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Judith Hope, First Woman Supervisor By Kitty Merrill

Across the room you see a figure that’s tiny, delicate even. But one look into Judith Hope’s arresting teal blue eyes and you know she’s anything but dainty on the inside. Hope was elected East Hampton Town Supervisor for the first time in 1973. She was the first woman on

Long Island elected to the office. She was the first woman Appointments Officer to a New York Governor, serving Governor Hugh Carey, and during her tenure the number of women serving in high level and cabinet positions tripled. Hope was twice more elected town supervisor and in 1995 she was the first woman elected to

helm the New York State Democratic Committee. Hillary Clinton credits Hope as the first person to suggest she run for U.S. Senate. And now, as founder of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, an organization that helps recruit and guide women to run for office, her decades of advocating for women

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have come full circle. The Committee offers guidance Hope didn’t have back in the 70s, when the young housewife and mother decided to run for town supervisor. “When I was growing up in the south, there were three professions women could enter -- teacher, nurse, or airline stewardess. They’re great professions, but I would have been terrible at any of them. Nothing in my education or cultural experience told me I could run a town.” In fact, Hope related an incident CONTINUED ON PAGE 18.

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My troubles with fake phone voices continues. Last week was a strange week when, after a half hour of being switched from fake voice to fake voice by American Express, I finally reached a human, a man in India who insisted that he must cancel my American Express card because someone using my card number tried to buy a $1500 refrigerator at a Virgin Megastore in Beirut, Lebanon. You can’t make this stuff up. The trouble is, first they wear you down jumping from fake voice to fake voice, and then when they have you where they want you they finally give you a real human voice, but it’s coming from India or Nepal or Bangladesh. The English is perfect. The thinking and result is as frustrating as the fake voices. I also had an encounter last week with a humorless fake voice at Delta Airlines, who answered my call for flight information, “Delta, KLM, Air France. Are you a Sky Miles member?” My stupid answer was, “Is that anything like the mile high club?” Naturally the voice immediately switched me to the dreaded Delta Flightline service voice. I wrote this a few years ago:

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this voice recording stuff is in its infancy and all of the equipment is so sensitive it can pick up the slightest sound and then translate it into the name of a city. At that point I coughed and the fake automated woman’s voice immediately said, “PITTSBURGH!!!! Is that your arrival or your departure city?” “Oh damn,” I said. “SPOKANE!!!” she said happily. “Is that your arrival city? Do I have that right?” she wondered. “You are departing Pittsburgh . . . What is the arrival city?” “NOT PITTSBURGH. NOT PITTSBURGH. YOU DEAF PUTZ!!!” I screamed. “Let me repeat that,” she said. “You are departing Pittsburgh and you are arriving in Pittsburgh? Is Pittsburgh your arrival city?” “OH %@#&!” I screamed (the word that rhymes with “luck”). “Let me see if I have this right. You are departing Pittsburgh and your arrival city is GulfportBiloxi.” This simple call was now taking over 15 minutes and I was heading for Gulfport-Biloxi — a place I didn’t even know existed before I made the call. It was like a conversation with my late father who, when he was 92, was deaf in both ears and when I kissed him on the forehead and said, “I love you, Papa,” he would answer, “She went to the store. Why do you ask?” Of course the smart thing to do with Deaf Dora was to hang up and quit, but I couldn’t let go. The voice was now in complete control of the conversation and I must admit I was intrigued. Just what could I say to this automated voice and what would she hear? This is my dirty little confession. I said, “You sound cute. I’m a fake voice, too. What if the two of us find a place where we can talk privately?” That’s when, I swear, the automated voice said, “PLEASE HOLD WHILE I CONNECT YOU TO A DELTA REPRESENTATIVE.” If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to jerry@ or visit and scroll to the bottom of the column.



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Community members continue to arrive en masse in East Hampton Town Hall, looking for solutions to the problem of overcrowded houses. By Kitty Merrill

She brought five neighbors, who promised to bring five more neighbors to the next town board meeting. Judy Freeman was among a contingent of Springs residents who confronted the East Hampton Town Board last week, demanding immediate action to address illegal multi-family homes in the hamlet. Ten speakers testified on the topic during the public portion of the town board’s meeting. Many expressed dismay that a request for a public forum issued two weeks ago has not been fulfilled. The request

was reiterated, as was a variety of complaints and suggestions that have been voiced for about 18 months since hamlet residents began to organize under the name Springs Concerned Citizens. David Buda, one of the most outspoken critics of the town’s efforts, joked the group may take on the moniker, “The Un-Occupy Springs Movement.” He rehashed both the history of the group and suggested measures that, so far, have not been adopted by officials. They include enforcement of legislation limiting the number

of cars that may be parked at a home overnight, restricting commercial vehicle parking at residential properties, increasing penalties for housing code violations, hiring more ordinance enforcement officers, and giving the enforcement of conditional discharges the highest priority. (Conditional discharges often call for subsequent visits to a property in an effort to staunch recidivism.) Members of Springs Concerned Citizens have gathered information on their own regarding court cases and their disposition. They often provide ordinance enforcement officers with data about suspected cases of illegal overcrowding. One speaker last Thursday night gave the board a list of addresses where inhabitants exceeded the residential parking cap, while another said group members are preparing a map of suspected overcrowded houses. Still another said parking enforcement alone won’t solve the problem. She’s seen trucks stop at some homes to pick people up. “They don’t all drive,” she said. Tina Piette offered a dissenting viewpoint. She said she’s “truly uncomfortable” with the idea of “spying on” neighbors and taking their pictures. “I’m astounded this

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is happening in my community, that these are my neighbors,” said the 25-year resident of Springs. “I live in this community. I am not going to go and spy on people and demand Gestapo tactics to solve a problem everyone says is related to school taxes and declining property values.” “I agree with Tina,“ Councilwoman Theresa Quigley said after the public comment period ended CONTINUED ON PAGE 22.



