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The Long Island traveler-watchman. (Southold, Long Island, N.Y.) 1975-1990, June 17, 1976, Image 7

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1976 lon g isla n d t r a v e l e r - WATCHMAN PAGE SEVEN Congressman Pike From Washington^ DC WHB Airport Vital To Econom y Last week wc were scheduled to consider two bills as different, and as interrelated, as night and day. The First bill looks like motherhood to the governors, mayors, county executives, town supervisors and state and local legislators throughout the nation. It is the free money bill usually referred to as the revenue sharing bill under which a beneficent federal government gives money it does not have to the local govern­ ments so they may buy things they do not need. Despite my vote and despite the fact that there is $25 billion involved over a 4 year period, it will pass by a mile. Men who were strong enough to vote against it when it was first passed will vote for it this time. It’ s easier. It makes it unnecessary to listen to the wails from the local politicians who have spent the money even before Con­ gress authorized and appropriated it. The other bill, which must follow as the night follows the day, is another increase in the national debt ceiling. The revenue sharing bill was scheduled for last Wednesday, the debt ceiling bill for Thursday. A kindly leadership, realizing that the juxtaposition of the two bills might cause a little embarrassment, put the debt ceiling increase off until the next week. Next week, on schedule, the miracle will occur. Members who voted giving $25 billion which wc don’t have will vote against increas­ ing the national debt. They will get reelected, for both votes will be popular. In fairness, revenue sharing is not the only program we spend money on. Obviously we spend a great deal more on national defense. But in the four short years of its existence, revenue sharing has become our largest domestic program. It is a program under which an insolvent federal governm e n t hands out money to the wealthiest communities in the nation and under which, if the amendments contained in this year’s bill are passed, we will not have the slightest control or responsibility over how it is spent. Suffolk County Legislature by Joyce Burland 1st District Legislator Many hours of this legislator’s time ill the last month have been devoted to legislative review of the county’s capital program for 1977 through 1979. This document, indi­ cative of the county’s plans for capital spending for the next three years, has undergone profound changes in this year of financial crisis. In the past, total sums of $600- $700 million in projected expendi­ tures were not uncommon, for the list was replete with “ pet projects” for individual legislative districts - a pork barrel touch reminding one of a carfdy store shelf. Many of these items were carried for years, collect­ ing dust in the absence of any real legislative commitment. This year the candy store is being run by Mother Hubbard. The initial document, presented by the county executive, listed only priority bond­ ing projects and weighed in at a lean $261 million. Gone were 3 mini­ centers, 16 highway projects, 14 park acquisitions and numerous renova­ tions and repairs. In an intensive item-by-item re­ view, which would gladden every burdened taxpayer’ s heart, the legis­ lature cut further. Out went a new police academy at Seton Hall ($3.7 million), a microwave communica­ tions system ($1.5 million), Yaphank Sewer District funds ($5.4 million) and other small projects deemed unnecessary at this time. It was in the area of restorations that the legislature’ s priorities could be clearly seen. Four park acquisi­ tions (including Camp Wauwepex and Barcelona Neck) indicated legis­ lative commitment to a continuing park program. In the realm of health, the commitment was equally ap­ parent. Funds were restored for the Suffolk Rehabilitation Center ($2.5 million), Amityville Health Center ($450,000) and equipment for the proposed health clinic in Greenport ($60,000). A few pork barrels rolled through, but all-in-all, it was a good month’s work. Connally Will Address GOP Former Texas Governor John B. Connally will address Suffolk Repub­ licans at a $125 a plate dinner at Hauppauge's Colonie Hill, June 30, according to an announcement from Suffolk Republican Leader Edwin M. Schwenk. Connally has been a special advi­ sor to two Presidents and Secretary of both the Navy and Finance. In