Letters to the editor

03/10/2011 6:25 AM |

ORIENT
Unsustainable costs
Recent North Fork school teacher contracts are now unsustainable.
Each budget year superintendents and school boards lament they have almost no control over the final budget as the greater part of the annual school expenditures are fixed either by law or circumstances beyond local control.
Not quite true. Teachers’ salaries are the greatest budget expenditure and superintendents and school boards negotiate and approve these contracts with no public participation. These contracts do not uniformly represent the best interests of their taxpayer constituency.
The superintendents and school boards are the ones whose actions have determined future budgets so that on average a $70,000 salary can morph into $125,000 over a nine-year period.
Mattituck-Cutchogue’s nine year contract ending June 2014 provides an average 81 percent raise, or 9 percent annually.
Southold’s five-year contract ending June 2013 provides an average 39 percent raise, or 7.8 percent annually.
Greenport’s five-year contract ending June 2011 also provides an average 39 percent raise, or 7.8 percent annually.  
Oysterponds’ four-year contract ending June 2011 provides an average 31 percent raise, or 7.8% annually.  
Not included are pension increases, additional school course credits increases and stipends granted for any work outside the normal short work day, about six hours, and a short work year of about 175 days or less after sick and personal time days.
Most other people work seven to eight hours a day and a much longer work year of 225 to 230 days.
The current rate of school tax increases is unsustainable. I suggest the Town Board sit down with all North Fork school superintendents and board presidents at a public meeting. If this is not done soon, the exodus of young people from this area will accelerate and the schools’ decline in student census will accelerate.
I also suggest this same group make a presentation to Albany to discontinue all step increases and to transfer the financial and administrative responsibility for special education to the state.
Walter Strohmeyer
member and former president, Oysterponds Board of Education

CUTCHOGUE
What our taxes cover
Imagine Governor Cuomo stands firm on his proposed budget cuts to the public school system.
Imagine the working poor taxpayer confirms that all is not lost and true change to save our homes is at hand. Imagine the working poor taxpayer takes back the power and votes every school district budget down in 2011.
Imagine the message is heard throughout the land and taken seriously.
Ms. Domenici is correct that the May budget is very important and has a direct hit on every property taxpayer. Please go to www.seethroughny.com and read the contracts for the school districts we’re paying for. If the information is reliable — and to date most appears to be accurate — your awareness will increase as much as taxes do.
Remember, this is why roughly 70 percent of your tax bill is for your school district.
In the Southold district, under the contract beginning in 2008 and ending next year, every teacher received a 4 percent salary increase each year. The base salary for a 10-year teacher with a master’s plus 75 credits — $81,064 in 2008 — by 2012 will be $107,394. The increase is $26,330 in four years, averaging $6,582 per year.
In Mattituck, the superintendent’s base salary stood at $170,780 in 2010 and that number rises to $197,457 in 2013. A 10-year teacher at master’s plus 50 credits earned a base salary of $67,641 in 2005. By 2010 that rose to $95,998. That’s an increase of $28,357 in five years, averaging $5,671 every year.
In Greenport, a 10-year teacher at master’s plus 60 earned a base salary of $65,114 in 2006. By 2010 that rose to $86,358, an increase of $21,244 in four years, averaging $5,311 per year.  
Greenport’s superintendent began the 2010 school year with a base salary of $175,000. In 2013 that jumps to $200,000.
The public has a right to full and complete disclosure of the facts. An educated taxpayer decides best at the polls. A meeting is being organized by the Working Poor Taxpayers at the town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane in Peconic for Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The meeting’s focus will be to identify issues burdening taxpayers and to present methods for change. This is a work planning forum. Community members are welcome, with all ideas to be explored.   
If you think these school salary increments are proper, please stay home. If you are troubled by this out of control system, join the meeting and be part of a solution.
It only works in solidarity, so your voice needs to be heard.
MaryAnn Fleischman

