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Hamptons 2015….DUI, Dangerous and Costly
The busy Hamptons season is about to begin and with that tons of partying. If you’re headed up to the Hamptons this summer, it might be a good idea to hire your own driver if you plan on going out and drinking. If hiring your own driver is not financially feasible then UBER is an option or one of the many car services in the Hamptons.

According to The Southampton Press in 2014, police departments across Suffolk County announced a concentrated crack down on drunk driving and boating. It is my hope that the East End DWI Task Force will enforce this crack down again this summer.

“Hire a Sober Driver Tonight, not a Good Criminal Defense Attorney Tomorrow,” was the slogan around the Hamptons last year 2014. I think it should be the permanent slogan because it says it all. Hopefully Eddie Burke Jr. doesn’t get too many calls, but if bad decisions are made, call Eddie Burke.

DWI charges in New York are not only very serious and expensive, they are extremely stressful, upsetting and even humiliating. If you have been arrested for a DWI charges in NY,you have only a short amount of time from the date of your arrest to successfully fight to keep your drivers license at your administrative license hearing, or your license could be automatically suspended.dui123

It is important to understand that a New York DWI/DUI conviction will always show in any kind of background check done on you in the future, that can cause a variety of other problems both professionally and socially for years to come.
A typical DWI charge in New York will typically cost well over $12,000 in fines after you have paid bail, fines, fees, insurance and more, but the financial NY DWI costs don’t stop there and in the Hamptons that cost could be double. Ongoing costs can even double that over time. There are hidden or additional costs related to a DWI or driving under the influence charges in New York can include (but not limited to) loss of your current job, difficulty in obtaining job opportunities in the future, college and military, increased insurance rates, driver’s license surcharges, probation fees, and the hidden costs of the non-monetary effect on your friends and family.

Driving under the influence of Drugs/Alcohol of both is irresponsible and dangerous for yourself and for the lives of innocent people who just happen to be around you. Your irresponsible driving will cost someone years of heartache.
Many people come out to the Hamptons and think they can do WHATEVER THEY WANT…..NO ONE WANTS TO PURPOSELY STEAL YOUR FUNBUT YOU NEED TO ACT RESPONSIBLE and remember “Hire a Sober Driver Tonight, not a Good Criminal Defense Attorney Tomorrow,”

Have fun but Stay safe, and think about someone other than yourself. When you choose to make the bad decision of Driving under the Influence you have potentially ruined the lives of everyone around you. Make good choices!

Things that go bump in the Road…Will the Pot Holes in Hamptons in 2015 be worst than 2014?

We can only pray that we are finished with snow for this winter season. I estimate that we are close to 40inches of snow so far this winter season. Workers have been working non-stop  plowing and sanding roads since January  27th, since the first snow storm of 2015 with nearly 30 inches of snow on that day. I am sure many of them are ready for a much needed rest, but on the positive many were employed for the winter season and we could be in Boston.

The question on everyone’s mind is will we be drowning in Potholes for 2015 like we were for 2014? Sag Harbor has some really bad roads, but not as bad as East Hampton. I was out driving this morning on Noyac Road, some areas were challenging but I found Route 114 going towards East Hampton to be really bad. I thought for sure I would damage my car. I am told that there are horrible horrible horrible pot holes on Noyac between Morton Wildlife and Millstone. How are the roads in your towns Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, Watermill, Southampton, Hampton Bays, Quogue, East Quogue, Remsenburg, Speonk, Westhampton?

This year’s roads are especially treacherous for drivers because this winter has been a particularly brutal one, with frequent snow since January 27th, ice, and frigid temperatures giving way to brief thaws, before the cycle repeats again. The fluctuation in temperature between the daytime and the evening, paired with all that ice and snow, are “wreaking havoc on the roads in the Hamptons”. Heavy traffic takes a greater toll on the roads, and heavy truck traffic an even greater toll combined with some of these roads at the end of their lifespan, causes the potholes.

Who is responsible for fixing the roads, and will there be enough funds to fix the roads this Spring? I suggest you contact the D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) in your area to report potholes in your area, put them on alert. You have a greater chance of those potholes getting fixed sooner than later.

New State toll-free number for state operated roads. — 800-POTHOLE….Until then, slow down when driving over a pothole. We are only at the beginning of March so don’t go celebrating yet, March has a way of continuing to surprise us, so we will pray for no more snow, but lets be prepared just in case “Mother Nature” decides to throw us a curve ball..



Jane Babcook joins Brown Harris Stevens in Bridgehampton. 

imagereader.aspxJane Babcook a highly respected Real Estate Professional in the Hamptons real estate industry has joined the Bridgehampton brokerage office of Brown Harris Stevens.  Jane joined BHS early this year 2015 after a real estate career spanning almost two decades. Jane was previously with The Corcoran Group in Sag Harbor.

Throughout her career, Jane has consistently been a top producing agent and a leader in her community with an elite roster of national and international clients. Specializing in luxury properties, Jane has been nationally recognized as a top agent with an enviable history of successfully closing both high-end sales and rentals throughout the Hamptons.