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Motel Conversions Under Review By Emily Toy

Acting Town Planning and Development Administrator Freda Eisenberg and Principal Planner Janice Scherer need some help. The two women met with the Southampton Town Board (without Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst) on Friday afternoon to give a status update of motel transient lodging

transforming into condominiums and cooperatives, and to get some guidance on how to regulate them. For years, the use of transient motels as private homes has been a problem plaguing the East End, potentially disrupting the needs and goals of Southampton Town. “We’re trying to see if the town should be going in the other direc-

tion,” said Eisenberg. “We need to go through the way we regulate these things.” Scherer reported that there are 209 acres throughout the town that could be affected by the conversions, with total units equaling to 1050. “How many of these can convert is the whole point of the study,” she said.

Paddy Parades Aplenty If you want to wear the green this Saturday, you’ve got three parades on the East End to choose from. At noon, the annual Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day parade features Michael Pitcher, the 46th Grand Marshal, at the lead, oodles of floats and bands, plus trophies and prizes for the best. In Amagansett, the world’s (almost) shortest parade, the first ever 4th annual Ama O’ Gansett Parade steps off at 1:36 PM. Mr. Amagansett 2012 Nick Kraus will be on hand, as will Grand Marshal Luis, owner of D’ Canela on Main Street, plus a slew of characters from the hamlet. Bring your kids, bring someone else’s kids or just bring yourself. Just don’t be late or you may miss it. The North Fork Chamber of Commerce hosts its ode to St. Patrick at 2 PM. The parade runs from Cox Lane to Cases Lane in Cutchogue. In Montauk, the Friends of Erin prepare for their popular parade (it will be held on March 25) with a corned beef and cabbage fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at The Point Bar and Grill. Tickets are $15 per person, $10 for kids. Music will be provided by Todd the Guitar Guy. K.M.

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Councilwoman Bridget Fleming noted that with housing being as expensive as it is here on the East End, the conversion into privatized homes may be happening more and more. Recently, illegal conversions of transient lodging into private housing has been problematic, with certain structures being charged with a slew of violations on the basis of use. “It’s a code enforcement issue as well,” said Scherer. Fleming suggested that applications not be accepted for certain land uses without local approval, but noted, “some of this is a result of the pressure on the housing stock.” Eisenberg said one idea being plugged would be having conversions motivated by upgrading and selling the units, “if the town is interested in maintaining units as affordable, but still safe.” Councilman Chris Nuzzi added that most of the hotels and motels located in the town were built because there was an existing economy to support them. He questioned if there still was a need for that transient use. According to Scherer, tourism is still one of the biggest businesses CONTINUED ON PAGE 22.

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Appoint New Enviro Guru By Kitty Merrill

Her resume boasts over 20 years’ experience in ecological management programs, including the Peconic Estuary Programs and the Long Island Sound Study, and, according to East Hampton Town Councilwoman Theresa Quigley, “We’re lucky to have her.” Last Thursday night the town board voted unanimously to appoint Kim Shaw town director of natural resources. She’ll take the helm at the end of the month. Aside from a “broad knowledge of environmental science, a comprehensive knowledge of environmental impact analysis and impact mitigation techniques, and policy/ program development” listed in her curriculum vitae, Shaw, who most recently served as the Supervisor of The Bureau of Environmental Management and principal environmental analyst for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, has local employment roots. From 1986 to 1993 she worked in the town planning department as an environmental analyst. Shaw worked alongside Larry Penny, the current director of natural resources who’s slated to retire. Quigley reported that when the current Republican majority took office in 2010, “We knew Larry was going to retire, so we started looking for

someone. Kim Shaw came on the radar as somebody who is highly recommended and experienced. She has the right knowledge and expertise and can hit the ground running. She lives right here in East Hampton and everyone thought it would be a good fit.” Penny was apparently less of a good fit with the current administration. With Supervisor Bill Wilkinson in the lead, the town board filed numerous charges against the veteran environmentalist late last year with a penalty of dismissal listed as the preferred course of action. A settlement of the charges was reached within weeks and suggested Penny would, indeed, retire. Political foes intimated the dust up with Penny was a precursor to an erosion of concern for the environment on behalf of the Republican majority, but Wilkinson remarked on the new hire this weekend, “Kim’s depth and breadth of environmental experience are proof of this board’s commitment to Natural Resources as a top priority for our town.” Quigley credited Councilman Dominick Stanzione with bringing Shaw’s name to the fore. He said Sunday via email, “I’m proud to be associated with the successful recruitment of a home grown CONTINUED ON PAGE 22.

