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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, October 20, 1977, Image 20

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II-TW O THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EA8T HAMPTON, N.Y., OCTOBER 20, 1977 • to the Editor Fine Job East Hampton October 11,1977 Editor, Star Dear Ev, Just a little note to tell you and your readers they should be proud of the fine job both the Town Police and the ambulance squad did in helping Dr. Rowe and Southampton Hospital treat me for a heart attack. About 3:15 on the 21st of September the attack occurred, and my wife, Joan Brill, called the Medical Group. In about three minutes a Town policeman was there and had oxygen adminis­ tered. In about another five, the ambulance was there and I departed for the hospital. These five dedicated people sure did a great job and have my thanks. Due to their good work I’m recovering at home and thank you all for your help and good wishes. “That bridge again.” The other day while recuperating at home I was jarred awake by the familiar crash of another truck being shorn of its roof and roll up rear door by the North Main Street railroad bridge! Seems to me something can be done besides citing the poor driver, who may also have to pay for the repairs and maybe lose his job, too! These accidents could also result in injury or death to occupants of any car or vehicle happening to pass the bridge behind or alongside the unlucky truck. We’ve been lucky so far! Must we wait for this to happen or can we try something like: a big sign “LOW BRIDGE” above the clearance sign at bridge in loud colors, striping the bridge sides, red and white reflective, suspended height gauge before bridge, STOP sign, or even replacing bridge with a different type. That would solve everything. I’m sure Bruce Collins would welcome all suggestions. Maybe stopping the accidents would cut the income from fines in half! PAUL R. S. KALLMEYER Irreversible Bullets East Hampton October 16,1977 Everett Rattray East Hampton Star Dear Everett: Let no one underestimate the deci­ sion-making ability of government of, by and for the people. On Sept. 19, the East Hampton Village Board received a proposal for an armed volunteer police unit. A scant three weeks later, we find that an auxiliary police officer, bullets, gun and all, is already on the streets. What indeed are the clear and present dangers from which in­ habitants and visitors of this Village are to be protected? It may be reassuring to some that these volun­ teers are to be trained and indoc­ trinated in the uses of “deadly physical force.” But against whom? These individ­ uals, it is said, are the brethren of millions of law-abiding hunters. But is hunting not against the law within the Village confines? No one, so far, has expressed a lack of confidence in the kind of protection that the existing police force has indeed provided. The right of citizens to bear arms is not an issue here at all. The need for a para-military auxil­ iary, however, deserves thoughtful attention by the entire community. Bullets, unlike our democratic process­ es, are irreversible. Sincerely, JIMMY ERNST PBA Position East Hampton October 16,1977 Everett T. Rattray, Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: I am writing as president of the East Hampton Village Police Benevolent Association to share with you and with the public our views on a subject of much recent publicity, that of auxiliary police. Further, we wish to discuss some of the factors we have carefully considered; those which Jed to our present position. The PBA has always responded keenly to the feeling of warmth and support it has uniformly received from the community at large; the members of the PBA fully recognize their obligation to serve the public. No claims of infallibility are made, but we do take pride in consistently offering the highest level of service we know how to render. In the recent past we have had more than ample provocation to justify taking certain issues to you, the public. Such action would have enhanced our posi­ tion, but might have been divisive; we did not take such action. Now, to the subject at hand. We doubt if there is a police force anywhere which wouldn’t prefer enlargement of its own ranks, but economic considerations frequently frustrate such desires, even in the most legitimate of instances. The present Village administration has no plans to restore the complement of police officers for your increased protection. The critical question, then, is whether on balance the public would gain from the use of additional per­ sonnel who would assist and supple­ ment the regularly constituted uni­ formed police force. Let us examine the possibilities. What would be the role of auxiliary policemen? What would be the extent of their power? What type of training would they have? What insurance protection would be added for their benefit and that of the public? Pro­ ponents of auxiliary policemen suggest a number of functions which they could discharge. The ones most frequently mentioned are traffic and crowd control. Also cited, though less often, are such activities as evening security checks in our business district. Some suggest that it would be helpful to have the auxiliaries accompany regular police officers on patrol, as the size of our regular force so often limits patrols to only one officer per eight-hour shift.... We probably know as friends and neighbors each person who would vol­ unteer to serve as an auxiliary. We have shared with these people the full range of life’s experiences, from its greatest pleasures to its saddest mo­ ments. They are not strangers to us. While their presence and companion­ ship as auxiliary could ease our load in a number of instances, we have voted unanimously to recommend that auxil­ iary police not be implemented. This decision is based on considerations of the welfare and protection of both the proposed auxiliary and the public. The critical factor in this recom­ mendation is the matter of training. In this County, each