To the Editor:
I’ve been a summer season resident of Shelter Island for 25 years. I don’t want to inform everyone who reads this paper how particular this island is and the way regardless of the passage of time a lot of what we love in regards to the Island has not modified.
However I concern that one factor is likely to be altering, and that’s the feeling of belief we now have all the time had when leaving our homes and bikes unlocked and our boats at varied city landings and seashores, all the time anticipating that it was secure to take action.
I don’t know if there are any revealed statistics about a rise of theft on the Island. Often the Police blotter studies a stolen kayak, or a “lacking paddle board,” as was the case in final week’s blotter. The “lacking” paddle board was mine, and it wasn’t simply lacking, it was stolen from the Wades Seashore parking zone the place I had stored it with a allow. I had solely owned it for 2 weeks when it was taken.
I don’t know why the thief or thieves stole that specific board. It was a high-end paddle board, however a number of years previous. The police don’t appear considering pursuing this case or in informing the general public about different such thefts.
After I first registered the board on the police station, I requested if it was secure to maintain it unlocked on the seashore parking zone. They assured me there had not been any issues. So perhaps I simply obtained unfortunate.
However I’ve the nagging feeling that this will likely now be the brand new regular.
High quality of life
To the Editor:
We respect the various considerate providers the city and its devoted staff and volunteers have supplied this summer season to our mother, Dr. Elizabeth Crandall.
Mother’s shut buddy Marcia Meehan, who has been at Mother’s aspect all summer season, has constantly reminded us of the city’s generosity. A lot of it’s possible you’ll know our mother, Liz, Ben Jones’ sister, who just lately celebrated her 97th birthday at her house on Summerfield Place. At all times a treasured summer season retreat, it has by no means been so vital as this yr.
From March via June, Mother was quarantined with out guests in her small room at a New Jersey assisted dwelling facility, with out the possibility to swim (her favourite pastime), which was forbidden. When she determined she needed to exit to Shelter Island, it was not clear to us that she would have the ability to navigate her ancestral house in a wheelchair, or to get outdoors to sit down on the porch, not to mention to swim.
Because of all of you, Mother has achieved all of this stuff. There are such a lot of individuals to thank for giant and small kindnesses, however a number of deserve particular point out.
Bruce Jernick put in the moveable ramp supplied by the city permitting Mother to securely transport from her eating room to the porch. Getting outdoors on the porch has been heavenly! Bruce additionally put in seize bars and equipment at strategic areas, and readily shared his wealth of information. (Keith Lewin, a Bruce referral, not solely put in a second ramp, but in addition confirmed Marcia the correct strategy to put it to use.) Bruce’s workmanship was excellent.
Laurie Fanelli, a terrific useful resource over time, advisable the Seashore Wheelchair two years in the past, when Mother might not negotiate the steps in entrance of our home. It might not look fairly when Mother heads out on the Seashore Wheelchair however, due to lifeguards Sage, Aris, Frannie and Charles, she has been swimming and gaining again mobility.
So, thanks, Shelter Island, for caring about older residents and ensuring they’ve entry to sources enormously enhancing their high quality of life.
STEVE CRANDALL & MARILYN CRANDALL JONES
A citizen’s rights
To the Editor:
Right here we’re, nonetheless caught in all the issues of 2020, and we now have to fret about our residents’ yard indicators being stolen once more.
Greater than that, it’s disrespectful of a citizen’s proper to specific themselves, as in “Freedom of Speech” assured beneath our Structure. It’s additionally a prison act. A citizen has had their “Biden” signal stolen, not as soon as, however twice, just lately. They reported it to the police, which anybody topic to any such prison act ought to do.
This isn’t an act dedicated by children or youngsters as a prank. It’s dedicated by insecure, nasty goons who’re afraid of a real democratic course of. Shelter Island doesn’t deserve this sort of habits. We’re higher than this.
When you witness somebody stealing or vandalizing somebody’s signal, name the police. Be a very good neighbor. Shield and respect everybody’s proper to specific themselves and be revered in return.
Energy and duty
To the Editor:
As a retired energy firm worker (not New York) I perceive the author’s standpoint (“Suffok Closeup: A shedding technique,” Aug. 27), but it surely’s much more difficult dialogue than simply this quick opinion piece (led off by an unhelpful analogy), Let me be clear on the outset, this letter shouldn’t be about excusing PSEG’s current efficiency, however in regards to the query of burying energy strains as the best way to stop such long run, widespread outages.
