Gurney's Inn
May 17, 2006

State Funding For Village Transportation


Senator Ken LaValle has once again "turned some magic" and secured $100,000 in the state budget for multi-modal funding for Greenport, announced Mayor David Kapell at last Thursday's village work session.

In total, LaValle unveiled $700,000 in state funding last week in support of village transportation projects within the First Senate District.

The monies will provide reimbursement for approved rail, port, airport, or state and local highway and bridge projects completed by villages.

According to LaValle, the Villages of Greenport, Belle Terre, Port Jefferson, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Westhampton Beach, and East Hampton were each awarded $100,000 in multi-modal funding.

The program allows each locality to submit a transportation project to the New York State Department of Transportation for approval and subsequent reimbursement.

"I am pleased that our local governments are benefiting from state-sponsored programs," said LaValle. "This money will go a long way in helping the villages improve their infrastructure and the quality of life for local residents."

Kapell said the funding is important to highway projects, and he hoped it could be used in connection with improvements to Moore's Lane, as a truck route to Route 25.

Sign Of The Times

Visitors strolling Front Street will notice a brand-new marquee gracing the Village Cinema. Kapell had high praise for the new sign, erected last week. "It's beautiful," said the mayor, commending theater owner Josh Sapan for his efforts. The most important contribution of the new sign, said the mayor, is to signal "great design" to other property owners on the "way-underdeveloped and development-prone block," located on the north side of the street, between Third and First Streets. The sign, added the mayor, will undoubtedly influence the way other merchants think about design when considering their own properties.

The new marquee, designed in an art deco fashion, illuminates the night, and "has instantly transformed the entrance to the village and made a huge improvement to Front Street and the business district," said Kapell.

Honoring Trustee Hubbard

The first week of May in Greenport "is like a rebirth," said Kapell, as the village comes alive with flowering cherry and other blossoming fruit trees. That natural beauty is due in large part to Trustee George Hubbard who, in addition to his contributions to the village as an elected official, has spent years planting those trees on village streets. Hubbard, who has been facing health difficulties in recent months, is making progress and fully intends to be back at the board as soon as possible. In the mean time, the board agreed that Kapell should work on a proclamation, declaring the first week in May "George Hubbard Week" in Greenport.

Farmers' Market No More?

Members of the Greenport Merchants Association, including President Clayton Sauer, came before the board to suggest reestablishing a farmers' market on Sunday mornings from May to October at the Adam's Street parking lot in Greenport, where vendors could sell produce and other products. The GMA, said Sauer, believes a farmers' market would bring an influx of visitors to the area and spell a boon for business.

Kapell said both Hubbard and Trustee Jamie Mills, who were absent, had objections to the proposal; Hubbard voiced concerns about parking and Mills said not only would a rent-free farmers market compete unfairly with area merchants, but the market would also be located in an area necessary for parking for those customers looking to frequent local businesses.

Kapell said he was not against farmers markets in theory, but reminded that two had failed in the past in Greenport. He suggested the GMA investigate private property options as potential sites, such as the "ideal and highly visible" North Fork Bank parking lot.

Sauer said the idea was not to compete with area merchants, but to include their products. He added the GMA would look into securing a private site.

Helping A Friend

The board agreed to establish a "sick bank" so that village employees can bank their sick time and donate it to benefit another employee who is convalescing from illness or injury. The goal, said Kapell, is to create a vehicle by which employees can help each other.

Martial Arts, Anyone?

The North Fork School of Martial Arts and the American Federation of Martial Arts will hold an event at Mitchell Park on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dock Boys Take A Ride

Another Mitchell's Marina memory will be reborn: The board agreed to purchase two bikes for use by dock attendants who will bike from slip to slip, helping customers. Many remember fondly when, in bygone days, dock boys were etched forever in local legend. The bikes will be purchased for $500.

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