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A Private Meeting To Discuss A Proposed Tuckahoe Road Reroute Is Canceled As 'Premature'

Tb as and far as the CSEA agreement, I participated in at least a dozen bargaining agreements in my career. The newer employers (or those that were not even hired yet) end up paying the price for the more senior employees benefits I am not saying it is right, but that is the way the unions bargain. What the Supervisor did was violate the basic principle of collective bargaining. They should have just waited for the next contract. " Dec 5, 16 12:23 PM

Sorry TB, but I don't agree. Unless there is a cost-sharing agreement or some Suffolk County Fund that handles all the same or similar situations it puts an unfair tax burden on the taxpayers of Southanpton. I don't care if it is an extra dollar, it is the principle. " Dec 6, 16 7:21 AM

Hampton Bays Wrestling Coach Arrested On Drug Possession Charges

The Editor of the Press removed the comment section when the CB stabbing comments got "ugly" and reported that ALL comment sections related to crimes would be eliminated. Please administer this policy consistently. " Dec 7, 16 8:52 AM

Frank, I don't see this differently - the editor said all alleged crimes so not to victimize a person before he was convicted. Why is this different? They should administer the policy consistently. There were many articles since the stabbing that the editor eliminated the comment section." Dec 7, 16 9:44 AM

Second Hearing On 'Hills' Application Gets Rowdy

The leadership at our Town Board is weak, first with ATH and now with Mr.Schneiderman . They allow some self-proclaimed civic leaders undue influence. They never check as to whether an individual who says they speak for an organization actually does and not that they are just speaking for themselves or a handful of like minded people. They allow organizations like OLA access to choosing a new police chief. These self-proclaimed civic leaders prey on the weakness of the leadership." Dec 7, 16 2:57 PM

This is ridiculous process. It is the same or similar that happened with the CPI Project. While some is mandated, it can't believe it can't be streamlined. Individual make up names of some group that they are the head of "Friends of this" "Alliance of that" and speak for "their group". Even some organized civic leaders have a sense of self-importance and think they speak for their community without really checking what their community wants and they stand in righteous indignation when you raise questions or have opposing opinion. They hope to bully people and the weak leadership allows this to happen - first ATH and now Mr. Schneiiderman. It is disgusting." Dec 8, 16 6:04 AM

Saf2Harbor, I am not for or against the Hills, but I am against when heads of groups (of which I happen to be a member of several) think they speak for a group when they actually just speak for themselves. I have never received survey of how I felt about the Hills nor have I signed an authorization form for them to speak for me. I support the HB Civic so they could put Duckies in the water and have a nice community event, not to speak on my behalf on major development projects. They have no right or authority, but the Town lets them and all the others. It is disgusting." Dec 9, 16 10:14 AM

KKK Business Cards Found At Hampton Bays Train Station

Please support your assertion that the "police who perpetrated that myth have admitted to it". I would like to read that. Have you read any of the articles on the former bar owner, Luis Tejada and his business model? The last report I read was that the 4 individuals were undocumented immigrants and witnesses said that they saw gang signs. I certainly don't want there to be gangs in HB, but I don't think it does any good to keep your head in the sand." Dec 10, 16 8:10 AM

p.s. let's all be thankful that Mr. Tejada lost his liquor license at CB's and it is under new ownership." Dec 10, 16 8:16 AM

Seriously, "burst my bubble" you make it sound like I want gangs in HB. What is wrong with you? I live in HB and if you post is the truthful, you are in EH. Your quote is the initial report before the Village sexual assault and the report that the 4 were let out but that the Town Police was still investigating and reports not from the Press. Maybe you have "inside information" that I don't. Mr. Tejada's business model attracted violent individuals including organized gangs. He had businesses in Hemstead and Riverhead before HB - glad he is gone and I hope he took his patrons with him." Dec 10, 16 10:30 AM

fire11, when you have a little free time on your hands, why don't you read the New York Times article "Affection Peddled by the Drink" about Mr. Tejada's Hempstead Bar that was closed by NYS Liquor Authority to get a "flavor" of the activities that went on." Dec 10, 16 11:00 AM