SOUTHOLD
Green? Not hardly
The truth is out and Go Green is not green.
The evidence is Supervisor Russell’s and Councilman Ruland’s visit to the Yaphank transfer station, which is used by Go Green Sanitation. The company’s recycling of only large items is minimal at best.
My concern is that Mr. Fisher’s low introductory price is only going to reverse three decades of training for Southolders to be good stewards of our environment.
By encouraging Southolders to throw everything in one bin, we will go back to throwing batteries, fluorescent fixtures, toxic electronics and STOP (stop throwing out pollutants) item into landfills as we once did many years ago.
Our town has invested in a modern transfer station that is doing a wonderful job recycling for Southold. I think our elected leaders are trying to enforce the town code, which is the least we can do for the environment.
Ken Peterson

SOUTHOLD
Call me confused
Now I admit I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but in the past couple of weeks there have been several quotes and letters addressing certain issues that, quite frankly, I simply do not comprehend.
First, a councilman from East Hampton is quoted as saying Southold’s representative at a helicopter noise meeting is “stepping on people’s toes” when he pushes for a route over the South Fork. It’s my understanding the airport the helicopters in question use is on the South Fork, the people who travel in these helicopters live on the South Fork and the entity at the center of the controversy, the Town of East Hampton, is also on the South Fork.  
Am I missing something here? I don’t think so. If those concerned feel their toes are being stepped on why don’t they simply move their feet?
Next, we have a letter in last week’s edition from the president of Go Green Sanitation, who claims everything his company does is aboveboard and in full compliance with New York State law. He backs up his claim by saying he has been assured by DEC officials that he and his company are doing nothing illegal.  
If this is so, why are there quotes from two DEC representatives stating Go Green is most definitely in violation of the law? I’m sorry, boys and girls, but one of you has got to be wrong.
Finally, we’re told by none other than our esteemed senior senator, Chuck Schumer, that we can rest assured we’ll be taken care of in the above-mentioned helicopter matter. Unfortunately for us, nothing specific is spelled out in his amendment and, to make matters worse, the FAA is given another year to basically ignore the entire problem.  
Like most politicians, the senator lauds himself as a leader, but I don’t see much leadership in this case. What I do see isn’t fit to be printed.
It never ceases to amaze me what some people seem to think about the North Fork and the people who live here. I’m sure it must come as a great surprise when they finally realize we all don’t live in straw huts.
Pat Lohn

SOUTHOLD
Orlando responds
I would like to state my position on a letter that was circulated.
Carole Geiss approached me several months ago at the end of a work session that had the animal shelter on its agenda and offered that, if the town were to go out to bid to run the shelter, she could get a list of bidders together. I acknowledged her with “that would be fine.”
On Feb. 1 the Town Board passed a resolution at an open meeting aired on public access television authorizing and directing the town clerk to advertise a request for proposals on the operation of the town animal shelter. Ms. Geiss was not present at this public meeting.  
Knowing her interest in this subject, I sent her an e-mail from my home e-mail address. I was letting her know that the board passed a resolution for an animal shelter RFP and could she let people know who may be interested in bidding. I sent this e-mail as a courtesy to Ms. Geiss, just as I would for any other constituent who had taken a keen interest in a town issue, be it drainage, erosion or alternative energy.  
It was simply a matter of courtesy in my position as a public servant that I informed a constituent who has been following an issue, yet missed the meeting where a resolution was passed.
I humbly regret that what I said was misinterpreted. At no point did I authorize the use of my name or title, officially or unofficially. Ms. Geiss sent this letter without my knowledge or permission.
Councilman Vincent Orlando

LAUREL
Let’s switch values
In spite of the rising stock market and the increase in corporate profits, we are still far short of being out of the recession. Job creation is very slow and citizens are hurting.
America is way down the list on social and economic equality. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Jobs are still in short supply and our ability to help the needy is deteriorating.
We are investing our business profits off shore to garner additional profit. We are moving manufacturing off shore to profit from cheap labor. Meanwhile, the trade imbalance grows, our national debt grows, our budget deficit grows and our social problems grow.
There are many more years of dirt poor, cheap labor out in the world. We either adapt with intelligent policy and moral conviction or we continue our slow, inevitable decline. Our present situation? A country run by the very rich while an ever increasing underclass grovels and sweats. (Want to know more? Google oligarchy.)
Here is the question: Is the power of profit (you can read greed here) so all-important that it justifies sliding America into crisis and throwing the working class out on the street?
Now is the time for a sea change in American values. We need to substitute the old “America first” attitude for the current, devastating “me first” attitude. Why can’t CEOs work to support America, set up manufacturing in America, hire workers in America and invest in America? They did once. Why can’t financial institutions make loans and finance local initiatives? Maybe even unwind the mortgage crisis?
A rebirth of the old “America first” spirit in business and finance would do wonders. It’s vital to get beyond the current fixation on greed and private wealth and bring on a rebirth of the real America. Follow this with some very necessary government tax policy changes and renewed hiring, business growth and prosperity will follow.
However, this takes belief and stamina. Do we, does Washington, have them?         
Howard Meinke

