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Fleming, Scalera Win Southampton Board Race; Throne-Holst Reelected

I think that Linda has made as many fans as enemies; just like Skip. She once said that Skip had taught her every dirty trick in the book and that she was going to use them. How's that working for you now, LInda? To her credit, she got the attention of the Republicans, who started backing her toward the end of her cavalier campaign. Equally deparate, they made a good team." Nov 9, 11 8:57 AM

Appeals Court Denies New Trial For Oddone But Reduces Sentence

Take out a timer. Set it to 3 minutes. Tell me after the bell goes off that there wasn't sufficient time for Mr. Oddone to RECONSIDER what he was doing to Mr. Reister. Guilty as charged!" Nov 11, 11 9:06 AM

Brad Bender Concedes Southampton Town Board Race To Christine Scalera

Does the Scalera victory mean that the Republican controlled Board will give away more $150,000/year patronage jobs? Where do I apply? I'm a patron of the arts.

Does this also mean that Westhampton Dunes is going to have more property available for sale as a result of corrupt schemes concocted by slippery politicians and their supporters? Albany's not that far away, boys, neither is the NY State Attorney General's office and the Suffolk County Jail...just ask George Guldi.

Wake up Southampton. " Nov 21, 11 6:37 PM

Southampton Town Board Holds Off On Plastic Bag Ban

Who's going to police that. The beauty of this program is that it doesn't cost the taxpayer anything. It's working (as proposed) in Westport, Teluride, SH Village and dozens of other places. Why is SH Town so s-p-e-c-i-a-l or are we so unable to change?" Dec 9, 11 9:45 PM

There are many issues "more pressing" which is why people are asking why this is taking so long to complete. Rye, New York, held two hearings of 1 hours each on the new local law they passed Wednesday night in a 7-0 vote. Again, why spend so much time on a matter that was easy for other towns to implement, required NO POLICING, no fines, just community pride...I repeat...PRIDE. When's the last time the Town Board did anything that generated pride in our town? Bickering, yes. Pride, no. We can change that or change Board Members." Dec 9, 11 9:49 PM

You've missed the purpose of the bill...this is a BYOBag ordinance. Join the ranks of proud village shoppers who are thrilled to get rid of those nasty bags we see littering our village, our beaches and countryside. And when you bring your own bag to Waldbaum's they give you five cents. " Dec 10, 11 10:53 AM

With this legislation, 1000 plastic bags will be elimated and 200 paper bags will replace them in the first year alone. BTW...recycling of single use plastic bags is the biggest recycling FAILURE in history. Less than 2% are recycled worldwide. If that wee the success rate for cancer treatment, we would be TERRIFIED. " Dec 10, 11 12:13 PM

Einstein...this is being done for your grandchildren's grandchildren." Dec 11, 11 6:01 PM

So, the young are moving to Manorville where the taxes are even higher? Or Nassau, where they are double that of Manorville. You don't know how lucky we have it here on the East End, Mr. Real World (yeah, right).

But it is the economy, stupid. An economy based on the beauty of our ocean, bays and the 99 lakes and streams in Southampton Town. Truth is, the latter is more the domain of locals like you and me. Visitors rarely enjoy them because they don't know where we've hidden them.

Ask a guy who hunts for ducks, fishes for bass, paddles a canoe or kayak in the pristine and quiet waters of SH Town about the value of those 99 bodies of water that fall under the management of our Town Trustees.

The only question I have is this: Why has it taken so long to pass this law? Who is going to have the b*lls to vote against this bill and against our environment? When they do, they may just as well fire the Trustees, too, because hunters, fishermen, baymen and those who buy the products of our already threatened aquacultures are going to vote them out of office. And I'll be happy to take the lead on that one.

Next they'll be selling the seashore in Westhampton Dunes...oops, they're already trying to do that behind our backs. "Southampton Pols Arrested...Film at Eleven"." Dec 12, 11 6:04 PM

I don't hunt but I occasionally fish. Regardless of who does or who doesn't, I respect them if they eat what they catch and fish is a renewable resource. Oil and gas isn't and that's what plastic bags are made from. Paper bags are made from renewable resources, too, and the Village bag code even requires that they're made from recycled paper.

The proposed (excuse me, sabotaged) Town BYOBag program doesn't cost the town anything to implement. And I agree, they should be creating new jobs on the East End. But, let's face it, their only concern is for themselves, their political party and not you and me.

