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Major Delays Expected on County Road 39 Tuesday

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By Tessa Raebeck

County Road 39 was closed by Southampton Town Police on Tuesday at 4:26 a.m. due to a telephone pole and wires on the roadway. The road is closed in both directions between North Sea Road and Dale Road. Major delays should be expected. For more information, call the Southampton Town Police Department at (631) 728-5000.

Serious Accident on County Road 39

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On Monday, May 25, at around 4:19 a.m., the Southampton Village Police Department responded to the scene of a two car accident on County Road 39 at the intersection of North sea Road. One of the vehicles was a Home Town taxi cab. Police say Ihsan Peker, 31, of Southampton was driving the cab and had recently picked up four passengers from the Pink Elephant, a nightclub in Southampton.

According to police, as Peker attempted to make a left turn into the 7-11 parking lot, a 2001 Hyundai, operated by Ryan Rozynski, 18, of Shirley, struck the cab.

The Southapton Village Volunteer Ambulance and the Southampton Volunteer Ambulanc transported all six injured people from the accident to Southampton Hospital. A short time later on of the injured was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital and another was transported by ambulance. Police say both persons are in critical condition. Two others at Southampton Hospital were listed in stable condition. Peker was treated and released with only minor injuries and was given a summons for failing to obey a traffic device. Rozynski was also treated for minor injuries and was charged driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He will be arraigned on Teusday morning, May 26.

Police say the accident is still under investigation and additional charges are likely.

Sag Harbor Youth Killed in Accident on CR39

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By Marissa Maier and Marianna Levine

Nearly two weeks after a fatal accident occurred on County Road 39, another local resident has died on the road – this time a 16-year-old Bridgehampton Student – on Saturday, April 11.

At around 4:30 p.m., Southampton Town Police received a report of an accident in front of the Starbucks on County Road 39, near the intersection of North Sea Road. The Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, Village Police and Fire Department responded to the scene, but it was soon ascertained that Pablo Saldivar, 16, who lived on the Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike was in critical condition.

Saldivar was riding in a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by a Joshua Harris, 20, of Hampton Bays. The Camaro was traveling westbound on County Road 39, as rain lightly pelted the road. According to police, Harris lost control of the vehicle, which spun out into the eastbound lane colliding with a Toyota Sedan. Michael Krafve, 29, of Amagansett was operating the Toyota.

Although the exact cause of the accident is yet to be determined, Southampton Lieutenant Bruce Molloy said the rear tires on the Camaro were worn down and in poor condition. According to Molloy, the combination of the poor tires and the wet road probably caused the vehicle’

s instability.

Saldivar was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Harris was transported by Suffolk County Police Helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. As of Monday, Harris was in stable condition. Krafve was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital for treatment.

Saldivar had been a student at Bridgehampton School since the fall of 2008, where he had been a member of the Killer Bees basketball team. Although the school was closed for spring break, Principal Jack Pryor decided to open the school and have an open meeting for students, teachers, and parents on Monday morning. Pryor estimated about 150 people gathered at the school from Bridgehampton as well as Hampton Bays where Saldivar had previously resided.

Pryor sent out an email about the meeting through the PTO because he was concerned students weren’

t getting reliable information about the accident, and also wanted to provide a place for them to come together and remember Saldivar.

“It was very emotional, but necessary and therapeutic,”

said Pryor.

Pryor remembers, “He had a certain level of compassion for people, and a real charming quality. He had recently turned his life around. His grades were up and his confidence was up. Making the basketball team was really big for him.”

Killer Bees coach Carl Johnson recalls, “He was just so happy to be a part of the team. He always showed up to practice and he’d give 100%.”

Like Pryor, Johnson notes, “He was very sincere, and looking for someone to believe in him and encourage him. He had had a rough life but he was turning it around by always remembering to do the right thing.”


Johnson choked up saying, “All I keep seeing is his little face looking up at me. He’s one of the few kids who came up to me and personally thanked me for my coaching.”

Pablo Saldivar was born on February 17, 1993 in Auernavaca, Mexico, the son of Jose Luis Sandivar Cabrera and Jatzin Ruiz Aranda, who survive. He is also survived by brothers Luis Fernando Saldivar and Eric Roberto Saldivar.

