Supervisor lists accomplishments in State of the Town address

03/03/2011 8:31 PM |





BETH YOUNG PHOTO | Southold Supervisor Scott Russell delivers the State of the Town address Thursday night.





Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell’s focused on the town’s accomplishments in the past year — including maintaining its bond rating and the continued preservation of open space — rather than making promises during his unscripted State of the Town address Thursday.

The supervisor told the crowd of two dozen that he wished he could tell them that things were going great for the town, but the continued economic downturn clouded the town’s future.

He cited a drop in mortgage taxes and other revenue as a major challenge for town government this past year.

“The town has hunkered down, and been able to maintain a stellar bond rating,” he said, adding that very few towns have been able to maintain their bond ratings in this economy.

Mr. Russell received a round of applause when he announced that the town had a $5.8 million surplus at the end of 2010. Two million dollars of that amount was used toward the 2011 budget, leaving $3.8 million in reserve.

“That’s the kind of fiscal management that Wall Street likes to see,” he said.

Switching to land preservation, he said that the town saved 123 acres in the past year.

“Bad economies present certain opportunities,” he said. “Now is the time to not be skittish with preservation.”

Mr. Russell said that the town also plans to have the Peconic Community Center at the old Peconic School open by late spring. The town’s Human Resources Department hopes to provide meals to seniors there.

In addition, he praised Town Clerk Betty Neville for her commitment to open government and making the town’s services more user-friendly. He also lauded Human Resources Director Karen McLaughlin for her department’s work in providing more than 27,000 meals to homebound seniors in the past year, and Highway Superintendent Pete Harris for his tight management of the town’s snow removal budget

During the public comment portion of the evening, Cutchogue residents Benja Schwartz volunteered his services on the town’s website. And resident Fred Andrews asked what people can do to volunteer.

Mr. Russell said that the town is looking for committee members in upcoming months and he would welcome resumes from the public.

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See the outline of Mr. Russell’s speech below.


State of Town 2010 Accomplishments and Goals of 2011

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  • I asked if I could help only after duly thanking our Town Government for what it is doing, describing how our Town government is failing to address the substance of governing and describing how government could address improving organization, enhancing function and increasing economy.

    You can listen to the video of the 2011 State of the Town Address* on http://southoldtown.iqm2.com/citizens/?AgencyName=SoutholdTown
    (or jump directly to the video at http://southoldtown.iqm2.com/citizens/VideoMain.aspx?MeetingID=1228&Format=None&MediaFileFormat=wmv )

    Benja

  • HAS ANYBODY NOTICED THAT THE AMOUNT OF COMMENT PARTICIPATION ON THIS SITE AND THE OTHER NEWS SITES FROM THE NORTH FORK SEEMS TO GO DOWN IN DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE AMOUNT OF COMMENTS POSTED BY BENJA? BENJA HAS RENDERED THESE SITES USELESS AS HE HAS MADE WATCHING TOWN HALL MEETINGS COMPLETELY UNBEARABLE. THANKS BENJA FOR REDUCING THE PEOPLES DESIRE FOR PARTICIPATION. WHY NOT GET IT OVER ALREADY AND RUN FOR SUPERVISOR OR SOMETHING…PUT YOUR GRAND WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE (TONGUE PLANTED FIRMLY IN CHEEK) TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHOLD IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY BE RESPONSIBLE AND HAVE TO ANSWER FOR YORSELF OR FIRMLY BE REJECTED BY THE PEOPLE WHO YOU THINK ALL RELY ON YOU TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES…

  • JZNEUCHARM, You blame me for other’s apathy. How ironic that you use all capitals to SHOUT your message. The truth is that participation by unofficial citizens is how democracy works.

  • just got online last friday(so?)—-been computer illiterate for too long. just got finished reading STATE OF TOWN 2010 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND GOALS OF 2011(ALL CAPITALS to emphasize its greatness of achievement). will spent more time researching it in near future. just the possibitity that 560 acres of land could be preserved by 2011 end is definitely noteworthy.also the preservation of the beaches in new suffolk. thumbs up!!! having grown up on the north fork(i am HONORED to have been a “north forkey(still got the accent after all these years too.) AND IT IS STILL IN MY BLOOD) i have been to every state in the union except alaska hi colorado and new mexico(living in a van). and i still must say that new suffolk (ride your bike from beginning to the end(heaven!!!)) is the most beautiful place to be. its been two years but i know of a place that still has not been touched by the hands of man. i remember writing letters in the sand (to the god(s) ) when i was sad as a teenager and the mighty peconic bay in new suffolk took them away. maybe when i grow up and get rich and famous i will buy me a home on the beach…………and get back to writing. keep up the good work scott! i can now see why you got a 2nd term. peace.