Government: North Sea Erosion Control, Fleming Endorses Sini, Lower Crime Rate

Bridget Fleming
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming.

North Sea Erosion Control District Hearing

Borrowing from the successful effort in 2014 to rebuild the beach from Water Mill to Sagaponack, residents of the North Sea Beach Colony will get their own opportunity to protect their beaches, provided the Southampton Board approves their request to create a special erosion control district. The board will hold a hearing on the plan when it meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24.

Assistant town attorney Kathleen Murray told the board on Thursday that the district would cover the estimated $406,000 cost of restoring the beach through assessments of $1,400 for each of the 12 waterfront homes and $650 for the 50 inland properties in the community, plus a portion of their assessed value, over the five-year bond. The average annual cost for each waterfront property would be $2,265 and $1,123 for each inland property during the next five years.

The project is expected to protect the beach for at least five years, and officials said completing it would allow the community to qualify for reimbursement for damages through the Federal Emergency Management Agency from major storm events.

Fleming Endorses Sini

Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming this week announced her endorsement of Democrat Tim Sini, the county’s police commissioner, for district attorney, saying in a press release, he will bring “honesty, integrity and a strong law enforcement track record” into the office.”

“As a former criminal prosecutor and now a legislator determined to reform the ethical environment in Suffolk County, I strongly endorse Tim Sini for district attorney,” she said in a release. “Tim’s success as police commissioner and, prior to that, as a federal prosecutor, make him the clear choice.”

Mr. Sini also announced his full support for legislation written by Ms. Fleming, and signed by County Executive Steve Bellone, which mandates that financial disclosure forms filed by top county officials be fully available to the public.

The ethics code amendment was adopted by the full county legislature in April. The county’s ethics code authorizes heads of agencies to determine who on their staffs are required to file financial disclosure statements. Current district attorney, Thomas Spota, does not require the filing of the disclosure statements by certain top officials.

“As D.A., I will require at a minimum all appropriate personnel, including but not limited to bureau chiefs, to file publicly available financial disclosure forms,” Mr. Sini said. “This affront to transparency and justice will end under a Sini administration.”

Budget Hearing October 24

The Southampton Town Board on Thursday made only minor changes to Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s tentative $99.4 million budget for 2018 before taking the legal step to convert the plan into a preliminary budget. The board agreed to add $12,000 in funding for the Southampton Ambulance District at a special meeting.

The board announced that the supervisor’s salary next year will be $117,147, while each town board member will be paid $65,795. The town clerk and superintendent of highways will each be paid $111,427.

The board set an October 24 public hearing for 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Lower Crime Rate Touted

Improved neighborhood policing may be credited with reducing the crime rate by 13 percent year-to-date in Southampton Town, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s office announced this week.

Some of the statistics compiled indicate a steady and sizable drop in major crimes, the town said. Home burglaries have dropped by 33 percent and that rate is down by 53 percent for commercial properties. There have been no murders reported in 2016 or 2017, and rapes have declined by 20 percent. Assaults are down by 17 percent and stolen vehicle reports have dropped by 16 percent, according to the town.

“These are numbers that the police department under the direction of Chief Steven Skrynecki should be proud of,” said Mr. Schneiderman in a release. “Under the chief’s leadership, more officers are patrolling more neighborhoods and police are more visible, leading to a noticeable drop in crime.”

“Our newly implemented intelligence-led policing model has enabled us to better focus our resources on crime patterns and anticipated criminal activity, said Chief Skrynecki. “This coupled with enhanced community collaboration is improving our ability to deter criminal activity and quickly address it when it occurs.”