Letters to the Editor 11.03.11

Outstanding
    East Hampton
    October 28, 2011
To the Editor,
    Tom Lawrence, East Hampton Village’s chief code enforcement officer and building inspector, is an outstanding citizen and public servant.
    Knowledgeable, organized, community-oriented, and dedicated, he goes about difficult work with little recognition or thanks. You’re appreciated, Tom!
    Best,
    DON HUNTING



Surprise and Amaze
    Bridgehampton
    October 31, 2011
To The Editor,
    The Bridgehampton Lions Club held its annual pumpkin carving contest last week at the Community House. It was another special evening thanks to the generosity of over 100 local businesses and the many, many wonderfully inventive and enthusiastic pumpkin carvers who continue to surprise and amaze us each year with their entries!
    Thanks also to Liz Joyce, whose puppet show once again delighted the little ones, to the Milk Pail for donating cider and donuts, to La Capannina for bringing pizza, and to the Bridgehampton School marimba band who joined in this year and played beautifully.
    Finally, thanks to the many good folks who came out to enjoy this truly great event! Your participation and interest allows our club to continue with our mission to help the blind and deaf by supporting the training of guide dogs. Your help also enables us to invite Santa to the Bridgehampton Library, to be a sponsor of Little League baseball, and to contribute to the local food pantry, to name but a few of the ways that our club endeavors to serve this great community.
    Again, many thanks and Happy Halloween!
    JOHN BATTLE
    Bridgehampton Lions Club



Community of Friends
    East Hampton
    October 28, 2011
To the Editor:
    I knew Ted Dragon for over 20 years. I started working for him at the Creeks around 1989, shortly before Alfonso Ossorio passed away. After the yard sale, he sold the estate to Ronald Perelman and moved into a new house, and I continued with him. I was the painter, then housekeeper and assistant, and later a friend and confidante. He had a new life and persona, freed from the obligations of running 67 acres and a huge house he lived in for over 40 years.
    He was a generous man and gave a lot to the community. He made lots and lots of donations and delivered Meals on Wheels food to the needy for many years. Ted was religious and gave a lot to the church. He built up a community of friends with whom he shared many a good time.
    His sudden departure leaves many of us in sorrow and loss. He died on Oct. 2. I remember one of his favorite sayings: “To get through life you need nerves of steel and a good sense of humor.” Good advice for all of us. According to his wishes no ceremony took place. His ashes were buried in Green River Cemetery next to his life partner, Alfonso Ossorio. I respect his privacy and wish everybody to remember the goodness he brought out in all who knew him. They and I will miss you forever.
    And, yes, we made our Christmas cookies for many years and gave them to friends and people who were close to his heart.
    Respectfully yours.
    DAINIS SAULITIS



Are As Law
    East Hampton
    October 28, 2011
Dear David,
    On Oct. 26, upon the conclusion of my testimony at Paul Lester and Kelly Lester’s fish trial, their attorney, Daniel Roger, asked me if the Dongan Patent was a valid document. When I answered, “Yes, absolutely,” the prosecutor was shouting out, “I object to this question.”
    Herein lies the problem. This prosecutor from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office violated her oath of office when she objected to Daniel Roger’s question about our patents. By virtue of being the successor to the King of England, the patents are as law against New York State — no different than when they were declared law against the King of England in 1691.
    Our grants and charters have been upheld by the United States Supreme Court several times. All inferior courts are legally bound, according to the federal Constitution, to recognize and uphold our Nicholls and Dongan Patents, because of these United States Supreme Court decisions.
    This happy horse feathers suppression of our patents by prosecutors and judges in mainly the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton has to cease and desist now and forever.
    Here’s some food for thought: On Tuesday we will vote for nine East Hampton Town trustees. These are the same government officials that were first appointed to office March 13, 1666, by Governor Nicholls when he issued the Nicholls Patent for the inhabitants of the Town of East Hampton.
    Thank you,
    STUART B. VORPAHL



Traditional Powers
    Amagansett
    October 25, 2011
Dear Mr. Rattray,
    I read your editorial “Reining in Citizens’ Voices” in the Oct. 20 East Hampton Star. You mentioned that the town board “apparently has asked its lawyers to tighten controls” on the citizens advisory committees, especially “to vet all external communications.” You said that this is unfortunate because “recent events have shown that when committee positions are at variance with those of the town board, what the committees’ members have to say is dismissed.”
    As a long-term member of the Amagansett advisory committee and its chairwoman for three years, I am very much concerned by those prospects. The C.A.C.s are organizations through which residents can learn about actions of the town board and other parts of town government, and, historically, the C.A.C.s have been able to transmit their views back to any town board or official. This has always been encouraged by the town board as a way of the C.A.C.s giving feedback from their members on issues that affected their hamlets or the entire town. The town board should always be kept informed of communications to other branches of town government by the town board liaison, but the town board should not attempt to censor or waylay those communications. The constructive working relationship between government and citizenry would be jeopardized by the town board abrogating some of the C.A.C.s’ traditional powers.
    I would hate to see the necessity of new, stand-alone replacements or additions to the C.A.C.s. The C.A.C.s’ official positions encourage many valuable interactions with town officials to our mutual advantage.
    Sincerely yours,
    SHEILA OKIN



