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Jun 28, 2019 5:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee Resubmits Petition To Incorporate Hamlet On Monday

Southampton Town Supervisor submitted the petition to Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer on April 3. VALERIE GORDON
Jul 2, 2019 1:06 PM

The East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee has not given up on its effort to incorporate the hamlet.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman confirmed on Monday that the committee resubmitted its petition—signed by more than 20 percent of hamlet’s registered voters—to the town, calling for a vote to incorporate the hamlet.

The original petition, which was filed in April, was rejected by the supervisor last month. The supervisor invalidated the petition, pointing to an additional document that listed the hamlet’s regular inhabitants—as required under New York State Village Incorporation Law—but included the names of 34 deceased people.

Following the supervisor’s decision, the committee’s co-chairwoman, Karen Kooi, had said that the group was planning to appeal the decision in court. However, on Monday, she confirmed that the committee instead was resubmitting the petition with minor modifications.

Mr. Schneiderman had, in fact, suggested in an interview last week that it might be easier to resubmit the petition, along with a modified inhabitant list “to not include people who are no longer living.”

He said his understanding was that the committee would be allowed to reuse a revised version of the same petition. “Those people signed a petition showing a willingness to have a vote on the incorporation,” he said. “The intent of those signatures are the same.”

According to Mr. Schneiderman’s written decision, however, the original petition included 33 signatures that the supervisor had invalidated for several reasons, including one instance where East Quogue resident Steven Brash said that his name appeared on the petition but he had not, in fact, signed it. Those signatures would need to be removed.

On Monday, following the committee’s decision to move forward with resubmitting the petition, Co-Chairman David Celi explained that the group would essentially start the process from scratch, with the exception of obtaining new signatures.

Last week, committee member Greg Celi said that the group was still discussing the legality of re-submitting the petition with their attorney, Peter Bee of Mineola-based Bee, Ready, Fishbein, Hatter & Donovan LLP. Mr. Bee and Southampton Assistant Town Attorney Kathleen Murray could not be reached this week for comment.

However, according to Mr. Schneiderman, the petition would again be subject to two public hearings before a decision would be rendered. If approved, the hamlet’s registered voters would have the opportunity to vote on whether to incorporate the hamlet into a village.

In the meantime, the committee recently held a fundraising event at Dockers on Dune Road in East Quogue to help cover expenses, including an additional $6,000 check that will need to be submitted to Southampton Town along with the petition, according to Mr. Celi. He added that portions of a previous similar check were already used, but that the remaining funds will be returned to the committee.

Mr. Celi said the proceeds of the fundraiser would help fund “any expenses” that the committee encounters in its efforts to proceed with a vote.

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East Quogue is doing all it can to incorporate into a village to protect itself from the poor leadership of the Southampton Town Board (SHTB).

A good move to set their own direction rather than deal with the vile political grafting of the SHTB that works hard for thoee east of the canal to dump on those west of it.

By ZGerry (50), Hamptons on Jun 29, 19 11:14 PM
Too bad Hampton Bays is not incorporated. The abuse it will have to take with SHTB placing more low income housing on it by those east of the canal. Already Hampton Bays has the highest tax rate, will see increasing taxes to deal with the dumping SHTB from the overlay district.
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Jul 1, 19 9:50 PM
HB went down the incorporation road, but for a number of reasons it fell apart. HB can effect change - there are three Town Board seats open. We can vote Jay Schneiderman and John Bouvier out of office. I had such high hopes for them, but they have repeatedly stabbed us in the heart and smiled in our faces while they were doing it. I don't know what happens to good people when they get elected. I guess "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". Let's give someone else a chance ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 19 1:50 AM
I dont understand why some feel supervisor Schneiderman let them down. I see many good things accomplished during his time in office. We have a new Ponquugue beach Pavilion, a masterplan for HB downtown and more public benefits planed, As far as low income housing, It's very much needed.You may not want them in your neighborhood, But some of the most interesting places do have a mix Of social and economic backgrounds. Economic mix insures Labor force which we desperately need. Ethnic mix Brings ...more
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton Town, NY on Jul 3, 19 1:47 AM
This is a typical post from someone who doesn't live n Hampton Bays in a underutilized one family house or does and doesn't care or doesn't understand the socio-economic balance of the hamlet. Julie, John and Jay (the three "j"s) ran on a platform in HB that they understood that we are already a very densely populated community of "workforce" housing, our school is at maximum capacity and can't afford another expansion, have the highest tax rate in the Town and need to stop the bleeding. They ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 3, 19 6:38 AM
Your clueless SR. As long as it is not on Jays street or yours. Hampton Bays is a hamlet and has many developments already for diverse incomes, from BR Village, HB Apart and Pines hotel/Apart. (thanks to Jays illegal conversion). Not that you know or care.

By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Jul 3, 19 10:06 PM
Exactly HW, it seems to me that people who don't live in HB have a lot to say about what SHOULD go on in HB. They demonize people as NIMBYs and start a movement called YIMBY (yes in my backyard), when it is actually YIYBY - yes in YOUR backyard. This overlay plan has been so egregiously corrupted by the Town Administration to dump every Town initiative for affordable housing and and assisted living facility into it at the expense of HB. They have held the community and the commercial property ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Jul 4, 19 7:23 AM
... Ms. Lombardi you argue that people living outside of HB have much to say about what goes on in HB, yet you bloviate about what is right for EQ while not living there. How does that work?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jul 12, 19 9:30 AM
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Resubmit with minor changes?

I would think any rewording after being signed would void the signatures obtained prior to this rewording.
By adamg123 (2), East Quogue on Jul 12, 19 8:33 AM