Visiting will be held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 94 Pantigo Rd. East Hampton, on Thursday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Iglesia Church (Bridgehampton United Methodist Church), Bridgehampton. Interment at Good Ground Cemetery in Hampton Bays will follow.


County Road 39 to Change

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According to supervisor Linda Kabot, the Southampton Town board needs to make a final decision on what will happen to County Road (CR) 39 – or the “funds will disappear.”

Last week, members of the town board met in a work session to discuss the Long Term Plan (LTP) for CR 39, all in agreement that they need to approve the interim plan that the county is suggesting, in order to comply with a January 2010 federal deadline.

Kabot’s goal on Friday was to get all the board members to co-sponsor a draft resolution, which affirms support for the Highway Improvement Plan, and provides Suffolk County with overall guidance for further development of a proposed LTP design concept.

The chief engineer from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, William Hillman, presented a “funding situation” to the Southampton Town Board in late November, explaining that the county will be making improvements to the eastern portion of CR 39 similar to those completed on the western portion of the road in 2007-2008 as part of an interim plan. These additional interim plan improvements will not affect a Long Term Plan, or the funding of it, either positively or negatively, according to Hillman.

On Friday, at a work session, the board members met with Tom Neely, Southampton Town Transportation and Traffic Safety Director, to finalize a resolution to approve the county’s changes to CR 39.

Some of the major changes planned for CR 39 include utilizing a median where possible, and the use of a center turn lane in place of the median in specific high left turn rate locations, such as those along the business corridor immediately west of Tuckahoe Lane. Other changes included in the plan are the creation of right turn lanes where feasible, and inclusion of roundabouts and creating shoulders where feasible. Also set out in the long-term plan are bus shelters and bus turnouts at sites coordinated with Suffolk County Transit.

Neely explained that funding for the LTP is in question because the federal “10 year rule” deadline will be reached in January 2010. In order to keep this project eligible for federal funding, by that date, the county has to begin acquisition of commercial and residential land along the shoulder areas and the planned roundabout at the intersection where Flying Point Road and Route 27 meet CR 39.

The goals of the LTP and changes to CR 39 are to improve safety, traffic flow, adjacent property access and roadway aesthetics. The draft resolution, which was being discussed at the work session on Friday states that intentions include minimizing the roadway width and takings as well as encourage the use of public transportation.

Neely explained that the LTP must be done in phases, and will take approximately five years to complete.

At the work session, Neely gave an update on what has occurred over the last few years in response to the changes along CR 39. He explained that the town held special public meetings with emergency services, the various Citizens Advisory Committees (CACs) and members of the police force in 2007. In February 2008, there was a broader meeting, in which the county and the town met with property owners along CR 39. At the meeting, the town was able to get “good feedback” according to Neely.

“We don’t want to be portrayed as not being supportive of this plan,” Kabot said on Friday about the LTP. She informed the room that the federal government is funding 80 percent of this $50 million project and “we don’t want that money to disappear,” she continued.

Neely gave explanations as to why all these topics have to be covered in the final plan. He said that the bus route along CR 39 – the S92 – is the second most popular bus route in the county.

Further he said, pedestrians and their safety is a major concern, for both business owners and traffic moving through the area. Pedestrians crossing CR 39 have been a great cause for concern, but so has the reduced number of pedestrians frequenting businesses along the road.

“It is even hard with the sidewalk that is there now,” councilwoman Nancy Graboski said.

“Which is why the long term plan is so critical,” Kabot responded, turning everyone’s attention back to the draft resolution on the table for discussion. “We don’t want to lose this money from the federal government.”

The supervisor also said that a big concern is for water connections for fire hydrants along the CR 39, adding them to both sides of the road. She said running a fire hose across the road would cause 30,000 vehicles to use an alternative route – old Montauk Highway – and could potentially stop traffic for three to four hours.

“But that will be costly,” she added.

“All this is, is a joint letter of the town board, saying that we support this,” Kabot said of the draft resolution.

If approved at the next town board meeting, the draft resolution will be sent to local politicians including Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., Senator Kenneth LaValle, and Congressman Tim Bishop.

East End Digest: December 11

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ARF: Cats and Dogs Calendar 


         The 2009 Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) Pet Calendar is now on sale at area bookstores, galleries and specialty shops. There are more than 100 animals featured in the calendar including mutts, pedigrees, former shelter animals as well as ARF cats and dogs available for adoption. The cover features Mimi Vang Olsen’s painting of cats and dogs in a kingdom setting. The calendar also features many candid photographs, contributed by pet owners.

