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UPDATE: Sears To Remain In Custody, Orders Of Protection To Be Requested For Children

Why do they need to describe his clothing in such detail? Because it's not the the usual suspect uniform of baggy pants and hoodie? Or do reporters just have such a strong class warfare bone that they need to do this with upper socio-economic suspects?

When Mr. Christie Brinkley got in to all his marital difficulty, it seemed half the articles detailed his polo shirt, khaki shorts and brand of sneakers. All of which were mass market items you can get at the Gap and Footlocker. Just don't get it, isn't detailing the offense enough?

PS: not that I'm siding with either chap or defending their actions, it just seems like pointless hyperbole, or perhaps reporters get paid by the word." Jan 26, 13 1:23 PM

Cops: Two Nabbed In Connection With Prostitution Ring Disguised As Perfume Delivery Service

In the case of potential trafficing victims, I have no problem with DAs office or Detective bureau hiring the needed linguists on an as needed basis. Maybe the feds have such experts already on the payroll that they can lend?" Jan 26, 13 1:29 PM

I would define "Grifter Class" as those who eschew industry in favor of living off the industry of others.

If we go with Z's definition, I think we will have to include the crony capitalist's/big business's close allies and fellow profiteers and protectors in big government.

Us free market capitalists are happy to live by risk/reward and a level playing field (when we can find one)" Jan 26, 13 1:38 PM

PBR, do tell what is "the" native language of North America?

And when are you quit claiming the deed to your home to the nearest Native American tribe? And what country in Europe are you going back to? (assuming you are Caucasian) If it's not in the British Isles you may have to learn a new language" Jan 26, 13 1:44 PM

UPDATE: Sears To Remain In Custody, Orders Of Protection To Be Requested For Children

sorry too, tried to delete but cannot seem too" Jan 26, 13 7:12 PM

He designed many large homes in WHB and Quouge. In the 70s and 80s they were rather angular and contemporary. In the 90s he went PoMo" Jan 26, 13 7:19 PM

Church of Rpme must have learned it from the Ancient Greeks. Thanks for the history lesson, but another side of human nature is strong reactions to violations of children. if you have children you would understand that. Will guys like Sears ever be weeded out fully, probably not. Parents have to be ever vigilant about adults taking too much or unusual interest in their children. And while I have seen some strong opinions and reactions in this forum, I haven't seen or read anything that qualifies as the 'ignorance' you cite." Jan 27, 13 9:20 AM

I suspect we may only know the tip of the iceberg. As the FBI is involved, that indicates that there may and interstate element to the investigation.

Can anyone detail some actual good deeds he or his 501 did? Even if he distributed some cash to strained families with sick children, it seems it was largely a self aggrandizing stunt to gain access to children." Jan 28, 13 2:40 PM

The Signs Are Everywhere: What Do They Mean?

Lyon(sic) Gardiner was a Dutchman?
Fact check and spell check please" Feb 22, 13 9:15 AM

Female Southampton Town Police Officers File Sexual Discrimination Claims

Seems that if there is gender discrimination it is at the Town Board level. Both of the women were previously promoted to Sergeant based on their achievement, but not everybody can make it all the way up the hierarchical pyramid, there are less and less seats. That said, if Sgt Costa is performing the managerial and administrative tasks typically handled by a Lt., she should get the promotion.

Chief does have a point though, if a Caucasian male was feeling similarly aggrieved, he would not have the same recourse under the law.

$200k compensation + lifetime financial security, paid for largely by people who can only dream of same. Municipal salaries have to be indexed to the the private sector mean in the area, and public pensions have to be phased out and replaced by defined contribution plans like the rest of us have.

Only 2 cars East of the canal. I remember reading several years ago that on a typical July weekend, there might only be one. While West of the canal on summer weekends, you can usually find 4 cars staking out the Boardy Barn and another 4 on Dune Rd minding the Neptune/Summers/Tiana Beach clusterf**k. If an honest cost/benefit analysis were done, I think we would find a certain kind of tourism is actually costing us a bundle." Feb 22, 13 9:51 AM

Tuckahoe School Is Only School In State To Implement New Windows 8 Surface Pro Tablets

Something for the high taxes I guess" Feb 22, 13 10:31 AM

Sandy Hook Tragedy Is Felt At East End Schools

Whole lot o' hair splittin'. And budgets never stopped congress from exceeding them, even if the law requires them. Fact is debt is growing at further $1 trill+ annual deficits for the foreseeable future. Its not only the Dems fault, most GOP with a few exceptions are not fiscal or constitutional conservatives, its just that the Donkey party is that much more irresponsible, particularly with Obama leading the charge.

