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He told investigators that he witnessed someone the size and build of Mr. Ferrara leave an envelope containing $5,000-on the front seat of his vehicle, presumably a down payment on the full amount of the bribe. \Simply alleging that ‘a thing of valueo'f $‘5,000=or more’ was involved is not enough,” wrote judge Hurley. “It must be alleged and ultimately proven, that the $5,000 or more in value affected either ‘-the financial interests of the ['I?own or] federal funds directly.\ to go into effect, it could be worth more than $5,000 in tax revenues to the town.\ Eric Ferrara, the Southampton busi- nessman who has sought permission to build a 360-foot communications tower in Noyac, was re-indicted last week on federal charges that he at- tempted. to bribe two town council- men and Supervisor Vince Cannuscio Art the same time, Suvpervisor Cannuscio announced that the two councilmen will recuse themselves from further discussions on the con- troversial application, but that he will continue to participate when the ap- plication comes to a vote. Ferrara and his company, Vertical Broadcasting, Inc., have proposed. the tower that would be perched\ on the Ronkonkomamoraine andwould pre- sumably be home to hundreds of an- The $5,000 is a minimum figure set :by the federal statute. The federal. gov- em ment becomes involved also when the municipality is in receipt of atleast $110,000 in federal funds, as is the case in Southampton Town. But Ferrara’s attorney, Richard Miller, again contends that the charges are and will move to dismiss them when his client is arraigned this Wednesday morning. The most recent charges are only slightly different than those-that were thrown out by federal di'st~rlct court judge Denis R. Hurley last month‘. At that time Judge Hurley said the-three countsagainst l~‘errar\~a- charged by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, did not ad- equately prove that the federal gov- ernment had jurisdiction in the case. The charges stem from an alleged attempt by Ferrara to-bribe Cannuscio, and town Councilmen Patrick ”Skip\ ll-leaney and Steve -Halsey to garner \We hadn't alleged everything we needed to allege,” conceded:M s. Lynch this week. Principally, the changes in the new set of charges make clear that the town board acts upon, among other things, requests for zoning changes, and that changes in zoning can di- rectly affect the town's finances. \Zoning affects the finances of the town through its land values,” said Ms. Lynch. \:l1f the zoning change was \There is no federal crime commit- ted slnce there are no federal monies affected directly,” argued Mr. Miller yesterday. \The statute was enacted to Last month, Judge Hurley deter- mined that the federal attorney did not ant-iculate that the bribe would have affected federal or town funds directly. 2% WARNING: NUKES IN \SPACE contlnued on page 15 Rowe Ills {\;l ».‘i,?- 1-\eds will send solventsand degreasers int dry wells on the property. The problem was reportedly exacerbated when chemi- cals from a drum storage area leaked, and some say were buried, in the ground on the property, running into the groundwater that fed local neigh- bors’ wells. When the contamination was first discovered a decade later, most of the residents around the plume were put on public water. A handful of those that were on the edge of the plume were connected two years ago. But neighbors havepersistentlycom- plained that potential carcinogenic gasses from the contaminated plume are rising up through the soil and into the basements of their homes, and a test at one home seems to bear out the presence of soil gasses. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly denied that soil gasses are a concern at the site. hysician to s eak Ivitith neighborls) ‘by Bryan Boyhan Neighbors whose homes sit on top of the plume of contaminated ground water that emanates from the former Rowe Industries factory in Sag Harbor received some good news this week. Concemedabout potential health risks and an alleged high cancer rate in their neighborhood, residents around Carroll Street can expect to see a fed- eral physician within the next few weeks who will hear their concerns and possibly initiate a comprehensive health study, according to Congress- man Michael Forbes who requested the meeting. ournalist Karl Grossman takes on NASA and the ederal government in his new book, \The Wrong Stuff,\ and will be at Canio's Friday night to talk about the nuclear dangers in the space program. The presen- tation begins at 6 pm. ”Ever since the Rowe Industries prop- erty was designated an EPA Superfund site ten years ago, nearby residents 5:17?