a career that has brought him close to some of the most dramatic events in recent American history, Connally first came to national attention in 1963 at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Connally was sitting in the front seat of the limousine that drove Kennedy through Dallas, and sustained wounds in the attack that killed the President. More recently, he was for a short while a special advisor to former President Nixon at a time when Watergate raged. Some reports at that time said Connally lost favor with the former President because he played “ dutch uncle” to Nixon on his handling of the affair. In making his announcement, Schwenk called Connally “ a key figure in the drama now being played within the Republican Party as the GOP moves toward a choice of its national ticket.” Schwenk also termed Connally “ one of the tower­ ing figures in American politics. As a speaker, he is a spell-binder and we know he will have a vital message for us. Slow Sales California (Continued from Page 1) harvesting of the 1976 crop will not start until late in July. The largest and most experienced re-packer in the area is Kiev Cogan who is receiving \long whites” in 100s and re-packaging them in 5 pound poly bags in his well-equipped plant on Elton Avenue, Riverhead. His output goes to the Food Fair stores through the Klein Packing Company o f Philadelphia. The Cogan Company has a reputation for top quality packs and in the past has re-packaged onions as well as pota­ toes. J.H. Cassidy, Inc., headed by Owen Cassidy, has also done some re-packing of California spuds at its Peconic warehouse. Two railroad carloads of “ long whites” , shipped by John H. Skone of Bakersfield, Calif., to the Jackobson Produce Company, a Hunts Point terminal market receiver, were unloaded at Southold late last week, according to produce inspectors of the NYS Department of Agriculture office in Riverhead. A general aviation airport is vital to local economy because its opera­ tions bring in business, create jobs and widen local tax bases, accord­ ing to a former director of the Aviation Development Council. James Pyle, also a former ad­ ministrator of the CAA, the prede­ cessor of the FAA, told the first meeting of East Suffolk Business­ men’s Action (ESBA) a 1965 study of Islip’s MacArthur Airport showed that facility brought nine industrial plants to the area, providing 3,500 jobs and a payroll of $15 million. He also sited a Texas study that showed larger towns in that state attributed general aviation facilities with 100 percent of the reason for new businesses coming in, while smaller towns credited local airports with bt'inging 75 percent of new business. In his comments to the newly formed business group at Riverhead Holiday Inn June 14, Pyle never specifically mentioned the Suffolk County Airport, but much of what he said was applicable to it. The airport’s future is currently being debated in the county legislature, where a citizen’ s advisory group is due to make a report on its possible future development at the body's next regular meeting. Pyle said general aviation airports made easier access for businessmen to an area and encouraged them to locate nearby. He noted that 98 percent of all aircraft in this country are general aviation craft with some 12,700 airports serving them nationally. Businessmen had become increasingly dependent on private flights, he said, because the major carriers, which have been buying “ b i g g e r and b i g g e r air­ planes” are concentrating on routes between major cities. Pyle said as a result, “ general aviation has pro­ spered and become a very integral part of our transportation system.” This fact was not lost, he said, on the Federal Department of Transporta­ tion and might eventually lead to federal action in support of general aviation facilities. “ Long Island,” Pyle said, “ is in many respects the birth place of aviation” , yet Nass^au County now has no public use facilities. Many smaller airports had disappeared there and in other parts of the country, notably the San Francisco Bay area, becausc airport operators succumbed to the temptation to sell o f f their land to developers at considerable profit according to Pyle. This was unfortunate, he said, because building a new airport from scratch in the present economic climate “ is just terribly expensive.” Pyle’ s comments came at a time when groups of Suffolk businessmen are pressing the county to expand operations and promotion at the county airport in Westhampton. Erwin Stuart, vice president of the New York State Federation of Small Businesses, said in Hauppauge two weeks ago the airport could become a shipping point for both agricultural products and fish and a light industrial hub for the entire East End. W AITING FOR SU M M E R Days In Past (Continued from Page 6) Miss. Lillian Howell, was given in honor of the departing travelers. At the annual meeting of the Southold Players, the following of­ ficers were elected; W illiam T. Gagen, president; Mrs. Harrison Goldsmith, vice president: J.N. Hal- lock, secretary; Mrs. A.W . Albert­ son, treasurer, and Charles F. Kramer, director. 