of your police officers has received a minimum of 640 hours of intensive and rigorous Academy train­ ing. Auxiliary police receive a total of 24 hours of initial training, with subsequent on-the-job service counted as additional training. While no amount of training can prepare an individual for every probable, much less possible encounter, it is clear that the longer and more intensive the training period, the greater the likelihood of a desired response. The initial and subsequent monthly on-the-job training which auxiliaries would receive is totally inadequate preparation for the situations which we encounter with great frequency. For example, crowd control at a football game or parade may sound like very tame stuff, and usually it is. But what if it isn’t? The line between exuberance and riot is often a delicate one to evaluate, and time for leisurely analysis or Monday morning quarterbacking is denied the police officer. Decisions which must be made in a matter of seconds should fall upon a person whose training and full-time experi­ ence make it likely that his decision will be the correct one. Would it be fair to place this decision on an auxiliary, possibly placing him in physical jeopardy? To be sure, your regular police officer could also be placed in jeopardy; he and his family know all too well the hazards of his job, but he has been intensively trained in their manage­ ment. Further, and of paramount importance, police work can be hazard­ ous to the public as well. The public must have the assurance that its safety rests in the hands of trained profes­ sionals. To our friends who would like to volunteer their time and energies we are truly grateful and deeply touched. We know you would not want to work with and assist a police force which didn’t measure up to your expecta­ tions. We have been completely candid with you in our views and conclusions. Our decision was neither quickly nor easily reached, but it was honestly and sincerely arrived at. We knowingly run the risk of offending some of you, but no one ever suggested that being a police officer will win many points in a general popularity contest. It may even cost us a few of our personal friendships, but better that than sacrifice honestly held beliefs to politically popular positions. Sincerely, GLEN F. STONEMETZ JR. President East Hampton Village PBA The System Springs October 17,1977 Editor, Star Dear Ev, I would like at this time to clarify my position on the office of Bay Constable, although I have my own reservations if this office should be involved in politics. In an election year the shellfish law becomes very vague. A bushel of scallops becomes twice the amount of meat in an election year. I am running on the Democratic ticket: I’m a lifetime resident, a Bayman, commercial fisherman, and a registered voter of East Hampton Town. I have always been a con­ servationist, as it has been part of my life and livelihood. I believe in myself and that I am qualified for the job. I believe that an elected official can do a a good job on his own merits. I am very much concerned with the appointment of my opponent, Mr. Peters, and how he got his appoint­ ment by the Republican-controlled Board—Mr. Haas, Mrs. Fallon, and Mr. Lester. You may say that I am against the System (as it is called today). At the time of the vacancy caused by Mr. Cantwell being elected to the Town Board, there were several local well- qualified men who applied for the appointment. The Republican system saw fit to send out of Town or State to make the appointment of Mr. Peters, who at the time was living, with his wife, and employed in the State of Florida. Mr. Peters was neither a registered Republican nor a registered voter of our Township. Therefore, he must not have voted for the officials who appointed him. I wonder if these officials acted on their own or was it the System? The several local men including myself who applied for the appoint­ ment were all registered voters, some were Republican, and voted in the last election exercising their rights as The Fish-Eye Cormorant citizens for good government. I believe there is a way to break the System and that is the good judgment of all voters. I will uphold the law and equal rights of all, even in an election year. And never will I become a part of a System, that I do not believe in. I thank you, MILTON MILLER Clamming Springs October 17,1977 Everett Rattray, Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray, There is an unfounded rumor being circulated around town concerning our Bay Constable, Bob Peters, which we would like to refute, for no reason except we feel the truth should be told. It seems that some people are saying that Bob is not effective in the perform­ ance of his job as Bay Constable. We, from personal experience, know better. A group of us were clamming this past summer in Accabonac Creek, and Bob examined the clams taken by each of us. After returning the undersized clams to the Creek he explained the Town ordinance to us and showed us just how to measure the clams for legal size, advised us to obtain the right sized rakes, and checked our licenses. While we were sorry to lose oilr clams, we were happy to know that in our own best interests, we have a good Bay Constable. Bob was most helpful, polite, but firm. Frankly, we learned a lot about clamming that day. Since then we have seen him day after day, at various beaches, doing his job and we truly feel that the rumors going around are unjustified. ELEANOR PHILLIPS ARTHUR OLSEN GILBERT JOHNSON ARTHUR PABST Steve Bromley Jr. People Issue Amagansett October 14,1977 Everett Rattray, Editor East Hampton Star Dear Ev: As a working man who has lived in East Hampton all his life I know how hard our people work for their money. While campaigning for election as Town Councilman these last months, I can also tell you how pressed, the people are by taxes, taxes, taxes. Aside from all of us belonging to the May 4 Club— it’s not till then that we stop working for the Federal Govern­ ment to give them their chunk of our salaries—there is something