The Village News: Editorials


 
October 2, 2020

COVID Alert NY

For several months I’ve been hearing about a computer program that will alert you if you’ve been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and I just received a copy of the program.

COVID Alert NY is a testing and tracing program that can significantly help stop the spread of COVID-19. Developed by NY State, “COVID Alert NY” is a free smartphone app that uses Bluetooth technology, not location data, to quickly alert you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If the program alerts you, you can then quickly protect yourself and others by self-quarantining and then contact your doctor so that you can be tested. Click here to read the new Editorial.

 


 
September 16, 2020

It Still Ain't Over

A Letter To The Editor got me thinking that it might be time for me to write a follow up to my July Editorial, “COVID-19, It Ain’t Over.” This time, I’m calling it, “It Still Ain’t Over.”  Click here to read the new Editorial.

 


 
August 13, 2020

The Bellport Village Board Just Won’t Let Go

After writing my first Editorial regarding the reimbursement of rental fees to marina slip holders, I thought that would be the end of it. The slip holders weren’t able to use their slips because the Village contractor hadn’t finished work on the marina on time so the boaters couldn’t use their slips. It was such a clear case of right and wrong that I really thought the Village Board would issue partial refunds to the slip holders and that would be it. Well, with the exception of Trustee Mackin, the Village Board just won’t let go.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
August 1, 2020

Bellport.com has a New Look... Here’s Why

Today, almost 66% of you are visiting Bellport.com with a mobile device, a cell phone or iPad, and our old design made it difficult for you to navigate the site. We wanted to make sure your experience here is a positive one, so it was time for Bellport.com to evolve with the times. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 29, 2020

Marina Slip Holder Reimbursements and New Punitive Fees

Dear Mr. Mayor, when are you going to realize that we live in a village of about 2,000 friends and neighbors who are, for the most part, kind, caring, and who are looking out for each other’s backs? We live here because we like saying hello and giving a smile to the people we meet in town whether we actually know them or not. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 9, 2020

COVID-19, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

First, the good news, the COVID-19 numbers. We’ve all made sacrifices of one kind or another and so far, as far as we can tell, it’s working. If you look at the numbers we started publishing on March 23rd on our COVID-19 page, things have really improved. On May 3rd, there were 518 new cases of the Coronavirus reported in the Town of Brookhaven and on July 4th, there were only 11. Hooray for us! Right? Now the bad news, it ain’t over. In fact, it’s far from over. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 24, 2020

Bellport Village Rental Law: Null and Void!

First, the good news, the COVID-19 numbers. We’ve all made sacrifices of one kind or another and so far, as far as we can tell, it’s working. If you look at the numbers we started publishing on March 23rd on our COVID-19 page, things have really improved. On May 3rd, there were 518 new cases of the Coronavirus reported in the Town of Brookhaven and on July 4th, there were only 11. Hooray for us! Right? Now the bad news, it ain’t over. In fact, it’s far from over. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 8, 2020

The Numbers

Our Editorial Board just had an interesting meeting. We’ve been watching the COVID-19 numbers steadily drop in our community and the question was raised, should we stop sending Special Edition daily emailings to our readers with the latest COVID-19 information. Lord knows we all get enough spam in our inboxes and we didn’t want our special mailings to be seen as spam. After much discussion, we came to the conclusion that this would be a terrible time to “drop our guard.” Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 1, 2020

Suffolk County Temporarily Stops Reporting COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in Our Community

As reported by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, during his press conference a week ago on Monday, May 25, 2020, the County’s COVID-19 mapping website, where we get our data for Bellport Village, North Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet and East Patchogue, would be temporarily down while the County transitions to a new system. Frankly, I can’t think of a worse time for the County to decide to do this maintenance, or whatever else it is they were doing. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
May 14, 2020

Are You Kidding!?!?!?