25 Years AgH From the N.Y. World Telegram and Sun; “ Beatrice I. Hodgins was nominated by the superintendent of schools, State of New York, for the principalship of Jamaica Vocational High School. Miss Hodgins’ many friends in Southold. her home, and elsewhere, were very happy to learn of the appoihtment.” The Wharf House Restaurant was open for the summer under the direction of Mrs. Edith Ulp. L.I. Yachtsmen of the Third Dis­ trict U.S. Power Squadron were to assemble at Southold for the annual rendezvous and clam bake. “ Babe” Young of Riverhead was the bake- master. Mattituck High School was to graduate 34. The Valedictorian was Dorothy Lachick and the Salutatorian was Ellen Wells. Southold High School graduates numbered 30, the Valedictorian was Ernest Case and the Salutatorian was David Case. G.H.S. Kenndal had sold to L.S. Webb a parcel on the east side of Sound Road, Greenport, for a report­ ed price of $7,500. Ten weeks of summer stock was being offered at the Westhampton Playhouse. A series o f duplicate bridge games was being held in the Guild Room of the Church of the Redeemer, Matti­ tuck. Dr. and Mrs. Haven Emerson celebrated their golden wedding an­ niversary with a group of relatives and friends at their South Harbor home. Reginald C. Smith, Riverhead at­ torney and frequent Democratic candidate for public office, was appointed a member of the Suffolk County Park Commission by the Board of Supervisors. Robert M. Olsson o f , Southold graduated from Williams College. The state highway department had been spraying the trees along the main highway. Some reports indicate tickets sales for the annual fund raising event are moving slowly because of reluctance on the part of Republican committee­ men to press their selling efforts in the wake of the Corso case. Former Suffolk County Sheriff Phillip Corso resigned his post last May after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors involving the sale of tickets to a Republican Party function within a public building. Now Suffolk Repub­ licans, particularly current office holders, are reportedly unsure of the legalities surrounding ticket sales. To spur sales, tickets to party workers are being offered at half price with a purchase of two tickets. Republican leaders are reportedly concerned the Connally engagement will not draw near the normal fund raising audience if ticket sales don’t pick up. Tickets to the event are available from local Republican committee­ men or by calling Suffolk Republican headquarters at 475-2300. • Riverhead (Continued from Page 1) years ago. If all 47 farm applications are approved, some $90,700 will go o ff town tax roles. The two officials also noted more applications from residents over 65 for a town administered program that cuts their taxes by half in every category except taxes for special districts. The program is open to all residents who meet the age require­ ment, have owned a Riverhead home for at least two years and make less than $6,500 a year. Crump said exem p tions granted through the program would take another $ 150,000 off tax roles. Mrs. Pendzick said some 33 percent of lands in Riverhead are already tax exempt. This, she said, was due to extensive parklands here and because Riverhead is the county seat, with large county government installa­ tions. Jamesport Plant Effect Both officials agreed taxes coming from LILCO’s proposed Jamesport nuclearfacility would greatly alter the local tax picture. Mrs. Pendzick said LILCO’s Jamesport taxes “ would be a tremendous, tremendous boon to the taxpayer. ’ ’ If the projected cost of the plant hit $1.3 billion, she said, it would add $130 million to the town’ s current tax base o f $50 million and pay for ‘ wo thirds of the town’s current taxes. With the plant, Pendzick said, “ we could give all services to our people and still cut their taxes” . Crump agreed the plant would have a dramatic impact on local taxes. , Without the plant. Pendzick and Crump were not optimistic about holding the tax line. “ There’s really only one way for taxes to stay stable or godown,” said Pendzick, “ and that’s to broaden the tax base.