01/31/11 7:35pm
01/31/2011 7:35 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Paintings by Rich Fiedler hang in his Main Street, Greenport gallery.

The walls are freshly painted, the hardwood floors gleam and the granite countertops complete your dream house — almost. Something is missing: a painting, print or sculpture that will complete the picture. But good art, you’re told, is quite expensive, and you’re not an expert.

What should you look for, and where? And how do you know if you’re getting good art?

You’re in luck. From Riverhead to Greenport, you’ll find fine art everywhere — in hushed galleries, wineries, libraries and boisterous eateries. It’s a bit confusing for a new buyer or collector who wonders why this painting with a dot and a single line costs more than that local scenic panorama teeming with birds, sea, sky and grasses swaying in the breeze.

There is an art to buying art. But it’s fun — and easier to learn than most people think. It starts with self-searching.

Look at art. Walk through some galleries and museums. What do you like? Strong figurative works? Landscapes? Riotous color? Everything? Does one work grab your eye and refuse to let you walk away? Finding a piece of art you want to live with is like falling in love; the right one tugs at your heartstrings. For many, the search ends there. They buy what they love and live with it, happily ever after.

Others require a longer courtship.

“One couple looked at a painting for three years before they bought it,” said Hector DeCordova, who runs DeCordova Gallery in Greenport with his wife, Joyce. That kind of hesitation often signals caution on the part of buyers, who are as worried about making a “good investment” as they are about finding a piece they like. But targeting the next hot artist is like targeting the next hot stock. There’s no science to it. There is, however, reassurance in understanding what you are buying and what to expect from the dealer or artist who sells you the work.

There are different types of galleries. Traditional galleries are usually run by dealers with a background in the arts. Dedicating their space to a few carefully selected artists, they curate rotating solo or group exhibitions, install and advertise the art, print brochures and invitations, hold receptions and cover related costs. In return, they receive a commission on sales. They can explain artists’ styles and techniques and provide artists’ biographies and résumés.

A gallery director’s belief in a particular artist, and a willingness to invest in him or her with an exhibition, is vital to any artist’s career. It can be a stepping stone to recognition by a larger art audience — museums and collectors — and a chance to be reviewed.

Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead and The Sirens’ Song Gallery in Greenport are North Fork standouts, showing works that garner consistently good reviews and mentions in publications including The New York Times and national art journals.

Each North Fork gallery has its own distinctive character, and there’s a broad range of styles and prices. You’ll find mostly figurative works and landscapes at South Street Gallery in Greenport; a multimedia mix of realism and abstraction at DeCordova; edgy, contemporary work, from miniature to monumental, at Art Sites; and works on paper at The Sirens’ Song.
“Collectors today are buying smaller, affordable pieces,” said Amy Worth, director of South Street Gallery. “Many who cannot afford an oil costing thousands can afford an original watercolor or drawing where prices start at $150.”

Mr. DeCordova pointed out that works by emerging artists usually cost less than similar works by artists with established reputations, whose large pieces can command five figures. So don’t be put off by an out-of-my-range price tag; art dealers can usually find alternatives that suit your budget.

Some artists, such as Greenport’s Terrance Joyce and Rich Fiedler, represent themselves in storefront studio-galleries. Jacqueline Penney, at age 80, paints and sells her own works from her landmark Cut­chogue barn-studio. These artists continue the tradition of the plein air Peconic School that flourished at the turn of the 20th century. Artists of that school — Whitney Hubbard and Caroline Bell, among them — weren’t that interested in modernism or in achieving national fame. They became local treasures who captured a sense of time and place. Today’s local scenic artists follow in their paths.

Original watercolors and large oils and acrylics by local artists today range in price from $300 to $17,000. Many sell reproductions in the form of giclées, digital reproductions of a painting done on paper or canvas. Though they may be signed and numbered, these multiple copies are not original works of art (there are some exceptions), as are etchings, lithographs and woodcuts. Giclées may be good choices for buyers who want a specific image but can’t afford the original. Always ask a gallerist to explain what kind of “print” you’re looking at. If you’re thinking of investment value, you may wish to consider an original fine-art alternative.

Many art-studio gallerists rent space to other artists, in lieu of commissions. Some, such as Winter Harbor Gallery in Greenport, also show the work of a variety of jewelry and craft artisans.

