'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.

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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