Week of June 28, 2007

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In this week's report: [ click on any of the bold headers below or scroll down]

Sag Harbor Affordable Housing Initiative Launched

Newsday: Levy Livid as Albany Stalls Tax


By the Numbers

Trustee Race will be recounted- Epley Credits Hiring Site Issue for Victory - Law Suit Hearing Postponed Again

Progressive Radio News Program May Be Axed

Hispanic Impact on LI Economy

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Long Island Climate Solutions Network - Calendar

Counter Recruiting Schedule

Alternative Media for Eastern LI

Democracy Now!

Non-corporate news hour with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:
on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island Channel 20:

Monday 9 pm - Tuesday 9 pm - Wednesday 9 pm - Thursday 11 pm -
Friday - 8 pm- Saturday - 10 pm

Also on WUSB 90.1 FM 5pm Mon-Friday and East Hampton LTV Ch 20


See WPKN Today for program details on WPKM heard at 88.7 Montauk to Water Mill and WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport to Southampton and Southold.

News on WPKN / WPKM:

Free Speech Radio News Mon-Fri at 6pm: News from Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship - world wide report of news not heard on corporate media.

This program may be dropped by
See Progressive Radio News Program May be Axed

WPKN/M Local News at 6:30 pm (Mon-Fri) has occasional reports from the East End.

WPKN / WPKM Programs Available on the Net:

Rev. Holly Haile Davis and the Thunderbird Sisters at the Southold UU

Originaly broadcast on March 29.

WPKN presents the Reverend Holly Haile Davis and the singing Thunder Bird Sisters of the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island. The program was recorded as they led the Sunday service at the First Universalist Church of Southold, New York on January 14 of this year.

Reverend Holly Haile Davis is the first Native-American woman ordained as a Presbyterian minister.

The program includes musical selections by the Thunder Bird Sisters and stories from the gospel according to some Native Americans.

Counterpoint: Scott Harris Host

To hear in-depth analysis you'll rarely hear in corporate media, listen to "Counterpoint" LIVE on WPKN-FM Monday nights from 8 to 10 pm

An archive of Counterpoint programs are accessible for free at http://www.whiterosesociety.org/ Some segments of Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio newsmagazine.

Gordian Raacke on WPKN:

"Going Solar" - In this special program, our guest, renewable energy expert Gordian Raacke, will explain how solar energy systems can be used in existing homes.

Originally broadcast April 15, 2007. Interviewer: Ken MacDermotRoe


For more Information on Peace Activism on LI

see North Fork People of Conscience at www(.)nfpofc(.)blogspot(.)com

see Suffolk Progressive Vision at www(.)spv(.)active(.)ws


The East End Report is compiled by Tony Ernst
Send corrections or comments to eastendreport@yahoo.com

Sag Harbor Affordable Housing Initiative Launched

Updated July 6

An enthusiastic group of 30 plus activists gathered in steamy Sag Harbor Tuesday night, June 26. They met to launch an initiative which is designed to reverse the trend to ever more costly residential housing in the village which once prided itself as being the Un-Hampton.

Sag Harbor Village is close to giving final approval to 3 residential developments with a total of 125 units, all designed for the very wealthy. The group complains that teachers, firefighters, other 'plain folks' and their children are being driven out of town.

Aided by members and staff of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, whose South Fork Chapter called the meeting, they strategized about how to convince the Sag Harbor Village Board to legislate a compulsory 25% of housing units in future developments to be 'affordable'. This means that buyers would not have to pay more than 30% of their income in mortgages and taxes.

In order to make this work the group will specify that developers be given an incentive in the form of a density bonus if they build affordable units in their projects. And since they believe that segregation by income is not healthy they will specify that developers may not be allowed to build lower cost housing in separate developments in exchange for approval of their high-end projects.