Well thank you, Mr. Fire11. So 4 illegal immigrants from El Salvador - the home of MS13 learned that taking a machete and slicing and dicing someone that bumps into you or disagrees with you is an appropriate method of dispute resolution. Since you seem to think that gangs on the east end are an urban myth, why don't you contact Mr. Tejada and his partner. Based on public records they reside in a neighboring community and I am suspect that they would be ready willing and able to open a nightclub in your community and as close to your house as possible.. " Dec 12, 16 12:23 PM

Suffolk County report today - murders up 36% to 36 - 11 tied to MS-13. " Dec 12, 16 2:04 PM

Early Demolition Work Begins At Canoe Place Inn In Hampton Bays

What does the retail space have to do with the CPI? The Yoga House just moved out and that makes 3 vacant stores on that side of the street. The CPI construction is privately funded - if anyone should be thanked it is the Rechlers for waiting all these years. I wonder how many taxpayers and residents would say they want this building saved. I wonder if asked today how many would be ok with the timeshares that were originally proposed. " Dec 12, 16 5:53 PM

KKK Business Cards Found At Hampton Bays Train Station

If you want to live in the world of the tooth fairy, good for you. I live in HB and certainly don't want there to be gangs, but you can't ignore their presence on LI. Once again, Brentwood is not far from HB. Again, the latest reports was that one of the suspects was turned over to ICE. the other in the Village rape is still being held and the investigation of all four is ongoing. I guess the guy who was disemboweled just took a machete to himself for fun. " Dec 13, 16 3:44 PM

Suffolk County crimestoppers website "An alleged gang member was apprehended Friday after a Southampton home invasion during which he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman, police said. Marvin Saul Siciliano-Nunez, 20, of Hampton Bays, was arrested and charged with first degree burglary, second degree burglary, first degree sexual abuse, first degree criminal sex act, all felonies, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a misdemeanor, police said."

Fire 11 - I wonder if this poor woman cares whether or not this violent person was "really" a member of MS-13." Dec 13, 16 4:31 PM

Again, unless you have inside information - it was reported that the four were here illegally and one was turned over to ICE. The other that then committed the village sexual aussult is being held. Irrespective as to whether they were here legally or part of MS-13, violent crimes occurred in Hampton Bays and the Village of Southampton. For you to dismiss the severity of this is disgraceful. Why don't you tell the young woman in the Village that it is "no big deal"." Dec 13, 16 5:49 PM

Per the Riverhead News:Four men charged with stabbing two people outside a Hampton Bays bar Saturday — including a Riverhead man who is listed in “grave condition” — were found with blood stains on their clothing and inside their car when police pulled them over shortly after the reported knifing, according to assistant district attorney Carla Egan." Dec 13, 16 6:01 PM

from 27east "the fourth man, Nelvin Ramos-Andrades, 18, of Hampton Bays, was turned over to immigration officials."
" Dec 13, 16 6:17 PM

It seems like everyone is full of s**t except you. You assert that all the reports were wrong,. Do you believe that no one was actually stabbed, no one was sexually assaulted? What about the armed home invasion where the person was tied up with duct tape and what about all the car break ins. Do you asset none of that happened. And why do you care living in EH anyway?" Dec 13, 16 8:09 PM

From the NY Post 8-6-16 Authorities believe Nunez, who was busted in May on charges of gang assault, is a member of the MS-13 gang." Dec 13, 16 8:16 PM

From 27east 8-6-16 An undocumented worker from El Salvador, Mr. Siciliano-Nunez faces several counts of burglary in the first degree and second degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, attempted rape in the first degree, and criminal sex act in the first degree, all felonies, as well as two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, and one of resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.
" Dec 13, 16 8:20 PM

Any extremist group is scary. Who should we blame for ISIS and MS-13 gangs? " Dec 15, 16 1:03 PM

Sag Harbor 7-Eleven Store Owner Sentenced To 48 Months In Prison For Scheme

Interesting comment - are you the Brandon Quinn that wrote the first article in 2013? Maybe now that the facts are in, the tone has changed. Lots of criminal and illegal activities here and lots of victims. Kudos to Law Enforecemtn." Dec 16, 16 6:29 AM

