Almost since the very beginning, residents of Hampton Bays have talked about turning their little corner of Southampton Town into an incorporated village, which would allow them to have more say over what goes on within their domain. But the idea has taken on more urgency now that there's a growing problem with overcrowding, traffic, and weekend revelers:
As a village, Hampton Bays could continue to share some services with Southampton Town, such as the police department, but it would have its own planning board, zoning board of appeals and board of trustees to govern many aspects of local planning and development. Of course, this would also mean taxes would probably go up. And it's hard to say how much of a difference incorporating would really make. But worth a shot, right?