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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, January 11, 1979, Image 16

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II—TWO THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., JANUARY 11, 1979 to the Editor Thank Yon Montauk January 2, 1979 Dear Mr. Rattray: Thank you for letting the fourth grade visit the East Hampton Star office in December. All of us enjoyed listening to you tell how a newspaper is printed. Your friends, FOURTH GRADE ADRIENNE SMYTH, Class Secretary “You Are Wrong” Southampton January 9, 1979 Everett T. Rattray Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: New York Telephone is asking for a modest seven per cent rate increase because it is being driven to the wall by inflation. As a publisher who is now paying 225 per cent more for newsprint than in 1970, I’m sure you’re well aware of the rising costs of doing business. We are not excluded because we are big. Our taxes jumped more than $115 million in the last two years. We now consume 11 per cent less energy since 1973 but our costs have doubled. In two years telephone plant equip­ ment costs have risen 41 per cent. Motor vehicle operating costs are 63 per cent higher than five years ago. I could go on and on — the cost of borrowing money is up 52 per cent over five years ago... depreciation is cbmb- ing in our technologically intensive company . . . and employe wages, salaries and benefits were at the $2 billion level in 1978. You are wrong when you say the PSC \near guarantees” us a 9.24 per cent rate of return. The fact is that in the last ten years we have not earned the allowable rate of return. And while AT&T’s earnings have increased, New York Telephone’s contribution has been far less than most of the other Bell System Companies. We are sorry to hear that you are turning elsewhere for your telephone equipment, but this is the nature of the new competitive rather than monopolistic environment we find our­ selves in. New York Telephone has plenty of competition these days and that is exactly why we must maintain a strong financial position. Sincerely, WILLIAM S. WETTERER Manager, New York Telephone Co. The Sunshine Law Sag Harbor January 8, 1979 The Editor The East Hampton Star Dear Sir: In recent months, the Star has made reference both in editorials and news articles to the Sag Harbor School Board in connection with the Sunshine or Open Meetings Law adopted Jan. 1, 1977. I would like to respond for the Sag Harbor School Board to your two areas of main concern. First, the closed meeting held between the East Hampton and Sag Harbor School Boards on Oct. 30,1978: NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 1979 by John Bistrian, Superintendent of High­ ways, Town of East Hampton, New York for the delivery and pick up at Plant price of the following material: Screened sand, crushed gravel and pre-cast dry wells. Specifications for these materials may be picked up at the Superintendent’s office during regular office hours. The Superintendent reserves the right to reject all bids. All bids must be accompanied by a non-collusion certifi­ cate as required by Section 103-D of the General Municipal Law. Dated: January 11, 1979. JOHN BISTRIAN Supt. of Highways Town of East Hampton, N.Y. 19-1 ____________ v _______________ PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of East Hampton will hold a Regular Meeting on Friday, January 19,1979 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall Annex, 17 Newtown Lane, East Hamp­ ton, New York 11937. The public is invited to attend. Dated: December 29, 1978. By Order Of The Board Of Trustees Inc. Village Of East Hampton DONALD M. HALSEY Clerk-Treasurer In exploring all alternatives to the Pierson High School building problem, the Sag Harbor School Board at its regular meeting of Oct. 16, 1978, by motion directed the president to contact the president of the East Hampton School Board to discuss the feasibility of sending Sag Harbor High School students to East Hampton. As a result of this contact, the Sag Harbor Board was invited to a joint meeting of both Boards on Oct. 30,1978 to discuss this matter. Since the meeting was to be at the East Hampton High School, the Sag Harbor Board could not officially convene outside our School District and therefore, could take no official action. The host school was responsible for the type of meeting to be held. On the advice of their school attorney East Hampton decided to have a closed meeting. The Sag Harbor Board felt that the East Hampton Board was acting in good faith and did not question the fact that the meeting was closed to the public. In later discussion with the chief counsel of the New York State Education Department, he said that if we had had misgivings about a closed meeting, we could have refused to come or walked out of the meeting. Since we had asked for the discussion, to do so would have been completely contrary to the cooperative intent of the meeting. Information was exchanged between the Boards, no action was taken, and both Boards reported the meeting and its outcome to their respective publics at their next open meetings. This meeting was not an intentional devious attempt to circumvent the Sunshine Law as suggested, but rather an example of cooperative