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Letters to the Editor 1/30/14

Posted on 30 January 2014

No Shooting


Dear Editor,
I thought it was illegal to discharge rifles on Long Island?  I am opposed to the dangerous deer cull and if any one gets injured or property gets damaged it will cost more than a 3-year sterilization program.  I hope everyone will remember to never vote in any of the politicians who voted for this horrendous cull, thank you.


Sony Schotland

Sag Harbor


Clearing Sidewalks


Dear Kathryn,

I read your editorial concerning the clearing of snow and ice from the sidewalks in the business area on Main Street.

I can well understand the issue since my wife and I were business owners for two businesses at 20 Main Street.

The first was the Sag Harbor Florist which we started in 1990. Our lease required that we clear any snow from the sidewalk. Several years later, we sold the florist to our partner and subsequently purchased the building at 20 Main Street as well as the Sag Harbor Launderette business. Since one of us was present every day at the launderette, we cleared the snow from the sidewalk. It is interesting to note that the Village of Sag Harbor (by village ordinance) requires the building owner (or the tenant if included in their lease) to clear the sidewalk. The village has a very effective code enforcement officer that monitors this ordinance. Also, prior to the winter season, the village sends out a letter to all building owners reminding them of their responsibility to clear snow from the sidewalks.

Your editorial suggests the establishment of a business improvement district to impose taxes on the building owners to fund the cost for the village to clear the sidewalks. Do we really need more government and more taxes ?

There is a potential problem with this approach. Twelve years ago after we sold the launderette business, we became building owners only. In the 20 years we have owned the building, my retail tenants both the launderette, the florist, Sue’s Gifts, Bookhampton, and now Hampton Culinary have been required by our leases with them to clear the sidewalk of snow. They have all done so. However, a very unfortunate incident occurred a number of years ago when a customer of one of the retail tenants slipped on the snow and sustained serious injuries before the retail tenant was able to clear the snow. They filed a lawsuit against the village, the retail store and my wife and me. Since the Village has an ordinance requiring the building owner to clear the snow, they were removed from the lawsuit. My wife and I were also removed from the lawsuit since our leases with our retail tenants required them to clear the snow from the sidewalk. The retail store owner’s insurance paid considerable funds to the injured person.

So if the village establishes a business improvement district to take sole responsibility for the clearing of snow from the Main Street sidewalks, the village should be prepared to increase their liability insurance coverage substantially to provide funds for the anticipated lawsuits.


Ted Seiter

Sag Harbor


Remembering Pete


Dear Editor,

I hope many will join me in mourning the passing, while celebrating the long, brilliant life (94 yrs.) of civil rights worker and environmentalist, Pete Seeger. Some may remember his 1994 and ’93 concerts at the Old Whaler’s Church, raising money for the Eastville Historical Society.

All the best,

Terry Sullivan

Sag Harbor


Police Aid


Dear Ms. Menu,

A heart-felt thanks to Police Chief Fabiano for his immediate attention to the potential safety hazards at Pierson Middle/High School morning drop off and afternoon pickup.

Every school day since the story appeared in the Express, the Sag Harbor Police Department has been on the scene, directing traffic, making sure the students are safe, and providing much needed support to Pierson staff.

Thank you for running this story and bringing this issue to light.

We are so lucky living in Sag Harbor, and when our wonderful police department, works in cooperation with our outstanding school district, there’s no problem we can’t solve together.

Robbie Vorhaus

North Haven



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