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Vets And Art Will Share By Kitty Merrill

After weeks of back and forth between the two factions, the town board voted last Thursday night to approve a mass gathering permit allowing the Montauk Artists Association to hosts its annual Memorial Day show on the green in the center of Montauk. The affair, which has been a holiday weekend staple for years, was imperiled earlier this year, when representatives from a committee organized to celebrate vets pushed for removing the show from the prime locale in favor of an entire weekend devoted to veterans events, including a parade. Board members sought a compromise and at first, the vets group was intractable, refusing to share. But early last week, an agreement was struck. According to Councilman Dominick Stanzione, the art event will take place, with a section of the green carved out for the vets. Their parade will be held on Sunday of the holiday weekend and culminate at the green.

The debate ignited passion in some residents of the Lighthouse District; particularly those who saw it as a thinly veiled strategy to remove any events from the green. Some, including Gene Beckwith, questioned the motives behind the committee. Speaking to the town board last Thursday night, Beckwith identified himself as a veteran and long time member of the VFW based in East Hampton. He said neither he nor any of the other vets he knows had been contacted or invited to join the group. “I really believe that the town board and the artists association are being misled somewhat on who the veterans really are, because I’m one and I don’t remember being contacted for any organization . . . I question when and how the Montauk Veterans Association was formed and how they recruit their members.” The town board was expected to vote on a revised mass gathering permit for the vets group this week.

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“We’re going to spend a couple hours on Saturday cleaning out the front closet.” Ouch. Words that hurt. First of all, I hate when my wife Karen issues directives unless it’s something like, ‘We’re going to take a long nap today.’ Second, any thought of doing anything laborious frightens me. “I don’t have to do anything,” I pointed out. “You have to get your stuff out of there.”


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I have five coats to my name. One, a really good dress overcoat that was worth a lot of money, was deemed superfluous by Karen years ago and taken down to the basement. We have huge plastic bags down there, big enough for elephants, to house clothing that has fallen out of favor. My $400 overcoat was apparently not considered valuable enough to get inside one of the bags, and now it is a moth-infested pile of mold.

That leaves four of my coats in the front closet: my winter coat, my spring coat, my corduroy jacket, and a windbreaker. The only other thing I kept in the closet was charcoal for the grill, but Karen insisted on bringing down to the basement even though I barbecue every week. The other roughly 4000 garments in the closet belong to Karen. There are throws and scarves, raincoats, pea jackets, rain gear, galoshes, boots, sneakers, etc. There are furs of every description, from bear to squirrel to possum to beaver. She has mink and sable and poodle. She was furs of every conceivable color. Every time I open the door I’m expecting an activist to throw blood on me. But Karen is one step ahead of them. We now have half a closet full of faux fur, in every conceivable size and color. I submit to the court that I only need one minute to clear

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out my four items, but in truth if Karen would remove just some of her junk my four coats would have plenty of room. We live alone in a pretty big house. Upstairs, there is a closet in the guest room – filled with Karen’s stuff. In the hall there is a closet – filled with Karen’s stuff. In the master bedroom there is a double-sized closet that normal people refer to as a “His and Her” closet. In my house it’s a “Her and Her” closet. Being the manly man I am, I commandeered a downstairs room (now dubbed the Man Cave) and bathroom to call my own (Karen has exclusive use of the other two bathrooms – don’t get me started.) The closet is filled with my stuff, important junk like baseball bats, a leaf blower, stereo speakers, several guitars, boxes of baseball cards, and my collection of Barry Manilow posters (don’t ask). So I come home the other day and Karen is glaring. “You better clean up that closet of yours, and that filthy bathroom.” Wait a freaking second. That’s MY filthy bathroom. What’s she doing in there, anyway? “I’m not going to have the cleaning lady come tomorrow and see this!” Then I realized what was going on. Karen wanted to clean up for the cleaning woman. I kind of figured, maybe it was just me, but I thought maybe the cleaning woman could clean my freaking bathroom. That did not deter me, nor did I stray from the course of laziness I charted many moons ago. “OK, let’s hire a cleaning lady to come right before the regular lady comes. And please ask her to do my bathroom and closet.” We have a full basement. Every nook and cranny has stuff piled up. In one corner of the basement, in the far reaches, in the place only water bugs know, are some neatly stacked boxes with comics and baseball stuff and other important treasures. They are surrounded by bins of clothing and shoes, furniture in various states of repair, and paraphernalia too diverse to mention – all belonging to Karen. “Is that your junk piled up in the corner down there?” Karen asked yesterday. “Yeah why?” I asked suspiciously. “I need you to move it.” Apparently, another shipment of shoes had arrived. I just shrugged. “OK just ask the first cleaning lady to take a couple boxes up to my closet and tell the second cleaning woman to put the rest in my bathroom.” Then I took a nap in the Man Cave.