Bill Chaleff the Co-Chair of the South Fork Chapter of LIPC observed that while Sag Harbor Village has placed a moratorium on approval of new developments

" this is an opportune time to strike because the village is in the midst of re-formulating their zoning ordinances , throwing out the old zoning and creating new zoning maps and new zoning regulations. This is the time to get 'inclusionary zoning' right into the heart of the the new zoning ordinance"

Kathryn Szoka of Sag Harbor a member of the Housing Committee of LIPC, says that inclusionary zoning legislation should require that 25% of residential housing units in large developments should be affordable for local residents. The units should not be segregated in separate developments. here should be a density bonus for developers so they have an incentive to build affordable units. The same portion (25%) of the increased units should be affordable.

The activists identified tasks required to get their plans approved and formed committees.

A meeting of the LIPC South Fork Chapter is scheduled for Tuesday July 10 at 6:30pm
at the Incarnation Lutheran Church, Hayground Road and Route 27 between Water Mill and Bridgehamton. All those interested in helping obtain affordable housing in Sag Harbor are invited to attend and participate.

If you have questions leave a message at 631 - 725 - 1149.

Newsday: Levy Livid as Albany Stalls Tax


June 22, 2007, 7:07 AM EDT

ALBANY -- Millions of dollars in sales tax revenue for Suffolk County were imperiled Thursday by a dispute between County Executive Steve Levy and a group of black and Hispanic members of the Assembly upset over his strident opposition to illegal immigration.

In a rare move here, the minority lawmakers forced a sales-tax bill for Suffolk to be tabled in protest of Levy. He then responded angrily, vowing not to bow to pressure to open a hiring hall for immigrant day laborers. He said he would rather forgo the $300 million in revenue.

Levy's strong language, in an interview with Newsday, caused the fragile deal brokered by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to collapse, sources said. "Listen, it takes many parties to make a deal...if Steve Levy says there is no deal, there is no deal," Silver said at 11:30 Thursday night.

Earlier, action in the ornate Assembly chamber was stymied as efforts were made to find the votes necessary to secure passage of the Suffolk bill, which would extend the county's authority to collect an additional 1 percent sales tax. After nearly an hour and minus four votes, the measure was tabled at 7:05 p.m.

A short time later, Silver predicted the bill would be taken up again before lawmakers adjourn Friday. Legislation usually isn't brought to the floor if it lacks sufficient votes for passage, and defeats are unheard of. "I was the one who asked that the bill be laid aside and reached some understanding with the county executive and the members of the [black and Hispanic] caucus, and I believe you will see that bill back," Silver said.

He didn't reveal details of the discussions. But sources said Levy, a Democrat, had agreed not to oppose a state-funded hiring hall and Assembly resolution lauding the contributions of immigrants in Suffolk and elsewhere, or to challenge the re-election of Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) in return for passage of the sales-tax bill and several others tied to Suffolk.

Levy, however, denied he had struck a deal with black and Hispanic lawmakers, who have called on him to support the establishment of a hiring hall. Prior to being elected county executive, Levy served in the Assembly. "I will not make any deal with these guys, and anyone who said there is, is a liar!" Levy said in an interview. "They can take their sales tax and stuff it. I will not be blackmailed!"

The additional 1 percent sales tax generates crucial revenue which helps Suffolk pay for law enforcement, health services and other expenses. It was first levied in 1990 and must be renewed every two years, according to Suffolk deputy county executive Paul Sabatino II. The current authorization expires Nov. 30.

The Senate adopted the bill on June 7.

Assemb. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan), who helped organize Thursday's protest, said he and his colleagues would continue to oppose Suffolk-related bills until Levy embraces a hiring hall. Levy "is race-baiting and encouraging the worst in this state," said Espaillat, who is pushing a resolution denouncing Levy.

The county executive, who enjoys historic levels of popularity and is seeking re-election, has raised the ire of immigrant advocates with his crackdown on the hiring and housing of illegal immigrants. He has become a national spokesman for tougher immigration laws.

Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc.


