I was watching the Southampton Town Council’s meeting on SEA-TV Channel 22 when many residents spoke about the outrageous DEC’s reversal on issuing a permit to the Sand Land Mine. The residents who spoke encouraged the Town to sue the DEC for rewarding “a known polluter,” in the words of Assemblyman Theile, with a permit to continue contaminating our groundwater. Apparently the Town is the only government entity that can actually do something to correct this situation. Another speaker asked for monitoring wells to be installed at this site. Those who spoke want the Town to protect our water before it becomes a Super Fund Clean-Up site. What could be more basic than this? ( BTW, The Governor’s office is mute on this serious situation.)
I am proud of these residents who spoke. They are members of the Noyac Civic Council. Several months ago I watched NCC members speak against the building of a cell tower in a residential neighborhood. The NCC hosts “Meet the Candidates” nights, participates in the Great East End Clean Up, provides scholarships for members pursuing higher education, honors our veterans, invites elected officials to speak, looks out for safety and sanitary conditions at Long Beach and Trout Pond, to name a few of its activities. The Noyac Civic Council is the best advocacy group for our hamlet. That’s why I joined many years ago.
The NCC works closely with the Bridgehampton CAC and North Sea CAC to make a difference in all of our communities. I hope that more residents join this organization to become informed and make a difference in our community.
Fighting Lyme Disease
Tommy John Schiavoni and I were at the first Lyme disease workshop at Southampton Hospital. Tommy John realized how dangerous and out of control Lyme sisease has become.
When Tommy John was running for Southampton Town councilman, I was present at his first fundraiser. On the top of his agenda he promised to address the issue of Lyme disease and hold all levels of government accountable.
I was very elated to see an article on the front page of the Sag Harbor Express, March 21, 2019, indicating that Tommy John is leading a cooperative effort against Lyme disease. It’s all about science and getting money from the Federal government.
Thank you Tommy John, you have kept your word to fight this horrific epidemic. Keep up the excellent work!
Keep Internet Open
I am writing to you because I want to protect our open internet. Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the Net Neutrality protections that make the internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. If we can’t restore these protections, the internet as we know it could change forever.
Earlier this month, Congress introduced the Save the Internet Act, which will restore the open internet protections that were repealed by the FCC in 2017. Despite having the support of over 80 percent of Americans, many members of Congress are siding with Big Telecom to vote against this bill.
I hope our representatives in Congress vote in favor of this bill. Otherwise we’ll be forced to hold them accountable at the ballot box in 2020.