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Nov 17, 2016 3:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Battle For New Zip Code Inches Forward In Flanders, Riverside And Northampton

Nov 22, 2016 8:51 AM

The fight for a new zip code dedicated to residents of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton slowly moved forward last week, with a bill to create the new postal code passing out of committee in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 16.

Although the move is only the first of several required, it allows the legislation—a bill that creates five new zip codes nationally—to move onto a general House vote, as early as December. From there, the bill will move on to the U.S. Senate and, if approved, could be signed by the president by the end of the year.

Residents of the three hamlets have been pushing for the creation of the new zip code for decades. Many residents share not only the same 11901 zip code as Riverhead Town but the same street names, making it difficult for mail, emergency services, and visitors to find the correct final destination.

“For residents in Flanders, Northampton and Riverside, a new zip code has been a top priority for several years,” U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin said in a release. “According to research initiated by the concerned residents of these hamlets, there are currently 18 identical street names and 32 similar street names, and possibly more, that are shared between these Southampton hamlets and Riverhead Town. The delay of deliveries caused by this issue is not just a nuisance to the local community, but these packages can hold important goods, like medications, which can greatly impact quality of life and well-being.”

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Yeah! Thank you Lee Zeldin!

Perhaps members of the Southampton Town Board will swing up our way when our new Zip Code becomes official -- you know, just to acknowledge that we're a tax-paying past of the Town.

By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Nov 17, 16 4:45 PM
By joe hampton (3383), Hamptons on Nov 18, 16 9:44 AM
Councilman Bouvier or Councilwoman Scalera regularly participate in our civic meetings. They're in our section of town several times a month actually. even Councilwoman Lofstad has been helping us solve some problems. Try to check out one of the local civic groups, they meet four times a month.
By SqueakyWheel (28), Flanders, New York on Nov 17, 16 6:38 PM
You want to really help them? Extend the Shinnecock inlet about 15 miles and carve that part of Town into an island. Post guards at the bridge to keep the undesirable elements out (or in, depending on your perspective), and pay Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian appearance fees to be "seen" around the new town. I'm not sure they'd get past the guards, but it would make an entertaining reality show. Brad Bender's homecoming would really be a ratings windfall. Prison stripes might even be the new ...more
By Funbeer (269), Southampton on Nov 18, 16 12:20 AM
This really will allow them to apply for and obtain Community Block Development Grants from the Feds better than now as Flanders is less well off than Riverhead. North Sea should also gets its own zipcode as we are lumped in with alot of high end incomes and homes. North Sea needs some CDBG money that it cant otherwise obtain. Go Flanders!
By North Sea Citizen (554), North Sea on Nov 18, 16 6:26 AM
My guess? It's tied to a redistricting effort (i.e., gerrymandering).
By LI Consumer (5), Suffolk on Feb 2, 17 10:25 PM
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