Southampton Town Democratic Majority Accomplishments and Developing 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.
  • Passed legislation to mandate systems for new and major reconstruction of homes in high impact areas and a rebate initiative to incentivize installation of Innovative and Alternative (I/A) septic systems for nitrate/nutrient reduction
  • Reviewing new technological infrastructure and feasibility study to increase bay-sea water exchange to reduce water temperatures, reduce nitrates and other nutrient’s impacting WQ, 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
  • Town representation on the Suffolk County Coastal Resiliency and Sea Level Rise Task Force

Energy

  • Replaced all Town Streetlights with LED’s saving the town millions of dollars in operational costs and decreasing the Town’s carbon footprint substantially
  • The Town was the first on Long Island to pass the enabling legislation to support the creation of a CCA (Community Choice Aggregation) program; and the first to contract with a CCA administrator to coordinate the effort to create and implements CCA program – two critical steps in the creation of a CCA Program. CCA is a tool essential to Southampton in order to meet its stated goal of 100% renewable electric energy by 2025. In addition, when Choice Community Power is launched, it is estimated to eliminate between 175 – 350,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases and fast track the Town’s alignment with clean energy mandates established by Governor Cuomo and offer residents use of alternative energy sources and lower electric costs
  • Adding to Municipal EV fleet
  • Settled long standing legal dispute with LIPA regarding utilities rates resulting in $400,000 savings to the Town of Southampton
  • Implemented Ground Based Solar Law
  • Increased required energy ratings for large homes (HERS rating law) HERS = Home Energy Rating System for residential and developing a commercial equivalent
  • Conducted Microgrid Study for Town Hall and surrounding areas.
  • Developing Municipal led, residential energy storage battery pilot, targeting displacement of carbon-based electricity generation

Aquaculture Development

  • Opened the Tiana Marine Education and Outreach Center to foster aquaculture development to  restore shellfish population
  • Created the Coastal Resources Management Plan
  • Town Council representation on the Suffolk County 10 Year Aquaculture Lease Committee

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.
  • Established Pine Beetle Task Force
  • Development of the Hampton Bays Overlay District
  • Developing a Town wide affordable housing plan

Infrastructure and Maintenance

  • Town wide municipal infrastructure upgrading to include communications, HVAC, ADA compliance and modernization
  • In process of developing a 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
  • Established a Town Litter Crew (TLC) in response to increasing litter and PPE
  • Installation of large volume solar powered compactors at strategic Town beach locations
  • Authorized much needed repairs and maintenance to the Hampton Bays Water District
  • Implemented a rigorous Water Quality program to administer the 20% of CPF funding set aside for WQ and related infrastructure

Finance

  • First tax cut in over a decade – nearly 2 % cut in tax rate
  • 2-year conditional freeze on property taxes
  • 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

  • Implemented numerous actions in response to COVID-19 State, County and local Executive Orders and guidelines to maintain rigorous protections against community spread
  • Instituted ASAP (All Seniors Assistance Program) delivering food and assistance to our seniors as well as numerous Town programs and protocols to serve our diverse populations, constituents and staff, in response to the current health care crisis
  • Implemented rigorous health monitoring and testing for Town Staff
  • 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
  • Instituted Flanders Ambulance District 3rd Party Billing

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
  • Completed major phase (building raised above flood levels) toward the Tupper Boathouse preservation project
  • Restoration of the Tianna Life Saving Station
  • Transferred Shinnecock Dock ownership from County to Southampton
  • Continue to purchase and preserve lands for CPF (Community Preservation Fund) totaling thousands of acres
  • Developed the Mecox Management Plan

Community Relations

  • Improved relations with Shinnecock Nation
  • Worked with community to develop consensus around 38 unit affordable housing development
  • Created numerous affordable home ownership opportunities Town wide
  • Established an Accessory Apartment Law
  • 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
  • Hired new Code Enforcement and EMS Administrator

Recreation

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

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)