Office of the Suffolk County Executive
H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099

(631) 853-4000

Dear Steve Levy,

Although I often agree with you Mr. Levy, I am afraid I hear from more and more of my friends that your crusade against immigrants, illegal and Latino (--but how can the distinction be made and who believes they are separated?) appears to have become obsessive no matter how much people have been riled up against them, no matter how much it raises your popularity.
It must be clear by now that you have put Suffolk in jeopardy, citizen and non-citizen residents, are now paying the price. Even people who agree with you see how counter productive venting your spleen publicly has become.
For god's sake, for your own and ours, please step back from this brinksmanship. It seems that it is now taking on a life of its own and it will only become worse if you persist in this dangerous venue. Remember Bull Connor, Orville Fabus, George Wallace all became wildly popular, locally, in their states. The popularity even became the impetus for a serious or at least significant Wallace presidential bid, stopped only by a bullet. Look at their place in history now.
If even many supporters, like myself, have become leery and concerned where this is all leading, nobody--especially people of color--doubts your crusade has become disturbing, even very divisive and they are worried, believe me very worried. they are being made to pay the price for the emboldened nativism and yes, even racism of the extremists who have come out of the woodwork to feed off this division that we see all over Suffolk County.

Thank you,

Tom Leo
East Hampton

Peace & Justice Calendar Starting June 28


For details on these events scroll down:

* June 28 (Thursday): "Civil Liberties in a Time of War" Stan Gewanter, NYCLU Suffolk President in Huntington at 7 pm

* June 29 (Friday): Andean Flute Music in Greenport at 7pm

* July 4 (Wednesday): Independence Day: Celebrate Free Speech in Southampton at 10am

July 7(Saturday): Concert to Help Stop Global Warming & Broadwater inFarmingville 4-11pm

* July 8 (Sunday): HONOR THE DEAD/HEAL THE WOUNDED/END THE WAR in Northport 3:15-4:30pm

* Sunday July 7: Film "Why We Fight" in Bridgehampton at 7pm

* July 21 (Saturday): Thunder Bird Sisters in Concert in Sag Harbor at 7pm

* July 22 (Sunday): Rev. Holly Haile Davis Leads Sunday Service at UU Bridgehampton at 10am

* July 29 (Sunday): The Drive-In Returns to the Hamptons in Bridgehampton at 7:30pm


Repeating Events:

* Tuesdays: Bob Zellner Commentaries on WLIU 88.3

* Second Friday of Month: US Dept. of Labor Rep at OLA's Water Mill Office

* First Saturday of Month: Demonstration at Patchogue Recruiting Station 12-1:30 pm

* Every Thursday "The Thursday Night Group" in Bridgehampton 6:30 - 9pm

* "Herstory" Writing Workshops on Wednesdays in Farmingville (Spanish and English) 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays in Spanish only in East Hampton at 7 pm

* Second Tuesday of Month: South Fork Chapter of LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30 pm

Details Follow:

June 28 (Thursday): "Civil Liberties in a Time of War" Stan Gewanter, NYCLU Suffolk President in Huntington at 7 pm

On June 28, 2007 beginning at 7:00 pm, at a public meeting room in the Huntington Public Library (Main Street in Huntington Village, NY) Stan Gewanter (President of the Suffolk County Chapter of the NYCLU) will present an "interactive lecture" on the subject of "Civil Liberties in Time of War" for the Long Island Progressive Coalition's Patriot Forum. All are welcome to attend. Questions and comments are encouraged, and "Polite Heckling" may be allowed, but no tomatoes or ripe fruits may be brought to or launched at the lecture. There will be no admission charge, and the lecture will be videotaped for future airing on local public access television channels. Info: Stan Gewanter Smgewanter@aol.com


June 29 (Friday): Andean Flute Music in Greenport at 7pm

Flutist Walter Purizaca will be at the Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First Street in Greenport at 7 pm on Friday June 29.

