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The Long Island traveler-watchman. (Southold, Long Island, N.Y.) 1975-1990, June 17, 1976, Image 1

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FORV.A^J 0 . J . N t:W 3 F I L S D E P T , m o n :.50 u t m , i l l . 61483 T h e Official N e w s p a p e r Of Southold Town A n Official N e w s p a p e r Of R iverliead Town A n Official N e w s p a p e r Of S o u tham p ton Town Long Island T r a v e ler E s t. 1871 Vol. 105 No. 35 TRU T H W ITH O U T FEA R M a ttitucl( W a tchm a n , E s t. 1824 SulM cription $10 P e r Y e a r SOUTHOLD, LONG ISLAND, N.Y„ THURSDAT, JUNE 17, 1976 S ingle C o p ies 25 C e n ts S o u t h a m p t o n G r a n ts C A T V $ 1 . 2 5 In c r e a s e The Southampton Town Board approved, June 15, Long Island Cablevision’s request for a $1.25 increase in the monthly rate it charges subscribers living in the township. The increase was granted after two councilmen, Norman Penny and Theodore Alpert, viewed programs delivered by the company’s nevy microwave equipment, at the Mc­ Cloud’s Mobile Home Park, two weeks ago. The trailer park is located in a portion of Southampton town, but inside the Riverhead cablevision district. A f t e r the demonstration Councilman Penny said, “ W e notic­ ed a difference and the picture quality was better\. Another reason for th^ decision, offered by Supervisor Theodore Hulse, was the company agreed to run cable service to the Tuckahoe School. Three weeks prior to the vote, Peter Jones, cablevision’s East End manager, said he would not supply the school service since it was a financial burden to the company. Supervisor Hulse also said com­ munications firm would not have linked the township to its microwave system if the rate schedule had not been changed. The company could not enhance service without a rate increase. The proposed rate calls for a rise from the present $6 per month fee to $7.25 for residential users with a single unit. Homeowners requesting separate hookups for additional sets will pay another $2 per month, on top of the base fee, for each outlet. The monthly rates for motels will be raised by $3 per month. The rate schedule and planned expansion of the system including lines to Shinnecock H ills and Southampton College are subject tr the New York State Cablevision Commission’s approval. Bond Passed The board approved the issuance of a $250,000 serial bond to pay for improvements on the facilities in the Hampton Bays Water District. The town has already laid a 12-inch water main from three new wells placed at Bellow Pond Road to the main line running along Montauk Highway and will sink two more wells in the near future. (Continued on Page 7) Southold Appeals Board Riverhead Laborers May Lose Jobs Some 12 laborers in the Riverhead Town Highway Department may be in danger o f losing their jobs because o f the outcome o f a grievance hearing last week, according to Supervisor Allen Smith and Highway Superintendent Alex Horton. The grievance involved Charles Downs, a 38 year old laborer in the highway department who refused to drive a truck and was fired by Superintendent Horton. Downs' lawyer argued at the hearing Downs could not be fired for his refusal because he was classified under civil service job descriptions as a laborer and truck driving was not among his duties. The town board, acting as the grievance board, re­ instated Downs after docking him six days’ pay and Smith announced “ the matter is settled.’ ’ But now Horton, expressing dis­ agreement with the grievance out­ come, has indicated if laborers can’t drive trucks as a result of the Downs decision, “ they’ve got to go. They’re cutting their own throats is what they’re doing.” Horton said town laborers in Riverhead, Southampton, Southold and Smithtown had tradi- (Continued on Page 12) R iverhead Tax M a j o r R e - A l i g n m e n t N e e d e d O n R o u t e 2 5 Rare Republican Battle Shaping Up Recesses KOA Hearing B a s e Declining The Eastern Long Island Kamp- grounds. Inc., president, Richard C. Wilton, ran into a snag Thursday night, June 10, when the Southold Town Board of Appeals recessed a public hearing on zoning changes because of discrepancies between the site development plan and a newer map. KOA, which had been reviewed by the Southold Town Board for several years before approving the project, needs 5.13 acres rezoned from A-R to B-light industry and another 18.87 acres changed to multiple-1. However, one of the require­ ments, 600 feet restricted to open recreation, now shows as tent sites, which counsel Richard Lark stated was a matter of semantics, tenting being recreation. The ZBA differed with him, indicating ail o f the specifics agreed upon earlier had to be in order. According to Lark, John Wickham, planning board chairman, and the town board said the 600 feet could be eliminated as impractical. ZBA chairman Robert Gillispie stated the planning board can change their actions but the town board will have to take formal action and the appeals board will have to have another hearing on the changed plans. The tents appear on the map with foot approaches and were rejected by the zoning board. Twenty-four foot roads have to be available for each camp site. Three proposed buildings, an ad­ ministration building containing a laundry, two satellite buildings with showers and rest rooms are not to be closer than 600 feet to the 100 foot buffer strip. Terry Represents Landowners Rensselear Terry, counseler for neighboring landowners Arthur