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Southold Town Waffles Over Riverhead YMCA

Southold Town board members say they don’t want to ‘mingle in other boards’ businesses’ when asked if they’d support an Aquebogue YMCA.

Cutchogue resident Arnold Blair approached members of the at Tuesday’s work session, suggesting that they pass a resolution to support the

Blair said that he has been following the YMCA proposal since its first inception over 10 years ago under the Gene Cochran administration. And now that the current group supporting a YMCA now has $6 million out of the $8 million needed to make their goal a reality, Blair said he is seeking support wherever he can.

“I just think the YMCA is a great facility,” Blair said. “We took a tour of the Bay Shore Y and it was amazing to see the community using it. There were kids all over the place. I know that this board has, but that is a long way off — this is right around the corner for everyone on the North Fork to use.”

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said that, with the Riverhead Town Board now focusing on the recent public debate on the issue, he “doesn’t like mingling in boards’ business.”

“There was a meeting the other night where the Riverhead Town Board members might have changed their mind set a little,” Russell said. “They’re going on listening tours of meetings and thinking about finding other existing infrastructure.”

Councilwoman Jill Doherty said that if and when the Riverhead Board passed a resolution of support for the YMCA, then the Southold Town Board should revisit the issue.

Board members were mostly silent until Councilman William Ruland said, “I’ll have to think about it.”

local resident March 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Actually Bob, there is gridlock at that corner with the traffic light at the Aquebogue School. Why don’t you come-by around summer or pumpkin season and you will see traffic backed up heading west from that light past Church Lane and ending around Comtese Therese. Going the other way...east from the light in Jamesport village center, all the way to Tuthill Lane (so right near proposed Y site) so I would definitely call that “gridlock”! Nobody is against the Y if it is located in the right location. Why can’t you and your friends understand that? "Riverhead 1" is also correct in that the current plans do NOT serve the community well so maybe the Y is NOT the best option. The Y has only a pool and a pre-k and we have plenty of pre-ks already. What the community really needs, but is not offered, is a Rec Center with a gym (basketball courts), fitness rooms and lecture space for classes (tots thru adults) and not the poor excuse for a Y that is being currently being pushed on us. Maybe Riverhead should think of building a rec center and Southold can take over the whole Y project for themselves.
Alan March 15, 2012 at 01:17 AM
the"y" is another money pit, they keep coming back for more money from towns and villages, for " new programs" that benefit only a "few". the prices are high, and get higher, w/ little or no tax benefit to the town.. and they are high maintennce, high salaries to their "directors" and staff. it's about staff and management salaries, not about "the kids".check EH town and others ,as an example. Another " not for profit" deep well for just a few.
Nadine Faber King March 18, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Well said!
Eva Salzman March 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I second this: well-said!
John Rooney March 18, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Well said, Alan! John

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