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Sag Harbor’s Ragamuffin Parade Heralds Halloween

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Sam Snyder and Zach Landau were ghouls (of sorts) during the 2014 Ragamuffin Parade on Main Street on Sunday. Michael Heller photography.

Sam Snyder and Zach Landau were ghouls (of sorts) during the 2014 Ragamuffin Parade on Main Street on Sunday. Michael Heller photography.

Sag Harbor’s Ragamuffin Parade was held Sunday, bringing hundreds to Main Street, Sag Harbor for a costumed stroll ending on the lawn of The Custom House where games and tasty treats awaited the crowds. The parade signaled the beginning of a week of Halloween events leading up to the big day – Friday, October 31 where in Sag Harbor the chamber of commerce has sponsored a local pumpkin trail after school. Local businesses that are participating will have a pumpkin in their windows and will be ready for trick or treaters.

The O'Brien family wowed the crowd - as usual - with their depiction of the planets of the solar system.

The O’Brien family wowed the crowd – as usual – with their depiction of the planets of the solar system.

A scene at the Customs House lawn following the 2014 Ragamuffin Parade.

A scene at the Customs House lawn following the 2014 Ragamuffin Parade.

Elisa Ross was the Bride of Frankenstein.

Elisa Ross was the Bride of Frankenstein.

Nava Campbell was a Damage Doll.

Nava Campbell was a Damage Doll.

Brandee Torakis was a "Day of the Dead Señorita."

Brandee Torakis was a “Day of the Dead Señorita.”

Three little princesses and a kitty cat (aka Ella Menu) make their way down Main Street.

Three little princesses and a kitty cat (aka Ella Menu) make their way down Main Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Fair

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The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Fair and Sidewalk Sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15. Marine Park will be home to over 50 arts and crafts vendors, jewelers, photographers, painters and potters, along with those selling natural scents and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. Unique items for the home and office will also be available, with many price ranges and items especially priced for children to buy as gifts.

In addition to the fair, stores that are members of the chamber can participate in a “Whale of a Sale” and offer sales merchandise on the sidewalk. For more information visit saghaborchamber.com.

Fiveash Takes a Bite Out of Bay Burger Lobster Roll Eating Contest

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Sunday afternoon was crisp and clear in Sag Harbor — ideal weather for the second day of the annual HarborFest celebration. But for six brave souls it was also a chance to stretch their eating skills (and stomachs) at Bay Burger’s third annual lobster roll eating contest on Long Wharf.

And it was a repeat customer who took the top prize.

Emory “E Train” Fiveash, who took a second place prize in the contest last year, won the event this time around, consuming four and a half lobster rolls in five minutes, according to Bay Burger owner Joe Tremblay.

Fiveash, a caddy at The Bridge Golf Course, was cheered on by fellow golfers and according to Tremblay was the only contestant who took to strategizing to earn the $250 first place prize. Fiveash poured water over his lobster rolls to make them more easily consumed, a decision that aided in his victory, although likely impacted the flavor of Bay Burger’s lobster rolls, which were made this week with a lobster delivery from Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett.

Fiveash also took home the coveted Bay Burger lobster roll eating contest trophy, handcrafted by Tremblay himself, who cooks (and paints gold) a five-pound lobster claw each year for the winner.

Bay Burger, located on the Sag Harbor Turnpike, will continue to sell its lobster rolls through Columbus Day weekend, said Tremblay.

…Just in case you want to practice for next year.

Kelly Connaughton

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Why is the Chamber moving its music night to Wednesdays at the Windmill?

The main reason is that, as you know, the Windmill is in need of restoration. The Chamber of Commerce wanted to do something to shift attention over to the Windmill and add value to our efforts there and focus our resources. Not only would it drive more donations, we also thought it might be fun. Wednesday is kind of an off night and this way people could also watch the yacht races. The reason we changed the time was to bring more people into the village during off hours. During 4 to 6 p.m. would capture people coming from the beach late afternoon who would hopefully want to stick around later for dinner or to see a show.

 

What has also changed about the music series?

