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IRS says Southampton Town comptroller owes $650,000 in back taxes

That's the right track to take. Just follow the example of the IRS (and some local newspapers) and consider someone guilty until proven innocent. Fair and balanced - isn't that what the IRS is all about?" Apr 14, 10 4:43 PM

Financial investigation unearths $3 million deficit in Southampton Town beach fund

It is important to point out that this was not a part or intention of the original audit process that was taken on when the fund deficits were uncovered. What is important to remember is that it would not have been discovered were it not for the keen observation and talent of Town Comptroller Tamara Wright. And as for Mr. Malone, his comments are exactly those that would have been used three years ago to bury the issue. It appears thus far that the old Republican log-jam cover-up/head-in-the-sand process is still very much in existence, influence and power in town hall. " Apr 14, 10 4:57 PM

Have you ever tried to contact Mr. Malone at Town Hall? He is seldom there except when necessary to vote. Hmmmm? Now where could he be spending most of his time?? Let me think!

" Apr 20, 10 9:57 AM

Levy says he will veto sex offender legislation

Steve Levy's brain is an inanimate object. Once he is focused on something like his ego and ambition nothing can affect or change him. Concern for the East End vote and voters was long ago considered a total waste of his time and efforts by his handlers. He really couldn't be more dismissive or care less about us and boy-oh-boy does this veto prove it!" May 14, 10 2:51 PM

Stafford and Stein elected to Sag Harbor Village Board

Congrats to Dr. Stein and to Mr. Stafford. However, one gets the uncomfortable feeling that Mr. Horn ran for office primarily to get a job - not for the civic benefits he might bring to the community." Jun 16, 10 3:22 PM

Southampton Town drops use of preservation money after outcry

Who was the original "Walk-On" bill sponsor?" Jul 9, 10 11:40 AM

Yes. And I've found that it also had 100% board support as a walk-on. Everyone approved the walk-on. " Jul 13, 10 12:26 PM

Governor Paterson vetoes bill to rename Westhampton preserve after Edwin 'Buzz' Schwenk

Note here that it is the tail wagging the dog. Yes the Governor is wrong about people and preserve names but the state DEC, in a hissy fit of a turf war battle, declared that it is the ONLY agency that can recommend or suggest naming of a preserve. The state DEC has dragged it's feet on many major environmental concerns on the East End. Now look at where it chooses to draw a line in the sand - over naming rights. What a ****poor record they have and it isn't getting any better." Jul 22, 10 5:51 PM

Southampton Town Board adopts retirement measures

Nasty, snarky response -- but true!!" Aug 26, 10 2:10 PM

Community activist from Northampton announces plan to run for Southampton Town Board

Mr. Bender is teaching us all a lesson by starting to learn what the rest of the town is all about in advance of the campaign so that when he speaks with community and civic groups he'll know what he is talking about. How refreshing to have someone (if he wins) hit the ground running. I've seen him at most town board meetings recently too so I now know who he is and what he looks like." Aug 26, 10 2:18 PM

Proposed cell tower in Westhampton faces hurdles

"Rouge" doesn't even begin to describe T-Mobiles' activities. In Huntington they didn't even bother to file a building or site plan nor negotiate a lease before constructing a tower. During that time they also ignored a town stop-work order and now they are faced with being forced to remove the tower completely. At the Southampton Planning Board meeting one board member asked their attorney if they had read the Southampton Town cell tower code. Guess what? They hadn't even looked at it at all. Talk about arrogance." Sep 25, 10 5:15 PM

Bishop Leads Altschuler After Absentee Ballots Counted

Absentee ballots are finished. Bishop up by 235. Only contested ballots remain and Altschuler has contested many more than Bishop. Looks like it's all over but the shouting. Lets see if Altschuler now thinks a full manual recount is necessary - in contradiction to his earlier dismissal of such a need." Nov 23, 10 2:57 PM

47% more to be precise." Nov 23, 10 4:40 PM

Sorry - I used the older figures. The correct number is 59.6%.
" Nov 23, 10 4:43 PM

Despite Objections, Southampton Town Board Appoints OTB Official To Top Management Post

Legality is a good question:
We are supposed to be operating under a "Sunshine" law in NY when 3 or more of them, the town board, meet, as they had to do to produce this arrogant political power-play resolution. In my humble opinion they are violating the law and rubbing the whole town's nose in it to boot. Here's the skinny right from the NYS Sunshine law.