Our system may not be perfect, but it is certainly better than any place else. Maybe if we all started the day being thankful we are in the U.S., we would all be better off. " Dec 16, 16 8:31 AM

even flow, not trying to be a "know it all: - just trying to get a frame of reference. Three years is a long time. Kudos on the part of the investigators that sorted through all this." Dec 16, 16 9:59 AM

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Gives Lumps Of 'Coal' To Town Board Members

Jay , j, and j should never had put Gregor in this position. They should have waited for the next cycle. I have participated in at least a dozen contract negotiations. The newer employees always get scr*wed for the benefit of the senior employees. It is not the Town or taxpayers fault, it is the union negotiating process. However, this act is very odd for an elected official and should not be tolerated in Town Board meetings." Dec 16, 16 7:05 PM

Southampton Town Might Now Open Different Western Beach To Four-Wheel Vehicles

Nothing like car fumes on the beach on a nice summer day, walking in tire tracks and dirt from the road, and having some cowboy riding up on the Dunes. Too many people, too little beach, leave the trucks in the parking lots. I hope they have Public Hearings on this." Dec 20, 16 5:35 PM

I know some of you are passionate about your 4-wheel access, but a birth right? What about those that love the beach and want to preserve it for public access to a public beach, not disturbed by car fumes, tire tracks and dirt from the road and the occasional cowboy that thinks he/she owns the beach. I will respectfully disagree on this and I hope the Town holds public hearings or conducts an on-line survey thee way they did the Ponquogue Pavilion renovation to see how many residents really want 4-wheel access." Dec 20, 16 6:17 PM

I believe that the Town needs to differentiate the need of thousands of residents for safe, clean, tranquil public access to public beaches versus the wants of potentailly just a small percentage. The public (people) access to the beach is limited. My family has gone to the beach for decades schlepping all their stuff from the parking lot out of respect for the beach as well as other beach goers. The Town should open it up to a survey of the residents and see what they actually get before they waste a lot of time and money" Dec 21, 16 6:15 PM

Exactly - HB is reported to have 13,000 residents year round and grows to 31,000 in the summer. The rules should stay the way the are. " Dec 22, 16 2:53 PM

Hampton Bays Senior Citizens Community Looks To Form Tenants' Association, Citing Years Of Neglect By Landlord

This is disgraceful. St. Rosalie is not responsible for this housing, but I suspect most of the residents are their parishioners. St. Rosalie's has known about the complaints for a long while (it was in their bulletin). I wonder if they ever did notify Catholic Charities. They have no problem being advocates for their pet projects - maybe this one was just not that important to them - very sad." Dec 26, 16 7:01 PM

Southampton Town Might Now Open Different Western Beach To Four-Wheel Vehicles

Some of you are passionate about YOUR access via 4 X 4. We have all lost access. As Jay said, beachgoers and 4 X 4's don't mix. This is the last stretch of beach you can walk without worrying about the high tide water mark. It is disgusting to have to walk in tire tracks or encounter the the occasional cowboy that thinks someone walking needs to get out of THEIR way in the their 4 X 4. Like the idiot that thought it was a good idea to have his dog run along side his truck - not paying any attention to people walking." Dec 28, 16 7:14 AM

Thiele Asks For Federal Support After Sag Harbor Fire

I agree. It seems the elected officials only want to deal with the "feel good" stuff - never mind the drugs, crime, code violations, etc. No real substance to most of their actions. Sad for them - sad for us. ." Dec 30, 16 8:25 AM

East Hampton School District Denied New Trial In Sandpebble Lawsuit

From what I understand there was a change in the scope of work in EH. Clearly, the courts did not award Sandpebble the full contract amount since he did not do the work. BTW, I went to the HB Library presentations conducted by Sandpebble. It was clear to me that he was leading the group for a new library where none was/is needed (and thankfully voted down). " Jan 3, 17 9:40 PM

