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'Pockets of Tension' Growing in East Hampton

Article in 'New York Times' points to tension boiling out of overcrowded homes in parts of East Hampton, and into town hall.

In case you missed it, the New York Times ran a piece on Monday on what it calls growing "pockets of tension" in East Hampton Town.

Pointing to Springs, an area where Hispanic population tripled in size from 2000 to 2010, the article states, "Some longtime residents of the Springs and similar areas complain that homes are being illegally crowded, that houses with half a dozen cars parked outside are a blight on the street, and that the many children living inside are overwhelming the local schools and causing property taxes to rise."

East Hampton Patch has covered different developments as they have occurred over time, though to read the entire New York Times piece, click here.

Jerry Ruschmeyer July 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
When I was home last fall it was front and center ! the wisper was LOUD and clear ! and I felt every where I turned hispanic where there and talking to me in spanish first ! Then it was O your not spanish !?!? I live in Tampa but it was very Obvious !
MARTIN DREW July 04, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Springs needs politicians to enforce housing laws; the school requires a once over with regard to registration policies. Springs is suffering from blind eye ; deaf ear polifics. Residents have had enough . Time for action . Report problem properties to Authorities . Take back YOUR community. Be vigilant ; stay active .
Reality Check July 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The Republican majority on our Town Board does not want to take action to enforce the Town codes, so they marginalize the citizens of Springs by accusing them of racism. It's ugly, and it's the Republican way: attack and divide. The people of Springs simply want the Town to enforce the laws that are on the books, and a more effective way to go after landlords who rent their houses to more than four unrelated individuals. The Republicans, on the other hand, want to permit multi family housing in Springs.
Bonac Refugee July 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
On this 4th of July I hate to be the one to tell you folks but Springs the once quiet ,peaceful and safe community is lost.The influx of South Americans legal and illegal has destroyed it.Almost all the old Springs families and their children have fled.They have been replace with people who broke the law to get here in the first place.They continue to break the law and flaunt the zoning laws.They undercut the prevailing wage so working class members of the community moved away.Anyone who had the audacity to speak out about what was happening was immeadiatly labeled a racist and dissmissed.This has been a total failure of Government on all levels.When people are labeled as Nazis for simply asking that the laws on the books are enforced you can see the level of denial.Its easy for people like Miss Quigley to keep her head in the sand.Very few of these illegals are lawyers so her livliehood is not in danger.For those of us that have been forced out of the trades by this influx of cheap labor it is a different story.And yes there is bitterness.But mostly there is sadness.The once closenit quiet community that we had hoped to raise our children in is gone forever.It has been replaced with the disreguard for law ,squalor and overcrowding that is common place in South America.The simple fact is the influx of these immigrants legal and illegal have done nothing to improve the quality of life in our community,they have brought their social decay with them.Springs is lost RIP!!!!!!!!
debbie dean July 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This just cracks me up. I live in AZ..Next time all you libs complain about SB1070 and how racist AZ government is trying to protect the U.S border think about your town now.Thank you MR President. The guns and drugs will be coming next..Different when it's your own neighborhood huh?
S.B. Bonacker July 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The quality life in Springs has gone down and I too believe that it's because of the massive explosion of South Americans living in overcrowded conditions. And look at the uptick in crime! How did it get to this in just a few short years? So many people I know who grew up there have had to leave because Springs has turned into a ghetto.
Jerry Ruschmeyer July 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Its People Pointing Fingers Instead Of Doing Something ! Who Ever Is In Charge Should Be Voted Out ALL OF THEM !!!!!! The People That Live There Should File Complaints With The Town In Writing ! Then They Have To Do Something ! I Was Shocked When I Was Home Last Fall !!!!!!!!
Walter Noller July 05, 2012 at 09:41 AM
First, stop the damn political "finger pointing". The only ones who benefit from it are the politicians and both sides have allowed this to occur. Second, if you want to blame, it's those who seek cheap without regard of the consequences and those who seek opportunity, only to be allowed different rules that are causing strife. Those who want "others" to play by the same rules set in place are not racist. It is simply frustrating to see anything that has a negative effect on the norms that cause the response being witnessed. There are rules and those rules are being broken. There needs to be accountability of those who are responsible for upholding those rules as they were put in place for the good of ALL. You simply cannot have double standards and you cannot have the cultural divide we are forced to live with. The "land of opportunity" has been redefined not as a place people want to be part of but more as a place to go, make your fortune, and return to somewhere else. We need to see this as important factor. Divided we fail and fall (read #1). Welcome to America. We have rules. We have commonalities, language being one. We may balk at some new things you bring but will eventually come to enjoy something new. But know if you want to be part of the American success story, you will be better accepted if you also want to part of the American community. Embrace the idea of being an American by becoming an American.
Walter Noller July 05, 2012 at 10:21 AM