"Meeting" is defined to mean "the official convening of a public body for the purpose of conducting public business." As such, any time a quorum, in this case 3, of a public body gathers for the purpose of discussing public business, the meeting must be convened open to the public, whether or not there is an intent to take action, and regardless of the manner in which the gathering may be characterized.

There is little doubt that they, the gang of three, conducted any such open meeting on this subject. They are in effect operating as if they are a secret government of three that doesn't have to abide by the law.

Here's more:
"Public body" is defined to cover entities consisting of two or more people that conduct public business and perform a governmental function for the state, for an agency of the state, or for public corporations, including cities, counties, towns, villages and school districts, for example. In addition, committees and subcommittees consisting solely of members of a governing body are specifically included within the definition. Consequently, city councils, town boards, village boards of trustees, school boards, commissions, legislative bodies and sub/committees of those groups all fall within the framework of the law.

But wait there's still more:
The law requires that notice of the time and place of all meetings be given prior to every meeting. If a meeting is scheduled at least a week in advance, notice must be given to the public and the news media not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting. Notice to the public must be accomplished by posting in one or more designated public locations. When a meeting is scheduled less than a week in advance, notice must be given to the public and the news media "to the extent practicable" at a reasonable time prior to the meeting. Again, notice to the public must be given by means of posting.

The rulings on "Executive Sessions" don't even come close to applying. And that doesn't even begin to take into account the portion of the law that requires minutes and voting records to be kept of such meetings.

Please Mr. NYS Attorney General (Governor-Elect) take note of this supreme act of arrogance." Nov 29, 10 7:18 PM

So, if you are so upset abut it show up tomorrow night at 6:00 pm and let them know what you think. We do not exist in a vacuum. Make yourself heard or keep quiet and accept what they've got in plan for you. These forums are good for those who need to express something - somehow but the real power you have is when you show up in person to let yourself be heard. DO IT!!" Nov 29, 10 8:51 PM

Whoever you are you obviously don't know what you are talking about. Your comments simply mimic those of gang leader Nuzzi. It's always someone else who started this mess. Maybe you are Mr. Nuzzi. Ah, but wait a minute, wasn't Mr. Nuzzi there when all this back-room stuff started? And he's still there. Lets see; how do we connect the dots. . . . . " Dec 1, 10 10:40 AM

As James Thurber (not Casey Stengel) famously said "You could look it up".

On November 14, 2000, the SH Town Board passed resolution #1307 "Hiring Policy for Management and Professional Positions". It was passed unanimously. The gang of three, lead by Boss Nuzzi, are most certainly aware of this and most certainly have committed a violation, in fact, of knowingly disobeying what is town law. But what do they care? Who among us is going to hold their feet to the fire and seek prosecution? We, the entire town of Southampton, lose again. " Dec 2, 10 12:00 AM

Ethics Complaint Targets Kratoville Appointment

Q-- Now how does the Kratoville appointment help the people of Southampton?
A--By creating a job that will be with us for YEARS and YEARS at an annual cost of at least $150,000. Do the math and in 10 years these three monkeys will have cost all of us a cool $1,500,000 – that's one and a half million dollars not counting any "raises" that they can throw in to sweeten his honey-pot of a deal." Dec 16, 10 12:13 PM

New Southampton Town Appointee Once Sued Over Firing

$150,000 times 10 years = a cool $1,500,000. Welcome to our newest local millionaire. Who needs to win the Lottery when you've got friends like Graboski, Nuzzi and Malone. And yes, the direct orders came from someone else - maybe even a former SH Town Supervisor?" Dec 17, 10 1:23 PM