Other alternative art venues include libraries, restaurants, wineries and other establishments where art selections are often made by non-art professionals; some offer free wall space while others rent it or take commissions. It’s fun perusing these spaces, where works vary wildly in artistic quality and price, the two often unrelated.

East End Arts Council in Riverhead, an important community resource since 1972, offers all artists, from emerging and self-taught to well schooled, an opportunity to show their work in juried exhibitions. They pay an entry fee to submit pieces for consideration in a given show. The submissions, which must comply with a theme determined by gallery director Jane Kirkwood, are judged by an outside art professional who selects works to be shown and designates prizewinners. Visitors to EEAC have access to an artists’ registry containing sample images of hundreds of artists. This year, the organization has adopted a theme, “Art and Passion: Year of the Collector, 2011,” that covers a broad range of programs dealing with the art of collecting.

Auctions and studio tours, often part of charitable fundraisers, are great opportunities to meet artists and purchase their work at a fraction of its usual cost. But a word about bargains: Except for these fundraisers, serious artists tenaciously maintain their pricing; it is essential to their credibility in the art market and to their relationships with the galleries that represent them. It also helps ensure the value of what a collector buys. Beware of artists whose prices rise and fall with local temperatures.

01/31/11 5:59pm

Helen “Tommy” Waite passed away Jan. 25 at San Simeon by the Sound nursing home in Greenport at the age of 90.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1920, in Plainfield, N.J., to Edith (Williams) and Thomas Stacy. She graduated from Southold High School in 1937 and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, Harry Waite. She was a devoted mother and homemaker. During the 1960s, she worked as a receptionist at North Fork Animal Hospital in Southold.

Predeceased by her husband in 1983 and her sister, Lee, in 2001, she is survived by her children, Barbara Neer of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Thomas Waite and Lynne Wentworth of Southold, who are missing her so very much. She is also survived by a niece, Leonie R. Symonds of Cliffside Park, N.J.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Good Shepherd dining room at San Simeon by the Sound. Arrangements will be made by DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. Donations may be made to San Simeon by the Sound, Mattituck Presbyterian Church or the North Fork Animal Welfare League in Peconic.

This is a paid notice.

01/31/11 5:15pm

Richard J. Fox of Southold died on January 28, 2011, at the age of 79.

He was born on April 24, 1931, in Jamaica, New York, to Herbert and Margaret Fox. A graduate of Farmingdale College, he enjoyed a seventeen-year career with American Laubscher Corp., from which he retired as treasurer.

Richard grew up in Cambria Heights, New York, and was a great fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and enjoyed walking with his brothers to Belmont Race Track. Racing became a lifelong favorite hobby.

In 1958, Rich’s older brother Herb met Eileen, a lovely young lady, at the neighborhood bus stop and thought she and Rich would be perfect for each other. They were introduced and were happily married for over 51 years. Together they raised a wonderful family and took great joy in their seven grandchildren.

Rich was a quiet man and had many loves — his wife, Eileen, “his rock”; his children; and his grandchildren. Another one of his loves was his horses! He was also a shy man but a funny man with a kind heart. When his health started to fail, he tried to enjoy all his normal activities, football games, horses and spending time with friends.

A gentleman — a gentle man — who will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, whom he married on May 2, 1959, in Cambria Heights, N.Y.; his children, Richard (Lisa) of Miller Place, Cathleen Hirt (Edward) of Bohemia, James (Suzanne) of Northport; two brothers, Herbert and John; a sister, Dale Crisafulli; seven grandchildren, Samantha Fox, Stephen Fox, Christine Hirt, Bryan Hirt, Trevor Fox, Maggie Fox and Lily Fox; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas Fox, in 1992 and brother, Robert Fox.

The family received friends at the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick R.C. Church by Father Peter Garry. Interment was at St. Patrick R.C. Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the American Lung Association would be appreciated.

This is a paid notice.

