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Best News!  Southampton Town Board voted unanimously last night on a resolution to accept terms with LIPA that results in the burial of 100% of the cables on the powerline route on the back roads.  


The terms call for a LIPA surcharge based upon consumption — for the East End of the Town, only (excluding Shinnecock, Tuckahoe, and the Shinnecock Reseration).  The surcharge will amount to $3.70 per month for the average electric consumer, i.e., bigger houses will pay more than average, and smaller houses less.

At later date, yet to be set, we must go to LIPA headquarters to impress upon LIPA’s Trustees that we expect them to also ratify this agreement.  Again, on that day, CGSF will arrange for chartered Jitneys (free to supporters who come, including lunch aboard the return trip).

In the event that LIPA’s Trustees do not ratify the agreement – the Town’s resolution also calls for establishing a Special Tax Assessment District to support payment for the undergrounding. The boundaries of the STAD are yet to be set, but will include Water Mill, part of Bridgehampton, and perhaps, depending upon their agreement, the Villages of Southampton, Sag Harbor, North Haven, and Sagaponack.

Please take the time to send “Thank You” emails to the Southampton Town Board for their good work to preserve and protect our scenic vistas and hurricane escape route.  This was a long and hard negotiation for them.  Here are their email addresses:
  Supervisor Linda Kabot: LKabot@SouthamptonTownNY.gov
  Councilman Chris Nuzzi: CNuzzi@SouthamptonTownNY.gov
  Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst: AThrone-Holst@SouthamptonTown.gov
  Councilwoman Nancy Groboski: NGraboski@SouthamptonTownNY.gov
  Councilman Dan Russo: DRusso@SouthamptonTownNY.gov

We owe a special debt of gratitude to Assemblyman Fred Thiele, who persisted in bringing both sides to this agreement.  Without Assemblyman Thiele’s involvement this deal would never have happened.  Please tell Assemblyman Thiele you are grateful: thielef@ assembly.state.ny.us

Steve Abramson, Chair
Committee for a Green South Fork
info@buryLIPAcables.com

LIPA- Bury The LinesIt’s not an uncommon scenario. Not to be cynical, but so much of our destiny is controlled by people who don’t live here, but wish they did, but they can’t and are not very happy about it so they feel a little “so there, you fancy-schmancies” is in order.

It’s why many have been trying to create “Peconic County” consisting of the 5 East End Towns. Why should we be ruled by people who have never even been here, some 50 miles away?

The same for the Long Island Board  of Realtors. Why should a board from West Islip regulate how listings are handled on the East End, where we have a very different culture and way of doing business. That’s why HANFRA, the Hamptons and North Fork Realtors Association has grown to 1000 members in recent years – local rule!!

We’ll now we have the Long Island Power Authority – LIPA – who says they need to provide more power lines to the East End in order to keep up with demand, and they want to put up these big ugly poles along our roadways. Needless to say, many of us are against it.

Here’s one of the stories:

Driven to Save a Vista From LIPA Lines

Published: February 24, 2008

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