CUTCHOGUE
A very poor decision
The definition of a preamble is an introductory and expressive statement that explains a document’s purpose and underlying philosophy. The preamble of the Constitution is often cited as the succinct statement of our national identity.
The preamble of the U.S. Constitution is as follows:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
I may not be a lawyer and I have never really studied law, however it seems to me the preamble is probably the most important part of the Constitution because it states the reasoning why we have the Constitution. In fact, the preamble came before any of the amendments and should probably carry more weight during the decision-making processes.  
Establishing justice and insuring domestic tranquility and promoting the general welfare, all seem to point to the establishment of laws which agree with this philosophy.
Tranquility is defined as harmony, so how does allowing loud and hurtful protest at any funeral promote tranquility among the population?  
How is allowing a protest at any funeral considered just?  
How does providing an avenue for hurtful protest at a time when dignity and respect are fully warranted and expected promote the general welfare?
With all due respect, eight of the Supreme Court justices got this one wrong.  
Bob Bittner

SOUTHOLD
The wrong priorities
Are we broke or are we broken?
On a daily basis our leaders are telling us that we can afford things, things like teachers or public employees pensions or health care or Medicare or Social Security. We are told there must be cuts. We’ve already cut taxes on the wealthy and eliminated most corporate taxes.
We give big tax breaks to big oil and agribusiness and hedge fund managers. So let’s spread the cuts to people who live on Social Security. Let’s cut teachers’ pay and eliminate collective bargaining. Let’s help the powerless be even less powerful.
To cut is the current verb of choice, and it seems to apply to lots of socially important things, but not to executive pay.
There are things we can afford. There are two wars that should never have been fought and heaven only knows at what cost, but trillions would not be far off.
Are teachers responsible for the national debt? How many teachers does a trillion pay for? Are our kids worth a trillion or so?
We can afford a war on drugs which costs billions. How long have we been fighting the war on drugs? Noticed any progress? Ask the border guards or look at the state of affairs in Mexico. The war on drugs is unwinnable.
What we have done is created the world’s largest prison system, created an entrenched prison bureaucracy and spent billions of law enforcement dollars locking up drug offenders. No one thinks that the war on drugs is being won or that any end is in sight.
We are not broke, we are broken. We have lost our sense that our common good is worth paying for.
We have given up the idea of having a decent society where children can be educated and where people can expect reasonably priced health care. Lee Iacocca once said that you can judge a society by how it treats the young and the old. How are we doing on that front?
We have given the rich a pass on contributing to the well-being of the society from which they receive so many benefits. We have given the powerful the power to gamble with our lives and when their schemes come up empty they don’t have to pay the price for their gambling.
It wasn’t their money that was lost, no one foreclosed on their home, their kids won’t be in overcrowded classrooms.
We need to stop being spoiled children who believe the bill never comes due. It’s due.
What sort of country do we want for our kids and for our old folks? How do we stop fighting stupid, unwinnable wars?
What’s most important to us and what will that contribute to the future? We can’t have a future worth having unless it’s based on a strong belief in the common welfare and unless we are willing to pay for it.
Steve Curry

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  • Response to Orlando.
    So according to Councilman Orlando now, Carole Geiss offered “to get a list of bidders together” months ago, if the town were to bid out the running of the animal shelter. Do you think maybe Geiss’ whispering in the ears of town board members might have influenced them to pursue an aggressive path of non-negotiation, “lawyering up”, and generating an RFP after this offer? Geiss had already sued NFAWL, so wouldn’t this “keen interest” on her part be assumed to be self-serving by any reasonable person?