The bands are a little smaller; we have been trying to reduce. We do quite a few events and we want to do anything we can to help drive business and give people a reason to stick around. The smaller area works really well; people can bring a blanket or a chair to sit out on the lawn. The Windmill is an iconic part of Sag Harbor. Sitting out and looking at the bridge and the water is a beautiful view.  There is an eclectic mix with local roots from all over the East End. We have blues, jazz, soul, Americana, R&B, reggae, a little rock, world-music, pop and original music. These are names people will recognize and with five concerts gives us the ability to be somewhat flexible. The Sag Harbor Community Band plays on Tuesdays and it will be celebrating 55 years of free concerts. Now there is also something on Wednesday, in the middle of the week that will benefit the village.

 

How does the Chamber hope this will gain financial support for the Windmill?

Mostly by holding them at the Windmill and raising awareness. Those who don’t know about this effort are going to. We will have a table set up asking for donations as well as a little merchandise. Local artists donated these notecards of beautiful images of musicians playing in front of the Windmill. With a five-dollar donation they will get a free notecard. It is a nice memento to help support a great local effort. It’s something they can walk away with from the community and feel good about.

 

How will the money raised be used to help restore the Windmill?

As [chamber of commerce president] Robert Evjen said we aren’t losing our music series, we’re just reframing it. First thing is to get each of the blades restored. It costs about $10,000 to $15,000 a blade. We already raised over $20,000 with the help of the community. It’s really a positive thing. We hope this series will help close the gap. The summer is when we have the most traffic. Everyone who is going to Sag Harbor has to go past the Windmill and with all the signs it can’t help but raise awareness.

 

The Chamber of Commerce will present its five free performances at the Sag Harbor Windmill on Long Wharf from 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday (August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29)

Saving the Windmill

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by Michael Heller

Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce president Robert Evjen, Save Sag Harbor members Jayne Young and Hillary Loomis and benefit committee volunteer Ginny Hubert met at the windmill on Long Wharf on Monday to announce the donation of $5,703 by Save Sag Harbor toward a new sail for the windmill. One of the four sails was damaged by Hurricane Irene last year, and, for safety reasons, the remaining three were also removed.

It is estimated to cost $60 – $70,000 to fully restore the windmill. To date, roughly $18,000 has been raised, including a recent $9,000 anonymous donation to rebuild the remaining three sails. A “Mambo at Muse” fundraising party will be held at the Muse Restaurant this Wednesday, May 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. for anyone who wishes to help the cause, and any donations of time and materials by local contractors will also be welcomed.


Ferry Proposal Criticized at Chamber Meeting

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Some business owners and community members at a Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce dinner on Tuesday night criticized a proposal by the Hampton Jitney to begin a ferry service between Sag Harbor and Greenport villages this summer. They questioned whether it would benefit Sag Harbor businesses and its clientele or if it would instead clog village streets and parking spaces to the detriment of the local economy.

The event came in advance a Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees meeting next Tuesday, where that board will decide whether or not to allow the Jitney a four-month reprieve from the village’s ferry ban to see if the concept works for the community at large.

Last month, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees introduced a local law to allow Hampton Jitney President Geoffrey Lynch to seek a temporary special permit to operate a passenger ferry terminal between May 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012 from the north end of Long Wharf.

Ferries are otherwise illegal in Sag Harbor.

According to Lynch, the ferry service will not begin until the end of June as he needs approvals from both the village and the county.

Lynch said he believes a pilot passenger ferry service, dubbed the Peconic Bay Water Jitney, could help reduce traffic and parking issues, but also help both villages’ economies. During a presentation at Tuesday night’s Chamber of Commerce dinner, Lynch said it would cost his company about $500,000 to run the ferry this season.

The Hampton Jitney has contracted to lease one low wake catamaran from New York Water Taxi that would seat 53 people.

Lynch has devised a shuttle service to connect Sag Harbor to Bridgehampton and East Hampton, which he says will reduce parking and traffic impacts.

On Tuesday night, Lynch said he was also working with the Sag Harbor School District to use their parking facilities as a hub for those wanting to drive to Sag Harbor to catch the ferry. Passengers would be shuttled in a Hampton Jitney 11-person shuttle, he said, from that parking lot to Long Wharf.

The proposal has largely had the support of the village board and Mayor Brian Gilbride.

