Letters to the editor: March 24, 2011

03/24/2011 5:12 AM |

CUTCHOGUE
Didn’t need a study

As a former Tucker, I have a few comments on the Mattituck business corridor study by Nelson, Pope & Voorhis.

How and why did Southold Town Board order another study by the Melville based consultants? That company didn’t show up at the public information meeting, but often appears on behalf of developers. It seems to me hiring the consultants who represent developers to represent our government is a conflict of interest. Just like keeping a fox in a chicken coop.

Nelson, Pope & Voorhis also did the traffic study for the Cottages affordable housing development in Mattituck. In its report the engineers said, “It is our professional opinion that the traffic generated by the site does not create any significant adverse impacts to the adjacent roadway and will not create any adverse impacts in the future.” Why didn’t they report on the impacts of Factory Avenue traffic on pedestrians from the Cottages?

You don’t have to study the problems of Mattituck. Just try to drive out of the Mattituck Plaza onto Factory Avenue. Because of all the illegally parked huge trucks, you won’t be able to see what’s coming your way.

It is insulting to hear how in response to cries out from the Unity Baptist Church our Town Board keeps promising to do something. Why not start ticketing trucks parked in the no parking zone? That would light a fire under the managers of Waldbaum’s to correct the poorly functioning and dangerous loading dock.

The Mattituck study recommends permitting another building in the front of the parking lot to force the Plaza to get approval of a new site plan. The parking lot is already full. Another building will require more parking. It doesn’t sound like a solution to me.
Southold townspeople were out in force to say no to a 7-Eleven on the corner of Factory Avenue. Petitions and protests are cries out from the people of this town. Just start listening to and protect the people who live here. Our Town Board did nothing to stop corporate America from taking over our rural quality of life.

Once our local character is gone, no study of any kind will be able to replace it.

Nancy Sawastynowicz

NEW SUFFOLK

This might just work

I would like to propose a possible solution to the problem of helicopter traffic over our otherwise peaceful hamlets.

Require each person who is flying to the East End via helicopter to give the street address of their East End residence or business. Their helicopter would then be required to hover over that address at a low altitude for one minute before landing at the airport.

Bev Christianson

GREENPORT
In great company

I would like to thank the one resident (yes, I know who it was, and we will be having a long talk about it) who wrote in my name at the recent village election.

With that vote, I join a long list of famous alternative candidates. Names like Mr. D. Duck, Mr. M. Mouse and Mr. H. Simpson have long been some of the most famous and revered write-in candidates.

I am truly humbled to be included in such esteemed company.

John Saladino
Editor’s note: Don’t forget Charlie Sheen!

RIVERHEAD
How preposterous!

We senior citizens who have worked hard all our lives are being slowly pushed off the cliff. If through the years they hadn’t stolen trillions from our Social Security, we would have no problem today – yes, I said trillions.

So that means people only getting $400 to $500 a month won’t get a COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) this year and maybe next and who knows. How can Congress even think of doing this to us? Besides giving us a lame excuse of no price increases. We help these other countries, but neglect our own people who made this great country what it is. Can you imagine how we are trying to survive? I think not.

Now the government is thinking of signing a treaty with Mexico to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. Yes, I said illegals. I don’t believe how Congress can even think of this. They are here illegally and taking a job away from an American and we are going to reward them with Social Security benefits. Please!

Robert Stringham

MATTITUCK
Equal protection

In this country, constitutionally a child in its mother’s womb deserves all the lawful rights of equality. To life, liberty and to the pursuit of happiness.

Equality is under the natural law, God’s law, and all his children deserve protection.

Our unborn are his children also.

It is God’s will that we grant them the right to life.

And the truth will set us free.

Jack McGreevy

SOUTHOLD
An assault on seniors

I am addressing this to anyone who has a trust fund to protect their assets. This applies to many senior citizens.

Last week, I had a few questions about my trust fund, so I went to see my lawyer. A number of years ago, I attended many seminars on elder law and opted for an irrevocable trust to protect my assets, mainly my home. After answering my questions, my lawyer informed me that Governor Cuomo has a proposal in his new budget terminating all trusts.

Why haven’t we seen this publicized? He is targeting all senior citizens and his proposals will impoverish the elderly. We worked very hard and struggled to put this money together to buy a home and to save money for our old age. We also would like to leave something to our children so they can have a better life. Is this fair of Governor Cuomo, to change this law?

I paid $4,000 to have my trust fund put together. I spent many sleepless nights wondering if I made the right decision. How can he do this to our senior citizens?

