The Southampton Town Board seat left vacant after the sudden arrest on drug charges and subsequent resignation of Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender last year will come down to a pair of familiar faces for a replacement.
In his first one-on-one interview with the media since his arrest and guilty plea in federal court Tuesday, former Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender told the News-Review he became addicted to pain pills he was overprescribed following back surgery.
Mr. Bender said he eventually started sharing his prescription with another person, who then sold the pills to others. READ
Southampton Town Board member Brad Bender pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to conspiracy to illegally distribute oxycodone as part of a $1.8 million scheme involving a Riverhead physician assistant who had previously been arrested by federal agents. READ
Residents in the troubled hamlet of Riverside offered emotional pleas before the Southampton Town Board last Thursday to support the Riverside Revitalization Action Plan.
There wasn’t a whole lot of debate between the candidates for Southampton Town Board and Suffolk County Legislature at a candidate forum held by the Bay View Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association Friday night at the David Crohan Community Center in Flanders. READ
A proposed garbage district for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton appears to be heading for the dumpster itself.
The Southampton Town Board is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on a resolution to reject all eight bids it has received from garbage carting companies, Councilman Brad Bender said.
The Town Board doesn’t intend to seek new bids on the proposal, at least in the near future, and won’t proceed with the garbage district proposal this year, he said. The idea of a garbage district could still be revived in the future, perhaps in a wider area, but the plan won’t be revived anytime soon, he said.
A game of political musical chairs is taking place in Southampton Town.
Where the public servants will end up, nobody knows — however where they’re trying to end up is becoming evident. (more…)