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EDITORIAL A Can Of Worms We don’t want to tread into divisive waters, particularly when it comes to national issues, but whether or not contraceptives should be covered by health insurance policies is a no-brainer. The issue has come to the fore because a new mandate from Washington will require HMO’s to offer coverage. The Catholic Church, for one, and many conservative groups, have railed against being forced to do something they don’t morally agree with. Congressional-candidate Randy Altschuler is among them. The debate intensified after Rush Limbaugh made some unfortunate remarks that were so beyond the pale they needn’t be repeated here. Let’s not forget, though, the outrageous barbs hurled at Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, many of the same voices so appalled at Limbaugh. Those who degrade women for political gain come in all stripes and sizes. We respect everyone’s right to an opinion, but when it comes to choice there is one judge, one jury, and one voice: the person making the decision. It is really no one else’s business. Yes, contraception should be covered. An employer should offer it as part of the company’s HMO coverage even if morally opposed; any individual employee that feels the same way obviously won’t take advantage of it. But to deny

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Transparency Needed

Dear Editor, Thank you for the good editorial on transparency in town government, regarding the current decision-making process in town hall. It’s certainly interesting to read how our neighbors in Southampton distribute their work session agendas at least two days in advance of their meetings and that resolutions are posted on the town website in a timely manner so that the public can read up. I don’t remember that East Hampton ever had a problem in the past with getting agendas to board members, regardless of their political party, or that there was a practice of introducing “walk-on” resolutions without prior discussion.

someone else who chooses to use it is meddling. This is America – folks choose their own lifestyles here. Working With The School Districts Bridgehampton teachers have joined their Springs brethren by offering – voluntarily – to accept a pay freeze to help their districts cope with the tax cap now in effect. This shows that the teachers in those districts get it – that property owners here are struggling to make ends meet, which is why Governor Cuomo pushed through the measure to begin with. Yes, teachers work hard and are paid well, but a lot of us work hard or harder and have to pay their salaries. By taking this step these teachers are showing they are part of the greater community and understand how tough times have been. It’s a stark contrast to the events over the past few years, where some teachers’ unions bitterly fought for raises even as the national economy was tanking, and even though many of our local citizens lost jobs – Sag Harbor comes to mind, for one. It would be nice to see all the local unions make this gesture as schools struggle to adapt to a heretofore-unknown phenomenon – fiscal sanity.

It may seem obvious but sometimes the obvious needs repeating: There are five elected Town Board officials who have been elected -- equally -- to manage town business. Nowhere is it written that the majority has the duty or the right to withhold information from the minority members or to refuse to consider their ideas and opinions. It is also obvious that this practice is a serious hindrance to what we want and need for our town -- good government. BETTY MAZUR

Environmental Concerns Dear Rick, I’m disappointed that our town’s elected majority endorses Randy Altschuler’s bid to defeat Tim Bishop for Congress. If there’s one thing on which East Hamptonites agree, it’s how precious our local environment is

and the need to protect it. It’s personal and economic for all of us. Mr. Altschuler is at best a Johnny come lately at the environmental table. His campaign chairman says he has been engaged in the environmental concerns of East Hampton town and South Fork residents “since the last election . . . ”She says he plans, when in Congress, to “attend hearings” on these issues. Congressman Bishop has been working for us on environmental issues on the national and local levels for eight years He doesn’t just “attend hearings.” He makes policy as the top Democrat on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. He is lead sponsor of the Long Island Sound Improvement Act Amendments of 2011. He defeated a plan to dump dredge spoil and led the opposition against a plan to industrialize the sound. He has worked effectively with colleagues to bring federal

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support for dredging to Montauk. The New York Water Environment Association awarded Congressman Bishop the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2012. The League of Conservation Voters has awarded him a perfect score for his voting record on environmental issues since 2007. No Republican legislator from New York even came close. Mr. Bishop’s seniority and respect in Congress work for us. We should be working to keep him there. JEANNE FRANKL

Living A Mistake Dear Rick, Dear Glass-Steagall Act (GSA), where are you now when we need you . . . and so badly. In 1933 Senator Carter Glass (D-Vt) and Senator Henry Steagall (D Ala) introduced the legislation which bears their name. Due largely to unregulated bank market speculation, we suffered the Great Crash of 1929. The GSA legislation limited the conflicts of interest created when banks are permitted to underwrite stocks or bonds and it established the FDIC. In 1956 the Act was further strengthened in order to prosecute banks engaging in non-banking activity. It also disallowed them to buy banks in another state. From that time on it has been the lobbyists’ field day and their efforts were not in vain for they had begun the dilution of the Glass-Steagal Act. In the 60s banks were allowed to enter the municipal bond market and in the 70s they were allowed money market accounts, allow check writing and offer credit and debit cards. The 80s, with the help of Alan “Deregulation” Greenspan and the Federal Reserve Board, they allowed banks to underwrite businesses’ mortgage backed securities and allowed, beginning with Travelers and Citibank, the merging of banks, security firms and insurance companies creating the huge financial Continued on page 12.


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For nearly three decades, Sag Harbor’s Bulova Watchcase Factory was boarded up, abandoned and in dire need of some TLC. The dilapidated building that once housed the village’s economic leader for local men and women sits on 2.29 acres between Division, Washington and Church Streets. Now it’s getting the attention and care it needs. After acquiring the watchcase factory in 2006, Manhattan and New Jersey-based real estate development, investment and management firm Cape Advisors Inc. broke ground at Bulova a few months ago, thus beginning the largest redevelopment project in the history of Sag Harbor. For years, speculation circulated

about what would move into the red-bricked former watch factory, and when it would happen. Cape Advisor’s project includes restoring the former factory into 49 residential apartments plus seven townhouses that contain 16 residential units along Church and Sage Streets, totaling 65 units all together. Plans for a fully landscaped interior courtyard and several private outdoor gardens are also underway. CONTINUED ON PAGE 29.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4. that happened the day after she was elected. Sitting at the counter at Eddie’s Luncheonette on Newtown Lane she overheard two men chatting about the ballot results. “One said, ‘Well, that woman won the election.’ And the other one said, ‘East Hampton’s been around over 200 years. We’ve survived a lot of things. We’ll survive her, too.’” The Arkansas native grins as she tells the tale. The town did more than merely survive with Hope at the helm. As

