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Feb 6, 2017 4:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin Cancels Southampton Village Event After Rally In East Patchogue

A rally outside of an event U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin attended on January 28 in East Patchogue. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADAM BLAIR
Feb 7, 2017 12:24 PM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, who was reelected to represent the 1st Congressional District in November, has canceled an upcoming event for constituents at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village following reports that local organizations planned to hold a protest rally at the event.

According to Mr. Zeldin’s communications director, Jennifer DiSiena, the April 18 event was canceled due to concerns about anticipated harassment by groups that had rallied at a recent event in East Patchogue, where Mr. Zeldin was honored as Man of the Year by the Rotary Club of Shirley and the Mastics.

Regarding the upcoming library event in Southampton Village in April, Ms. DiSiena said in an email last Thursday, February 2, “This meeting was co-opted, renamed and re-branded by a group of liberal activists who were already holding strategy meetings to turn it into a disruptive show for their own political theater.”

The recent East Patchogue protest, dubbed “Listen Up Lee Zeldin” by organizers, was held outside the Rotary Club meeting in East Patchogue on January 28. According to a press release from three local activist organizations—Project Free Knowledge, Patchogue Indivisible Against Hate and Time2Care Long Island—the rally was staged in response to a refusal by Mr. Zeldin’s staff to schedule a meeting to talk, despite multiple requests from the organizations.

“Regardless of his intentions, Mr. Zeldin has an obligation to explain his lack of availability and to begin direct communication with constituents,” East Patchogue rally coordinators wrote in the press release.

However, Ms. DiSiena said the rally was not civil and was a factor in the decision to cancel the April meeting in Southampton Village.

“It is greatly unfortunate that this great event, which the congressman has attended before, was hijacked by those who just this past weekend chose reprehensible tactics to harass attendees at an event the congressman was at, including banging on the sides of the cars driving by and jumping in front of cars to stop them. Requiring a police presence just to get cars through into a venue does not reflect well or help their cause,” Ms. DiSiena wrote in the email last Thursday.

“That’s simply false,” countered Austin Sposato, co-founder of Project Free Knowledge, an activist group based in Port Jefferson. “That is slanderous. We have probably 150 eyewitnesses there. They’re good people. They came out on a cold, dark night to demand that their representative speak with them. It’s a pretty low bar.”

Mr. Sposato noted that most of the rally attendees were local residents and were primarily women over the age of 45.

Cindy Morris, founder of Suffolk County activist group Time2Care Long Island, wrote in an email that she was the one who personally requested Suffolk County Police presence, and that she did not witness any disturbances.

“I encouraged everyone to recognize that we were standing in front of private residences and that the people living there should be disturbed as little as possible,” Ms. Morris wrote. “The police did not have to step in a single time to ensure this was done.”

According to Inspector William Silva, commanding officer of the Suffolk County 5th Precinct, his officers were present at the rally of more than 100 people, and there were no official reports of any incidents.

“As far as I know, it was peaceful,” Inspector Silva said on Monday. “If anything happened, they didn’t report it to us.”

According to Ms. DiSiena’s account of the night, Mr. Zeldin was in a car with a Suffolk County Police detective, whom she did not identify, as well as his wife and children, when the incident took place. In a follow-up email on Friday, she reaffirmed her previous assertion about what happened at the rally, stating again that there were “many people banging on the sides of the car in addition to one person who jumped in front of the vehicle to try to stop it.”

Ms. DiSiena provided The Press with the contact information of three attendees of the event. One was Howard Ehrenshaft, a Kings Park resident and vocal supporter of the congressman who went to the event with his wife, Linda. According to his account of the night, protesters attacked his vehicle.

“As we attempted to enter the club, my wife was driving—she was scared,” Mr. Ehrenshaft said. “They swarmed around the car. They tried to prevent us from entering and waved their signs in front of the windshield, blocking the view, banging on my side of the car.

“We drove very, very slow,” he continued. “They refused to get out of the way. We had to inch our way forward, feeling terrified, not knowing what was going to happen.”

One of the other two contacts provided by Ms. DiSiena, Robert Vecchio, a Shirley resident and the William Floyd School District Board of Education president, said protesters did not attempt to stop his pickup truck, though he said protesters created an unsafe situation by standing so close to his truck on either side that they had to move to avoid being hit by his side mirror. According to Mr. Vecchio, one protester did shine a flashlight in his face as he was driving through the crowd.

