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PRESS RELEASEOctober 19, 2016 Contact: Supervisor’s office (631) 283-6055 Connie Conway
The Southampton Town Board will hold its first regular Town Board meeting outside of Town Hall next week. The Town Board has held work sessions and “special” Town Board meetings at other locations but the meeting scheduled for October 25th at 6pm at the Hampton Bays Community Center is the first regular Town Board Meeting to be held outside of Town Hall. The Town worked with Cablevision (Altice) to install the proper wiring to give the Town the capability of going live from the Hampton Bays Community Center through SEA TV. As a result, more meetings will be planned in the future at that location. Plans are also being discussed to bring the same LIVE transmission capability to the Crohan Center in Flanders.
Since taking office in January, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has made bringing work sessions into the community a priority to give residents a better chance to interact with the Town Board. In July, the Town Board held a work session at the Hampton Bays Fire Department and in August the Board held a work session at the Flanders Fire Department. “We believe both the public and the Board get a lot out of it,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We hear from people who might not ordinarily come to Town Hall for a meeting and that’s what government should be-a dialogue with residents.”
The meeting on October 25th is also the first public hearing for the Preliminary 2017 Budget. The Preliminary 2017 Budget proposes a nearly 2 percent drop in the property tax rate, the largest reduction in the tax rate in more than a decade.
Supervisor Jay Schneiderman formally submitted his tentative $94.7 million budget last month. It was converted to the Preliminary Budget on October 6, 2016. “We know the budget is always of interest to our residents. We’re looking forward to going into the community to hear what they have to say”, said Schneiderman.
The budget may be amended through the budget process. However, it must be adopted by the Town Board on or before November 20th. The full budget document can be viewed online at www.southamptontownny.gov .