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Timeline Is Uncertain For Bridgehampton Pedestrian Safety Project

excuses excuses - why are these people still working in Town Hall? If they worked in the "real world", they would have been fired years ago." Feb 8, 17 8:04 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman To Run For Reelection

I actually think I saw the "jay mobile" the other day in the Village - flashing lights and all. ...at the taxpayers expense...add that to his longevity payment....but don't provide services to the good hardworking people of Hampton Bays in the 2017 budget..."let them eat cake". The democratic committee would have done us all a favor if they just cross endorsed the republican candidate. " Feb 11, 17 8:31 AM

Turkey bridge, everyone that reads the posts knows you are part of the Democratic machine. I had high hopes for Mr. Schneiderman, but I am done. He turned back on HB one too many times already. The silence is deafening when we ask for basic services for our health and safety. The other 2 j's are no better. I find it to be politically ironic that the councilpersons supported by the republics have fought for funding for services for the safety and health of the good hard working residents of HB while the democrats act the cat go their tongue. I would LOL if it wasn't so sad. . Mr. Schneiderman has demonstrated that he is not a "man of his word" just a "man of his word of the day". He stated publicly (along with his "blocker" Frank Zappone) that the cost to maintain Good Ground Park would be "hundreds of thousands of dollars" , so what did he put in the 207 budget and hope no one was looking. - 1 1/2 staff persons to maintain all the Park in the Town. He has violated my faith and trust." Feb 11, 17 1:28 PM

please read between the typos - had enough B.S., but should have done a better job of proofreading. " Feb 11, 17 3:36 PM

NTiger, I agree. Many of the residents and taxpayers of HB have been frustrated with the lack of attention to basic services for years. Mr. Schneiderman's policies are "same old same old". It is very sad for the good people of HB. " Feb 12, 17 7:55 AM

Sorry TB, Mr. Schneiderman is responsible for his administration. He is the CEO, COO, and CAO of the Town of Southampton. In Corporate America, there is a test of internal controls that starts with the "tone at the top" If the "tone at the top" is determined to be lacking transparency, integrity and accountability, the auditors expand their field work since they have no confidence in the administration. Mr. Schneiderman has set a tone, like his predecessor, that accountability, transparency and integrity are not priorities - continue making excuses and avoiding the facts and hope no one notices.

The issue of incorporation is irrelevant. Mr. Schneiderman;s administration collects my money and I expect services in return. Period.

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" Feb 12, 17 2:23 PM

My point exactly - follow the money - follow the facts - no matter who is in charge, it seems we need to do that. It doesn't matter if it is a republican or democrat. If they can't provide transparency and accountability (no matter what party), they should be gone. I have been following the money and the facts since Mr.S Schneiderman has taken office since I had high hopes for him. He has, with the help of the other 2 J's and his administration, disappointed me repeatedly with his attempt at smoke and mirrors. So sad for all of us. " Feb 13, 17 9:55 AM

No Problem - first of all, it is not just him, but his administration that is a reflection of his policies. (1) the "jay mobile" - watch the work session after J#2 was elected and you will see what I mean. (2) the CSEA approval (3) the GGP one-day opening for photo ops right before ATH was running for election and then closed for alleged construction (4) the GGP rush to begin construction with funding for the comfort stations (5) the rush to construct GGP with adequate community input for the design (6) the presentation by the Planning Department for the Pattern Book at the 3/3/16 work session recommended by the HB Economic Development Committee when there was never a meeting of the committee (7) the promise at the work session in HB for "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for maintenance of GGP when none is in the 2017 budget (8) ignoring the requests for additional quality of life services at the public hearing in HB about the 2017 budget from residents in Flanders and HB. (9) putting up a pathetic attempt at a "community project portal" with some pretty pictures to satisfy the residents requests for transparency on community projects. I thin that is a good start. if I go through every work session and Town Board meeting I can probably come up with lots more." Feb 13, 17 12:00 PM