On Tuesday night, both Lynch and his partner, Response Marine’s Jim Ryan, stressed this would be a pilot program and would only continue if it was something that worked for both Greenport and Sag Harbor villages. Lynch added if it was successful he would eventually seek to expand the passenger ferry service to other destinations on the East End and that it could become a part of a larger vision for public transportation on the East End.

Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, a Noyac resident, questioned what kind of formal planning had been completed to look at the impact on parking from a local or regional perspective.

“We are very nervous about the parking impact,” she said.

Lynch said no formal study had been completed and that his company viewed this summer season’s pilot program as the best way to assess the impact of a passenger ferry.

Debbie Rudoy, owner of life’style fashion boutique said parking and traffic was also her concern. Rudoy said the loss of parking spaces while the former Bulova Watchcase Factory is reconstructed has already impacted parking in Sag Harbor.

“If there is more traffic it will put people off from coming here,” she said, adding she did not believe her clientele would use a shuttle service preferring the freedom of their own vehicles.

“I think it is not a good time to test this out,” added Rudoy.

Marianne Farrell, who will chef Livia Hegner’s new gourmet food store Pepalajefa, questioned if businesses would benefit from the ferry.

“We all know where our bread and butter comes from and it’s not from people using the ferries,” she said.

Lynch argued a comprehensive plan to deal with parking and traffic through initiatives like a passenger ferry service could aid everyone.

“The people in our shops are not going to take public transportation,” said Farrell. “It’s a lovely idea and a great service, but I don’t see the benefit.”

Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce member Robert Evjen said to alleviate parking and traffic concerns, the Jitney could create a shuttle system to Main Street from Havens Beach for all East End residents, not just those using the ferry.

“We are certainly open to that,” said Lynch.

Jacqueline Brody said her concern was the impact the ferry would have on the boating community.

“I look at this as a recreational advantage and helping to alleviate the parking and traffic problems,” said real estate agent Chip Dineen, an avid biker who said he uses public transportation.

Dineen added people seeking to go to the beaches in East Hampton could have an alternative way to get there without getting in their cars by using the ferry, decreasing traffic.

Former mayor Pierce Hance, who has staunchly opposed the concept, questioned why Lynch would use Sag Harbor instead of East Hampton and Southampton as its starting point.

Lynch said the dense population of Sag Harbor was why it was selected.

“And I think because we view Sag Harbor as a destination,” he said.

“If the negatives outweigh the positives, we will not continue to run this service,” added Lynch.

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the ferry concept at its Tuesday meeting at 6 p.m.

Insights into Promotion

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Bag Lunch Series coordinator Kelly Connaughton, left, with scheduled guest speakers Linda Miller and Matthew Iscoe.

Bag Lunch Series coordinator Kelly Connaughton, left, with scheduled guest speakers Linda Miller and Matthew Iscoe.



by Andrew Rudansky


New board member and chair of the membership committee Kelly Connaughton of the the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce thinks 2012 is the year chamber members can expand their business.

In an effort to facilitate this economic growth, the chamber has begun a new promotions and marketing campaign for Sag Harbor.

“In the past people have rightly asked what has the chamber done for businesses in the area,” said Connaughton. “We are trying to show what we can do to better serve our community.”

The first chamber promotional event is set to kick off this week, when the “Bag Lunch Series” begins this Friday, April 13.

The series will run every Friday this month, April 13, April 20 and April 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. It is free for members of the chamber, while guests are invited to attend for a $25 donation.

“We ask that people bring their own lunch, that way it keeps it simple. It keeps the focus on the meeting itself,” said Connaughton, “and it can be fun, you can bring whatever you want.”

Connaughton said the lunches will be a more casual event than the traditional chamber dinners.

“As a new member I started coming to the [chamber] dinners; I liked them but I noticed the same faces coming to the dinner every time. It would be the same 30 or 40 members,” she said.

Connaughton thought many of the members might not be coming to the dinner and evening cocktail events because of the late time and more formal setup.

“This in particular is meant to give our members some practical skills and knowledge to grow their business this season,” said Connaughton. “We have incredible speakers and the event gives attendees an opportunity to network.”