“It wasn’t violent,” he said. “Was it harassing, intimidating and unsafe? Absolutely.”

The other, Robert Guerriero, a member of Rotary, said once he was inside the venue, several attendees told him protesters had “punched” their cars, although he said that did not happen to his personal vehicle. But, like Mr. Vecchio, he noted that as he drove through, the crowd, while not violent, was close to his vehicle on both sides. “They crowded the street so you could barely drive through,” he said. “They were right on your car.”

Robin Goodman, one of the creators of the “Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin” Facebook page, said video of the protest does not show the accounts described by the three men, and that their descriptions were not accurate.

“When your message is ‘love trumps hate’... we don’t want to hurt anyone. It’s just not what we’re about. We just want a meeting with a person whose salary we pay for. That’s part of being a public servant.”

Another rally to try and get a meeting with Mr. Zeldin was held on Tuesday in Riverhead.

In response to protesters’ concerns about being able to communicate with the representative, Ms. DiSiena noted that Mr. Zeldin frequently attends events throughout the district, including in the evenings and on weekends. She added that he holds mobile office hours across the district, conducts telephone “town halls” and distributes a monthly email newsletter.

“Every single constituent who contacts our office receives a response from the congressman or staff by either phone, email or letter,” she wrote in an email. “Congressman Zeldin has had two straight years of public forums, telephone town halls and mobile office hours. The legislative calendar at this particular moment in time is packed. Staff is always on hand to take immediate concerns and get them to him and the legislative team. We already have several mobile office hours and telephone town halls being planned for the year.”

Mr. Sposato said multiple attempts by his organization to schedule a meeting with Mr. Zeldin have been unsuccessful.

According to Ms. Morris, the activist organizations had planned to attend the April meeting at the Rogers Memorial Library as “community members with questions for our congressional representative.”

According to library officials, Mr. Zeldin was scheduled to speak at the April event, which has been hosted by the library for many years, to give a Washington legislative update and answer questions from the community. Elizabeth Burns, the library director, said that library officials still plan to explore the possibility of rescheduling the event.

Mr. Zeldin attended this event at the Rogers Memorial Library last February, when he gave a speech about focusing his efforts working on three committees in the House of Representatives: Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Veteran Affairs. It is unclear when, if at all, the event will be rescheduled.

