 years and 50+ adjournments. " Jan 23, 19 6:18 PM

I have been following this and at all the meetings for years. This issue stems from a failure of Supervisor Schneiderman's administration to enforce the code. He was aware and involved in the Hidden Cove 5 years ago when he was at the County. He misrepresented and mishandled the original alleged and fathom plan under the NYS CDA in August. Councilperson Scalera had NO support for the public hearing and resolution. An approved resolution would have put an end to the circus. Supervisor Schneiderman, with the help of 3 of the 4 councilpersons are acting very Machiavellian. From someone who has spent 32 years as an auditor, someone is benefiting from the "private deal" with taxpayer monies and it is not the residents of the Bel-Aire or the community or the taxpayers. " Jan 24, 19 7:23 AM

Another interesting point to note is that Councilperson Lofstad stated that people have stopped her on the street and told her "no more CPF", but had no problem approving a CPF purchase for a potential waste treatment plant in Hampton Bays. Is she actually suggesting that the most dense hamlet should not be awarded monies for preservation and open space, but it is ok for a waste treatment plant? " Jan 24, 19 9:03 AM

TB, again you are on the SH Democratic Committee - people reading your posts should know that. Many of the people that have gone to the public hearing about this have NO political or personal interest. Mr. Bouvier said "he doesn't want to start a precedent" buying this property. what a ridiculous statement - the whole purpose of the CPF is to buy environmentally sensitive property. Tommy-John Schiavoni went on and on bout the PILOTS at Eastport-Manorville (where I believe he worked and is now a retiree) - he only mentioned the actual taxes of the Bel-Aire when Councilperson Scalera pressed him. I was actually the one that brought up the taxes which equates to 3 dollars a person. Supervisor Schneiderman sounds more like the president of a real estate development firm than an elected official. " Jan 28, 19 7:02 AM

I am a CPA, not an environmental lawyer, but the head of the CPF and the head of the CPF committee recommended that this be purchased so I defer to their expertise. If purchased with CPF, this will be demolished just as Hidden Cove, the Lobster Inn and probably others. The Town has a failed code enforcement process.
The residents are being victimized twice - first by the landlord and then by the Town Administration for about a decade that was supposed to protect them. " Jan 28, 19 5:31 PM

Town's Purchase Of Former Hampton Bays Chamber Building Poses Challenges For Potential Tenant

From what I have observed, most of the leaders in the Town Administration either don't know or don't care about anything going on in Hampton Bays. I have an email from Frank months ago discussing the history - why is it now news to the the Town Board? They sweep the problems under the rug or kick the can down the road long enough to retire and get their pensions. This is just one of many examples. This building is on prime real estate on Main Street - so much for the "revitalization of Main Street". BTW - "the chamber moved to the senior center" - really? I is a bulletin board with outdated information. " Feb 9, 19 6:25 PM

The Town failed Hampton Bays by allowing this building to fall into disrepair on Main Street notwithstanding whether or not they allow a not-for-profit to use the building. The condition of this building is the result of years/decades of neglect. The Town has a budget of more than $100 million dollars and should not burden this not-for-profit with the repairs. I also find it troubling that it appears that the Town Administration pulled the rug out from under the organization at this point. They never do their homework - press release first - ask questions later. BTW - the pedestrian entrance to the park was supposed to be the HBFD property - what ever happened to THAT deal 10 years in the making. " Feb 10, 19 7:31 AM

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