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A New Role For Sybil Christopher Bay Street Theatre announced last week that Sybil Christopher, one of the founders of the theatre, is changing roles. After 20 years, Christopher is putting her Artistic Director’s hat aside for that of consultant. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” said Christopher, “but I wasn’t sure when or how to do it . . . maybe I should be carried out feet first?” Christopher stated that she wants to spend more time with her family and grand children. “Every summer I was beginning to feel like I was missing out on family adventures,” she said. “I also want to do some traveling supervisor, she was recognized by the New York Times and the Nature Conservancy for innovative policies on open space and environmental conservation. The burgeoning environmental movement and the women’s movement of the early seventies sparked Hope’s interest in public service. “Those two movements changed my life,” she declared in a voice still spiced with a Southern flavor. It was an exciting time across the nation, she observed. “A lot of people were asking questions and raising issues that hadn’t been raised

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in one way, but happy that Sybil is going to enjoy life and her family. And as Tracy stated, we are thrilled she will stay on as a consultant. I expect that Bay Street will continue to benefit from Sybil’s contributions for years to come.”

before . . . the country was open to new ideas, which was thrilling.” Hope left East Hampton’s public eye after her first term as supervisor when Governor Hugh Carey invited her to become his appointments officer. “We tripled the number of women on boards in the state,” Hope said, attributing part of her success to the times and the burgeoning national realization that half the human race had been eliminated from the political equation. According to Hope’s husband, Tom Twoomey (“my best press agent”) when Carey left office, the New York Times cited the quality of his appointments among his most important accomplishments. When Hope returned to East Hampton, Carey asked her to serve as his Long Island representative. She was the first woman and first person to be a regional ambassador to Albany. Hope looks back on those years as exciting times for women, but she feels there’s still a long way to go. Despite its progressive reputation, New York State is actually 34th in the nation when it comes to electing women to state offices. Locally, however, Hope noted “a lot of wonderful women role models on the East End in both political parties and civic organizations.” She’s a big fan

of former Republican East Hampton Town Supervisor Mary Fallon and sees Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Councilwoman Bridget Fleming as unusually gifted and talented women. “They’re both stars,” she said. Continuing to list formidable females, Hope pointed out that, after over a hundred years, the Ladies Village Improvement Society continues to be a force in East Hampton Village. “That’s quite a remarkable thing,” she enthused, noting that in local real estate, the law and retail, just to name a few areas, “There are women stars all over. East Hampton is not a bad place for a woman to be a success”. . . even if New York State is not the greatest place for a woman candidate to be successful. Hope strives to change that through the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee. Clinton helped start the group, Hope informed, “She’s very generous in her support of other women running for office.” Since its founding in 2001, Eleanor’s Legacy has awarded over $1 million in campaign grants to women candidates across New York. More than half of those women, many of whom were first time candidates, won their elections. Through its regional Women’s Campaign Schools, the committee has trained some 700 women in the skills they need to run and win. Hope describes her efforts with Eleanor’s Legacy as “my fun job. I’m retired now.” Retired, but far from retiring. Looking back on the last 40 years, her entree into politics and what she hopes to instill in young women, Hope referenced Roosevelt’s philosophy, “Do the thing you fear to do -- it’s liberating, and forces personal growth.” Besides, Hope said, fear is “such a waste of time.”


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They want their own voice. They want to register as a political action committee and endorse candidates and take positions on proposed legislation. They haven’t come up with a name, yet, but Montauk Business Alliance is a possibility. For the last several weeks a number of Montauk business owners have been meeting quietly, working out their strategies for forming a group devoted to advocating for the interests of enterprise in the Lighthouse District. According to one organizer, Carl Darenberg, some 30 members have already signed on. Darenberg is an active member of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. He noted the difference between the chamber and the new group: “The Montauk Chamber of Commerce does a great job promoting Montauk as a whole. O u r g roup woul d b e a vo i ce specifically for business.” Nearly 20 members of the nascent organization showed up for Monday night’s meeting of the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee. “We came to listen to the committee and find out how it works and what it does for the community,” Darenberg explained. “The CAC exerts a lot of influence on decisions about our town. We don’t disagree with them at all times, but we think we need a voice in this community.” Darenberg pointed out that the CAC membership is slim when it comes to active business people. “When you look at their members, most of the business people are retired.” He also noted that half the board of directors of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, a pro environment PAC, is also active

