09/25/14 12:00pm
09/25/2014 12:00 PM
Greenport Village Hall

Greenport Village Hall

The Village of Greenport is holding a lottery for deer hunters looking to bow hunt in Moore’s Woods.

The village is issuing a maximum of five permits for use of the western end woods for bow hunting from Oct. 1 thru Dec. 31.

The lottery is not restricted to village residents, however all applicants must provide a valid New York State hunting license and form of identification when filling out the form.

Hunters may apply for the lottery at Greenport Village Hall on Third Street. Applicants will be notified of their selection prior to Oct. 1.

• On Oct. 25 the Village Board will host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony to rename the newly renovated Third Street basketball court in honor of four deceased residents who lost their lives at early ages.

The park will now be known as the “Third Street Memorial Basketball Court” in memory of residents Corey Freeman, Michael Brown, Kyle Rose and Jefferson “Naquawn” Treadwel, who died in separate accidents and shared a love for the park.

The village said it as not yet chosen a time for the ceremony.

• Village Hall will be closed on Monday, Oct. 13 for observation of the Columbus Day holiday.

09/24/14 2:00pm
09/24/2014 2:00 PM
Hashamomuck Cove in September 2010. (Credit: Beth Young, file)

Hashamomuck Cove in September 2010. (Credit: Beth Young, file)

Some North Fork residents say they are confused about the scope of a $2.6 million feasibility study being done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Initially, they understood it was intended to investigate the impact of erosion along 15 miles of coastlines stretching from Orient Point to Goldsmith Inlet. But that is not the case.

Confusion about the study has even caused local elected leaders to question the Corps about its plan. On Wednesday, the day after a sometimes contentious discussion Tuesday at Town Hall, federal officials explained the plans to The Suffolk Times.

Army Corps spokesman Chris Gardner said the 15-mile area was the focus of an earlier study, called a reconnaissance study, which is the first phase of any project. Those findings were released in September 2008. Using information from that study, Mr. Gardner said, Hashamomuck Cove in Southold was identified as a priority area where the Corps would conduct its current feasibility study.

“That reconnaissance study was broader-based and was used to identify things to study further,” Mr. Gardner said. “From the reconnaissance study, Hashamomuck Cove was chosen as somewhere to conduct a study to determine if there is a feasible federal project.”

“It’s not to say the study shrank or anything like that,” he continued. “The other areas that were in the reconnaissance study could presumably be studied separately.”

But Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) said Wednesday that “the project has always been a Hashamomuck Cove project.”

He said he had been able to secure federal funding for the Hashamomuck study because of the potential for erosion there and the fear that storm waters might breach a section of County Road 48.

“That’s what swung the Corps to act,” he said. “It was the most powerful argument that I could make to bring the Corps to the table.”

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Hashamomuck Cove study area/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

During Tuesday’s Southold Town Board meeting, several residents expressed confusion about the project and asked why their shorefronts were apparently dropped from the study.

“The [Army Corps] fact sheet says that the area was included,” said George Aldcrost of Peconic. “If it is knocked out, I would like to know how come.”

The current Army Corps fact sheet about the Hashamomuck Cove project has not been updated since February, according to the federal website.

Supervisor Scott Russell said more than a dozen residents have requested that the town ask state Department of Environmental Conservation, which issues permits for the project, to expand the current feasibility study to include Goldsmith Inlet. Mr. Russell said the town would not be acting on that request.

“If you were to look to expand the scope, you’re talking about significant delay [to the study],” he said, adding that the Army Corps hopes to schedule its first public meeting in November.

Mr. Bishop said residents’ requests to include Goldsmith Inlet in the study could conceivably be met, noting that “if it requires more money, the money would be the responsibility of the state DEC and Suffolk County.”

That’s because Goldsmith Inlet is a locally maintained inlet, he said, whereas federal funding was allocated for the Hashamomuck Cove study because of its potential impact on transportation.

In response to requests from the Group to Save Goldsmith Inlet that it be included, Mr. Bishop said, “We have reached out to both the state DEC and Legislator Al Krupski. The DEC has said they will consider making the request to the Corps.”

Mr. Krupski said Tuesday he supports expanding the study.

“We are working with the congressman,” he said.

“Being very familiar with the area, I agree that Goldsmith [Inlet] is a very dynamic place, and if they are going to study any kind of erosion on the Long Island Sound, that should be the place.”

Hugh Switzer of the Group to Save Goldsmith Inlet, which had asked the Town Board for its support in expanding the study area, said, “Since [the study] is local to Southold Town, Southold Town taking a formal position requesting that it be included would help in that process.”

cmiller@timesreview.com

09/23/14 2:00pm
Bob Syron, CEO of Peconic Landing, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Bob Syron, CEO of Peconic Landing, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Peconic Landing and the Greenport Fire District put the finishing touches on a new emergency services agreement Monday to address the impact the lifecare community’s expansion will have on the local fire department. (more…)

09/23/14 8:00am
Island View Road was repaired this week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Greenport residents were left with a mess after work on a Long Island Power Authority cable to Shelter Island came to a halt in August 2013. The site was not restored with safe access to the beach until May. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Controversy is afloat once more as electric utility PSEG-LI begins weighing the idea of installing an underwater pipeline aimed at updating power to Shelter Island. Again.

Utility officials visiting the intersection of Island View Lane and Bay Shore Road last Wednesday — where a $10 million project aimed at boosting Shelter Island’s power supply failed last August — were met with hostility from Greenport residents while visiting the once-battered project site.

