Southampton Town Democratic Majority Accomplishments and Imminent Plans

Environment

Water Quality

  • Provide a means for residents to replace old septic systems with advanced systems that remove large percentage of nitrogen from household effluent.
  • Pending legislation to mandate systems for new and major reconstruction of homes in high impact areas and a rebate initiative to incentivize purchase of these systems.
  • Reviewing new technological infrastructure to increase bay-ocean water exchange to reduce water temperatures, increase water oxygenation and increase water clarity to help eel grass regenerate on bay bottoms.
  • Established a water quality protection plan
  • Increased funding for pump out boat program

Aquaculture Development

  • Opened the Tiana Marine Education and Outreach Center to foster aquaculture development to  restore shellfish population
  • Coastal Resources Management Plan
  • Established Pine Beetle Task Force

Land Use/Development

  • Repealed Planned Development District Law.
  • Created new Housing and Community Development Department.
  • Passed two affordable housing developments, the first in 20 years in Southampton Town.

Energy

  • Adding to Municipal EV fleet
  • Developing a micro electric grid to maintain power during storms events to maintain critical town services.
    Settled long standing legal dispute with LIPA regarding utilities rates resulting in $400,000 savings to the Town of Southampton
  • Ground based Solar Law
  • Increased required energy ratings for large homes (HERS rating law) HERS = Home Energy Rating System.
  • Conducted Microgrid Study for Town Hall and surrounding areas.

Infrastructure and Maintenance

  • Town wide municipal infrastructure upgrading to include communications, HVAC, ADA compliance and modernization
  • New Community Center in Westhampton Beach
  • Expand use and space at Crohan Center
  • New taxing district to improve parks and waterways.
  • Raise Dune Road in Hampton Bays-Quogue areas to ease flooding
  • Launched the Hampton Bays Shuttle
  • Interim elevation of Dune Rd
  • Acquired a litter vacuum truck to remove debris from parks and roadsides
  • Roof repairs to SYS building
  • Repaired kennels at Southampton Animal Shelter
  • Reopened Hot Dog Beach in East Quogue
  • Reopened Sand Bar Beach in Hampton Bays

Finance

  • First tax cut in over a decade – nearly 2 % cut in tax rate
  • Improved property valuation across all areas of the town
  • Moody’s credit rating upgrade to AAA in 2016 and reaffirmed in 2017
  • 15% growth in reserves – record fund balance
  • $7 million reduction in overall debt service levels
  • Obtained many grants

Good Government

  • Town Board meeting in varying areas of the town including Hampton Bays, East Quogue, Speonk and Flanders
    Community planning charrettes
  • Live broadcast of meetings from Hampton Bays
  • Launched Talk of the Town Public Access TV show featuring town services
  • Established open door policy
  • Entered a new contract with the Southampton Housing Authority
  • Launched E-portal system to provide free and easy access to government documents
  • Initiated daily subscription service for Town GIS system

Preservation

  • Preservation of many parcels of land for open space, recreation, public access and historic preservation
  • Historic restoration of the Lyzon Hat Shop in Hampton Bays
  • Historic restoration of the Canoe Place Chapel in Hampton Bays
  • Ongoing repairs to the historic Nathaniel Rogers House in Bridgehampton

Community Relations

  • Improved relations with Shinnecock Nation
  • Worked with community to develop consensus around 38 unit affordable housing development
  • Restored the auditorium at Town Hall to community meeting room

Public Safety

  • Appointed highly experienced new police chief after extensive search
  • Established new Office of Public Safety and Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Hired first Hispanic woman police officer
  • Installed speed indicators at Hampton Bays School

Recreation

  • Opened Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays
  • Additional funding for maintenance and widening of town trails to allow enjoyment without worry about ticks

Labor Relations

  • Settled longstanding dispute with CSEA regarding workforce inequities

Quality of Life

  • Launched SOS (Southampton Online Solutions) an online service request tracking system
  • Reduced hours of operation for noisy equipment on weekends
  • Limited over night cars at rental properties to 4
  • Secured grant to address zombie homes (abandoned homes)