Since my Editorial on March 3, 2020, I have very deliberately refrained from criticizing or even mentioning the work “not” being done at the Bellport Village Marina. As you all know, there have been and are much bigger issues facing all of us and I’ve spent my time trying to inform you, as best I could, as to the status of the COVID-19 virus and how it affects the South Country Area. However, when our local government tries to rewrite history and distribute “Fake News,” I have to speak out. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
April 17, 2020

Cirillo’s Market, A Very Special Member of Our Community

Times like these can bring out the very best in people. That is certainly the case with Cirillo’s Market right here in Bellport Village. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 25, 2020

There Are Some Good Things That Have Been Happening Too!

With all the doom and gloom around us, I thought I’d share some good things and thoughts that have been happening around me. I guess I’m a “glass half full” kinda guy. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 13, 2020

It’s Time to Support Our Local Businesses

By now, we’re all aware of the potential impact the Coronavirus is having on all of us. Here’s something we’d like you to consider... Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 3, 2020

More Questions For The Mayor

As Mayor Fell has decided to not let me ask questions in public at Bellport Village Board Meetings, I guess for the sake of transparency, I have no other choice than to ask my questions here, in print. So here goes... Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 10, 2020

More Questions Ray Fell Won’t Let Me Ask

As Residents are still not allowed to ask questions at Bellport Village Board Meetings or Village Board Work Sessions, here are some more questions I have for Mayor Fell. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 29, 2020

What is the Mayor Afraid Of?

I left the January 27, 2020 Bellport Village Board Meeting early Monday night. I left because the Village Attorney, David Moran, told me I wasn’t allowed to ask questions during the Open To The Public portion of the meeting and, as a result, I wanted to start work on this Editorial. Don’t believe me? Listen to him for yourself. It isn’t very long because I only got to ask one question before Mr. Moran shut me down. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
December 11, 2019

Zombie Golf

Lord, it’s been almost a year since my Editorial alerting our community as to what the Bellport Village Board and the Golf Commission were up to, (Click here for my February 2019 Editorial) but like a Zombie that rises from the dead, the Village Board’s grandiose plans for changes and additions to the Bellport Village Golf Course never seem to die. I would have thought the community’s reaction to the proposed changes to the golf course, that included a Driving Range aka Practice Area, would have told the Village Board and the Golf Commission to scale back their changes to the Village golf course if they wanted the community’s support, but I guess they didn’t get the message. I am not against change at the golf course; I just want a few things first...  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
November 10, 2019

It's Time for the Village Board to Let Us Know What’s Happening

In March of 2018, the Village Board started talking about massive repairs to the Village Marina. Over the following months, we kept hearing about these needed repairs and in October of 2018 a presentation was made by the engineering firm “Rising Tide” at a Public Meeting as to what the proposed new Village Marina would look like. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 28, 2019

Peddling and Soliciting in Bellport Village

The Village of Bellport has an existing law governing peddling and soliciting in the Village, Chapter 10, Article 1 of the Village Code. At Monday’s Village Board Meeting, Mayor Fell held a Public Hearing regarding his proposal to rewrite this law. No explanation as to why this law needed rewriting was given other than an ice cream truck had set up shop down at the dock without a permit. There was no explanation as to why the existing law wouldn’t have covered the ice cream truck. In fact, there was very little mention of the existing law at all and what its shortcomings might be.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 6, 2019

Fire Eaters are Coming to Bellport Village

Some of you may know that I am very involved with music in Bellport Village. As an outgrowth of holding “Jam Sessions” at my home, almost 15 years ago now, I started the Bellport.com Acoustic Jam in town. I then started the Acoustic Blues Jam in the Village and then I brought acoustic music to the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Societies’ July 4th gathering on Bellport Lane. I’ve played in several bands in town, the most recent being the South Country String Band which helped raise money for the South Country Education Foundation this past summer.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 18, 2019

Letters to the Editor

As a journalist, my role is to report the news, not be part of it. That is why, in the face of mounting criticism from the members of the “One Village Party,” I have remained silent until now. I didn’t want to say anything until the Village Elections were over so that my comments wouldn’t have any effect on the outcome of the elections. Now that the elections are over, I’m free to speak. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
May 29, 2019