True Asset    
    East Hampton
    October 27, 2011
Dear Editor,
    Lisa Rana is a true asset to our town! For the last eight years she has been dedicated to the professional and courteous operation of the East Hampton Town Justice Court. She has done this during a financial crisis and a reduction of staff. Lisa is fair and reasonable. Because of this she enjoys wide support from voters across party lines.
    Please join us in supporting Lisa Rana for East Hampton Town justice. She has the same drive, dedication, and enthusiasm to her job as she did on day one!
Sincerely,
JOHN and CAROLINE DUNNING



Your Support
    Amagansett
    October 27, 2011
To The Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of East Hampton who have supported me in my campaign for re-election as East Hampton Town Justice. I have enjoyed visiting with so many members of our wonderful community over the course of this election season. I adore East Hampton and I hope that I will be provided an opportunity to continue to serve you as your town justice. I would appreciate your support and your vote on Tuesday — Election Day.
    Respectfully submitted,
    LISA R. RANA
    East Hampton Town Justice



Track Record
    East Hampton
    October 25, 2011
Dear David,
    It has been a great pleasure knowing and working with Steve Lynch for the past 20-plus years. Steve Lynch has a proven track record with people of the community and local businesses. His record speaks for itself. He has owned and successfully operated his own excavation, driveway, and site work business for nearly 30 years. He has earned a reputation as an honest, hard-working gentleman who can get the job done efficiently. This reputation did not come easy. This reputation was earned with hard work, determination, and the ability to listen and make good, sound decisions.
    As we all know, the Town of East Hampton Highway Department more than ever needs a person with these credentials and proven history.
    PATRICK BISTRIAN III



Human Rights
    East Hampton
    October 30, 2011
Dear David,
    I would like to comment on your editorial “Highway Headaches.” Scott King and some Democracts keep touting that it’s just a few disgruntled employees that can’t work to Scott’s standards. In fact, it is a few employees standing up for the rights of the whole department; in addition, my complaint of Scott King’s unlawful video surveillance of  me included his falsification of a payroll document and what may be considered theft of services.
    You also stated that a settlement in the Human Rights cases was reportedly reached. None of the cases have been withdrawn. In fact, I have just received documentation that my case filed with Human Rights for harassment and retaliation is now active.
    Sincerely,
    KEVIN L. COBB
    Labor Crew Leader
    Town Highway Department