    Where are the other RFP parties Geiss promised, now that the waters are roiled? Answer: there aren’t any!
    Is Orlando the only board member performing special courtesy services for the benefit of the Geisses?

    What happened to the video file of the Town Board meeting of February 15? In Gunther Geiss’ Equal Time op-ed of March 2, he said he reviewed the video “over and over”. Is access to the public record only an insiders game now?

  • Who is to Blame?

    How generous of Councilman Orlando to take one for our team (the Southold Town Board). Why is our team hanging him out to dry?

    According to Geisses, Carole Giess is the scapegoat. “So many people willing to vilify me in public. … In a letter delivered personally to the Town Clerk’s office, I informed the Town Board, town attorney and clerk of my action and heard from no one.” Carole Geiss “A witch was found: my wife, Carole.” Gunther Geiss

    I am not looking for a fall guy, or for a scapegoat. I would like to know who is working with our Town Board behind closed doors. I do not believe that the inappropriate proposed Contract terms and the untimely Request For Proposals were issued without consulting anyone.

    If Carole Giess delivered a letter to the Town Clerk informing the Board and Attorney of her email, why did the Town Board and the Town Attorney deny knowledge of the email? There are only two possibilities, either our Officials are not reading their correspondence, or they are not telling the truth.

    Recently Supervisor Russell wrote that “I received a letter from Mr. Geiss just the other day demanding that I recuse myself from any dealings with the NFAWL or the contract … I have referred it to the Ethics Board and I will live by the determination of that Boards’ findings.” Thus Supervisor Russell is acting based on the opinions of Mr. Geiss. Does anybody else believe that Mr. Geiss is qualified to put this issue into the proper perspective?

    Hopefully the Ethics Board will not jerk its knees in response to the complaints it receives. Hopefully it will consider all the facts, not only what Gunther and Russell say, and will conduct an independent investigation leading to a reasonable and sensible conclusion.

  • Too little too late at this juncture. Is the ethics board friends of the Geiss’? The fact remains that the community has been deceived by the Town Board. Period.

  • Not only Unsustainable COSTS
    As I concluded last year, we need to start grading teachers
    see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/opinion/07mon2.html

  • A meeting is being organized by the Working Poor Taxpayers at the town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane in Peconic for Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The meeting’s focus will be to identify issues burdening taxpayers and to present methods for change.

    I’ll be there.

  • Gee willies, I thought Ace had given his vivid imagination a rest.

    The NYS law requires that contracts of the size of NFAWL’s contract with Southold, nearly $600,000 for the last contract, must be put out to bid. The new (May 18, 2010) Southold Procurement Policy requires public works/services contracts over $35,000 be put out to competitive bid. The Town of Southold via its Town Board only did what was required, but had not been done before.

    The new policy requires at least 3 bids be received for contracts between $10,000 and $35,000 so I would assume the same applies to the Animal Shelter RFP. What happens if only one bidder submits a proposal? What happens if no bidder is responsive, i.e., does not respond in an acceptable manner to the RFP requirements? The Town may have to rebid the contract.

    Why are you and Benja so opposed to following the law?

    The video of the Feb. 15 Town Board meeting is available, all the time, on the Town Clerk’s wonderful web site.

    For those finding it “difficult” to navigate try:

    http://southoldtown.iqm2.com/citizens/?AgencyName=SoutholdTown

    and look at the far right, follow down the dates to February 15, 2010 and click on the video camera icon. Contrary to Benja’s frequent complaints that took me only two clicks–one on Town Board Online–Meetings, Videos, Minutes, Agendas on the left edge, middle of the page on the Town’s web site.

    When a competition for work is run the prerequisite is a list of potential bidders, and an advertisement in a paper of record. Carole offerred to help in constructing that list in order to assist in having a real competition. That does not mean bidders will respond. The proposal may be difficult to respond to, the time allowed may be too short, there may even be a feeling among potential competitors that the job is “fixed,” i.e., the winner is known before the competition is run.

    Why don’t you guys spend more time in determining the facts instead of imagining conspiracies? Oh, sorry, I forgot that “facts obscure the truth.”

    Gunther

  • OOOhhhh..can’t wait for that braintrust to get together.

  • OOOhhhh..can’t wait for that braintrust to get together.

