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Jury Verdict In Kabot Case: Not Guilty Of DWI

How do you handle the officers tampering with the video of the arrest after their supervisor had removed the copy from the car's computer." Feb 5, 11 9:11 AM

Littleplains. The accounting fiasco started way before her in the Heaney administration. Kabot at the instigation of of others on the board initiated the process of untangling the mess." Feb 5, 11 9:23 AM

Southampton GOP Screens Candidates For 2011 Campaign

As I remember it LK was not much liked by the republicans before this whole incident. She tossed Heaney overboard to become Supervisor. Then they tried to make Malone their candidate over LK. She had to fight her own party on that. So I would not expect any attempt on their part to push for her. That's if she's interested. " Feb 5, 11 10:09 AM

Green Light For Lighthouse Project

Nice location for a bar, restaurant, nightclub. Call it the "lighthouse". Use the money made to fund other preservation activities." Feb 5, 11 10:34 AM

ZBA To Decide on Tuckahoe 7-Eleven Next Month

Thanks i get now I think. Businesses that related to the highway and such. Auto dealers, tire dealers, auto parts, gas stations, auto mechanics, auto body...So be it. I think its unfortunate to be so limited but it is a highway after all, as the Press points out, and traffic problems and not aesthetics or convenience prevail. " Feb 5, 11 11:28 AM

Jury Verdict In Kabot Case: Not Guilty Of DWI

Oh lets all sing a good ol' Kumbaya..." Feb 6, 11 4:08 PM

Attorney Asks For $70 Million Judgment Against Southampton Town

The town attorney should be investigated by the district attorney's office to insure that this lapse was not inadvertent. He should be immediately replaced before he causes anymore harm to the town. It would seem to me that the whole staff of that department has to be reviewed. Is it up to the town attorney to keep track of deadlines or an assistant in the office? " Feb 8, 11 4:43 PM

Sorry. I think she would be irresponsible and stupid to discuss what the town's strategy and plan with respect to a $70 Million default judgment in open session. " Feb 8, 11 10:42 PM

No I have not seen the movie.I did not know they are on the web. But if its up on the web then i guess my point is moot. Thank you ." Feb 9, 11 8:34 AM

OK. I did what I thought was the logical thing to do and went to the SEA-TV web site. Of course, I could not find any link there for past meetings or anything. Can someone post a link where we can find these videos. Thanks." Feb 9, 11 8:57 AM

Thank you for the link. ...It was good to see the video in its entirety. It fills in a lot. It clarifies for me the reason for missing the deadline due to the loss of a parent by the town attorney. However it does not justify why in the subsequent three month he did not do so nor assign it to someone else to file an explanation for the lapse. Perhaps his grief incapacitated him. Its tough for an outsider to judge.

I wonder what type of report exists for the board to accompany litigation. Is there a board member assigned an oversight role over the attorney's office? At the very least the board should receive a bimonthly report of of pending litigation against the town with a risk assessment of likely and overall liability. Maybe the Troika can make a law about that.

I think ATH should have disclosed the matter to her colleagues as soon as she became aware of the matter and the remedies that were being taken especially in light of the amount.

I can't accuse her of hiding anything. She may have received assurances from the other town attorney's that the matter was under control and not thought more of it. Still had she relayed the information before it might have resulted in less political drama at a public session. I found Mr. Malone's grandstanding particularly entertaining. If she has egg on her face as a result of her omissions than so be it.

" Feb 9, 11 12:25 PM

His mother died at the time of the deadline. Unfortunately in the subsequent three months nothing was done about it until the plaintiff filed for the default judgment. " Feb 9, 11 12:34 PM

By all I'm hearing and learning the man is an severe depression. Incapable of performing his job beyond his capability to recognize his condition. I would think that this would be brought up to the judges attention and that the plaintiff and their attorney make an allowance for that. Its the right thing to do. Nobody loses any rights or claims and allow for the case to proceed as if an extension had been granted. We all fall down..." Feb 9, 11 12:40 PM

Just an additional observation. When the sums involved are this large why not bring in outside council? Might be worth looking into this in the future too...Penny wise, pound foolish." Feb 9, 11 1:15 PM

counsel" Feb 9, 11 1:54 PM

Schneiderman Unable To Secure Votes To Override Levy Veto Of Sunday Bus Measure

Mr. Levy knows that the bulk of the riders of the bus service, especially on Sunday, are the undocumented laborers too poor to have any alternative transportation. His denial of this measure is an extension of his policies aimed against this community. Deny them rights and services and they will go away mentality. Where in history have we seen this type of thinking Mr. Levy. Shame on you.

