04/21/14 3:00pm
04/21/2014 3:00 PM
This home on Old Orchard Lane in East Marion has gone into foreclosure.

This house in East Marion after it went into foreclosure in 2011. (Credit: Options Realty, file)

To the Editor:

Swaying in the wind, their presence hides an escalating problem that virtually affects us all.

Once the symbol of upward mobility and a promising future, real estate signs on front lawns in many cases signify another casualty inflicted by the high cost of living on Long Island.

Change is inevitable, we are told. That often overused phrase has more meaning now than ever before. For many, the suburban lifestyle that we have grown accustomed to is slipping away, not by choice but for economic reasons.

Surveys in the past, taken by Nassau and Suffolk residents asking if they planned to continue living here, showed the desire to exit is increasing dramatically. It should come as no surprise that many residents plan to leave the island. The cost of buying a home or renting one on Long Island has become exceedingly high and beyond the reach of many who would continue to live here, if they simply could afford to.

For many, living here is no longer feasible. The cost of owning and maintaining a home has become such a financial burden that the only realistic alternative is to relocate off the island.

Affordable housing has become a serious issue that continues to threaten the demographic profile of both Nassau and Suffolk counties. For many, the dream of owning a home and raising a family here has become just that: a dream.

A growing number of residents in the 18- to 24-year old demographic profile are either moving or are planning to leave the island, primarily for economic reasons. Although this is alarming, the fact remains that little is being done to retain this segment of our population. As a result, the demographic profile of our island will shift in favor of older, established residents, who can somewhat better handle the financial drain of living here.

This precarious situation is quite problematic as the status-quo of our island is undermined as this transition progresses. The void left behind by our newly evolving social landscape will not easily be filled. This is in stark contrast to an island that was a prime destination for countless young adults who wished to stay here and maintained a quality lifestyle.

As more and more residents are forced to vacate their homes, a sense of despair takes hold. Like characters from John Steinbeck’s ‘ Grapes of Wrath’, families are exiting Long Island in search of a better and most importantly, affordable lives.

Jason Hill, RIDGE

04/10/14 6:00am
04/10/2014 6:00 AM

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To the editor:

Excuse me, am I the only one who sees a crisis building up through our brain drain of young folks here on the East End? The school district presentation for the Mattituck-Cutchogue budget showed that in the 2016-17 school year, enrollment is projected to hit the lowest level in more than 30 years, with just 1,189 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  (more…)

04/03/14 6:00am
04/03/2014 6:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

To the editor:

In his letter to the Suffolk Times last week, North Fork Environmental Council president Bill Toedter brought up significant points about nitrogen pollution and waste water treatment on the East End. I would like to add to the conversation. (more…)

03/27/14 6:00am
03/27/2014 6:00 AM
Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg

Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg

To the editor:

As a student in Greenport High School I was fairly surprised to hear that David Gamberg would become the superintendent of Greenport as well as retain his position in Southold. How can Mr. Comanda’s job be replaced by someone who can only be here half the time at most, when his job was one where he made over $200,000 last year and was able to retire at 55? (more…)

03/25/14 2:00pm
03/25/2014 2:00 PM

A federal sharpshooter’s view from an elevated box blind on a Nassau Point property during a 2013 deer cull. (Courtesy photo)

To the editor:

Local business owners should have thought about the impact this deer cull would have when they decided to allow out-of-town sharpshooters on their land for this so-called deer management program. For a town that increasingly relies on tourism, our local politicians have been negligent when it comes to protecting the image of Southold and how out-of-town visitors would look upon what’s happening.  (more…)

03/13/14 5:00am
03/13/2014 5:00 AM

Southold Town police

To the editor:

The Feb. 10 Suffolk Times reported that police arrested a Peconic man whose license had been suspended 29 times previously, and now accused him of again driving without a license or car registration. The March 6 issue reported on a Bellport man with 100 active suspensions who was arrested for speeding in an unregistered vehicle, with no insurance, no inspection and “switched” license plates. (more…)

03/06/14 5:00am
03/06/2014 5:00 AM

Dogtown owners in a 2010 photo with several of their furry friends, from left: Anthony Pollina with Tulip, James Dosch with Zoey and Rebecca Dosch holding Sunny. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

To the editor:

One of the concerns raised about Southold Town is the lack of opportunities for the younger generation to make a living. Indeed, I agree that there are limitations, but it might be good to recognize some young people who are truly entrepreneurs.  (more…)