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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Southampton Town Board Seeks To Strengthen Code Enforcement

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PRESS RELEASE
August 14, 2017
Contact: Supervisor’s office
(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway


Southampton Town is tapping a seasoned law enforcement official to take charge of Code Enforcement.  Steven Troyd, a 28-year law enforcement veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigations has been chosen to head the new Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.  He is expected to start in September.  Mr Troyd’s experience includes emergency management oversight, such as September 11 and Superstorm Sandy duties, supervision of the NY Metro gang task force, investigations of child exploitation, narcotics and criminal activities and extensive liaison work with diverse community groups.

A new three-pronged approach has been developed to address overcrowded housing and quality of life issues:

  • Hands-on, full-time leadership of Code Enforcement under Mr. Troyd to maximize the effectiveness of all enforcement mechanisms
  • Addressing the lack of attainable Housing and Community Development under Ms. Diana Weir, Director of Housing and Community Development
  • Revitalization and economic renewal of areas such as Hampton Bays and Flanders/Riverside/Northampton supported by an investment in community infrastructure

The Board has also instituted “Southampton Online Solutions” (SOS), an online “complaint form” that residents can use to log and track concerns they may have, anything from pothole repairs to complaints about garbage and any other code enforcement issues.  A quarterly report, available to the public, will be created from this system so that progress can be followed and data analyzed to ensure cases are being addressed and resolved.  

Housing issues are of concern to residents in several communities, however the Town Board seeks to assure its residents that these issues are a priority.  Enhancing Code Enforcement, strengthening the affordable housing market and stimulating economic vitality addresses the root causes of these concerns.    

Councilwoman Julie Lofstad, a Hampton Bays resident, said “Hampton Bays is a beautiful place made up of hard-working, salt of the earth people, trying to make the best life they can for their families.  And while we do have some difficult problems that we are working hard to address, I am proud to live here, work here and raise my family here.”  

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he also intends to include one additional code enforcement officer in next year’s budget.  The officer will be focused on enforcement of environmental regulations.  This will free up other officers to focus on housing code violations.  

“Our ordinance enforcement division has suffered from a lack of daily supervision and oversight,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.  “That is about to change.  Our Town has enacted strong codes to protect our quality of life.  The laws need to be vigorously enforced.”

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