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Aug 7, 2019 11:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

St. Andrews Road Sign Installed By Highway Superintendent Mysteriously Removed

St. Andrews Road originally cut through the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, and is now blocked off by a fence. DANA SHAW
Aug 7, 2019 11:28 AM

A road sign erected by Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor at an intersection at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club was mysteriously taken down last week — and nobody is saying who was responsible for its removal.

In July, officials at the private golf club demanded that the sign, located at the intersection of Tuckahoe Road and St. Andrews Road, be taken down because it was illegally installed by Mr. Gregor.

Anthony C. Pasca, an attorney with Esseks, Hefter, Angel Di Talia and Pasca LLP, sent a letter to Town Board members on June 11 on behalf of the club, demanding the removal of the street sign, and an investigation into its installation.

Mr. Gregor, who installed the street sign on December 31, did so without permission from the Town Board or the golf club. In his paperwork, he marked the sign as a replacement for one taken down when the U.S. Open took place at the club in 2018 — though the club said that was not true.

St. Andrews Road has been blocked off for years and is recognized by the club as a private road. Mr. Gregor, on the other hand, has maintained that the road had never been turned over to the club in a deal that took place in the 1930s. Prior to the deal, St. Andrews Road meandered and cut through the golf course.

When Suffolk County wanted to build County Road 39, it needed to cut through the southern portion of the golf course, so the town, the county and the club made a land swap, which gave a portion of St. Andrews Road that cut through the course to the club.

A title company researched the matter, looking over old county maps and reading over old resolutions, and determined recently that the property belongs to the club, not the town.

Town Attorney James Burke said on Monday that he had corresponded with Mr. Gregor over the removal of the sign. Mr. Burke also said he understands Mr. Gregor’s position: According to the map, Mr. Burke said, the western portion of St. Andrews came off the tax rolls, but the eastern portion, where Mr. Gregor installed the sign, remained on the tax rolls, suggesting it was privately owned.

Mr. Burke also said that when the county came in to construct County Road 39, it could have taken the land through eminent domain, but it appears that it worked with the town and the club to do the land swap.

But when it came to who removed the sign last week, Mr. Burke came up short, saying he was not sure — and he was trying to figure it out himself.

Multiple calls to Mr. Gregor this week asking whether he or his crews removed the sign were not returned. Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman declined to comment on the matter.

Mr. Gregor has maintained that the road is a town-owned road on paper, and three years ago, he set his sights on opening it back up to the public to be able to get onto County Road 39 at the light where Tuckahoe Road intersects it.

Prior to making it one of his missions, the club attempted to make Tuckahoe Road a private street, closed off to all traffic, and to have the town sign it over to the club in exchange for other considerations. But the club was unsuccessful in convincing town officials.

There are echoes of an earlier incident in this latest controversy.

In 2013, Mr. Gregor installed a road sign at the corner of Rose Hill Road and Montauk Highway, dubbing the street “Sister Jackie’s Way,” to commemorate the life of Sister Jacqueline Walsh, a Catholic nun who was struck and killed by a car on Rose Hill Road in 2012. The driver fled the scene and was never brought to justice.

Mr. Gregor never obtained permission from the Town Board to put that sign up, either, and maintained that he never needed permission, since he was not officially renaming the street. Instead of being a standard green sign, the “Sister Jackie’s Way” sign was blue.

Some members of the community wanted the sign to remain, although the church requested that it be taken down because some other residents did not want to be reminded of the incident.

Although Mr. Gregor held his ground and refused to take the sign down, the Town Board ordered that the Parks Department have the sign removed.

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So Gregor isn’t returning calls now. Sneaks away his sign, and now hopes everyone will just forget about how wrong he has been. Hey Alex, were you IGNORANTLY WRONG about this all along? Didn’t know the law it is your job to apply? Or were you ARROGANTLY LYING about this all along? Figuring you would just bluster and hope the divisiveness would fuel your political ambitions? Answer the phone. Let us know which it was. Then resign.
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Aug 11, 19 9:40 AM
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First the unwanted Sister Jackie Water Mill sign battle of 2 or 3 years, then the 4 year / 4 sign battle by the Noyac Road families against the intersection blocking & DOT/MUTCD illegal no jake brake noise signs, and now this ??????
Aug 11, 19 10:00 AM appended by themarlinspike
Many Thanks to the Parks Department for removing these tax payer funded non compliant and ridiculous signs over the years. Please have a look at Majors Path and take down about half of those signs too when you get a chance please.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Aug 11, 19 10:00 AM
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Maybe send Alex the bill for all the fake illegal signs he has made to advance himself into higher office/pay ?
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Aug 12, 19 9:30 PM
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Seven years after Sister Jackie was mowed down, and left to die on the side of the road, has the SHT PD stopped “looking for this guy until the end of time,” to quote Chief Wilson.

Was the alleged perp, now hiding in South America, the ACTUAL driver?

Why have the investigative materials not been released? Maybe because this is a hot case . . . “Still pending” . . . ?

Yeah . . . sure . . . right . . . [ Blink emoji here ]

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 11, 19 12:50 PM
Thank you PBR for never giving up. You may be only one voice but it’s always an unwavering one for justice for Sister Jackie.
By jams (129), hampton bays on Aug 12, 19 10:54 AM
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This is Alex Gregor we’re talking about, right? The same Alex Gregor who has been calling himself a man of the people, an enlightened liberal, for years? So what’s this Alex Gregor doing “wait(ing) to greet President Donald Trump at Gabreski Airport” last week?

“PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP”? That’s exactly what the caption says under a pic attached to the 27east piece on Trump’s recent visit. The photo shows Alex Gregor standing proud and unembarrassed ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Aug 12, 19 10:35 PM
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National issues and local issues are 2 separate things.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on Aug 12, 19 10:39 PM
Obviously a Democrat Party stooge can't miss an opportunity to bash PRESIDENT Trump.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 13, 19 6:36 AM
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We can, and should, dump the entire elected office of Highway Superintendent. Other towns have, and created instead a DPW that works cohesively within the town government. Already a relic of the old settlement days, the separate elected office has been thoroughly destroyed by Gregor, who has used it as a platform for his own self-advancement, and made it completely dysfunctional vis the vis the Board. Assuming Gregor won’t resign, which he should, let’s scrap his whole department. ...more
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Aug 13, 19 6:49 AM
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Re-elect President Donald J. Trump.
Never elect Alex Mad Dog Gregor.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Aug 13, 19 8:08 AM