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The Long Island traveler-watchman. (Southold, Long Island, N.Y.) 1975-1990, July 31, 1975, Image 1

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ILLirJOIS, 61462 An Official Newspaper Of Southold Town Complete Coverage - Riverhead To Orient An Official Newspaper Of Riverhead Town Long Island Traveler Est. 1871 Vol. 104 No. 42 TRUTH WITHOUT FEAR Mattltuck Watchman, Eit. 1826 Subtcrlption $6.00 Per Year SOUTHOLD, LONG ISLAND, N.Y., THURSDAY, JULY 31. 1975 Single Copies 20 Cants Wading River-Connecticut Ferry Run Is Considered Two of the governmental representatives at the public information meeting, First District Legislator Norton “ Budgets” Daniels who descritjed his role as one of listening to facts and, left, Riverhead Town Councilman George Young who promised the audience he’d take their message back to the Riverhead Town Board and join with them in opposition to the proposed Wading River site. staff Fboto Determ ined residents flooded the Miller Avenue School, Shoreham, W e d n e s d a y night, July 23, and listened to W a d ing River Civic As­ sociation president Charles Wood establish t h e East Marion-Connecti- cut Long Island Sound crossing as an hour's run. preferable to thoi two,, Shoreham sites and a W a d ing River location under consideration. He claimed the W a d ing River- Shoreham sites have wide distances for crossing, 20 miles to New Haven. According to him, these locations would dem a n d the highest subsidy per vehicle. Wood accused Newsday and Suffolk County Planning Departm e n t head Lee Koppelm a n of directly using their powers to influence the outcome of a Sound crossing study. “ N e w s d a y ’s president and pub­ lisher, Mr. Attwood, freely tells us how to help Long Island’s economy with fancy ferries to Connecticut. He works on Long Island a n d lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, earns his money here and spends it th e r e , \ said Wood. He questioned Attwood’s inten­ tions, noting Newsday has future plans for a Connecticut edition. A Newsday report has established th®. jniilc ferrj’. routp from East Marion to Fenwick,' Conn., as eco­ nomically feasible. However, the prime market area for a Sound terminal servicing w e stern Suffolk was described as the towns east of Huntington and Babylon, and a main market area for the east end in Brookhaven Town. The use of a Wading River terminal was cited as 435.000 trips, double the estim a te of 190.000 for East Marion. • State Senator Leon Giuffreda told the irate crowd that the feasibility study, still under way, is only to determine the flexibility o f a ferry site and yet undeterm ined locations but the crowd would have none of it and a, (Continued on Page 12) Shelter Island Town Board Is Handed Two Petitions Two petitions with a total of 459 signatures calling for a permissive referendum on the quit claim deed exercised by the Shelter Island Town Board, Ju n e 27, for the sum of $14,500, w e re handed to the board during Friday night’s meeting. The board had voted to exercise a quit claim deed on a lot in Tarkettle Acres, relinquishing all rights of o\Vnership to lands formerly under water. The tow n ’s claim to the land was based on conveyance of land to the town in the bed of .Dickerson’s Creek as it e x isted in 1919 by a deed dated J u n e '24,1919from J o h n S. and Etta V. Howe. Tdrkettle Acres acquired interest in the land, from Elfrida and John Snyder, who had been allowed to bulkhead the property and pay taxes on it. Disputed ownership was re­ vealed when Tarkettle Acres s u b m it­ ted a subdivision map to the town board for approval. According to Supervisor Thomas J e rnick, the Title G u a rantee Company established clear title to the lot, one of four, and the town board accepted what they thought was a good figure, $14,500 which planned to use for acquisi­ tion of other property more valuable to the town,’ (Continuedon Page6) Wants Harder Sign Line Southold Town A p p e a ls Board indicated a harder line on off prem ises directional signs during scheduled public hearings July 24, suggesting limitations be im p o sed in accordance with the recommendation from the Suffolk County Planning Commission. Pond Enterprises, Inc., doing busi­ ness for Beachcomber Motel, peti­ tioned for two s igns, one in Peconic, the second in Cutchogue, stating in (Continuedon Page2) Set Bridgeiiamptoi School Vote igain Voters of the Bridgehampton School District on A u g u s t 12 will have a second chance at adopting a school budget for the coming year. Back in J u n e the voters, by a tally of 148 to 117, turned down a pro­ posed gross budget of $1,170,377. The b o ard o f e d u c a tion of the district, in proposing a second budget vote, has done s o me pruning, and now the proposed budget to be offered to the voters is $1,161,037, a reduction of $9,340. Voting takes place on Tuesday, August 12, from 1-8 p.m . at the Bridgehampton High School. An information m e e ting will b e held the evening of August 11 at the school, at 7:30 p.m .; voter registration takes place August 9 from 10 a.m . until 5 p.m. at the school. The tax rate under the 1974-75 budget of $1,049,319, was $13.01 per $100 o f a s s e s s e d valuation. The rate, should the proposed budget be adopted, is e s t im a ted at $13.69 (and this includes 16 c e n ts for support of the Bridgehampton Public Library- that proposed budget of $10,000 was approved in june). Meanwhile, East Ouogue School (Continuedon Page 5) Charges Leveled At Southold Charges leveled at Southold Town government Tuesday tore apart the \N e w Development Plan” , subtly warned that town costs arc met by taxpayers, not weekenders and en d ­ ed with a dem a n d that the Town Planning Board be removed and \start all over again.” David Driscoll’s com m e n ts to the town board revolved initially around the proposal to allow the planning board to prepare a text to accom­ pany the zoning plan as it s u p p o s e d to now exist. Turning from a Master Plan ‘‘which cannot b e tam p e r e d with easily\ to the New Development Plan, was challenged and compared to the tenure of former Supervisor Lester Albertson, now County Clerk, who supported the conccpt of the M a s ter Plan. Driscoll drew a response from Supervisor Albert Martocchia. \You never sec the Town of Southold come up in the headlines,\ said Martocchia, \w c hold the tax rate and still provide services.” He further praised the efforts and dedi­ cation of John Wickham, c h a irman of the planning board, who bore the brunt of Driscoll's comments. Ouestioncd on KOA, a campsite subject to downzoning. Martocchia said more thinking has to go into the decision and said it might be \six m o n t h s ” before the board a n n o u n ces w h e ther or not the variance will be granted. According to Martocchia, the bi^te paths r e q u e s ted by the board^“ h aye been approved according ^o t^)c p a p e r s \ but he said he had nothing definite from the county. Under the Suffolk County plan, each municipal- (Continuedon PagcS) Start Harvest Of Spud Crop Harvesting of Eastern Long Is­ land’s 24,000 acre potato crop started last week, with largely exploratory digging at scattered points. The opening price on graded tablestock was $100 per 100 pounds, but by Tuesday of this week it had declined to $5.50. Digging in v o lume was not e x p e c t­ ed until after August 4, with the possibility that offerings would re­ main light until the week of August II. Since even the early varieties, such as Superior and Early Gem, are still making tonnage, yields have reportedly been light, running from 175 to 250 h u n d redw e ights field run. Most of the tubers unearthed to date have not b e e n sufficiently m a ture for long distance shipping. The price decline began in potato producing areas on the Easter Shore of Virginia and in Delaware, where harvests have been in full swing. Excessively hot w e a ther has been causing quality problems in t h e two (Continuedon Page 8) R i v e r h e a d H i g h w a y P r o j e c t T h r e a t e n s L e g i s l a t i v e S p l i t PLANNING MEMORIAL DEDICATION — Committee members preparing for the South- old-Peconic Memprial dedication ceremony to be held on Sunday, September 14, at 2 P. M. met at the T i a n ^ e Pork, Southold. Standing left to right, Jim Kaelin, Ed Faszczewski, Bill Beebe,. Bilj ^ u r t r . and Brad Burns; kneeling, Jean Cochran and Larr^^Presby. The Planning Comnrifttee 9205, Photo by P e t e r Stevens Dill ^WUrTF. an a oraa o u r n s , K.n(;eiing, v^ucnrun uriu u u n y r i c a u y . i • ic riu n M n i y rriittee t s ^ :ooi.|jiative effort of the Souti^old-Peconic Memorial Committee, VFW Post 5, feriswold-terry-^alover American Legion 'Post 803 ar>d Youth Activities. ' C4A«*Amc Suffolk DA Investigates Sheriff Corso County Sheriff Philip R. Corso, of Babylon, is b eing investigated by the Suffolk District A ttorney’s office for possible wrongdoing, it was learned yesterday. District Attorney Henry O’Brien, three weeks ago, announced he was investigating Police Commissioner Eugene Kelley for \m isconduct in office and other crim e s ” , has a p ­ parently trained his legal sights (his anti-corruption bureau) on the 54- year-old Corso, Suffolk’s other top law enforcement officer. Corso and his lawyer, Leonard Wexler, yesterday confirmed that Corso was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury last Friday and was asked to sign a waiver of immunity from prosecution. \T h e waiver was strange, not a standard one, and W e x ler w o u ldn’t let me sign i t , ” Corso said. He was then excused from testifying. Corso, with a long background in law enforcement, has been with the Sheriff’s office for almost 19 years after serving as a DA investigator and deputy civil defense director. He was appointed Sheriff in J u n e , 1970, ran for election that November and again in 1973, and led the Republican ticket both times. Corso, who comes up for re- election next year, has long been considered the G OP’s best vote getter. As to the investigation, Corso said \1 h ave no idea what it is all a b o u t. 1 wish you could tell m e , \ he told a reporter. G r o d s k i I s B a c k I n P r i m a r y R a c e Former Riverhead Town Council­ man Vincent Grodski, who an ­ nounced he was withdrawing as a candidate on t h e Republican ticket for Councilman on J u