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May 5th, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: NYS COURT TELLS SOUTHAMPTON TO BRING SUMMONS DELIVERY UP TO CODE.

by D. Clark MacPherson

SOHO JOURNAL EXCLUSIVE: NEW YORK STATE APPELLATE COURT HALTS SOUTHAMPTON TOWN JUSTICE COURT’S PRACTICE OF COURT CLERKS MAILING CRIMINAL SUMMONSES FOR ALLEGED CODE VIOLATIONS BY CORPORATE LANDOWNERS.

In a recent appellate court decision authored by a panel of three New York Supreme Court Justices, the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the 9th and 10th Judicial Districts unanimously disapproved of the Southampton Town Justice Court’s practice of having its court clerks mail out criminal summonses for alleged code violations by corporate property owners, by using court envelopes addressed to the person to whom the New York Secretary of State is obliged to mail copies of any criminal or civil summons that the Secretary of State receives in its Albany office.

In a seven page written decision dated April 21, 2008, the appellate court vacated a 2006 default judgment and $1,000 fine that had been imposed. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Articles | Community | New York | the Hamptons

April 15th, 2008

JEFF MUHS OPENING @ CHERYL HAZAN: 4/16/8, 6-8PM.

by John Coakley

Jeff Muhs is a Southampton based artist who creates large canvases of amorphous, colorful shapes bleeding into one another. That kind of Frankenthalerism can fail pretty miserably sometimes, but Muhs’ work provides a certain emotional impact, even if one can’t quite define it. Worth a look.

Cheryl Hazan Gallery
35 North Moore Street
New York, NY 10013
212.343.8964

Opening Reception
4/16/8, 6-8pm

Exhibition
April 16 – May 14, 2008

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York | the Hamptons

April 11th, 2008

VOTES AND VOICES POLITICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING, IN NYC + LI: 4/12/8.

by You the Reader

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On Saturday, April 12th, the New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP) and the Long Island Civic Participation Project (LICPP) will be launching their Votes and Voices political education training series. Topics that will be covered include how to build and transform political power, the electoral system and concrete skills building for electoral campaign work. The Votes and Voices training series will be held on three Saturdays: April 12th, April 26th and May 31st.

Votes & Voices New York City:
101 Avenue of the Americas
NY, NY
4/12/8, 10am-4pm

Please contact Zahida Pirani, zpirani@nycpp.org or (212) 388-3664 if you or your organizations’ members would be interested in participating.

Votes & Voices Long Island:
SEIU Local 32 BJ Long Island office
2545 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 300;
East Meadow NY 11554.
4/12/8, 4/12/8, 2pm-5pm

For more information, contact Domenico Romero, LICPP Director at (347) 387-2841 or dromero@licpp.org.

Filed Under: Community | Events | New York | Politics | Take Action | the Hamptons

February 15th, 2008

SHANNON + NATALIE: 2/15/8 IN RIVERHEAD, 2/16/8 IN NYC.

by John Coakley

Shannon+Natalie
Shannon and Natalie are an acoustic duo with a sound suitable for cafes, places like The Sunset Cafe in Westhampton Beach (where Natalie works) that provide an atmosphere conducive to reading, quiet conversation, listening to the music, or a mix of all three. You’ll want to stick to listening when these two take the stage and sing their often sharp and witty songs about bad relationships and being afraid to leave the house. Remember The Murmurs? That duo featuring Leisha Hailey, who now plays Alice on The L Word? That’s an apt comparison. Except The Murmurs no longer exist, while Shannon and Natalie are very much alive and are playing two shows this weekend – one in Manhattan and another in Long Island. So either way, you really have no excuse not to go.

Friday, Feb. 15
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Eastenders Coffee House
40 East Main St.
Riverhead, NY 11901

Saturday, Feb. 16
8:00-8:45 p.m.
The Alphabet Lounge
104 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Events | New York | the Hamptons

February 13th, 2008

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY @ TRIBECA CINEMAS: 2/13/8 @ 7:30PM

by John Coakley

Not good.
West Hampton Dunes is a small beach front community on the south shore of Long Island, New York. It is located entirely on a barrier island system that provides critical hurricane and storm protection to the mainland.

