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204 Comments by Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor

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East End still digging out after record snow

Just to be clear: I believe in a "snow emergency," as has been declared this time, the town will clear private roads as well. But they are at the bottom of the priority list, after primary roads and secondary roads. " Dec 21, 09 2:37 PM

Parties gear up for nominating committees

In fact, after our Eastern Edition deadline, Gordon did confirm to us that she will be the choice. But that won't be official till the convention." Jan 6, 10 2:40 PM

Turmoil continues in Tuckahoe; commissioner will decide fate of school board

As has been explained to this commenter in an email, the comments in question include potentially libelous comments, which is a violation of our policy, and that is why it has been repeatedly removed (after it was reposted several times). " Feb 11, 10 5:10 PM

Westhampton Beach Village Board rejects all seven resolutions pertaining to two police officers

To Publius et al:

I've seen the calls for a comment on our position, and while I'm wary of getting into a back-and-forth on the subject, I think you do deserve at least a brief reply.

We've decided not to post the copy of the report by the Suffolk County Internal Affairs Bureau online.

The primary reason: The document is, by its nature, confidential. Granted, we've published a news story in the past that quotes extensively from it, but that's because we concluded that there were larger issues at stake here, about which the public had a right to know. We are not bound by the confidentiality granted to the report once we obtained a copy from a source and verified its authenticity, but we have decided that taking the step of posting the entire report online would be a step too far in divulging the contents of a document related to a personnel matter. I'll add that, as I said, we quoted extensively from it where we felt it was appropriate, and so I think our readers have a pretty comprehensive idea of the key elements it contains.

Also, we've heard rumors that at some point the newspaper might be subpoenaed for the contents of the document, which are otherwise unavailable to the public. We're confident that such a subpoena would be quashed by the courts--state law is very protective of a journalist's right to protect sources and the information obtained from them--and we don't want to do anything that compromises that protection. Should we post the document, it might weaken our stance in protecting the source.

Finally, while we plan to use the web to provide our readers with supporting material as frequently as possible, I can think of no compelling reason we'd be shortchanging our readers in this case by making a carefully considered decision not to post it.

Given the circumstances, I don't want to get into a debate of the issue, but I hope that gives you some idea of our position." Feb 15, 10 1:00 PM

New York's Shield Law is one of the strongest in the United States, and for that we're grateful.

P.S. What is needed now is a federal Shield Law--it's remarkable that the majority of states have one, but journalists covering the federal government do not enjoy any protections.

Call your representatives and senators. :)" Feb 15, 10 2:36 PM

Southampton Village asks attorney for opinion on releasing cops' secondary employment information

For the record, we were prepared to do that, but we first are required to exhaust all bureaucratic options. The appeal to the Village Board was the last step in that process.

Also, an update: The village has agreed to provide the documents we're seeking. Once we have a complete answer to our request, we will post an updated story. " Feb 27, 10 8:05 AM

Southampton Village police chief rescinds internal rule governing secondary employment

Just to be clear: In the final documents provided by the chief, the name of the companies involved and the location of the secondary employment was NOT provided. It was redacted, as state open government officials said it could be. The Press has chosen not to challenge that portion of the state's opinion and agreed to accept the documents with that information redacted.
" Mar 15, 10 12:28 PM

Building inspector training requirements go unmet

Yes, just to clarify: This story focuses on Southampton Village building inspectors, not Southampton Town. And at the town level the proposal is actually to have code enforcement become peace officers." Apr 3, 10 10:36 AM

Math program at heart of turmoil in Tuckahoe

The post was deleted because it made a potentially actionable statement. You are welcome to repost your comments without that statement.
" Apr 3, 10 3:34 PM

Beached humpback whale draws a crowd in East Hampton

The folks from the Riverhead Foundation at the scene say it's a humpback...we'll see if the identification changes at some point." Apr 6, 10 3:10 PM

Oops. Gonna fix that. Thanks.
" Apr 6, 10 3:11 PM

Southampton School Board suspends high school principal and assistant principal, who are then hired by East Hampton

Just to nip this at the bud: We're working on an update to the story that will be posted shortly, but it appears the Southampton School Board's actions came as the result of the two administrators apparently being named as likely new hires in EH--something that appears to have caught the Southampton School Board by surprise.