01/31/11 5:12pm

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF J. ROSSETTI LANDSCAPING, LLC.
Articles of organization filed 10/29/10 with New York Secretary of State. Office Location: Suffolk County. Secretary of State is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. Secretary of State shall mail process to 242 Fairway Drive, Wading River, New York 11792. Purpose is any lawful activity.
8219-6T 12/23; 1/6, 13, 20, 27; 2/3

LEGAL NOTICE
Notice of Formation of PARTIES N’ ALL, LLC. a domestic Limited Liability Company. Articles. of Org. filed with Secretary of State (SSNY) on 12/09/10. Office location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Janeen C Barnes, 11 Jonah Road, Miller Place, NY 11764. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act or activity.
8227-6T 1/6, 13, 20, 27; 2/3, 10

LEGAL NOTICE
SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF SUFFOLK
Index No. 28307/10
Filing Date:
SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS
Plaintiff designates SUFFOLK County as the place of trial based on the location of the premises herein.
MOREQUITY, INC.,
Plaintiff,
-against-
BRENDA MANFREDI, MATTHEW J. MANFREDI, if living, and if deceased, his/her/or their heirs at law, next of kin, devisees, distributees, legal representatives, legatees, executors, administrators, creditors, assignees, grantees, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, lienors, and successors in interest, and their respective husbands, wives, and widows, if any, and the successors in interest, of said heirs at law, next of kin, devisees, distributees, and legal representatives, and all persons claiming through or under any of them who have an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to plaintiff,
STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
“John Doe 1-10”, said names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in, or lien upon the premises described in the complaint,
Defendants.
TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS:
YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, (or within 30 days after service is completed, if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default, for the relief demanded in the complaint.
Dated: Glendale, New York
December 16, 2010
Yours, etc.
DEUTSCH & SCHNEIDER, LLP
By: JOSHUA DEUTSCH, ESQ.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
Office and P.O. Address
79-37 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale , NY 11385
(718) 417-1700
Our File: MQ-481
Pursuant to the terms of a Federal Law entitled “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” we may be considered to be acting as a “debt collector” to collect amounts owing to the creditor. Any information obtained by us from you or about you will be used for that purpose.
NOTICE
YOU ARE IN DANGER OF
LOSING YOUR HOME.
IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME.
SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IF PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY.
SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION.
YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT.
TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Denise F. Molia, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County, dated Oct. 28, 2010, and filed with the complaint and other papers in the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office, Riverhead, NY. The object of the action is to foreclose a mortgage recorded in said Clerk’s Office on the 13th day of April 2005 in Reel/Liber 21023, page 477, covering prem. k/a 13 Church Lane, Aquebogue, NY, being a plot 176.44 ft. x 50.36 x 183.49 ft. x 50 ft. Dated: Jan. 4, 2011.
DEUTSCH & SCHNEIDER, LLP
Attys. For Pltf.
#79527
8230-4T 1/13, 20, 27; 2/3

LEGAL NOTICE
Notice of formation of a
Limited Liability Company (LLC):
Name: EXPERT MARTIAL ARTS, LLC.
Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of New York (SSNY) on 10/14/2010. Office location County of Suffolk. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Soonchul Rhee 440 Sylvan Ave., Ste. 250, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Purpose: any lawful act.
8235-6T 1/13, 20, 27; 2/3, 10, 17

LEGAL NOTICE
Notice of formation of JM BRYANT CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLC, a limited liability company.
Articles of Org. filed w/ Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) 11/09/10. Office loc.: Suffolk .
SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 78 Manhattan Avenue, West Babylon, New York 11704. Purpose: any lawful purpose
8237-6T 1/13, 20, 27; 2/3, 10, 17

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF FORMATION, Lawn Stars, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/10/2010. Office location: Suffolk. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to c/o: Lawn Stars, LLC, 25 Montauk Avenue, East Moriches, NY 11940. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity.
8239-1T 1/20, 27; 2/3, 10. 17, 24

