On The Beach Blog | November 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Grapes of Henry

Updated 11/26/2007 - 11:06 pm

The East Hampton Star, in reporting that the Repub­lican candidate for Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot had won the recount{sic} by 53 votes, had some interesting com­ments by runner-up, Democrat Jim Henry. More...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Another one in the books…

...and the New Moon Café was busy in both the front and back of the house, with the doors wide open due to the wonderful Autumn-like sunny weather.

I took the North Sea/Southampton/Water Mill run and things went well as far as finding the various houses and getting the immobilized their meals timely... More...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Turkey Day... an anniversary

Happy Thanksgiving

Here it is, an "early" Thanks­giving week... as early as it can ever be... and what to do now that the Elections are over? More...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Okay, so it's not officially 'Over'

The Suffolk Country Board of Elections cannot certify the results of the General Election in Southampton Town as "official" 'til the last of the Absentee Ballots, in the house later today, are tabulated. More...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Night on the Town...

Nice dinner a deux at Finn McCool's this evening before the movie at PAC.

Specifically went to learn if a blog-reader's assertion earlier this week, that the much-lamented "Bangers'n'Mashed" missing from the menu since last Spring More...

Now what?­

First comes the the jockeying for positions.

The make-up of the new Southampton Town Board come January will look like this:

  • Supervisor: Republican Linda Kabot
  • Councilpersons: Republicans Christo­pher Nuzzi and a thoroughly vindicated Nancy Graboski, and new kid at the rodeo, Democrat Anna Throne-Holst. More...

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's Over in Southampton Town…

...as the counting house reports that Repub­lican candidate for Supervisor Linda Kabot, as moon calf-loony as many consider her, has a lead of about 65 votes with only about 40 con­tested Absentee Ballots yet to be counted, or not, as the Board of Elections Commissioners will determine. More...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Helluva Show...

...the Finn McCool's edition of Kitchen Nightmares had it all, including a packed house last evening at the former Matchbox.

Did I say Chef Ramsay's "scorched kitchen" offensive? It was brutal, especially toward proprietor "Buddy" Mazzio's son, Brian, in whose charge the restaurant's cuisine had been commended... the unfortunate chef in situ was the focus of the television host's measured evisceration to the extent that he tossed down his apron and stormed out the door in a late model snit! More...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tonight's the Big Night...

...for Andrew "Buddy" Mazzio, proprietor of Finn McCool's (née Jack Levine's Skyway Lounge out of The Matchbox). His restaurant will be featured on Fox Channel 5 tonight from 9:00 to 10:00 pm as the establishment will be subjected to Chef Gordon Ramsay's scorched kitchen treatment.

The Envelopes, please...

Berry berry busy day in the Yaphank counting house as the Absentee Ballot envelopes were opened under the strict scrutiny of legal teams from candidates whose immediate futures, not chads, hung in the sway. The beat that con­tinued was the collective pulses of the inter­ested parties as approximately 300 of the paper votes were tabulated, or not, depending on the success of the various attorneys' objec­tions... of which there were many. More...

Guilty… with an Explanation

One of the curses of being a writer with a forum or a bully pulpit, is the grudge-bearer or snacker of sour grapes who will contact you and ask with varying degrees of insistence, that you make known to your audience their views on a subject of some disgruntlement to them... usually with the strict admonishment they are not to be in any way identified as the source of the information. More...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Counting House Watch

Day the Second of the post-election process has passed, the last day to receive properly postmarked Absentee Ballots from other than military personnel stationed overseas. More...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Round One of the Recount...

...is completed, and "The Mystery of the Low Turnout on the 'Rez'" has been at least par­tially solved... there wasn't such a poor representation at all, only one properly functioning balloting machine in E.D. #26 which had not been reported. More...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The lawyers are in the counting house…

Veteran's Day

...tabulating the Southampton Town version of hanging chads.

Or they will be tomorrow. Right now they're boning up on New York State Election Law, so while they're at it, let the punditry continue. More...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Mr. (and Ms.) Candidates...

Tear Down Those Signs!

Drove along out to Hampton Bays on the back roads and Montauk Highway Thursday after­noon, then back to Speonk (there are reasons to go there other than to hook up with the L.I.R.R.... the Zima Tire people being a primary one!), and 44 hours after the polls closed to end Tuesday's general election, the Town and Village scapes are still blighted by an excess of candidate's signs. More...

Read now from an earlier time...

President Theodore RooseveltThe man's words are as mean­ingful today as they were when he uttered them in 1919:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith be­comes an American and assimi­lates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the per­son's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1919
26th President of the
United States, 1901-1909

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Balloting Results...

...of the Westhampton Beach "Union Free" School District's Special Referendum on what to do with the $800,000 we paid with our tax dollars for a project that wound up not needing that much money.

150 voters decided "Yes" that they get to keep it rather than return it to the District taxpay­ers. Only 85 felt that "No" it should be given back.

Get out and Vote 'NO!'

I've held off updating the blog 'til much later in the day so as to afford this afternoon's School District balloting... referred to by one reader "the sneak school referendum," the exposure the Board of Education clearly didn't wish it to have. Mr. Greenbaum's E-mailed exhortation to "Please don't let apathy win!" to the contrary, on this particular issue, the Board would prefer a low voter turn-out the better to control the outcome!

O, what?!? Does anyone actually think they would like to turn that $800,000 back to the taxpayers from whose pockets it came?!?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Me 'n' Clint out in the schoolyard...

What a cheeky wag that Clint Greenbaum is!