MCAC members. “All we want to do is listen,” Randy Stuhm, who owns The Point Bar and Grill on Main Street, said following the meeting. “We’re pro business and we’re part of the community.” There wasn’t much to listen to. CAC chair Lisa Grenci presented a letter from Super visor Bill Wilkinson reminding the chairs of each hamlet CAC that their role is simply advisory. The directive listed actions construed as advocacy, rather than advisor y – cases where the CACs have overstepped their charge. They include crafting agendas that target a specific property, encouraging CAC members to attend court hearings in an attempt to sway prosecutions, monitoring planning and zoning board meetings and providing input regarding applications, and sending letters on official letterhead to state lawmakers, implying the town board supports their opinion on proposed legislation. A recent letter from MCAC to the group’s liaison Councilman Dominick Stanzione asking him to contact state lawmakers regarding regulation of chain stores was also copied to Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Senator Ken LaValle. That appears to be what miffed Wilky. The CACs are not authorized to communicate with other town agencies or outside the town in any official capacity, the supervisor’s directive states. “ M o t i o n t o a d j o u r n ,” o n e audience member said sarcastically after Grenci read the list of forbidden actions. It was noted that Stanzione, who was absent this week, was present during the chain store discussion and


disturbing to squelch us. This is a very sad day for democracy.” Grenci noted this isn’t the first administration to attempt to curtail CAC activities. She said group members could continue never advised the group against to act on their own. Additionally, contacting Thiele and LaValle. she reported Stanzione, who was “ We ’ l l w o r k w i t h i n t h e i r just recently appointed liaison bounds,” Grenci assured. She to the group, promised to bring appeared at a loss as to how to all their concerns to the town board. Speaking to the group, Grenci said, “If “The CAC exerts a lot of influence on Dominick performs, you’ll be heard. If not, decisions about our town. We don’t we’ll work another way.” Reminding that disagree with them at all times, but the MCAC has endured through numerous we think we need a voice in this administrations, she added, ”We’ll still be community.” - Carl Darenberg sitting here four years from now and they won’t.” proceed with the meeting, since Taking note of the number of some of the topics on the agenda guests sitting in, Grenci assured had been deemed verboten by the CAC was comprised of the Wilkinson. “This is the most cross section of the community. absurd thing I’ve heard in my She invited all newcomers to join life,” John Chimples declared. the group and made clear that “It’s very disturbing,” member while she facilitates the meetings, Ray Cortell said. “I don’t know as chair she doesn’t vote. Votes what they’re afraid of in little come from the membership. “If Montauk . . . If we’re going to be you don’t like the votes, join so restricted, why bother to have a us and take us over,” Chimples CAC? Why don’t you just disband CONTINUED ON PAGE 27. the whole thing? . . . I find it very

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Fish27 Reels In The Customers

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Anthony Petty, Jay Gold and Derek Miller behind the counter at Fish27, their new seafood market in East Hampton. By Kitty Merrill

So far, they haven’t had to . . . ahem . . . fish for compliments. “We’ve already gotten calls from people who said the food was great,” said Jay Gold, who last week opened Fish27 with his son Derek Miller. Walking out of the market carrying her lunch -- shrimp quesadillas -- Pat Breen, who works in town hall, extolled, “A seafood market right around the corner? It doesn’t get any better.” Their launch last Thursday was so successful, Gold joked it was almost too good. “It went unbelievably well, I’m nervous.” New friends and customers wandered in to the former deli located on Pantigo Road to find a pristine white and airy space, and lots of fresh, fresh fish. There’s fish by the pound, takeout meals, local produce, fresh breads,



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and audience members filed out of the meeting room. Turning to Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc, Quigley said quietly, “These people giving us maps . . . This is Nazis, I don’t want to be this town . . . Imagine if this was your house. I have six vehicles, so I’d be in here as an offender, it’s unbelievable.” At the close of the comment period, Supervisor Bill Wilkinson outlined an array of measures town officials have taken to address overcrowded housing. In Springs last year 111 new cases were opened. Ninety-four of those cases went to court with 974 violations written. How complaints are handled and how records are kept have both been “totally revamped,” he said.


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sustainable community,” Stanzione continued. “It’s now time for the next generation of environmental leadership to take the lead. Kim has the management skill, awareness and temperament required for reconciling our environmental and economic resources, for generations to come.”

Motel Conversions

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8. for the area. “It’s what the whole economy of Southampton relies on,” she said. According to Eisenberg, 20 percent of existing units needed to be used for transient purposes. “Code Enforcement is not enforcing this, so it was changed to say units may be available for rental. There has been a big loss of resort accommodations due to waterfront development and such. Small motels are now obsolete.” Eisenberg and Scherer provided the board with specific instances in the conversion process that will ultimately need regulation by the town board. To get a better idea on the specifics, Eisenberg and Scherer presented a table of regulations and possible solutions to maintain the integrity of the town and provide the housing necessary. Scherer said certain conversions



are occurring in inappropriate districts such as a residential in a non-residential district or a waterfront conversion that reduces public access. A solution recommended would be for the town board to add location standards to special exemption criteria for permitting the conversion. “It’s up to you to decide on a policy,” Scherer said. “Conversions are intended for existing and active uses, not those that have been abandoned,” she said. “The conversion process should include a step to ensure eligibility also. The town has spent a lot of time working on preserving open space. There has to be some kind of connection between nature, hospitality and use.” Determining the yield and development intensity were other issues Eisenberg and Scherer wanted the town board’s help with. Under the current code, one dwelling unit is allowed for each existing lodging unit, yet, according to Scherer and Eisenberg, the existing process lacks clarity, predictability and consistency. “We would like to turn to the town board to tell us whether we can be more or less restrictive,” Eisenberg said. The planning and development administrator recommended holding off on a public