spirit between School Districts facing new problems with possible new solutions. Such a meeting should be viewed as a forward step by both Boards in responding to each other’s needs and to those of their respective communities and taxpayers. However, in retrospect we stand corrected by the Executive Director of the Committee on Public Access to Records of the State of New York since that body has the responsibility to interpret the Open Meetings Law. In the future, I am sure that both Boards would conduct a similar meeting as an open meeting! The other matter in question is the practice of the Sag Harbor School Board in formally announcing through the paper an executive session at the opening of each regular monthly meeting. At the onset of the Open Meetings Law in January, 1977, our Board was well aware of the subjects that could be discussed in executive session and always tried to follow the law to the letter. When an appropriate subject for executive session came up during our regular meetings, we announced the subject and moved to go into such session. This necessitated the public stepping out into the hall during the meeting for protracted periods of time. This practice led to letters from two community organizations asking us to change our meeting format (copies attached). In September, 1977 the Board had a business management survey at our request done by representatives of the Bureau of General Business Manage­ ment Services of the New York State Education Department. The team sent in to review our procedures questioned the number of executive sessions which we held (see copy of appropriate page attached). This number was adequately explained by our constant involvement i.e. yearly negotiations with our employe organizations, discussion of current and pending litigation, sensitive personnel problems facing our District, administrative appraisals, individual Student discipline problems as we tightened our discipline code, and later discussions of land acquisitions related to our high school building program. In October, 1977, on the recommendation of the Education Department and in response to correspondence from the public, we changed the format of our regular meetings so as to begin as an open session at 7:30 p.m., go into executive session by motion on subjects announced and reconvene the public meeting as close to 8:15 p.m. as possible. We then would again announce the matters that were discussed in executive session. In order to make this clear to the public we advertised our regular meetings in your paper according to this format. The public has appreciated this change in the agenda as it does not waste their time as the previous format had. If you refer to your news coverage of our meetings, you will see that we began preparations for negotiations in December, 1977, shortly after we started this new format, did not settle our teachers’ contract until October 1978, and have begun preparations for 1979-80 negotiations again this past month. We have resolved matters of litigation and tackled new matters of litigation. We have discussed individual student discipline problems, held hearings, and discussed land acquisitions. In other words, in the climate in which School Boards operate these days, we have found the need for an executive session before each of our regular meetings. It is hoped someday we will be able to discontinue these sessions and open our meetings at 8:15 p.m. with the public. It should be emphasized that this time is not spent in deciding the actions of the regular meeting which follows as implied. Perhaps the formal notice printed in the Star was not clear enough as to how this meeting format operates. Your reporters have been very faithful about attending and reporting our meetings and can explain it further if necessary. I am sure they will also at­ test to our cooperation with the media regarding business matters that come before the Sag Harbor School Board. In summary, we have been respon­ sive to our public, we have followed the recommendations of the New York State Education Department regar­ ding our agenda, and at all times have tried in good faith to comply with the Open Meetings Law, its requirements and interpretations in the conduct of our meetings. Why single out the Sag Harbor School Board to criticize regarding the Open Meetings Law when many other public bodies could benefit from our example? JOHN M. BISHOP, M.D. Board Member and Former President Sag Harbor Board of Education “Explanations” East Hampton January 5,1979 Editor, the Star Dear Sir: Once again it becomes necessary to add the truth to one of Mr. Tocci’s “explanations” of what goes on be­ tween his East Hampton teachers’ union and the Board of Education. Your edition of yesterday quotes Mr. Tocci about a Jan. 2 negotiating session concerning a long-delayed new con­ tract. It quoted him as saying that “none of the major issues could be resolved” and that \both sides agreed to wait for the State-appointed ‘super­ conciliator’ before getting together again.” This is another effort by Mr. Tocci to make the Board of Education look like the bad guy who doesn’t want to ne­ gotiate. The fact is that only one issue was discussed at the brief Jan. 2 nego­ tiating session—more pay in the teach­ ers’ pockets immediately. The Board’s