LEGAL NOTICE
Notice of formation of GHC Holdings LLC, a Limited Liability Company. Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) 11/22/10. Office loc.: Suffolk. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 42 Heritage Lane, Riverhead, NY 11901. Purpose: any lawful purpose.
8244-6T 1/27; 2/3, 10, 17, 24; 3/3
PUBLIC NOTICE
RFP ISSUED FOR WORKFORCE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Please take notice that the Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency hereby solicits written proposals from qualified not-for-profits engaged in the development of workforce housing for reconstruction of one (1) single family workforce home located at 0600-105.00-02.00-069.000‏ (aka 27 Wilson Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901).
Full specifications of the solicitation are available online at www.riverheadli.com or at Town of Riverhead Community Development Office at 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901.
Responses must be received at the CDA office by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011.
Written questions concerning this request should be directed to Chris Kempner, Director, Town of Riverhead CDA, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 or via e-mail at kempner@riverheadli.com, or via facsimile at (631) 727-5772.
Dated: February 3, 2011
BY ORDER OF
THE TOWN BOARD
Town of Riverhead, NEW YORK
DIANE WILHELM, TOWN CLERK
8254-1T 2/3

PUBLIC NOTICE
New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation
Notice of Complete Application
Date: 01/24/2011
Applicant: TOWN OF RIVERHEAD
200 HOWELL AVE
RIVERHEAD, NY 11901-2515
Facility: RIVERHEAD SEWER DISTRICT AWTF
RIVER AVE – N END
RIVERHEAD, NY 11901
Application ID: 1-4730-00039/00001
Permit(s) Applied for: 1 – Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Municipal SPDES – Surface Discharge
Project is Located: in RIVERHEAD in SUFFOLK COUNTY
Project Description: The applicant proposes to increase the effluent flow capacity from 1.3 million gallons per day to 1.5 million gallons per day, and proposes the conversion from SBR to SBR/MBR to meet the Total Max Daily Load limits for total nitrogen applicable to this facility. Applicant requested interim limits during the conversion process for total suspended solids, carbonaceous biological oxygen demand, and total residual chlorine, and monitoring requirements for total nitrogen. Facility is located on River Avenue, Riverhead.
Availability of Application Documents: Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination: Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination: The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29): It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.
Availability for Public Comment: Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than 03/04/2011 or 30 days after the publication date of this notice, whichever is later.
Contact Person:
KENDALL P KLETT
NYSDEC
SUNY @ STONY BROOK
50 CIRCLE ROAD
STONY BROOK, NY 11790-3409
(631) 444-0363
8255-1T 2/3

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
The Town Board of Riverhead will receive bids for the “INTERIM AND PERMANENT TREATMENT AT WELL NO. 17-1” for the Riverhead Water District at the Town Clerk’s office, Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901, until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened an d read aloud for:
PROJECT NO.: RDWD 10-03
INTERIM AND PERMANENT TREATMENT AT WELL NO. 17-1
CONTRACT G — GENERAL AND MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION
CONTRACT E — ELECTRICAL
CONSTRUCTION
A paper copy of the plans and specifications may be examined on or after Thursday, February 3, 2011, at the Office of the Town Clerk between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. An electronic copy may be obtained by visiting the Town of Riverhead website: www.riverheadli.com and clicking on “Bid Requests.”
Each proposal must be accompanied by a bid bond in the amount of five percent (5%) of the total bid, or a certified check made payable to the TOWN OF RIVERHEAD as assurance that the bid is made in good faith.
The right is reserved to reject any or all bids, to waive any informalities, and to accept the lowest responsible bid.
BY ORDER OF
THE TOWN BOARD
TOWN OF RIVERHEAD
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK
ACTING AS THE
GOVERNING BODY OF THE
RIVERHEAD WATER DISTRICT
DIANE WILHELM, TOWN CLERK
DATED: Thursday, February 3, 2011
8256-1T 2/3

LEGAL NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Supreme Court, Suffolk County, on the 26 day of January 2011, bearing Index No. 3054-2011, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at the Juliette A. Kinsella Building, Riverhead, NY, grants Brayan Alexander Diego Merida the right to assume the name Brian Alexander Diego Merida. The child’s present address is 66 Segal Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901. The child’s date of birth is June 05, 2010. The child’s present name is Brayan Alexander Diego Merida.
8257-1T 2/3

LEGAL NOTICE
For Sale
1977 Ford Bean Cabover Pumper with Caterpillar Diesel Engine
Bids will be opened at Station One, 49 North Ferry Road, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 2011, meeting of SI Fire District.
Contact Rich, (631) 255-9694 or (631) 749-0766.
8258-2T 2/3, 10

