EAST HAMPTON DEMOCRATS

TOP NEWS 

Democrats Bid Farewell to the Madans. The children of Phyllis and Richard Madan gave a champagne party to toast the memory of their parents at what had been their long time home. The Madans were devoted to the Democratic Party and worked on behalf of the party.  We miss them!


TOWN BOARD UPDATES

Waste Plant Closing: In another unanimous vote of the Town Board, the Scav Waste Plant, as it is popularly known will close it preverbal doors forever.  While the plant was the center of much controversy in the last administration, consultant Pio Lombardo’s assessment of the operation in his study of waste water is that the plant is costly and of no significant value to the town.  It is estimated that the town will be saving $800,000 yearly over time when it closes.  

•Indian Wells Updates: Councilwoman Sylvia Overby reported there are new restrooms which include two new showers.  The parking lot has been reconfigured and a new booth has been set up at the entrance to the parking lot.

The LTV Forum. The evening began with a presentation of postcards from the early 1900’s of the town and familiar places the audience recognized by a member of the East Hampton Historical Society. The question and answer portion of the show was hosted by Robert Strada, the Chairmen of the LTV Board, with Assemblymen Fred Thiele, County Legislator Jay Sneiderman, East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Council persons Sylvia Ogilvy and Peter Van Scoyoc, and Village Mayor Rickenbacker receiving a variety of questions sent by the community at large. They responded with thoughtful answers, often chiming in to further explain a point.  Though the situation with PSEG received the most attention, the lawmakers were also on questioned the uses of the CPF fund, preservation of historic homes, bicycle paths, energy sustainability, and water quality, among others. It was interesting to note that Assemblyman Thiele credited Democratic Supervisor Judith Hope with originating  the idea of a CPF fund and bringing it to his attention and that since its inception, the fund has saved 10,000 acres.  Strada promised another forum in the Fall.

The Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Arthur Malman reported that the Airport Finance Subcommittee’s analysis indicates that the East Hampton Airport has the capacity to be self sustaining and will be able to support their operations with some adjustments.  This would include any capital operations and improvement, indicating that FAA funds need not be accepted and grant assurances can run out.  In the months since Councilwoman Kathee Burke Gonzalez headed the Airport Committee, she has succeeded in bringing strong opposing factions together to work, in an amicable fashion, to solve some of the problems that have plagued the airport, previously causing intense distrust and animosity.  When the FAA Grant Assurances run out at the end of this year, 2014, and are not renewed, the town of East Hampton will have more control of the operation of the airport.

The Town’s website will now include a code enforcement form that can be filled out on line and submitted in that manner.This will enable people to report violations they see in their neighborhoods promptly and conveniently.

A new Taxi law has been passed, which will provide safety to those who use them, as well as protection for those who are legitimate taxi companies operating in East Hampton.


DEMS ON THE JOB

Julia Tyson Wins Cathy Lester Scholarship! At the annual Awards Assembly at East Hampton High School, Naomi Salz presented the $750 scholarship award presented by the Democratic Committee to senior Julia Tyson for her essay on the topic Why do Teens Bully and What do You do if You Know it.  For the first time since the committee that deals with the Cathy Lester Scholarship has been submitting topics, they were surprised by receiving an overwhelming 41 responses. The committee carefully read every essay and deliberated until they were able to choose one winner.  The topic was Ms. Salz choise.


ABOUT TIM BISHOP

Bishop Stands up for Women’s Rights and voiced his objection to the recent Supreme Court decision allowing a privately owned company to prevent a woman’s access to certain types of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act because it is contrary to the corporate owners’ religious beliefs.  The now infamous Holly Lobby case is seen by Representative Bishop as having the potential for being more far reaching and troublesome as some people, for example, are against blood transfusions on religious grounds.  “It’s a slippery slope fraught with perhaps unintended consequences,” Bishop noted.


Representative Tim Bishop recently met with groups at the Teacher’s Federal Credit Union to discuss the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to remind them of the device which is available to people earning less than $51,567 per annum and is unused because people are not aware of them.


Bishop Leads a Coalition of Leaders! In a letter sent to LIPA/PSEG, Representative Tim Bishop and a host of local leaders including Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Assemblymen Fred Thiele, Senator Ken LaValle, and Mayor Rickenbacker, urged the utility to find the funds to bury the lines.  LIPA/PSEG has requested funds from FEMA for the purpose of burying the 6.2 miles of line in East Hampton.  “Power lines buried underground are more resilient,” said Congressman Bishop.  The funds requested could be as much as one billion dollars.


Congressman Bishop has submitted a proposal to the members of the House of Representatives that would protect our military technology and intellectual properties.  While the amendment was not accepted, the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence acknowledged the importance of the proposal and will work with Rep. Bishop on curbing hacking.


Representative Tim Bishop is up for re-election again.  Every two years, according to the US Constitution, a representative to the Congress must stand for re-election. This year it is Bishop’s turn.  So the local Democratic committee people of District One in NYS must go out gather signatures of registered Democrats only.  With clipboards in hand bearing the familiar green petitions, each East Hampton committee person was required to gather 20 signatures on their petition  from their own district.  That might sound like an easy task, but not in February and early March of this year when snowbirds had not yet returned.  Many a committeemen found themselves scouring their districts to find Democrats in residence.  Perseverance paid off as Bishop, a local Southampton boy, will be our candidate, freeing him to work on issues of great importance to locals like Montauk beaches, coastal erosion in general, the plight of our veterans, managing Long Island power dilemma and the Affordable Care Act, to name just a few.


East Hampton Democrats gathered at Lynda James’ house on the shores of a pond to celebrate Representative Tim Bishop’s birthday.  Former Governor Howard Dean’s remarks included a discussion about our country’s political future.   Congressman Bishop  talked about his run for another term in the House of Representatives and how important a strong showing in East Hampton would be to maintain his seat.