First he makes a point of coming over to intro­duce himself and his "trophy" (his description, not mine) wife to me at the polling place yes­terday, and then this evening More...

The morning after...

...or, Election Day Notes, part the second:

Tough day at the Westhampton Beach fire­house (E.D.s #10, #14, #30 and #37), mostly because of the inconsistent flows of voters. More...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Tight as it gets...

...but Republican Nancy Graboski and Demo­crat Anna Throne-Holst win the Southampton Town Board races, and incumbent Supervisor Patrick "Skip" Heaney finishes third in his bid for a final term! More...

Election Day Notes

November Election Day

Working in #37 all day, the only one of the four E.D.s with two polling machines, yet after three hours, one of the least busy, even that of #30 (mostly deserted Dune Road) in the Westhampton Beach Fire House... um, make that the "main" fire house! More...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Heaney's Back...

Updated 11/07/2008 22:09 pm

...and YouTube's got'im, again!

O, boy! Do they ever! More...

Sign Wars...

A blog-reader reports:

"I drove from Westhampton to Hampton Bays today, and later from East Quogue to Hampton Bays... almost every other 'phone pole has a Heaney sign. He is definately winning the 'sign wars.' But with all of that money, is that all he could think of... more signs??????" More...

A Closer Look at Jim Henry...

Asked of Southampton Town Democratic Supervisor candidate Jim Henry in a Hamp­tons.com interview:

"What national issues do you think have local ramifications here in Southampton? More...

Roy just called and said...

"This is Roy Scheider and I think Linda Kabot's support of Skip Heaney's extreme right wing policies on immigration are an embarrassment...."

Never heard the rest of his message! Just that little part confirms the worst fears about what the success of the Jim Henry and Sandra Dunn candidacies would mean for Southampton Town. More...

The GOP-Kabot Rift...

...was it spontaneous combustion or an am­bush, a well-planned coup de candidate? More...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Almost over-looked...

Kabot Campaign mailer

...but certainly worth Honorable Mention in rating the recent campaign mailings:

The Friends of Linda Kabot... not the South­ampton Town GOP!... sent out a four-page "news­letter" style mailer, one element of which addresses another of Patrick "Skip" Heaney's vul­ner­abilites, patron­age, characterizing 116 Hampton Road as the incumbent's "personal hiring hall." More...

Rating the Most Recent Mailings

Golly! The political mailings timed for Friday and Saturday delivery throughout Southamp­ton Town were unprecedented in my recollec­tion, and while several have observed that the short-term memory at my age bites the big one, the long-term is still pretty good. Not even in the hard-fought three-way race of 1971 where firematic icon "Dode" Hulse took the Conserva­tive line to prevail against the GOP's Roy Wines and Democrat Bill Maloney, were letter-carriers as burdened as they have been this year. More...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

An XX with all those XYs?

Janet Beck postal mailer

My considered opinion from the very start was that the Demo­cratic ticket should have had either five Trustee candidates, or none, and that it was un­con­scionable for Hank Beck, who as a Town Board candidate, along with every other Dem in Southampton Town, finished up the track in the 2005 elections, to prop up his wife of 40+ years as "cannon fodder" for the fistful of GOP "good ol' boys" on that Board. More...

Rumor Spiked

Updated 11/05/2007 06:58 pm

A rumor currently making the rounds has it that former Southampton Town Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio, long considered the mentor if not puppet-master of the GOP's upstart top-slot candidate Linda Kabot, has jumped her ship and was making calls in support of his old adversary, Republican-in-Conservative drag, Patrick "Skip" Heaney. More...

Friday, November 02, 2007

They've come a long way...

GOP mailer

If anyone doubted that there was an abundance of estro­gen present in this year's Southampton Town races, the most recent GOP postal mailer emphasizes that very fact, and quite directly not only acknowledges it, but plays the gender card very neatly. More...

November Monthly Meeting

Nothing much happened at the Westhampton Beach Village Trustees meeting last evening other than long-established local Touch Dancing instructor Alfonso Triggiani made an impassioned plea to the Village Board to assist him in somehow finding a way by which he could legally set up his dance studio on the third floor of the Westhampton Steak House (nee Mechanics Hall).

Kabot Hit from both flanks...

Tain't easy being the front-runner as the Southamp­ton Town Republican upstart choice for Supervisor Linda Kabot is finding out.... More...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Supe Replies...

Yesterday afternoon Westhampton Beach "Union Free" School District Superintendent Lynn Schwartz was asked by E-mail:

"The one thing uppermost in my mind at this point is the propriety of a Board of Education member making use of School District records as Mr. Greenbaum appears to have done....

I realize that one of your primary obliga­tions is to "protect your Board," but I would appreciate your comments on this, and your understanding of how he has come to have access to these records."

Superintendent Schwartz fired back a reply this afternoon:

"In response to your question, no board member has access to school district records."

If this is the case then the initial speculation here must be the reason why Clint Greenbaum was able to so effectively mobilize parents of school-age children to vote in the October 2nd referendum on the $7,827,820 Westhampton Free Library bond referendum: the gentleman must be "a far-sighted collector of local E-dresses."

I˛, Part Four...

Anyone still trying to dismiss the Illegal Immigration issue as "hateful" and/or "racist" needs to review Costs of Illegal Immigration to New Yorkers, and note the Federation for American Immigration Reform's figure of:

"That annual tax burden amounts to about $874 per New York household headed by a native-born resident."

That $874 and the $80-$100 the Westhamp­ton Beach "Union Free" School District could turn back if the $800k is not reauthorized next week, could go a long way toward mitigating the cost of my next fuel oil drop from Tom Mendenhall.