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State to Get Tough on Bullies

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The New York State Assembly has passed a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele aimed at cracking down on bullying and cyber-bullying in public schools, according to a press release issued on Tuesday.

Expanding on the Dignity for All Students Act, the legislation will establish a mandatory reporting system for all incidents of bullying and provide training for school staff.

According to Thiele, the legislation is expected to be passed by the state Senate and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“In today’s age of 24-hour connectivity and social networking, there is no escape for students who are subjected to cyber-bullying,” said Thiele. “Bullying that begins in school can follow them home and contribute to low self esteem, academic problems, delinquent behavior, and, tragically, violence and suicide. These new guidelines for combatting cyber-bullying will ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all our students both in and out of school.”

Under the legislation, all school staff will be required to report any incident of bullying or cyber-bullying to the principal or superintendent within one school day of the occurrence and submit a written report of the incident within three school days. Parents and students will also be able to submit reports and school administrations will be required to investigate every incident.

Schools will also be required to establish official guidelines for age-appropriate responses to harassment, bullying or discrimination, with detailed remedies and procedures.

The legislation also includes guidelines for teacher and staff training programs. All students and staff from kindergarten through 12th grade will have to attend bullying education classes and receive Internet instruction, added Thiele.

According to Thiele, in New York State nearly 16-percent of all students and nearly 21-percent of girls are subject to cyber-bullying through email, chat rooms, instant messaging, social network sites and through texting and other electronic devices each year.

“This legislation is a major step in the Assembly’s ongoing efforts to improve education and promote a safe and secure learning environment,” said Thiele. “No child should have to fear continued harassment and embarrassment from cyber-bullying. This legislation ensures parents, students and staff all have the tools they need to combat this serious issue.”

Immigration Case Worker Available on East End After Change in Federal Immigration Law

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In the wake of a new federal immigration policy, announced last Friday by President Barack Obama, Congressman Tim Bishop announced this week that his office has a full time immigration caseworker available to assist young people in New York’s First Congressional District seeking temporary legal status.

Interested constituents are encouraged to contact Leah Sullivan at 631-289-6500.

Under the immigration policy which President Obama implemented through an executive order, effective immediately some young people brought to the United States as young children will be eligible for relief from deportation and will also be eligible to work for two years, after which they can apply to renew that permit.

“I voted to pass the DREAM [Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors] Act in the House, and I support the President taking Executive action to give young people who came to America as children a chance to legally contribute to our society,” said Congressman Bishop in a press release issued on Monday morning. “This is a positive development for fairness in our immigration policy and my office stands ready to help young people who want to pursue relief from deportation and the ability to work legally in the United States.”

According to the new policy, in order to be eligible for relief, individuals must have come to the United States under the age of 16, have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years prior to June 15 when the order was passed, currently be in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces.

Felons are not eligible, nor those convicted of a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses or those who otherwise pose a treat to national security or public safety. The policy caps eligibility for those who are under the age of 30.

More information is available at http://timbishop.house.gov/uploads/FINAL%20Web%20Text%20FAQ.pdf.

Bay Scallop Restoration Program to Expand

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Working with the State of New York through funding provided by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) announced last week it will expand the Peconic Bay Scallop Restoration Project in Suffolk County.

CCE has signed a contract with the state and will move forward with the first stages of the $182,900 award it received as a part of the Governor’s Regional Council initiative — a challenge issued to regions throughout the state to pitch economic development concepts with the potential to earn funding based on merit.

The Peconic Bay Scallop Restoration Project focuses on restoring the bay scallop population on Long Island in an effort to protect the eco-system and generate marine-related economic activity.

“Suffolk County’s marine-based businesses are vital to the overall health of our regional economy,” said Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association and Regional Council co-chair. “I applaud the efforts of the CCE and its partners to revive the bay scallop population as it will help both the environment and Long Islanders wallets. The partnership between the Council and CCE will allow us to grow our economy now while ensuring one of the area’s traditional industries not only survives, but flourishes once again.”

