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GOP Chief Gives Views Auxiliary P olice Force Is Planned In Village The East Hampton Republican organization’s new leader, Edward Ecker, says it’s time local Republicans put the Watergate affair, on which he blames their election losses of the past four years, behind them. That done, according to Mr. Ecker, a professional politician since the ’50s, the Party can go back on the offensive and prove it’s “alive and well in this Town.” ^ ^ “We're asking enrolled Republicans to vote Republican again—that’s what the whole thing is about—because we’re giving them good candidates again,” Mr. Ecker said in an interview Saturday. “What’s past on the national scene is past.” At last count, East Hampton Town contained 4,749 fnrolled Republicans and 2,274 enrolled Democrats. There were also 111 voters enrolled as Conservatives, 85 as Liberals, and 1,570 without Party affiliation. “The Numbers” “We still have the numbers,” Mr. Ecker observed, though he conceded that “the gap is closing.” Mr. Ecker, whom the Town Republi­ can Committee elected as its chairman last Wednesday night, has often been described as a close associate of Assembly Minority Leader Perry Dur- yea. “Perry and I started in politics together,” he agreed. “When I came out of the service in ’53 and got active in politics, Perry was just getting started also. We were co-committee- men from Montauk for many years.” In his 23 years as a committeeman, Mr. Ecker was appointed to a number of jobs in County government and elected to two on the Town Board. When he took office as Town Council­ man in 1956, he related, he was, at 26, “probably the youngest elected official in the State of New York.\ Supervisor He served one four-year term; meanwhile, he was also a County probation officer from 1954 to 1959, when he was appointed Deputy County Coordinator, a post comparable to the present one of Deputy County Execu­ tive. In the early '60s, Mr. Ecker was County Commissioner of Jurors, and in 1963 he was elected East Hampton Town Supervisor, staying in that job until, he said, a “medical problem\ forced him to resign toward the end of his second two-year term. He was then appointed Deputy County Parks Com­ missioner, which he has been ever since. The problem was high blood pressure, since brought under control. In the unpaid job of Town Repub­ lican chairman, Mr. Ecker replaces Kenneth Wessberg, an East Hampton paint store proprietor who has also served on local zoning and planning boards and was at times on the State Assembly’s payroll as a research assistant. Mr. Wessberg, after, four years as chairman, resigned last week for what he said were “personal and business reasons.\ Governor? Mr. Duryea resigned at the same time as vice chairman, a post he had held for about 20 years. “He felt his future activities would be keeping him more away from the immediate area,” Mr. Ecker explained. Asked if he meant the Assemblyman would have no time for the Committee when he runs for Governor, which he is general­ ly expected to do, Mr. Ecker grinned. “Let’s just say he’s got other political things on his mind,” he said. Mr. Duryea was replaced as vice chairman by Frederick Butts, a Town Assessor. Mr. Ecker maintained that he had not sought the chairmanship, but had unexpectedly been invited to accept it through a petition, which was signed by 27 of the 32 committeemen and presented to him last Tuesday by Richard White, another former Coun­ cilman from Montauk. “It was like a draft.” Thirty-one committeemen voted for Mr. Ecker at last Wednesday’s meet­ ing; the 32nd, who had been elected to the Committee several days earlier, abstained. When Mr. Wessberg’s resignation became known, some observers specu­ lated that it may have been a result of official dissatisfaction with the Com­ m ittee’s performance—specifically, with its choice of Ronald Rioux,. a relatively obscure figure who was East Hampton Village Mayor several years ago, to run for Town Supervisor. Not True Mr. Ecker insisted that this was not true at all. He said Mr. Wessberg had told other committeemen privately a year ago that he would resign this year. “It was common . knowledge within the committee that he would be retiring sometime in ’77 and our only hope was that he would be able to stay on as leader until the campaign was over. Unfortunately the business pres­ sures couldn’t be worked out.” He said he would not change the campaign “game plan” that was put in effect under Mr. Wessberg’s leader­ ship, and he insisted Mr. Rioux was an excellent candidate; the campaign would stress his experience as a Mayor and a businessman. Continued on Page 6 Democrats Close Ranks The divisive Democratic primary race was followed last week by a Democratic Committee meeting punctuated by calls for Party