‘ .: £45 _§_ \, 1 3... ., ‘,3 3\. a WEEKEND \We'll bring in people who have cancer,\ said resident John Distefano, who estimated that between 25 and 30. _0.f,bis. neighbers. rhaygggpown evi- clegce of the disease. Distégfancig has sp ke_n- with an epidemiologist who sai‘ there is evidence that the Ac’bn~ taminants may have caused cancer. During a heated meeting two weeks ago between the community, the EPA and a representative from the State Department of Health, Mr. Distefano lambasted the state for not adequately have lived with the fear that contami- nation from the site might be linked , tpthehlghnumber of their neighbors. diagnosed with canc_er,”‘ said the con- gressman. “That is why I felt it was criticallyvimportant that federal health specialists visit Sag Harbor, to assess these concerns and determine the ap- propriate course that should be taken to protect those living near the Rowe Industries property.\ The source of the contamination probably datesback twenty-five years, when the company regularly dumped The Shirmecock Indian Reservation will be home once again for the tribe's annual pow wow which attracts Native Ameri- -cans from across the coun- try. The Pc;>w,Wow begins on Friday and fgontinues through Sunday, 10 a.m to 10 p.m=. each day. continued on page 15 by Dave Udoff Barring any more unforeseen problems, school offi- —. ls are now confident that the Sag Harbor Elementary ilding will be open for classes as currently scheduled. classrooms and morning pro- gram will be es- chewed). The gym will not be ready until Oc- tober at the ear- liestbut thecon- tractors have received the 50~foot long, 20,000-lb. steel beams that will be erected there, and the heavy-duty machinery they had sought to lift those beamsils now residing up-Island, in Bohemia. CLEANING UP THE SUMMER HOUSE? The district held a public fonim at Pierson High School Monday to address parents’ concerns about the elementary building, which has been undergoing a massive renovation. Superintendent John Barnes and members of the Sag Harbor School Board — even those who were most skeptical of the construction's progress -— assured parents that classes will start Monday, Sep- tember 8, although the board has set up a contingency plan just in case. The board had voted three weeks ago to delay the first day of school from Wednesday, Sep- tember 3. About eighty parents attended the school fbrum where Diedre LaPenna worried about conditions G etting ready to clean , the house after a busy summer? You're in luck, the Sag Harbor Transfer Station will be open on Monday, Labor Day, during its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please don't leave garbage outside the gate — or on the streets. - Rocks prove to be penlous for two over weekend by Dave Udoff Late last week, a couple of boats were involved in accidents just out- side Sag Harbor. Only one suffered permanent damage and no one was hurt in either mishap. Seatow, a na- tional waterway servicing company, responded to both accidents from its office in Southoid. larly rough seas at South ‘Ferry near Shelter Island to reach the vessel. ‘The other vessel, a 1982 38-foot Bayliner, was not so lucky. On Friday night at 6:30 P.M., it hit a rock just north of the sandspit red light out- side the harbor (Marker #10). The impact tore a hole in the vessel, causing it to sink within five min- utes. Seatow and the United States Coast Guard responded in about six or seven minutes, according to Frohnhoefer. There will be \cleanup and fixup\ work outside the building around the sunkenvcourtyard area and some of the office spaces will not be Also, .t.h.§ cafeteria will probably not be used for the first couple Twenty-th tee classrooms will be available for use and morning program will be held in a tent outside the building while work is being done in the gymnasium (during inclement weather, gym class will held in the ON THE SCREEN continued on page 15 Harbor master Doug Beverly said he helped escort Seatow and the Coast Guard into the Long Wharf to retrieve the vessel. The boat was then extracted from the water with a crane and taken to the Ship Ashore Marina on Red- wood Road. Beverly said the vessel is now in the' hands of the insurance companies and will have to decide whether to total or repair it. Although no one was hurt, Frohnhoefer said the Bayliner's owner had suffered a bruised ego. Apparently he had been boating for 14 years and was kickinghimself for being distracted by one of his shipmates before hitting the rock in the middle of a sandbar. SAG Human THEATRE Phone #725-0010 Portette - 7 p.m. Mon Homme - 9 p.m. Fri. - Thurs. Last Thursday morning, at about 10:30, a 120-foot Morganstem vessel dragged anchor at the height of a raging storm and wound up on top of a large rock just outside theejetty south of Market #11. The HistoricFest Returns SOUTHAMPTON CINEMAS Phone #287-2749 G.I. Jane Conspiracy Theory Event Horizon Money Talks bY Bryan Boyhan prepare something