After nearly a year in the making, Southampton Town officially has a plan in place to revitalize Riverside — the area’s most economically-stressed and blighted neighborhood.
For nearly 15 years, with no success, residents in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton have campaigned for their hamlets to receive separate zip codes. READ
A proposed pedestrian crossing over the Peconic River, linking county parkland in Riverside to the downtown Riverhead parking lot, will cost between $3.28 million and $3.9 million, according to a feasibility study done for Southampton Town.
That’s more than double the amount the town had sought in state grants to fund construction of the project, according to Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Hampton Bays), who is a candidate for Southampton Town supervisor this fall. (more…)
Funding that had been slated to reconfigure the Riverside traffic circle is now in danger of being diverted next year. But a movement is afoot to keep that money in place.
The infrastructure project is one that some say is critical to the hamlet’s future, particularly at a time when other efforts are in the works to improve quality of life in the economically distressed area of Southampton Town. (more…)
A proposal to institute a garbage district in the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton will be discussed before the Waters Edge Civic Association at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crohan Community Center in Flanders.
Christine Fetten, Southampton Town’s Director of Municipal Works, will be the speaker.
The proposal would have to be approved by property owners within the proposed district before it could take effect. Town officials have yet to determine when that vote would be. (more…)
A 25-year-old Flanders woman is facing a weapons charge after police found she was carrying a pink stun gun in handbag during a traffic stop Friday night, police said.
Jessica Seaman of Flanders Road was arrested about 11 p.m. on Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays, Southampton Town police said.
Ms. Seaman was a front passenger in a car that was stopped for passing on the road shoulder and was found to have a pink electronic stun gun in a pink purse, according to police. The driver, Eric Lehr, 36, of Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to pay a fine and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
The facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation charge come in relation to allegations that Ms. Seaman had a driver’s license herself but allowed someone without a driver’s license to drive, according to Sgt. Sue Ralph of the Southampton Town police.
Locals were told last year not to feed the swans. In fact, last January the state put out a plan to kill or capture all mute swans by 2025 — a plan it later backtracked on.
Thanks to understaffing at the county Department of Public Works, expansion of the Riverside traffic circle isn’t likely to begin earnest for at least another two years, according to county Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk). (more…)