In 2005 Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program and Long Island University partnered with Suffolk County to create the largest scallop spawner sanctuary to restore the famous Peconic Bay Scallop. According to a press release issued last week, CCE will use the regional council funding to increase seed production, collection and planting and educate shellfish companies with field demonstrations on how to successfully grow bay scallops. Working on developing a marketing event is also planned.

“Thanks to the support of the Long Island Regional Economic Council and the Empire State Development Corp, CCE of Suffolk can continue to play a vital role in sustaining this heritage industry,” said Vito Minei, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

Sag Harbor Village Approves Passenger Ferry Service, For Now

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Despite mounting opposition, the Sag Harbor Village Board approved a passenger ferry on a trial basis on Tuesday night, offering service between Sag Harbor and Greenport villages this summer.

Deputy Mayor Tim Culver cast the lone dissenting vote.

Operated by the Peconic Bay Water Jitney corporation — a company founded by Hampton Jitney President Geoffrey Lynch and led by Response Marine’s Jim Ryan —Lynch says he hopes to have the ferry service up and running by June 28, the Thursday before Fourth of July weekend.

According to Lynch, while the village approved a temporary permit giving the Peconic Bay Water Jitney the right to ferry passengers from Greenport to Sag Harbor and vice versa through October 31, he expects to end the service after Labor Day weekend. After that it will be evaluated for its success or failure — both from the business’ perspective and that of the village — before Lynch decides whether or not he will apply to the village for a long-term service, possibly with more ports of call.

As a part of the agreement, which stipulates the village can discontinue the service immediately if it finds it’s having a negative impact on Sag Harbor residents, the Peconic Bay Water Jitney will pay the village $12,000 to dock on the north end of Long Wharf. The 53-person catamaran will dock overnight and re-fuel in Greenport, which will charge the ferry the same fee.

Lynch said he is looking for upwards of 300 total passengers per day to determine whether or not the ferry is a successful business venture.

The Village of Greenport has already approved the ferry service with Tuesday night’s meeting behind them, the Peconic Bay Water Jitney needs only the Suffolk County Legislature to sign off on its charter and fee schedule. According to Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman that is expected to happen at the legislature’s June 19 session. Lynch has proposed charging $20 roundtrip, $11 one-way and half price for children under 13. Passengers may bring bikes aboard for free.

After determining it would lead the environmental review of the ferry, the trustees were met with three-hours dominated by voices of opposition, arguing that the village board did not have clear standards by which it would judge the success or failure of the ferry service once it ceases operation. Residents also argued allowing the ferry, even on a temporary basis, could hamstring the village into allowing Lynch to move forward with a larger ferry service whether they want it or not. Others expressed concerns about traffic and parking, particularly around Pierson High School where the Peconic Bay Water Jitney has contracted to lease parking lot space on Jermain Avenue from the Sag Harbor School District for $20,000.

Madison Street resident Kathryn Levy opened the public hearing presenting a statement signed by a number of residents and business owners.

“We believe that the proposed trial is unacceptable,” read Levy. “The impacts have not been fully or properly assessed. No criteria for the trial’s success — as defined by the costs and benefits to the village community — have been established thus making it an entirely arbitrary, some would say fraudulent, trial.”

Levy said the group was concerned about the impact the service could have on the harbor, the merchants who need precious parking for their patrons and not ferry passengers and the impact on the historic streets and houses of Sag Harbor.

Save Sag Harbor board member Jane Young said her board also had some concerns about the ferry service and has been inundated with emails from residents.

Young said the not-for-profit wanted assurances the service would in fact remain temporary and that criteria could be legally established to study the potential impact of the ferry on residents, including benchmark numbers for how they will assess traffic and parking. Young said trustees should also charge fair market rates for dockage on Long Wharf and that Save Sag Harbor wanted to be assured the service would not cost the village or its taxpayers a dime, under any circumstances.

