Week in Review: Fishers Racks Up Phone Bill; Beachfront Still Disputed

Here's a look back at top headlines from the week of Jan. 15.

This week, the Southold Town Board hashed out ways to reduce Fishers Island's astronomical monthly 911 phone bills to the county and talked about what sort of car Supervisor Scott Russel should drive now that an aging Crown Victoria is out of the picture. Mattituck beachfront property owner Christine Rivera, who says she never wanted a 'sue happy' reputation, continues to defend her property rights, and open space laws and land preservation funds were questioned by state and county officials this week:

1. A Suffolk County information technology expert approached the Southold Town Board this week for help to get out of a surprising financial emergency — 911 calls made from Fishers Island and routed from Connecticut to Southold Town and then the county are costing the county a whopping $26,000 per month. The expert said that the routing system through AT&T is archaic technology and he would meet with Fishers Island’s private telephone company representatives to come up with a solution.

2. : About to go to court for her third lawsuit involving her Long Island Sound-front beach property at the end of Inlet Drive in Mattituck, this time against Southold Town for removing a decorative boulder from a roadside berm next to her house, Christine Rivera told North Fork Patch that she is not 'sue happy' — she's just defending her 5th Amendment rights.

3. Legis. Ed Romaine, R-Center Moriches, has introduced a bill at the county level looking to acquire roughly 150 acres of open space in Calverton. However that purchase and other future purchases, paid for with a dedicated quarter-cent tax under the county’s drinking water protection program, are under fire by some legislators who say the large purchase prices don’t look good to many taxpayers.

4. The annual haul for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund barely budged an inch from 2010 to 2011, according to the office of New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele. Annual revenues increased just 0.1 percent to reach $58.85 million collected across the East End last year. The CPF had , as the market rebounded from the housing bust. Every East End town saw a huge bump then, but in 2011, while Southampton Town saw a 15 percent increase in CPF revenue, every other town’s CPF took a dive.

5. Two Supervisors have driven up and down the North Fork in a black Ford Crown Victoria— first Josh Horton and now Scott Russell. But the 10-year-old car is "done," according to mechanic Teddy Griffin at in Mattituck. Repairs to the 10-year-old car have exceeded its value. The Town Board is advertising for bids for a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4, or a similar model. At Tuesday's work session, models such as the Ford Escape and the Ford Focus were also suggested. And some saying the supervisor should drive his own car.

6. With new Internet trends like "S--- Girls Say," which has inspired countless parodies, such as "S--- New Yorkers Say" and "S--- Hipsters Say, North Fork Patch thought it would be fun to get suggestions for one of our own:  "Stuff People on the North Fork Say." With dozens of comments suggesting local colloquialisms and naive questions from uninitiated "up-islanders," we got some funny stuff — keep them coming!

7. Don't forget, will be open on Sunday for the Giants-49ers NFC championship. Grab a seat early and enjoy the game!


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