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A duly elected Representative has refused to talk to his constituents at a public meeting? What is happening to our country?
By summertimegal (58), southampton on Feb 2, 17 6:01 PM
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My opinion dismissed as political theater because of a unnamed political activist agenda. Feels Bad Man.
By Genuin (26), Hampton Bays on Feb 2, 17 6:18 PM
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Well when you have those on the Left acting more like members of ISIS than American citizens you have to err on the side of public safety.
By Preliator Lives (227), Obamavillie on Feb 3, 17 9:22 AM
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Ms. DiSiena is blatantly mischaracterizing the behavior of the protesters. The police were asked to be there by one of the groups protesting to ensure that the protest would remain peaceful. The police did not need to take any action the entire night. Nobody was jumping in front of cars, and nobody was hitting cars. On the other hand, more than one of those attending Mr. Zeldin's event drove very quickly through the group of protesters. Mr. Zeldin and his employees need to stop trying to villainize ...more
By SomeoneWhoWasThere (1), Wading River on Feb 2, 17 7:08 PM
This man can't meet with the people he represents? It sounds like he doesn't want to hear what his constituents have to say. What's next?
By metsfan2 (125), southampton on Feb 2, 17 7:29 PM
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Coward. Regardless of your political leanings, you have to admit that meeting with constituents is a duty of the revered office, whether or not they agree with you. A public figure's fear of making an appearance in a public setting shows a lack of conviction. Where's the leadership? He should be ashamed and embarrassed.
By SHVillage (1), Southampton on Feb 2, 17 7:32 PM
Anyone who could support such a vile candidate for president by extension has to have questionable character. Zeldin is wanting in every way, and now demonstrating himself to be a pathetic weenie with a spokesperson falsely mischaracterizing the demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. For shame.
By June Bug (1219), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 2, 17 8:05 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By LIRoses (4), East End on Feb 2, 17 8:55 PM
And the butthurt from the left continues.....I wonder what the over under for getting over it will be.
By dnice (1929), Hampton Bays on Feb 2, 17 9:11 PM
I am so glad to see the above comments. Some of you might be descendants of the founders of 1640. They left England because of a desire for more freedom, Eventually breaking away from the mother country. After the revolution they wrote a long standing Constitution that has held us together. The men realized that amendments were needed.. the first was the Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Please remember that because our new government is going to attack that... ...more
By summertimegal (58), southampton on Feb 2, 17 9:24 PM
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What exactly is the point of your post?
By dnice (1929), Hampton Bays on Feb 2, 17 9:50 PM
Do you need that in meme or tweet form?
By Genuin2 (6), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 4:34 AM
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At NO time were there people banging on cars or standing in front of the cars. The police were at the the end of the street (where we lined up) observing, and they did not once need to come forward to stop or even warn us. The organizers made certain that this was a peaceful gathering. We chanted as cars drove by at random intervals, and we most definitely were aware of keeping back so that the cars could pass.
Zeldin seems to have forgotten that the tactics his own supporters have used in ...more
By Earthgirl (52), Southampton on Feb 2, 17 10:58 PM
Thank you for your clarification. Is Mr. Zeldin's representative trafficking in alternative facts? It would be nice to update this story with some fact checking.
By Toma Noku (559), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 9:25 AM
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Project Free Knowledge, in accordance with its name, is happy to share any information about the event, including the massive number of eyewitness testimonials collected by its leadership today and event photos. You may also find the most recent press release in response to the congressman's false claims with a timeline and quotations on the group website under "press releases" at www.projectfreeknowledge.com
By AustinSposato (2), Port Jefferson on Feb 3, 17 10:21 PM
North Dakota is entertaining a law which would hold a motorist neither criminally nor civilily liable for accidentally hitting protesters occupying a roadway. New York should consider such a law too.
By Duckbornandraised (150), Eastport on Feb 3, 17 5:39 AM
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Yeah, cause that "right to free assembly" is just getting out of hand, isn't it?
By But I'm a blank! (1274), Hampton Bays on Feb 3, 17 12:19 PM
Sounds like Ms. DiSiena is spreading around a little Fake News. Perhaps she has a future with Faux News .
By tenn tom (160), remsenburg on Feb 3, 17 7:04 AM
Can't say I blame you Mr Zeldin! While I would have enjoyed coming to your discussion I would have had second and third thoughts about going thru the protestors bent on disrupting your event ..
By knitter (789), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 7:22 AM
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Interesting. I seem to remember back in 2010 when tea partiers swarmed meetings like this and co-opted the event. I seem to recall Lee, a tea party favorite encouraging them. Hypocritical much?
By LMVT (52), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Feb 3, 17 7:48 AM
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no, not hypocritical much. Hypocritical VERY VERY much.
By PQ1 (167), hampton bays on Feb 3, 17 8:58 AM
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... he's also very busy getting that zip code deal done in Flanders - let the man work!
By William Rodney (446), southampton on Feb 3, 17 7:59 AM
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Violence meant to censor free speech is not free speech. And before you morons start in about your rights, the right to protest does not exist in any human rights instrument or constitutional document. The right to peaceful assembly is as close as you get. And the libs are not peaceful.
By SlimeAlive (549), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 8:10 AM
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It's the stain that is the true Obama legacy.
By pw herman (614), southampton on Feb 3, 17 8:12 AM
It's the stain that is the true Obama legacy.
By pw herman (614), southampton on Feb 3, 17 8:12 AM
AP is reporting that after February 15th, the DNC will no longer be paying protestors off the books.
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 3, 17 8:34 AM
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You keep working that fake news. Still waiting for any evidence of Soros paying protesters.
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 9:28 AM
You are lying and persisting in the lie.
Actual truth:
The trump tower lobby was filled with paid actors when the Skeeve-in-Chief announced for president. And he paid the cheering audience at his disgraceful CIA appearance.
You can stop with your crap.
By June Bug (1219), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 3, 17 10:32 AM

There’s a lot of evidence that someone is funding these protests.
An eyewitness in Austin, Texas spotted protesters being transported by chartered coach buses.

There are many more tweets along these lines, but suffice it to say, suspicion is high that these, just like the Clinton campaign, are rigged to manipulate the American people.