Chief1 - I don't believe I am wrong. Sandpebble only received a portion of what he sued for and then a ridiculous interest rate. The reports said the School Board changed the scope of work and Sandpebble did not execute the terms of the contract, but sued for for breach of contract for what I believe was the full amount. He was not out of pocket for any work. Just not cool where I come from. Glad the HB Library did go forward with the expansion with or without Sandpebble." Jan 4, 17 9:40 AM

Hampton Bays Library Board Will Seek Taxpayer Approval Of $9.9 Million Renovation Plan In March

And here we go again VOTE NO. there was a reasonable plan for renovations presented for $1 million - I seriously don't understand why this Board doesn't see that the taxpayers of HB are fed up with the school tax and the library tax a/k/a the free babysitting service tax. They conduct programs that directly compete with the small businesses that give back to the community. Seriously STOP." Jan 18, 17 6:19 PM

It is incredibly disturbing to me that the Board announces this mid-January for a March referendum when many of the residents of Hampton Bays left for the winter. Seriously, they should be ashamed of themselves. If truly cared about the taxpayers of Hampton Bays, they would put this out in the summer. We need to get the word out and get absentee ballots to those we know that are out of town." Jan 19, 17 5:48 AM

That had a reasonable effective $1 million proposal when they started this - now it is almost $10 million. How can we trust the Board with our money. Please everyone vote NO." Jan 20, 17 5:26 PM

Management Firm Says Issues At Hampton Bays Housing Complex Are Being Exaggerated By Tenants

I agree - St. Rosalie administration has known of problems there for at least a year. Have they tired to help? They have no problem advocating for their pet projects. Maybe one less pilgrimage - stay home and help those in need right in your own backyard and not demanding others help. Didn't the woman in charge just win some award?" Jan 20, 17 6:13 PM

Southampton Town Alters Plans For Waterfront Park In Riverside

The B.S. that comes out of the Assistant Supervisor's office about town projects is disgraceful. The design, execution and management of the Good Ground Park is financial disaster and a social accident waiting to happen. I have to assume that Mr. Zappone has the blessing of the Supervisor - they both have to go ASAP." Jan 22, 17 4:39 PM

Residents Want Hampton Bays Business District To Have 'Small-Town Charm,' Survey Finds

what a surprise - no one wants a Home Depot or a Target - how much time and $$$$ was wasted on this?" Jan 28, 17 11:34 AM

What is your point about the school. The school taxes are killing HB. About 80 percent of the taxpayers DONT have kids in the school district but 70 percent of our taxes go to the school. How is that fair. Who cares what the storefronts look like if no one is shopping in them or no one can afford to have commercial property due to the school taxes. Look at the Diner." Jan 29, 17 8:53 AM

Hampton Dad, this is my point. Those without children are paying for the school, the library, the parks so "children will have a safe place to play" and what do we get? Dirty beaches, dirty streets, overcrowded housing, illegal use of motels, good ground park with no monies for maintenance and events but hey we got a study on what people think the Main Street should look like. Seriously? Is that the best they can do? Those businesses and commercial property owners are struggling to pay the taxes and rent. How about the Town help with that?" Jan 29, 17 10:45 AM

and a big NO to the Library proposal" Jan 29, 17 11:08 AM

Rickenbacker, HB has the highest tax rate per fair market value in the Town of Southampton - around 20 percent. It is ridiculous. . People who purchased modest homes have seen their taxes skyrocket because of the school taxes but have seen their property values decrease and stagnate. The Town throws us a bone for a study for how storefronts should look when we ask that they enforce the occupancy laws, ask for additional code and law enforcement, more resources to clean the beaches and parks. Dtree Not everyone that does not have children in the District is over 65 - some don't live in HB full time and are sending their kids to school elsewhere and that are over 65 have paid their "dues" working for 30 plus years, 50 weeks a year, 40 plus hours a week to collect social security. " Jan 29, 17 6:20 PM

and Rick, this is not about being short sighted or selfish - just the opposite, there are several urban economic studies that show you can only tax the middle class so much before those that can leave - do ;eave and leave behind those that can least afford it. It is not in anyone's best interest in HB (especially the School District) to keep pushing for more services on the backs of those that don't reap the benefit, and can leave. " Jan 29, 17 6:52 PM

