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Town Board Delays Bel-Aire Cove Motel Purchase In Hampton Bays

dtree, I would not be against the Plan except that I don't believe that the Plan is not going to turn out well for HB. First it was condos in August, then they needed a Community Development Agency, then the Governor vetoed that, then they make up this Plan. Before long, the Town will say there is no market and it will be some sort of emergency housing or low-income housing. we will go from private blight to public blight. What G.A. Lombardi wants is CODE ENFORCEMENT, not B.S. lawsuits and the Town unilaterally making real estate deals behind closed doors. I am tired of going through Town looking at decayed housing with 10 cars, boats, and trucks parked on the property and the owners thumbing their nose at the Town and their neighbors. " Mar 19, 19 8:48 PM

South Fork Commuter Connection Off To Slow Start

I would love to see how they projected that this would be successful. As someone who uses the LIRR and NYC transit system regularly, unless there is consistent and frequent service, it is difficult to use the system. I spent many a night sleeping in my office and showering in the gym in the morning because I missed a train or bus to return home. I wonder if any of the elected officials that supported this every really used and depended on mass transit? I seriously doubt it. " Mar 20, 19 1:35 PM

Who do you think is going to take the train? How many people have steady work hours and can wait hours if they miss a train?" Mar 20, 19 6:40 PM

I wonder how many of you all posting EVER relied on mass transit to get anywhere. I post from over 30 years of experience. I happen to be legally blind and CAN'T drive and I can tell you that traveling on the LIRR east of Babylon is ridiculous. If the elected officials wanted to do something meaningful instead of wasting money, they should have spoken to those that actually understand what it like to use mass transit and not people RELY on mass transit and some of those posting who have no idea." Mar 21, 19 2:05 PM

I challenge all of you who posted in favor of this to put your car away for one month (preferably in the middle of winter) and use mass transit EVERYWHERE. When you do, then you can speak from experience. " Mar 21, 19 2:07 PM

You apparently have never been stranded with no way to get home due a failure of mass transit in comparing being stuck in a car and stranded miles from home. As they say "walk a mile in someone's shoes first." Mar 21, 19 2:17 PM

You often post just to be contrary. Again, unless you RELY on mass transit and just use it to go to the Montauk St. Patrick's Day Parade, you cannot fully understand what it is like when there is not frequent and regular transportation. Take for instance, when you have a family emergency (as I recently have had) and NO WAY to get there via mass transit. If you understood, I doubt you would be so smug about sitting in traffic." Mar 21, 19 2:55 PM

No actually it is the same fact pattern that you seem not to grasp unless you RELY on mass transit - when there is not a regular schedule of trains, it will NOT work. A person cannot be miles from his home and only have 1 or 2 trains to return. It may be a novelty for a day or two or a safe way to get to the Montauk Parade so you don't get a DWI, but otherwise, it DOESN'T work." Mar 22, 19 10:28 AM

No the fact pattern is that for a mass transit system to work for a substantial population, there needs to be a regular and consistent train schedule. The family emergency, waiting hours for a train or maybe missing the last train are just examples of failure, not the fact pattern." Mar 22, 19 3:13 PM

Southampton Town Board Votes Tuesday To Put Out Bid To Demolish Old Westhampton Community Center

I don't think that is ST's point, but I don't want to speak for her. HB has both a "community/senor center" funded by the Town and a Library funded by just the HB taxpayers. Our library has expanded its programs to areas getting very close if not crossing the line of a library charter at the expense of the local taxpayers. It is also a non-elected board. The taxpayers of the Westhampton Library District should make sure that the Town is adequately reimbursing the Library for Town services. " Mar 29, 19 8:59 AM

East Quogue Committee Files Village Incorporation Petition With Town On Wednesday

I applaud EQ efforts and making it this far. The devil is in the detail, but conceptually, I understand why they are doing this. Some people may believe that this is all about the Hills, but as someone who has been active in the HB community for a number of years, it is so much more than that. It is the fact that we have an "at large" government and EQ and HB as no official advocate or representative. Look at the recent CPF spending in the Villages - Sag Harbor, Southampton, Westhampton - clearly the Town board's power base. EQ and HB residents practically beg for services and we get ignored. Maybe HB needs to follow. At minimum, we need to vote those running for re-election out of office." Apr 5, 19 1:45 PM