hearing and adoption for further research and discussion. “These recommendations aim to get a better product and process,” she said. Fleming added that clarity and consistency would be crucial in trying to move forward in realizing what the policies are or should be. Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera added, “The only thing that concerns me is the density standards. That’s not policy specific.” Scherer stressed that an outreach to the resort and tourism business is crucial, recommending updating certificates of occupancy and pursuing monitoring protocols, which would then institute an annual reporting provision for hotel and motel uses. “There are transient use places that are illegal,” Nuzzi said. “Through the town attorney and code enforcement, we can determine what legal uses and illegal uses are currently occurring.” Fleming added that most of the people living in these kinds of situations don’t know that it is in fact illegal to be there, but agreed with Nuzzi, saying, “It’s irresponsible of us to continue on like this.” “I’m not suggesting we be like the Gestapo,” Scherer said. “But I can’t do this alone, I need your help.”

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Waves Upon, And Within, Waves

Traditions Die Hard At Sea You’ve seen me make that observation before and it will always be true, by my reckoning. One of those traditions is that waves come in sets of seven, meaning that every seventh wave will be like the prior wave that passed earlier. Another way to think of it is that, once a big one has crashed ashore, the next one is but seven waves ahead. Do The Math Of course, that isn’t true – but it is sort of true, meaning that waves are part of a hydrodynamic system and there are statistical probabilities that do apply. One of the more quoted oceanographers in this regard is Walter Munk, who began the systemization of waves, weight heights and predictability (and measurement) of waves. He started his work during World War II and is still winning international awards and acclaim for his work in the field. Waves, or perhaps better said, “sets of waves,” are categorized by the “significant wave height” or Hsig. Hsig was intended to mathematically express the height estimated by a “trained observer.” In oceanography, the Hsig is defined traditionally as the mean wave height (trough to crest) of the highest third of the waves. But once you do that, you start to tease out the statistics of waves of varying heights arriving – and if you are a mariner out upon God’s Great Sea, this can be of intense interest. Now this can get pretty intense, mathematically, but if you focus on the message and not on the technology, you’ll get all the information you need. Generally, the statistical distribution of the individual wave heights is well approximated by

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Anyone who has stood by the seashore and watched the waves roll in must have wondered at least once, ‘When is the next big one coming?’ And, sure enough, just out in the offing, you can see one that just seems head and shoulders above the others. This column is about that.

a “Rayleigh Distribution.” For example, given that Hsig = 1 meter, or 3.3 feet, statistically:

One in 10 will be larger than 1.2 m (3.6 ft). One in 100 will be larger than 1.5 m (5.1 ft). One in 1000 will be larger than 1.9 m (6.2 ft) This implies that one might encounter a wave that is roughly double the significant wave height. And remember what Hsig is – an expression of the highest 1/3rd of the waves. This means that 2/3rd are less than that. Perhaps lulling the mariner into a false sense of security? Converting that distribu-

tion into time at sea, where a wave passes your 25’ vessel every 6 seconds, the table would look like this: One every minute will be larger than 1.2 m (3.6 ft). One every 10 minutes will be larger than 1.5 m (5.1 ft). One in 100 minutes (1.7 hours) will be larger than 1.9 m (6.2 ft) And this is when 2/3rd of the waves are less than 3’. And, statistically, when two significant waves come into “phase,” it is possible to encounter a wave that is much larger than the significant wave.


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Hoop Dreams The state basketball tournament is under way and a handful of local teams are chasing the dream – a trip to the State Final Four tournament and a shot at a state championship. The Pierson boys team played yesterday against East Rockaway for the Long Island Class C title. That sets up a state regional game Saturday at SUNY New Paltz, probably against powerful Tuckahoe, which played Pine Plains yesterday. The Bridgehampton Killer Bees are the Long Island Class D championship. They likely will play Geenburgh Academy, which lost to Biondi in a Class D regional game. Biondi was subsequently disqualified for using an ineligible player and lost its appeal. The winner heads to Glens

Falls and the Final Four. The Southampton girls team plays for the Long Island Class B title game today against Cold Spring Harbor. The winner plays a state regional game at Farmingdale State College Saturday. Shelter Island, the Class D champion, plays at the same site. Riverhead plays Baldwin for the Long Island Class AA title Friday night at Farmingdale State College. R.M.


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field and that town zoning code should be enforced consistently throughout the hamlet. Grenci said she welcomes members with business interests, emphasizing that no one has ever been turned away. “I’d love it if the whole town joined,” she said. “We’d get to talk and they’d find out we’re not really polar opposites.”

Water Forum Sure, it’s everywhere, but will there be clean drops to drink in East Hampton’s future? The East Hampton Group for Good Government wants to know – and they want the community to know as well. The non-partisan civic organization is planning an informational forum on wastewater. Arthur Malman, one of GGG’s founders, noted this week that several years ago, when people began to realize underground fuel oil tanks could pose a hazard to the environment, programs were established to mitigate the threat. It’s time now, he said, to look at what can be done to address how septic output can cause harm and methods to reduce a potential danger to the aquifer. Some segments of the community were shocked earlier this year when East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Councilwoman Theresa Quigley seemed willing to divest the town of its scavenger waste facility – and in a hurry. Board members Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc noted there were still a slew of unanswered questions about the plant. They, along with some community members, called for a public forum devoted to discussing the myriad ramifications a decision about the facility might entail. Malman said the future of the scav plant will very likely be discussed at the forum, but, he cautioned, “You can’t look at the septic plant in a vacuum.” He hopes the forum will help provide a context to any discussion about the facility, and said GGG might well host a subsequent forum specific to the scav plant. K.M.