  • You, sir, are an idiot.

  • I guess you like high taxes.

  • I like an educated populace.

  • “Gee willies” Gunther, Last time I heard that expression it was in a Jeep rolling backwards down a mountian. Are you in trouble?

    I don’t know about Ace, but I believe in following the spirit of the law.

    You are obviously way off track. The question is:

    Why is Southold Town Board following the lead of a couple who have done nothing but make trouble since they moved into town?

  • . . .. who pay high taxes. We’re educated too.

  • Gee willies Gunther,
    Not everyone has a computer so TV viewing is the only way for many to watch.The meeting was removed from TV viewing after 4 days…Not easy for everyone who wanted,to watch it.Maybe some others wanted to watch it “over and over again” like you did.A tad obsessed?The last contract was for 4 years,yes?Not that much money to run a shelter…Just above what monies tiny Shelter Island gets with no shelter.I’m sure you will correct any misquotes since you live for that.

  • Gee willies Gunther,
    Not everyone has a computer so TV viewing is the only way for many to watch.The meeting was removed from TV viewing after 4 days…Not easy for everyone who wanted,to watch it.Maybe some others wanted to watch it “over and over again” like you did.A tad obsessed?The last contract was for 4 years,yes?Not that much money to run a shelter…Just above what monies tiny Shelter Island gets with no shelter.I’m sure you will correct any misquotes since you live for that.

  • I think the term Gunther Geiss meant was “Gee Willikers”, dating back to the fifties and Dennis the Menace sit-coms. “Willie” is an English slang term for a man’s sexual organ. Probably just a Freudian Slip from that expert on law and government regulations, eh, Dr. G?

    Geiss wants to know why Ace has a problem following the letter of the law. Geiss wants you to believe that he has an exclusive franchise on the truth. Maybe Geiss can give the townspeople a lecture on the concept of “perceived conflict of interest” as it relates to the business of town contracts? Wikipedia says that conflicts of interest “can be defined as any situation in which an individual or corporation (either private or governmental) is in a position to exploit a professional or official capacity in some way for their personal or corporate benefit”. Now would you say that concept might apply to a person such as Geiss himself? Isn’t he sitting on government appointed committees, married to a woman who has expressed a desire to run the animal shelter in the past? And haven’t Gunther and Carole Geiss undertaken various “behind the scenes” meetings and letter writing to the supervisor and various board members out of the public eye, to foster the replacement of the current non-profit operator, NFAWL? The same NFAWL that has been the cost-effective and award winning group running the shelter for over 30 years?

    As Southold taxpayers and voters, would it be unreasonable to demand that all such governmental correspondence to and from the Geisses be published in this newspaper of record? It is not enough to invoke an ethics committee investigation without the sunshine of full public disclosure. Wouldn’t you like to know if the Geisses have unfairly discussed winning control of the shelter? Don’t forget that Carole Geiss already unsuccessfully sued NFAWL. Maybe they can win their vendetta on a technicality? Three bidder minimum? (Speaking of technicalities, the town board would be well advised that there are legal reasons why they should not open shelter RFP bids before deadline dates, as they did three days early.)

    As pointed out in Benja’s post, Geiss is not content to keep his wisdom reserved for the East End locals. Here he opines on how to run schools in Port Jefferson:
    http://portjeffchange.blogspot.com/2011/02/amen.html#more
    Remember, before Dr. Geiss became a local behind-the-scenes apparatchik, he was a special consultant to the disgraced administration of Adelphi. Back in the good old days. So he knows a thing or two about schools, too. But I hear Adelphi is making a comeback, since they gutted the faculty and school programs to enrich the administration.

  • I think the term Gunther Geiss meant was “Gee Willikers”, dating back to the fifties and Dennis the Menace sit-coms. “Willie” is an English slang term for a man’s sexual organ. Probably just a Freudian Slip from that expert on law and government regulations, eh, Dr. G?

