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Taxis, DUI Tragedy

posted Dec 16, 2014, 10:02 AM by Doug Roberts   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 12:52 PM ]
As we all process the tragic death of Bartolone Miguel at the hands of a drunk driver on the Main Road a couple of weeks ago, it seems that we should be doing everything we can to promote taxis and other forms of transportation in Greenport.  Imran Khan of Layyah received approval from the Planning Board and ZBA last spring to operate his taxi business out of Layyah's parking lot.  I hosted an event in Greenport recently and Imran's taxis took my colleagues to MacArthur airport at 6am and I couldn't be happier with the service. 

I'd bet that most visitors- and a lot of residents- aren't aware that we have a taxi stand in town. Let's let Layyah put up tasteful, non-blinking (of course) signs in town, so that maybe next time a person with a .17 BAC decides to let one of Imran's drivers do the driving.  We have green signs all over the village pointing folks to various businesses. We need one that says "Taxis".  We're supporting a local business, and we're making our roads safer. And some day I'd love to see us advocate for better public transport between Greenport, the North Fork's other hamlets, Tanger, Riverhead, and the south side.  But let's start with baby steps. 

My condolences to Bartolone's family and friends for your tragic and sudden loss. If anybody would like to contribute to the fund to help Bartolone's family return him home to Guatemala, you can send checks to The North Fork Spanish Apostolate at 546 St. John's Place, Riverhead, NY 11901.  I hope you'll join me in supporting this worthy cause for neighbors in need.  

And while this is not under the jurisdiction of our Village government and off-topic for this campaign, I add my voice to the outrage over the arraignment of the drunk driver in this case. It is appalling that Justice Breuer willingly admitted, from the bench, that he wasn't raising the bail on Mr. Costello because they are "friends".  Let's flip the scenario for a second and imagine Justice Breuer's "friend," or worse, family member, was killed in an accident in which the driver's BAC was .17. Would bail still be $250? Would our ADA still be charging the driver with only a misdemeanor? For what it's worth, I want Greenporters to know where I stand on this issue, and I want you to know that there will be no amount of friendship or influence that will get me to compromise my ethics or abandon my principles in the service of this village. 

Today, the Southold Town Justice Court is the laughing stock of Long Island. Let's work hard together to make sure that Greenport commands respect throughout the town of Southold and across the NY area.