In the past six months, Mike Dunn, president of the newly-formed Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays has learned that it is not always easy getting things done in Southampton Town Hall. That is why he said he is supporting the Hampton Bays Civic Association's renewed effort to explore incorporating Hampton Bays as a village.
"If we don't get the recognition from Southampton Town that we deserve, forming a village may be our only option," said Dunn.
Since it held its first membership meeting in late August and even months before, Dunn said the Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays have been lobbying the Town of Southampton for a more concerted effort to help clean up the blight and overcrowding in Hampton Bays.
"From day one, we have been asking for enforcement of the codes and laws in Southampton across the board," he said.
While the town has responded on some levels, Dunn said, there is still so much work to be done.
"We are very interested in hearing if incorporating is a viable solution," said Dunn, who said he will be in attendance at the Hampton Bays Civic Association's meeting on Jan. 28 in which incorporation will be at the forefront.
"Other towns have done it. Why can't we?," said Dunn.
Bruce King, president of the civic association, said he is treading carefully with the idea to incorporate and said holding an information session is the first step.
On Thursday, he told Patch, "We want people's opinions, ideas and backing," he said. "And if they aren't going to back us, then we will do something else."
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