Francisco and Mrs. Fenno, protested the lack of consideration for his clients who want the same 6 foot (Contmued on Page 15) A trend of increasing applications for tax exemptions from farmers a«»d residents over 65 will shrink River- head’ s tax base further and lead to a rise in taxes for other town residents, according to two Riverhead Town officials. In interviews last week. Tax Re­ ceiver Irene Pendzick and Board of Assessors Chairman Charles Crump both pointed to an increase this year in applications from Riverhead farmers for a state program in which farmers make individual commitments to keep their land in exclusively agricultural use for eight years. In return, taxes on the farm land are reduced, reflecting the land’ s value for agricultural use rather than its value if it were developed with housing. Forty-seven Riverhead farms have applied for the program this year, as opposed to some half dozen last year and only one three (Continued on Page 7) C a m p a ign talk is enjoyed by Islip Ctouncilman Jo h n Finnerty, T u t h i l L a n c t ^ f f o l l i R e p y b iican C h a ir m a n Edw in M . Schw e n k at G OP C o u n c l i m a i ^ p n e r t y J v a s d e s ig n a t e d at th e convention to run for bacKed for In a {)sttle of thtMcind t?««t has been rare among Saffoik Republicnns, the countyGOPffdesignating convention in Blue Hill June 10 erupted into a protracted floor fight over the party’s candidate for Suffolk County Sheriff. Republican observers said the battle may well have signaled the opening gun in a struggle for control of the party and the naming o f a successor to GOP County Leader Edwin Schwenk, who has said he will step down in November. Central to the struggle, observers said, is a new power block composed o f the Towns of Islip, Babylon and Huntington. The three large Western Suffolk towns, working in concert, could effectively gain control of the county Republican apparatus and there are rumors Babylon GOP leader, Gilbert Hanse, is seeking support to succeed Schwenk after election day. The conv/jtition had been proceed­ ing swiftly, with executive committee designations of candidates winning unanimous support, until the designa­ tion for sheriff came up. Schwenk called a ten minute recess while he and other town GOP leaders caucused in the kitchen, presumably in an effort to avoid the floor fight. The ten minute recess lasted over an hour. When the convention finally got under way again, two candidates, acting County Sheriff William McGuire of Smith­ town and Islip Town Councilman John T. Finnerty, were placed in nomina­ tion and the floor fight began. As the roll call of the county’s 758 election districts began, Schwenk looked over toward the press table with a broad smile and said, “ Something new” . The fight over the sheriff designation and a second floor fight over the designation of a candidate for a C a l i f o r n i a P o t a t o e s S e n t E a s t Jamesport Marina Heading For Court The battle for the franchise to operate the South Jamesport Marina is headiflfi foe the courts, with Riverhead Town Attorney Peter Dan- owski seeking a show cause order that will bring Lorraine Barrett into court, and, if the action is successful, force her to vacate the marina premises. Mrs. Barrett and her husband are contesting the board’s June 1 resolu­ tion stripping them of their franchise to operate the facility for two seasons at a high bid of $3,000. The board took the franchise away after the Barretts failed to get insurance in the amount specified in their contract with the town. In spite of the resolution, the Barretts have con­ tinued to operate the franchise and have retained Riverhead attorney Earl Miles to represent them in court. Miles said early this week the Barretts would contest any legal action by the town. There are also indications the Barretts will sue the town if the franchise is lost to them. Miles also said the Barretts have now gotten all necessary insurance, but according to Danowski, that won’t make any difference, since by Continued on Page 13) K l e i n V e t o e s A n t i - N D d e a r R e s o l u t i o n Saying he had serious doubts about the safety and need for LILCO’ s proposed Jamesport nu­ clear installation, County Executive John V.N Klein none-the-less vetoed the county legislature’ s anti-nuclear resolution at a Hauppauge press conference June 10. The resolution, passed by the legislature May 25, put the county in opposition to a nuclear or fossil fuel plant at Jamesport. In rejecting the measure, Klein called it \precipi­ tous” and said the county’ s final assessment of the plant should not come until after state and federal hearings on it are completed. At that time, he said, fie would call a meeting of legislators, himself, and special county counsel Irving Like, who is representing the county in the nuclear hearings, to write a formal statement on the county's position for inclusion in hearing records. Klein’ s veto met immediate ap­ proval from LILCO and Long Island labor and business groups, but drew strong negative response from East End environmental groups. Bill No- hejl, who has spearheaded a cam­ paign by the Long Island Farm Bureau against the Jamesport facil­ ity, said he was disappointed by the (Continued on Page 15) left, (bounty T r e a s u r e r Jean C o u n ty C o n v e n tion this w eek. Sheriff an d M rs. Tuthiil w a s couniy court scat kept the convpntiorj in session until 3 a.m. When the roll call was complete, Finnerty won the sheriff s designation with the support