\ With no local expansion of business and inflation continuing, she did not sec any evidence the tax base was likely to broaden. It was a problem, she said, that required serious attention, in­ cluding a consideration of partial tax exemptions aimed at attracting more businesses to the area. Crump said the local economic picture \doesn’t look too bright” , adding he was uncon­ vinced the recessionary period was coming to a closc. He noted a three year trend o f decreasing home construction. A slight increase in construction this year, he said, would be wiped out by the extra tax exemptions to farmers and the over 65 group. Taxpayer Suffers The taxpayer, as usual, is caught in the middle, in this case between rising taxes and continuing inflation. River­ head taxpayers appear to be holding up so far. Mrs. Pendzick said 96 percent o f them met the June deadline on payments, a percentage she said was “ considered excellent” . The eases o f the other 4 percent are sent on to the county treasurer and Pendzick has sent out 400 warning letters. In spite of the high collection per­ centage. Pendzick said. \ W e ’ re reaching the point where our retired person is reaching the breaking point.\ Crump concurred, saying, \Th e r e ’ s got to be some relief for taxpayers...people are more tax conscious than ever before.” That tax consciousness has been evident in Southold and Riverhead recently where local voters turned down school budgets. Riverhead’ s town board has also been increasingly austerity- minded. Full Valuation Yet another spector haunts the taxpayer, full valuation o f real property. Crump said he expected full valuation to come to Riverhead within two or three years, either by state or court order. Crump said full valuation would not have a drastic effect, but would shift taxes somewhat. \Some will go lower, some will increase and some will remain the same, ’ ’ he said. But full valuation would entail a re­ assessment of all Riverhead parcels and with generally rising property values Crump agreed the re-assess­ ment could lead to generally higher real property taxes. Re-assessment would also probably mean one immediate shock to the town’s budget. To carry it out, the town would be likely to hire a private firm to do appraisals. Such firms usually charge approximately $30 per parcel. Riverhead contains some 11,000 parcels and appraisal at the $30 rate would cost the town some $330,000. That expense would land on Riverhead taxpayers. Town assessors have long made fractional assessments. As Crump put it, full assessment \is in the books, but wc have done partial assessment since time immemorial.\ The state is pressing for full value assessments to equalize assessments throughout New York and to standardize its equalization rate. The Town of Islip was recently given a court order to carry out full valuation. Crump said, adding a Riverhead property owner or citizen group could sue the Town of Riverhead to implement full valuation here. In light of the Islip case. Crump said, it was his opinion they would have a strong case. • CATV (Continued from Page 1) To cover present construction cost the township has negotiated a bond anticipation note with the Bridgehampton National Bank and will pay an annual interest rate of 6.15 percent on the principal amount of $250,000. They have the option of raising funds with this method for a period of five years. Ordinance Tabled The board tabled action on a proposed storage yard and junk- scrap yard ordinance. The ordinance will be discussed again with mem­ bers of the community, junkyard operators and members of the board before it is acted into law. The present proposal requires facilities be set back 60-feet from residential districts, have a fence circling the entire area used for refuse storage, and requires trash heaps to be less then 15-feet above the area’s topo­ graphy. It also states, no lot shall be less than five-acres in size and no storage will be permitted within 15-feet front, rear or side yards. In a related matter Hal DeGiorgio, a resident of East Quogue, asked if James J. Hastings has the necessary permits and licenses to operate his junkyard located on County Route 104, East Quogue. Town Attorney Edward P. Shar- retts said H a s t in g s ’ license to operate was suspended June 1 but