Southampton Town Democratic Majority Accomplishments and Imminent Plans
- 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
- 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
- Repealed Planned Development District Law.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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
- Opened Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays
- Additional funding for maintenance and widening of town trails to allow enjoyment without worry about ticks
- 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)