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North Haven Elections Uncontested

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As election day nears, the mayoral and village trustee race in Sag Harbor Village is heating up, but over in neighboring North Haven Village, this year’s election season promises to be quiet as current trustees Jeff Sander and Russell “Jim” Smyth are running unopposed. Sander, a local business owner, is currently wrapping up his first term as trustee and was named as village deputy mayor in 2008. Smyth is a 47-year resident of the village and is entering his third term as trustee. Before becoming a trustee, Smyth served for eight years on the village planning board.
In the coming years, Sander would like to see the village acquire more property for open space preservation. He pointed out that the village recently purchased a 2.2 acre plot of land.
“I hope we continue to use whatever funds are available to buy parcels. This is one of the most important [projects] for the village,” noted Sander.
Although Sander has taken a keen interest in acquiring additional open space for the village, he added that it’s imperative for the village to remain fiscally conservative as the East End faces an uncertain economic future.
“One of our biggest challenges right now is continuing to manage our funds in a responsible way,” explained Sander. “All villages including ours are being impacted by the economy. Revenues are down in part because of decreases in the fees collected for building permits and other permits, though our costs continue to rise. This year we had to replace the heating system in village hall.”
Smyth concurred on the need to preserve open space and practice fiscal responsibility, but added that the board needs to continue keeping the village’s deer population at bay and beautifying various points in the village, similar to the recent round-about beautification project. Over his last term, Smyth said the village has worked on updating its website and improving office operations, and will continue to do so over the next couple years.
“I don’t foresee anything new confronting the village,” reported Smyth. “We just want to continue the work we have been doing. Most of the village projects are things we have been continuing for years and years.”
“The deer is always something in the back of our minds and we are always dealing with waterfront and dock issues,” continued Smyth, who added that the village is relatively small and primarily residential with only one commercial business in North Haven.
Overall, Smyth noted that the current North Haven village board has established a certain rhythm that he would like to see continue in the future.
“We have a strong group of people on the board who have been working together for a while,” said Smyth.
“I can provide some expertise and some good judgment to village politics. I enjoy working on the board,” added Sander of his forthcoming candidacy.
“They are great trustees. I am glad they are rerunning,” said current village mayor Laura Nolan. “They have certainly been an asset in helping me on the board and I am happy there isn’t a contested election this year.”
In fact, the Village of North Haven hasn’t seen a contested election since 2007.

Women Leaders to be Eyed as Role Models

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The League of Woman Voters of the Hamptons is organizing an event for high school junior and senior girls to explore public service as a career and to develop leadership and networking skills.

The event, which will take place in May, is labeled “running and winning,” and is designed to give approximately 60 young women from seven East End high schools an opportunity to interview women who hold public office.

Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot and fellow female board members Sally Pope and Anna Throne-Holst have already confirmed their attendance, according to the League of Women Voter’s executive vice president and chair of the education committee, Judi Roth.

“I think it’s very exciting,” said Laura Nolan, mayor of North Haven on Tuesday. Nolan announced at this week’s village board meeting that she will be attending the event and added that she feels it will be a great experience for the high school girls.

The six to eight female students from each high school from Westhampton to East Hampton will be selected by their school principals to participate in the workshop.

The girls will meet on May 21 at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane in Southampton to interview some 30 female elected officials and will then be asked to design a slogan and write and deliver a meaningful campaign speech on an issue which the League of Woman Voters will suggest.

The room will be divided up into groups of four or five students who will interview each public figure. As the legislators move from table to table, the students will ask questions, which the league will provide. According to Roth, the students will find out what challenges and rewards come from running for office and how the women raised money for their campaigns. Roth said the students could also find out how running for office and working as an elected official has impacted their family life.

In a letter sent to Nolan, Carol Mellor, the league’s president, said “We are confident that meeting you and hearing your story will provide these young women with the motivation they need to consider a life of public service.”

The letter also noted that in this past election, 57 percent of women made up the voting population, yet they held “still less than 23 percent of all state legislative seats.”

Roth said she hopes that workshops like this one will help change that balance.

“We hope they [the students] will get an interest in civil participation, and gain enthusiasm of being part of the program,” Roth said. 

“We have been very pleased by the participation by the schools, everyone is excited about participating,” she added. 

DOH Reponds to Deer Hunter Concerns

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Preliminary results have been released from the New York State Department of Health on the 4-Poster Deer and Tick Study, which was organized by Cornell University and compares the level of pesticides in meat from deer taken on Shelter Island to that of meat from North Haven deer.

Last week at the North Haven Board of Trustees meeting, board members discussed the preliminary study, which mayor Laura Nolan received from James Doherty, supervisor of the Town of Shelter Island.

The 4-Poster device is a passive feeding station that is designed to control ticks that take advantage of deer as hosts — including black-legged ticks and lone star ticks. These types of ticks can transfer Lyme disease. As a deer feeds on the corn bait at a 4-poster station, the animal’s neck, head and ears brush against the rollers of the device, which are coated with an oily liquid containing the permethrin. The stations are currently in use locally only on Shelter Island and Fire Island.

The Cornell study measures the levels of the tick-killing pesticide permethrin in deer meat, liver and hides and it reveals that the pesticide was found in small dosages in meat from North Haven deer and in a slightly higher amount in the Shelter Island deer.

