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The Long Island traveler-watchman. (Southold, Long Island, N.Y.) 1975-1990, November 13, 1975, Image 1

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0 . J . F0?.:'A‘I co:iPA:;Y n l :. v 3 f i l :-: d 2 ? v . kj.,... ILLr:J0I3, 61463 An Official Newspaper Of Southold Town Complete Coverage - Riverhead To Orient An Official Newspaper Of Riverhead Town Long Island Traveler Est. 1871 Vol. 105 No. 5 TRUTH WITHOUT FEAR Mattituck Watchman, Est. 1826 Subscription $6.00 Per Year S O U T H O L D , L O N G I S L A N D , N . Y . , T H U R S D A Y , N O V E M B E R 1 3 . 1 9 7 5 Sinote Copies 20 Canla A s k F o r J o b D e s c r i p t i o n s O f S o u t h o l d B o a r d In what is becoming an annual ritual, the Southold Town Board heard the spokesman of a local taxpayers’ group ask for job descrip­ tions of board members during last Thursday's budget hearing, trying to establish the positions as part-time effort for full-time salaries. The tentative budget of $822,558 carrying a general town tax rate of S3.02 for each $100 of assessed valuation, contains salary increases which will give Supervisor Albert Martocchia $25,000; two town jus­ tices, $14,000. and two councilmen $8,000. Martocchia, citing his 24-hour-a- day job, said, “ My telephone is listed and I can be reached at any time. 1 feel I've saved the town 20 to 30 times that kind of money. Welfare funds were handled properly. I explored circumstances and got many of them off the rolls. In that one area alone, 1 saved thousands, returning $30,000 of a $40,000 welfare budget. ■‘W e ’ve got a good board. W e ’re entitled to the raises because we're producing. During the election we said we had an indebtedness of $36,000. We were wrong. This town owes exactly $6,960 and if a highway­ man gets $5 an hour and a policeman $9, the board isn’t overpaid.” Councilman James Homan took on the defense of the possible increase stating he wasn’t altogether sure he would vote for it. \B u t , \ said Homan, \ I tried in the beginning to keep track of the time spent on the job and found I couldn’t. I’ve absorbed my own mileage and phone bills and my private business does not demand my presence so the town is getting its full share.” Martocchia made it clear, board members did not ask for the raises. “ I put it in the budget,” he said, ‘‘the two judges are on the highway committee and inspect every inch of road in subdivisions. They’re on the police committee and while they don’t have to answer calls after 9 p.m., they do.” Hearing on the budget, which calls for $48,519 more than last year’s figure, continued into an evening session with two members of the press present, a single observer who took a copy of the budget and left and the town board. Martocchia said the town board will probably act on the budget at the November 18 meeting which will be held at the Supervisor’s building South Street, Greenport, at 3 p.m. Study Environmental Impact On Mascony Ferry A meeting pertaining to an en- viror.mental impact study on the pro­ posed Mascony Ferry terminal in Greenport brought together an attor­ ney and engineer from the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Mayor of Greenport, Joe Townsend, Jim Monsell of the Utilities Department and Planning Board Chairman Jon Richmond last Thursday, and left some elected members of the Village Board annoyed at being left out. Testimony the ICC received was a restatement of the position of the village, substantially unchanged, concerned about traffic and specifi­ cally wary of potential damage to sewer lines, water mains and the streets under increased pressure from Front Street ferry traffic..\ The two man delegation from the ICC will prepare a writ'en report for the commission, which will be read by three commissioners \yho will then decide the matter. Apparent misinformation about the meeting resulted in a newspaper ad protesting the resurgence of the Mascony proposal which many Greenporter considered a closed is­ sue. The ad referred to a ‘‘closed ICC hearing” indicating adyance inform­ ation about the November 6 session had been leaked. Ihe Masco’.i^ application, brought to the Village Board when George Hubbard was Mayor, had received at that time a resolutioi! of support from the board. A public information meeting brought out some weighty protests and the ICC held public hearings on both sides of the Sound, spending a week in Greenport g ather­ ing testimony. Mascony was turned down on the initial go-round because of narrow egress on to Front Street. They re­ structured the route, now under consideration, and in order to bring the operation in for last summer’s traffic, applied for a temporary per­ mit which was denied. George Power, president of the Mascony Transport and Ferry Com­ pany, was in Greenport Thursday and Friday. He recapped possession of properties which will be involved in the operation and according to him, the possibility of a ferry line re­ mains. Mascony set the wheels in motion in Sag Harbor for a similar line, which was approved by the Sag Harbor Village Board 3-2 but meeting with a formation of protest groups who do not want the village a terminal for a Sound crossing ferry. Board Of Elections Begins Recanvass The County