Ironically, this same group that he seeks squash are the ones that help keep the Suffolk bus system afloat with their ridership. A subsidy that extends to others that are documented but also have no means of transportation. " Feb 9, 11 2:25 PM

Villages And Towns Grapple With Cost Of Snowstorms

Does it really make sense for everyone involved to have all these different highway departments, with their separate equipment, mounds of salt, budgets, and administrative equipment. Would it not make sense to have one cohesive entity than several small ones. " Feb 9, 11 2:32 PM

State Releases Audit Of Southampton Town's Finances

Well it is a form of vindication for them. But lets not forget the contributions of Linda Kabot and Sally Pope in this endeavor, and of course the other board members that supported this cleansing process. The whole town is on a better footing now and lets hope it stays that way. " Feb 9, 11 3:05 PM

Sag Harbor Village Buys Long Wharf For A Buck

At least its a good thing that the village took control of the wharf. It would be terrible to loose it to something else. It is a great place to hold events that will attract people to the village and will no doubt pay for itself over time. I envision outdoor concerts, drum circles and fire dancers, craft fairs, Fund raising galas, maybe different food vendors with outdoor seating to provide more waterfront eating opportunities, farmers markets, etc. Good move Sag Harbor" Feb 9, 11 3:22 PM

Green Light For Lighthouse Project

Your probably right. I t might attract people to the area who might spend money here not to mention using town assets in a manner that provides revenues to it. " Feb 10, 11 10:12 AM

Your probably right. I t might attract people to the area who might spend money here not to mention using town assets in a manner that provides revenues to it. " Feb 10, 11 10:21 AM

Southampton Village Considers Plastic Bag Ban

I've always found the plastic bags convenient garbage bags. When they fill up I take them and dump them in the garbage in the garage. It helps reduce the smell of garbage inside the house. When I have too many I return them to the market for recycling. The brown paper bags would not work as well for this as they would degrade just by being wet.

In the general scheme of things, are paper bags that much more environmentally friendly than plastic bags? Maybe. The plastic bag is a derivative product from the refining of oil which we are going to consume well into the future. The paper bag is a tree based product. It takes many years for a tree to grow either from industrial forests over many years or you could cut down virgin forest. Perhaps foreign countries will cut their forests, tropical forests, so that we can have that feel good feeling of using paper bags. Recycling paper of course is going to complement that demand, but recycled paper is already a commodity whose demand is relatively tight. So we have to ask ourselves do we want to hug a tree for its aesthetic beauty and the oxygen it produces or the number of shopping bags it will produce for us to shop within the Southampton Village ordinances?

The use of reusable bags is commendable, but unfortunately you don't always have yours when you need it. Most people likely don't have one available. And when shopping for groceries how many will you need. The fact that European's use reuseable bags is meaningless. They shop differently than American's. They buy for their short term needs and don't bulk up for several days as we do.

Its also troubling that the Village is undertaking this by itself. So it will be able to contain the number of plastic bags sold there at an inconvenience to some. But what about all the other platic bags that will be brought in, or blow in, from across its borders. Seems like it would be wiser to lobby the town, county, state to have compatible policies rather than sleigh this dragon by themselves.

Merchants have to evaluate and opine on whether they think this is going to be good for them or complicate commerce for them. In my opinion certain stores like the supermarket will suffer. Are paper bags cheaper for them to provide? If a business can demonstrate that it has viable recycling program can it opt out of the no plastic bag. How is compliance going to be administered? What is the cost to the Village for this? I hear a lot of merchants complaining about how tough things are. Is this the right moment to fiddle with this?

SAVE maybe could maybe provide an educational campaign to people on how to reuse their plastic bags, promote environmental sensitivity or awareness and remind people of how they should discard their garbage. Do an assessment if the Village has enough garbage cans for people to walk over and properly throw out their garbage.( I think it does in general, except maybe for the beaches).

I think the Village is trying to be fashionable they should also balance the practical." Feb 10, 11 12:08 PM

Southampton Village Hopes To Relieve 'Number 1' Problem

If there is a public urination problem in the Village then put in more municipal toilets.
There are only two municipal toilets that I'm aware of: the one behind the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street and the other at Agawam Park, and these are not always open 24/7.

Additionally, merchants in the Village should be more friendly to their clients when we need to use the toilet. How many of us have been told to go the CoC ones? Really you want my business, but can't provide me with a toilet? You should lobby the Village for more municipal toilets. Remind them that the Tangers Mall in Riverhead provides many toilets for its shoppers.