that evokes the local cuisine, and something forwhich the restaurant is best known. place Showroom, 725-0636. Walking tours have always been a part of the Fest, and visitors have learned about the town by visiting According to Seatow CEO Joseph Frohnhoefer, two of the company's boats responded to the endangered 120-foot vessel and were able to re- it without causing any damage. This was a considerable accomplish- ment, Fohnhoefer said, considering the wind was blowing at 40 knots and the seas were four to five feet above normal. Seatow had to brave particu- -For the seventh year in a row, Sag Harbor will recall its history in a three day festival next month that will fea- ture contests, walking tours, food tastings and a sailing regatta. More than a dozen different organi- zations will be involved putting up events for the Sag Harbor HistoricFest, held this year from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21 . Included will be an opening night clambake to benefit the Sag Harbor Whaling Mu- seum, a benefit cocktail party for the Fire Museum, walking tours of the village's historic areas, whaleboat races, a concert by the Community Band and a clam shucking contest, all favor- ites from recent years. And during Sunday's food tasting, the Fest will sponsor its first annual clam chowder contest. Restaurants or individuals are invited to participate, and can contact Ms. Woudsma at the store on Bay Street to enter. This year, on the steps of the John Jermain Memorial Library, Elaine Steinbeckwillintroduce her husband's famous work that recounts his travels across the country with his dog Charley. The book, which actually begins in Sag Harbor, was largely writ- ten when Mr. Steinbeck lived here. Mrs. Steinbeck is expected to read the first two chapters, beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, according to Dale Scott of the library. . historic sites. One location that hasn't been included before is the Old Buxying Ground adjacent to the Fitst Presbyte- rian \Old Whalers” Chur'ch, which ‘is home to the graves of 19 Revolutionary EAST Hmnon CINEMA Phone #324-0448 The Full Monty Copland Excess Baggage Air Force One Leave it to Beaver The Company of Men A Smile Like Yours War soldiers. The cemetery will be the subject of a tour on Sunday afternoon. And this year, reviving an event that started 110 years ago, the Sag Harbor Yacht Club will host -the Mayctoft Cup Race, a regatta for four classes for spin- naker and cmising boats. Origmated in v '-.«:._:‘:€ ..5 Q 74.2?‘ i“’-3.;-.9 ‘,3‘:‘- .-,3 »“'».,~\‘::.:‘ , ; 1887 by the Volunteer Boat Club of Sag Harbor, and carried over to the Sag Harbor Yacht Club at its founding, the cup will be the top prize «in the first I sailingregattaattlxeyachtclublnyears. _;\ An unusual offering, the US. Postal \i Service will issue a special cancellation ; durlng ;the weekend. Visitors _to the“ . ' Fest will be able to purchase stamps, .3; from thepostofflce’s;mobllettuckaiicl' ' ‘;?% have them «canceled with a. :.j': lmprlntzcreated for the weekend. turlng a windmill drawn by‘ ‘ Broadway stage desl‘gner,l_andas»a<g;I}-I'ag':-“+7 j ,';_g bor resident, Tony .Walton.. ‘ \; —~:}:='\ -. Also newlrthlsl.jj5egir‘i§rill;bé.:,m;-vlejsgylrfg 0f The 538 ’H3fbbf .3 the Long Island -Banjo ——.—~—.——_—.s.--a-——.-=-e-4~----a-—--«--—5-~~-»n--1--.-.,a.... ; , .' ,1 WEEKEND WEATHER But there is much new this year as well, including a Taste of Sag Harbor that will be set up at Long Wharf and feature foods from Sag Harbor's res- taurants and caterers evoking the village's maritime heritage. Also new thisyear will be a marathon reading of John. Steinbeck's Travels With Charley with the author's widow kicking the reading off, an ”Anything-That-Floats- That-lsn’t-A-Boat Race”, a tour of the Old Burying Ground and a yacht race for the 110 year old Maycroft Cup. According to Lillian Woudsma at Bayview Marine, the Taste of Sag Har- bor food tasting will be held on the lawn at the foot -of Long Wharf. Res-e taurants, she said, have beenasked to Aucusr 28. AUGUST 29 Adding a bit of whimsy to the week- end, the Fest introduces for the first time this year the \Anything-That- Floats-That—Isn't-A-Boat Race.\ Not your normal regatta, this event calls on enormous creativity and ingenuity in engineering the vessel. Entrants are invited to design and build their own craft, but are restricted to using only recycled material. And as far as pro- pulsion is concerned, entrants are re- stricted from uslnganythingnormally found on a boat: no outboards, no sails, sno oars. Forlinformation regard- ing -the race, which “will take place Sunday afternoon, call-Sc‘anlon's.Fire- Cloud)‘-*w‘ith showers, highs in mid 70s Sun mixed with clouds, temps in high 705 Aucusr 30 Mostly sunny skies, wanner in [the 80s . 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