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Feb 15, 2017 10:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Zeldin Blasts Russian 'Aggression' As Spy Ship Lurks Off Long Island

Feb 16, 2017 12:11 PM
Word that a Russian "spy ship" is patrolling in the Atlantic somewhere over the horizon south of Long Island was highlighted by U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin on Tuesday as part of what he called "increased aggression" by Russia and a "direct threat" to the United States and its interests.

The ship, which Mr. Zeldin's office said has been confirmed by the Pentagon to be the Russian Navy's 298-foot intelligence gathering ship the SSV-Victor Leonov, is apparently maneuvering somewhere south of Long Island. Media reports early Tuesday cited government officials who claimed it was within 30 miles of the U.S. Navy's primary Atlantic submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, which would put it within sight of Montauk.

A spokesperson for Mr. Zeldin said that the congressman's office did not have specific information about the location of the ship from the Pentagon or U.S. Coast Guard except that it did not cross into U.S. territorial waters, which extend 12 miles out from the coastline.

Numerous media outlets cited Pentagon officials as saying they have been "monitoring" the Leonov's movements up the East Coast of the U.S. since it left Cuba earlier this week but were respecting its rights to freedom of movement in international waters.

Mr. Zeldin nonetheless bristled at the suspicious moves by a ship that carries a battery of eavesdropping and data-gathering equipment, as well as surface-to-air missiles.

"Russia's increased aggression is a direct threat. Vladimir Putin aspires to be Vladimir the Great and probably would love to put the U.S.S.R. back together again if he could," Mr. Zeldin said in a statement on Tuesday. "Russia is our adversary, meddling in ways globally that are putting American service members and the security of the free world at risk.”

The ship that elicited Representative Zeldin's strong words toward the Russian leader's possible historical aspirations itself harks to the former Soviet Union as well. The SSV-Victor Leonov was commissioned into the Red Navy in 1988, one of seven Vishnya-class intelligence ships. It is now part of Russia's Northern Fleet and has made visits to the Caribbean and western Atlantic regularly, typically stopping for re-supply in Cuba.

The ship is named after one of Russia's most storied war heroes who was twice awarded the Gold Star, Russia's highest military honor, for his actions in combat during World War II on both the European front and in the Pacific.

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Not to worry. That's Comrade Trumps getaway boat.
By Toma Noku (534), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 1:31 AM
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They're pushing Trump. Let's see what he does.
By Mets fan (656), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 5:46 AM
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"dot dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot."
By pw herman (517), southampton on Feb 16, 17 7:51 AM
Nothing to worry about there. Besides Donald's caviar delivery they're just trying to get some investment tips... Listening in on the Hedgies cell calls... Getting some market tips from Robert and Rebekah Mercer and desperately trying to find out if Woody Johnson is really going to be Trump's flak at the Court of St. James. Vladimir would really like to buy the Jets like his Bro Mikhail Prokhorov did with the Brooklyn Nets and there's just too much uncertainty with Woody's appointment up in the ...more
By Just sitting on the taffrail (8), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:00 AM
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IF only Zeldin was as concerned with the 'russians" in the white house as the one offshore !
By wolfchen (1), Bridgehampton on Feb 16, 17 8:17 AM
If the SSV-Victor Leonov, is "intelligence gathering," the above posts would indicate it won't be found here. "Increased aggression" however is a target rich environment.
By Mr. Snerdley (292), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:32 AM
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Checking on the Dune rd chatter. Watch what you say on the cell, face book and twitter.
Do you think we aren't doing the same?
By knitter (699), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:36 AM
I heard on the grapevine that Zeldin was taking a fishing trip to see for himself what a a 289 foot spy ship looks like and perhaps he will share his findings at the next tow hall meeting....dont forget to take the dreamine ,just saying
By watchdog1 (377), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 9:13 AM
"Posturing:

to strike a pose for effect" *
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On a positive note, The Honorable Lee's focus of attention appears to have been diverted, at least momentarily, by an event only 30 miles off East End shores (and some 5,000 miles closer than his customary area of interest.) He can almost SEE us!

Perhaps he will schedule a public meeting out here to discuss the Russian menace (provided that we all promise to behave.)

* Merriam-Webster
By highhatsize (3222), East Quogue on Feb 16, 17 9:35 AM
Where is Victor?

