Saltaire seeks $2.5M from state to revamp a store

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Chip Whitney, owner of the Saltaire Market, unloads food and supplies in front of his store in Saltaire. Full Story

Westport, CT

#1 Jul 20, 2009
Are these people for real?

Jim Thorpe, PA

#2 Jul 20, 2009
Why should the taxpayer of NY pay for something most will never use...Borrow the money, Sell it privately... With the town
involved there's always wasted money... Lets face it most Local State and Federal governments could not run a corner lemonade
stand! 2.5 million on a grocery store come on get real it will lose money every year!

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Jul 20, 2009
The problem here is another real estate seller who is in denial of the propery value. Take the profit from the store and the profit from the 5 rentals, multiply by 5 or 6 if you are lucky and that is the value. Far less I am sure than 2.5 mil or someone would pay up. After all you get a monolpy store, but then how much can you sell to a comunity of 400 homes in a 15 week season? Not one penny of public money should go to this venture. It does not in anyway shape or form impact enough people to warrent the use of taxpayer funds!
Malcolm the tenth

New Rochelle, NY

#4 Jul 20, 2009
If this was a black hood, this would be racism.
Reality Check

Northport, NY

#5 Jul 20, 2009
Let it close. There are more important issues at hand then to keep a Snooty Village Grocery Store from Closing.

People bring their own food because No one in their right mind would spend $12.00 for a jelly sandwich.
Tired Old Man


#6 Jul 20, 2009
Revamp the one store bussiness area for $2.5 million that services ten full time families. You gotta love the hutspa of the Saltaie politicians, they can say it with a straight face "This project is for the good of the public". The sad thing is many projects just like this for special people will be slipped in.

Islandia, NY

#7 Jul 20, 2009
Long Island Taxpayer

Jersey City, NJ

#8 Jul 20, 2009
What a waste of taxpayer money, 2.5 million dollars to upgrae a store that is only used 4 months a year for a very samll population group. There has to be better projects to spend this money on.
New York Groove

Stony Brook, NY

#9 Jul 20, 2009
Let the owners of this store rebuild it! It's their business and it's their property!. Or let the good people of Saltaire and the other communities of Fire Island have a fundraiser and raise funds to do so. I really don't care if they bulldoze it to the ground!

Mineola, NY

#10 Jul 20, 2009
This probably got picked up on the national news wire and now the entire country is laughing at these morons.

“Liberals: America's Cancer”

Since: Dec 07

Baldwin, NY

#11 Jul 20, 2009
Obama has to have somewhere to sell the $2.5 million worth of ham he bought with stimulus money.

Lindenhurst, NY

#12 Jul 20, 2009
"Let them pass the hat among themselves. There are hedge fund people in Saltaire. There are lawyers. Don't stiff the taxpayers across the bay with a bill for your coffeehouse,"

I hate to tell you this but the hedge fund people, etc are the taxpayers. Maybe it is time for the people who pay the taxes to actually get some of it back.
Delray Guy

Bowling Green, SC

#13 Jul 20, 2009
Mzybe a big wave will wipe out the moronic thinking of these folks. I've been to Saltaire, and if you look at one of the "natives" wrong, they look down their nose like you're from another country. Let the store fail, and let them raise a new one, like the Amish. They need to ban together to help themselves, not pinching those already stressed for their community center.

Newington, CT

#14 Jul 21, 2009
give me a break , WTF.. why doesn't Zabar buy it and open a food store and stop jerkin long islanders, this money would be better spent in Wyndanch or bay shore
Affluent effluent

Tobyhanna, PA

#15 Jul 24, 2009
Talk about unmitigated gall! These village officials should be investigated and prosecuted for trying to rob the New York State Treasury. Former Governor Blago should buy a million dollar house in this place, he'd fit right in.

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