the township will not close the yard until the Zoning Board of Appeals meets July 1. At that session, they will consider granting Hastings a variance to operate a junkyard in a light industrial area. \ I f he does not get a permit\ Sharretts said, \h e is out of business” . In other action the board; Scheduled a public hearing on amendments to the highway vending law. The ordinance deaU with the selling of shellfish by baymen hold­ ing a permit to harvest the town­ ship’ s waters. The hearing will be held July 6 at 11 a.m. in the town hall. Scheduled a public hearing on an amendment to the building law and it will be held July 6 at 11 a.m. in the town hall. The ordinance will outline rules governing the operation of temporary roadside stands. Scheduled a public hearing on the adoption of fire prevention ordinance for July 20 at 7;30 p.m. The board proposes using the National Fire Prevention Code to regulate possible fire hazards. Reappointed Robert H. McKay to the architectural review board. Coffee Break By Sherley Katz A s trailer parks go, it isn ’t t h e fanciest in th e w o rld. You have to pull off M o o r e ’s Lane, G r e e n p o r t, onto a dirt road, p a s t a sm a ll, red en t r a n c e txioth, to find yourself in r u s tic su r r o u n d i n g s t h a t d o n ’t b e a r any resem b lan c e to th e g r a n d e r cam p s ites with sw im m ing pools an d shopping com p lexes. T h e landscaping is n a t u r e ’s ow n . P rim itive facilities a r e th e r e , hookups to light an d w a ter, play are a an d a w o o d e n footbridge to cross a sm a ll body of w a ter an d th e n d isap p e a r into nearby woods. W h e n t h e m o re sophisticated cam p e r s , m a n y of t h e m local, talk of M c(3ann T railer Park, th e y have a certain am o u n t of arro g a n c e in th e ir to n e s , com p a r ing t h e sm a ll, m u n icipal-ow n e d project w ith large cam p s ites. On t h e o th e r hand, cam p e r s from up w e s t in th e county com e back over an d over again, to sp e n d peaceful tim e aw a y from th e crow d s. G reenport received th e beautiful gift of 40 acres from th e late M r. an d M rs. M c C a n n , New York r e s id e n ts w ith an E a s t End hom e . They lived quiet lives w h e n th e y cam e out ea s t, an d local p e o p le left th e m alone to enjoy t h e seren ity of t h e country scene. T h e M c C a n n s died tragically in an autom o b ile accident en r o u te to th e ir G r e e n p o r t hom e for th e C h r is tm a s holidays. W h e n th e new s cam e in on th e w ire, w e w e r e sad . W e knew w h a t t h e holidays h e r e m e a n t to them . T h e little trailer park brings in so m e reven'ue. Not m u c h , operating costs have to b e d e d u c ted but t h e flow is steady, prom ises to rem a in an d from th e s e funds, or ad d e d funding, snnall additions can be m a d e to th e site. O n e m e m b e r of th e G reenport V illage Board of T r u s tees has adopted t h e M c C a n n T railer Park a s his pet project an d periodically he throw s it into th e h o p p e r at village board m e e tings. Everyone ap p e a r s to favor im p rovem e n ts but som e h o w it drifts from one m e e ting to an o t h e r an d very little is d o n e to u p g r a d e th e cam p . Last w e e k e n d ab o u t tw e n ty cam p e r s occupied th e trailer park. I w e n t in an d asked questio n s . Did they like it? W a s it th e ir first visit? How w o u ld th e y im p rove it, if th e y could? \ W e love th is place. W e ’ve been all o v e r ,” said a cam p e r, g e s tu r in g w ith o n e hand an d holding a soup ladle in th e other. \ T h e kids a r e so safe h e r e , ” cam e from h e r next door neighbor, ‘‘T h e y can run all over th e place an d never g e t tired of w h a t th e y 'r e d o i n g . ” W o u ld they like it ch a n g e d ? ‘‘Not really ,” w a s t h e firm com m e n t from a m a le in th e party. \Y o u s e e , ” h e said, ‘‘W h e n w e com e out h e r e w e com e for w h a t th e cam p gro u n d d o e s n ’t have, not w h a t it does. Sw im m ing pools? W h y , w e h a v e o n e hom e so h e r e w e w a n t to u s e your beaches. \ A cam p sto r e ? W e can live w ithout it. A n d b e t t e r roads into th e site? Forget ’em . \ W e com e becau s e i t ’s about t h e last frontier of n a t u r e open to us at a price w e can affo r d .” H e m a d e sen s e . C r a b g r a s s an d tre e d o n ’t have to co m p e te with paved roads an d su p e r - lau n d r y facilities.

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