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Constituents Raise Concerns With Lee Zeldin At East Hampton American Legion On Wednesday

Consituents visited the American Legion Post in Amagansett on Wednesday to speak to U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin. JON WINKLER
Jun 4, 2018 4:51 PM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin treated about 30 constituents in East Hampton Town to an early-morning breakfast of muffins, coffee and an opportunity to speak with him about local issues on Wednesday, May 30.

Mr. Zeldin’s visit to East Hampton American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett started with a public forum called “coffee with your congressman,” which was followed by face-to-face conversations with individuals in keeping with the format of his mobile office hours. One constituent at the first segment was Carole Campolo of Springs, who wanted to know what he could do to address high property taxes in Springs, which she said was one of the least well-off hamlets on the East End as well as a home to many immigrants.

“There are different aspects related to the relationship between taxes and immigration,” Mr. Zeldin replied.

Steve Ringel, executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, asked Mr. Zeldin for input on how to acquire funding for a community-wide science lab with The Ross School in East Hampton focusing on after-school programs for students in middle school and high school. Mr. Zeldin responded by saying that such funding becomes available only “sometimes.”

“The short answer is that we can look into it,” he said.

Kim Garcia of Mahoney Associates landscaping of Southampton told Mr. Zeldin that she objected to the limited number of work visas provided by the H2-B program, which grants temporary visas to foreign workers in the U.S. Having a smaller number of visas for foreign workers limits the number of people the company can hire for the busy season, Ms. Garcia said.

“How do we sell anything to people if we don’t have the right number of workers?” Ms. Garcia said.

Ms. Garcia went on to tell the congressman that her company’s drivers are often pulled over by police to check to see if they and their trucks are properly certified. Her concerns were backed by John Tortorella, owner of the Tortorella Group in Southampton, who added that drivers for his pool company have been pulled over for up to four hours, delaying work.

“I think he was very concerned about the issue and how it affects the island,” Mr. Tortorella said of Mr. Zeldin after the forum.

James Lubetkin, an Amagansett resident and member of the Everit Albert Herter VFW Post 550 in Wainscott, spoke one on one with Mr. Zeldin during his mobile office hours. Mr. Lubetkin asked Mr. Zeldin to be more vocal against “outrageous statements” made by President Donald Trump, specifically citing Mr. Trump’s claim that an informant had infiltrated his presidential campaign—”Spygate,” as the president referred to it on Twitter last month.

“I hope that when things like this come out, I’d love to see you say, ‘This is inappropriate,’” Mr. Lubetkin told Mr. Zeldin. “I believe you know the difference between right and wrong.”

Mr. Lubetkin went on to say that he found the tenor of conversations about national issues to be “shocking.”

“I heard the term ‘tribalism’ for the first time this year, and I don’t like it,” Mr. Lubetkin said.

“There are policies that are debated and implemented that I’m supportive of, but there are also certain world views that I have no problem speaking out for or against,” Mr. Zeldin responded.

After his meeting, Mr. Lubetkin said that he appreciated Mr. Zeldin’s time and the chance to discuss the “lack of civility in the national discourse.”

“Any elected official must listen to his constituents,” Mr. Lubetkin said. “I don’t expect my conversation to have an impact on his thinking, but I hope that any representatives start to implement better thinking.”

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Well, that's one way to hold back the violent leftists mobs. Hold the meetings in a place with lots of American flags that reveres veterans. Those who love America are repellent to the left wing loons that control the Democrat machine and want to see our country suffer for the sins they believe it's guilty of.
By MoronEliminator (198), Montauk on May 31, 18 4:36 PM
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Mr. Lubetkin went on to say that he found the tenor of conversations about national issues to be "shocking."

Dear Mr. Lubetkin--most of us share your concerns.
Please see the above comment
By aging hipster (184), Southampton on May 31, 18 7:22 PM
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Not to mention the noise made by the empty barrels.
Republicans control all 3 branches of the federal govt., the SC, along with a majority of governorships, and Moron is complaining about a "Democrat machine"?
A country commits sins? Now there's a concept. Oh, and the only "flag" I see is on the tablecloth. Is that the flag that "reveres veterans"? Another amazing concept!
Hey Moron, that suffering you attribute to Democrats? President Bone Spurs' needless ...more
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on May 31, 18 8:10 PM
Anyone else recall Bea Arthur in "History of the World"?