The Floyd Memorial Library is proud to present an evening of haunting and beautiful music performed by an extraordinary musician who explains his passion below:

“You have probably seen us. Dark skin, long black hair, nostalgic stare and deep expression. We’re usually everywhere in the world, accompanied by our inseparable musical instruments: the winds; Quenas, Sikus or Zampo┼łas, Rondadores, the Antaras, pinkillos - made of cane, like bamboo: the percussion; Wankaras, Bombos, Rain Sticks, Chajchas – made of llama or sheep hooves, seeds and wool and the newer ones like charangos, mandolins, harps and guitars. We come originally from the eternal Andean region, descendants of the ancient Aymara civilization and the Inca empire.

The singularity of our music is

First: the message and kind of music that we play.
Second: the instruments on which we play it
Third: the manner in which we do it.

Walter Purizaca

July 4 (Wednesday): Independence Day Marchers will Celebrate Free Speech in Southampton at 10am

Expect to see marchers celebrating the First Amendment to our Constitution and using their rights to free speech to oppose government policies in this parade. After the ACLU won a suit a Federal Judge ordered Southampton Village to write a procedure which would insure a fair process in applications of organizations to march. Among those who have applied are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and East End Veterans, a group that opposes the ongoing war in Iraq. Groups assemble south of the Southampton railroad station between 9 and 10 am. The parade is scheduled to start at 10am. Join them!

July 7(Saturday):  Concert to Help Stop Global Warming & Broadwater in
Farmingville 4-11pm

A free concert will be held at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre at Bald Hill inFarmingville located just north of the LIE Exit 63.

Info at www.brookhavenamphitheatre.com


July 8 (Sunday): HONOR THE DEAD/HEAL THE WOUNDED/END THE WAR in Northport 3:15-4:30pm
This event will hapen during the Art Festival at Northport Park.

Help to carry the names of over 3,200 soldiers who have died in Iraq to mourn
their loss and to gather support to end more losses. We will be there
for just about an hour or so. As of now, we have 16 volunteers but more are
needed to carry the names.

We will gather at the tall flag pole inside the park between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m.

If you are able to participate, please rsvp to scroke(@)verizon(.)net

Northport Park
is in the village of Northport, right next to the harbor,
at the intersection of Woodbine Ave and Main St.

Sunday July 7: Film "Why We Fight" in Bridgehampton at 7pm

The film Why We Fight will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork at 7pm Sunday.

The UUCSF is on Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike just south of intersection with Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton.


July 21 (Saturday): Thunder Bird Sisters in Concert in Sag Harbor at 7pm

The Thunder Bird Sisters of Shinnecock will perform at the Whalers Church, 44 Union Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday July 21 at 7pm.

The Thunder Bird Sisters, grandchildren of Chief Thunder Bird, are a unique group of musicians, singers and writers. Their music includes original compositions that reflect the culture out of which they come. As indigenous people, they are storytellers -- singing of traditional ways of life in the Natural World and our sacred connection to Creation.


July 22 (Sunday): Rev. Holly Haile Davis Leads Sunday Service at UUCSF in Bridgehampton at 10am

The Rev. Holly Haile Davis, the first Native American woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church will be the guest pastor at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Sunday July 22. Rev. Haile Davis will speak on "The Canku Waste; The Road Upon Which All Creatures Walk So That Harmony, Beauty and Vibrant Life Abound in Mother Earth".

The UUCSF is at 977 Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike, just south of junction with Scuttlehole Road in Bridgehampton.

Info at 631-537-0132


July 29 (Sunday): The Drive-In Returns to the Hamptons in Bridgehampton at 7:30pm

In celebration of the recognition of Mary Magdalene as a disciple, the Incarnation Lutheran Church is hosting a Big Screen showing of a movie that features her role in Christ's ministry. The feature film will be preceded by a short talk by Pastor Vita and followed by talk-back by you! The church is at Rte 27 and Hayground Road between Water Mill and Bridgehampton.

Contact Pastor Vita at 537-1187

Repeating Events:

See Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils.

See Counter - Recruiting Schedule for a listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations ___________________________________________

Tuesdays: Bob Zellner comments on WLIU 88.3

Human Rights activist Bob Zellner is heard each Tuesday morning and evening during the news programs on WLIU Southampton.