Jermain Avenue resident Carol Williams said she was concerned about the impact to her neighborhood now that the Hampton Jitney will be encouraging people to park at the school lot before they are shuttled on a 12-person van to downtown Sag Harbor. That concession was offered by Lynch in an effort to reduce parking concerns associated with the new service. The Jitney has also proposed a shuttle service between Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Sag Harbor in an effort to reduce traffic impacts.

“I don’t believe the parking has been thought out,” said Williams, noting it was only in the last couple of weeks she even discovered parking at the school was being considered.

Zoning board of appeals chairwoman and architect Gayle Pickering wondered how the village intended to assess the ferry service.

Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride said the villages would ask passengers to complete a survey about how they got to the village, where they parked, and how much money was spent during their travels. He added it is also something that will be monitored by Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano, Superintendent of Public Works Dee Yardley, Village Clerk Beth Kamper and Planning Board Chairman Neil Slevin. At her request, he invited Pickering to join that committee.

Harbor Committee member Jeff Peters questioned why the village would only charge $12,000 for dockage.

“We should be asking for more money if we want to do this,” said Peters.

Responding to the criticism, Sag Harbor Trustee Robby Stein noted that the Sustainable East End Development (SEED) study included the suggestion of passenger ferry service on the East End. He added the village’s Harbor Committee, sans Peters, has also deemed it consistent with the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP). He added the decision to lease parking space to the Jitney was solely a school decision and not one made by the village.

“I do not know what the effect will be,” said Stein. “If we don’t try it and look at it, how will we know?”

Stein added he believed adolescents who don’t drive but would like to spend time in Greenport would also benefit from the ferry service, as would those who don’t have access to boats.

The American Hotel owner Ted Conklin said mechanically the ferry could work, but he was concerned about the impact it could have on the sailing community, traffic, parking and did not believe it would benefit local businesses.

“Financially, it will not be beneficial especially when you look at the demographics of Greenport,” said Conklin. “It will be more beneficial to Greenport than Sag Harbor.”

To the naysayers who accused the village board of rushing the process, The Wharf Shop owner Nada Barry said this has been in discussion for months.

“There are people in our area who want to use this,” said Barry. “I also want to say in one’s life, and I am older than most of you in this room, static-ness does not get you anywhere be it in business or in community.”

According to Lynch, he will open his books regarding ferry service to the village and the village will be indemnified should any accidents occur associated with the ferry.

“Again, this is only a pilot project and I think that is being missed,” said Lynch’s attorney Tiffany Scarlato. “It is a 100-day project and will not continue unless the village board thinks it is successful.”

“Certainly, what I have gotten from this is it is a way to gather information to determine whether or not it is viable,” said Mayor Gilbride. “If it is out of control we can terminate it quickly.”

Chicken Law Revised

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According to the Sag Harbor Board of Trustees, resident Mare Dianora should be comfortable keeping all of her eggs in one basket and have faith that the Village of Sag Harbor will make it possible to hatch chickens on her Grand Street property.

A new “chicken law” was unveiled at the village board’s Tuesday night meeting meant to clarify a code that Dianora helped craft with trustees last year to legalize the keeping of chickens in Sag Harbor.

The move comes after an interpretation of that code by Sag Harbor Village Building Inspector Tim Platt. He ruled Dianora would need to go to the village zoning board of appeals (ZBA) because she did not have half an acre of property. Under Platt’s view, that is what is required at a minimum to have chickens in Sag Harbor under the new law.

The original law read that “the number of chickens and bantams shall not exceed six per 20,000 square-feet of lot area and in no event more than 18 on any parcel.”

While Platt has interpreted that section of the code to mean 20,000 square-feet, or a half acre, is necessary to keep chickens at all — a rarity in a village where most parcels are far smaller than that — Sag Harbor Village Board members said last month it was not their intention when they drafted the legislation.

To rectify the situation, on Tuesday night the village board introduced a new law changing the legislation to deem chickens legal, provided only “one per 3,500 square feet of lot area” is allowed on any parcel. This now paves the way for the three chickens Dianora hopes to keep on her 13,000 square-feet, Grand Street property.