Debt is almost 100% of GDP. You cannot grow out of that kind of debt/gdp ratio despite what that overrated fraud Paul Krugman says. You cannot do it by issuing $1 trill coins, nor with inflated fiat currency, most of the debt issued by Treasury being purchased by the Fed, and perpetual deficit spending. This kind of money supply inflation/fiat currency/ponzi scheme/circle jerk cannot end well. To borrow a word, it is not sustainable.

You cannot tax your way out of it by going after the 'rich' (which really means middle class in lefty double talk) To put the size of the problem in perspective: If you confiscated 100% of the wealth and assets of the Americans on the Forbes 400 list, it would add up to about $1 trillion. In other words one year of deficit spending or but 1 of $17 trillion of outstanding debt. It would barely move the needle, nor will the middle class tax increase we all saw in our W-2s the first week of January.

The only solution is radical spending cuts and some kind of limits on the scope and reach of the Federal government as envisioned by the Founders, devolving many functions to the states who must balance budgets, cannot mint money, and can be more accountable to voters. Obviously many state governments are sewers as well, but ultimately they would have to compete more than they do now for residents and business, and could not be bailed out by the Feds. Power is supposed to flow up, not down, in our Federal Republic. Painful and lots of problems to work though, yes, but not as painful as the total collapse that is coming. Don't think we cant go down the Greece or Spain tube.

As for the future of the GOP, they will not be back in power until they adopt a truly fiscally conservative platform and candidate. Trying to be Dem light, and competing in the government dependency sweepstakes for minority and special interest voters, is a proven looser." Feb 22, 13 11:35 AM

The Burger Court was a fraud" Feb 22, 13 12:02 PM

Seems I am in the right place

Whole lot o' hair splittin'. And budgets never stopped congress from exceeding them, even if the law requires them. Fact is debt is growing at further $1 trill+ annual deficits for the foreseeable future. Its not only the Dems fault, most GOP with a few exceptions are not fiscal or constitutional conservatives, its just that the Donkey party is that much more irresponsible, particularly with Obama leading the charge.

Debt is almost 100% of GDP. You cannot grow out of that kind of debt/gdp ratio despite what that overrated fraud Paul Krugman says. You cannot do it by issuing $1 trill coins, nor with inflated fiat currency, most of the debt issued by Treasury being purchased by the Fed, and perpetual deficit spending. This kind of money supply inflation/fiat currency/ponzi scheme/circle jerk cannot end well. To borrow a word, it is not sustainable.

You cannot tax your way out of it by going after the 'rich' (which really means middle class in lefty double talk) To put the size of the problem in perspective: If you confiscated 100% of the wealth and assets of the Americans on the Forbes 400 list, it would add up to about $1 trillion. In other words one year of deficit spending or but 1 of $17 trillion of outstanding debt. It would barely move the needle, nor will the middle class tax increase we all saw in our W-2s the first week of January.

The only solution is radical spending cuts and some kind of limits on the scope and reach of the Federal government as envisioned by the Founders, devolving many functions to the states who must balance budgets, cannot mint money, and can be more accountable to voters. Obviously many state governments are sewers as well, but ultimately they would have to compete more than they do now for residents and business, and could not be bailed out by the Feds. Power is supposed to flow up, not down, in our Federal Republic. Painful and lots of problems to work though, yes, but not as painful as the total collapse that is coming. Don't think we cant go down the Greece or Spain tube.

As for the future of the GOP, they will not be back in power until they adopt a truly fiscally conservative platform and candidate. Trying to be Dem light, and competing in the government dependency sweepstakes for minority and special interest voters, is a proven looser." Feb 22, 13 12:05 PM

They weren't covered up, or blamed on a youtube video, and Bush wasn't kidding himself, or us, that he had al Queda on the run." Feb 22, 13 5:15 PM

Civil Rights Activist Bob Zellner Arrested In North Carolina For Protesting Voting Law

What a load. We need ID for everything else, particularly rights and privileges that come from the government: driving, SS, various licenses(real estate, barbers, etc). You also need to produce government ID to get on a plane (but not a train?) and to enter a midtown office building. Intrusive? Restrictive? Perhaps, but there is some underlying common sense, and a public safety element to it.
Just letting anybody show up at the polls, putting down any name they want, is a massive open door for fraud, non-citizens, dead, and illegal aliens, multiple voting, ballot box stuffing, you name it. The irregularities uncovered in Ohio are undoubtedly just the tip of the iceberg.
Someone please tell me who in this country, otherwise eligible to vote, does not possess some form of ID? How did they register to vote? How do they travel? Where does their income come from? Whether its for a job or gov benefits, they need and Id in both cases.
Lets make a deal with you Marxist/Leninists, how about we accept EBT cards as Id for voting? Oh wait, all the illegals have those now..." May 14, 13 9:19 AM