The chamber hopes the informal question and answer series, comparable to an afternoon lunch break, would be more accessible; attracting new members while helping existing members become more involved.

While the chamber does have over 250 member businesses, Connaughton said that not every business on Main Street is a member.

“All of the lunch discussions will be very casual, the audience will lead the discussion,” said Connaughton. “All we are trying to do is create a forum.”

The first of the lunches will be held at Phao, located on 29 Main Street in Sag Harbor and will feature guest speaker WPPB radio host Bonnie Grice. She is scheduled to give a presentation about increasing a business’ public profile within the community entitled “Connecting With Your Community: Public Radio speaks to All.

The following Friday, April 20 the chamber hosts the second lunch at Sen at 23 Main Street. Digital media experts Linda Miller, Matthew Iscoe and Jim During will give a talk named “Expand Your Business: Leveraging Free Digital Media.”

Miller and Iscoe, both of Hamptons Creative Group will talk about the wide range of free digital promotion available.

Branding specialist and Huffington Post columnist Robbie Vorhaus will be hosting the third and final event of the series on Friday, April 27. The lunch will be held at Bay Street Theatre. The topic of Vorhaus’ lunch will be “Creating, Building and Sustaining Your Personal Brand.”

He will focus on communicating the “story” of a brand and how it can grow a small business. Connaughton said not only the brand of the business, but the brand of the entire chamber and village can draw business into the area.

We are looking at other ways to support Sag Harbor,” said Connaughton. “All of the businesses here have Sag Harbor in common, that is our common brand.”

For more information about the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Bag Lunch Series please visit www.sagharborchamber.com, or call Kelly Connaughton at (917) 715-4116.

Hope to “Save the Windmill”

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By Emily J. Weitz


The magic of Sag Harbor’s Main Street is almost impossible to taint, when the Christmas lights twinkle and the garlands are wrapped royally around white columns.

Almost, but not quite.

When storefronts stand vacant and the village’s landmark windmill looks crippled with its broken blade, it seems the recession has finally hit home.

The iconic windmill has been in need of repairs for some time, but when a major windstorm knocked a significant portion of one of the blades down a few weeks ago, its deteriorating condition became harder to ignore. Emails bounced around the circuits of concerned citizens, notably the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Save Sag Harbor.

Now, in a spirit reminiscent of the Sag Harbor Cinema sign restoration several years back, people are poised to pool their energy to save the windmill.

The only question is “How?”

It’s not like the windmill has been completely neglected. Built in the 1960s for the Old Whaler’s Festival, the village just completed a round of repairs including new siding and windows, at a cost of $8,700, according to Phil Bucking, a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

“The next round will include floor repairs, additional wood shingles, and replacement of the windmill blades,” he said in an email. “There are currently bids out on the different phases of the project. Once a blade design has been determined, cost estimates will be needed for them as well.”

Bucking says a contractor is researching a long-lasting design for the blades so they won’t need to be replaced again anytime soon. As for the siding, it’s now “a combination of new and old wood shingles,” says Bucking. “The goal is to re-side the entire building.”

“We want it to stay as a landmark,” says April Gornik, head of the advisory board at Save Sag Harbor, “and it also has to be safe. Blades can’t be falling off. All the blades most likely need to be replaced. There’s a lot to do.”

Because the blade came off in a windstorm, the first question was in regards to insurance, which was not immediately clear.

“I was told emphatically that there was no insurance on the windmill,” says Gornik, “and then I was told the opposite. We still need to establish who is really responsible, and whether there’s insurance, a deductible… Perhaps most importantly a fund needs to be established specific to the windmill. Once that happens, we’re in favor of working with the Chamber to make sure repairs occur.”

Save Sag Harbor has mobilized in the interest of village identity many times, and they are already planning how to raise the necessary funds for the windmill.

“We’d like to do something very family-oriented and fun,” says Gornik, “and have everyone join together because the windmill, like the movie theatre sign and the Whaling Museum, have both sentimental and historical significance to the village.”

Gornik envisions an event at a local restaurant, with lots of donated food and drinks, raffles and auctions.

“We’ll make it fun and big, and have it happen in the winter,” she says. “People need things to do in the winter. It’s just really important that everyone comes together.”