I don't blame the kids, but the District and others that think they can continue to tax those that don't benefit and can leave. It is really not in the best interest of the very people they are trying to help and serve. Then the Town ignores the residents when we ask for basic quality of life services. It is really absurd how little the taxpayers of HB get for our taxes." Jan 29, 17 7:41 PM

hblc, I couldn't agree with you more about the CURRENT board. I think they are doing a great job of keeping the costs down. I am also aware of their position against the Accessory Apartment initiative of the Town Supervisor and their position against the illegal use of motels. Kudos and keep up the good work I say! However it took a lot of effort n the part of many residents who put themselves out there to ridicule and name-calling. It is not just the School budget, it is the Library Budget, playgrounds in Good Ground Park when we are already paying for at least 3 parks, Frank Zappone saying we need ANOTHER park so that those that may not have parents that drive can get to a waterfront park. Seriously, some people act live the kids are playing stickball with a broken broom on Montauk Highway.

As far as the "argument" that the investment per student is the lowest is actually not really much of an argument. Most of the schools costs are FIXED and they would be same even there were 5 kids. You could be spending millions per student and still have a 3 rating in the middle school if the administration was ineffective or the students were poor learners." Jan 30, 17 7:23 AM

vos, you ask how the real estate tax problem of the Diner is relative? How many pancakes do they need to sell just to cover the reported $50K tax bill? You speak of the "Master Plan" - look to who and how many were involved and when it was done and how relative it really is. Most of those plans are outdated by the time they are completed. If the Town was serious, it would be a "living" plan and constantly updated. " Jan 30, 17 7:47 AM

Rick, I agree the students and taxpayers would be best served if the Districts on the east End merge. However, h*ll will freeze over before that happens. There is probably a break even cost per student where there is optimal cost effective education. I think our "conversation" got off point. The Town commissioned a $50K study for some window dressing over an outdated master plan designed by a handful of people who think window dressing is a problem solver. There is nothing wrong with window dressing but the Town needs to clean the windows first and THAT seems to be too much trouble for them. The HB taxpayers get very little for the level of taxation we are subject to....and now the library wants almost $10 million for a renovation....a big no...." Jan 30, 17 6:44 PM

It is funny how the posts on the article had almost nothing to do with the ""pattern book". That should be very telling to the Town Officials as to how little the residents care about the way the storefronts look on Main Street - which goes back to my very first post - How much time and money was wasted on this? Who actually wanted it? There are so many more important issues facing the Town. Doesn't the Planning Department have better things to do with their time? More money wasted....." Jan 31, 17 7:50 AM

Schneiderman Says He's Still Mulling Reelection Bid; Gregor Is Prepared To Make Another Run

Wow, I hope the readers see through your attempt at digging up some unsubstantiated and unfounded dirt. It is sad that this happens in politics. It is no wonder people don't want to run. Anyone that reads the posts know that you stand with the democrats in SHT, but many of your posts are thoughtful. IMHO, this post diminishes your credibility." Feb 3, 17 11:27 AM

Residents Want Hampton Bays Business District To Have 'Small-Town Charm,' Survey Finds

Once again the posts on this have gone completely off course. This is a meaningless study stemming from a meaningless outdated master plan. The Town want to avoid the real problems regarding the illegal use of motels, overcrowded housing, lack of code enforcement and law enforcement and lets not discuss the boondoggle of the lack of funding for Good Ground Park.
Dtree the survey and the survey results are on the website and have been for months. Sign up for "notify me" and be an informed resident.. There is not one house that is overcrowded and without rental permits. There are many - they don't have right of access like the police due and how do you expect them to proof there is more than one family when everyone lies." Feb 5, 17 9:57 PM

Schneiderman Says He's Still Mulling Reelection Bid; Gregor Is Prepared To Make Another Run

We seem to agree that hopefully the Republicans will nominate someone that will represent the people in SHT and has a proven track record of sound decisions (whether or not you agree with them). I believe that Ms. Scalera is one of those people. I had high hopes for Mr. Schneiderman, but he continues to disappoint me. " Feb 6, 17 7:45 AM

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