@ Debbie. No name calling ("you libs") because, in that you're wrong. There are many who feel your frustration, but please realize the government (especially Federal) hates competition. SB1070 mirrored too much of the federal gov't's responsibility... irresponsible as they are in this matter. I strongly urge you to view the documentary, "They come to America" done by Dennis Michael Lynch (a New Yorker). But let me say this is not a Hampton's problem, nor an Arizona problem, but a nationwide issue with legal (not just immigration) and financial implications that are destroying America and our standards of living. Never have we witnessed our government seemingly hellbent on destroying the rung to success (the middle class) and forcing change in things that made the US the successful culture it has been in the past. One thing I do know is all the bickering in and amongst us "little folk" only strengthens politicians and whatever agendas they may have. Just know many of us were not sitting idly by during Arizona's fight but cheering for some good to come of it. What happens to your state bleeds into other states and a lot of us know that. Don't snicker..support.
Walter Noller July 05, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Oh, STOP! It's neither a Republican nor Democratic issue simply because it's been allowed during both parties' administrations. While I agree with you about there being a need for our elected officials to get off their ass and finally do something, I worry they will kowtow to a strong minority voice that will yell racism. May I remind ALL politicians their job is to do what is right, not what will win reelection. And to our "new neighbors", assimilate and follow the "when in Rome" rule. A level playing field has little room for "us" vs "them".
CoffeeBreak July 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Wow, sometimes it is so amazing to read such irrational post, so you are against legal immigrants? as you mention? so it is only bigotry? so what do you want it to be enforced against legal immigrants or is it that you are just so ignorant that hate people different to you? social decay? have you been to argentina brazil chile? whar have you been all this years Mr Bonac , can you see beyond springs?, so if some illegals are laywers they are nos so ignorant after all right?, move on , see the world, there is life after your little world specially when you seem so hopeless to take changes in the market economy, so maybe we should not buy chinese made products since they have put half america out of work , how close minded ignorant and limited post , geez
Bonac Refugee July 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Coffebreak You seem to struggle with English there Bub!!!Since you are obviously a newcomer to the comunity I wouldn't expect that you would understand.I stand by my post!!!
CoffeeBreak July 06, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Another racist comment by Bonac Refugee with the sweet arrogance of the monolinguals "Struggle with English" maybe struggle with the IPhone keyboard, lol Maybe not even a newcomer but just a brief visitor for the warm season, bigotry has many faces, not to say ignorance, shortsightedness and hatred, do you despise people that speak other languages, "Bub"? it is amazing how much ignorance you reflect in your post, go an visit South America, make yourself a favor and learn not to generalize, does social decay includes hatred, racism, and bigotry too?
Preliator July 06, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Every Town Board has ignored this issue only seek to pacify the public with empty platitudes. One day there will be a fire at one of the crowded houses, they will be stacking bodies in the street like cordwood and the media will descend on our town like locust asking how this terrible tragedy happened.
Walter Noller July 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
At one time there was something refered to as "grouper homes" and boy, wasn't town proactive in stopping that blight. It caused residents to show concern about noise, activity, home devaluation.. you name it. of course, "those" people were summer renters and left after Labor Day. Besides the potential of loss of life in the event of fire I can only imagine there are issues that occur that aren't reported simply because those who prefer "flying under the radar" are reluctant to get authorities involved. What is criminal is the landlord who benefits yet looks the other way and the person who obtains "cheap labor" without realizing (caring) the impact their actions has on the community, legal labor, environmental (cess pools are overtaxed), emergency services, and so many other things. I find it amazing the bleeding hearts are quick to share the expense of their cause with others but also quick to point fingers and call names at those who prefer their pockets not picked via devalued property, extra taxes, etc.and simply want there to be a level playing field. Having read some of the blogs that reference this article/issue it would seem everyone "complaining" are rich, liberal, live in their summer home south of the hwy and are named Muffy and Biff. They expect service from the immigrant but really don't want them sullying the sidewalks with their presence. I am amazed the misconception people have regarding the "real people" of the Hamptons.
SadderBudweiser July 06, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Summer share houses still exist. Like the over-crowded year-round houses they are illegal by Town of East Hampton code. The solution is enforcement of code. If you make it financially uncomfortable for the landlords the problem will cease to exist. Haul them into court. Fine them. Jail repeat offenders. The "Pockets of Tension" are lined with cash.
Moved Away August 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
One has to only read the police reports in the local papers to see who is commiting the crimes in E.H., and the east end in general. Coffe Break, Try visiting your home town for your vacation time.
CoffeeBreak August 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Hi Moved Away here is a sample of who is commiting the crimes en the East End in general a little sample as you suggest , a little ignorance goes a long way for a bigot, BTW do you know where is my home town? weird .... http://southampton.patch.com/articles/4th-grade-teacher-charged-with-dwi-loaded-gun-won-t-be-back-in-classroom http://southampton.patch.com/articles/crimes-nearby-man-charged-with-bwi-16-minors-aboard-cops-say http://southampton.patch.com/articles/sag-harbor-police-log-au-pair-charged-with-child-endangerment http://southampton.patch.com/articles/crimes-nearby-cops-say-sex-offender-failed-to-register http://southampton.patch.com/articles/village-police-log-man-smoking-blunt-charged-with-criminal-pot-possession

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