Archive for December, 2014

Make Some Noise – Help Us Get The Toxic Poles Pulled!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

LIBFRE, a local, non-profit citizen’s group who is in the midst of a lawsuit fighting PSEG and LIPA to remove the poles, clean up the contaminated soil and water, and go underground with the power lines, is asking for everyone to MAKE SOME NOISE to let our officials know that we’ve had enough.


The recent FPM report given to EH Village and EH Town has determined that although pentachlorophenol (penta) was not found in East Hampton groundwater, it was again detected in the soil. Five other suspected carcinogenic chemicals, however, which are components of the penta formulation used to treat the poles, were detected in East Hampton’s groundwater at concentrations up to 48 times higher than the NYSDEC Standards.


If we all join together and MAKE SOME NOISE we can right this wrong.  It’s time our officials take an aggressive stand.  We don’t just want the contaminated soil removed, because with each wet event, the leaching will continue, and the soil will again become contaminated.  The contaminated poles need to be pulled and the wires need to be placed underground.


LIBFRE’s SUGGESTIONS: Write letters to the editor to local newspapers, the EH Star and the EH Press, and to Long Island’s Newsday; Contact Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack, EH Village Administrator Rebecca Molinaro, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, State Senator Ken LaValle, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Governor Cuomo demanding action They should be following the toxic spill cleanup rules that already exist; Support Fred Thiele and Ken LaValle’s resolution to ban penta in New York State; and finally, Demand that Governor Andrew Cuomo deal with these issues, which he has refused to do since last February.  REMEMBER – Cuomo put PSEG in power.  Speak about it to your neighbors.  Share the information.  Get people to understand how serious this is.  Have people financially support us, if they can, with any amount of money they can afford for our legal fees and expert witness fees, sent to LIBFRE, 26 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton, NY, 11937.


We need people to make noise and express their anger and frustration.  A toxin that will be banned next year for the world should not be excused as okay by PSEG representatives who say it is having the results we expect it to have.  We are not guinea pigs.


For more information go to:  

Helene Forst, Chairperson

Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy, Inc. (LIBFRE)

Town & Country’s Annual Holiday Gala

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Town & Country’s Annual Holiday Gala was at The Southampton Social Club. Ian and his staff did a wonderful job on the scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and fabulous dinner. Cocktails and conversations we enjoyed by all. Judi Desiderio, Janet Hummel and Nancy McGann acknowledged their special staff members, the T&C Board of Directors as well as their award winners! 2014 was Town & Country’s best year ever and the partners thanked everyone for their contribution to that achievement. Tiffany gifts were abundant!

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer      

631.324.8080 ext. 221

Santa’s Gift to Wall Street

Monday, December 29th, 2014

2014 was an incredible ride for the stock market—and we all know what that means to the Hampton's, North Fork and Shelter Island Real Estate. I always say, ‘we are umbilically connected’.  2014 was a year of many personal bests, new ceilings and for Town & Country—our #1 year!  We thank all our loyal clients for their business and support.  Last week we saw the DOW hit another milestone… 18,000 and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index had its second record high close in one week! 


The driver—consumer spending— an impressive GDP Report.  In fact the US economy grew at the fastest pace in more than 10 years in the 3rd Quarter of 2014. Furthermore, the US Commerce Department reported a 5% seasonally adjusted annual rate.  Clearly, our trajectory is a complete breakaway from much of the rest of the world.  This then brings international money to our shores.



There are some highly respected, intelligent economists and market gurus on both sides of this with their formulated predictions.



There should be many more market gains re allocating to hard assets such as art and luxury real estate.  Statistically most of our real estate is deemed luxury real estate.  Looking at our regional markets here on the East End, I predict an extraordinarily busy winter this year.  Depending on the flow of business, the spring should ride the wave.  I also predict we will see more sales to international buyers as wealthy foreigners look for safe havens for their wealth.  While money has been ‘cheap’ it has not been ‘easy’.  Mortgages have held a tight rein on the housing market nationwide, which is one of the biggest contributors to the economy.  2015 should see mortgages somewhat easier to obtain.  Therefore with employment up and mortgages more available, homeownership should rise back up to the historic norms.  Keep in mind, every new home built puts eight people to work.  Then there’s all the ancillary business that benefit when homes are purchased.  There is still considerable opportunity for growth in this country.  That provides a spring board on which companies can build.  As the nation does better so we all move.  The wild cards of course, are those who do not value human life as we do.  As we have seen, things can change on a dime.



source by: Factors for Improving Home Sales


Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer      

631.324.8080 ext. 221