I'll leave the rest up to you...
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on May 31, 18 8:23 PM
Here'd you get that list June?
Jun 1, 18 9:52 PM appended by Po Boy
By Po Boy (4282), Water Mill on May 31, 18 9:52 PM
Well said!
By BillWillConn3 (177), Southampton on May 31, 18 5:26 PM
In other words:

"I don't know."
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on May 31, 18 7:58 PM
I have been having trouble holding back the violent leftist mobs ; )
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on May 31, 18 10:16 PM
Jeez JuneZ , are you claiming that the extreme left passed all that into law and single handedly won WWll?
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Jun 1, 18 5:44 AM
No, I don't "claim". History claims.
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 1, 18 3:48 PM
History does not show that the far left won WWII or somehow gave Americans the right to vote, the did however champion of killing the unborn.
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Jun 1, 18 3:59 PM
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Because of the lying leftist media being exposed, and the booming TRUMP economy, RED WAVE coming in November.
Jun 1, 18 11:35 PM appended by They call me
List of Samantha Bee's show's advertisers - lets get busy Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a feckless C on her show and I would like us to make liberals see that there can't be double standards on these things. So we hit the show where it hurts, their wallet. These are the advertisers that advertised on Full Frontal: Taco Bell The Orcin Man Apple Verizon Haagen dazs Jim Beam Windows Febreze fresh Discover Geico Snickers DP association Out Shine Snacks State Farm You know what to do.
By They call me (2696), southampton on Jun 1, 18 11:35 PM
Hey TCM, can you please tell the class what double standard you see here?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6678), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 2, 18 9:06 AM

By 27dan (2710), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 1, 18 10:26 AM
Solid, definitive answers from our fearless Congressman.
By Pacman (251), Southampton on Jun 1, 18 3:08 PM
I think June Bug just eliminated our resident moron.
By country joe (49), sag harbor on Jun 1, 18 3:16 PM
The bitter bug eliminated herself a long time ago
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Jun 1, 18 4:13 PM
"The end of slavery in the USA (The Emancipation Proclamation, The 13th Amendment)"

Abe was a Republican.
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jun 1, 18 10:39 PM
@pigroast: Time for a little history lesson: Today's Republican party in no way resembles that of Abraham Lincoln's. He favored social justice and federal power over states’ rights regarding slavery, opposed free trade, instituted free public colleges, and used federal power to defeat the socially conservative south to ensure the Union.
And believe it or not, even today's Republican party once included liberals. Check out the positions of Theodore Roosevelt, Nixon, Rockefeller, ...more
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 2, 18 10:43 AM
Democrats were slave owners, KKK, Southern treasonists and Confederates. The Old South voted Democrat every election until 1964, when it flip-flopped voting for Republican Goldwater and denouncing Johnson for his Civil Rights Act. Republicans and conservatives are no longer the party of Lincoln. You have to get off right wing nut extremist media. This is a very old talking point with no truth in it. The Republican South stands with their "fine people of Charlottesville."
By Mets fan (1433), Southampton on Jun 2, 18 5:36 PM
Abe printed money to pay for the war, instead of borrowing from the European banks. I guess you could say Abe put America first. Can you feel it burn?
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jun 3, 18 10:02 AM
GREAT AGAIN: Atlanta Fed Boosts GDP Forecast to 4.8%...

Economy suddenly looks unstoppable...


PELOSI SOUR: 'Strong employment numbers mean little'... lol
By They call me (2696), southampton on Jun 1, 18 11:24 PM
Wall Street Journal excoriates Trump for his position on trade. I mean really, who reads that liberal rag anyway, LOL.

“So much for Donald Trump as genius deal-maker. We are supposed to believe his tariff threats are a clever negotiation strategy, but on Thursday he revealed he’s merely an old-fashioned protectionist.”

By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Jun 1, 18 11:40 PM
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By joe hampton (3353), The Hamptons on Jun 2, 18 8:28 AM
"Fair trade" or "America first"?

Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6678), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 2, 18 9:05 AM
Fair trade for America. You want to help developing countries then go ahead and help them. Has nothing to do with fair trade. Stop trying to link the two together you Democrats are great at linking things together to try to redistribute the wealth. People aren't buying your brexit or NAFTA game anymore they see it for what it is. At least be honest about it you're a globalist who wants Global communism just like June bug
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Jun 2, 18 9:46 AM
Exactly: "fair trade for America" is not the same as "fair trade."