Unemployed? Sorry, but you won't find a job in Town Hall or anyone interested in your problem. That's the real world on the East End, bub." Dec 14, 11 6:25 PM

Sorry, but you are mistaken. Plastic is not "banned" in this ordinance and it is not banned in the SHV ordinance. In fact, most of the reusable shopping bags consumer use today are made of plastic. The shiny bags you buy in Waldbaum's are heavy duty plastic, which makes them reusable. Most of the woven bags you see with company logos on their sides are made of polyolephen and, like the fabric and carpets in your car, are made of plastic. There is only one kind of plastic bag "banned" and that is the single-use plastic bag that takes forever to breakdown in the landfill.

The majority of retailers surveyed in the Town were in favor of what you can a ban. They didn't want an education program and simply said "just put a law into affect and we'll gladly comply". And no burden is reported by SHV retailers, who are as proud as village residents to support the legislation.

And, this is NOT about LITTER. Read some of the articles and do some research and you'll find the value of the programs that have been instituted around the world for many decades." Dec 14, 11 6:37 PM

Southampton ZBA Rejects Front Yard Pool Plan In Bridgehampton

First SHV Chief Bldg Inspector John Foster advocates for parking on our village front lawns and now Chief Town Inspector Michael Benacasa advocates for pools in our front lawns. Somebody give these boys a map...Queens is to the west!...this is Southampton!" Dec 16, 11 2:31 PM

Contractor Claims Southampton Councilman Locked Him In Office After Worker Broke Into Home

Doesn't the DA call this "influence peddling"..."the illegal practice of using one's influence in government to obtain favors or preferential treatment, usually in return for payment."? Malone allegedly used his government position to obtain "preferential treatment" for himself from the contractor. He's accused of pocketing the money owed to the contractor (that's his motivation). There also appears to be an implied threat in the tone, words and in locking the contractor in his office, as noted in the recorded exchange. These are the characters that the Occupied Movement is talking about and I agree with them...Malone and people like him have to go. Either he resigns or gets indicted or both, who cares? And that includes his position on the Southampton Town Board. There were people openly talking about dirty deals being directed by big GOP operatives in the Westhampton Dunes area. I'm sure the DA will look into all allegations and get to the bottom of them. This was just the catalyst to set the DA into motion and it's long over due. Book 'em, Danno!" Jan 10, 12 5:46 PM

Okay, so now his alleged victims are a contractor AND the guy who did his construction drawings (see LongShot above). Anybody else think they got ripped off by Malone? This guy has an established pattern of bad behavior and it stinks. Listen to the tape and you can understand why Mr. Big Shot does it...he's got a bad case or arrogance. Enjoy your time in Town Hall...you're a one-term councilman." Jan 11, 12 3:48 PM

How about: "I have used my position as Deputy County Clerk and Southampton Town Councilman to my personal gai and I have abused the powers vested in me by the State of New York, the County of Suffolk and the Town of Southampton. Effective immediately, I resign both posts." All you have to do is sign it, Jim. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!" Jan 13, 12 8:19 PM

I think that he should be reminded of his alleged dirty deeds. Go to a Town Board meeting and, one at a time, walk to the microphone and ask him to step down. Tell him that you feel he has disgraced his position, if you feel that way. That he has violated the Code of Ethics, if not specifically, then in the spirit of the same, if you feel that he has. The worse that taxpayers can do is do nothing at all. If you wondered why you would join the Occupy Movement, if you were looking for a cause, then this could be it. Occupy a seat in Town Hall and let your voices be heard. The allegations started with one contractor, then a second and a finally a third person spoke up. Will you let them stand there alone or will you bring constructive change to our local government? If we can't do it here, we certainly don't stand a chance changing Washington." Jan 16, 12 4:39 PM

Bravo! Nothing like a little color on the person in the limelight or should I say hot seat. I think Mr Malone is now going to find out who "we the people" are when we return to the voting booth. " Jan 17, 12 12:52 PM

Bay Street Says Southampton Is Best Option Amid Few Sag Harbor Possibilities

"Bay Street at The Parrish"...I like the sound. Two great communities coming together in an affordable venue that will allow Bay Street to do the performances that they've dreamed of doing for many years. There's a ton of parking behind the theater and you can't be the rent! That keeps it affordable for their audience and that's what keeps a theater alive and well. I wish them well and I welcome them to our Village with open arms!" Jan 18, 12 4:04 PM

