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Newsday Editor Says Hidden Cove Is a Good Neighbor

What do you think of Anne Michaud's opinion? Post a comment below.

Newsday's interactive editor Anne Michaud has an opinion of the Hampton Bays- based Hidden Cove Motel, which is being used as a Suffolk County homeless shelter, that perhaps not every Hampton Bays resident would agree with.

On Feb. 6 she posted an editorial, calling the shelter a "good neighbor."

She wrote, "This 28-unit shelter has by many accounts been a good neighbor. It is turning people's lives around. And it seems fair that even this playground for the wealthy should hold up a corner of the social safety net."

Michaud goes on to report that the shelter, one of 54 in the county, has been able to help many get back on their feet.

The shelter, since it first opened in October 2011, has had a number of Hampton Bays residents up in arms and sits at the top of the newly-formed Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays agenda.

The group, which says the shelter causes a burden on the school district, has vowed to fight until the shelter is closed.

The Town of Southampton also stepped in and in early 2011 said it planned to commence legal action against the shelter; however, in March 2012 the board voted not to take legal action, saying it is not a "prudent" move.

In a poll posted on Patch in 2011, readers were split on the use of the motel as a shelter with 42 percent of readers saying they support the shelter and 58 percent they want it closed down.

To read the full Newsday opinion piece, click here and be sure to let us know your thoughts on Newsday's piece or on the shelter by posting a comment below.

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Ralebird February 18, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Hampton Bays a "playground for the wealthy"? There goes any credibility whatsoever.
Ralebird February 18, 2013 at 09:19 PM
And your second paragraph is inaccurate - the writer has not "posted an editorial" - as you note at the end of your piece she wrote an "opinion piece". There is certainly a difference and as someone in the business of journalism, you should know that.
Joanne Dinardo February 18, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Agree ralebird....."they mistook Hampton Bays for EAST Hampton....what really makes me crazy is that now H.B. Is the official school district of the 40 or so children that live there...any special education services they need, or if they need services such as occupational therapy or a one on one aide. ....surprise!guess who pays for it? According to Supervisor Throne Holst " we incur $ 1.2 million in additional school taxes because of Hidden Cove" ( The Independent Page 24 January 16 edition)
Nicholas Saridakis February 19, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Follow the money. The absurd amounts of it ladled out to the homeless shelter operator--CHI--exceed by a wide margin what it would cost to house the"homeless" in a less concentrated format. The landlord--LAML Realty--is also making twice plus what he used to when Hidden Cove was a long-stay motel. The ABUSES of tax-payer money by the "homeless" is little written about. Trust me, I know, because I lived there as a rent paying tenant for 15 months. This facility is a cynical con job perpetrated by those whose job it has been to dole out taxpayer money to whomsoever it might be. CHI's gross revenue on one room---if it is occupied by a single mother and two minor children---is around $3500 per month! PLUS the landlord gets his $1200.00 per month. Everybody is happy except those who have to pay for this.
John Gorman February 19, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Ms Michaud like many people writes what she wants to be true NOT what is in fact accurate. She wrote, "This 28-unit shelter has by many accounts been a good neighbor. It is turning people's lives around. And it seems fair that even this playground for the wealthy should hold up a corner of the social safety net." This is probably one of the most deluded paragraphs I've read in some time. Hampton Bays is a working class community with NO pretensions as a "playground for the wealthy." Her "many accounts" statement is not only unsupported but borders on dishonest. Many accounts by who: landlords making money, lazy social workers, government bureaucrats living elsewhere, just who???? Also just who is having their "life turned around" and how is that being done. Might be a good idea if Ms Michaud got off her cloud and joined the real world. Opinions' are like noses everyone has one. Facts are a little more elusive.
Ralebird February 19, 2013 at 06:52 PM
What Michaud wrote is an opinion piece, not a report on a news event. She has her right to her opinion, but might form a better one if she knew more about her topic rather than falling back on the old, tired, inaccurate "playground for the wealthy" line of thought.
Jim February 20, 2013 at 03:20 AM
ANNE MICHAUD IS AN IDIOT.
joe hampton February 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Anne Michaud is a idiot and I am solely responsible for the Content that I posted
b February 24, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I am guessing they she'd agree they weren't a "good neighbor" to the paying tenants that were evicted? seriously...Not sure who this woman is but her credibility is non-existent.

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