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Which police force, represented by these two cars, do you not see in the Hamptons? See story below.

Towns Sue County Tax Money Due to the Towns is Put in County Budget, Lawsuit Says T.J. Clemente Two Suffolk County legislators, Jay Schneiderman (R-Montauk) and Edward Romaine (R-Center Moriches), have sued the County Legislature and County Executive Steve Levy for playing politics with County sales tax revenue intended for local police in East End towns. They believe that Levy is being “creative” as he interprets a 1998 law to fund both the County police and assist funding of local East End police forces. The legislators are going through the courts to try to recoup $11 million they believe is owed to the towns. Now, on a totally different tack, County Legislator Bill Lindsay of Holbrook has coun-

tered the lawsuit by proposing legislation that would, in effect, give Levy broader powers on how to use the sales tax. A brief review of recent history explains how these events came to pass. The relationship of the Suffolk County Police and the East End towns is a congenial existence of separate forces that overlap in only a few areas, such as homicides. In 1960, an arrangement between the East End towns and the County provided that the towns, not County police, would police the East End. However, a large part of the County, mostly on the North Fork, is still primarily under the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Police.

When a new County sales tax law was passed in 1994, a formula was put in place to split 1/8 of one percent of the sales tax for the police forces throughout the County. However, when that tax allotment was expanded to 3/8 of one percent, County Executive Levy took it upon himself to set the amount of payment to the towns for their police forces, and to Suffolk County Police for their budget. Levy is now being accused of skewing the revenues in favor of the County police, in effect short changing East End towns of at least $11 million, according to Schneiderman and Romaine. Their lawsuit is scheduled for a hearing without a jury. (continued on the next page)

HAMPTONTRADITION XXV — WHALEBONEGENERALSTORE By T.J. Clemente For more than 24 years George Heine has been going to work at 3495 Noyac Road, which is his Whalebone General Store, in Sag Harbor. He is 90 years old and still goes in at least 3-4 days a week. A tradition at Whalebone is Heine giving free candy to the children who come in to the store. Whalebone has been a general store since the 1940s and was first called Philip’s General Store. After that it was called Kana’s for many years. In 1978, Ed Wozniak bought it from the Kana family and renamed the business Whalebone General Store. When Heine, retired, bought the

store in 1985 at the age of 67, he kept the name. “Heck, Ed Wozniak had just put up a three thousand dollar sign that read ‘WHALEBONE GENERAL STORE.’ There’s three thousand reasons not to change the name,” recalled Heine. Now his daughter-in-law Linda, son George J. Heine and daughter Kathy help out. In 1995, Linda started selling custom chocolate candy in the store and recently redesigned its west wing. Until last summer, when a broken hip slowed him down just a touch, Heine had worked seven days a week for 23 years. “It wasn’t for the money. I just needed something to do. Then everybody became my friends and I went in

every day just to see them,” he explained. When Heine bought the business from Wozniak he also bought the building from Jim and Bill Shaw. That started Heine’s relationship with his customers. “There are so many wonderful people, really all my friends,” he said. While I was in the store, Linda was dealing with the Valentine’s Day crowd who were buying cards, flowers, candy and balloons. In the section of the store that she recently redesigned, she showed me aisles of Whalebone custom-made candles along with picture frames, birdhouses, seashells and other neat gifts. (continued on page 26)

Dan;s Papers Feb. 22, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan;s Papers Feb. 22, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...