The Smoking Gun

For many years I’ve been asking Mayor Fell, Trustees Ferrigno and Trustee Rosenberg about the profit and loss of the Village’s golf course. I’ve asked it in person, I’ve asked it at budget meetings, I’ve asked it at Village Board Meetings and I’ve asked it in editorials I’ve written. I’ve asked for the “real” numbers, not the manipulated numbers, but I’ve never gotten them. I’ve gotten silence, I’ve gotten, “That information isn’t available,” I’ve gotten, “We’ll have to get back to you,” but no numbers. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
May 24, 2019

I'm Pissed

For some time I’ve been aware that members of the Bellport Village Board have been referring to Bellport.com as, “Fake News.” Frankly, we don’t deserve to be treated this way. For 15 years Bellport.com has been on the right side of just about every issue whether it was sewers, B&B’s, the “pavilion” at Ho-Hum, vertical street signs, the list just goes on and on. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 25, 2019

Bellport Village Traffic Study

On Monday, February 11, 2019, a Village Board work session was held in the conference room in Village Hall on Bellport Lane to discuss the results of the Traffic Study the Village Board had commissioned to study traffic problems in Bellport Village. If you’re a full time resident, part time resident or visitor to Bellport Village, I’m sure you’re well aware of the speeding and reckless driving that takes place on South Country Road, Station Road and at or near the four corners in town. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 3, 2019

The New Golf Course Driving Range

Did You Hear About The New Golf Course Driving Range? No??? Well, as close as I can tell, you weren’t supposed to. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
November 7, 2018

Mayor Fell, You Really Let Us Down!

We’ve lived in Bellport for over 40 years now. For as long as I can remember, Village politics were kept Village politics. They’ve never been Republican, Democrat, National, or State politics. Village politics were, Village politics. Frankly, that was smart. The Mayor and Trustee have to be able to do what’s best for the Village regardless of which party, group, or individuals are in power on the State or Federal level, at the time. That’s why I was, and still am, so disappointed in Mayor Ray Fell for endorsing a candidate for State office, not as an individual, Ray Fell, but as “Mayor Ray Fell” speaking for the Village of Bellport. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 23, 2018

Just Because You Can Do Something, It Doesn’t Always Mean You Should Do Something!

I know this is going to be a long Editorial, but hang in there. The Village Board may be about to permanently ruin the Marina/Dock, so it’s important! Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 7, 2018

Where are the Legal Notices?

For almost two years, you’ve been able to depend on us to publish Bellport Village Legal Notices within minutes of their being released by Village Hall. We took this responsibility very seriously and dropped everything so as to work on publishing a new Legal Notice when it arrived. We realize how important “transparency” in Village Government is, and for that reason, we felt that publishing and maintaining an archive of current and past Village Legal Notices was an important service we could provide to you, our readers. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
September 6, 2018

It's Time!

Over the years, I’ve had numerous discussions with key business owners in the Village regarding them not being able to use Village amenities, specifically, not being able to use the ferry to Ho Hum Beach. They weren’t asking for free use of the ferry. They just wanted to be able to purchase ferry tickets for a ride over to Ho Hum Beach. These business owners told me how angry and insulted they were that the Village considers them outsiders rather than part of the Bellport Village family. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
August 25, 2018

The Village of Bellport vs. Village Resident Robert Hermus

On August 13, 2018, Associate Village Justice, Kerri N. Lechtrecker, dismissed the lawsuit brought by Bellport Village against Village Resident Robert Hermus. Here’s what happened... Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 20, 2018

A Bellport Village Zombie!

Every now and then the Bellport Village Board gets an issue in their teeth and just won’t let go no matter what their common sense and the Village residents are telling them. It was that way with sewers for the Village, the Pavilion for Ho Hum Beach and now for the changing of street signs in the Village. These Zombie issues just wouldn’t die.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 20, 2018

Who the Hell is "Brookhaven Right to Know?"

