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The Southampton Business Alliance hosted an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 reviewing new changes to the New York State Rental code that dramatically impact the landlord-tenant relationship. There were over 80 of you in attendance, along with members of local media.  The presentation was made by Christine Smith and Lisa Ross of Hefter, Angel, DiTalia & Pasca, LLP of Riverhead and Mitch Pally, CEO of LIBI, Long Island Builders Institute.

While on face value this can simply be seen as a real estate issue, the new codes are skewed almost entirely in the tenants’ favor, and the potential impact on our (legal) rental market can have many unintended consequences. For the seasonal market, this means investors will look elsewhere to purchase properties that can produce rental income. There will be fewer homes available for seasonal residents who bring vast amounts of disposable income to our area.
For the year-round market, this can further damage our already limited availability of reasonably priced rentals for workforce housing. The Southampton Business Alliance has had a long-term commitment to creation of workforce housing, and we’ve built workforce homes often with accessory apartments. The Town of Southampton is encouraging construction of more accessory apartments, also to increase workforce housing supply and provide a way for many seniors to afford to keep their homes. However, the new codes are very burdensome on the landlord and may discourage many from renting their properties.

We will be working closely with LIBI on their Island-wide efforts to work with our State elected officials and effect changes to the code. We will be updating you with more information as things progress on the issue.

Questions? Contact Sheryl Heather 631-728-1929

Rep. Zeldin Reiterates Call to Strengthen Seasonal Visa Program, Including H-2A & H-2B Programs

March 18, 2019 PATCHOGUE, NY – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) once again called on the Department of Homeland Security to raise the H-2B Visa Program cap and reform the H-2A Visa Program to ensure local businesses have the adequate workforce they need ahead of the upcoming peak season.

Seasonal visa programs allow employers to supplement their current workforce by hiring foreign workers on a seasonal basis. These foreign workers come to the United States legally and pay taxes filling jobs not already filled by U.S. employees in areas of labor shortage.

“Across Suffolk County, there are many businesses, that rely on seasonal workforce visas, and I am committed to finding a long-term solution that provides certainty and stability for the employers who rely on this program,” said Congressman Zeldin.

“It is a great problem to have when our local economy has more available jobs than people available to fill the positions, but it is imperative our employers are able to somehow fill their work force legally and immediately. Congress’ most recent funding legislation, which failed to include a long-term solution for the H-2A or H-2B Visa Program, was a missed opportunity. With the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services having already notified employers the 66,000 visa cap has been reached for the second half of the year for H-2B, there was widespread consensus on the need to provide assurances for local businesses as we approach peak season.

It is clear the current H-2B visa cap cannot adequately meet the demands of today’s seasonal businesses, and Congress must pursue meaningful H-2A and H-2B reforms that address the shortfalls of the current seasonal visa programs and provide long-term stability and certainty for local employers and businesses.”


Whether its voting in favor of H.R. 244 to provide the authority for the DHS Secretary to increase the visa cap or in favor of the returning workers exemption for H-2B in H.R. 2029, the Congressman has shown his continued support of the program and commitment to engaging with Congressional leadership and the administration in an effort to find a long term solution.

This year and last year, Congressman Zeldin urged DHS Secretary Nielsen to lift the cap on H-2B visas using the authority he voted to provide the Secretary. Additionally, he cosponsored the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760), which included reforms for H-2A, which hasn’t been reformed since 1986.

Meet Congressman Zeldin at the next “Lunch With Lee” Friday, March 22 in Hampton Bays

Click here to register for this free event

Ribbon cutting on our Tuckahoe Woods project

Our latest 2-house workforce housing project is now home to two happy families! On March 6, 2019 new homeowners Stacey DiStefano and James White Jr., along with their two children joined members of the Business Alliance, the Southampton Town Board and Town Staff and the Long Island Housing Partnership at the Tuckahoe Woods homes on Moses Lane and Magee Street to formalize the project’s completion.


Photos by Dana Shaw of The Southampton Press.

Above left, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Director of Housing & Comm. Development Diana Weir and Southampton Business Alliance Executive Director Sheryl Heather. Above right, the DiStefano-White Family cutting the ribbon.

See the 27 East Story Here 27 East SBAHIC Housing Story 3/14/19

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Education & Training Opportunities

Starting a Technology BusinessThe Stony Brook Small Business Development Center has an amazing array of services and educational events available. Here are just 2 of their upcoming classes offered right here in Southampton at the Rogers Memorial Library. Click on the class name for more information.

Rogers Memorial Library Sept 18th

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Cash Flow, Inventory Management & Personnel For the Seasonal Business,

Rogers Memorial Library

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

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