    Geiss wants to know why Ace has a problem following the letter of the law. Geiss wants you to believe that he has an exclusive franchise on the truth. Maybe Geiss can give the townspeople a lecture on the concept of “perceived conflict of interest” as it relates to the business of town contracts? Wikipedia says that conflicts of interest “can be defined as any situation in which an individual or corporation (either private or governmental) is in a position to exploit a professional or official capacity in some way for their personal or corporate benefit”. Now would you say that concept might apply to a person such as Geiss himself? Isn’t he sitting on government appointed committees, married to a woman who has expressed a desire to run the animal shelter in the past? And haven’t Gunther and Carole Geiss undertaken various “behind the scenes” meetings and letter writing to the supervisor and various board members out of the public eye, to foster the replacement of the current non-profit operator, NFAWL? The same NFAWL that has been the cost-effective and award winning group running the shelter for over 30 years?

    As Southold taxpayers and voters, would it be unreasonable to demand that all such governmental correspondence to and from the Geisses be published in this newspaper of record? It is not enough to invoke an ethics committee investigation without the sunshine of full public disclosure. Wouldn’t you like to know if the Geisses have unfairly discussed winning control of the shelter? Don’t forget that Carole Geiss already unsuccessfully sued NFAWL. Maybe they can win their vendetta on a technicality? Three bidder minimum? (Speaking of technicalities, the town board would be well advised that there are legal reasons why they should not open shelter RFP bids before deadline dates, as they did three days early.)

    As pointed out in Benja’s post, Geiss is not content to keep his wisdom reserved for the East End locals. Here he opines on how to run schools in Port Jefferson:
    http://portjeffchange.blogspot.com/2011/02/amen.html#more
    Remember, before Dr. Geiss became a local behind-the-scenes apparatchik, he was a special consultant to the disgraced administration of Adelphi. Back in the good old days. So he knows a thing or two about schools, too. But I hear Adelphi is making a comeback, since they gutted the faculty and school programs to enrich the administration.

  • Bring your Boxing Gloves… Becouase WE have itch……!

  • Well put Ace.Gee willies,Southold Town sure sounds INCOMPETENT opening the bid days early……Isn’t that illegal?If there were other bidders it would sure be a problem don’t ya think?!?
    Maybe Gunther should be all over that since he is all about doing everything by the book………..

  • Well put Ace.Gee willies,Southold Town sure sounds INCOMPETENT opening the bid days early……Isn’t that illegal?If there were other bidders it would sure be a problem don’t ya think?!?
    Maybe Gunther should be all over that since he is all about doing everything by the book………..

  • Benja/Ace, Mike Edelson, NFAWL directors and supporters,

    Your sources mislead you. We were successful in suing for the right of 7 members to run for seats on NFAWL’s board. NFAWL settled and gave us all we sued for when our attorney subpoenaed the Board, Board minutes, and financial records.

    We were unsuccessful in the election. While being delayed in Court for 5 months, NFAWL added about 400 new members, many from out-of-state, some from British Columbia. The election procedure was deemed “illegal” by two attorneys attending the postponed 2002 Annual Meeting in 2003.

    Never once has either of us said, or suggested, we wanted to run the animal shelter.

    We have no interest in running the Town of Southold-Raynor Animal Shelter. Yes, that is its proper name since Mr. Raynor gave the town $250,000 to get the project started. He asked that his name be on the building and he asked for a white picket fence.

    All we want is to see that shelter provide the best service to the public and the best care for the animals for the least cost to the taxpayers. The town has made a good first step in that direction.

    What do you all gain from all the trash talking, “research,” and character assaSsination? You are expending a great deal of energy! What or who do you think you are protecting?

    Carole and Gunther

  • Ace/Benja, et al

    What happens when individuals gain access to all the world’s accumulated information, and the freedom to publish, on the internet? Without learning how to use information, to place information in context, and what the morals and ethics in the use of information are, they produce trash–false conclusions, ridiculous generalizations, non-existent conspiracies, character assassinations, etc. They revel in destroying reputations. They hide behind “handles.” No wonder parents are concerned about “virtual” bullying. I wonder, how many students/followers you have acquired?

    Let’s take two of your recent points in particular.

    I published a Letter to the Editor in Newsday on February 24, 2011. It was reproduced on the website Port Jefferson Families for Change and applauded.
    (See: http://portjeffchange.blogspot.com/2011/02/amen.html)
    I warned parents not to allow Superintendants, School Boards, PTA’s or teachers’ unions to mislead them. It was my opinion.