I could have published this Editorial before the Bellport Village Elections, but trying to affect the Village Elections isn’t the point. Instead, starting a dialog about sleazebag political campaigning seeping into Bellport Village politics is the point, so I’ve held the Editorial until after the Village Elections. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 15, 2018

A Main Street Used Car Lot?

A few years ago, a Village resident decided that parking her used car at the Village Marina, with a big “For Sale” sign on it, would be a great idea, great for her, tacky for the Village and the look of the Village Marina. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
April 23, 2018

Let's Talk About the Enterprise Fund

In my Editorial a few weeks ago, I began to talk about the “Enterprise Fund” in the Bellport Village Budget for 2018/2019. If you remember, the “Enterprise Fund” consists of the Golf Course Greens, the Pro Shop, the Country Club and Grill Room, Men’s Locker Room, and Ladies Locker Room. The Enterprise Fund has its own Budget which is separate from the Village’s Budget. In broader terms, I guess you can think of the Enterprise Fund as the Golf Course and everything that’s over there in the Village. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
April 12, 2018

Is it a Loan or a Gift?

Bellport Village just released a copy of the Village’s 2018-2019 Budget, click here for a copy. As usual, the “Enterprise Fund,” which is the Golf Course Greens, the Pro Shop, the Country Club and Grill Room, Men’s Locker Room, and Ladies Locker Room, has its own Budget which is separate from the Village’s Budget. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 1, 2018

The Next Chapter, The February 26th Bellport Village Board Meeting

The next chapter in the continuing saga of house rentals in Bellport Village, that’s been going on for over three years, unfolded at the February 26, 2018 Village Board meeting held in the Village Community Center located at 4 Bell Street in Bellport Village. Before I get to the house rental part of the meeting, labeled, “Neighborhood Preservation,” let’s go over some of the other significant news items from the meeting. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 23, 2018

Bellport Village Rentals... One More Time

Two years ago, July of 2015, the Bellport Village Board created, voted on, and passed a new Village Code, or Law, meant to address the issue of property rentals in Bellport Village. Although the new Code was passed by the Board, there was so much turmoil over the passing of the Code that the Mayor and Trustees decided to not send the new Code to Albany which would have been the last step in formalizing the new Code. The result was that the new Code died and never became law in Bellport Village. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 14, 2018

Village Rentals and the 16 Day Rule

As I see it, there are four groups concerned with the issue of rentals in Bellport Village. There are the ordinary residents, the residents who see their home as a source of income by renting it out, the peripheral businesses who stand to make a profit by providing services to the residents renting out their homes, and the poor Village Board whose job it is to come up with some reasonable Codes and Rules that probably won’t make everyone happy, but as they say, “If you’ve ticked off everyone to about the same degree, you probably made the right decision.” Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 5, 2018

Unexpected Kindness

As you get older, you look back at the times in your life that were very special. You might not have been aware of it at the time, but looking back, you become aware of how special those times were. If you live in or around Bellport, whether or not you’re aware of it, this is one of those times in your life.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
December 20, 2017

Proposed Tax Increase in South Country Ambulance District

On December 19th, the Brookhaven Town Board held a public hearing to consider an increase in the funding for the new South Country Ambulance facility to be built on Station Road, just south of Montauk Highway in Bellport. The vast majority of those in the packed room were in favor of the increase, but a much smaller group was there to oppose it. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
November 22, 2017

Charlie Rose

I've been receiving messages from journalist friends asking if we were going to cover the Charlie Rose story from our unique, local, perspective on Bellport.com. Here's our answer.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
November 10, 2017

November 9th Village Rentals Special Work Session

Last night, I attended a Village Board “Special Work Session” regarding “Long-Term and Short-Term Rentals” in Bellport Village. It turned out that the purpose of the meeting was not to make any decisions, but rather to identify and narrow down the dozens, and dozens, and dozens of factors that the Village Board is going to have to sift through in trying to come up with a workable Village Code that will be in the best interests of the residents of Bellport Village.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 18, 2017