spokesman, Mrs. Dorothy DeWaters, Superintendent Freidah, and myself, with president James McIntyre as an observer—reiterated the demand for a freeze in teachers’ salaries. After caucusing, the union repre­ sentatives returned to the meeting. Mr. Tocci immediately closed his book of notes and proclaimed that the union preferred to break off the talks and wait for the appearance of the State’s superconciliator. The Board’s representatives were not consulted on this. In fact, they suggested that other matters be dis­ cussed. Mr. Tocci refused. That’s how the meeting ended. And this is by no means the first time that I’ve heard “explanations” that vary as widely from the facts as this one does. JOHN McCUEN Neither Snow... NOR RAIN, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays Michael McGuire from his appointed unicycle rounds up and down the highways and byways of East Hampton. He does, however, draw some puzzled looks on days like this one. Cal Norris Total Budget London, England December 19,1978 Editor East Hampton Star Dear Editor: Larry Cantwell’s column challenging the claim that the Town budget is largely uncontrollable deserves high marks. In effect it puts the responsi­ bility for the size of the budget where it belongs: with the citizens of East Hampton Town and our elected offi­ cials. As in any community the size of the budget depends upon: a. The amount and quality of services the people want. b. The effectiveness of the com­ munity’s management. c. The ability of the citizens to pay for services. The cost of most government and business operations is highly depen­ dent upon the number of people they employ and contract for. The number of people not only determines payroll, pension, and benefit plan expenditures but also heavily influences the level of expenditure for office and work space, communications, vehicles and equip­ ment, fuel, electricity, insurance and supplies. It is such a strong determinant of total cost that well-managed organiza­ tions consider close control of the number of employes and contract workers as essential to overall cost control. As Larry Cantwell pointed out, the number of Town employes called for by law is a very small percentage of East Hampton’s total payroll. While more than the legal minimum is obviously desirable, the proper total is determined by us, the citizens and officials of the Town. Thereby we also largely determine the total budget. Sincerely, R.R. DICKSON Remember Volstead Montauk January 3, 1979 Editor The East Hampton Star Dear Sir: The words “unenforceable” and “un­ constitutional” are introduced into a LIQUOR NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Liquor License Number 7 OP 1587 has been issued to the undersigned to sell beer, liquor and wine under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at no number, Montauk Highway, East Hampton, Suffolk County, for on-premises con­ sumption. APOGEE RESTAURANT CORP. P.O. Box 150 East Hampton, New York 11937 18-2 discussion of the new bottle-capping ordinance by others. Why then was it passed? Remember the Volstead Act? It caused more trouble than it was worth. Yours very truly, J. T. KELLEY Off Limits Amagansett December 15,1978 Everett Rattray Editor The East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: As a long-time summer-weekend resident of Amagansett, I have had some distasteful experiences and some genuine concerns, but I have grown to accept the fact that East Hampton, though idyllic, is not perfect. I like to think that, on the whole, East Hampton has preserved our basic American freedoms more successfully than most other communities in our country. I came close to changing my thinking last weekend when I was told that I would have to sit in the East Hampton Cinema with my 15-year-old child as she viewed “Up In Smoke,” an R-rated film. I know you don’t reprint letters, but I thought you might be interested to know that I did make a serious effort to find out why my in-person permission for my child to view the film was not sufficient. My discussions with mem­ bers of the East Hampton community have led me to conclude that for lack of adequate supervision by some parents of East Hampton — and concurrently, a lack of trust of these parents in their children — the ticket-seller and mana­ ger of the East Hampton Cinema were being pressured into acting as police­ men. When I asked why it was necessary for me to sit with my child throughout the film showing, I was told that it was because the local School Board was down on their backs for not enforcing the United Artists Code, as though this code was a matter of law! I realize I am not the first to suffer in the “war” between the East Hampton Cinema and the community. I do hope to be the last. Cannot the community and the Cinema (United Artists, if need be) get their heads and their hearts together so that people like me, who don’t blame others for their children’s moral weaknesses or lacks, can gain access to private enterprises that deal with the public for the price of a ticket? As my daughter and I left the Cinema — she having been told that she would have to leave if I left — we tried to think of an alternate place of entertainment. I understand that the bowling alley is off limits. What is a 15-year-old to do on a Saturday night? Perhaps