Mayor Says Southampton Village Supermarket Law Has Good Chance Of Passing, Despite Opposition

Lazymedic: Why would the terms of the lease be any of YOUR business? And the village does not get a copy of such PRIVATE documents. That's between the Glennon family and whomever they lease their space to or sell it to, if that's what THEY choose to do. And, if disclosed, what would it tell you? More to gossip about? If this was your business, you'd be telling everyone to butt out. So take a hint. And if you were that close to the Glennon family, you'd know all the answers, wouldn't you? If their application passes muster with the Planning Board, it will be allowed. And, given the comments of village residents when we fought that 122,000 sf Mall in Tuckahoe, they WANT a second general shopping market. Or do you prefer the looks of an old run down car dealer instead? " Jan 22, 12 7:47 PM

If you're the "we" who decides, we'd be living in caves, clubing women for wives and wearing fur boxer shorts. This is still a republic, Tarzan, and the "we" still means "we the people" and not "me the person"." Jan 22, 12 7:50 PM

Police: Bicyclist In Stable Condition Following Accident In Southampton Village

Cyclists are subject to the same rules as motorists. But only yesterday I saw a father on a bicycle for two. A young boy rode in the second seat. They travelled against traffic on the wrong side of Hill Street during rush hour. A bad example and a foolish thing to do, not to mention a violation. That cyclist should have been given a summons. " Mar 30, 12 9:39 PM

Bay Street Inks New Lease At Sag Harbor Theater Building

I think that conversations will continue with the Village of Southampton. Who could possibly pass up a 50-year rent free offer in a beautiful historic building like the Parrish? The Malloy offer gives them much needed flexibility and the time to plan, build-out and start up an operation, if that is their desire. I wish everyone the best and good luck in the future." Apr 24, 12 4:49 PM

D.A.'s Government Corruption Bureau Seizes Southampton Police Records

This is the tip of the iceberg. Town Hall is so corrupt, they can't possibly destroy or hide all the evidence." May 10, 12 7:58 AM

UPDATE: Top Cops Dispute Charges That Street Crime Unit Office Was Strewn With Drugs

Amazing response by Nuzzi and Malone. "He didn't tell us" and "who cares". Idiots that need turning out. Any wonder heroin use is at an all time high on the East End?" Mar 7, 13 10:41 PM

UPDATE: Sickles Returns To Duty; PBA Blasts Board Members, GOP For Making Him A 'Scapegoat'

What next? Crack pipes at the Town Board meetings??? Southampton Town has become more corrupt than Brookhaven - a.k.a. "Crookhaven". Perhaps the name they want for Southampton is "Drughampton".
Fights over hookers on Main Street in the paper every month.
Drug paraphenalia found in the parking lot at Old Town Beach every week. Suspended Drug Task Force officers, hooked on the contraband of their department returning to work.
WHO IS RUNNING THE ZOO???? The animals, that's who. You can get a hooker any night of the week on Main Street, Southampton Village, and all the crack, smack and other goodies you want to make your evening deluxe. Best of all is that you don't even have to look further than the emplem on the hood of your car!" Mar 21, 13 4:10 PM

Suspicious Letters Prompt Concern At Southampton Town Hall

Now, I ask you honestly...what idiot of a troublemaker would send "something dangerous" through the mail WITHOUT including A RETURN ADDRESS?

I don't think that I would be violating federal security laws if I suggested that all troublemakers should put a return address on their envelopes and packages if they expect delivery to occur as planned. Naturally, it would not be their own return address, but given the depths in rank to which our educational system has fallen and the heightened level of moron-i-tude that recent graduates have attained, it would not surprise me if they did.

I can't wrap a Christmas present without tying my fingers in the knot. But I would imagine that, IF you are smart enough to handle something dangerous without killing yourself in the process (this is ONLY for discussion...do NOT try this at home), you should be able to MAIL IT PROPERLY, right?

Naturally, this causes the amateur sleuth in me to immediately deduce that it was sent by AN EMPLOYEE OF TOWN HALL.