unity and words of encouragement for the win­ ners of the primary. The calls for unity were expected from the camp of Mary Ella Richard, winner of the Democratic nomination for Town Supervisor, whose hopes of winning the general election depend on a strong showing of support from all factions of her Party, plus support by at least some of the Republican majority in the East Hampton. But the calls also emanated from supporters of Arthur Roth, Mrs. Richard’s opponent in the primary. Nancy Woodward, chairman of the Democratic Committee and a Roth- supporter, began the meeting by saying, “I now hope we forget our very, very partisan differences and work hard together to get in the driver’s seat in November.” The chairman then turned the meet­ ing over to the candidates, each of whom did some political cheerleading to various amounts of applause. “I think that we’re all for one and one for all,” Mrs. Richard began. “The only way to win the first Democratic majority on the Town Board in 40 years is to glue ourselves together with Elmer’s Glue or whatever it takes.” Members of the Party had their differences, she added, but that was “normal” and should not stand in the way of Party unity in the general election. “Arthur, I must say you’re some­ thing of a fellow candidate,” Mrs. Richard said to the man she had just defeated. The candidate for Supervisor then said she had received a “lovely telegram from Joyce Burland (County Legislator)” after her primary victory, and that the Democratic candidates had met to discuss campaign plans and were “all gung-ho and ready to go.” A pitfall to victory, she warned, were “rumors” which might divide the party and which therefore should be “swatted down” before they go too far. Ms. Woodward’s Post Mrs. Richard was referring to at least one rumor circulating last week that her supporters on the Democratic Committee were planning to unseat Ms. Woodward as chairman of the Committee and put one of their own people in that spot. No such attempt has been made thus far. The two Democratic candidates for Town Board seats gave speeches similar to Mrs. Richard’s with a few additions. Russell Coughlin, who tallied the highest vote of all the candidates in the primary, complimented Mr. Roth for the hard run he made for the nomination, and complimented the “women of the Town who did such a great job” during the primary. Deborah Perry, the other nominee for Town Board, spoke of a need for the Party to work harder for the Party’s candidates for Town Trustee posts, Assessor, Town Justice, Superintend­ ent of Highways, and Town Clerk, and not concentrate solely on the Town Board and Supervisor races. Unless the whole* ticket was elected, those in the top jobs would have “a hard time,” she said. Campaign Manager David Myers, who managed Mrs. Continued on Page 16 Thft^Makdown, Bay P - Rameshwar Das-Hanuman’s Mirror Works Candidate Named As Justice As expected, the East Hampton Town Board, in a vote split along party lines, appointed Joseph Duffy, the Republican candidate for Town Justice, to a Justice’s seat last Friday. Mr. Duffy replaced former Town Justice Edward W. Hults Sr. who had been compelled to resign by State Judicial Conference rules so that he could actively campaign as the GOP’s can­ didate for Town Highway Super­ intendent. Councilman Eamon McDonough, a Democrat Town Board member who will oppose Mr. Duffy for a Justice’s seat in the Nov. 8 election,' had asked the Board to consider appointing a non-candidate for the interim period, but the Board’s majority was evidently persuaded by Supervisor Eugene D. Haas Jr.’s suggestion that one of the Justice candidates would be prefer­ able. While he remained silent on the subject at the Board meeting, Mr. McDonough issued to the press a statement in which he quoted William Butler Yeats’s admonition of “an un­ ruly mob of Dublin theater-goers” thus: ‘“Well, you have disgraced your­ selves again.’” Riding In Springs In another matter that came up Friday, a Springs resident claimed in a 55-minute presentation that since June he had been “annoyed to death\ by a riding academy whose activities, he said, had taken place on scenic ease­ ment land that had been restricted to scenic, agricultural, and grazing pur­ poses. The complainant, Dr. Milton Dor- oshkin, who lives in the Miller Farm subdivision off Springs-Fireplace Road, charged that riding and jumping les­ sons constituted “a blatant violation” of the scenic-easement agreement with the. Town for the property; alleged that Building Inspector Joseph DeCristo- faro had conspired with the academy’s management to thwart his complaint, and called upon the Town Board to take action. An attempt by the non-plussed City College sociology professor to question Mr. DeCristofaro in courtroom style was cut short by the Board