Natural disasters, poor design and execution from the Army Corp of Engineers (the same folks responsible for the Levees in New Orleans) and political power plays have all conspired against this community, yet its residents continue to fight for its very existence. Incredible Journey is the story of their struggle, and it just may offer lessons and inspiration to anyone who cares about preserving the integrity of the little waterside town we call Manhattan.

Incredible Journey: The Story of West Hampton Dunes
A documentary produced and directed by Yale Nelson
Sponsored by Save Our NY Beaches
TONIGHT ONLY
Wednesday, 2/13/8 @ 7:30PM
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street @ Laight Street
$25
Send an email to info@saveournybeaches.org to reserve seats.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | Events | New York | News | Politics | Take Action | the Hamptons

January 16th, 2008

WE’RE IN THE PAPER!

by John Coakley

Read about Don’s fight against racist housing laws in Southampton here, as mentioned in the – ahem – New York Times

And for more on this issue and Don’s place in it, tune in to Telemundo (Time Warner Cable Ch. 47) tonight, 1/16/8, at 6:30.

Filed Under: Community | Politics | the Hamptons

November 20th, 2007

BANNED BOOKS IN THE HAMPTONS

by John Coakley

Terry Lucas, owner of Westhampton Beach’s The Open Book, is bringing attention to efforts by “concerned parents” to ban two books from the local ninth grade non-required reading list. Thank you to the American Booksellers Association for bringing this to light. For the complete story, go here.

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | New York | Take Action | the Hamptons

August 2nd, 2007

HAMPTONS POLITICS

by D. Clark MacPherson

As amazing as it may seem, the reigning Southampton Town Republican Party has dropped one of its stalwarts, Nancy Graboski, from their ticket. The Southampton Press has speculated that this was payback for not supporting Mr. Zizzi, a local builder, for the Planning Board post he had held for several years. For those of you who have never heard of the term Conflict of Interest, (a term which is unknown in Southampton) it refers to the concept that if you are involved in a branch of government which wields any power over a specific business in which you, yourself are engaged – you might inadvertently make decisions that could be compromised– and therefore, you should not seek or accept such an appointment. So, for example, a builder/developer, perhaps should not sit on a committee that votes on approvals for friends, associates, consultants or attorneys with whom he may do business indirectly – and especially if he were to do such business directly or has business which appears in front of that committee.

There are approvals for undersized lots, waivers for development projects, and zoning relief sought by or for political friends — all potential conflict of interest risks that deal in coin of realm. Especially in the Hamptons where the economy runs on the fuel of Real Estate.

Graboski and Dennis Suskind had apparently seen and heard enough bullshit and the “secret” had been outed to the point where they had to shout, “I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it any more.” As a result, after being a loyal Republican, Graboski was canned by Marcus Stinchi, the Westhampton Beach landscaper who runs the Republican Party for Skip Heaney, the Supervisor. Neither of them appreciated losing Zizzi on the Planning Board, a major source of “fundraising” for the party. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Commentary | Community | Politics | the Hamptons

August 1st, 2007

CURMUDGEON’S CORNER: MORTGAGE MELTDOWNS, EXECUTIVE PAY-CUTS, FLAT TAX & PATRIOT ACTS

by Sean Jaeger

Call it subprime, call it Alt-A, call it liar’s loans, call it what you will, the giant sucking sound was the roar of Wall Street giants scooping gold up off the streets of America and making it disappear into their pockets.

The biggest profit center, maybe the only profit center for GM lately has been GMAC finance (the mortgage and car loan branch of the company). Does the name Ditech ring a bell? The big winners in the great housing boom have been the money lenders in the temple…GM, Citimortgage, Lehman Bros, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, not to mention the usual suspects in the hedge fund camp. The big losers are the people who thought they were buying a house and actually were financing the champagne and caviar lifestyles of those who have been making money on the commissions, the points, the packaging and the trading of these mortgages. You think maybe these big spenders were passing around mortgages for charity? Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Commentary | Community | the Hamptons

June 6th, 2007

A SUMMER WITHOUT THE JOHN DREW.

by Christian McLean

jd1.jpgWithin these brick walls are the silent echoes of cultural fortitude and artistic collaboration that were forged in the midst of the Great Depression. For 75 years the walls of the John Drew Theater have collected tomes of dialogue, the quips of special guests and the awe of patrons, compiling a theatrical history that rivals the mightiest playhouses in the country. But under the great weight of time and use, the John Drew has also accumulated cracks and has become outdated. Staging hundreds of productions has taken its toll on the theater and this summer, for the first time since its dedication in 1931, the house will remain dark.