TB I guess that is the best comeback you can come up with. The lack of transparency and accountability doesn't just impact HB, it impacts every taxpayer and voter. My mother used to say "one lies and the other one swears to it.", but if you follow the dots...the money and the facts...the truth usually comes out. I truly believe that government is supposed to work for the people. I refuse to sell out like some people have. Sorry." Feb 13, 17 7:38 PM

While our "pet peeves" may by different, from my observations and analyses the cause is the same - a pathetic administration, carryover by the previous administration, now lead by Mr. Schneiderman. Their planning policy = throw the spaghetti on the ceiling and hope it sticks and if not, hope they are gone before it falls on someone that sues the Town. The GGP was constructed without the infrastructure for the multi-million dollar comfort stations. (Who does that?_ First the Town informed the community that they had the money and then quietly they said they didn't. Where did all the grant money go? Good Luck trying to get that answer. " Feb 14, 17 8:00 AM

I would vote for anyone who hasn't sold their soul to the highest bidder..." Feb 14, 17 10:50 AM

I ad high hopes for Mr. Schneiderman - he seems like a smart guy - has many contacts - but if he would only use his power for good and not evil it would be great. He reminds me of my son - I had high hopes for him too - started a collage fund when he was young - now I call it his "bail fund"." Feb 15, 17 7:36 AM

State Won't Make Any Upgrades To Riverside Crosswalk Where Rash Of Accidents Occurred

It seems like the safety of the residents of Flanders and Hampton Bays has become optional....but hey we got a one day party at good grand park so I guess they figure that makes up for it." Feb 17, 17 5:18 PM

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

I am just curious how this organization and its PAID executive director became the the voice of the Latino community on the east end - legal and illegal.. Who is funding this organization and what is there motivation? Some of these people are the hate and fear mongers. "The right thinks the left is wrong and the left thinks the right is evil"." Feb 20, 17 5:48 PM

LOL - but actually not so funny. The definition of discrimination is the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which the person or thing is perceived to belong rather than on individual merit. OLA can do what they want, but it is when the Town Governments recognize this group over other such as "OCA" that they act in a discriminatory manner such as having OLA as part of the search for Police Chief when "OCA" was not. I thin it is time that "OCA" brings a discrimination lawsuit against the town." Feb 21, 17 7:19 AM

No wonder our country is in the shape it is in - everyone's ethics have gone down the drain. Shameful." Feb 21, 17 1:58 PM

davidj - there are many areas in the tax law that amazes me, but it is not tax evasion, it is tax avoidance and is legal. If employers are saying their employees are actually "subcontractors" - that is actually tax evasion and illegal. " Feb 21, 17 6:48 PM

dfree, Employers historically have inadvertently or purposely misclassified INDIVIDUALS as independent contractors and therefore did not pay SS Tax, unemployment, disability. LLC's can get a tax id number even if the person is an illegal immigrant and cannot get a SS# on their own. The IRS does not match 1009's to LLC with the same process as they do individuals. Some one very unethical is advising people how to conduct business on both ends. A lot of big businesses got caught years ago, maybe the IRS needs to look into this on the East End." Feb 22, 17 4:02 PM

and I really don't if it is President Trump, an illegal immigrant or a contractor. No one should be evading taxes. Everyone I know legally avoids taxes by taking all the deductions they can on their tax returns." Feb 22, 17 4:34 PM

Are you saying DJT is not a consumer? Actually contractors generally pay the sales tax on the materials on a construction project - just for the record." Feb 22, 17 4:38 PM

Bigfresh, couldn't agree more about tax avoidance - businesses and individually should do everything they can to legally minimize their tax liability. The underground cash economy on the East End is disgraceful and has ruined legal businesses. Cash laundering is known to fuel drugs and human trafficking...and oh yeah...the Catholic Church." Feb 22, 17 6:02 PM

More Registered Democrats Than Republicans In Southampton Town For The First Time

Thank Goodness for the unaffiliated. I think that sends a clear message to the Republican and Democratic leadership alike." Feb 22, 17 8:18 PM