n e 12, is back in the race, and will enter the Republican primary, it was revealed this week. Grodski confirmed reports he is entering the p rimary a n d said he filed petitions containing at least 100 more signatures than the 200 r e q u ired with the Suffolk Board of Elections on Monday. Grodski and Town Republican Leader Joseph Wowak, in a joint statem e n t June 12, announced his withdrawal, both denying rumors he was being bypassed in favor of o ther candidates. Grodski said that in the past 7 weeks \m a n v oeople, and not only Republicans, but Democrats a n d ' Independents, have urged me to rep- consider my stan d . ” Grodski, who had over 10 y e a rs of service a s a Councilman, lost when he ran for Supervisor in November, 1973, against Democrat John Leon­ ard. Grodski said that in addition to the urging of many friends, he has been \disturbed over the town board’s actions in the past few months - when it adopted the M a s ter Plan, and then went against it on two occasions.” Now, Grodski will run in the Republican primary in September, against the two c a n d idates nam e d by the town GOP, Jam e s Underwood and Conservative Abram Shorr. The two winners out of the Primary, and \(Continued on P age 2) Route 58 Is Site Of Proposal A controversial county highway project in Riverhead threatens to divide county and town legislative bodies a n d polarize the townspeople. Focal point of the gathering storm is the proposed construction of an overpass to carry an improved Route 58 (Old Country Road) over North- ville Turnpike at one of the town’s most heavily traveled intersections. Pending before the SC Legislature is First District Legislator Norton ‘ ‘ B ucket” Daniel's resolution to elim­ inate the span from the $3,250,000 project, scheduled for completion by 1977. The resolution was tabled to await the results of a traffic study by the County Departm e n t of Traffic Safety. Meanwhile, Riverhead Supervisor John H. Leonard, who is credited with securing the installation of a traffic light at the intersection earlier this year, is awaiting both the depart­ m e n t’s findings and more information on the overall improvement. A town board resolution requesting the SC Public Works D e p a rtm e n t for a re­ study of the project was reportedly pulled back three weeks ago to avoid a split vote. Although Supervisor Leonard indi­ cated y e sterday that s t r e e t o p inion, as expressed to him, is “ a b o u t 50 p e rcent for and 50 p e rcent against” the con­ templated overpass, he agrees with Legislator Daniels that it is not needed. ‘ ‘I really c a n ’t see the n e e d of a bridge at that point,” he said, adding; “ Of course, th a t ’s my per­ sonal opinion.” (Continued on Page 12) Our Inside Pages Calverton 10 Churches 28 Classified 30,31 Coffee Break 5 Cutchogue Column 13 East Marlon Column 31 Editorials 4 Greenport 13 Legals 28,29 Mattltuck 8 Movies 11 North Fork Living 18,19 Obituaries 6 Riverhead Column 9 Southold Column 3 Sports 21-26 TV 16 Patricia Wood Reports 4 Wading River 11 KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR - Last Friday the New Suffolk Civic Association held its annual “ Get to Know Your Neighbor Party” at the New Suffolk Shipyard. Jim Maimone, second from left is the incoming president of the Asstxiation. Next to him is John Glander, outgoing president. The gentlemen are flanked by Mrs. Glander and Mrs. Maimone. Photo by Peter Stevens At Press Time Westhampton Beach Nursing Home is threatened with a strike Monday, August 4, by m e m b e rs of Local 1199. The 42-46 m e m b e r unit includes nurses aides, orderlies, housekeepers and laundry workers. Administrator Lonnie Coe said negotiations are still going on. Alternate plans for the facility's 88 patients have been made. The “ Tiana Beach Scandals” , the Suffolk District Attorney’s investigation of the county purchase of a strip of ocean-front land at Tiana Bcach, Hampton Bays, for $7.25 million that resulted in the indictment of three public officials, and a brother of one of them , remain in a state or limbo as the DA’s office seeks to reinstate the charges, dism issed by a county judge in April, 1973. The initial probe began in late 1971 under then District Attorney George J. Aspland, and after six m o n ths of digging by detectives, and another six months of grand jury investigation, the indictments were returned in December, 1972. Indicted on a variety of c h a rges were; George W. Percy, Jr., 60, of W e sthampton Beach; former S o u thampton Supervisor Robert T. Cameron, 60, o f S o u thampton; First District County Legislator R. Thomas Strong. 44, then of East H a mpton, and now living in Calverton; and Strong’s brother, John Strong, once a prominent real estate broker, now in the real estate business in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. While the others are now out of politics (although Cameron and Thomas Strong are attem p ting to get back into the political a rena), all but John Strong have rem a ined comparatively quiet despite the three-year cloud still hanging over their heads. ________________________ (Continued on P a g ^ ) ^ ^

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