Like the previous law, roosters will be expressly prohibited as will the sale of eggs or poultry produced on a residential site.

The new law will be up for public hearing at the board’s July 10 meeting at 6 p.m.

The revised “chicken law” was not the only new legislation introduced Tuesday night. Trustees have also proposed to change the language in the law governing the scope of the Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB).

While the board has often viewed applications outside of the village’s historic district, its code is proposed to be modified giving the ARB the right to impose the requirement of a certificate of appropriateness for all changes that occur within the historic district, but additionally any development that requires site plan review by the village planning board.

That proposal will also be up for public hearing on July 10.

Lastly, following a number of complaints in recent years, trustees will also hold a public hearing on a local law that prohibits residents from discharging water from a swimming pool into village streets and therefore into its drainage systems that lead to the bay.

Sag Harbor CAC Attendance Wanes

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If you haven’t been to a Sag Harbor Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting recently, you’re not alone. Attendance at the community meetings has waned in recent months, last Sunday playing host to just two attendees — one of whom was the co-chair leading the meeting.

The duo briefly discussed issues affecting Southampton Town, as is a CAC’s purview, like the amount of nitrogen seeping into local waterways and a new proposal from Councilman Chris Nuzzi to create a committee to expedite the permitting process for builders and small business owners.

But with such a small audience, the meeting was mostly just informative.

“I’d like to grow,” Judah Mahay said of CAC attendance.

According to Mahay, co-chair of the CAC, the group technically has five active members. However, since February the meetings have only garnered two or three members (including the two co-chairs). The most populous meeting — in April — attracted a crowd of seven, and featured a speaker from the Quiet Skies Coalition who discussed the issue of helicopter noise.

At this point, he added, his main issue is building a core group of members. “We’re being proactive for community involvement,” he said.

Part of the CAC slow-down has to do with the fact that the organization is in a redevelopment process, explained co-chair John Linder.

“Clearly, we’re in a period of transition,” said Linder, who is prepping Mahay to take on the role in its entirety in 2013. Linder and Mahay officially became co-chairs this past February. “At this point, we’re just taking it month-to-month.”

The mission of all local CACs is to keep abreast and weigh in on issues affecting those areas that lie outside village jurisdiction, but within Southampton Town’s. At last Sunday’s meeting, Mahay explained to his one guest that the Sag Harbor CAC’s main priority at the moment is “being proactive to gain community involvement.”

Mahay himself is taking steps to give the CAC much more of a presence in the community, which includes giving the organization an online presence.

“We’ve thought about ways to bring people to the CAC, to not only show up, but to participate in the community,” Mahay continued. He mentioned setting up an information booth outside the library to explain what the organization is all about, in addition to creating an interactive website for the CAC.

Mahay said the website will include all the minutes from CAC meetings, as well as all letters drafted on behalf of CAC members that are sent to the town board or local publications. He expects the website to be up and running before the organization’s next meeting, July 8.

While Linder explained that a couple active CAC members are actually summer residents who have not yet arrived, some wonder whether the low attendance has to do with the current time slot: Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.

CAC member Eric Cohen regularly attended meetings until they were switched from Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. to their current Sunday time slot.

“That’s the entire reason for me,” Cohen said, explaining why he no longer attends meetings. Plus, he said the issues in the greater Sag Harbor community are not as crucial as they were a few years ago.

CACs were established about 15 years ago so that areas in Southampton Town without a localized government could have a much stronger connection to the town board. The Bridgehampton CAC, for example, has a relatively high attendance rate because the hamlet has a significant population with issues that cannot be addressed locally.

Because Sag Harbor is an incorporated village, the Sag Harbor CAC is technically responsible for the areas of the greater Sag Harbor community on the Southampton side of town that do not fall within village jurisdiction. This includes Ligonee Creek to the south, and part of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

The most significant issue the CAC has dealt with in recent years was the push for a Sag Harbor Gateway Study along the Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike, which essentially limits development in that area.