All of us agree that “reliability is the highest precedence.” With a lot of our civilization actually held on the ability grid, nothing is even a detailed second. That stated, in fact value issues. And you’ll find the associated fee very, very excessive. In all probability excessive sufficient to drive tradeoffs like slowing the greening of the ability system, which incorporates the distributed energy structure of storage and small, customer-based era, all of which might enhance reliability, too. Are you prepared for that dialogue too?
Moreover, let’s be clear that burying the grid additionally requires burying many of the communications grid as effectively, which can also be carried by the identical overhead system. (It’s why they had been initially known as “phone poles”). That value additionally must be factored in to the evaluation and choice course of.
However, sure, we must be the place burying the distribution system is value efficient by way of its vulnerability. Energy corporations have that information if we and they’re keen to have a look at it. We should always, on the similar time, be ready to debate what an “acceptable” frequency/incidence (probability) and size of outage is. Even a completely buried distribution system won’t get you a lot increased (total) reliability for a number of causes. So, we’re speaking about increments right here and it’s vital to completely perceive this.
On the similar time, significant incremental reliability enchancment might be achieved far more rapidly and cheaply than by burying the complete system. Are we prepared to speak about slicing down a a lot increased variety of bushes than we presently enable? Many of the outages we expertise, and the columnist was writing about, are brought on by storm-felled bushes onto wires, not storm-felled energy poles. That’s simply the plain reality. As Casey Stengel used to say, “You might look it up.”
Dering Harbor budget
To the Editor:
Mayor Morgan’s response to questions relating to price range passage within the article (“State audit faults Dering Harbor Boards,” Aug. 27) signifies a misunderstanding of the legislative course of, demonstrating a perception that mayors can go their very own laws unilaterally with out enter from counsel or a vote by the trustees. That is frowned upon because the Home Speaker and Chief Justice remind us.
The mayor presents the price range. The board votes on it (after dialogue) and decides whether or not to authorize an exception to the state required 2% price range cap. It’s incumbent on the trustees to undertake laws, adopted by dialogue and vote. The trustees — and counsel, Mr. Bruyn — knew the village needed to exceed the two% price range cap incorporating language into the price range decision. I’m unsure why the trustees (together with Ms. Morgan) and counsel selected to not finalize the language after dialogue.
What’s extra obscure is why the mayor’s signature doesn’t seem on the official response to the state audit. (Mayor Morgan’s identify is there however her signature is lacking.) This means a disconnect between what the mayor believes or was advised and what the village “price range officer” (Mr. Parcells) ready for the state auditors.
After I mentioned the village’s deliberate omission of the monetary and price range studies — that I had ready — with the state auditors, the auditors responded as follows: “Our audit findings within the audit report had been primarily based on the knowledge and accessible documentation that we had been supplied by Village officers on the time of the audit.”
This assertion contradicts the mayor’s declare in a letter to residents that “… all the price range paperwork and work merchandise, had been made accessible to the auditors …” In keeping with the state comptroller’s workplace, the mayor’s declare shouldn’t be correct.
By delegating price range authority to the trustees, the mayor put herself within the unlucky place of not figuring out what was offered to the state auditors. This in flip put her within the untenable place of defending the acts and omissions by the trustees (Benacerraf, Kelsey, Parcells, and Kelly) with out full data. It wasn’t truthful for the trustees and “price range officer” to place the mayor on this place.
In any occasion, I wish to thank Mayor Morgan for her time on the board, as deputy mayor (whereas I used to be mayor), and offering the audit report’s hyperlink to residents, wishing her and her household effectively sooner or later.
JOHN T. COLBY Jr.
A vote for mail-in voting
To the Editor:
Voting by mail ought to exchange voting on the polls in its entirety.
The 2 establishments that may undoubtedly be trusted is the County Board of Elections and the USA Postal Service. The cash saved by eliminating the necessity for ballot staff might be used to supply free postage on the envelopes used to vote by mail.
The individual voting would even have extra time to contemplate what they’re voting for and wouldn’t be confined to the hours of the polling place. It might additionally forestall undesirable entry to colleges and church buildings from anybody attempting to hurt somebody.
As well as, the voter wouldn’t be harassed by somebody attempting to put unsolicited marketing campaign literature into their hand. The extra income would increase the Postal Service and maybe preserve it afloat till we as a rustic are capable of vote on-line.
Voting by mail would clear up the registered voter drawback and assure secure passage of the ballots to the County Board of Elections. It would even forestall additional unfold of the COVID-19 Virus.