Southampton Town Board Approves Bel-Aire Motel Purchase, 4-1

First of all it is Gayle not Gail...but I was there. I agree with Councilperson Scalera that I can only hope now that this actually becomes something beneficial to HB. However, it is clear to me that our government is institutionally corrupt that opens the door for financial corruption. Supervisor Schneiderman wanted this from the beginning with a walk on resolution in August. Even though there was no corroborating independent verification that this will more likely than not be a successful project, had opposition from the community, Suffolk County Planning Commission staff, and the Southampton Town Planning Board, 4 of the 5 voted to move forward and "roll the dice" with a $1 million plus of taxpayer monies. We need new leadership at the Town Board." Apr 10, 19 8:20 AM

Don't hold your breathe. The way that is works (at least for us common folks and not when you are the King of Southampton), is that it can't be torn down until you have the plans approved since the structure is pre-existing non-conforming. Otherwise, it reverts back to the zoning with is mostly R-20 (one-family residential on 1/2 acre lots)." Apr 10, 19 8:57 AM

Thanks Greg for the correction! " Apr 10, 19 9:26 AM

Bayman, The risk to the taxpayer is is unknown and infinite. The starting point is $ 1 million dollars. How much has already been spent in man-hours? How many more will be spent? I don't consider this "minimal". We have a dozen or two businesses, but we have more than 5,000 residential property owners that pay the taxes and have to deal with the substandard code enforcement and dysfunctional building codes that caused the problem to begin with. What about them? Does 12 additional "tourist" rooms really offset the cost (financial and other) to the residential taxpayer? I don't believe so. " Apr 10, 19 10:16 AM

A couple of points of clarity - the funds will be borrowed to purchase the property - it is not coming from the CPF. Again, I want to reiterate, even though I was a vocal opponent, I hope that this project is successful for the benefit of HB. However, you raise a point about an assault on capitalism. The Town is responsible for the code enforcement process and the zoning process which are the underlying causes of this property being in the state it is in and not selling on the open market for a FMV. So instead of fixing those processes for ALL property owners equally, they discriminated in favor of one property owner. Haven't really thought of it that way, but I think you make a valid point. Supervisor Schneiderman and Councilperson Bouvier are up for re-election in November - we should keep this in mind. " Apr 10, 19 12:09 PM

There is no proof of that. If the current motel turned into illegal full time substandard housing, what makes you think it won't happen again? What makes you think that if they don't get a buyer, the Board changes the use to emergency housing or Section 8?. The use will end up being at the whim of the Board. Yesterday demonstrated that they don't give a monkey's butt what community members say as long as they keep their power base in Sag Harbor and Southampton Village happy. " Apr 10, 19 1:20 PM

This property does not have "clear value" - otherwise it would have been purchased on the open market. You have no proof that there will be multiple bidders." Apr 10, 19 8:40 PM

Southampton Town Board Denies Alex Gregor's Request For Reimbursement Of Services From NYPD Detective's Funeral

II am not taking sides on this, but as an accountant, it raises a good question.. I need to go back and look at prior agendas to see if there were adjustments to the other Town Departments that participated in the funeral including the Police. Those would have been approved under regular budget adjustments. Gregor is in an awkward situation that he is elected but needs to have his budget approved by the Town separately. It is also suspect that Supervisor Schneiderman introduced the resolution when there is a primary coming up. Sadly, I have learned that EVERYTHING in the Town of Southampton is POLITICAL. It is no wonder there is over development, blighted areas, polluted waters, etc. Hopefully, we can elect new Town officials that care about the Town and not looking for the next best political position to come along." Apr 11, 19 8:51 AM

Southampton Town Board Approves Additional $225,000 For Ponquogue Beach Facility Revitalization

There is no accountability or consequences at this Town Administration for spending. Almost every capital project has been grossly underestimated. This is what happens when the leadership has one foot out the door looking for the next best political position." Apr 11, 19 9:28 AM

Southampton Town Board Approves Bel-Aire Motel Purchase, 4-1

Bayman, you are singing Jay's song. You have that right, but it is not fact based. The Suffolk County Planning Commission staff report indicated that this is NOT a good development site. Community members have been told by an :assortment" of elected and appointed officials that there were buyers interested. The Town Administration could have easily worked with those buyers to have the zoning changed. The Town should NOT be in the real estate speculation business. They can't even manage the tasks that they are assigned to do now." Apr 11, 19 9:33 AM