I just want to make sure people didn't read anything more into the sketchy details that were first available.

Watch for updates throughout tomorrow's print edition deadline." May 18, 10 7:05 PM

Four rescued after seaplane accident in Little Peconic Bay

Update coming shortly, along with photos...
" Jun 17, 10 4:50 PM

Hampton Bays woman drowns in pool during party

I don't think we're above criticism when we're late reporting a story, as we were here.

Our web editor's comment above wasn't meant to be an excuse--it's just a simple, honest explanation of how it happened.

The fact is, we're a weekly newspaper group, with a weekly newspaper group's resources, trying our best to be a 24-hour online source of news and information covering a wide local community. We do our best, and sometimes the gaps in coverage create places for stories to slip through. Believe me, it drives us crazy, too.

I prefer to focus on the positives. Our success has always been dependent on our connection to our readership--Press readers are some of the most informed, plugged-in newspaper readers I've ever met. We've always counted on tips and leads from our readers to help us stay on top of everything--believe me, we listen when you call, email and post comments. I think this demonstrated it: We saw the comment about the drowning in Hampton Bays and began asking questions. It's a team effort, covering a community as completely as we're trying to do, and we appreciate the readers' role.

And I also think it's a good, healthy thing to get flamed once in a while for missing a story: it reminds us that you expect us to know EVERYTHING that's going on, and expect us to keep you informed. I respect your anger, VOS, and appreciate your taking the time to give us the feedback." Aug 15, 10 7:24 AM

Plane overshoots runway at Montauk Airport

Thanks, HW...and, yes, PBR is a great supporter...

FYI to all: Some technical quirks kept this from posting yesterday--apologies. And yes, Mr. Wheeler, first version said Sunday by mistake--that was my bad. Caught it and fixed it this morning." Aug 29, 10 8:00 PM

Models show possibility of hurricane impacting East End

I believe the headline has said, throughout the day, that the projections are that the storm will "impact" the East End--and there's little argument about that. It's far too early to predict anything with certainty, of course, but it appears that the storm's course is likely to miss Long Island entirely (although the East End remains in the "cone of error," according to NOAA)--but even if it ends up 150 miles offshore, as expected, there are likely to be effects felt on the East End and along the shoreline, with the surf conditions.

We're sincerely not trying to be alarmist--but it's important for everyone to realize that a storm of any magnitude turning north has the potential to be a problem, and everyone should be prepared for the worst, just in case." Sep 1, 10 9:08 PM

Lawsuit Targets One Of Region's Oldest Farm Families

The entire article--which I think is much clearer--is available in the print edition of The Southampton Press Eastern Edition this week. " Oct 21, 10 9:33 AM

Tough article to sum up in a few paragraphs. We took another run at it--see if the revised version sums up the major points of a very interesting article a little better.

Sorry, folks, but to get the whole article, you're going to need to buy the paper--or subscribe so you can read the article in its entirety online, as our subscribers can do.

" Oct 21, 10 12:04 PM

Four Rescued Off Moriches Inlet

The original police report had that information included, for some reason...a follow-up call to the Coast Guard showed that everyone refused treatment, as the revised story notes. No idea how the erroneous info got into the police report. Sorry about that.
" Oct 25, 10 2:49 PM

Ballot Count Begins; Altschuler Travels To Washington

We will be updating this story throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back." Nov 5, 10 11:30 PM

Earthquake Reported Tuesday Morning Offshore Near East End

Yes, we took that line out--clearly, there were folks in EH who felt it. We'll be updating the story soon. " Nov 30, 10 5:11 PM

Tuckahoe School Board Sticks With Referendum Plan

Sorry 'bout that...we're working to fix it." Dec 21, 10 2:18 PM

Winter Storm Watch Issued For East End

Our offices won't be open, but we will have people on call.

For the record, our hotline number is: 631-849-4931. If anyone has a news tip to call in, that's the best number to use, particularly after hours and on the weekend." Jan 7, 11 4:11 PM

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