we can effect and that’s the Town’s share of our hard-earned dollars. The last four years in East Hampton has not seen a Supervisor with actual fiscal and budgeting experience. That is why I urge the people of East Hampton Town to elect Ronald Rioux Supervisor—the Town’s chief fiscal officer. Rioux has the proven record of holding the line on taxes while pro­ viding the necessary services as Mayor of East Hampton Village for four years. And he- has already brought his expertise, as Jack Graves pointed out last week, to the present Town Board in the form of excellent recommenda­ tions regarding the Town’s ’78 budget. Yet, it’s the entire Board that has the final say on the budget—and in the last three years, under two different Supervisors, with both political parties represented—the budget has been unanimously approved. So it's not a partisan issue but a people issue—electing qualified people to do the job for East Hampton, or else as was mentioned in a letter-to-the- editor last week, “we’ll all go broke.” I fully endorse Rioux’s fiscal prin­ ciples and suggest that he’ll need some help on the Town Board to see them through. Sincerely, HUGH KING Republican Candidate for Councilman Economic Conditions East Hampton October 10,1977 Everett Rattray The East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: Election time is rapidly approaching again. I am writing this open letter to those people running for positions on the East Hampton Town Board. Having lived in this community for some 14 years, I have noted a gradual degeneration in the economic well being of the average working citizens in our community. Much energy and discussion (rightly so) has been ex­ pended in matters of conservation. Little has been said or done about the existing economic conditions. I would appreciate those candidates responding in this medium I am using, with their views in this regard. Very truly yours, ANTHONY C. WIMBAUER Hold The Line East Hampton October 13,1977 Everett Rattray, Editor East Hampton Star Dear Everett: You couldn’t be more wrong in your theory about the Town Budget pro­ posal in your editorial last week. Your suggestion that it might be a political fix, an “only kidding” ploy, has proven to be untrue. (Sorry to say we’d all be better off if what you suggested were the case!) In this week’s budget hearings, it appeared to me that the Town’s preliminary budget proposal, to be made public in late October, will be higher than Supervisor Haas's recom­ mended budget, which to my mind was already too high. Only the people can stop this unrealistic spending. I’ve made some immediate proposals which would hold the line on property taxes right now for ’78 — but whether the Board acts on them is another story. I fully agree with you that taxes in western Suffolk should be a warning to us all. / Sincerely, RONALD P. RIOUX Republican candidate for Town Supervisor Congratulations East Hampton October 7,1977 Mr. Everett Rattray East Hampton Star Dear Everett: My congratulations to Ronnie Rioux — a registered Conservative, running as a Republican, an Independent think­ er with loyalties only to the electorate which he wishes to serve. I read his preliminary budget outline and eagerly look forward to hearing more about his budget proposal — Strange Definition Amagansett October 11,1977 To the Editor East Hampton Star Dear Sir: I am glad to see a lay person taking up the cudgels for non-lawyer judges. Thelma Henner’s letter, in support of Eamon McDonough, adds zest to the debate, if not much information. Cur­ iously, Ms. Henner, a few years ago, was a member of a committee which actively supported my call for lawyer- judges as a necessary aspect of due process of law. Ms. Henner’s letter, published on Oct. 6 , offers a strange definition of the “knowledge” required by a judge. Knowledge, she says, requires “the admission that one does not know... She also asserts that Eamon Mc­ Donough is qualified, not only by his lack of knowledge, but also because he is a librarian and knows where to look up information. If Mr. McDonough agrees with Ms. Henner, then he, in effect, lays claim to being an amazing man: as a librarian there is no job for which he is not qualified — all he has to do is look it up — he could be a highly competent brain surgeon, for example, although I suspect he would have difficulty building a medical practice. Truly, we would have a remarkable man in our midst. Mr. McDonough’s alleged ability, as an expert in all fields, by virtue of his ability to “look things up,” is exemp­ lified by the following direct or implied assertions in his column of Oct. 6 . 1. Attorneys are excluded from Small Claims Court proceedings. 2. It is the intent of the law that the Justice Court be a “Court of arbitra­ tion.” The facts are as follows: 1. Attorneys are not excluded from the Small Claims Section of a Justice Court nor from any other court (CPLR, Section 321 [a]). 2. In a Small Claims Court corpora­ tions, with some exceptions, must be represented by attorneys. This is the opposite of the exclusion theory offered by Mr. McDonough. 3. Contrary to Mr. McDonough’s belief, the Justice Court is not intended to be a “Court of Arbitration” and has only limited arbitration powers. (Uni­ form Justice Court Act, Section 206). That section reads in part “No matter required to be decided by the Court shall be referred to any arbitrator ___ ” As stated above there are, neverthe­ less, limited possibilities for arbitra­ tion. Clearly, Ms. Henner is wrong about the research capabilities of Mr. Mc­ Donough and Mr. McDonough is wrong about the law. That a candidate have a sense of justice, as Ms. Henner urges, cannot be disputed. But lack of a sense of justice is not an issue in this judgeship controversy. The choice of the voter is between a trained lawyer, Joseph Duffy, and a librarian, who will have to “look it up” and hope to understand it. It seems to me there is only one choice for intelligent voters. DAVID NOAH FIELDS Due Procees Committee for Joseph Duffy for Justice Court

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