Bishop Earns Plum Committee Post

He is in a position now where his experience, knowledge and commitment to the East End will help us all - regardless of political persuasion or opinion." Jan 26, 11 11:56 AM

Hess Express Gas Station Set To Open In Quogue

Congrats to Mayor Sartorius for being dogged in his pursuit of Hess. And ultimately to Hess for responding too.
" Jan 26, 11 12:00 PM

Storm Punctuated By Snow, Freezing Rain And Sleet Dumps More Than A Foot Of Snow On Long Island

Leaves - Schmeaves!!! He's (Gregor) taken care of the first priorities - safety and snow and he's done a pretty good job. There will always be someone to carp and complain regardless of what gets done. " Jan 26, 11 3:07 PM

Civic Association Members Call For President's Resignation

Amazing! Absolutely amazing!! Here is a man who has only announced his interest in running for office and he is already being jumped on by the (obvious) Republican aparatchiks. Bender hasn't been nominated by anyone nor (I believe) even interviewed or screened by any political party and yet they (the R's) are calling for his skin. So if I read this correctly they (the R's) are already so afraid of a possible candidate that they are willing to undermine, hamper and hinder him even before he has a chance to become one. If you follow that through then just thinking about running makes you fair game for their anger and attacks. Yes, this is the American way, make a preventative strike to eliminate any possible opposition. Yes, this is the American way, knock a man down for just thinking about running for office. Yes, this is the American way, shout him down from the back of the room and disrupt him at every turn.

As far as I can determine, after an examination of recent stories about Brad Bender in the Southampton Press, he has never crossed the line of using his position to advocate any political view that would compromise his job as head of FRNCA. The IRS 501(c)(3) issue is a mere smokescreen and legal experts will say that to your face. If he is nominated and runs he may then need to rethink his position but that will not happen until July when nominating petitions are finalized.

Go Brad!!" Feb 17, 11 11:43 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst Delivers State Of The Town Address

How is it that Mr. Nuzzi cannot take some degree of pleasure in the good fortune that has befallen the Town of Southampton? He's crying now that he and his sidekicks should take the credit for the fiscal rejuvenation of the town. They've done almost nothing except get in the way. Look, behind the Supervisor's back they forced a secret budget that doesn't reduce the town's debt by one penny and then had the ****'s to hire that escapee from OTB that will cost Southampton a cool $150 grand a year. Some debt reduction move that was. And for good measure they attempted to thwart and compromise the good work of the Comptrollers office. Nice work for those three and if you dare to look bit further you might notice that there's a former SH Town Supervisor still apparently pulling a lot of strings on that board. " Apr 3, 11 5:55 PM

So, you actually think that because of his political party affiliation, that his opinions and points of view are not as valuable as yours? Do you truly feel that he should be silenced and his tongue shackled because he is a partisan? He's not afraid to offer his opinion and most times I agree with him and I wouldn't deny or belittle his positions regardless of which party or political group he belonged to. A little high school civics lesson on freedom of speech would probably help you, "reg rep", a great deal." Apr 5, 11 5:40 PM

Nuzzi Not Sure If He Will Accept GOP Nomination For Supervisor

I said it elsewhere and I'll say it here!

Are they serious? Bill Hughes lost last time. Christine Preston-Scalera is a total unknown, with the exception that she's was a Southampton Town attorney, and Christopher Nuzzi, when he wasn't playing with his BlackBerry, engineered the disastrous Kratoville affair and gave us the infamous (and very costly) "Back-Room" budget* . It's gonna' be harder than ever for the Republicans to pull the wool over the voters eyes this time.

* A 10 year 5% note without an exit clause for the Town at a time when our bonds were selling for under 3%. Now that's long term "disaster planning"." May 19, 11 12:45 PM