09/23/14 7:50am
09/23/2014 7:50 AM

A 21-year-old Flanders man was charged with misdemeanor weapons and drug possession after he was pulled over in Riverside Sunday night, state police said.

Jaymie Petraszewski was stopped on Flanders Road about 9 p.m. for “moving from [his] lane unsafely,” according to a state police news release. State troopers found Mr. Petraszewski had two pills of diazepam, a prescription medication, as well as a “double-edged dagger,” a state trooper said.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, according to the police statement. He was released with a court date in Southampton Town next month, police said.

09/22/14 12:01pm
09/22/2014 12:01 PM
The former North Fork and Capital One bank building in Mattituck. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The former North Fork and Capital One bank building in Mattituck. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A North Fork real estate giant has closed a deal to buy the former Capital One bank property in Mattituck, and workers have already begun work on the property.

Alan Cardinale, who runs Cardinal Management in Mattituck which owns both the Mattituck Plaza and Jamesport Center, closed on the property at 9025 Main Road in Mattituck for an undisclosed sum on Sept. 2, said Samuel Clark of the Manhattan commercial real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield, the firm that sold the property.

The property had been sold at an auction on July 30, with a starting bid set at $600,000. But the property did not meet its reserve to sell during the auction and was sold in a “re-capture,” a transaction offer that occurred outside of the auction itself, a representative from the auction company said.

Mr. Cardinale did not return phone calls to his office seeking comment.

This isn’t the first time Alan Cardinale has owned the Main Road property. In November 1982, he purchased the property — then a supermarket — for $175,000 at foreclosure, said town assessor Kevin Webster.

Two years later, Mr. Cardinale sold the property to North Fork Bancorp for $975,000, according to town property records. The building served as the headquarters for North Fork Bank, until Capital One purchased the bank and the building in 2006. Though bank management said no jobs would be at risk, the call center on the property was shut down in 2011 and put onto the market two years later.

Tax assessor records show the property has a full market value of $10,683,000 with an assessed value of $124,995.

Workers are now at the former office building doing landscaping and maintenance around the property. Last week, several workers said they were hired to make improvements to the property while the new owner searches for a tenant for the building.

An easement on the property from 1984 prevented previous owners from using the property for anything other than office space. But now that Mr. Cardinale is the owner again, the easement could be retired and the building would only require a site plan approval to house retail space again, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell had said in an interview last month.

Mr. Russell said he hadn’t yet spoken to Mr. Cardinale.


09/20/14 1:29pm
09/20/2014 1:29 PM

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 1.27.21 PMA kayaker was rescued about five miles off the coast of Riverhead in the Long Island Sound this morning, saved quickly due to a radio beacon she had on hand in the event of an emergency.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the female — identified as 60-year-old Martha Bailie of Cheshire, Conn. — sounded a distress signal around 10:30 a.m.

Kevin Brooks, first assistant chief with the Riverhead Fire Department, said his crew received a call, though the woman had already been saved before they could get their boats in the water.

The USCG said a Suffolk County Police Department helicopter was the first to respond, making contact with the woman at 11:08 a.m. through the use of her Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, which gave off a signal of her approximate location.

Shortly after the Suffolk chopper arrived, a rescue boat crew sent from Coast Guard Station New Haven helped the woman out of the water.

The woman was evaluated and was not in need of medical assistance, according to the Coast Guard.

“Her preparedness was a major factor in us rescuing her today,” said Chief Petty Officer Frank St. Pierre. “We hope that others who are looking to go out on the water take into consideration that they should be prepared for the worst, because being prepared could help save your life.”

09/20/14 8:00am
Town Board members Jim Wooten and John Dunleavy, left, and Supervisor Sean Walter at Wednesday night's Town Board meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Board members Jim Wooten and John Dunleavy, left, and Supervisor Sean Walter at a town board meeting earlier this month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Supervisor Sean Walter says his tentative 2015 town budget will include about $1.6 million in anticipated revenues from the sale of land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, or however much is needed to plug what is currently viewed as a $1.6 million deficit. (more…)