The stock market had crashed in 1929 and somewhere between four and five million Americans were jobless. Many of East Hampton’s newfound aristocracy had lost everything, their oceanfront homes gone, their lives in shambles. The summer colony which had been established only 40 years earlier had lost its momentum.

jd.jpgCulturally, the theater was running aground as well. Earlier in 1921, The Clinton Academy, the local high school that doubled as a community center, had fallen into disrepair. The school was to be restored and turned into a museum, relieving it of its previous roles. Local philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse offered to finance the restoration of the Academy. In the process Mrs. Woodhouse, despite having a playhouse on her Hunting Lane estate, realized East Hampton was now without its meetinghouse and in serious need of a cultural center.

In 1930, she and her aging husband purchased a 161 x 200 foot piece of land at the corner of Dunemere Lane and Main Street. The Woodhouses, who had also built other community structures, donated $100,000 for the construction and preservation of the building. Believing that a community center should have something invested in it by the community, the Woodhouses left it to the citizens of East Hampton to raise the remaining funds. During a time of great economic hardship, $10,000 was collected and Architect Aymar Embury II was charged with the responsibility of creating Guild Hall; a brick structure for both visual and performing arts. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Community | the Hamptons

June 1st, 2007

RUMORS & LIES: FAIR AND BALANCED IN THE HAMPTONS

by Jack Torrence

Apparently the Southampton Press is so serious about wanting to expand its Kingdom that one of its reporters actually asked a few too many questions about the Motz matter.

For those of you who have not been following Mayor George Motz’s little imbroglio, google “S.E.C. Motz” and the matter will be clear as day. Seems that a little scam like coupon clipping comes to mind, but it’s called “switching tickets”–as in you buy a stock at one price, the house buys at another and the house charges your account for the one that makes THEM a profit. Rumors suggest that the Quogue Mayor and trading associates at his Quogue club whose members (refered to by the younger generation as Quoglodytes) may also be in the soup once the investigation starts to warm up. One wonders why neither the NY Times or theWall Street Journal picked up the story since the Mayor had to take the Fifth. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Commentary | Community | New York | News | Politics | the Hamptons

May 20th, 2007

LETTERS, MAY/JUNE 2007

by You the Reader

soho_cover_ma07_big.jpgFeel free to voice an opinion on any subject; we want to hear what you have to say. Mail your thoughts and rants to:
Letters, c/o SoHo Journal, P.O. Box 1485 NewYork, NY 10013. Or email us at: info@sohojournal.com



(Editor’s Note: This letter, written to a nationally syndicated reporter for Newsday, is being reproduced by permission of the author.)

Dear Mr. Henican:

I am writing this letter to you at the urging of activist Michael O’Neill for Sag Harbor, NY. Evidently, Mike thinks I might actually not be wasting my time but I am willing to try. I am an advocate for Martin Tankleff, a person falsely accused in 1988 (having just turned 17 years old!!!) of murdering his parents. I understand a listener to your radio show phoned in referring to the Tankleff case. Marty was convicted two years later on virtually no evidence of guilt while a much more logical suspect has been ignored by Suffolk County authorities to this very day! Marty, after being thrown in a maximum [security] prison as a mere child, has been incarcerated ever since, serving a fifty years to life sentence. Evidently, there was no media storm to prevent this travesty of justice as there was in the Duke lacrosse rape scandal. At the time, the news gatherers (including Newsday) chose not to let the truth get in the way of a really good story that sold a lot of newspapers. Imagine! A rich, spoiled Jewish Prince from Belle Terre brutally slays his parents because he doesn’t like the car he is driving???? Wow! What’s better than that?????????