“I can’t believe they would even consider coming back here,” said Celia Swing, who lives with her husband directly next to the drilling site. “I told them ‘I have nothing to say to you but you’re not welcome back here.’”

A update to the utility infrastructure connecting Long Island became needed following Hurricane Sandy, which damaged one of two underwater cables sending power to the island.

While the utility says it is committed to building a substation on Shelter Island to provide the needed power, proposals for two different sites for an on-island substation came up flat on Shelter Island due to safety and cost concerns, sending power officials back to the drawing board. PSEG suggested one site for the substation on the island, though residents balked at the location. And the site Shelter Island residents suggested, PSEG said was too costly.

PSEG spokesman Jeffrey Weir said the utility “is being incredibly prudent and understands that there may be limitations to what is possible [on Shelter Island], so we are looking at investigating the possibility of going back to the underwater cable.”

The prior project upgrade required drilling a nearly mile-long hole from Greenport to Crescent Beach on Shelter Island about 90 feet below the bay’s bottom. The hole was to be fitted with pipe to protect three cables that would have been threaded through.

But that project was canned after a piece of the drill rig broke off in the underwater hole, becoming stuck in the pipeline about 500 feet from Greenport’s shore.

“I am outraged to think that anyone who knows how horrible it was for us in Greenport, would even consider trying again,” said Jessica Kerr, another impacted area resident.

“This time the neighbors will not agree to allowing PSEG to dig up the road,” she said. “I think we would have to take some legal action.”

With Julie Lane

cmiller@timesreview.com

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Construction and heavy drilling machinery filled Island View Lane last August.

09/22/14 8:00am
09/22/2014 8:00 AM
Marybeth Mundell says she won't pay rent to live in an apartment complex that the town has deemed illegal. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Marybeth Mundell says she won’t pay rent to live in an apartment complex that the town has deemed illegal. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

A Cutchogue business owner being accused of illegally renting apartments at his industrial property in Cutchogue in violation of town code is now taking a tenant to court for refusing to pay rent.

Last month, Robert Hamilton, owner of Prime Purveyors, pleaded not guilty in town Justice Court to six counts of violating town code related to leasing six apartments at 8305 Cox Lane  — the site of a former labor camp.

The town is currently seeking to take Mr. Hamilton to trial if the tenants do not vacate the property.  (more…)

09/19/14 11:00am
09/19/2014 11:00 AM
Greg Fischer (left) once worked on a campaign with Rent is Too Damn High party candidate Jimmy McMillon. The two, seen here in an undated photo, now share the same party line as Mr. Fischer runs for state comptroller. (Courtesy photo)

Greg Fischer (left) once worked on a campaign with Rent is Too Damn High party candidate Jimmy McMillon. The two, seen here in an undated photo, now share the same party line as Mr. Fischer runs for state comptroller. (Courtesy photo)

It’s September and Calverton resident Greg Fischer is breaking out the campaign signs again.

He used some of them during his unsuccessful run for Riverhead Town supervisor in 2012. A small section of the signs showing the office he ran for then have been cut away.

They’re the same signs he used in campaigns for town tax assessor in 2013 and the Riverhead school board this year. And they’re the same ones he’ll now use to run for New York State comptroller on the Rent is 2 Damn High party line.

Mr. Fischer’s running mate is two-time gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, the YouTube sensation from New York City who wears black gloves and famously debated Andrew Cuomo in 2010 by answering questions with the response, “The rent is too damn high.”

It’s a race Mr. Fischer fully admits he is destined to lose.

“If you don’t have a major party endorsement, you’re not getting elected,” he told the Riverhead News-Review. “It’s mathematically impossible … I cannot possibly win.”

That won’t stop him. In fact, Mr. Fischer says he’ll never stop running for office. “I’m going to run at least once a year forever,” he vowed.

The goal, he says, is to eventually prove that someone who “refuses to play the game” with political parties can win the public’s vote.

“I’m playing by the real rules,” he said. “[The parties] are not playing by the real rules. They’re playing by some corrupt, under-enforced, secret government game.”

Mr. Fischer is actually surprised he’s made it this far into his most recent campaign. Some of his previous electoral runs were derailed by allegations of improper petition signatures and court decisions against him.

Mr. McMillan, his running mate, said Mr. Fischer was a “breath of fresh air,” though he took issue with Mr. Fischer’s assertion that he could not win.

Mr. Fischer, he said, “needs to understand my issues are not games or jokes.”

According to a biography on his campaign website, Mr. Fischer founded Micro Perfect, a strategy and software consulting firm that has “thousands of clients worldwide,” though he said the company’s website is <z9.940>now defunct and that he operates his company through “word of mouth.”

“I’ve got a backlog that could last me years and years,” he said.

He also ran The Political Patriot, a free newspaper that printed briefly in 2009, though he said he intends to restart the venture soon.

“Most of my days are filled with politics and being a single dad,” Mr. Fischer said.

09/18/14 11:38am
09/18/2014 11:38 AM
Village officials had given commercial fishing boat captain Sid Smith notice that he'd have to leave the railroad dock, but now appear to have reversed course. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Village officials had given commercial fishing boat captain Sid Smith notice that he’d have to leave the railroad dock, but now appear to have reversed course. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Southampton attorney representing Greenport commercial fishing captain Sid Smith has requested that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office investigate the village’s method of collecting and sharing information.

Attorney Dan Rodgers submitted a complaint to the DA last Thursday after the village clerk denied his client several Freedom of Information Law requests. It claims the village has failed to keep accurate long-term records of its collections fees from users of the railroad dock on Third Street.

Related: Boat captain says village is out to get him (more…)