Board of Elections this week is beginning its official recan- vass of the election results, and the final outcome of several close election races, may well be determined by the official tallies. The County Legislature, now 12-6 Republican, figures to become 11-7 Democratic, but there is a close race where the official recanvass could change the results. Democratic incumbent Legislator Angela Christensen has apparently lost to Conservative-Republican Will­ iam Carney, in the Sixth Legislative District by a scant 47 votes. The district covers portions of Smithtown RruuJth.'iven. And It is possible (but not prob­ able) that the results could change the winner in the Brookhaven High­ way Superintendent’s race, which saw Republican incumbent Harold Malkmes, as the only GOP winner in Brookhaven Town, the apparent win­ ner over Democrat Vincent Felice, by a vote of 35,498 to 34,953. Unofficial results last week had given Felice the victory, but a recount showed R i v e r h e a d T o w n B u d g e t V o t e T h i s F r i d a y An hour long public hearing on Riverhead’s proposed budget, ended up with no complaints about the huge tax hike, instead several people asked that more money be added - for planning, zoning ordinance updating, and for improvement of downtown Riverhead. The gross budget of $3,297,333, if adopted at tomorrow’s (Friday) town board meeting, will result in a tax jump of 75 cents to a rate of $6.01 per $100 of assessed valuation, the high­ est in Eastern Suffolk. Although there are no raises pro­ vided for public officials, $25,000 has been set aside for employees, and in somewhat strange accounts, upwards of $100,000 for police raises. The board at its last Wednesday meeting updated the town’s water­ ways ordinance to conform to Coast Guard regulations, even exceeding Coast Guard rules in some instances. Further, the board approved the hiring of Joseph Saland, a real estate broker, to appraise the Morrell Pro­ perty on Peconic Avenue, a building Riverhead plans on demolishing as part of a beautification program. The town is receiving $46,000 in federal (Continued on Page8) Martocchia Upset About ‘‘Leak” During Thursday's meeting of the - Southold Town Board, Supervisor- Albert Martocchia indicated dis­ pleasure at the information “ leak” on the East-West Fire District. Stating . he was upset to see it in print, Martocchia told Greenport’s Mayor Joseph Townsend that the town will negotiate further with the committee from the village, Townsend and Bill Lieblein. Martocchia expressed satisfaction with the performance of the fire (Continued on Page 6) East End Supervisors Hear LILCO^s Rate Explanation Filing To Implemeiiit Service F^;e John Russell and Gary Turley, representing LILCXD, met Wednesday with east end Supervisors and invited guests. Left to right, Russell and Turley are otjserved with Riverhead Town Supervisor John Leonard. Legislator H. Beecher Halsey and Peter Maji^owski, Southampton Village Mayor, exploring the 85 percent ratchet clause. photo by Peter stoMiis Gre^jlllpo^ Dolphins Challenged A simmering argument over four 9 oles placed in the Greenport Harbor off the property of Gordon D. Miller, 424 Fourth Street, Greenport, pro­ voked sparks at the meeting of the Greenport Village Board Monday night, when Miller took the board to task for authorizing a statement to the Army Corps of Engineers that the Board had no objection to the main­ tenance of those poles after strenuous objections by Miller to the Harbor Master and Village Clerk. According to Miller, village action created a bad precedent for all shorefront owners who face install­ ation of poles off their property without permission or consent. The atmosphere was further cloud­ ed by an explanation from Frederick Tedeschi, representing Witte, Sover- el, Wilson and Kalbert, all of 424 Fourth Street, Greenport. that he had been requested by the Corps of Engineers to secure approval from the village for the single pole dophins to be used for tying up small, dingy rowboats. At that time, a favorable Republican Watchman In Collection Malkmes the a pparent winner by 545 votes. Walsh Over Moblus There were a couple of close races on Shelter Island, that saw the Republicans lose control of the Town Board to the Conservatives. The Conservatives have now an apparent 3-to-2 majority. The unofficial Board of Election returns last week had Republican Justice Paul E. Mobius, Jr., winning by one vote over Con­ servative George E. Walsh. How­ ever, figures taken from ballots were transposed on charts, and the actual (but still unofficial) results show Walsh a winner over Mobius by a vote of 598 to 579. The big surprise on Shelter Island was the defeat of incumbent Repub­ lican Supervisor Thomas Jernick who lost to Conservative Leonard Bliss by 36 votes. The official recanvass could possibly change this vote. But pol­ itical figures on the Island said Jernick’s defect was not that surpris- (Continued on Page 11) 5. , i ruling had been obtained from the New York State Department of En­ vironmental Control. Miller acknowledged an easement enjoyed by Tedeschi’s clients and questioned the rights of easement owners as against property owners who are paying the taxes. According to Tedeschi, his clients also own a right-of-way