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Mar 1, 2018 1:16 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Zeldin Will Host Meeting Regarding Offshore Drilling Plans On Friday

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin at press conference in Riverhead in January. DANA SHAW
Mar 6, 2018 4:33 PM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin hosted a meeting on Friday, March 2, with federal officials to discuss the Trump administration’s proposal to open up nearly 90 percent of nation’s coastline to offshore drilling.

The meeting at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville gave attendees the chance to voice their concerns about the proposal to those representing the U.S. Department of the Interior before the public comment period runs out on Friday, March 9.

The meeting is a victory for local lawmakers who had been demanding that a meeting on the proposal be held on Long Island; the only previously scheduled session was held in Albany in February.

Most of those local lawmakers—from Democratic Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming to State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. of the Independence Party to Republican Mr. Zeldin—oppose the proposal, citing the possible environmental and economic risks of drilling in Long Island waters.

When the public comment period closes, officials in the Interior Department will write a proposal and publish a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or PEIS. That will be followed by a three-month public comment period and the publishing of a final program and PEIS, which will then be sent to Congress and President Donald Trump for approval.

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one day notice?
By Toma Noku (612), Southampton on Mar 1, 18 5:47 PM
Did he first receive permission from Bannon and Trump? Better use of his time would be writing a resume. Clown.
By harbor (336), East Hampton on Mar 1, 18 9:20 PM
the snarky , whining commentary from the left is just pitiful, get over it folks, Democrat Party values were soundly rejected last election, thank God. The Obama Era (error) is over .
By bigfresh (3500), north sea on Mar 1, 18 9:34 PM
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This cracks me up. Winning the popular vote is not a "sound rejection"
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 1, 18 9:50 PM
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Winning the "Popular Vote" by 2.8 million would be impressive but for the fact that 4 million of that plurality came from, O yes, California!

If HRC wants to rule a fiefdom, let it be California where most adore her. One more earthquake, and it may at long last be separated from the rest of the country -- which is fervently to be wished for.

And if the East End gets any "bluer," a couple of well-placed charges on the bridges will separate the entire South Fork from New York, ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1790), Northampton on Mar 1, 18 11:00 PM
Don't get me wrong, HRC was a historically and justifiably unlikable candidate.

A 3m vote advantage is simply the opposite of a sound rejection.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 1, 18 11:08 PM
If Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million how can CA account for 4 million of that plurality? Trump math? Just curious, exactly what Republican values does Trump represent? Narcissism, serial lying, nepotism, disloyalty, fraud, lack of patriotism, disdain for women and poor Americans?
By harbor (336), East Hampton on Mar 2, 18 8:13 AM
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Plus if we're just disregarding the most populated blue state, what happens when we disregard the most populated red state?

If I remember correctly, Hillary Clinton's lead grows.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 2, 18 8:15 AM
Not so good at arithmetic or seeing "a larger picture," are ya Harbor?

So, I'll put it another way: take California out of the equation, and Trump won the remainder of the country by 1.1-1.2 million votes. Not an impressive mandate, but it put him in the White House, didn't it!



By Frank Wheeler (1790), Northampton on Mar 2, 18 9:01 AM
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So what happens if we take both California and Texas out of the equation?

I know the answer, but I'll let you figure it out.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 2, 18 9:08 AM
You can play what if but the bottom line is Trump ran and won based on how the electoral college is set up. If he needed to win the popular vote he would have run his campaign differently. How many campaign stops did he make in California? He won fair and square. If the Dems hadn't screwed over Bernie Sanders maybe it would have been a different story. Love Trump or hate him you have to respect the fact that as a political neophyte he beat the GOP establishment and Clinton
By razza5350 (1895), East Hampton on Mar 2, 18 9:57 AM
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And that's all true and fine. The original issue was whether "Democrat Party values were soundly rejected last election."

The scoreboard does not reflect a "sound rejection" even in the most liberal (note the lowercase "L") terms.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 2, 18 10:05 AM
Fair enough. The GOP does control house, senate and presidency though (which the dems controlled during Obama’s first term). I would state that in the last few years the nation has been tilting far more to the right side.
By razza5350 (1895), East Hampton on Mar 3, 18 6:26 AM
If we're just looking at elections from 2010 to 2016 that would appear to be true, but post-2016 gains by Democrats would seem to indicate the pendulum is swinging back.

Let's reconvene after November and check the scoreboard?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 3, 18 9:01 AM
All early polling indications are that the GOP will maintain control over the house and senate however things can change and we do know based on the last presidential race how accurate these polls can be.
By razza5350 (1895), East Hampton on Mar 3, 18 9:06 AM
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Watch out Frank, remarks like that will get you on the Terrorist List.
By tenn tom (194), remsenburg on Mar 2, 18 7:09 AM
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Republican gains in the hose and state governorships , along with taking the White House seems like a repudiation of both scandal plagued Hillary and the uber liberal Obama error.
By bigfresh (3500), north sea on Mar 2, 18 11:57 AM
That reasoning would seem to imply that Democrat gains in more recent elections indicate the opposite.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 2, 18 1:26 PM
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Just wish for once the Democrats would look past their anti-American agenda and actually credit Trump for the incredible accomplishments he's achieved since taking office.
By BillWillConn3 (157), Southampton on Mar 2, 18 8:24 PM
And calling each other's policies "anti-American" is how we wound up with a barely-literate blowhard in the first place.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 3, 18 8:50 AM
That comment is " UN - AMERICAN ", as expected.
Mar 3, 18 8:54 AM appended by pw herman
Expected response - "how so. please elaborate with notated references, and write me a book in reply."
By pw herman (969), southampton on Mar 3, 18 8:54 AM
Even if I don't agree with the final bill, Trump will get lots of credit if he manages to do what Obama couldn't: enact gun control.
Mar 3, 18 8:57 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
I love bucking expectations :-)
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 3, 18 8:57 AM
Buck It !!!!!!
By pw herman (969), southampton on Mar 3, 18 9:55 AM
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Let's start listing his accomplishments. He built a wall and Mexico paid for it. He repealed Obamacare and replaced it with a cheaper and better policy. He neutralized North Korea from shooting missiles and brought them to peace talks. In Syria, he prevented the barbaric Assad from getting back into power. He put into action sanctions voted for by a bi-partisan congress against Russia for meddling into our sacred institution of elections. He led the country in common sense gun reforms. such as raising ...more
By Mets fan (1152), Southampton on Mar 3, 18 8:18 AM
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Most importantly he rustled the left's jimmies, which was really why most of his voters support him.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2995), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 3, 18 8:23 AM
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Lest we forget one of his greatest accomplishments, bringing the loving act of watersports into the international limelight. Everything our God Emperor does is golden, he showers us with his blessings.
By Pacman (126), Southampton on Mar 7, 18 10:23 AM
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