I agree 100%. The ONLY reason I was a proponent of the CPF purchase was because the town administration is so dysfunctional that it was the ONLY way I saw a clear ending to this blighted property. As an auditor, I am more concerned about the corrupt process that was used to purchase this property than I am about actual purchase. This type of institutional corruption has ruined the Town of Southampton. To be clear, I am not accusing anyone of corruption, just a systemic failure of the Administration to make sound decisions and govern our Town. " Apr 11, 19 9:44 AM

Southampton Town Board Approves Additional $225,000 For Ponquogue Beach Facility Revitalization

Most people I know recognize all the great things about Hampton Bays and recognize that some long overdue projects are getting done That does not change the fact that we do not have a Town Administration that is transparent and accountable. Good times follow bad and bad times follow good - we are in the 11th year of the recovery and HB has not recovered to the extent that the surrounding areas have. The Town ignores core issues such as zoning, code enforcement and maintenance of public property which has a material adverse effect in good and bad times. " Apr 11, 19 2:37 PM

and yes let me add density and overcrowding...." Apr 11, 19 2:55 PM

No one's comments are "putting down" HB. ...just the Town Administration....as far as the Bel-Aire being :gone"....I'l believe it when I see it. Yes...happy spring and summer!" Apr 11, 19 3:35 PM

Taht may be true, but the issues were apparent to the contractor, they should have been apparent to the professionals that work at the Town that put together the RFP.....but you are right...it is classic." Apr 11, 19 4:45 PM

IMHO, the only reason that this project was even started was because Supervisor Schneiderman wanted a full-service restaurant at the site the first day he took office 4 years ago. They conducted a survey and had public meetings and most of the residents (Town and HB) just wanted the pavilion renovated. I suspect, given the opportunity, SHTB would have walked away from the project all together, but the structure was in really bad shape. Tone is from the top - when the leadership doesn't care - then the people that work for them don't care. And yes, this is a very large revenue generator for the ENTIRE Town." Apr 12, 19 9:41 AM

Agreed, this property has been neglected for years - probably decades. I really don't know what they do with the $100 million budget. Government at all levels has become the black hole of tax monies, but it is very obvious at a local level. There is also limited checks and balances, accountability and transparency on spending. Again, tone is from the top..Look at GGP - millions of dollars, used 10 days a year, maybe bathrooms this year?, no main pedestrian entrance...it was ATH "pet project" just before she ran for Congress and now......a money pit for maintenance and an attractive nuisance. " Apr 12, 19 11:01 AM

Southampton Town Board Pursues Local Law Requiring Groundwater Monitoring At Mines

What about the transfer stations that the Town owns? Are those monitored for ground water contamination? The Town represented that the one in HB is over capacity.." Apr 15, 19 6:26 AM

South Fork Commuter Connection Ridership Increasing

I "read" this a few times and admittedly I have a vision loss, but I am understanding that the 5 day numbers actually translates into about 13 people. (131 divided by 5 days divided by 2 trips a day - east/west). This is again an example of the institutional corruption in our Town Administration.. The Town identifies a traffic problem on CR39 - it goes through some corrupt decision process algorithm and out pops a commuter train service with no proof that that is a prudent or reasonable solution to the problem. It must be nice to throw taxpayer's money around and not really solve any problems and not have any accountability.

" Apr 15, 19 9:05 AM

Rechlers Offer Timeline For Canoe Place Inn Restoration And Townhouse Project In Hampton Bays

Hey Bigblue - it would be great if more of you all come out to some of the meetings and have your voices heard. It is your peer group that is the future of the hamlet. I know you all probably are working 2 jobs to pay the unsustainable ever increasing tax bill and raising kids, but I am out there trying to fight for the future of HB, when in reality I have more years in my "rear view mirror" now then I have in front of me. Your peers are the future and should be speaking up. The next HB Citizens Advisory Committee meeting is this Thursday night at the Senior Center at 7 PM. Supervisor Schneiderman is scheduled to attend.
" Apr 16, 19 8:49 AM

I have no idea what you are talking about. I was a supporter of this project and I took the time to go the the Town Board meeting last year to support the extension of the PDD. In fact, I was invited to the Ribbon Cutting. But for the record, I don't DRIVE through Town - I actually walk and see all the vacate stores...Why don't I drive?...thanks for asking....because I AM LEGALLY BLIND...I know you couldn't possibly insult a disabled person on purpose...right?!?!?!?" Apr 16, 19 8:40 PM

State Looks To Designate Funds For Expansion Of The LIRR Montauk Branch

“Ridership numbers on the South Fork Commuter Connection increased dramatically during its first month of service"...yes it increased from 10 to 11 - a 10 percent increase. I think it was Mark Twain that said "figures don't lie, but Liars figure. " Apr 17, 19 8:20 AM