“The area we’re representing is small and there isn’t a lot of controversy right now,” said Cohen. “We used to have a much larger membership, with people who really knew how to speak up [for Sag Harbor issues in town board meetings]. But, with membership shrinking, there are fewer of us to get out there.”

For Linder, the greater Sag Harbor area will continue to see issues, whether it’s water quality or traffic on Noyac Road (Noyac, by the way, has its own CAC). But, the longevity of the Sag Harbor CAC will be left to the will of the people.

“If people see the value in it, some will come forward and participate,” he said. “If not, it will go by the wayside.” But, he continued, “the issues will remain.”

Sag Harbor Mayor Endorses Incumbent Trustees for Re-election

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This week, Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride announced he will continue to support incumbent trustees Robby Stein and Bruce Stafford and endorses their candidacy for re-election on Tuesday, June 19.

Stein and Stafford are both seeking a second elected term to the village board. Stein was appointed to his first term in 2009.

Sag Harbor Fire Department member and East Hampton Village Police officer Kevin Duchemin has also thrown his hat in the race, but on Monday, Mayor Gilbride said he believed Stein and Stafford should remain on the board.

“Robby and Bruce have both worked very hard and have put a lot of time into this board,” said Mayor Gilbride. “We don’t always agree, but we get along and all of us are working for what we believe is best for the village as a whole.”

Mayor Gilbride praised Duchemin’s initiative and said he believed one day he would be the right candidate for village board.

“I am just not so sure that time is now,” said Mayor Gilbride.

Sag Harbor Village to Introduce New Chicken Law

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After failing to come to an accord with Sag Harbor Village Building Inspector Tim Platt over the intent of a law passed just last year, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will move forward with new legislation that presents clearer guidelines for keeping chickens on residential properties in the village.

According to Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride, that legislation will be introduced at the board’s June 12 meeting at 6 p.m.

Last year, working with resident Mare Dianora, the board developed a chicken law to allow residents the right to keep chickens.

According to the final law, “the number of chickens and bantams shall not exceed six per 20,000 square-feet of lot area and in no event more than 18 on any parcel.” The law also prohibits the sale of poultry or eggs by residents who have legalized their chickens through a permit granted by the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board. Coops or any structures used to house the animals are limited to 100 square-feet or 10 feet in height and must be kept in the rear yard. A coop must also meet a 20-foot setback to the property line and any outdoor pen must meet the standard for an accessory structure, keeping a distance of 10-feet from a property line.

When Dianora approached the planning board with an application to keep three chickens on her 13,000 square-foot, Grand Street property (the first resident to apply under the new law) she was informed that Platt had ruled she would have to go to the zoning board of appeals (ZBA). This was due to the fact that according to Platt’s interpretation of the law, residents must have a minimum of 20,000 square-feet, or a half acre of land, to have any chickens at all.

While members of the village board vocally disagreed at a work session last week, according to Mayor Gilbride introducing a new, clearer law is the quickest way to allow residents to keep chickens as was originally intended.

Haerter & Theinert Honored by New York State As Community Prepares for Memorial Day

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JoAnn Lyles and Chrystyna Kestler spent Tuesday morning driving together from the East End to Albany where their sons were posthumously honored as veterans. It was a bittersweet reminder that this holiday weekend is about more than the beginning of summer and is, in fact, a time to remember those who have given their lives, however young, for the freedoms enjoyed by those of us still living.

“It was a good opportunity for us to talk and talk and talk, share stories and tears,” said Lyles on Wednesday morning.

Lyles’ son, Marine Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter, and Kestler’s son, Army First Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert, were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon in Albany. New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, who nominated L.Cpl. Haerter and Lt. Theinert for the honor, and New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., were on hand to share the moment with their families.

Of the over 60 individuals named to the Veterans’ Hall of Fame, L.Cpl. Haerter and Lt. Theinert were two of four veterans named posthumously.