Second Friday of Month: Labor Dept Reps in Water Mill from 11am to 1 pm

Bilingual Latino representatives from the US Dept of Labor's Wage and Hour Division are available the second Friday of every month in the OLA office, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., to answer questions concerning workers' rights and to help workers--whether documented or undocumented--recover pay owed them. If your employer has not paid you for time you've worked or if you know someone in this situation, visit the OLA office at 1152 Montauk Hwy in Water Mill to find out what you can do. Call 631-726-6526 ( 726 - OLA6). _________________________________________________

First Saturday Each Month in Patchogue Recruiting Station at 12-1:30pm

We will continue our regular protest in Patchogue on Saturday with informational leafletting against recruiters in our public schools and deceiptful recruiting practices. Signs, flyers, petitions will be provided. Where: 116 Main St., Patchogue, west of Route 112, east of N. Ocean Ave. When: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Come for 1/2 hour or the whole time. Why: To make the public aware of military recruiting practices in our public schools. We want equal access into our schools alongside military recruiters with information regarding the realities of the military. We want an adult present when a student speaks with a recruiter. Contact: 631-875-8647

The Thursday Night Group in Bridgehampton 6:30 - 9pm

an eclectic bunch of seekers who have been studying progressive theologians for the past two years, welcomes you to join them this summer.

TNG meets every Thursday beginning at 6:30 with Taize Prayer & Meditation at 7:30 with a shared community supper
and from 8:00 to 9:00 "the program."

Thursday July 5 InterSpirituality and Ecology

"A True Story" by Pastor Vita

Thursday July 19 Finding Spiritual Consciousness in the Movies

Video clips and conversation led by Tom Cowan

Thursday August 2 Hope, Faith, and Social Justice
Unpacking the core led by Mark Seidler

Thursday August 16 Ruminations on Rumi

Poetry reading and reflection led by Antje Katcher

Thursday August 30 Faith Heroes: Dan Berrigan and John Dear

Movie excerpts and discussion led by the Darceys

To be scheduled: Spirituality and Art

Slide presentation by Christine Chew Smith

For more information contact Pastor Vita (631) 537-1187.


"Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English

Wednesdays in Farmingville:

Herstory Writers Workshop meets every Monday afternoon at the Farmingville branch of the Workplace Project from 3 to 5. Both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking women come together to share and shape their life experiences through memoir writing. The workshop is conducted in both English and Spanish. Call 631-723-0150 for more information and directions to the center.

Thursdays in East Hampton:

Every Thursday Spanish-speaking women come together to share their writing with one another and receive feedback on how to structure and shape their lifewriting. The East Hampton workshop is open to East Hampton Town residents and is conducted entirely in Spanish.

It meets every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road.

Call 631-723-0150 for more information. ___________________________________________________

Second Tuesday each month: South Fork Chapter - LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30pm

The regular monthly meeting of the South Fork chapter of the Progressive Coalition is at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway & Hayground Rd. between Water Mill and Bridgehampton. Info: 516-541-1006, ext.55 or www (.)lipc(.)org

Sundays: Bush is a Liar Choir" rehearses in Lindenhurst from 7 to 9pm

Join political action singing group. Participate in songs regarding environment, anti-war, labor, multiculturalism, civil rights, and other issues. Sing historic songs of struggle and social change. Contribute to the progressive movement while becoming culturally enriched. If you've ever wanted to be in a singing group, now is your chance! Experienced and non-experienced singers are welcome. All we ask is that you are able to sing on pitch. We need sopranos! Rehearsals take place, Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 in Lindenhurst.