Rechlers Offer Timeline For Canoe Place Inn Restoration And Townhouse Project In Hampton Bays

Mr. Z - You are partially correct. That only works if your assessed value stays the same and all your neighbor's assessed value goes up. The increase in the school budget needs to be paid by HB property owners so overall, an increase in tax needs to be collected. The only time that the school taxes get diluted is with new development without the potential of increased services needed at the school. " Apr 17, 19 8:30 AM

State Looks To Designate Funds For Expansion Of The LIRR Montauk Branch

The implementation of the commuter train was yet another example of the institutional process corruption on the east end. Throw the spaghetti against the ceiling and see if it will stick. There is a problem with traffic on the east end and, without any real analyses, they move forward with this incredibly expensive project. It is like going to a doctor with a pain in your foot and coming out with a brace for your arm." Apr 17, 19 8:35 AM

I couldn't possibly formulate a solution with out detailed analyses and input from subject matter experts. That is what I expect from our chief operating office of the Town of Southampton. Instead, decisions are made and tax dollars are spent on a whim. " Apr 17, 19 9:41 AM

? - what don't you understand? The way that chief operating officers (the Town Supervisor) should spend money and make decisions should be based on all the facts and circumstances, applicable law, and input from constituents. This became a "photo op" turned bad and now they are trying to build a false narrative. This is just a bigger version of the "Trolley Folly" that drive around HB aimlessly for an entire summer. I believe they averaged 2 people a day and that included the driver." Apr 17, 19 11:08 AM

130 riders divided by a 5 day work week divided by east and west translates into 13 THIRTEEN people..." Apr 17, 19 2:44 PM

Southampton Town Property Assessments Go Up 10 Percent, Doubling The Recent Rate

I can't wait for the "fake narratives" from the schools and town. They will conflate the fact that taxes are going up with the fact that the "tax rate" (increase in taxes over the increase in assessed value) is going down. The Increase in assessed value (market value) doesn't matter unless you are selling your house...and they are literally putting people out of their homes with the unsustainable administrative salaries and benefits. Then they say there is a shortage of "affordable housing" and take no responsibility for their part of the problem." Apr 17, 19 8:45 PM

Construction Is Underway On First Piece Of Westhampton Beach's Main Street Reconstruction Project

I was at the Town Board meeting when they approved the additional monies from the CPF for this project. Ray D'Angelo, a resident of HB,brought up the issue that HB doesn't have the mechanism (Village) to apply to for the grant. The Town Board indicated that if the commercial property owners/business owners wanted such a project, they could go to the Town Board and one of them could sponsor such a project. The downtown cannot be developed without some sort of an I/A septic system." Apr 17, 19 8:55 PM

Southampton Town Property Assessments Go Up 10 Percent, Doubling The Recent Rate

The CPF seems to have become yet another political slush fund. I cannot believe it was extend to 2050, but the taxpayers/voters voted in favor of it. As Ed Koch said, "The people have spoken and now they will be punished". I believe 10% of the monies are supposed to be set aside for maintenance and I believe 10% is set aside for payments in lieu of taxes for certain school and library districts." Apr 17, 19 9:04 PM

RE taxes on LI as compared to the rest of the nation are crazy. Much of it can be traced back to the Towns and Schools with top heavy salaries and benefits. I believe there are 13 school districts with their own administration in the Town of Southampton alone.when NYC has one chancellor. IMHO, that's crazy." Apr 18, 19 4:25 PM

Dog-Friendly Fundraiser Will Help Raise Money For Proposed Dog Park In East Quogue

Now Councilperson Lofstad is concerned about the budget when she approved over $7 million in increases since she has been in office and "rolling the dice" with a $1 million of taxpayer monies on real estate speculation at the Bel-Aire site...the one thing I must say about this Board is they are consistently inconsistent with the way they operate. ...there is no checks and balances and they do whatever they want when they want and how they want. We need new Town Board members." Apr 24, 19 10:39 AM

Rechlers Offer Timeline For Canoe Place Inn Restoration And Townhouse Project In Hampton Bays

The tax rate is just a mathematical ratio of the amount the Town, School or Special District needs to collect from the taxpayers to meet the budget divided by the total assessment of the total population of properties. The budgets go up every year...unless there is new development or a new source of revenue i.e. increase in beach passes or grants, the taxpayers pay more in taxes overall. " Apr 24, 19 7:27 PM

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