PS Zellner is a fraud and a crank. I don't buy his story, which puts him at every major civil rights event of the last 60 years. A regular civil rights Forrest Gump.
He does however show up at every Native american rally regarding land disputes with developers. I wonder when he will be turning the deed to his home back to the Shinnecocks? just askin..." May 14, 13 9:23 AM

In Bridgehampton, Topping Rose House Opens For Guests

Whats the alternative?" Jun 21, 13 7:46 PM

Southampton High School Teachers Wear Black To Protest Student's Testing Accommodation

They need either medication or different parents. That said, pretty immature on the part of the teachers, there are other ways of handling, such as a letter to the board of regents if something is out of line or outside guidelines." Jun 21, 13 7:52 PM

Massive Beach Reconstruction To Begin In Early September

Rebuild beaches? Didn't realize they had been demolished. Most of the Sandy losses will be back by mid July
Terchoonian cashing in again selling nothing but BS" Jun 21, 13 7:59 PM

Southampton Town Trustees Served With Injunction; Bank Accounts Remain Frozen

Chief
I am no fan of WHD or it's mayor and his antics, but that was not a natural disaster that washed away that section of barrier island. It was a direct result of the jetties installed along WHB in the 60s. While they catch a lot of sand to the east, problem is, no matter where you stop building them, West of the last one, there will be problems with accelerated erosion. A better solution would have been to systematically remove the jetties, starting from the East and let the shoreline regain it's natural equilibrium. (Better design and regular sand bypass at the inlets would be helpful too, and a better place to focus ACE resources) I am a property rights guy, so not against building near the beach, but responsibilities and risks come with that should not be socialized. If its any consolation the clock is ticking down on the federal guarantee of continually putting sand back in WHD. It will be interesting to see what happens then. I cant help but think this power play against the Trustees is somehow connected to the diminishing guarantees, in addition to the land grabs." Feb 22, 14 11:22 PM

That was, and is, the British Monarchy.

The Spanish Monarchy gave large land grants to Spanish settlers in North America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Some of those land grants were North of the Rio Grande. After the Mexican war when the borders changed, the deeds and titles to those lands were honored by The Republic of Texas, and subsequently by the State of Texas/United States. At least a few of those holdings are still owned by descendants of those settlers.

States such as Pennsylvania that are commonwealths, have Constitutions deeply rooted in English Common Law (Yes English in this instance, the Scots have slightly different ideas)

As with the above cases, as well as the Dongan Patents, a state of hostilities, however resolved, does not necessarily mean you toss out centuries of progress of common law, individual and property rights. Bedrocks of Western Civilization going back to the Magna Carta. After all, American colonists were initially motivated by a desire to be accorded full rights as free born subjects of His Majesty.

So, in other words,no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater." Feb 22, 14 11:58 PM

Judge: Westhampton Beach Village Can Tear Down Guldi Home

So Guldi could be out as early as next year, MacPherson got 4-12 in 2012 and could be out in 16.
As far as I can determine from the news coverage, the $82 million has never been recovered. I would assume its stashed offshore somewhere and these guys will be buying a 1 way ticket to that location as soon as they get out'" Mar 11, 14 12:15 AM

State Audit Blasts Bookkeeping Records In West Hampton Dunes

More so than real estate promotion, WHD has always been one mans corrupt fiefdom." Aug 16, 14 11:01 AM

Demolition Underway on Historic Concer House In Southampton Village

The property had no restrictions on it when the owners bought it. The Village illegally tried to put restrictions on it ex post facto and lost.

While the property was once owned by Mr. Concer, the the structure on it post dated his passing. IE he never lived in that house.

Should we commemorate and celebrate Mr. Concer? Absolutely. Not only an historical marker in front of the proprerty, but an even larger monument across the street in Agawam Park telling hos whole story." Aug 16, 14 11:42 AM

Southampton School Board Decides To Bring Tuckahoe Merger To A Straw Vote Again

Because the people who pay the biggest tax bills dont use the schools but need more landscapers and contractors" Sep 22, 14 7:12 PM

Agree with Chief. Not lot of transparency in the numbers, no talk of eliminating staff redundancies, no talk of disposing of any real estate. Sweetheart deal for teachers and a bailout for Tuckahoe Admins.
Put a fiscally responsible deal in front of the voters and they will approve it, and be one big community, well except for the Catholic school kids, Hayground kids, Hampton Day, etc." Sep 22, 14 7:38 PM