Jay Schneiderman won't have a problem getting re-elected." Jun 6, 13 4:27 PM

UPDATE: East Hampton Village Police Identify Driver In Crash That Killed Springs Girl

I am sure that the van's driver is as horrified as the little girl's family. Horrible at any age - tragic at such a young age. Peace be with her and her family. " Jun 16, 13 1:50 PM

In Bridgehampton, Topping Rose House Opens For Guests

My friends stayed one night about a month before the official opening. The fit and finish of the hotel are marvelous, but the highway noise has not been abated and they were awakened at 5am by trucks roaring past the Inn on Route 27. So much for the tweeting of birds during your visit to the country. The restaurant is sublime. Both are expensive. The only worse place to build a hotel or Inn would be on the median of the LIE. Good luck." Jun 24, 13 10:02 AM

Incumbents Win In Village Races On Friday

Another year...another election...ho-hum. The good old days of 8 years ago and the excitement of the issues confronting our village are behind us. Village business is running as smoothly as ever and our taxes are low...you can't beat that!" Jun 24, 13 10:07 AM

Judge Recommends Dismissing Suit Against Southampton Village, Warns Against Future Litigation

"A Scolding Well Deserved"

US District Court Magistrate Judge Thomas Boyle said that Evelyn Konrad will be barred from court if she continues to harass the Village of Southampton and her neighbors.

According to our Village Clerk, the cost to village taxpayers to defend Ms. Konrad’s suits amount to some $100,000. And, one might deduce from that figure that the costs to her neighbors for legal defense could be at least as much.

As a Village resident and taxpayer myself, I would not object if the village took up a lawsuit of their own against Ms. Konrad to recoup the tax dollars needlessly expended. For those who believe $100,000 to be a trifle, it takes an average of $150,000 of pre-tax income to pay the village $100,000 in taxes from after-tax earnings. Add to their legal cost, the estimated cost of the neighbor’s defense and we have $300,000 (+/-) of pre-tax income needlessly wasted by our village residents defending lawsuits initiated by Evelyn Konrad.

I think that such a weighty sum could buy a lot of milkshakes for the kids at Sip n’ Soda, don’t you?

Our village could not purchase a new ambulance recently because funds were short, and our real estate taxes were raised annually since Evelyn Konrad filed her first suit in 2007. Is she the cause? I can’t help but think about our pensioners and less fortunate, whose lives may have been impacted by budget cuts necessitated by the need to pay defense lawyers. I wonder if this isn’t the biggest waste of village tax dollars since the area was settled in 1640. A nauseating distinction tarnished, even more so, by the disgrace.

My thanks to the US District Court Judge who had the presence of mind to scold Attorney Evelyn Konrad, saying “The vexation, harassment, and needless expense to the village and the homeowners of the Rosko Place subdivision has persisted long enough”. Amen!
" Aug 9, 13 10:54 AM

UPDATE: Southampton Voters Overwhelmingly Defeat Merger Proposal In Straw Vote Tuesday

Unity and Community are only part of the equation. Southampton has been set upon by the same people who sit on your board in the past. The complaint was the same: "Southampton is charging Tuckahoe too much". First the Fire District and now Tuckahoe. Clearly, SH said "enough is enough" and pushed back firmly. I regret that the damage this has done (community and otherwise) lied squarely at the feet of the Tuckahoe Board of Education. Bark at them, not us." Oct 30, 13 10:45 AM

I also read the Patch blog by Mr. Blaugh. He calls for "transparency" and "clarity". He also calls for "more information". HOW CAN THAT BE WRONG????? What is wrong with this picture is that you've allowed yourself to be lead down the garden path FOR YEARS. Now you say, "let's get the village to pick up the tab". The party is over. You drank the Buds, you pick up the suds! The mistrust that Tuckahoe's Board has caused, has you looking for a victim. Guess what. You're looking for ghosts. At least it's Halloween. When you go to your board meeting this Monday night, ask why THEY put you in this predicament. " Oct 30, 13 10:50 AM

Southampton Students Protest Failed Merger Vote

"On behalf of..."Martyr"...false support"...you're quite the spokesman for such a large student body that I think it would be equally important to know "who YOU are". In this way at least the students who disagree with your statements and representations here could make it known to you personally." Nov 2, 13 10:10 PM

Dear visitors to Southampton,
Please read these blog entries to get to know our local citizens, parents of students and those who teach them. It is a very sad report, I must admit, but we don't have very good movies here, so we beat on each other verbally in what is likely to become known as "Hell in The Hamptons - The Stories That The Chamber of Commerce Doesn't Want You to Know". Cordially, Local Businessman" Nov 2, 13 10:15 PM

SH was against the creation of the Tuckahoe School District when it was first proposed, but "somebody" had some "pull" and, just like the SH Fire District, it suddenly appeared. " Nov 3, 13 5:55 PM

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