How do you know that? Please provide your source." Feb 23, 17 8:01 AM

Summertimegal, it was not the "newbies" that mismanaged anything. they have no authority to mismanagement. It was the Town Board and Town Government that did not want to or was just too inept to address the issues. The Town Government, for decades did not want to admit "we are not in Kansas anymore" and I think some of them today don't either. In the past year, HB has had a gang attack at a Bar, a violent home invasion, cars broken into and stolen from driveways,and the the Town Board that has a democratic majority looks the other way when we ask for additional police. . I don't get it.
" Feb 23, 17 8:14 AM

Nice thoughts but actions speak louder than words - and from where I am all we get is "lip service" from your peeps." Feb 23, 17 10:17 AM

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

It seems to be people who make their living off of being a hate monger and fear monger, don't work fixing anything. If they work toward that end, they would put themselves out of a job. It is just like Sr. Mary Beth from Centro Corazon de Maria - she fought against code enforcement so that the people she represents can live in unsafe housing. They don't really want to help." Feb 23, 17 1:50 PM

Westhampton Beach Main Street Overhaul Requires Removal Of Dozens Of Trees

Isn't this the handy work of Kyle Collins, the Southampton Town Planner, who was responsible for the boondoggle of Good Ground Park...."they paved paradise to put up a parking lot". The amount of trees that were removed to build a park (oxymoron), was disgraceful." Feb 23, 17 5:00 PM

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

June Bug, the IRS "respectfully disagrees" - this is their definition lIlegal Alien - Also known as an "Undocumented Alien," is an alien who has entered the United States illegally and is deportable if apprehended, or an alien who entered the United States legally but who has fallen "out of status" and is deportable." Feb 23, 17 5:50 PM

More Registered Democrats Than Republicans In Southampton Town For The First Time

Don't fault non-"locals" (whatever that means) for running and winning if the locals can't or won't step up. It seems many people want to believe that the East End is Small Town USA when a billionaire is trying to take over a road and we have a gang assault in HB followed bya sexual assault in Southampton Village. Too late." Feb 23, 17 7:01 PM

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

Junebug, how is following the law, inhumane? " Feb 24, 17 7:05 AM

Here is another definition for you JuneBug Anarchy a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority. Some illegal immigrants say they have left because of the anarchy in their countries and then don't want (or can't because of their status) follow the laws of the US and bring the anarchy to the U.S. They you have those that get paid to "advocate" since they probably can't get real jobs that add to the economy paid by the contributions from the left." Feb 24, 17 7:17 AM

More Registered Democrats Than Republicans In Southampton Town For The First Time

but not on the local level "all government is local" - any one party too long in office gets too comfortable. There will be 3 seats on the SHT Board open this year" Feb 24, 17 7:19 AM

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

I would not say we caused the problems, but we certainly did not help either because of the US Government pretending that they were not aware of what was happening or inept foreign policy. Parts of the middle east are now uninhabitable. There is no easy fix, but we need to start somewhere." Feb 24, 17 9:04 AM

Dtree, I know people that vacation and buy homes in Mexico and other Latin American Territories. No one I know is vacating in Syria or Afghanistan. Do you? If 1/2 of the financial backers to the hate and fear mongers and activists would put their money to good instead of evil, the world would be much better off. Not everything needs to come from the tax dollars of U.S. Citizens." Feb 24, 17 3:33 PM

Westhampton Beach Main Street Overhaul Requires Removal Of Dozens Of Trees

You made some good points about the Ponquogue Pavilion survey process. However, it took a lot of people from HB demanding that they reach out to more of the community. The Good Ground Park boondoggle is a completely different story. The design and construction process was disgraceful - limited community input - cost overruns - no $$$ for comfort stations - a one day opening that some believe (including me) was for the benefit of ATH election campaign. If you look at the google maps before and after, you will see the destruction of probably 100s of trees. All so disgraceful." Feb 27, 17 1:00 PM

Hampton Bays Library Schedules Meeting To Discuss Upcoming $9.9 Million Bond Referendum

This so disgraceful. How can $1 million of repairs and renovations reported at the original meeting now snowball into $9.9 million? i have zero confidence in this Board to be good stewarts of our tax monies. I don't need to go to a meeting to hear their "explanation". VOTE NO" Feb 28, 17 9:44 AM