         “While it’s handy for keeping a busy 2009 schedule, the Pet Calendar is just as likely to find its home on a coffee table,” says Dick Huebner, an award-winning art director who designed the original calendar.

         Founded in 1974, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons has found loving homes for over 15,000 animals. ARF currently provides for the health and welfare of dogs and cats on the South Fork of Long Island and Shelter Island through shelter and adoption services, medical care, spaying and neutering programs, community outreach and humane education. The calendar retails for $25, the 2009 ARF Pet Calendar is also available at www.arfhamptons.org, as well as local retail locations and galleries.


Southampton Town: Justice Court Receives Grant


   According to Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, the Town of Southampton has been awarded a grant in the amount of $6,500 under the State’s Justice Court Assistance Program. The grants awarded through this program make it possible for the local justice courts to make renovations and purchase equipment to improve their operations and make their facilities more secure.

         Of the grant, the State’s chief Administrative Judge, Ann Pfau, said, “Town and Village Courts play a critical role in the justice system of our State. It is vital that these courts, whose jurisdiction includes non-felony criminal prosecutions, motor vehicle cases, small civil claims, and landlord-tenant disputes, be well equipped and secure. I am therefore pleased to announce Justice Court Assistance Program grants totaling almost $5 million, statewide, to help ensure that these courts which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

         Senator LaValle added, “Local courts are the closest to the people and are an integral component of our justice system. However, town and village budgetary issues can limit their resources. This grant will help the court to better serve the community and improve the administration of justice.”


County Road 39: Sign Change on CR 39


         Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy today said that billboards cautioning drivers to watch their speed while moving through the fixed portion of County Road 39 will be changed at the request of Southampton Town officials, including Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot and Councilwoman Anna Throne Holst.

         “After our project to provide a second eastbound lane was completed this spring, we felt it was necessary to properly warn drivers to maintain a safe speed,” said Levy. “This stretch of road was known for decades for being a bottleneck, and we did not want to be victims of our own success and have drivers speeding through the two smooth flowing lanes.”

         “Hopefully that message has been delivered this summer, both to visitors and to year-round residents, and we are happy to accede to the Town’s wish for more low-key speed warnings,” Levy continued.

         The billboards received a great deal of attention when they were vandalized in early December. An unknown vandal painted over the image of a police officer leaning onto his official vehicle, while pointing a radar gun at the oncoming traffic, covering it with white paint. The vandal spray-painted “Thank You” on the westbound side of the road and “Please” on the eastbound side.


Riverhead: Ribbon Cutting for New Unit


         On Thursday, December 4th, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, and Health Commissioner Dr. Humayun Chaudhry officially opened the county’s second state-of-the-art digital mammography unit in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The site of the new mammography unit is located at the Riverhead County Health Center.

         “This is a tremendous benefit for our patients,” said Suffolk County Health Services Commissioner Humayun Chaudhry. “We are proud that the county has taken such a proactive role in bringing this resource to our patients and in advancing the quality of health care services for our citizens.”

         The new unit in Riverhead is the second digital machine to come into operation in Suffolk under Levy’s leadership. In 2006, Levy sponsored a resolution to modify a portion of the first floor of the Health Center to accommodate the equipment, which was performed as part of the ongoing renovations to the Riverhead County Center. The first digital unit was installed in Coram in 2006; Suffolk is also proceeding with the availability of digital mammography equipment for its health centers in Shirley and Brentwood.



Suffolk County: A Gift of Food


         During their general meeting, on Tuesday, December 2, the Legislature by Certificates of Necessity adopted an amendment to the 2008 Operating Budget, which will provide an additional $20,000 of funding to the Island Harvest. Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman introduced the resolution that made these amendments possible, and was readily adopted in order to expeditiously make these funds available to Island Harvest. During this holiday season and in these challenging economic times, many more families will be able to receive additional food assistance.

         Island Harvest is one of Long Island’s largest hunger relief organizations that serve as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it. Their volunteers and staff collect food from over 600 local restaurants, caterers, farms, and other food related businesses; and distribute it to a network of close to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, residencies, shelters. Last year Island Harvest provided nearly 7 million pounds of food to local hunger relief organizations.