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-71/centery:40/zoom:8
By harbor (279), East Hampton on Feb 16, 17 10:33 AM
Highhat's post reminds me of that memorable line of Ms. Fay doing Ms. Palin: "I can see Russia from my front porch."

Gotta wonder how that 2004 GOP ticket of McCain/Palin would react to D.J. Trump's coziness with V.V. Putin, to say nothing of his staff's regular chats with various Russky players. (This one may prove to be a VERY BIG STORY, as DJT would put it.)

As far as the Honorable Lee is concerned, this Russian spy ship is a prime example of events, which you thought you were ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1671), Quiogue on Feb 16, 17 10:33 AM
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I'm compelled to remind you that Hillary lost and Anna lost, and while it may comfort you to ascribe those defeats to nefarious activities on the part of the Russians, they were both BAD candidates. Repeat: B-A-D! (Ms. Throne-Holst's engaging smile and DNC-managed campaign didn't play well West of the Canal, did it?)

I find especially egregious your cite now of McCain and Palin 13 yeaars ago-- your hypocrisy apparently knows no bounds!

And it seems to have escaped your notice ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1686), Northampton on Feb 16, 17 11:49 AM
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So, Mr. W, you're OK with the Russians messing with our elections as long as they don't affect the final outcome? That's what you're saying when you declare that the more important point is that Hillary lost despite the "nefarious activities on the part of the Russians." Seems more partisan than patriotic -- see below re perspective.

And in your view, I can't say anything good about a Republican like John McCain? There's much good to be said about McCain, and many other Republicans. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1671), Quiogue on Feb 17, 17 10:31 AM
And this is your measured response, TB?

>> So, Mr. W, you're OK with the Russians messing with our elections as long as they don't affect the final outcome? That's what you're saying when you declare that the more important point is that Hillary lost despite the "nefarious activities on the part of the Russians." > And in your view, I can't say anything good about a Republican like John McCain? There's much good to be said about McCain, and many other Republicans. > About The Honorable ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1686), Northampton on Feb 17, 17 7:47 PM
Lame? Really? I'd thank you, Mr. Wheeler, for repeating my material and giving it more exposure, but you cherry-picked it.

Naughty, naughty. Bit of a low move to be ostensibly quoting someone but leaving out what you don't want in there. The worst of it, in this instance, was the following part you omitted:

"If a member of one party -- regardless of how partisan -- is to be criticized for recognizing something positive about a member of the other party, we're in a sadder state ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1671), Quiogue on Feb 18, 17 10:33 AM
Imagine my shock and horror when I see how my comment appeared by light of balmy afternoon, so let me try to re-post in a more coherent format.

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And this is your measured response, TB?

> So, Mr. W, you're OK with the Russians messing with our elections as long as they don't affect the final outcome? That's what you're saying when you declare that the more important point is that Hillary lost despite the "nefarious activities on the part of the Russians." [end quote]

Show ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1686), Northampton on Feb 18, 17 1:26 PM
Now, to address your most recent Comment -- I'll make it brief.

> Yes, I'm partisan....

Thank you for that. I'd opine that this is at the root of just about every disagreement I've had with your Comments when they are at variance with reality.

Upon information and belief, you hold some portfolio with the Southampton Town Democratic Party, and on this particular website you act as as its Minister of Information. I get it, but sometimes it's so outrageously partisan that ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1686), Northampton on Feb 18, 17 1:47 PM
Probably just Trump's rich Russian friends scouting ocean front rentals for the upcoming social season.
By PQ1 (167), hampton bays on Feb 16, 17 10:38 AM
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Awww, that's cute. Zeldin's trying to play with the big boys. I picture him standing on the beach with a toy gun going "pew pew!" as he point it at the spy boat.
By johnj (618), Westhampton on Feb 16, 17 11:16 AM
I can see Russian ships from my house. Don't let Sarah Palin know; she will be jealous
By btdt (394), water mill on Feb 16, 17 11:20 AM
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Of the many Jewish members of Congress, who did MSNBC bring on for comment immediately following Netanyahu's tete-a-tete with Zeldin's idol? Why, Israel's own Lee Zeldin, of course.
By June Bug (1067), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 16, 17 11:28 AM
So you're saying they picked the wrong Jew ? Who should have gone instead ?
By Sturgis (165), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 4:54 PM
Pogo stick for Christmas?
By June Bug (1067), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 16, 17 6:09 PM
Not sure what you're trying to articulate, please explain.
By Sturgis (165), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 6:43 PM
HAAAARUMPH!
By Mr. Z (8997), North Sea on Feb 18, 17 12:25 AM
Congressman, when this Russian "crisis" is over perhaps you could have a meeting with your constituents. I'll bring the donuts.
By Neely (11), Westhampton Beach on Feb 16, 17 12:16 PM
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Is this whole thing hitting close enough to home for people yet?
By SH_Res (339), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 2:17 PM
Is what thing hitting close to home?
By Mr. Snerdley (292), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 7:59 AM
The way Russia is messing with us under this new administration.
By SH_Res (339), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 8:03 AM
How is this any different than any other administration?