Call Lisa Fishbein at: (631) 957-4954

Please send event listings for next week's report (PLAIN TEXT Please) by 5 pm on Tuesday

to eastendreport@yahoo.com

Suffolk Peace Vigils - Starting June 27

Week of July 4, 2007

This coming week's Peace Vigils are on:

Wednesday in Mastic-Shirley: 4:30 pm - Montauk Highway and William Floyd Parkway *

Friday in Sayville: 4pm at Railroad Ave and Main St

Saturday in Bellport: 11am at Station and South Country Roads

Saturday in Setauket: 11:00 am - Route 25A and Bennets Road


* Wednesday vigil - contact: Susan at SMc1270236@msn.com ____________________________________________

East End Women in Black vigil for peace in the middle east and an end to the occupations of Palestine and Iraq on the first and third Sundays in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. The vigil started in August of 2002.

The next vigils are on Sunday July 1 at the Monument in Bridgehampton and Sunday July 15 at the Sag Harbor Wharf, both at 5pm.

More info at East End Women in Black web site or call 631-259-2482 _______________________________________________________

South Country Peace Group, South Country Women in Black and Pax Christi Sponsor a vigil in Patchogue on the last Sunday of each month. The next memorial candlelight vigil will be on Sunday, July 29 at the Four Corners in Patchogue—where Ocean Avenue crosses Main St/Rte 27A at sundown. There will be a reading of the names of those killed in Iraq . Organized by the South Country Peace Group, Bellport Women In Black and St Joseph the Worker Pax Christi. This event takes place on the last Sunday of each month at or right after sundown.

For update on time contact Dennis Urlaub at dmu7@optonline.net ________________________________________________

Veterans For Peace and Code Pink will vigil for peace on the second Saturday each month at the Armed Forces Plaza in Hauppauge in front of the Dennison State Office Building on Route 347. The next vigil will be Saturday, July 14 between 4:00 & 6:00 pm. To confirm and for more info: email to ltbrin@earthlink.net

Trustee Race will be recounted- Epley Credits Hiring Site Issue for Victory

Correction and Update: We reported last week that "the Mayor and his running mates - - Trustees Nancy McGann and James Robinson were re-elected by comfortable margins. "

In fact Trustee Paul Robinson received 784 votes and his rival Roy Stevenson was only 26 votes behind with 758 votes. A recount was requested and the Mayor's office informed us that this will be held on Thursday June 28.

Also the hearing on a law suit launched by neighbors of the proposed hiring site on Aldrich Lane and the counter suit launched by the Coalition for a Worklink Center has been postponed for the third time to July 11.

The following is adapted (with a correction) from a news report broadcast on WPKN 89.5 /WPKM 88.7 local news Tuesday June 19 at 6:30pm:

Last Friday voters in Southampton Village re-elected Mayor Mark Epley who became the target of anti-immigrant protesters after he designated a local park as an open air hiring site for day-laborers.

The Mayor and one of his running mates - Trustee Nancy McGann were re-elected by comfortable margins. Trustee Paul Robinson was 26 votes ahead of rival Roy Stevenson. Since the vote was so close, a recount was requested and is scheduled for Thursday, June 28.

The Mayor defeated James McFarlane who is a Village Trustee. McFarlane had opposed use of the park for a hiring site.

Other issues such as Village approval of McMansions on small lots were debated, but Mayor Epley credited his stance on the hiring site for his re-election.

Last month Epley and Village Trustees passed a law prohibiting targeted demonstrations in front of residences after anti-immigrant protesters picketed at his home on several Saturdays.

Village Trustee Bonnie Cannon spoke at a recent Board Meeting. She lauded the Mayor for his stance on the day-laborer issue.

Ms. Cannon said:

"The bottom line is that this has been here for six years. No one has had a solution. No one has done anything. This Mayor was courageous enough to do something." *

A hearing on the law suite about use of the park land has been postponed twice and is now scheduled for Wednesday July 11 in New York State Court in Riverhead.

Meanwhile Southampton still has no formal hiring site for day-laborers.

* Ms. Cannon may not know that the Southampton based "Coalition for a Worklink Center" met with the Mayor several times to convince him that he should support the Coalition's plan for a regulated hiring site for day laborers. But Mr. Epley is the only local politico to take a stand and the heat on this issue. He should be congradulated. __ East End Report