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The military convoy seen on local roads last week was reportedly in the area for a funeral.

Another Attempted Abduction For the second time in a little over a month, Southampton Town Police are investigating a case of attempted abduction. Last Friday night just before 10, a Hampton Bays woman was grabbed from behind as she arrived at her home on Bay Avenue. The assailant covered her mouth when she screamed and threatened her in Spanish, cops said. He tried to force her back into her car, but she managed to break free after a brief struggle. The would be kidnapper ran away. Detectives responded to the scene and with assistance from the state police K-9 Unit combed the neighborhood, without success. The suspect was described as a Spanish speaking male, about 5’5” wearing a hooded sweatshirt. On February 2 STPD reported that a jogger called the cops after a suspect, described as a “middle aged male Hispanic” wearing a black fleece jacket and cap, approached her in the parking lot at Long Beach in Noyac. He asked her for directions to the bank, then put his arm around her shoulders and asked her to come and show him. The jogger became alarmed, hit the man in the head with her iPod, and fled. She called police a short while later from her home. The suspect was driving a dark green sedan. Investigations into both attempted abductions continue. Police have asked anyone with information to call 631-7022230. KM.



New Face

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14. The property will be re-landscaped with native shrubs and trees plus flowering and ornamental plantings. Complete with almost 1000 windows, natural light will flood the housing units, some with private gardens and balconies. Views of the village and the beach are planned to be visible from some units. The proposed amenities offered at the future housing facility include a recreation center, a pool with a retractable roof and a fitness room. The redone condominium complex is also slated to include a 100-plus car garage . . . underground. The lobby of the building is expected to have a re-done fireplace as well as other artifacts from the original building to be reused and/ or saved. The project, which has been estimated to cost as much as $100 million, is scheduled to be completed by December of next year, “if not sooner,” according to one of the firm’s founders, Craig Wood. Last December saw the 100-yearold building undergo asbestos removal as well as a cleaning out of other contaminants. The past month, the building had its granite foundation stone (which Arthur Blee, director of design and construction for Cape deemed “very solid”) uncovered and the entirety of the structure gutted. Mayor Brian Gilbride seemed ex-


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cited about the new face for the factory. Gilbride worked at the factory’s polishing department after high school and ensures the restoration “will become part of Sag Harbor’s future history.” Although some are excited about the project and assure it will bring business, and life, to the historic village, others are not so pleased. Some are disgruntled about the project’s lack of affordable housing (each unit is expected to go for $1 million or more), as well as not having plans for retail or commercial space. The idea of it bringing in a slew of second homeowners, and their needs, seemed to be problematic for some. Now the project is in its excavation stage. This will to be the time where the most truck traffic will be experienced in the tight area of downtown Sag Harbor. Route 114, Noyac Road and Scuttlehole Road are scheduled to be designated for dirt and debris removal in the upcoming month.

award and recognition,” Monte said. “She is the epitome of Hospitality. We do lots of guest services training at the Inn and Ginny is always our star student. She is a true franchise player on our team!” Maureen Keller, the Concierge at Gurney’s who celebrated with Davis and her family said, “I believe it is only fitting that Ginny be recognized for her true spirit of hospitality. It is quite an honor to have one of my team members, and a dear friend, be the recipient of the N.Y State Hospitality “Stars of the Industry Award.” Ginny’s enthusiasm, smile and genuine concern for all of our guests are endless. It is a pleasure working with her and I think we should all join in congratulating her for a job well done.” “Every year, the state’s hospitality industry nominates its most outstanding employees. After reviewing all of the nominations submitted, the judges agreed that Virginia Davis was the best of the best,” said NYSH&TA President Jan Marie Chesterton. “All the winners of this year’s awards are STARS in every sense of the word and shining examples of what New York State hospitality is all about.” The Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year award recognizes a non-management employee (e.g. concierges, housekeepers, etc.) who provides outstanding service to the property, guests and community. It was an amazing celebration and

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an unforgettable evening for Davis. The award gala dinner was like “going to the Oscars, I actually didn’t realize how important and impressive the NYSH&TA award was until a professional film crew arrived at Gurney’s and followed me around,” she exclaimed. “I felt like a movie star!” The New York State Hospitality &Tourism Association 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards Banquet opened with a welcome address by Lt Gov. Robert Duffy. Coincidentally, Davis christened the Seawater Spa at Gurney’s 33 years ago with another Lt. Gov., the Honorable Mario Cuomo. A highlight of the event was Davis’s acceptance speech. She thanked the Monte family for the opportunity to work at the inn. Later, another surprise – Davis learned she was nominated for the national award given by the American Hotel & Lodging Association in Washington DC.

See what the best professionals in the co Gurney’scan do for your retu CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14. best represent the quality service and spirit of the hospitality and tourism industry. Her supervisor, Phyllis Lomitola, who attended the award gala as well, nominated Davis for this prestigious award. Paul Monte, CEO and GM of Gurney’s Inn Resort & Spa along with some of Ginny’s colleagues and family members attended as well. “Ginny most definitely deserves this

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