Just for the record, I wrote a letter to Newsday protesting the way the Duke lacrosse players were being handled by so-called civil rights groups and by the media early on! Newsday actually printed it!!!!!! It is my belief that those boys, some of whom exercised extremely poor judgement in their partying habits, did not deserve to be found guilty of a gravely serious charge of rape for no other reason than they were rich, white and male. I never thought OJ Simpson should be found innocent of murder just because he was black either. I am a retired state police investigator who has investigated every conceivable type of felony crime including rape and murder. I believe that the accused should only be found guilty based on the actual facts of the case, not for political expediency. Continue Reading »

Filed Under: Community | Letters | New York | the Hamptons

March 22nd, 2007

THE HAMPTONS: LET’S ALL PLAY THE BIG REAL ESTATE CHALLENGE

by Sean Jaeger

You gotta love strip searches if you want to live in New York City. It’s the great social equalizer. Get busted and you get a perp walk in handcuffs and a strip search by friendly prison guards just inside the front door at Riker’s Island. Try to buy a multi-million dollar vertical McMansion co-op on the Fifth Avenue gold coast of Central Park and the people giving you the deep cavity body search are the people standing next to you in the elevator. That’s right. The reason that nosy looking geek in the other corner of the elevator is staring at you is because he knows where and how much money you have in the bank, what you made (to the penny) last year, and every thing you put down on your income tax–not just the address of that over-priced hovel you bought last year on the wrong side of the tracks in Hampton Bays. He also knows your social security number, your monthly mortgage payment, and the fact that your friendly neighborhood mortgage broker screwed you for an extra 1 per cent on the interest rate. Even if you are only trying to buy an overpriced studio apartment – not much bigger or better decorated than one of those cells on Riker’s Island – in one of those 1960’s white toilet tile brick monsters that clog the Upper East Side. Every member of the board and all their friends (your neighbors) will know more about what’s in your wallet than the guy who gave you that colonoscopy knows about your insides. It’s called board approval. Anywhere else in the country it would qualify as a public, social, and financial deep cavity probe. So, if you want to buy an apartment in New York City, get ready to bend over and spread ’em. Continue Reading »

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February 9th, 2007

The Hamptons

by D. Clark MacPherson

While Manhattan ponders the market, the Hampton brokers dream. They mostly dream about the fantasy market where houses actually sell. Actually it isn’t that bad–it’s worse. Recently a broker was describing how there really is activity in the market despite what everyone has been saying. His office sold two houses in one week, one for $575,000 and another for $450,000. After a long silence, he admitted that nothing was selling at all between $900,000 and $2,000,000. That’s a big between. Like the between that separates what used to be rich people, and what is now the so-called middle to upper-middle class. You know the people that keep the economy in motion and actually pay taxes?

Republicans have lost control of Congress, although you wouldn’t know it on the East End. There’s just one big happy party. Congressman Tim Bishop (D), Assemblyman Fred Thiele (R), and Southampton Town Supervisor Skip Heaney all party together no matter who is in the White House or Congress, and for good reason. With the help of the Democratic Party and its Chair Rich Schaeffer, the cross-endorsement technique has worked wonders. It actually has made the democratic process of voting practically irrelevant. It’s sort of like the Iranian version of democracy. We pick the candidates, the press cooperates and blacks out any coverage on candidates who challenge our choices, and we cross-endorse the front-runner so that there is only one candidate. And we have the nerve to criticize the middle-east for not embracing democracy! Treewolf West, candidate for Assembly, was incredulous about the fact that the press worked so well together. Neither the Southampton Press nor Suffolk Life gave West any copy, and Fred Thiele, his opponent, got lots of news coverage. The apparent instructions from the Democratic/Republican Cross-Endorsement machine were to keep West out of the news. While he remained philosophical, he couldn’t help but wonder about our democratic traditions.
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September 26th, 2006

Hamptons Celebs

by SoHo Journal Staff

A look at some of the people around the Hamptons.

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September 26th, 2006

The Restless Miscreant: 12 Million Elephants In The Room…

by Delbert Grady

And Congress doesn’t want to deal with them–at least until after the 2006 elections. So, while the shadowboxing goes on, it’s a little hard not to notice that the room is getting more crowded.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, as of March 2005 there were 11.1 million (12 million now) illegal Hispanics in the United States, composed of 5.4m males, 3.9m females and 1.8m children. And let’s not forget an additional 3.1m children who are considered legal because they were born here. Out of the 9.3 m adults, it is estimated that 7.2m of them are employed, making up less than 5% of the U.S. work force but 24% of farming, 17% of cleaning, 14% of construction labor and 12% of food preparation. So what are the other 2.1m doing? Drugs? Other crime? Who knows.