Bucking emphasizes the significance of the windmill as “a Sag Harbor icon. Repairs are needed. While the final cost hasn’t been determined, a project of this scope will cost several thousand dollars.”

The Chamber of Commerce and Save Sag Harbor are collaborating to organize the fundraising event.

“Over the coming weeks,” says Bucking, “the details will be worked out. Volunteers are needed so if anyone is interested in getting involved, they are encouraged to contact the Chamber (725-0011) or Save Sag Harbor (info@savesagharbor.com).”

It does seem, with closing businesses and buildings in need of some upkeep, that there’s a deeper resonance to the disrepair of the windmill.

“It has everything to do with the economy,” says Gornik. “It’s difficult for everyone… It’s hard to get people interested in things like this that might seem superfluous when they’re stressed about the economy. But it’s also a way to celebrate what we are, who we are, what we have and a shared pride we can enjoy in this area. Preserving buildings like this reminds people that we have a lot to be grateful for, and celebrate together. It’s important these things remain in good repair, as a celebration of who we are.”


Reaching Out to the Community

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By Andrew Rudansky

Pulling together all the details related to Sag Harbor’s annual HarborFest every year is a lot of work. Alan Fruitstone will certainly attest to that. Fruitstone, a member of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and owner of Harbor Pets on Bay Street, is in the midst of organizing this weekend’s HarborFest for the third year in a row.

But the finish line is now within sight. All of the hard work is coming to a head with HarborFest officially beginning on Friday, September 9 and running through Sunday. From film screenings at Bay Street Theatre and whale boat races by the windmill, to food contests, kids events and even an archeological dive at Long Wharf, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

“It feels good to be almost done,” said Fruitstone. “It gets stressful but I like the interchange with the vendors and the interchange with the people.”

Fruitstone said that HarborFest is a special event in the village because it helps Sag Harbor retain its essential “essence.”

His own business, Harbor Pets, located at 12 Bay Street, has long been a part of the village landscape and has existed in one form or another for almost 35 years. Fruitstone and his wife, Hannah Elias, bought the business from a previous owner in 2004.

Inside, customers will find a range of pet supplies to keep their furry, feathered or scaly friends fed and comfortable. But dog grooming plays a big role in Fruitstone’s business model. He said that on any given week in the summer 70 to 125 dogs come through the door for services that leave them looking their best. This accounts for 40 percent of Harbor Pets’ yearly business.

The store’s popularity among dogs and their owners is helped by the fact that Harbor Pets employs two full-time groomers who have been on the staff for several years. According to Fruitstone, this consistency in personnel is very important because it has the potential to attract repeat customers.

“This is a very personal business,” Fruitstone said. “A dog grooming shop is just like a barber shop or a hair salon … We definitely have people who ask for a specific groomer.”

He said that his customers care a great deal about their animals; and just as people develop relationships with their barber or haircutter, they also do the same for their dog’s groomer.

In addition to the grooming services, Fruitstone’s store is a fully functioning pet store that sells food, animal toys, leashes and animal accessories. Harbor Pets does not, however, sell animals, a conscious choice made by the owners.

“We feel there are so many dogs already out there that need to be adopted,” said Fruitstone, continuing that he didn’t want to indirectly contribute to the large number of unwanted dogs.

“We try to create an atmosphere at [Harbor Pets] of not being just a store but instead an experience,” he said.

Fruitstone said that being a part of the larger community and providing a personal atmosphere in the store have always been primary in his thinking.

The added work of organizing HarborFest has made Fruitstone a very busy man of late. Among his many responsibilities involve setting up the artists and artisans market, something that he introduced to HarborFest last year.

The market, comprised of individual stalls, provides local artists with the chance to showcase their wares in a public square. Fruitstone said that almost every artist at the market will come from the East End, a decision made by Fruitstone in order to keep the local identity of the festival.

HarborFest is many things to Fruitstone. It is a celebration of Sag Harbor’s history, an end of summer family day, a charitable fundraising effort for the local food pantry and a fun time meant to extend the summer season past Labor Day. Most of all it’s an effort to bring the community closer together.

The festival provides activities and vendors for any and all interest. Fruitstone said he was particularly excited about the clam shucking contest.