Russian Spy Ship Now Off Hawaii, U.S. Navy Protecting ‘Critical Information’

By: Sam LaGrone
July 6, 2016 2:42 PM • Updated: July 6, 2016 9:08 PM
By Mr. Snerdley (292), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 8:36 AM
So you think Russia is treating this administration just like any other?
By SH_Res (339), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 11:59 AM
You mean like, spying on the US? Yeah.
Feb 17, 17 12:23 PM appended by Mr. Snerdley
They spy on us, we spy on them. It's the second oldest profession.
By Mr. Snerdley (292), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 12:23 PM
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Lee Zeldin Surveys Constituency About Trump and More

CONGRESSMAN LEE ZELDIN
FEBRUARY 3, 2017 BY SCOOP TEAM

Local Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) is asking his constituency to sound off about the current direction of the country and more in a new Legislative Survey.

Zeldin—who has applauded Trump’s refugee ban and, most recently, his sanctions against Iran—canceled an upcoming April 13 appearance to meet with the East End community at Rogers ...more
By June Bug (1067), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 16, 17 7:26 PM
Muslim ban: Japanese and Muslim Americans join forces
Japanese Americans remember discrimination they endured during WWII and say they will defend Muslim Americans.

ByMassoud Hayoun


Los Angeles, United States - For Japanese and Muslim Americans embracing a growing relationship in the movement to resist what many consider to be President Donald Trump's discriminatory policymaking, history isn't going to repeat itself; it's going to help inform the present.

The ...more
By Mr. Z (8997), North Sea on Feb 16, 17 7:30 PM
Russians were cool when they were commies and Ted Kennedy was committing treason with them
By smacw (220), New York on Feb 19, 17 10:50 AM
When was it that you fell on your head?
By June Bug (1067), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 19, 17 8:22 PM
to smacw:

Quote:

"Russians were cool when they were commies and Ted Kennedy was committing treason with them"
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Uh - Oh! Someone has slipped through a wormhole from a parallel universe.

In this reality, smacw, that didn't happen.
By highhatsize (3222), East Quogue on Feb 19, 17 8:18 PM
Maybe we ought to be scouting the AMAGANSETT beaches for russians coming ashore.
By capt rich (3), Southampton on Feb 21, 17 11:03 AM
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If the Navy feels that it is a risk they so advise the President .Most likely we are spying on it to understand how it gathers Intel. Relax arm chair warriors.
By PatrickLanzarone Dvm (3), Brooklyn, New York on Feb 24, 17 9:46 AM
If the Navy feels that it is a risk they so advise the President .Most likely we are spying on it to understand how it gathers Intel. Relax arm chair warriors.
By PatrickLanzarone Dvm (3), Brooklyn, New York on Feb 24, 17 9:49 AM
Channel 2 reported the ship being off the coast of Connecticut and heading to Cuba earlier that week - so it passed Long Island on its way.

Everyone was aware of this - Coast Guard, US Navy - and even CBS News and it's Long Island affiliate - except perhaps - Mr. Zeldin - who comments are rendered irresponsible and alarmist - due to his own lack of awareness.

Anyone see that old movie - The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Reminds me of that - a comedy of errors.
By Vikki K (484), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 12:29 PM
these guys have been trolling out there for 30 plus years - Wth Lee ? Now you are all tough ?! How about showing up for a town hall in person
By lo-cal (42), southampton on Feb 26, 17 9:02 AM