Fair trade in Trumpworld isn't "fair" to anyone but us. It's a misnomer at best and a lie at worst.

At least "America first" is honest.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6678), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 2, 18 11:17 AM
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Very nice widow you came just a half an inch to getting them to admit there agenda like omumers has nothing to do with putting America first. I like this new transparency thing!

Let the chips fall where the may ...
Jun 2, 18 3:41 PM appended by joe hampton
By joe hampton (3353), The Hamptons on Jun 2, 18 3:41 PM
"Your brexit"? Care to elaborate, professor?
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 2, 18 4:44 PM
The problem with "America first" policies is that we benefit more from cooperative relationships than adversarial ones.

If you nickel and dime your friends, don't be surprised when they're not your friends anymore.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6678), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 2, 18 7:02 PM
Do any of our resident leftists have a problem with "America first"?
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Jun 2, 18 5:09 PM
Read my response above. "America first" policies are beneficial until they're not.

America's soft power is being whittled down and other powers such as China are filling in the gaps wherever we retreat, for example in the TPP.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6678), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 2, 18 7:06 PM
Need you ask?
Anyone who knows the subtext of the dark history of this resuscitated slogan should have a problem with it no matter what ideological side you're on. Unless of course you're a stone-cold racist or fascist.
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 2, 18 7:50 PM
On this week’s broadcast of CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” former President Bill Clinton said the political press went easy on former President Barack Obama because “they liked having the first African-American president.”
Jun 3, 18 3:05 PM appended by 27dan
Seems to me it was more the fact that Obama was a liberal. Just like they went easy on Slick Willie because he was liberal.
By 27dan (2710), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 3, 18 3:05 PM
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So your response is to play the race card with a side of fascism thrown in JuneZ? Please explain how putting America first when negotiating trade deals is either.
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Jun 3, 18 7:51 AM
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Since when is citing history "playing the race card"? I should have placed a bet on a predictably stupid response. No matter the context of the subject of race, like Pavlov's dog you come back with your "race card" donkeysnot. Don't you bore yourself?
Please tell us how cuddling up to enemies and alienating friends and allies is putting America first? Tell us how we won't suffer once they (all) retaliate over these unnecessary trade wars just for starters? Now the G-7 has been ...more
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 3, 18 2:39 PM
America First ! You are either with us or your not !

"cuddling up to enemies" ? You mean like Obamas Arab Spring ?

I guess we have a different definition of Allies !

I do not like Radical Muslim country's and if you have a problem with that then you are no Allie of America !
By Ditch Bum (804), Water Mill on Jun 3, 18 3:12 PM
"You need to smarten up and join the RESISTANCE if it's America you care about". Just let that one sink in for a while. Please explain how putting America First is both racist and Fascist, that's your comment from June 2.
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Jun 5, 18 6:04 AM
For starters, are you aware America First is the slogan of the Ku Klux Klan? Won't spend my time on how it's been used in its long dark history. Easy to do your own research. Then come back and report your findings so we know you genuinely wanted to know the answer to your question, and that you're now enlightened.
And to cling to a mantra that appeals to emotion is beyond delusional when your idol has hijacked the Obama recovery, slapped his name on it, and is working hard to reverse ...more
By June Bug (2439), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 5, 18 4:15 PM
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I did the research on "America First" June. It returned the following:

As black unemployment reaches it's lowest level ever, America First!!

BTW, why would Trump slap his name on a recovery, he's working hard to reverse? Hmmmm....
By Po Boy (4282), Water Mill on Jun 5, 18 4:32 PM
Joe/ BF, they have just about admitted to you that they are globalists before they are patriotic Americans, It does not matter because the May jobs report is great news for everyone, except maybe Alt left Democrats running for office! Friday's monthly employment report was great news for anyone looking for a job in America, unless you happen to be a Democrat running for Congress. The jobless rate is now down to 3.8 percent, the alt left will face an uphill battle in Senate races as they try to ...more
By Ditch Bum (804), Water Mill on Jun 3, 18 2:57 PM
By Undocumented Democrat (1939), southampton on Jun 4, 18 5:15 PM
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