Suffolk County: Good Samaritan Diva


         Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) attended the Red Hat Divas Christmas luncheon to thank the ladies who collected supplies for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The divas collected donations from friends, family and neighbors over the last month. They contacted Legislator Schneiderman’s office, an official drop site for supplies donated to the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Legislator Schneiderman has been working with the Family Readiness Group representing the Fighting 69th Army Reserve National Guard, collecting donations for the servicemen and women. These items include AA batteries, insect repellant, flea collars, and bags of charcoal briquettes for troops stationed in Afghanistan.

         “The County of Suffolk and its residents owe a debt of gratitude to our brave servicemen and women who often find themselves in dangerous and hazardous circumstances and give their lives for their County, making the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others, ” Legislator Schneiderman said. “I am pleased to assist in any way possible and encourage donations of these items for our troops.”


New York State Assembly: Request for LIPA Audit


         State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., and State Kenneth P. LaValle have sent a letter to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli requesting that its current audit of LIPA include the Southampton to Bridgehampton Transmission Line Project.

         LIPA originally proposed an approximately nine-mile transmission on the South Fork in the Town of Southampton from Southampton Village to the Hamlet of Bridgehampton. LIPA had proposed that the transmission line be constructed 45% above ground and 55% below ground through the heart of the South Fork’s farm country, where substantial amounts of land and scenic vistas had been preserved with public dollars.

         There was universal community outrage and opposition to the LIPA proposal including litigation. In response, Thiele and LaValle mediated the dispute between LIPA and the Town and the community. After long and extremely difficult negotiations, an agreement was reached this spring. The project was completed this summer.

         The agreement provided that LIPA would contribute the cost of its original proposal towards payment of the project (estimated to be approximately $20 million.) The incremental cost of burying the remaining 45% would be borne by LIPA customers from Southampton Village to the Southampton/East Hampton town line. This charge would be based on the actual electric usage of LIPA customers in the benefited area. After the project was bid, it was estimated that the incremental cost would be about $8 million.

         LIPA authorized substantial overtime to complete the project. As a result, LIPA is now estimating that the incremental cost may be as much as $12 million. Thiele and LaValle have requested the State Comptroller determine the total cost of the project, determine whether the up to $4 million increase in the cost of the project was prudent and justified, and determine whether any portion of the up to $4 million increase should be legitimately borne by the VBA area.

         Thiele and LaValle stated that this additional expenditure of up to $4 million dollars does not in any way increase the visual benefits for those in the benefited area, if indeed such addition expenditures were prudent at all. It is certain that not all the additional expenditures were to construct only 45%, which was the subject of the VBA.





East End Digest – December 4

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Holiday Tea and Décor Light Up Cormaria

Over 100 people turned out for Cormaria Retreat House’s annual holiday tea and Christmas décor workshop on Saturday, November 29. Sister Ann Marino and her fellow sisters in the order opened the doors of the former captain’s mansion for an afternoon that featured a workshop in creating holiday table décor.

Michael Grimm of Sag Harbor Florist, a longtime supporter of Cormaria, led participants through the intricate yet straightforward creation of floral designs to grace their holiday tables. Following the workshop, guests moved into the great entranceway of the mansion for a concert of seasonal carols and hymns performed by the Harbor Bells handbell choir. At the concert’s end, Sister Ann invited everyone to participate in one of the nun’s old traditions of marking pristine white starfish with the name of loved ones ill or lost who they wished the nuns to keep in their prayers. The starfish were then placed on the sister’s Tree of Remembrance with the promise to have their loved ones remembered in prayer.

New York State: Property Tax Relief Report Accepted

On December 2, the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief issued its final report to Governor David Paterson and the state legislature. The report contains dozens of measures that are aimed at reducing the costs for local school districts and provide relief to New York taxpayers, who pay some of the highest local taxes in the nation.

The report contains 32 recommendations, including a property tax cap and several additional proposals designed to rein in school districts’ costs, therefore addressing what the state perceives as the root cause of high property taxes. Included in those recommendations are consolidation measures, a property tax cap, limiting of school district operational costs, among others. Also suggested is a STAR “circuit breaker,” which would provide targeted relief to individual taxpayers based on income and ability to pay through an income tax credit.

