The Southampton Town Housing Authority will hold a
groundbreaking ceremony for the first of nine homes to be constructed by the housing authority on donated land with grants that will lower the cost to their new owners to just $152,000.
The groundbreaking will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, at 149 Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders, where the foundation for the first three-bedroom home will be poured. Eight other sites scattered around Flanders, East Quogue and Noyac will be developed in the coming months.
The future owners of the homes were chosen by lottery last September and have had to qualify for mortgages covering their cost.
The houses will be constructed by Mattituck building firm Manzi Homes on lots seized by Suffolk County for non-payment of taxes and donated to the town expressly for use as affordable “workforce” housing. The New York State Housing and Urban Renewal Program also contributed a $40,000 grant for each house to keep down the cost to buyers.
ettlement With PBA
The Town Board on Tuesday night approved a settlement with the
Town Police Officers’ union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, to pay overtime, rather than regular hourly pay, to officers assigned to help cover the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Montauk in March. Overtime is regular hourly pay, plus half again, for each hour worked.
The PBA had filed a grievance against Chief Robert Pearce, who is not a member of the union, for not giving officers enough notification before assigning them to the parade duty. According to Town Management Services Administrator Russell Kratoville, the PBA took issue with how the chief made the assignments and whether it met the parameters of the officers’ contracts.
The settlement dispensed with an analysis of whether the contract was violated, Mr. Kratoville said, and simply paid the overtime rate.
Money For Police
The Town Board approved the payment of $25,000 to attorney Vincent Toomey for handling legal matters regarding the Town Police Department.
The department is currently facing a number of lawsuits from former defendants in criminal cases it brought, as well as at least three civil rights complaints filed by female officers, charging discriminatory practices by town officials and department brass.
Also on Tuesday, the Town Board appropriated $100,000 for the law firm Devitt Spellman & Barrett to represent the town in a collection of lawsuits, including those in which the town is a co-defendant with the police department.