“It was certainly a very special moment,” said Senator LaValle on Wednesday morning. “You could feel in the room that not only was this a special occasion, but with their mothers there, being Gold Star Mothers, people were teary eyed. Both of those young men gave the ultimate sacrifice at a very young age.”

A lifelong Sag Harbor resident, L.Cpl. Haerter, was the only child of Lyles and Christian Haerter, both of whom have since dedicated their lives to championing their son’s memory, as well as military and veterans’ causes through separate organizations — In Jordan’s Honor and Jordan’s Initiative.

A 2006 graduate of Pierson High School, L.Cpl. Haerter immediately enlisted with the Marines after graduation and became a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines known as the “Walking Dead.”

Just one month into his first tour of duty in Iraq on April 22, 2008, L.Cpl. Haerter and Marine Corporal Jonathan T. Yale were killed in Ramadhi defending a checkpoint from a suicide bomber driving a large truck. Their actions saved the lives of over 33 Marines, Iraqi policemen and Iraqi civilians.

L.Cpl. Haerter was 19 years old.

L.Cpl. Haerter was honored with the Navy Cross Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Iraqi Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon for his service.

Lt. Theinert, a 2006 graduate of Shelter Island High School, was the son of Kestler, a Shelter Island resident, and James Theinert, a Sag Harbor resident.

Lt. Theinert accepted an ROTC commission at Valley Forge Military Academy and College and after graduation enrolled in SUNY Albany, where he was accepted into Siena College’s ROTC Mohawk Battalion and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in history.

In March of 2010, Lieutenant Theinert was deployed to Afghanistan. Just six weeks into his deployment, on June 4, shortly after securing the rest of his platoon after undergoing hostile fire, Lieutenant Theinert was killed by an improvised explosive device in Dand District of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He was 24 years old.

Lt. Theinert’s awards include the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge.

The loss of L.Cpl. Haerter and Lt. Theinert was deeply felt throughout the East End community, solemn homecomings were followed by moments of remembrance.

“The East End becomes a very special place on occasions like this because it becomes that small community where everyone rallies around the families and made sure those young men got the respect they deserved,” remembered Senator LaValle. “Both were so young, and their mothers became so close. They both had suits on in Albany, the same color blue.”

In late 2008, New York State renamed the Sag Harbor-North Haven Bridge the Lance Corporal Haerter Veterans’ Memorial Bridge. The South Ferry’s “Southern Cross,” a ferry from North Haven to Shelter Island, was renamed after Lieutenant Theinert in 2010 shortly after a stretch of Route 114 was also designated the “Lt. Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Way.”

“We feel connected,” said Lyles of Kestler, with whom she spent the day in Albany. “Even here, we have Jordan’s bridge that leads to Joe’s ferry.”

Lyles said the ceremony was an opportunity for her and Kestler to meet other veterans and share stories, while honoring their children together.

“Chris and I were talking about how it is almost easier with the loss of a child if they were in the military because there are so many more chances for remembrance,” said Lyles. “It’s not easy at these events, but at least I know to expect emotion so I can steel myself. It’s the normal days, where something happens that it is harder, like if someone sees Jordan’s picture on my desk and doesn’t know and asks me if my son is in the Marines. Those are the harder days, but I never want people to stop talking or asking about Jordan.”

“My thoughts are with both families,” said Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride on Wednesday morning. “They were both courageous young men who supported this country and I am proud of Jordan and Joe for their efforts in making this country what it is today.”

“This was bittersweet,” said Assemblyman Thiele. “What they gave for this country has been well documented and it is great that the State of New York through the State Senate is recognizing their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families. It is a great honor, but at the same time it is a reminder of their loss.”

Thiele will join Gilbride, as well as Lyles and Christian Haerter, countless veterans and government officials on Memorial Day to honor the veterans of Sag Harbor and beyond.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the World War I monument at Otter Pond, continue down Main Street to Bay Street’s Marine Park and onto to the Chelberg and Battle American Legion Post 388.