If the village can't build toilets then at least have more portable toilets available in more locations. I've seen some at the beach lots but none at the municipal parking lots in town for example. Place some in those areas that are a particular problem and see how the "quality of life" improves for all concerned.
" Feb 10, 11 12:54 PM

Attorney Asks For $70 Million Judgment Against Southampton Town

The more I think about what transpired at that day at the meeting the more I feel the whole drama was political theater. From the resident complaining, the Nuzzi inquiry,and the Malone explosion, indignation, purple-faced veins popping out scenario. No wonder ATH shifted the discussion to Executive session.

Based on what I've learned from some of the posts above, its apparent that Malone, an attorney himself as he tells, may have exaggerated the gravity of the situation to make an impression. ATH may truly not have felt that it was a dire scenario if the attorneys were conveying the same sense of assurance as some of the posters here. Why sound an alarm with her colleagues if none was required? " Feb 10, 11 1:23 PM

Southampton Village Hopes To Relieve 'Number 1' Problem

Note: I think Police Officers time might also be better used if the municipal toilets are deployed. Think of the savings in Police time and overtime that will be saved from their not having to spend time on such matters. It may not just be a question of enhancing the "revenue stream" but also looking to cut the costs of enforcement. On balance is it cheaper to rent toilets or to pay officers to deal with these problems? " Feb 10, 11 1:37 PM

Southampton Swimmers Can Go To East Hampton

Thank you EH for taking SH swimmers.

Unfortunately for SH residents this brings us no closer to having indoor swimming facilities of the caliber of the Y. " Feb 10, 11 6:04 PM

Attorney Asks For $70 Million Judgment Against Southampton Town

@ Reg Rep. FYI, I'm not an ATH supporter. Never voted for her. So far I have no preferences. I just have an open mind when I see a well orchestrated piece of drama." Feb 10, 11 8:24 PM

OK fine this is your perspective on the situation. I just try to find other one. our a partisan and I respect that. I suppose I'm more skeptical. If you read up to my initial comments on this thread, based on my knowledge then I was critical of ATH and the Attorney. As I learned more about the situation my opinion changed, except the one I criticize Malone for his theatrics.

What I remember of the MTA brouhaha was that ATH wanted to upgrade the public on the status of the lawsuit in public, not strategize or anything. Malone made a big stink about that. It should not be public, etc. etc.. Honestly if it was just an update for the public I saw no harm. If there more to it than that then yes they should keep it private. " Feb 11, 11 8:08 AM

Southampton Village Hopes To Relieve 'Number 1' Problem

I don't see it as 7-11's responsibility to provide portable toilets. There is a park there. Seems perfectly logical to put public toilets in a park. Is there a grounds for lawsuit if the municipality places a toilet in one of its parks?

Furthermore, when are they going to develop that land into a park as they are supposed to?" Feb 11, 11 1:35 PM

Southampton Town Board Accepts Town Attorney's Resignation

Why did Nuzzi and Malone cop out? If they did not agree with the terms then they could have voted no with Grabosky support. If they represent the taxpayer and they are "uncomfortable" with the settlement and don't think its good for the town then defeat it don't abstain. " Feb 11, 11 6:31 PM

No, I don't think the payout was that much. Nuzzy and Malone would never have allowed that. They would have looked out for the taxpayer and the town. They would have forced the issue. Remember the MTA thing, remember the I want my reports, they have the votes. They could have voted no, fired the guy. After all, would they not have just cause? Sordi you dropped the ball and exposed the town to a 70 million default judgment...They could of fired him and not payed out? It was more interesting for them to keep up their drama no? Let them let him resign, pay him out, and we just abstain because we are uncomfortable.

Geez, If your uncomfortable don't you force a no vote? Not them. They abstain...Fearless leaders." Feb 11, 11 9:36 PM

Sorry I should have bean clearer. They should have voted no to any payout and to remove TA anyway. In this case their vote to abstain was a yea vote. They endorsed the payout." Feb 12, 11 1:05 AM

State Releases Audit Of Southampton Town's Finances

I don't know the history very well. I think Mr. Heaney was somewhat imperious in his governing style and I don't think he was rellying on LK in any meaningful way for political and administrative support. As I recall Pope and ATH where the leaders in the audits and LK came on board and worked with them. Even the other two board members went along with to, Nuzzy and Grabosky. This was a long long time ago in a different Galaxy of course.." Feb 13, 11 12:24 PM

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