    Yes, I served as Special Consultant to the Provost for three years at the beginning of the Diamandopoulos administration at Adelphi University. In that assignment, I distributed personal computers to faculty across all schools and departments, built multimedia computer-based lecture facilities, and built a laboratory that supported faculty using computers in their research, writing and lecturing by providing unique applications and equipment. I did not support the administration, I supported the faculty. Then I became a professor in the School of Business after nearly 20 years in the School of Social Work. I taught primarily in graduate, Masters and Doctoral, programs.

    After the removal of the Diamandopoulos board and President Diamandopoulos, the new board and administration decided to offer senior faculty early retirement. I was one of many who accepted.

    Just what are you really trying to demonstrate or achieve? Are there any good intentions supporting your efforts?

    Gunther

  • 4areason,

    Those who want to view and review the February 15, 2011 Town Board meeting, or any other, can visit a local library and ask for the Reference Librarian. That person will show them how to log onto the internet and the Town of Southold website. Anyone can take advantage of the internet and what our Town Clerk, Elizabeth Neville, has done to make our government available to all.

    They can also go to Town Hall to search the Town Board meeting minutes on a computer there. There is little reason to remain uninformed and dependent on rumors and misinformation.

    Gunther

  • Gunther and Carole Geiss, You write that:

    >> We have no interest in running the Town of Southold-Raynor Animal Shelter.” … “All we want is to see that shelter provide the best service to the public and the best care for the animals for the least cost to the taxpayers. The town has made a good first step in that direction.

    If you are telling the truth now, why are you taking actions which reduce the level of service to the public and the level of care for the animals and increase taxpayers’ costs? How much did the RFP cost the Town? There was no bidder other than NFAWL. The time and money spent on the RFP could have gone towards the animals, or stayed in taxpayers’ pockets!

    Less than 10 days until April Fools Day, when the current contract with NFAWL expires. Will Southold Town have a contract to operate the shelter in place before the end of March?

  • Sorry Gunther, You are uninformed.

    Freedom of Information law protects our right to copies of all government files unless the files are:
    (a) are specifically exempted from disclosure by state or federal statute;
    (b) if disclosed would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under the provisions of subdivision two of section eighty-nine of this article;
    (c) if disclosed would impair present or imminent contract awards or collective bargaining negotiations;
    (d) are trade secrets or are submitted to an agency by a commercial enterprise or derived from information obtained from a commercial enterprise and which if disclosed would cause substantial injury to the competitive position of the subject enterprise;
    (e) are compiled for law enforcement purposes and which, if disclosed, would:
    i. interfere with law enforcement investigations or judicial proceedings;
    ii. deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or impartial adjudication;
    iii. identify a confidential source or disclose confidential information relating to a criminal investigation; or
    iv. reveal criminal investigative techniques or procedures, except routine techniques and procedures;
    (f) if disclosed could endanger the life or safety of any person;
    (g) are inter-agency or intra-agency materials which are not:
    i. statistical or factual tabulations or data;
    ii. instructions to staff that affect the public;
    iii. final agency policy or determinations; or
    iv. external audits, including but not limited to audits performed by the comptroller and the federal government; or
    (h) are examination questions or answers which are requested prior to the final administration of such questions;
    (i) if disclosed, would jeopardize the capacity of an agency or an entity that has shared information with an agency to guarantee the security of its information technology assets, such assets encompassing both electronic information systems and infrastructures; or
    (j) are photographs, microphotographs, videotape or other recorded images prepared under authority of section eleven hundred eleven-a of the vehicle and traffic law.
    (k) are photographs, microphotographs, videotape or other recorded images prepared under authority of section eleven hundred eleven-b of the vehicle and traffic law.

    None of those legal exceptions apply to files of videos of Town Board Meetings.

    Why are Elizabeth Neville and the Town Board denying requests for copies?

    Their obvious real reasons are that they can’t be bothered, and
    they want to retain control of the information.
    The reasons they are giving:
    #1 It is impossible to make copies.
    #2 We do not have the equipment to make copies
    #3 Making copies would threaten the security of our computer network
    #4 You can make your own copies from the TV or the website
    #5 We are not legally required to make copies
    are all false.

