By Whose Authoritah?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

By Whose Authoritah?

Imagine OtBB's surprise at seeing a detour on Library Avenue today!

The real surprise was where the Suffolk County Water Authority was directing traffic attempt­ing to pass the construction site of the West­hampton Free Library.

Last time we looked, the Rite Aid park­ing lot was private property.

(As a number of signs along the West property line remind Library patrons.)

Library Avenue, looking South
Library Avenue, looking Nouth

So, under color of what authority is SCWA us­ing Rite Aid's parking lot as their detour route?

It wasn't that of Assistant Manager Sforza of Rite Aid Store #4227, who asserted:

"No one told me, or asked me, anything."

A check with the Village Police Department re­vealed that there hadn't even been so much as a courtesy call, let alone any notification of SCWA's intentions.


So, by whose authoritah were private property rights usurped by a public utility?

To be clear, there is no question whether SCWA, or LIPA as well, for that matter, can close a public thoroughfare in order to perform work on any part of their system.

The sole issue involves private property rights.


1. Frank Wheeler said...

Really, now! Who gives a fig??? You just think that because it involves the library, your Empress and her toady have something to do with it!

"Toady?!?" Is Neubauer on the Library Board now as well?

First off, I give a fig... and a flying one, at that... it's the Libertarian in me.

Secondly, she's not my "Empress" by any stretch of the imagination! And yeah, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Trustee Joan Levan had said something like "Yeah, go ahead, they won't mind; I shop there."

The question is being asked of SCWA though.

2. Jeanne Speir said...

RESPECT mah Authoritah!!!

I'm loving it.

Thanks for the laugh, Cartman!

3. Rob F. said...

Careful, Dean, you'll be bathing in your helmet and brushing your teeth with Pabst after the disgruntled SCWA workers read your blog.

Oh, and if you want to see the water cops in action, come pay me a visit. The NYCDEP Police have jurisdiction in the upstate watersheds and sometimes (how to put this delicately?) take a different approach than local law enforcement. And can somebody tell me how running radar speed traps protects the City's drinking water supplies?

I know you well enough to know you're not kidding about this! Ooooph!

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