Lots to Gain from Ferry Service
To the Editor:
I was happy to see that your recent survey showed that 72 percent of the people in our village were positive regarding the state of the proposed ferry service. I first heard of this proposal at the Harbor Committee meeting April 11. I made it a point to attend the trustees’ meeting the following evening when the idea of such a service was to be presented to the board. I felt compelled to make a comment to encourage the village to consider allowing Sag Harbor to become one of the ports of call.
Water transportation is being developed all over the country. It gets cars off the road, presents a mode of transport that is far more environmentally sound and provides a really enjoyable way to get from one point to another. Locally, given the choice between the LIRR, a bus or car ride and a boat, most folks would jump on the boat.
Very often, public transportation by ferry is partially funded by Federal grants, NYS DOT subsidies, etc. This makes it possible for the fares to be structured within reason and affordable.
One of the main objections given by the village is the need for upland support, namely parking. This ferry service is “walk on” only, no cars, and can carry 40 passengers maximum. Assuming that it will be full every trip is not likely. Many people in our village can walk to the pick up site. For every person that has to park in the village to access to ferry, there will be people arriving that do not bring a car and will not require parking. The arrivals will enjoy what Sag Harbor has to offer — shops, restaurants and the ambiance of a great nautical town.
Conversely, how nice would it be to hop on a boat and spend a day in Greenport or take the kids or grandkids to the Atlantis Aquarium in Riverhead. The boat ride itself would be a treat.
I would hope that the village would see fit to allow such a service and hopefully “fast track” the process to bring it to fruition. Give it a chance — we have nothing to lose and lots to gain.
Dr. Tom Halton
Member Sag Harbor Harbor Committee
A New Decade for MOM
As April showers brings May flowers, I would like to take this opportunity to first and foremost congratulate the Katy’s Courage 5k on an outstanding job well done! What a beautiful tribute to Katy and her family, as well as amazing support for cancer awareness. I am sure all one thousand-plus runners enjoyed a local course that many of us have all come to love.
As many of you have already heard, that after almost eight years running, my family (The Kosinskis) decided this past winter to cancel our Annual Minds Over Matter 5k Run in hopes of starting a new decade of MOM.
Although we will miss our Mother’s Day Weekend race, we have decided to join charitable forces with The Timothy Hill Ranch and East End Hospice by becoming an annual participant of the Shelter Island Run, this year taking place on Saturday June 18th. Becoming part of this nationally recognized event is a wonderful opportunity for the Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation and we could not be more thrilled.
Although I do not have room to name the more than 200 volunteers who have made the MOM 5k possible over the past eight years, I would like to personally thank all the JK’s, the Village of Sag Harbor, Greg Ferraris, Tom Fabiano, Karin Schroeder, Diane Gaites, Deanna Lattanzio, Nina Landi, Vee Bennett, John Cottrell, Annie Zilnicki, Eric Bramoff, Randy Crennan, Jim Griffin, The Sag Harbor PBA, The Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance, Pierson High School, Sag Harbor Elementary, Stella Maris, and the Ross School for their constant support. In addition, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of the volunteers, runners, and sponsors for your never-ending generous, helping hands, compassion, and time in making this race happen year after year. You have all helped to create an unforgettable event and raise awareness for brain tumor research. I cannot thank you enough. I know that my mother, Gwen Kosinski is somewhere proudly shining down on us saying, “Thank you Sag Harbor. That’s MY town.”
Warm Regards & Many Thanks,
President of The Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation Benefiting Brain Tumor Research
PS If you would like to support MINDS OVER MATTER and the GLK Foundation in the Shelter Island Run on June 18th, please register at www.shelterislandrun.com. If you would like to volunteer or be a corporate sponsor for this event please email Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on MOM and GLK please visit our website at www.glkfoundation.org.
First I would like to say thank you to all of the members of the Sag Harbor School Board who spend endless hours working on behalf of the children of our community.
Unlike most elections besides the village, most of us know somebody running for a seat on the board. Now having the experience of serving on a school board I will tell you it is not an easy job. Trust me, you do not get paid for it; but it is a job, ask anybody who served.
This board has handled many difficult tasks in the last three years, but two very important ones come to my mind.
First the hiring of Dr. John Gratto the school superintendent. To me he was the right man for the right job at the right time. It’s easy to spend money saying it’s for the kids. Of course it’s for the kids, that’s why it’s school. But you also have to say it’s for the community. Without community you have no school, and community includes senior citizens who are living on fixed incomes, the same people who helped make this town so special. Dr. Gratto has helped the board come to some levelheaded financial responsibility which hasn’t been seen in some time, and I thank him. Keep up the good work.
The teachers contract. Well yes it took sometime to get it done, but it did get done and I haven’t heard any negative rumbling since it was signed. And yes the teachers are the major players here beside the kids, but really we knew it was going to get done. And for the teachers the first time you didn’t receive a check I would have marched right along with you. Things are tough all over, but like I said, it did get done with a deal the teachers and the community could live with. And I thank you.
With all this said I hope that the Sag Harbor community joins me in voting for Mary Ann Miller for another term on the Sag Harbor School Board. I’m for the kids, I’m for the community, and I’m for Mary Ann Miller.
David C. Pharaoh
The last quote that was attributed to me in “Local School Board Challengers Emerge” is misleading. Several thoughts were combined into one sentence altering their meaning. I would like to clarify. The point that I want to make is that I believe the collaborative goal setting process that is in place with the administration, board, and community is important. I also would like to note that the committee structure and the statement of purpose for each districtwide committee has been developed by the audit committee over the last several years. It is through that committee structure that the board obtains input on important issues. With this input and open discussion at board meetings the board maintains transparency and the members of the school district work together to achieve the best education for our students.
Theresa M. Samot