Anti-King Agenda
    East Hampton
    October 26, 2011
To the Editor,
    I find it strange that anti-Scott King supporters won’t let their failure rest. The fabricated complaints against Mr. King were dropped and squashed as soon as the word perjury was made more clear. I sure hope those who assisted the accusers will be equally as helpful if Mr. King decides to file charges against them. Then all that talk about taxpayers’ money playing a hand in the legal proceedings will be from the burden made by those that were less than honest.
    I wish to ask Elaine Jones a question: Would you back these guys if they were proven to be in the wrong? If you would, I need to say no more. But if your answer is no, which would be the answer of an honest, well-respected American citizen, then I will continue with some very interesting information that will shake up your entire objective.
    You see, I worked with those same people last winter and more recently during the road resurfacing this past summer. My first day I was approached by a foreman and an attempt was made to get me on board with their anti-King agenda. That same foreman had no problem discussing many issues with me, including their real agenda, the union representative, and even you Ms. Jones.
    For exactly one hour and 47 minutes this guy rambled on about everything, including former Highway Superintendent Chris Russo pulling the same crap with him and purposely holding him back from a confession that he initially offered to be an ally to Mr. King, because “I knew how ruthless he could be.”
    At that point a vehicle pulled up and one of the two young ladies in it asked this foreman when they could use the newly paved side street. He replied, “For a few kisses” he would “let them through.”
    Visibly uncomfortable, they drove up the paved road anyway. I also felt uncomfortable, as I actually knew one of the ladies. They were both Hispanic, which the foreman must have known because when they returned and sped by us he yelled, in his best Hispanic impersonation, “Where’s my keess? I want my keess!” I was completely surprised  that the very person who claimed misconduct against Scott King had just committed misconduct at a much more serious level. Even more bizarre is that it was racial misconduct. In fact, he may have also committed a sexual harassment offense.
    He continued to whine about being worked too much by Mr. King and how he missed the days of “ride and hide,” a practice of either driving around wasting town fuel keeping out of sight or hiding in various locations (like the cul de sac at the end of my road), both to avoid actually working. This guy was throwing out names and information like I was his psychologist and he needed to get things off his chest. When we left the site, it was clear Mr. King had his hands full, although I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the majority of Scott King’s crew that were hardworking, dedicated to their jobs, and enjoyed their employment.
    By day three, the disgruntled employee finally caught wind that I was a good friend of Mr. King’s. From then on the gabby foreman and his slim following didn’t give me the time of day. He probably figured that everything he said to me the day before had only our ears listening — but that’s not the case.
    Now, you notice I’m not using names. I don’t believe I need to. Nor will I mention the name of the other foreman who I was flagging with when a gentleman from a pool company pulled up and asked if the resurfacing would be done by the following week. The foreman began using extremely abusive language with replies that included, “Do I look like fucking information?” and, “Do you think I’m enjoying doing this fucking shit job?” This tirade went on for a full minute. Both the driver and I were shocked at his behavior. The driver drove off while I stood shaking my head and then continued to listen as this foreman berated the public for another 30 minutes.
    I also won’t mention the third foreman who when Scott King directly told him not to let anyone travel east on Albert’s Landing, he let three cars pass immediately after Mr. King left and it almost caused a serious car-and-truck collision. Mr. King immediately returned and explained it to the foreman again, then left. The foreman let the next car pass, looked at me and said, “Fuck him anyway.” A collision was once again narrowly avoided, but the car driving in the right direction screamed at both the foreman and me for not staging the area correctly — clearly sabotage attempts but at the cost of the communities safety. Does that bother anybody? It sure bothers me as my wife travels every day down that road for work 365 days a year.
    It’s a dark feeling knowing your loved ones’ safety and lives are jeopardized because these foremen don’t get along with their boss. This behavior is pathetic and borderline criminal. Yet I still won’t mention names, but meanwhile my name was eagerly printed in the paper labeling me a “friend of Scott King” in a most notorious fashion. There was no point in doing this as I’m friends with hundreds of people and all I was attempting to do was the job I was hired to do.
    Scott King has done a magnificent job at his post even with those few disruptive employees. Imagine the job he could do without them, replacing them with employees who aren’t afraid to do an honest days work for a fair wage — a crew that concentrates on teamwork, not mutiny.
    And for all those that are led to believe that the worker bees do all the work while the queen sits back and watches, you are giving the bees way too much credit. Sure they do a fine job, but there’s a reason the highway supervisor position exists. Would those same workers exclude Stephen Lynch from being part of the overall picture if he was voted into the position, or does that only apply to Mr. King? Do you really think this community is that stupid?
    I asked foreman number one why he didn’t run for the position and he clearly expressed the hard work and “smarts” that it involved and that Mr. King was “perfect for the job,” but that he himself didn’t have that quality. In fact he also states that the people in his little faction “aren’t all that smart.” He even bad-mouths his fellow accusers behind their backs. Need I continue? I can, but I think you all get the point. Do you, Ms. Jones? How do you feel about these guys now? Are you still compelled to back them with your support? Tell the people now, be honest. Unfortunately, I already know the answer, but I want the community to hear it from you.
    What about the stolen campaign signs belonging to Mr. King? If none of the foremen are responsible for this childish and illegal act, I will personally apologize to her in public at Town Hall in a pink tutu, and that’s my promise. If in fact a foreman is responsible and it is proven, what would you be willing to gamble? Not a thing, I’m certain, as I’m sure you know the responsible party is one of those you’ve fought so diligently for. Looks like she backed the wrong people. It’s clear that her agenda is not for the benefit of this town but rather a personal attack on Mr. King. Everyone will soon see the same. The reason I wouldn’t vote for Mr. Lynch is because if there were ever issues, I wouldn’t want to count on Ms. Jones’s erratic behavior in trying to solve them. I think she has done more harm than good, but that’s not my problem, just my opinion.
    You see, she won’t be able to spin this story, as I’ve taken careful precautions. It’s 1 perfect hour and 47 minutes of continuous betrayal. The majority is too embarrassing to even discuss, but I’d love to indulge you. Maybe I’ll take the transcript and have it published in a real paper like The Star or Newsday, etc., not some low-grade, biased, babble-rag like The Independent. How does that trash even exist? I suspect it won’t as their carelessness and amateur reporting is becoming quite boring. Personally, I would lose great fish-wrapping material if they ceased to exist. An exclusive story like this would certainly open the eyes of many voters, as well as a community that needs to know the real truth about everyone involved, from their own mouths. Well here it is, plain and clear. I look forward to an adult response, but don’t really expect it.
    I will suggest Ms. Jones choose her words carefully if she cares to comment at all. The big ball is in another court now and I’m just looking for an excuse to start bouncing it. That’s all for now. But the best is yet to come. Meanwhile, I strongly advise you all to re-elect Scott King for East Hampton Town highway superintendent.
    DELL CULLUM      
    a k a Friend of Scott King