It may be too late to request one, but you can try. " Feb 28, 17 4:20 PM

The literature sent out by the Library is complete propaganda. The "cost per day" is completely disingenuous. Do they think the taxpayers are idiots? There was never a $9.9 million renovation as part of their original analysis. They are wasting so much money on referendums and consultants, they could have fixed the roof 5 x. I am so done with the Library Board. VOTE NO." Feb 28, 17 10:50 PM

East End Employers Say Immigrant Workers Pay Taxes, Provide Foundation For Local Economy

This article is disgraceful. I have seen ridiculous liberal articles from the Press before, but this is maybe the worst. Once again they are mixing illegal immigration and legal immigration. Can I FOIL the names of the contractors and get them to my friends at the IRS? ChrisDiPietra, you have missed a very important piece of the employment tax law. An illegal immigrant cannot be an employee. PERIOD. Illegal immigrants can voluntarily pay taxes as an independent contractor, but employers cannot pay them legally. PERIOD " Mar 2, 17 5:05 PM

Zeldin Says Deportations Should Be Compassionate And Consider Circumstances, But Not Be Limited By Exclusions

God helps those that help themselves. The illegal immigrant population have been convinced by activists and zealots that it is "OK" and have not tried to get their status legal some for decades. Why is it now Mr. Zeldin's problem? Where is all the money that goes to the activist organizations going - demanding everyone "accept" the illegal status....I wonder if Sr. Mary Beth Moore from Centro Coarzon de Maria has her papers - she's from Canada. I can only hope she overstayed her work visa and is eligible for deportation.." Mar 2, 17 6:17 PM

East End Employers Say Immigrant Workers Pay Taxes, Provide Foundation For Local Economy

Mr. Gorman, are you saying only immigrants work hard and add to the community? I want the playing field to be level for everyone - to have access to legal financing, pay employees a fair wage, pay all taxes and insurance. The illegal underground cash economy has ruined the East End of Long Island It has fueled the over development of the East End - boohoo for Mr. Farrell that he can't build another $10 million house. The cash economy fuels human trafficking (look to the Nail Salons in NYC), drugs and gangs. ENOUGH" Mar 3, 17 9:11 AM

Zeldin Says Deportations Should Be Compassionate And Consider Circumstances, But Not Be Limited By Exclusions

I know people who came here on work visas and continued the process to make them permanent. The zealots and activities should have been taking the millions of dollars for decades and used that to work on a process instead of standing in righteous indignation against the system. If they actually trued to help people they would put themselves out of jobs and Sr. Mary Beth would have to move out of her waterfront estate in Sag Harbor paid by the Church and do some real good in El Salvador " Mar 3, 17 9:18 AM

June Bug, First of all I am not angry. Anger is a wasted emotion.. yes there were nuns murdered in El Salvador decades ago. How many people were murdered in Chicago last year? Sr. Mary Beth is a zealot that has no idea what it means to live in the real world in the US. She is not even from the US. She lives in a waterfront estate in Sag Harbor paid for by contributions. She stands in righteous indignation against the laws of the US bringing the anarchy of El Salvador to the US. I doubt Jesus would be real happy with many of these people today - from what I know from the Bible - he wasn't a big fan of zealots.

" Mar 3, 17 12:34 PM

East End Employers Say Immigrant Workers Pay Taxes, Provide Foundation For Local Economy

From my observations, the underground cash economy has ruined the east end. Generally, "Pigs get fed and hogs get slaughtered" - but here the hogs got fed too. Hopefully, that will change." Mar 3, 17 1:02 PM

Zeldin Says Deportations Should Be Compassionate And Consider Circumstances, But Not Be Limited By Exclusions

What I said, it that people on legitimate work visas were able to stay legally. The undocumented were hoping that it was "easier to ask forgiveness than permission" and they found out it was not the case. How did they get that idea? From the zealots and the activists. Millions of dollars have gone to these groups and from what I see all they do is "fight" the system - not try to make any real change. Why? because if they did - they will be out of a job. " Mar 3, 17 1:21 PM

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