after Town attorney Duane Whelan and subse­ quently Councilwoman Mary A. Fallon, who was visibly upset, termed it “out of order.” Pre-Existing Mr. Haas said that while he was sympathetic with Dr. Doroshkin’s com­ plaint, it raised complex issues that would require further investigation. Mr. DeCristofaro said an attorney for the operator of the riding academy, Gary Tucker, had obtained an affidavit from George Sid Miller Sr. attesting that riding lessons were a pre-existing use. The Supervisor said that first tne Building Inspector would have to render a decision, after which, if Dr. Doroshkin disagreed, he could go before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Dr. Doroshkin said an appeal would be “a further burden” on him, that he had been “punished enough,” and demanded again that the Town enforce the scenic-easement agreement lest a precedent be set. Questioned later, Mr. Haas theorized that if it were determined that a commercial riding use pre-existed, the Tucker “Pheasant Run Stables” might have to enlarge its acreage (currently 2.2 acres) to satisfy a ten-acre require­ ment for riding academies in resi­ dential districts adopted in 1967. Meanwhile, M. Paul Friedberg, of Springs-Fireplace Road, the subdivi­ sion’s developer, said from New York this week that he had rented Lot Two to the Tuckers for boarding horses, unaware that a riding academy was planned. He said Dr. Doroshkin had a right to be annoyed, and added that the riding activities would be moved to “the back fields, not contiguous to him.” Mr. Friedberg opined that horses should remain in Springs — “People enjoy seeing them” — but that they oughtn’t to conflict with peace and quiet. Mr. McDonough’s statement con­ cerning Mr. Duffy’s appointment went on to say: “I ran for office for years in the hope of ridding this Town of the clubhouse politics attitude. The results of the last three Town elections should have taught the Republicans a lesson. But, no, they are back at the same old game with some of the old faces that had been hiding reappearing and using the same tired techniques.” “This one is called, ‘Let’s get him into the chair seven weeks before the election and the he can put “re-elect” on his’posters.’” “. . . But on a more optimistic note, perhaps all is not lost. The presence of a remaining lay Justice on the court will give us the unique opportunity of observing in the next few weeks layman vs. lawyer in performance.” “By election time the public will be in a position to discern whether or not a Continued on Page 11 Solons Eye Dredging The first batch of proposed East End dredging projects to pass the “public versus private” criteria of the newly formed County “Dredging Project Screening Committee” came to the Suffolk Legislature this week. And they’ll be facing further scrut­ iny. “Considering the dredging projects on the west that got bumped out for being purportedly more private than public I’m going to make sure these jobs in the east are being judged the same way,” said Richard Lambert, a West Islip Legislator. The screening group, composed of the County Executive, three members of the Legislature, the County Plan­ ning Director, and a Council on Environmental Quality representative, was set up to cut out projects — or part of projects — in which principally private interests are benefited by dredging in County waters. The East End proposals which have passed it and await a vote at a Legislature meeting later this month before the County public works com­ missioner is empowered to take bids: • Little Creek and Gull Pond in the Town of Southold. • Sag Harbor Cove in the Town of Southampton. • Three Mile Harbor in East Hamp­ ton Town. • Chase and Gardiner Creeks on Shelter Island. The work, if approved, is expected to carry a high price tag now with the County dredge, since the beginning of the year, in mothballs. The rig, the Shinnecock, had dredged at an average cost of $2.55 per cubic yard in 1976. Last month, the County took bids on dredging Naguntatogue Creek in Babylon. The lone bid was $5.90 per cubic yard, plus another $4 a yard for “mobilization” costs, aids to navigation, diking and re-vegetation. After the East End proposals were “put on the table” at the Legislature Tuesday in Riverhead, Joyce Burland, a Legislator from Sagaponack, pre­ dicted that the bids for the eastern work would be coming in “steep,” too. That might, she said, convince more members of the Legislature to get the County dredge back into service. A Legislative majority has backed Suf­ folk Executive John V. N. Klein’s move to shelve the dredge. He has claimed costs would be comparable by having the work done privately, and more control could be exercised over dredg­ ing by putting up dredge jobs separat­ ely and through contract. Also this week, the Legislature: • Received a resolution requested by the County Executive which would allow an extension of the four-year-old County loan of $3.7 million to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport by $60,000. The loan has been earmarked to cover 80 per cent of the cost of building new facilities. However, “certain mechanic’s liens . . . have . . . or may be” filed against the Hospital in connection with the construction, notes the resolution, and these “may be superior to any subse­ quent advances made by the County under the loan agreement.” The addi­ tional monies would bring work “to the extent necessary to secure the project for the winter,” the resolution says. Continued on Page 6 The East Hampton Village Board, meeting Friday night, authorized the Village Police Chief to organize a force of “Civil Defense Auxiliary Police.” This will consist of up to 15 armed and uniformed volunteers, trained by the County Civil Defense Department, who will help out the Village’s 16-man Police Department on crowded occa­ sions such as football games and summer traffic and could be called up en masse in emergencies such as hurricanes. In selling the idea to the Board, Police Chief Marvin LaMoore argued that it would cost the Village nothing, since the auxiliaries would be unpaid, except the cost of their uniforms and insurance. This, he estimated later, would amount to about $100 per man for the uniforms; somewhat less— he did not have exact figures—for the insurance. Their Own Pistols He said the auxiliaries would have to buy their own pistols, after being trained in their use by the County and obtaining pistol permits. They would also receive first aid and legal training: “just about the same.training a normal police officer gets, in fact a little bit more.” According to Chief LaMoore, anyone who lives in the East Hampton area can volunteer to join the force—it will not be restricted to Village residents— except that “we’re not going to accept any volunteer firemen, because the nature of the positions would create a dual responsibility in an emergency.” “We would like people with similar tastes that aren’t yet obligated with the Fire Department,” he added, and firemen who wanted to be auxiliary policemen instead could volunteer if they resigned from the Department. “Background Check” Volunteers would be given a “back­ ground check” by a “coordinator,” also unpaid, who Chief LaMoore said would serve as a liaison between the force and himself as well as “do the recruiting.” He would ask the Board to appoint a coordinator at its next meeting, he said, and he already had someone in mind for the job, but was not ready to reveal who it was. The appointments of the volunteers themselves would also be subject to the Board’s approval, as would a set of rules for the force’s procedures. Besides the “maximum of 15” auxiliaries, the Chief related, he also wanted to maintain a “waiting list” of 15 more to replace those who dropped out or were dropped. The auxiliaries would be people with “a desire to contribute to the safety and welfare of the community,” but “a lot of times that wanes,” he noted; furthermore, each would be obliged to put in 15 hours of on-the-job training per month, and those who didn’t would be dropped. The Chief said he thought the force would be the first of its kind on the East End, though there were a number of them elsewhere in the County. Ih a memo to the Board, Chief LaMoore had described the force’s function as follows: “First, their primary use would be extremely helpful on holidays such as Halloween, Memorial Day and Fourth of July. During these days they would man pertinent foot posts in an attempt to enhance police visibility and secure a more desired crowd control effect.” \Secondly they would be used during public gatherings such as football games and the LVIS Fair.” “Apart from the above, they are required to serve in the Auxiliary Police capacity for a minimum of 15 hours per month. On these occasions, they would either work in Headquar­ ters, if the need arose, or ride with a Civil Service [police] Officer in a police vehicle and assist that Officer, when necessary, with that Officer being responsible for the Auxiliary Police Officer’s conduct and actions.” ■ Security “I believe that this description of duties generally covers the functions of the Auxiliary Police at present. How­ ever, as time goes on, and a better realization of their function is learned, their use can be broadened to the betterment of the, security of the Village and its residents.” “I would also like to point out, at this time, that having people serve in this capacity and having contact with the police on a working relationship, fur­ ther increases the eyes and ears of Continued on Page 4

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