LEGAL NOTICE
A Space Place Storage will sell at public auction under New York State Lien Law for cash only Feb. 18th, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at 2091 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735 the property described as household goods and other effects belonging to: Unit #1139, Joseph Hurley; Unit 3007 I Gaberial; Unit 2087 SU LI Hung.
8259-2T 2/3, 10

LEGAL NOTICE
A Space Place Storage will sell at public auction under New York State Lien Law for cash only on Feb. 18th, 2011, at 12 p.m. at 21 Hammond Road, Centereach, NY 11720 the property described as household goods and other effects belonging to: Unit 197, Phylis Daley; Unit 138, John St Razan; Unit 253, Andrew Hobson; Unit 520, Nelson Vazquez; Unit 310, Ceylan Yuksekbas; Unit 248, Augu’nit 263, Yuriy Abayev.
Owner reserves the right to bid.
8260-2T 2/3, 10

01/31/11 4:19pm

Richard F. Marschean, age 77, departed this life on January 26, 2011. Born February 27, 1933, in the Bronx, N.Y., he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York, served in the United States Army as a Corps of Engineers officer at Fort Belvoir, Va., and had a successful career in mechanical engineering.

He worked on the Lunar Excursion Module for the Apollo manned flight to the moon while at Grumman Aircraft Corporation in the early 1960s and spent his professional career employed at Ebasco Services Inc. and several other firms, building power plants in the United States and abroad, including China, Egypt, Australia and the Philippines.

He grew up in Woodhaven, N.Y., raised his family in Syosset and retired in 1999 to Southold on the North Fork of Long Island. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marilyn; his children, Catherine Marschean-Spivak, Jean Lederer, Richard A. Marschean and Amy Marschean; their spouses, John Spivak, Rick Lederer, Carolyn Marschean, and Paul Gilding; and eight grandchildren: Elizabeth Melfi, Amanda Spivak, Nicole and Richard J. Marschean and Henry, Charles, Samuel and Benjamin Lederer.

Dick Marschean, a great admirer of General Douglas MacArthur, shared his belief in duty, honor and country. His generous, gregarious and passionate spirit will always live on in all who knew and loved him.

Calling hours were at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold by Father Peter Garry. Interment, with U.S. Army honors, was at St. Patrick R.C. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1469, Southold, NY 11971 or East End Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

This is a paid notice.

01/31/11 2:56pm

Michael Hall

Alexis Fields

A Riverhead man and a Flanders woman were arrested Friday after the pair allegedly stole a vacuum cleaner from the Riverhead Home Depot, with the man waving a box cutter in the face of guards who were trying to stop them, State Police said.

Alexis Fields, 35, of 2043 Flanders Road and Michael Hall, 45, of 30 Phillips Street fled the Route 58 store traveling east in a red Dodge Caravan about 5 p.m. Friday, police said.

Riverhead Police officers, who first got the call, relayed the information to State Police and a State Trooper soon spotted the couple traveling south on County Road 105. The trooper pulled the pair over on Flanders Road and placed them both under arrest.

Two additional troopers and Riverhead Police officers also responded to the scene on Route 105.

Mr. Hall was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana. Ms. Fields was charged with first-degree robbery and petit larceny.

vchinese@timesreview.com

01/31/11 2:02pm

VERA CHINESE PHOTO | A television news van parked outside Riverhead Justice Court Monday morning.

The DWI trial involving former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot is underway at Riverhead Town Justice Court today. Six jurors and two alternate jurors were selected last week and opening statements were expected to be heard at 2 p.m.

Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith is presiding over the trial, which is expected to last at least until tomorrow afternoon, though it could be postponed due to Tuesday’s predicted storm.

Ms. Kabot, 43, of Quogue was arrested on Sep. 7 2009 by Westhampton Beach Village Police. She was pulled over on Main Street in Westhampton Beach just before midnight on Sep. 6. Police said her eyes were glassy and her breath smelled of alcohol at the time of her arrest.

Ms. Kabot was charged with DWI, failure to submit to a pre-screen sobriety test,failure to maintain her lane and failure to stop at a stop sign. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial was originally scheduled to be held in Westhampton Beach Village Justice Court, but was moved due to a conflict of interest as Ms. Kabot knows both village judges personally.

Ms. Kabot lost her bid for re-election to current supervisor Anna Throne-Holst two months after her arrest.