of the executive committee, Islip, Babylon, Hunting­ ton, Southampton, East Hampton and Shelter Island. In the second fight, the Islip-Babylon-Huntington combina­ tion upset the executive committee’s designation o f Southold attorney Joseph J. Snellenburg II for the county court seat and named instead former county legislator Paul J. Baisley of Huntington. Before the floor fight, the conven- (Continued on Page 12) Greenport To Buy Cheaper Pow e r Greenport took preliminary steps Monday night toward the purchase of the cheapest power available when the board of trustees author­ ized Mayor Joseph Townsend to sign a pre-agreement with LILCO for an interconnection so the Power Auth­ ority of the State of New York can come into the Greenport system. The LILCO agreement is good through 1978. In 1979, with the dedicated line in, the village will get a full contract with PASNY and have interruptible power when they can supply it at half the price of the generating power currently consum­ ed. Purchasing power, at costs below LILCO’s charges and less than the (Continued on Page 14) A v e r a g e s A F a t a l i t y E a c h Y e a r Southold Planning Board Chair­ man John Wickham said this week Route 25 needs major re- alignment work on North Fork sections if its high fatality rate is to be cut. “ The State Department of Transportation has promised for years to do the work,” Wickham said, but has never acted, even though complete re­ alignment plans are on file. Wickham said the curves in Laurel which begin on the Southold side of the Riverhead-Southold line, con­ stitute one of the most dangerous stretches on the road. Those curves, he said, were responsible for an average of one fatality a year. The state route was concreted in 1928, at a time when the principal vehicles on it were Model T Fords and chain-driven Mack trucks, traveling at com p a r a tively low speeds. “ To think that it can carry today’s high speed traffic is simply pre­ posterous,” Wickham said. “ You cannot keep highways for over 50 years without some major resurfac­ ing and ro-alignment.” Wickham thinks the state’s failure to flailen out the curves and other work is a case of “ dollars against lives” and blames it on current austerity meas­ ures the state is undertaking at the expense of highways throughout the state. “ You could multiply the problem here by hundreds of times through­ out the state,” he said, “ but the road problems on the North and South Forks are very obvious.” Wickham also blamed environ­ mental groups for blocking re ­ alignments and other road work and for triggering legislation that con­ stricts road repairs with a large number of new regulations. New Study At the same time, a study by the Road Information Program (TRIP) of Washington says New York State could save $7.4 billion by resur­ facing 22,730 miles of badly worn road throughout the state within four years and before they are beyond restoration. The study was ordered by the New York Good Roads As­ sociation in Albany and its results (Continued on Page 4) June 22 Budget Vote Southold School District voters are reminded that the school budget vote is scheduled June 22, from 9 am - 9 pm in the auditorium of the Southold High School, Oaklawn Avenue, Southold. A n inspector checking th e quality of th e C a lifornia potatoes sh ip p e d into th e E a s t E n d last w e e k in tw o freight cars w h ich en d e d up on th e railroad siding off Y o u n g s A v e n u e , Southold. it might seem like carrying coals to Newcastle, but potatoes grown in California are being shipped 3,000 miles across the continent for grad­ ing and packaging in the packing sheds of Long Island shippers. California “ long whites” , largely produced in Kern County, have been arriving in air-conditioned railroad cars at Riverhead, Southold and Peconic. Most of them come in 100 pound sacks, and after they have been run over graders in the local warehouses, they are re-packed in consumer-size containers and moved by truck to chain stores and other outlets. The re-pack operation utilizes facilities and personnel which would otherwise be idle at this time of the year. Except possibly for a few stray loads. Long Island’ s “ old crop” potatoes have been marketed and (Continued on Page 7) A t P r e s s T im e \ All acro s s N e w York S tate, hospitals a r e reactin g w ith shock to th e m a lpractice in s u r a n c e rate s b e in g q u o te d for th e fiscal year b e g in n in g Ju ly 1 w h e n m a n y policies a r e u p for renew a l. H o s p itals hav e to d e t e r m i n e w h e th e r to co n tin u e w ith an ticip a ted increases o r becom e self-insured. Jo h n A p p e lt, ch a ir m a n of t h e B o a rd of D irectors of E a s t e r n Long Island H o s p ital, G r e e n p o r t, sta t e d W e d n e s d a y , th e ELIH is still in s u r e d by th e sa m e ca r r ie r an d will h a v e to continue, d e s p ite th e larg e rate increase. bince hospitals cannot o p e r a te w ithout .m a lp r a c tice insurance* an d m a n y now claim th e y can n o t pay m e p r e m iu m s , a dilem m a of m a jor proportions a p p e a r s to b e sw e e p in g th e h e a lth - c a r e industry. A t t h e re q u e s t of t h e H o s p ital A s s o c iation, th e D e p a r tm e n t of Insurance h a s lau n c h e d an investigation of th e new high em ium s , exam ining policies an d actuarial tab les. j Lions S traw b e rry F e s tival J u n e 1 9 , 1 2 - 5 : 3 0 PM, M a ttituck School G rounds

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