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East Quogue Voters Reject Incorporation

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East Quogue residents failed to get enough votes to incorporate into a village. That means they will remain under the control of the Town of Southampton.

Residents seek incorporation so they can get more of a say over the local issues that directly affect them, like land use and development projects.  

Walter Marsicovetere is a member of the East Quogue Village Exploratory Committee, the group that led the two-year movement to break away from the Town of Southampton.   

“Our opinion is that our opponents had an easier time selling undocumented fear, than we had trying to sell a thoroughly documented set of facts to support incorporation.”

Opponents of incorporation are concerned that the costs of the new village would lead to a significant increase in their property taxes. 

Residents also questioned whether plans to build a 600-acre golf course resort in East Quogue might breeze through the approval process in a new village government.

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