“This report provided many thoughtful recommendations that I am in support of,” said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. on Tuesday. “The main recommendation is the need for a property tax cap. As one of the initial supporters of the cap, I am encouraged that the commission, as well as the governor are continuing their support of this measure.  I am also in support of the commission’s recommendation to promote school consolidation. I am currently drafting a bill based on a Maine law recently passed which will provide for such consolidation.  Finally, I support the commission’s finding that unfunded mandates are a large part of high property taxes and that they need to be eliminated.”

Southampton Town: County Road 39 Workshop

Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot and members of the town’s department of land management invite all residents to a public workshop this week to discuss the future of the County Road 39 “corridor” and the issues facing decision makers regarding the area’s future land use.

Running concurrently with the CR 39 corridor moratorium, the town’s consultants and planning staff will conduct a full-fledged area study in order to make recommendations on design, zoning, and possible future uses. The results of the public workshop, consisting primarily of input from residents and business representatives, will then be incorporated into an overall plan.

The workshop will be held at the Tuckahoe Common School cafetorium on Magee Street in Southampton on Thursday, December 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

New York State Assembly: Enforcing Gas Laws

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. has called upon State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate existing illegal gasoline pricing practices and enforce the new prohibition on zone pricing of gasoline. The new law went into effect on November 24.

“In enacting the zone pricing law, the state legislature found that zone pricing was ‘artificial price manipulation.’ Zone pricing is the setting of different wholesale prices for gasoline for gasoline retailers that operate in different geographic areas. The legislature further found such practices harm consumers around the state, including the South Fork. We have outlawed this practice. It is clear that the major oil companies are challenging the state to enforce the law. The Attorney General must meet that challenge with quick and aggressive enforcement.”

Under the law, the state attorney general may seek to enjoin violations of the zone pricing law as well as seek restitution, additional allowances and civil penalties.

“My informal survey of gasoline prices indicates that there exist price differentials of 20 cents or more between the South Fork service stations and other regions just miles away,” added Thiele. “It is clear these differentials are based only on geography and not legitimate economic factors.”

Thiele urges South Fork residents to write or e-mail his office with any evidence of illegal zone pricing, which he will forward to the state attorney general.

Sagaponack: Deadline Extended For Pike Farm

The Hopping family in Sagaponack has decided to extend the amount of time the Peconic Land Trust has to raise over $8 million to preserve and save Pike Farm Stand on Sagg Main Street. The Peconic Land Trust originally had until mid-October, but the Hopping family has decided to extend that until April.

Hallockville Museum Farm: Victorian Christmas

Hallockville Museum Farm’s annual Victorian Christmas will take place on Sunday, December 7 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes guided tours of the fully decorated historic Hallock Homestead, costumed interpreters, musicians performing through the day, antique dollhouses, antique toys and much more. Something new this year is a celebration of a Polish-American Christmas in the recently restored Cichanowicz Farm House. The Depression-era home will be decorated as it would have been in the 1930s.  Sometime in the afternoon, Santa is expected to arrive in Hallockville’s own bright red 1939 Ford farm truck. There will be special activities for children, horse-drawn carriage rides and antique trains from the Long Island Railroad Museum. A holiday market in the Naugles barn will feature hand-made crafts and Christmas accessories. Admission for adults is $8 per person, including free cider, hot chocolate and mincemeat tarts served in the Homestead kitchen; $4 for children ages 6 to 12; younger children are free; and families (two adults and children 12 and under) are $20. All fees directly support the museum farm’s educational programming and mission of re-connecting the community with its agricultural heritage.

Nature Conservancy: Green Gifts 

This holiday season, The Nature Conservancy on Long Island is encouraging consumers to give gifts that will go twice as far – gifts that will delight loved ones while also protecting and preserving some of our most precious habitats for future generations.

“Interest in green gifts is at an all-time high, and starting at just $10, the Conservancy makes it easy to stretch each dollar,” said Nancy Kelley, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island “It’s an opportunity to give your friends and loved ones a unique holiday gift that’s also a lasting and secure investment for the future of our planet.”

For 2008, the Conservancy’s green gift offerings include opportunities to adopt an acre of a threatened landscape, protect Palau’s stunning coral reefs, and plant trees in South America’s Atlantic Forest. The conservancy’s new holiday gift site at nature.org/giftguide features an interactive map, photos, and fact sheets to introduce holiday shoppers to the regions they’re invited to protect.