“That contest gets downright dirty in terms of competition,” he said with a smile.

There will also be live music, food vendors, a village wide sidewalk sale, traditional whale boat races and guided historical tours of the village.

“We are trying to do things old fashioned,” said Fruitstone, “we are trying to keep it simple.”

While there are many different ways of enjoying HarborFest, Fruitstone said that his favorite thing to do every year was grab a bowl of clam chowder on Saturday and watch the whale boat races.

“HarborFest is a tribute to the history of Sag Harbor,” he said. “The people in Sag Harbor are very different than the people in the other Hamptons … Has this village changed? Absolutely. But what has stayed the same is that people care.”

Everything’s on the Table: Congressman Tim Bishop says Government Needs to abide by Fairness and Sacrifice

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By Claire Walla


Seated at several tables inside Page, Main Street’s newest addition to the restaurant world, roughly 40 members of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce sat down last Thursday, April 28 with U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop to talk shop.

Over plates of steak and monk fish, the crowd asked a handful of questions ranging from health care to oil subsidies. And Bishop — a Southampton native — answered them all.

As to be expected, he said everything comes back to the country’s most prominent issue: the deficit.

“A year ago, there was nothing else being discussed in Washington but health care, and now there’s nothing else being discussed in Washington but our debt and our deficit,” he said.

Bishop explained that the United States is now operating with a $3.7 trillion budget, $1.6 trillion of which is borrowed.

“Anybody who tells you we can balance our budget by simply reducing our spending is either being delusional or dishonest, because it simply cannot happen.”

“What we have to do is recognize that everything has to be on the table,” he continued. “I also hope that we will be guided by two fundamental principals, one is fairness, and the other is shared sacrifice.”

The idea of making carefully crafted cuts in order to maintain funding in certain areas was at the heart of Bishop’s message that night.

Bishop highlighted programs like Medicaid, for example, which he said the budget aims to cut by $80 billion, pointing out that one in three children receive health care benefits from this federally financed program. As for spending cuts, Bishop explained in a follow-up interview that the nation needs to curb farm subsidies.

“We’re spending billions of dollars a year to stop farmers from farming their crops,” he said. “This money does not go to the mom-and-pop farms, but the large agro-farms in the U.S.”

He also said defense spending — which he noted has more than doubled in the last eight years — needs to be reduced.

A point of contention for many small business owners at last week’s dinner was the tax credits and subsidies currently afforded big oil companies. Oil companies save around $5 million every year in tax breaks and subsidies, Bishop continued, “which they simply don’t need.”

In a question-and-answer session after his speech, local mortgage banker and broker Judy McDowell asked the congressman why Washington has allowed for such large tax breaks when local business owners are suffering to stay afloat.

Bishop noted at the event that he planned to introduce legislation this week, which seeks to eliminate tax breaks for the top five oil companies. (Similar legislation was brought up in Congress in 2005 as part of an energy bill policy, but Bishop noted it didn’t pass.)

Barbara Frerichs, who owns a business called the Mosquito Squad, asked Bishop why the money used for the bank bailout in 2008 went exclusively to large firms, rather than to the small business owners who have suffered in the wake of the economic collapse.

“The money that we were providing to the banks should have been much more actively loaned out, particularly to small businesses. That was a big mistake,” Bishop said. “They got burned very, very badly, in my opinion, because of their own policies and because of their own greed-driven approach, and now they’re holding back.. We have to get banks lending again.”

The last question of the night came from Louis Grignon of the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard who complained of paying steadily increasing fees each year for health insurance.

“I’m 100 percent behind health care reform,” he said. “But it doesn’t address the cost.”

By 2014, Bishop said, the health care reform bill will introduce the concept of state-based exchanges, which will bring small business owners to the bargaining table.

“What we’re trying to do is take the power of who gets to ration care, and who gets to buy out of the health insurance companies and provide it to businesses and individuals.”

In the end, Bishop concluded, “I hope we’re guided by this really simple principal of shared sacrifice. I’m not prepared to ask the less fortunate among us to take all of the burden while we ask the most fortunate among us that their only contribution is to get yet another tax cut. I’m not prepared to do that.”