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Monday, September 23, 2013

Southampton~Tuckahoe School merger and your taxes

As many of you know, there is a proposal before the school boards about Tuckahoe merging with Southampton.  Tuckahoe has one elementary school.

There were 2 meetings last week, and it has been covered in the Press.  Be sure to read the pros and cons of this issue, as it will impact your taxes. I can email you the front page article that was in THE SOUTHAMPTON PRESS if you didn't see it, or you can find it on line.

This is a notice that was sent out that is interesting.

As currently envisioned, this merger will cause an estimated 8.7%
increase in the school taxes for residents of the Southampton district.
Residents of the Tuckahoe district will see nearly a 2/3 drop in taxes.
We urge Southampton residents to attend these meetings as we currently
do not see sufficient benefits to moving forward with the merger.
Please review the attached article for additional information.


The Southampton Association Executive Board

If you are interested, read more about it .  There are many opinions about this issue.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Greg Rogan~Obituary

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Greg Rogan who passed away yesterday.
Greg was 44 and battled courageously with cancer for 5 years.

Wake is Wed. at Dalton's Funeral Home , 125 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, NY.

Mass of Christian Burial Thurs. at 10 AM

St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church
Dartmouth St.
Garden City, NY

Funeral Information

Home: Garden City, NY
Date of Death: September 16, 2013
Place of Birth: Rockville Centre, NY
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Age: 44
Mass: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:00 AM St. Annes R.C. Church, Garden City, NY 
Visitation: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2-5 & 7-9:30pm at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes Inc., New Hyde Park, NY
Interment: St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY Show map
There is a lovely story here about Greg.  May he rest in peace. He will be missed.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Monday, September 16, 2013

9/24/2013 - Supervisor Throne-Holst Proposes to Eliminate Permit Requirement for Storage Sheds

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is proposing a code amendment that would eliminate the permit requirement for residential storage sheds. If adopted, law would save residents the cost of the permit filing, as well the application components, which in total often exceed the cost of the actual shed. Additionally, many existing sheds that were installed without permits would no longer be illegal.

“It’s critical that we continually revisit our Town code and re-evaluate how it is working, and the shed permit is an example of a requirement that is simply too onerous,” said Throne-Holst. “Storage sheds are small and basic structures without plumbing or external illumination. Yet, we are finding that the high cost of the permit process has been causing people to sidestep the requirement. As a result, property owners with illegal sheds are hesitant to invite an inspector onsite for other inspections like rental permits, or electrical work, etc. – which are far more important to protecting life and safety,” she said.

Surrounding towns such as Brookhaven and Riverhead do not require permits for residential storage sheds. Further, New York State building code does not require a permit for structures fewer than 144 square feet in area.

Removal of the permit requirement will exempt one structure per property that meets the Town’s definition of a residential storage shed, provided it is placed a minimum of 10 feet from adjacent properties and avoids any other parcel-specific wetlands or conservation restrictions. According to Town code a residential storage shed is located on lot sizes two acres or less and defined as:

“A structure used to store household equipment (including garden equipment, lawn furniture and bicycles) and having a maximum gross floor area of 120 square feet with a height not greater than 12 feet. A residential storage shed shall have no external illumination.”

Currently, the permit fee for a storage shed is $67.50, and the Building Department typically receives approximately 100 permit applications for sheds per year. However, a key component of the shed permit application is a survey that identifies the proposed location of the shed on the property. This survey can cost up to $1,200. Additionally, property owners who built sheds without permits and later attempt to legalize them incur a penalty equivalent to double the permit fee, or $135. If the code amendment is approved, these fees would no longer apply.

“Building codes are simply meant to ensure structures are safe and to protect community character. If we can provide relief from a permit requirement without jeopardizing any of these goals, I think it’s important that we do so,” said Throne-Holst.

The public hearing for the proposed amendment is scheduled for the September 24 Town Board meeting, which starts at 6:00 p.m.

ZBA Meeting Info Update

Town Hall  7 PM

NEW APPLICATIONS                                                                       SCTM – HAMLET
2.            Nanabaloo, LLC (appl. 1300089)                                Ann                        900-42-1-25        North Sea
34 East Beach Drive
Applicant requests relief from §330-84D (pyramid law) for a proposed encroachment in the amount of 9,813 cubic feet for a proposed two-story residence on a nonconforming lot and any other relief necessary.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting~Sept. 19

A meeting will be held on Sept. 19th at Town Hall .  One of the items on the agenda is the property at 34 East Beach Dr.

Mary Topping requested this be posted.

Below is a list of the North Sea Citizens Advisory Board.  (CAC)

North Sea CAC 2013:

1.              John Barona
2.              Joan M. Barra
3.              Mary D. Beatty
4.              Joan G. Brennan
5.              Lucy K. Dunne (Co-Chair)
6.              Barbara Fair
7.              Daniel Gebbia
8.              Stephanie McNamara
9.              Jamie Navan
10.              Robin Navan
11.              Frank Palmer
12.              Ann W. Reisman
13.              Arlene Schroeder
14.              Mary Emerson Topping
15.              John Watson (Co-Chair)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If you need a DJ...

Those of you who attended the 75th Anniversary party, know what a great job, the dj, Rich did.

I am posting a letter he wrote .  Write his number down, you never know!

Southampton Shores Residents and Families;

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to entertain you for the
75th Anniversary of this wonderful community.  Hard to believe that I was
invited to summer (and winter in the beginning) with my Wife Pam, my in-laws
John and Carla McDonough, and my 2 children Justin (16) and Ashley (5) a
little over 20 years ago.  We have had such great times here and look
forward for many more.

That being said, I look forward to partying with you all again at the Shores
or wherever your entertainment needs may take me.  As I said at the end of
the party, if you mention you are a Southampton Shores resident, you will
receive a 10% discount off any future entertainment booked.  I thank you
again and look forward to seeing you at the Shores next summer or wherever
our paths shall cross.

Rich Rowehl
AKA "Richie Rich"
RP Entertainment
DJ/MC, Karaoke, Trivia
(631) 261-4533 - Home/Office
(516) 313-3278 - Cell