What about Bridgehampton School district? High tax base, low enrollment, nursing that old building along to keep the gravy train going. How about a simultaneous Tuckahoe, Southampton, Bridgehampton merger to help smooth out the finances. One big community after all, Southampton School district already includes large parts of BH, all the way to about Halsey Ln/Butter Ln. That's a lot of 537/11932 inside Southampton district. and I think we all know why that masterful bit of gerrymandering was done those many years ago. Time to undue that nasty bit of segregation and unite the communities." Sep 22, 14 7:55 PM

So lets run Southampton even worse, we need to catch up to those other poorly run districts.
You left out Remsenberg/Speonk, Quogue, Wainscott, and Sagaponack. Prop taxes are half Southampton, they get good results(while drawing from both sides of the tracks) and pay tuition to other districts for HS. Maybe we should de-centralize back to small neighborhood schools, there doesn't seem to be much economy of scale in public education. Certainly wont need too many $120K a year librarians anymore." Sep 22, 14 8:14 PM

Of course candidates from out of town take one look at what it costs to live here that their kids will have to attend worse schools than where they came from, game over. Hire the locals living in their parent basements with a bogus M.Ed. hanging on the wall and cross your fingers." Sep 22, 14 8:42 PM

Sounds like you live in Tuckahoe, you have a neighborhood school. Whats wrong with it?" Sep 23, 14 8:59 AM

Novel idea, but as should be clear by now, there is no economy of scale in public education, Big centralized districts and facilities consume more tax $ per student then the small ones. I think TH/SH/BH could make some sense and benefit the students. SH could absorb the (balance of) BH students and not even notice while gaining considerable tax base (which would promptly be spent somehow) and a windfall from selling the building. Tuckahoe building is unlikely to be sold as the capacity is probably needed, so business as usual as someone pointed out, just with SH subsidizing it.
So cutting staff was "discussed"? Two words: union and tenure
Enough dead wood floating around SH they cant get rid of as it is. Unless that's a condition of the merger + massive political will, it wont happen. About as believable as minimal tax increases.

Fishers Island? Cheaper to maintain a small school for the handful of year round kids than helicopter them to Southold every day. They should go to HS in CT maybe, frequent ferrys that direction.
Not all small districts are the same. The most glaring contrast are BH and Sagg. Sagg has small student body, small facility, while BH has 2-3x the student body, it has 20x the square footage. Forget Sagg in that, they like it the way it is and their relationship with EH HS. They are not too concerned with how soon they meet their HS friends as they have a great environment through 8th grade.

BTW how much will the taxes go down on your house in TH under the plan currently proposed?" Sep 23, 14 9:32 AM

Shinnecock Indian Nation Disbands Tribal Gaming Authority

18 hole golf course in Westwood. Partner with a noted designer and operator, create jobs for tribal members. Certainly some of them have the skill sets. The Shinnecock name, overlooking Peconic bay. Done and run right, it could be an asset to the tribe while raising property values nearby. Greens fees affordable for locals, stiff for out of towners. Pro forma revenue may not be as mouthwatering as a casino, but probably far more achievable. Lost a decade + already.
"Shinnecock Woods Golf Resort" anyone" Oct 2, 14 3:40 PM

East Hampton Town Supervisor Proposes $71.5 Million Budget For 2015

Leaf Program. A vestige from another era when municipalities wanted to stop people from burning leaves as density increased, which often lead to burning other things like houses.
All the town should be doing is providing spot to dump leaves at a landfill. You wouldn't ask the town to mow your lawn and clean up the clippings, why leaves? If you cant or don't want to do it yourself, there is plenty of cheap illegal alien labor available. " Oct 2, 14 4:00 PM

Ditch Plains Association Holds Party And Info Session

Someone wants to improve, more or less as of right it sounds like, a decaying eyesore. Cant have that, those pesky 1%'ers will, "...change the dynamic of the family surfing beach"
I want the dynamic at Coopers and Flying Point to be the same as it was in 1975. There oughta' be a law dammit!
Don't those 1%ers know they are only supposed to spend money in town and hire us to work on their homes. How dare they come down to enjoy the beach.
Sound like a lot of reverse snobbery and surfer localism trying to keep others off a public beach. I wish there wasn't a traffic jam in front of the house I grew up in every weekend either." Oct 2, 14 4:26 PM

Shinnecock Indian Nation Disbands Tribal Gaming Authority

Sure, up to the Shinnecocks ultimately. That other golf club surely doesn't have a monopoly on the name " Oct 2, 14 4:37 PM

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