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September 26th, 2006

Restaurants: The Inn Spot on the Bay

by Thom McVann

32 Lighthouse Road
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
631.728.1200
www.theinnspot.com

Remember last summer when we had a great meal at the Inn Spot in Quogue? My permanent dining companion, hungry and in no mood for questions, insisted that we drive off to the new and just opened waterfront sister to The Inn Spot, The Inn Spot on the Bay. Located on Lighthouse Road in Hampton Bays just north of the Ponquogue Bridge, this new addition to the Hampton restaurant scene is the perfect spot to have dinner and see a truly inspiring sunset.

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September 26th, 2006

Guild Hall Celebrates Creativity

by John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan

Opening it’s 75th anniversary season with Academy of the Arts Awards Gala honoring Stephen Schwarzman with amazing performances by Chita Rivera

Guild Hall of Easthampton kicked off its 75th Anniversary, Celebrating Creativity, with the 21st Annual Academy of the Arts Gala, March 13 at the Rainbow Room honoring lifelong patron of the Arts, Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO, Chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group and Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Roy Furman, President of the Academy of Arts presented the award to Schwarzman.

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September 26th, 2006

Late-Summer Roundup: HAMPTONS

by John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan

hamptonsAt the end of the season tempers get a little frayed on both sides. Visitors are worn out from the impossibility of snagging restaurant reservations and the frustrations over leaving those 24/7 clocks behind. Although grateful for the influx of money that has come with summer, residents wonder if everyone checked their manners and their brains somewhere west of the canal. Time for everyone to take a deep breath, catch the fall light and be thankful for this little bit of paradise. Fall is in the air.

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September 26th, 2006

Conversation with Tom Suozzi who’s next?

by D. Clark MacPherson

While many of us are familiar with the Nassau County Executive’s “Fix Albany” campaign, Tom Suozzi’s insight into the problems that also affect New York City is less well known. Now, as a contender in the race for Governor, what he thinks about the New York City/Long Island area is more important than ever.

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September 26th, 2006

Mr. West Goes To Albany: a commonsense approach

by D. Clark MacPherson

The upcoming election between Treewolf West and Fred Thiele for the 2nd Assembly Seat election will be interesting and instructive for both Democrats and Republicans. Thiele has been cross-endorsed by numerous Democrats and supported by Rich Schaeffer, the County Democratic Chairman, in past elections. The fact that Schaeffer is the godfather of one of Thiele’s children should not be lost on voters.

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Filed Under: Arts & Leisure | Politics | the Hamptons

September 26th, 2006

The Story Behind The Story: truth and The Hamptons press depends on whom you know

by D. Clark MacPherson

dune roadThe Village of Saltaire has re-opened the Pandora’s Box involving New York State election law and the right of property-owners to vote in local elections where they own houses. In previous issues of the SoHo Journal, there have been articles and how-to instructions for New Yorkers who wish to vote in Hamptons (or Fire Island) Village elections. While it is a pain in the ass to keep changing your “legal residence” from Manhattan to another county, in which there is a village election–then voting and changing residency and voter registration back to a New York address–it is perfectly legal. National elections are in November, Village elections are normally in June and primaries are in September. The real dilemma occurs if you want to have an impact on Town wide elections in the Hamptons since they are held at the same time as the general election. You simply have to make a choice as to where you will have the greatest impact. But this too should be changed. New York State election law is woefully inadequate to cope with true representative democracy.

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April 10th, 2006

Health People’s Authors and Artists Celebration at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor

by Edward Callaghan

This winter we happened upon the Health People‘s Authors and Artists Celebration, held at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. This organization, which supports South Bronx families ravaged by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, held a winter fete to raise money for its’ worthy cause.
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April 10th, 2006

Rumors & Lies: The New York-Hamptons Connection

by Jack Torrence

The next time you sign up a broker to sell your house in the Hamptons, make sure they have insurance. Better yet, get everyone who is allowed in to view it to sign a release. One Water Mill homeowner arranged to sell his house through a broker in Southampton and came to regret the decision.
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April 10th, 2006

Integrity Roundup: The Art of Third Party Politics

by Darren Johnson

I’ve always been into the creative arts, and people always stop me and ask when my next work will be available. They think I’m going through a dry spell because I haven’t done a poetry reading, written a local play or published much creative writing lately. But every creative neuron in my head–however many there are–has been busy firing for the biggest creative project I’ve ever put together. But this one won’t be in a black box theater near you. It should be in newspapers across the state.
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