and have permission to use the beach. The Greenport Board of Trustees bowed out of the whole situation, acknowleging the letter of approvel was incorrect and belatedly detpr- (Continuedon Page 10) Warm Weather Hurts Farm Crops The recent unseasonably warm weather, welcome as it has been to lovers of the great outdoors and to homeowners concerned about the high cost of indoors heating, has been causing serious problem', for Eastern Long Island farmers. Indian summer temperatures, ranging well into the 70’s, has impaired the quality of field crops still not entirely harvested. Cauliflower in particular has been hurt, as was indicated by sharply declining vol­ ume and lower prices early this week at the L.I. Cauliflower Association’s Riverhead auction. Returns to growers, which had been averaging $5 and better per (Continued on Page 15) East end supci ' a had a meet­ ing with LILCO H'lcials yesterday, preempting the normal agenda to get some answers from the utility com­ pany and public hearings on the pro­ posed 85 percent ratchet clause, viewed by many as a foot in the door, with LILCO coming after individual homeowners next. LILCO’s vice president, in charge of public affairs, Ira Freilicher, said the Public Service Commission has already granted the request. LILCO intends to go back to the PSC and file for a change in the tariff that would implement the 85 percent service charge over a period of four years. It is in conjunction with this new application ihat public hearings would be held. Freilicher based his assumption on knowledge of the way the PSC works; he feels the con­ troversy that has surrounded the issue will prompt them to open the bearings. Vice President Russell gave ^r^>!cnta»tou to the 0 , mayors in which he covered tne groundr of the winter fee. The first point was the charge involved is a demand charge based on putting into operation generating stations and other equipment, that sit idle for eight months of the year. LILCO has had the demand charge for 50 years but they have only recently made plans to levy the charge on Eastern Long Island businesses because of the switch in their peak load period. Until a few years ago their peak load Occurred during the winter months. Consequently, the businesses that closed down for the winter were not a factor. Now, when a customer opens for summer business, he is contribut­ ing to the peak load and the utiliza­ tion of extra equipment. There are two alternatives to the ratchet charge. One is to charge a seasonal fee that would be levied only during the months in which the business is actually open. LILCO maintains that system would be im­ practical because the monthly bills would skyrocket. The other alterna­ tive is to charge nothing at all and let the other customers carry the ex­ pense of the seasonal businesses. At Wednesday’s meeting, how­ ever, one of the people fielding questions was Riverhead Supervisor John Leonard, asking if Russell thought that \ ...this is going to drive a lot of recreation parks out of businSss?\ The LILCO representa- (Continuedon Page 15) Newspapers from the Beach Collection dating from 1665 to mid-19uo are displayed at the Smith Haven store of Abraham & Straus. David Mintzer, department manager, and Joan Ruden, The store’s promotional representative, examine a relatively recent issue of The New Yorl< Times. Long Islander of Huntington and and Ann Beach were on hand Tues- Henry Reeve’s Republican Watch- day to talk to prospective customers man of Greenport, both of mid-19th and answer their questions. For reasons that are in part altru­ istic ana in part quite trankly com­ mercial, a Wichita, Kansas, adver­ tising executive and his wife have collected more than 500,000 old newspapers. Said to be the largest aggregation of antique English lan­ guage newsprints in the nation, it includes copies of Walt Whitman’s century vintage. This week, rare items from the Beach Collection are being displayed and offered for sale at Abraham & Straus stores, including its Smith Haven facility, where collectors John The A & S offering, billed as a Bicentennial promotion, has among many rare specimens, copies of the London Gazette, founded in 1665 and considered the first English news- (Continued on Page 9) A t P r e s s T i m e A R iverhead m an and a 16 y e a r o ld boy were ordered back this week to face G rand J u ry a c tim on assault charges fo r throw ing bleach at a wom an Dec. 1st. The wom an, G loria M idgett, 24, of D e loris A ve., R iverhead, d ied Nov. 3 and now the tw o m a y face hom icide charges. Town Justice R o b e rt Leonard ordered G rand J u ry action fo r Hugh W ashington, 39 of D e loris A v e ., and Joseph Ross, 16, of WoodhuU A v e ., R iverhead. Both are fre e on $250 baU. R iverhead police said the M idgett wom an was involved in an altercation w ith the tw o and they th re w bleach on her. She was treated a t C e n tral S u ffolk H o s p ital, released, returned to the hospital a day la te r. Police said an autopsy indicated she died of pneum onia and there is the p o s s ib ility th a t she m ay have swallowed some of thei bleach causing dam age to her lungs. Salvation Army Radio Auction On WRIV - November 1 5 - Details Page 1 7

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