this is a more appropriate question for the local School Board to ponder, if not the whole community. Sincerely, MRS. TERRY BERL The Coffee Habit The Mountaintop Circa Cursed Weakness Editor, The Star Dear Brother: Gerald Preiser was a frequent and valuable contributor to that greatly admired weekly, the East Hampton Star. All his letters commanded re­ spect and attention, and produced conviction in the minds of his readers. He was a delightful companion, and abounded in anecdote, fun and genial humor. He was humane and generous up to the full measure of his means, and he sympathized with all measures and efforts which aim to make men wiser, better and happier in their lives. He never had any taste for politics, consequently never sought political distinction or official promotion. As has well been said by Hugh Carey: “Al­ ways too ready to yield to the advancement of others, he put aside positions he would have splendidly adorned with his magnificent intellect.” In the spring of 1978, he had, however, in some way acquired the coffee habit, and indulgence in that cursed weakness crushed out whatever ambition he originally had. It deadened his brain, exhausted his power of initiative and capacity for work, even for thought, and that result was only too evident at the very time when he ought to have been in the zenith of his powers; so as fate would have it, he became a member of the Our Heritage Committee, a subsidiary of the East Hampton Town Bay men’s Association, a gang of toughs and tricksters and spongers of the superlative degree. Moral: Birds of a feather flock together. The Lone Defender ALEX F. DZIEMAN Deep Gratitude Montauk January 7, 1979 Everett T. Rattray Editor Dear Mr. Rattray: Several years ago my husband and I made an important decision. In­ stead of battling the Long Island Expressway to weekend at our sum­ mer home in Montauk, we would become permanent residents. There was, however, just one thought which neither of us cared to dwell upon or discuss to any length: with Southamp­ ton Hospital nearly 30 miles away, what would happen in the event of an emergency? Last week that thought became a reality when, in the early hours of the morning, my husband was experienc­ ing great difficulty in breathing. For­ tunately, some time ago I had placed a sticker above the dial of our telephone giving the number for Fire or Emer­ gency, and after briefly informing that welcomed voice who answered it seemed but a few agonizing minutes before the Ambulance Squad arrived bringing with them the necessary equipment in order to administer oxygen etc. Their calm efficiency in handling a most frightening situation was most reassuring. Following this, they were then faced with the awesome task of carrying my husband on the stretcher along an icy covered deck, hurriedly sprinkled with kitchen salt, and down a fairly steep stairway before reaching the ambulance. By sharing our experience with you, it is written in the hope that others who may silently harbor the same questionable thoughts as we (prior to last week) should be cognizant of the fact that here in Montauk we have a Volunteer Ambulance Service of whom we can be proud. These are dedicated people who devote many hours in training to acquire the skills necessary to cope with every type of emergency. No words can adequately express our deep gratitude, our confidence and sense of pride in knowing that when one is faced with a true emergency, Montauk’s Finest are close at hand. Very sincerely, JANE GROTE P.S. My better half has just phoned to say he has been moved out of the Cardiac Care Unit. That news really makes his day — mine too! To Health I’m told my feet hold health in hand I'm told my palm tells all, If I eat herbs, you understand, No harm would then befall. Yes, onions nix the blood clot threat And camomile relaxes Eat sasparilla, ginger root, Forget both death and taxes. 0. ROSENTHAL Blues Winding up after holiday Blues, Makes one want to review. Their life and friends they knew. Leaving you dizzy, Were they all that busy? Having a ball, Forgetting that call. Maybe too sensitive, Losing your incentive. Thankfully a year to start new, And a time to say, adieu, To more then just after holiday Blues. C. C. ANKENY Rise And Shine This quaint old town we call our home Is nestled by the sea The ocean spray and salt sea breeze A delightful place to be. When summer comes it brings a crowd From city and distant land They fill the town and play around And enjoy surf and sand. The retired folks come here to stay The years of toil past With leisure and restful days And hope and joy at last. i When summer ends the Canada geese From north to south in flight The v formation overhead Is quite a thrilling sight. With every new tomorrow Let us rise and shine To wend our way to work or play With hope and love divine. FRED MORRIS For The New Year When from the field the birds are flown And winter's sun stands still, The corn that is December-sown Is sprouting in the hill. For quiet lies the snowy field And the rick stands idle when, Toward ripeness and a golden yield The sun moves on again. From grain the farmer cherishes — Of harvests close and dear. From the seed of all that perishes, Flowers the golden year. VIRGINIA M. YORK 19-2

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