We’re already feeling discomfort from not getting our annual cost-of-living raise from Social Security for the last two years. Gas prices have risen, food prices have risen and, if you haven’t noticed, packaging has gotten smaller in our foods.

Please call or write your representative to defeat the state budget with this proposal in it. It will cause chaos among senior citizens.

Dora DiFrancesco

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  • I guess the editors must have really liked Mr. Creedon’s letter supporting extravagant pay for teachers unions, as they have run it two weeks in a row. As the first letter, no less! Bah

  • “Let’s be progressive on this issue and be supportive of an East End Transportation Authority.
    Art Tillman
    chairman, Southold Democratic Party”

    Yeah, because that’s just what the East End needs in this time of economic woes and reduced tax revenues, yet another governmental agency to create and pay for. Great plan you have there. Leave it to the Democrats to propose addressing a perceived problem with a new governmental agency, and the requisite governmental employees to pay salaries, health care, pensions, and other benefits for. Hey, maybe we can use the money we are saving firing all the teachers to pay for your plan. Call Cuomo, perhaps he can make it happen.
    Oh, and wasn’t this idea originally floated by Kathy Faraone, like 6 or 7 years ago, with the shuttle? Heck, if I recall correctly, even Dave Kappell wasn’t thrilled with the idea back then.

    Good grief.

  • Gunther Geiss continues his bitter campaign against the staff of the Southold Animal Shelter in the March 25 edition of Dan’s Papers Letters section. Geiss asks Dan how the Southold Animal Shelter won Dan’s “Best of the Best” award, and suggests they won because there are “so few shelters to choose from”!
    http://www.danshamptons.com/content/danspapers/issue01_2011/34.html

    Well, doesn’t Gunther deserve a big, Bronx cheer for raining on the shelter’s parade? Does he have no sense of decency? Or is he just a big baby?

    “Happy, happy, Geiss in a nappy, ain’t too proud to bitch.
    Only his momma loves him, but she could be jiving, too.” (RR Moore)

  • What an ignoramous!

    The proposed East End Transportation Authority is not “yet another governmental agency”

    Right now, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which owns the LIRR, collects more than $60 million in taxes each year from East End taxpayers.
    The proposed East End Shuttle network could be paid for from a portion of these existing MTA taxes since it is estimated to cost less than $40 million annually to operate.

    The Shuttle network will replace Long Island Rail Road trains and Suffolk County Transit buses on the East End.

    I will take responsive local government to taxation without representation anyday.

    btw Ajneb,

    Your spelling my name backwards is flattering. Posting anonymously is apparently not good enough for you, you need to impersonate someone with an established identity. But your pitiful attempt, and choice of person, will only bring you shame.

    btw before you knock someone elses plans, lets hear what you would do. Aha!

  • Actually they’ve re-run ALL of the letters from last week. Or, perhaps more accurately, they have not run this weeks letter but have simply mislabled last week’s letters. Looks like a production error, not an editorial slant.

  • Gunther Geiss continues his bitter campaign against the staff of the Southold Animal Shelter in the March 25 edition of Dan’s Papers Letters section. Geiss asks Dan how the Southold Animal Shelter won Dan’s “Best of the Best” award, and suggests they won because there are “so few shelters to choose from”!
    http://www.danshamptons.com/content/danspapers/issue01_2011/34.html
    Tell me, how did Geiss get to be such a shadow advisor to Southold politicians and a go-to opinionator for local media?

    I would again call your attention to a “perceived conflict of interest” as it relates to the business of town contracts and Geiss’ self-interest, versus the interests of the Southold taxpayers. It is not unreasonable for Southold taxpayers and voters to demand that all such governmental correspondence to and from the Geisses be published in this newspaper of record. It is not enough for the town board to invoke an ethics committee investigation without the sunshine of full public disclosure regarding the machinations surrounding the process.

  • Ajneb, Your spelling my name backwards is flattering.

    Posting anonymously is apparently not good enough for you, you need to impersonate someone with an established identity. But your pitiful attempt, and choice of person, will only bring you shame.

    btw before you knock someone elses plans, lets hear what you would do. Aha!

    The proposed East End Transportation Authority is not “yet another governmental agency”
    An East End Transportation Authority would replace the MTA and Suffolk Transit.
    Right now, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which owns the LIRR, collects more than $60 million in taxes each year from East End taxpayers.
    The proposed East End Shuttle network could be paid for from a portion of these existing MTA taxes since it is estimated to cost less than $40 million annually to operate.

    Honest people prefer responsive local government to taxation without representation by foreign governments operating in our town.

  • Thanks! Doing the best I can! =)