“Something I have always been proud of is walking in many Memorial Day parades, either in uniform as a former Sag Harbor Fire Department chief or in a suit as mayor because I want to honor those who have come home,” said Mayor Gilbride. “It is a humbling day for someone like me because I can go to any one of the memorials and see my own family’s names and recognize the names of other residents from Sag Harbor that still have family here today. All I can say, is thank you.”

Above: New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle presents JoAnn Lyles with her son’s plaque inducting him posthumously into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Bulova Drops a Condo

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What were once 65 luxury condominiums are now 64.

Citing changing market conditions as well as the architecture of the former Bulova Watchcase Factory, on Tuesday night Cape Advisors project manager David Kronman received approval from the Sag Harbor Planning Board to revise the site plan for an approved 65 luxury condominiums at the historic site. The units will be reconfigured in a way that will reduce the overall size of the project by one apartment.

In 2008, Cape Advisors was granted approval by the village to restore the Watchcase Factory and re-develop the property into condominiums with underground parking, outdoor gardens, a pool and eight townhouses along Church and Sage streets. This fall, after battling for financing since it earned its approval, Cape Advisors in partnership with Deutsche Bank broke ground with hopes to finish the project by the fall of 2013.

On Tuesday night, Kronman said as his firm has continued to study the architecture of the factory building and kept an eye on ideal floor plans from a real estate perspective, instead of seeking 49 units in the Watchcase Factory and 16 in the townhouses they had reconfigured the plan.

The changes involve making a corner townhouse — at Church and Sage streets —two-condominiums instead of one. Kronman said units inside the factory building were combined, making 47 condominiums there and 17 in the townhouses.

The project will maintain the 130 planned parking spaces it aims to create in the garage and on the street, said Kronman and will not seek to alter the $2.5 million it is required to funnel into the Sag Harbor Community Housing Trust Fund.

While dormant since last fall, plans to add a restaurant at Baron’s Cove Inn were revived on Tuesday night with developers coming back to the table for approval by the village planning board.

KBR Associates — the owners of the property — and Cape Advisors, which will manage what has been conceived as a new family-friendly resort destination, have already earned approval from the village’s Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) to revamp the existing inn. Now they hope to also add a restaurant as one of the property’s amenities.

At issue during the planning board’s review last year was ensuring a bar area would not be able to morph into a nightclub, similar to Rocco’s, a now defunct club that existed at a neighboring parcel much to the ire of residents.

On Tuesday night, board member Greg Ferraris reiterated the planning board’s desire to see comprehensive recommendations by KBR and Cape Advisors on how it could ensure an eight seat bar with a neighboring lobby area would not become that nightmare for Sag Harbor residents.

The restaurant, which will have a total of 87 seats, including 18 that will be moved outdoors in the summer season, is allowed as an accessory use to the motel under village law. Nightclubs and taverns are prohibited under the same law.

The companies have proposed the restaurant on the second story of the new building, with the restaurant’s bar and motel lobby on the first floor.

Cape Advisors spokesman Curtis Sachs said that while under state law all restaurants in Sag Harbor are allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., he would be willing to place a restriction on the Baron’s Cove Inn bar that would prohibit service after midnight. Bottle service, outside of beer and wine, added Sachs, could also be barred as well as cover charges — the standard calling cards of a nightclub.

“We don’t want to be Rocco’s,” said Sachs. “And want to stay as far away from that as we can.”

He added a new lighting plan has been submitted for the property that is Dark Skies compliant.

Village attorney Denise Schoen said that while the planning board could accept the offer of an alcohol curfew as a matter of good faith on the part of KBR and Cape Advisors and could include language in its approval,  that language could be struck down, as the village has no right to supersede the authority of the State Liquor Authority (SLA).

According to Sag Harbor Village planning consultant Rich Warren, the plans for the restaurant still have to undergo environmental review. The planning board will consider whether or not to take a lead role in that review at its next meeting on June 26.

Lastly, the planning board approved plans by Rich Kresberg to expand Provisions Natural Foods Market & Organic Café into the former Style Bar on Bay Street.