“They found that there was a small amount of permethrin in the deer in North Haven,” said Nolan. She added that this small amount could be due to residents who spray their lawn with the pesticide in an attempt to reduce the number of ticks in their backyards.

Or, she said, the deer are swimming across the water from Shelter Island to North Haven.

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) said that hunters became concerned during the 4-Poster evaluation process about the potential health risks from exposure to permethrin from eating the meat from these deer. The preliminary study reports that people who eat the deer meat, however, would not be affected by the small amount of this pesticide found in the deer.

The release from the DOH said that in order to determine the levels of permethrin in and on deer, 10 deer known to feed at a 4-poster device, in addition to five deer from a comparison area [North Haven], will be harvested and sampled during the hunting season each year as part of the multi-year study.

Cornell University began implementing the feeding stations on Shelter Island last spring.


Above: a deer at a 4-poster treatment feeder

North Haven Village Scrambles to Remove Moored Boats

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The National Grid remediation project currently underway in Sag Harbor has some North Haven residents concerned.
At the monthly Village of North Haven Trustees meeting last week, board members discussed the nine month long remediation project which is designed to remove coal tar from the ground beneath the former Hortonsphere gas ball in Sag Harbor. With plans that include pumping water from the site out past the breakwater, North Haven officials have been asked by National Grid to remove all boats currently moored off shore on the North Haven side of the Sag Harbor bridge.
The National Grid remediation project on Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor is expected to continue through the end of May and entails the removal of some 10 to 15 feet of contaminated soil from the Superfund site that once housed a manufactured gas plant – the source of pollution. As part of the clean-up, due to the high water table in the area, National Grid will remove water from the contaminated soil, treat it, and pump the clean water through a pipe out past the breakwater near North Haven.
North Haven village clerk Georgia Welch received a fax earlier last week asking for the removal of moored boats, which Mayor Laura Nolan said she believed the village was asked to do as soon as possible.
“We didn’t have any warning that this was something that was going to be done,” Nolan said on Wednesday.
Nolan said that although most of the boats are out of the water now, “It came as a surprise to all of us.”
Nolan said that she believes the residents in North Haven have been notified about the removal and possibly the yacht club and Ship Ashore Marina have been notified as well.
Village board member, Jim Smyth said that he is concerned if the project is not finished by May, the piping might have to stay in place, and that would become a problem for the summer months.
“It caught us off guard,” Smyth said, “We don’t know what might happen in the spring.”
Smyth said that the actual pumping of the water may begin December 1, but he added this seems to be a grey area.
The remediation will take the winter to complete, the demolition at the site began on September 30 and is expected to be completed in nine months.
The piping that will carry the treated water is already assembled and in place in the water. Lights mark the pipe’s course for boaters. According to National Grid, approximately 500,000 to one million gallons of treated water will be pumped through the pipes daily.
Today, Thursday, November 13, a meeting with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will commence in Southampton for the discussion of the revised flood maps and possible changes in flood insurance throughout the town.
North Haven has received an outline of areas where flood insurance is going to go up for those residents who are situated along the water in flood evacuation routes.
Village board member Jim Smyth said that board members received their new flood maps, and if any residents would like to make a comment on the changes, they will have 90 days to appeal any decisions made by FEMA, after today’s meeting.
Santa is coming to the village
Also at last week’s meeting the village board approved the visit of Santa Claus to the village on December 20. Santa will begin visiting the children and shut-ins of North Haven at noon on that day.

Propose Permits for Filmmakers

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In recent weeks, residents may have noticed a film crew working in the vicinity of Long Beach. With an eye toward perhaps more filmmakers coming to the East End, on Tuesday, in addition to discussing the fire contract and security issues, the North Haven Village Board discussed the introduction of a new local law on filming in the village.
Village clerk Georgia Welch told the board that Suffolk County is trying to encourage filmmaking on Long Island, but that municipalities like North Haven need to develop a current local law that will provide the industry with guidelines prior to their arrival on how to work in the area.
A draft of the local law, created by village attorney Anthony Tohill, was presented Tuesday evening, but was not a scheduled public hearing, because members of the board want additional information to be included in the document.
Deputy mayor Jeff Sander said that the definition of filming in the proposed law should be amended to also include additional methods of viewing, namely, the Internet. Also, he recommended the law only refer to filming being done for commercial purposes.
“I think it’s a good point,” mayor Laura Nolan said.
The proposed legislation will require filmmakers to obtain a permit from village hall and applicants will have to show proof of liability insurance with policy limits of $1 to $2 million. The fees for filming will be determined by the scope of the project.
Sander recommended that Tohill look at a similar law in East Hampton and make changes if needed.
At next month’s meeting, the proposed legislation will be revisited with the new language included.
At their last meeting, the board discussed the option of getting a new security system for village hall. Trustee James Morrissey was absent at Tuesday’s meeting, but has met with Scan Security to discuss the options available for the building. After a brief discussion of the system, it was decided that the board is not opting for the larger, more expensive system, but will add a new system that will cost the village, $2,325. Trustee Jim Smyth said that the board can choose this option, which will bring the whole system up to date. The board can add the other, more advanced options at a later date.
The board adopted the resolution.