A Response to Trustee Mackin’s Letter to the Editor

I’m writing this Editorial in response to a “Letter To The Editor” we received from Bellport Village Trustee Steve Mackin.   Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
September 16, 2017

The New Bellport Village Street Signs

This past weekend, we took a ride to Smith Point to watch some of the annual 5K Run for Literacy held by the Literacy program at the Shirley Library. On the way back, I wanted to head east on Montauk Hwy so I made a right off of William Floyd thinking I could head northeast through Mastic Beach and Shirley. Big mistake! Have you ever tried to do that? Whoever laid out those roads must have been drunk as a skunk, but I digress.

Anyway, in trying to navigate the Mastic Beach/Shirley maze, I discovered they are already using the white, vertical, street signs that are being proposed for Bellport Village and although I didn’t have strong feelings one way or the other before the experience, I sure did afterwards. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 23, 2017

Dear Readers...

You may have noticed that we haven't been covering many of the events we traditionally write about and photograph each summer. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 26, 2017

Alternative Facts?

We’d like to give you a great new way to contact your elected representatives in Washington to let them know what you think, but first...  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 30, 2017

January 23, 2017 Bellport Village Board Meeting

On January 23, 2017, the January Bellport Village Board Meeting was held in the Bellport Community Center located at 4 Bell St. in Bellport Village  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
December 22, 2016

Village Rentals- Where do we go from here?

The question of rentals in Bellport Village has been hotly debated for some time now. Terms such as B&B, Airbnb, Home Rentals, Room Rentals, Short Term, Long Term, Monthly Rentals, Weekly Rentals, Daily Rentals, Amenities, Residential Area, Commercial Area, and Professional area have been thrown around to the point where I for one, can no longer keep track of them. I don’t really know if I’m for the proposed changes in Village Code or against them because I’m confused.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016 Bellport Village Board Meeting

On Monday, November 21, 2016, the November Bellport Village Board Meeting was held in the Village Community Center located at 4 Bell Street in Bellport Village. Attendance was light even though the main topic of discussion was the adopting of a revision to the Village Code regarding B&B’s in the Village’s Professional District and a clarification of the term “Family” in the Village Code.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
November 20, 2016

It's Time to Support "Hyper-Local" News

You may have heard the talk lately about how important it is for everyone to support their small, local, media outlets as they are an endangered species. Well folks, media outlets don't come any smaller or more local than Bellport.com. We take journalism and our responsibility to inform you, our readers, very seriously. We may be small, it's called "Hyper-Local" news, but that's our strength.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


  
November 3, 2016

Isn't it Time for a Change?

While most of us were settling down into a comfortable chair to watch the seventh game of the World Series, suddenly, the lights went out on at least the west side of Bellport Village and once again, the wonderful volunteers from the Bellport Fire Department, Hagerman Fire Department, and South Country Ambulance company were there, within what seemed like seconds, to save lives.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 27, 2016

October 24th Village Board Meeting Recap

The October Bellport Village Board Meeting was held on Monday, October 24, 2016 in the Village Community Center on Bell Street in the Village. It was a relatively quiet meeting lasting about 90 minutes. There were however, four note worthy points that came up during the meeting. I’ll mention them here and then you’ll be able to listen to them yourself and make up your own mind as to the importance of each of the points. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 17, 2016

Community Meeting Regarding B&B’s and House Rentals

If you follow my Editorials, you know that I’ve been very disappointed in the way the issues of B&B’s and House Rentals in Bellport Village have been handled by Village Hall. Rather than trying to take the pulse of the Village Residents on these issues, I felt Village Hall had already decided on the outcome they wanted and was working towards that end without much input from the community. Well, I’m very glad to say that this was clearly not the case at the Community Meeting held by Mayor Fell and Trustee Rosenberg on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Village Community Center. Instead, Mayor Fell and Trustee Rosenberg were clearly there to gather input from the community. If there was an objection to something, they tried to drill down to what the essence of the objection was so that a solution or compromise could be found. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
September 21, 2016

What's in a Name?

