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State Senate Candidates Rumble Over Rumba

Jennifer Maertz disagrees with her Democratic primary opponent Bridget Fleming's handling of code violations at the popular Hampton Bays bar and restaurant.

Jennifer Maertz, a candidate for New York State Senate, slammed Democratic primary opponent Bridget Fleming this week for favoring litigation against , which was cited for  and — according to Fleming — is posing a threat to Shinnecock Bay by overwhelming the restaurant's septic system.

On Tuesday,  specifically chastised Fleming for voting for legislation that allows the to enter into litigation against the restaurant, whose owner,David Hersh, says he has submitted zoning applications to remedy issues, including seating capacity. 

In a statement sent to the media, Maertz, of Rocky Point, said , a Noyac resident who sits on the Southampton Town Board, "is essentially working to put a local small business out of business during difficult economic times."  

She said, "The owner of Rumba’s has been going out of his way to cooperate with the town, yet Fleming would rather enter into costly litigation than try to work this situation out with this local business owner. This is contrary to the actions of those who pride themselves on their mediation skills."

Flemming rebuffed the statement when reached by phone on Tuesday. She said, "This is a serious matter for the constituents I serve so I took responsible action to support the health of our waters."

According to Fleming, there are a number of issues at Rumba, including a question as to the seating capacity of the eatery, as well as septic loading.

"There is a real concern about the septic load. I am committed to reducing the impairments of our bays," said Fleming, who added that Maertz' press release is a game of political football. 

"I am going to keep my focus on what is right for the town," Fleming said.

Mr. Mary Beth August 02, 2012 at 10:10 AM
As a married person its uncomfortable watching you come to Bridgets aid so staunchly any time someone utters the gals name. What you miss in your first line is that it doesn't matter if she is from the east end ya small minded yokel and one doesn't have to be a Rhodes scholar to get that a tourist town on the south shore of long island that's been a tourist town for 300 years is such because of the proximity to the coast line. Do we have that out of the way now? The Patch is not a hard news site, it is a community spout-a-thon, so get your stuff straight. You haven't made a single logical argument in 6 square inches of space you've taken up on the internet. The fact of the matter is, Bridge Fleming has absolutely no clue whatsoever what she is talking about. Between her and the so called peconic bay keeper mother nature is guffawing at you both thinking your more "mental" than "enviro". You worried about the quality of the water, I dare you to go after Bridget and Tim's high rollers along agawam pond and every other inland water way who have been pouring poisons into our water ways for centuries. And you must have some inflated sense of self to sit in judgement of mr. hersh who you wouldn't know if he sat on your beard.
knowitall August 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Sooo, Bridget has no ties to Brookhaven .......
Neil Tiger August 04, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Interesting to see George Lynch that on another news blog you took the opposite position and argued on behalf of the business in support of the Town Supervisor. Now you attack Ms Maertz for taking that same position. It really doesn't seem to mattermto you, George. You can't be supporting the Supervisors position on one blog and the Councilpersons on another. Which is it George, do you agree with Anna or with Bridget. Cause if you have now sided with Bridget you owe me an apology.
Corrina August 04, 2012 at 09:24 AM
It's called puppy love and it's sweet ntiger
Hbjoker August 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Why are our politicians fighting thriving businesses in court, the owner is doing everything within his power to rectify the situation. Do the taxpayers really need to spend this money or is Ms. Fleming trying to muster up more votes? As a life long resident in Hampton Bays I get sick to my stomach everytime I drive down Montauk Highway, there are buildings that are in dire needs of rehab, NO outside dining or any kind of night life were you can walk around and shop, eat, socialize to others etc.... instead we have thriving businesses under attack because a handful of local bubbas who think they can do whatever and say whatever they like because their grandpappi was here in the 1800's! guess what, it is people like that who are keeping Hampton Bays in the gutter while the surrounding towns/villages are thirving all summer long! at least when I get drunk in Hampton Bays I am able to find my way the a bar with that ridiculas green libe down the middle of the highway!

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