  • Gunther, I, I, I, I, Aye aye aye!

    Thank you for clarifying your intimate connection to the Diamandopoulos administration at Adelphi University which you aptly described on http://northfork.patch.com/articles/op-ed-beware-of-blindly-trusting-those-behind-non-profits-and-charities as follows:
    >> Adelphi University in Garden City saw 18 of 19 Trustees removed by the New York State Board of Regents for mis-management and misuse of university funds. A new Board of Trustees fired the President. The Attorney General sued the Board members and former President for restitution.

    Southold Town is not an ivory tower. North Fork Animal Welfare League has been working in the real world for over 30 years and IS STILL WORKING.

  • 1%ERS do not care about common welfare. WHY!?!?!? BECAUSE…….they only care about their 1%. but rest assure in the fall if we can RID (WE are still ALLOWED to VOTE) the north fork of RUSSELL and CARDINALE i think that maybe we will be able to save what maybe left of the unique nautical atmosphere of “my” old hometown( oops!?!?!? i mean “hamlet”—–LOL—(WAS THAT YOUR IDEA scott…………….did you and “the” others pick this over a glass of L.I wine—-after you signed over love lane and the vicinity to hollywood for a “back lot”. originally(before digging a little “deeper”) i was impressed with scott getting a secord term———–and i looked at the “bigger”(this is occuring in ALL OUR backyards(we say”dooryard” here) SOME “republicans” (again i repeat personally i believe there IS no distinction between “the parties” EXCEPT IF YOU BE AN INDEPENDENT!!!!!!!) perhaps if (once) we RID the north fork of these 1%ERS(and i will be fair by saying i am sure there is some”CLIFF NOTERS (local yocals aka “townies” who also have been “deluded” into believing they too could be a 1%er—–i would say dangling a “potato” (but the vineyards took over) so i guess that the “carrot” will have to do.) the above issues you have raised will be taken care of.(READ my comment for”Promoting tourism and business around the north fork”) USE YOUR VOTE IN THE FALL AND GET RID OF THE 1%ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PEACE.

  • I don’t know what a 1%er is, but NEWSFLASH: Cardinale is OUT. I’m not sure what the problem is with the term “hamlet”, or what is wrong with having a glass of LI wine (I guess that’s what 1%ers drink?), but I suggest you take your meds before posting again.

  • thankz for the “newsflash”……..one less thing i need to worry about………….thankz again g-. dont you know that alcohol is a drug—–a drug IS a drug IS a drug. and no i do not take “meds”(no”
    sleepwalking thru life” for me as people like you advocate—you must be definitely taking yours.) and my problem with the term “hamlet” (wait one moment…………LOL(pretend that the emoticon of a laughing smiling face is here(o.k i am back g-) ) is that “hamlets” do NOT HAVE hollywood “back lots”. its a contradiction in terms.(why are you “unregistered”—–are you on some list or just a bad boy!?!?!?) peace.

  • oh i forgot—–if you dont know what a 1%ER IS …….you are already too far “out of the loop”—-take another pill(hint: google 1%ERs you may learn something—join the human race …..g-( o.k 1% of the population controls 90% of the nations wealth)(i figure i would save you time and than you can take your pill and get some more sleep) did i answer all your questions g-

  • You couldn’t make less sense if you tried. . .

  • You couldn’t make less sense if you tried. . .

  • You couldn’t make less sense if you tried. . .

  • Spending increase of only 1.2%… BRAVO to the Mt. Sinai School District!

  • Actually 1.2% is merely the increase that the Fiscal 2012 budget is proposed to grow when compared to the Fiscal 2011 budget. You should compare the 2012 Budget to real spending in the 2011 Year. For example, If Mount Sinai has $3 million in unspent for 2011, real spending would be $51.2 million. With a budget for next year of $54.9 million, that’d be an increase in spending of 7.2% and not the 1.2%.

  • but doesnt that 54.9 million also include somehow that funds reserve(and actually i think its closer to 4.2 mill). thanks, i am trying to understand.

  • 4% tax increase? This one is easy. Vote no.

  • The superintendent should reduce his absurd salary by the $90,000 needed to keep these middle school sport teams alive. This is pathetic.