When Super Storm Sandy hit Long Island in October of 2012, it created a “breach” or opening in Fire Island. Since then, there’s been a fair amount of debate over what this new breach in Fire Island should be called. Just some of the names we’ve heard would include "The Breach," "The Breach At Old Inlet," "The New Inlet," "The New Old inlet," and "The Bellport Inlet." Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 22, 2016

Bellport Village Elections, Shame On You!

I’m writing this on Monday, June 20th, the day before the Bellport Village Elections, but it won’t be published until Wednesday, June 22nd. I’m doing so because I don’t want to have any effect on the voting tomorrow. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
May 30, 2016

$650K and B&B’s

The Bellport Village Board has been doing a lot of spending lately. The justification for these expenditures has been that somehow the Village came up with an unexpected $650,000. Rather than use the money to reduce taxes, Mayor Fell decided to spend the money on items that would be a one time cost to the Village such as a new camera system and key fob electronic door locks. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
April 21, 2016

It’s Time To Stop The Spinning!

If you’d like to start a lively discussion in Bellport Village, just mention the golf course. Some people see the Village golf course as an asset, some see it as a liability, and some, just want to play golf. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
April 4, 2016

Fiscal Responsibility? Part 2

A year ago, March 2015, I wrote an Editorial about the lack of Fiscal Responsibility by the Village Board. Unfortunately, this is Part 2. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 23, 2016

2016 Bellport Village Elections

In June of 2016, Bellport Village elections will be held for three positions. There will be two Trustee positions available on the Village Board plus the position of Village Justice. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 19, 2016

The First Bellport Village B&B Committee Public Meeting

Several months ago, the Bellport Village Board created a B&B Committee to explore and come up with recommendations as to how the Village Board should approach the topic of B&B’s in Bellport Village. On Saturday, January 16, 2016 the first public meeting of the Bellport Village B&B Committee was held. The meeting was at the Community Center on Bell Street in the Village and it was a packed house for the two hour meeting. Many residents thought they would be hearing recommendations from the committee, but instead, the purpose of the meeting was to give a status report as to what the committee had found out so far and for the committee to listen to what the residents had to say before they make their recommendations to the Village Board. The audience of residents was asked if they were in favor of B&B’s in the business zoned areas of the Village and most said yes. They were then asked if they were in favor of having B&B’s in the residentially zoned areas of the Village and most said no. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
December 23, 2015

Two Significant Decisions At The December Village Board Meeting

On Monday, December 21, 2015, the Bellport Village Board held the last Village Board Meeting of 2015. It was a short meeting at under 38 minutes, but it wasn’t short on significance. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
October 16, 2015

The South Country Ambulance Company

As I write this, Eileen and I are in Arizona on vacation. I may be out of town, but that doesn't mean I'm out of touch with what's going on at home. That's why I read with great interest the article in this week's Long Island Advance regarding the South Country Ambulance Company. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
August 12, 2015

Bellport Village Bed & Breakfasts, #2

On Monday, August 10, 2015, a Village Board Work Session was held in the Community Center on Bell Street in Bellport Village. Between 25 and 30 people attended rather than the more usual zero to two. The meeting lasted about three hours, but the portion regarding the new Bed & Breakfast Ordinance took about an hour of that time. Here is what I think you need to know... Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
August 3, 2015

The New Bellport Village Bed & Breakfast Ordinance

Chances are, you’ve heard that at the July 25, 2015 Village Board meeting, the Bellport Village Board voted in favor of a new Village Ordinance to allow “Bed & Breakfast Establishments” to operate their businesses in the residential areas of Bellport Village. Make no mistake about it, this is a dramatic change in the residential fabric of Bellport Village and this change should not be taken lightly. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 24, 2015

This is Unacceptable

I have to admit that I’ve been disappointed by the “Letters To The Editor” we received over the past month regarding the way some Village staff members seem to be treating the public at the marina. What has concerned me most is the way some Village Board members, and some residents, dismissed these letters because they were written by non-residents as if the opinions and experiences of non-residents didn’t matter.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 21, 2015

Why Did All Of The Lifeguards At Ho Hum Beach Quit?