Fluent in the complexities of land acquisitions, waterfront properties, new construction, both historic and modern homes, equestrian properties, and more, including the resolution of building, zoning, environmental, financing and title issues that arise within each of these property types, Jane has a proven command of the local market that allows her to render unparalleled service to her clients.
An avid equestrian, sailor and skier, and a full time resident of Sag Harbor for over 26 years, Jane is currently on the board of the Breakwater Yacht Club where she has served as Vice Commodore, is a long standing member of the Sag Harbor Yacht Club, and is a member of the Architectural Review Board for the neighboring Village of North Haven.

On a Personal Note, Jane is one of the most professional Real Estate Brokers that I have ever worked with in the Hamptons. Jane is honest, ethical, reliable, hard-working and patient and I wish her well at BHS.

Jane’s new contact information:

Jane Babcook
Licensed Associate Broker
Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, LLC
c. 631.680.1001
f. 631.903.6391
email:        website:

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Welcome to Sag Harbor to air on Oprah Network (OWN) on January 25th 2015….
Sag Harbor is one of my favorite places in the Country and I am blessed to live here year-round. I was introduced to Sag Harbor 25 years ago and 13 years ago my family moved here full-time. My husband and I have raised our 2 girls here, one is graduating from college in May 2015 and the other will be graduating from high school in 2017. We have amazing friends from all ethnic groups and we are well-respected in the community. I am active in the school district and many people who live here both full-time and part-time are loyal followers of Hamptons Mouthpiece. I can recall when I first came to the Hamptons, I could not believe how many black people had second homes in the Hamptons. I was a girl raised in Harlem and I knew very few people who had a home, let alone 2, it was mind-blowing and motivating for me. My husband’s mother lived in Sag Harbor and we would visit with her often but we only saw an influx of African Americans in the summer months. Many of these families retreat to Sag Harbor for the summer months only in the areas called Azurest, Sag Harbor Hills and Ninevah Beach.DSC_1442

Welcome to Sag Harbor…takes an unprecedented look inside one of America’s most exclusive and historically significant African-American beach communities, featuring its current homeowners, including popular restaurateur and lifestyle pioneer, B. Smith. Located in the heart of New York’s The Hamptons, this tight knit enclave was established as a refuge from racism in the early 20th century.

DSC_1203With the recent housing boom, this once all African-American neighborhood is now fighting to hold on to its identity. Real estate prices throughout the three bay front areas of Azurest, Ninevah Beach and Sag Harbor Hills have recently skyrocketed. This seemingly positive economic reality is forcing the younger generations, now inheriting these cottages from their parents and grandparents, to face a vexing dilemma: To sell or not to sell? Sag Harbor profiles a community at a crossroads, but also one that truly values celebrating life, family and tradition.

Tune in for the hour-long special on Sunday, January 25 at 10/9c.
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Hamptons :DEC Temporarily Closes Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Press Release 12/11/2014: NNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Temporarily Closes Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties until the DEC deems it safe for the public to eat.
Closures Follow Widespread Heavy Rainfall
Shellfish harvesting areas in several Towns in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have been designated as uncertified (closed) for shellfish harvesting, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These temporary closures were implemented following the extraordinarily heavy rainfall and stormwater runoff that affected Long Island. More than three inches of precipitation fell within 12 hours in all the affected areas; a daily record was set at Long Island MacArthur airport.
This action was taken to protect the public health. Excessive stormwater runoff caused by heavy rainfall carries bacteria and other pathogens into adjacent surface waters, adversely affecting water quality in the enclosed creeks, coves, harbors and bays and causing shellfish in those areas to have an increased potential to be hazardous for use as food.

The closures in Nassau County and the Town of Huntington went into effect at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9. The closures in Southampton and East Hampton are effective Wednesday, December 10. All the closures will continue until a determination is made that conditions no longer exist that may make shellfish hazardous for use as food.

The following areas are designated as uncertified and the harvest of shellfish is temporarily prohibited:

Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All that area of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries in the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay.
Town of North Hempstead: All of Hempstead Harbor lying south of a line extending from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.
Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All of Oyster Bay Harbor and all of Cold Spring Harbor lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the stone house on Plum Point (Centre Island) to the northerly side of the beach pavilion at West Neck Beach (Town of Huntington) on the eastern shore of Cold Spring Harbor; and all of Hempstead Harbor lying south of a line extending from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.
Towns of Babylon and Islip: All that area of Great South Bay and its tributaries lying westerly of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Causeway bridges.
Town of Huntington: All of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Lloyd Harbor and Huntington Bay lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the southernmost point of East Beach to the southernmost point of West Beach (also known as Sand City Beach), and, Cold Spring Harbor.
Town of Southampton: All of Sag Harbor and its tributaries and a portion of outer Sag Harbor.
Town of East Hampton: All of Northwest Harbor lying easterly of a line extending northeasterly from the westernmost point of land at the entrance to Northwest Creek, to the foot of Mile Hill Road; all of Northwest Creek; and a portion of outer Sag Harbor.
DEC will re-open areas as soon as possible based on the results of water quality testing to be conducted on samples that will be collected from the affected areas over the next several days.

A recorded message that advises harvesters of the status of these shellfish areas may be heard at (631) 444-0480. The message will be updated during the course of the temporary closures. For a more detailed description of the closed areas please call DEC’s Marine Resources office during normal business hours at (631) 444-0492. Additionally, information about temporary shellfish closures will be available on DEC’s website.