Saltaire seeks $2.5M from state to revamp a store

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The tony Fire Island village of Saltaire is seeking $2.5 million in state funds to revitalize its downtown - a single grocery store.
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Jane

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jul 19, 2009
Take the money for your market, but open up your marina to the public so we can use the market..Is this a deal?
Annoyed

Farmingdale, NY

#2 Jul 19, 2009
Is it April Fool's Day???
fotoguy

Plainview, NY

#4 Jul 19, 2009
This is a bad joke, right?
DENNIS

West Islip, NY

#5 Jul 19, 2009
WHAT A JOKE
MattyJ

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jul 19, 2009
How many working poor and elderly have to walk more than a mile for their groceries? Probably couldn't afford the $5 delivery fee too.
But these spolied rich snobs need 2.5 mil for there personal supermarket. Pay the delivery fee or godforbid get off your fat butts and walk a mile!!!
Tony

Huntington Station, NY

#9 Jul 19, 2009
These rich arrogant idiots are kidding, right?
Just Sayin

Smithtown, NY

#11 Jul 19, 2009
Nice to know that my tax dollars are going to assist a group of wealthy city dwellers who like nothing better to do then squander the middle class taxpayer money.
unreal

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#12 Jul 19, 2009
the people in that hell hole called saltaire are the worst, most obnoxious people on fire island. all they care about are themselves...i'm sure these are the same people complaining that there tax dollars are to high
mook

Sayville, NY

#13 Jul 19, 2009
ridiculous. Take up a collection and form a community cooperative.
YeahRight

Sayville, NY

#14 Jul 19, 2009
This is an outrage! How dare these "people" think that they should be entitled to equal protection under the law. Don't they know that this money could be used by a "community activist" who could allow a community group made up of disenfranchised Peoples to buy up blighted real estate and then have it sit idle while paying themselves administrative fees in downtown Hempstead?

This money should be spent making an owner of unmarketable real estate a very wealthy man in lets say Hempstead, Roosevelt, Wyandanch or North Bellport.

What are the residents of Saltaire thinking? Do they really think that the taxes they pay should go to improving their community when that wealth can be redistributed to communities that provide nothing and take everything?

The sheer and utter audacity to even propose they receive equal protection under the State and Federal Constitutions.

Don't they know that they have no rights and only obligations to keep paying for government mandated programs in other communities.

Don't they know that they should pay extra because millions of people on welfare need that monety that they pay in taxes more than they do?

Do you get the point of this article now?
invisible middle class

Bergenfield, NJ

#16 Jul 20, 2009
I find it odd that someone in Ottowa, Canada knows specifically the predominantly black neighborhoods in western long island and later uses them as an examples of "communities that provide nothing and take everything" and "million's of people on welfare". I get the point of the article. It's quite obvious that you must be one of those "spoiled rich snobs" or "worst, most obnoxious people on fire island." It's also crystal clear to me that you are racist. Your outright assumptions on how tax dollars are being spent are obnoxious and hateful. Instead of that attitude why don't you try to be thankful that you are blessed with material comforts. I guess it was greed that made the fortunes of some and it didn't stop there. Enjoy your beaches, yachts and other typical arrogant endeavors whilst the rest struggle to pay their mortgages and utilities. I personally hope the island erodes to a mere sandbar before labor day. FYI I am a white, divorced mom of three. I also vote and pay taxes.
Observer

Jersey City, NJ

#17 Jul 20, 2009
Totally ridiculous and a waste of taxpayer money.
OhWellSchitHappe ns

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Jul 20, 2009
Let them pay for it themselves.
Johnny

Greenwich, CT

#19 Jul 20, 2009
DEMOCRATS live there? Give them what they want!
Life Long LI Resident

Sound Beach, NY

#20 Jul 20, 2009
Simple, if currently viable it is needed and, will continue to do business.

If not, then why in the world would the Taxpayers be forced to subsidize a otherwise unsupportable and un-necessary "Trophy"? The Village and fat-cat, part-time, "gravy-train residents, to any extent much less this "Charitable" one.

As far as the Village Admin. goes, self-agrandizement at its' worst! So self-absorbed cannot come up with a real need! Raise employment? That's so transparent as to not warrant comment!

Clearly both are out of touch and only seeking to get on the "stimulous" Band Wagon which, in fact, is not working at all.

Suggest the Admin. start looking now for a real job!
liner

Hicksville, NY

#21 Jul 20, 2009
I don't understand wht the Saltaire Market feels they have to compete with Walmart or Costco. There are lots of delis and small markets on the mainland along with lots of Walmarts and Costcos. There are no Costcos or Walmarts on Fire Island. I smell a red herring.
candy rodriguez

United States

#22 Jul 20, 2009
The grocery that is only open for four months can pay for its own upgrades as a taxpayer why should I pay for a business to do so. I have to pay for my upgrades at my house without benefit of taxpayers' help. Besides that store can right off the refitting on its income taxes.
On the beach

Newark, NJ

#23 Jul 20, 2009
Backpack 20 pounds of salt pork and hardtack, maties. Ye'll not be needin' quiche and lattes anymore.
JimD

Gainesville, VA

#24 Jul 20, 2009
why do the well off always want more, and want to deny the same to others?

How many people will be served by this $2.5mill - can they not afford the king kullen fee? How many would be served in a real downtown urban area?
Fire Wood

Lenexa, KS

#25 Jul 20, 2009
Either way the Whitneys would win, they own the stores in neighboring communities. I've got a bicycle repair business that needs a new roof

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