There’s been a lot of speculation as to why all of the Lifeguards at Ho Hum Beach quit on Friday, July 17th. In researching this story we came across a lot of anecdotal and speculative information, but little hard information as to what happened, why, and what was now going to happen. For that reason, we held off publishing much information until we felt we had given both sides a chance to explain their positions to us. We feel we now have enough information to proceed with the story.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 24, 2015

The 2015 Village Elections... Why?

As you no doubt have noticed, things have been a little strange lately. Back in January I wrote an editorial asking Bellport Village residents to start thinking about the coming Village elections rather than waiting until the last minute to come up with candidates. Although there was a fair amount of discussion at times through the winter and spring, as you know, candidates didn’t materialize and the incumbents ran unopposed. In fact, the turnout at the poles was dismal with only about half the usual number of residents turning out to cast their votes. So, the question is... Why? Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 24, 2015

Fiscal Responsibility?

Former Bellport Village Trustee Dorothy Terwilliger’s recent Letter To The Editor got me to thinking. One of the points Dorothy made was that Mayor Fell and the Village Trustees were planning on paying more for a sun shade pavilion, $650,000, for Ho Hum Beach than most of us would think of paying for a new house. That’s $650,000 for the construction of the house not including the cost of the land. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 15, 2015

January 2015 Bellport Village Board Meeting Held on February 9, 2015

Because of the bad weather in January, the January 2015 Bellport Village Board Meeting was held on February 9, 2015. Some very important issues regarding very large sums of money were discussed and voted on by the Village Board. The following are some of the points covered, in the order they came up, that I thought you would be interested in learning more about. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 12, 2015

Transparency 2.0

The From The Merriam-Webster Dictionary:  “Transparent/Transparency: easy to notice or understand : honest and open : not secretive.” Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 7, 2015

Who Should Run For The Positions of Mayor and Trustees in June?

The Village Elections are only about five months off and it's time to start thinking about who we'd like to have run for the positions of Mayor and the two Village Trustee positions, but first, a little background... Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
September 14, 2014

The Worst of Politics

I first heard of this situation about six weeks ago. When I received the information I didn’t really know how to react to it because it came through political channels and I’m pretty cynical when it comes to politics. In fact, some years ago I changed my political status to Independent because I was fed up with the major political parties. I vote for the person and the issues, not the party. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
September 1, 2014

The First Amendment vs. Village Code... Who Wins?

Me, I’m a good ole’ country boy. Grew up in Queens and don’t know much about lawyerin’, but the Village Code seems simple enough to me. You can put a sign up on your lawn for no more than 30 days and then you have to take it down. Once down, you can’t put it back up for 11 months which would presumably be the next election cycle. You can’t put it up for 30 days, take it down for a day, and then put it back up for another 30 days. Simple enough, right? Well, maybe not. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 28, 2014

Bellport Village Fails State Comptroller’s Office Audit

Recently, the New York State Comptroller’s Office did a routine audit of Bellport Village’s financial practices and the Village failed the audit. I didn’t comment at that time and decided to instead simply publish an article explaining that the audit had taken place, some information about it, what the results of the audit were, and provide a copy of the actual audit report for our readers to review. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
July 5, 2014

Enough is Enough

I’ve now sat through, relatively quietly for me, two Village Board Meetings, one Village Board Work Session, and two Community Meetings held by the Village Board regarding the proposed Bellport Village Sewer System. I’ve read, and published on Bellport.com, the report H2M prepared for the Village and I’ve read and published the information that was given out by H2M at the two Community Meetings. I’ve watched the countless hours that everyone has put into this so far and I’ve watched the price the Village has paid for all of the work, so far, go from $20,000, to $25,000, and now, according to Mayor Fell at the last Community Meeting, we’ve reached $30,000 and this is only the beginning. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 7, 2014

Write-In Voting In The Upcoming Village Elections

I’m disappointed that only two candidates are running for the two open positions in the upcoming Village elections. I think it’s always better if the voters are given as many candidates as possible from which to choose. That way, the voters make the decision as to who wins and who loses. If only two candidates run for only two positions, those two candidates automatically win and the voters don’t really have a say in the process, unless the voters exercise their right to vote for a Write-In Candidate. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
June 1, 2014

Secret Sewer Meetings?

A Bellport.com source has informed us that the Village Administration plans on holding two private meetings regarding the new sewer system proposals being considered by the Administration. The Mayor and all four Trustees may attend, but there’s no mention of the meetings on the Village’s website and it seems the Administration doesn’t plan on notifying the public that the meetings will be taking place. In fact, the Village Attorney, David Moran, has informed the Village Board that in his opinion these two meetings don’t require the publication of Legal Notices even though all five members of the Village Board may attend. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
May 21, 2014

An Embarrassing Village Board Meeting

The May 19, 2014 Village Board Meeting was embarrassing for the Village of Bellport. Many of the Village Residents who spoke at the meeting forgot everyone is simply trying to make Bellport a better place. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
May 2, 2014

Terms Of Office

At the April 28, 2014 Bellport Village Board Meeting, a suggestion was made that the “terms of office” for Village Officials be increased from two years to four. Currently, the Mayor and two Trustees are elected for two year terms and then the following year the remaining two Trustees are up for election, also for two year terms. Each year, the elections seesaw back and forth between the two groups. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
April 5, 2014

A Missed Opportunity?

For many years I’ve listened to both sides of the argument surrounding the opening of Bellport Village amenities (the ferry, Ho Hum Beach, golf course, tennis courts, parking at the marina, etc.) to our local business community.  Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 28, 2014

Deaf, Dumb, and Blind

At the March 24th Bellport Village Board meeting, during the second “Open To The Public” portion of the meeting, someone stood up and wanted to ask the Village Board a question. The Village Attorney, David Moran, wouldn’t allow it. Instead, he claimed the Open To The Public portion of the meeting was only for comments by the public, not for questions from the public. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
March 4, 2014

Village Board Meeting Notes

Because of other commitments, many Village residents simply can’t make it to Village Board meetings. Until recently, we considered our audio recordings of those meetings to be a service we would only provide to our Subscribers, but lately the issues being discussed and the decisions that are being made at the Village Board Meetings are so important, and have such significant financial implications for Village residents, that we feel we should make our recordings of Village Board meetings available to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are a subscriber. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 18, 2014

The Bellport Village Board Shouldn't Try To Muzzle The Press

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Bellport Village Board held a Work Session in the Community Center on Bell Street in the Village. The meeting started at 7pm and I was surprised that the Mayor didn’t open the meeting to the public for questions and comments before the Work Session began as he had in the past. I decided to hold my questions for the Village Board until the end of the meeting as I was sure I would have additional questions at that time. Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
February 11, 2014

Don't Check Your Brains At The Door

Unfortunately, we are all guilty of checking our brains at the door. We go to a doctor, lawyer, or accountant and rather than fully understanding what they are telling us, we take their word that they know what they are doing and we go along with what they’re telling us. It’s just easier for us that way and I’m just as guilty of it as you are. My good friend, Toby Walker, even wrote a song about it entitled, “Weak Willed And Easily Led.” Click here to read the Editorial.

 


 
January 14, 2014

Transparency

What does “transparency” in Village government really mean? Is there a difference between the Village government “representing” the residents of the Village and “governing” them? How much “participation” in the Village decision making process is it reasonable for the 2,100 residents of the Village to expect? These questions and more came to mind recently when on several occasions Village residents asked me how I thought the new Village administration was doing. Click here to read the Editorial.