Why would anyone want to cause all this trouble?
That’s where the web gets tangled. It certainly seems counterproductive ...more
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 3, 17 1:44 PM
Show me a cancelled check. I deal in facts and evidence not hyperbole.You make a good Trumpette, while millions are protesting around the world.
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 4, 17 8:58 AM
Not surprising given the current climate in the country and the countless acts of aggression and violence committed by those on the Left; it is so unfortunate that they are against people's right to free speech and have to resort to ISIS like tactics to silence free people.
By Preliator Lives (227), Obamavillie on Feb 3, 17 9:20 AM
As a big advocate of the NRA, he voiced no objection when a right-wing mental defective was running around Washington D.C. with an assault weapon, looking for Hillary's sex trade ring. But a few protesters scares him.
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 9:26 AM
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I don't blame him. Recent events have shown us that "protest" has quickly devolved into rage and vandalism. Oddly, those demonstrating in the name of free speech and fairness are doing nothing but stifling free speech and fairness. The hypocrisy is almost comical.
By Craigcat (125), Speonk on Feb 3, 17 9:43 AM
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Spineless.
By johnj (650), Westhampton on Feb 3, 17 10:02 AM
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If my memory serves me well mass protests at meetings by Congresspersons with there constituents was a prime tool of the tea party movement. It seems when those to the left of center emulate those to the right of center in political tactics the rules get changed. Why don't we just maintain one set of rules for both sides of the political spectrum? And please let us endeavor to deal with fact facts not alternative facts. The right complained for eight years of Obama, this time around its the left ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 10:15 AM
Good for Camp Zeldin. Giving crazy a platform serves only to embolden more of the same crazy.
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 10:55 AM
PEACEFUL protest is fine but the animals in Berkeley and some of the other Democrat riots are criminal. While I am disappointed that our Congressman will not be in Southampton, judging by the comments of JuneZ he would not have been safe.
By bigfresh (2836), north sea on Feb 3, 17 10:53 AM
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Stop the drama, bf. Raucous Southampton was too unsafe for the "warrior." Imagine telling his fellow congressmen, that Southampton was just too dangerous to speak at.
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 1:25 PM
OOOOOOH! Scary Southampton!
By tenn tom (160), remsenburg on Feb 3, 17 6:27 PM
I heard from a reliable source tha Mr Zeldin was called back to Washington to role out the the much awaited NEW ZIP CODE for Flanders.Mr Trump will let him use the oval office for this momentous event.Just saying...............
By watchdog1 (386), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 11:14 AM
First, can we just omit the name calling? Just let your ideas speak for themselves. I was at this week's meeting with a Zeldin rep at the Riverhead Library. Almost 90 people came to express their displeasure with the Muslim ban. The audience was extremely polite. Almost every speaker thanked the rep for listening before making a statement. Although there were occasional remarks yelled out from the audience at no time was anyone shouted down. As for the demonstration at the Rotary dinner, those involved ...more
By Neely (12), Westhampton Beach on Feb 3, 17 11:19 AM
"Almost 90 people came to express their displeasure with the Muslim ban."

Well of course they were displeased, they are misinformed. Did Mr. Zeldin explain it's not a Muslim ban, but a temporary injunction to ensure adequate vetting is in place for those who have no ties to the US and who are from (7) countries that sponsor and export terrorism?
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 12:03 PM
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And have no business dealings with the Trump empire.
By But I'm a blank! (1274), Hampton Bays on Feb 3, 17 12:16 PM
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Please note that in my comments I said that Mr. Zeldin was not at the meeting. While it may be temporary, we only have Mr. Trump's word for that. I do not find that reassuring. Also, Mr. Trump and his allies (e.g. Mayor Giuliani) have billed this as a Muslim ban. The president himself has stated that it would not be applied to Christians in the affected countries. That is a religious test. I for one am not willing to sacrifice our Constitutional freedoms to any government no matter how safe they ...more
By Neely (12), Westhampton Beach on Feb 3, 17 2:04 PM
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Neely, your argument sounds great on the surface, it's just void of facts.

NO, we can NEVER be totally safe, but YES, we CAN make decisions that promote safety AND freedom. The Order does NOT involve citizens or others such as legal residents, the ones bestowed with the freedoms you mention - only those who have gone through ZERO vetting. Since those that want to kill us are Muslim, yes, that is who is affected. Since Muslims ARE being admitted if they possess valid documents specified ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Alexandria on Feb 3, 17 3:20 PM
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It is a religious test to enter this country. Christians are OK, Muslims not. It goes against our Constitution and our American values. The home of the brave? I hope we continue to be that.
By Neely (12), Westhampton Beach on Feb 4, 17 11:42 AM
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Mr Snerdley, it's your post that is devoid of facts. You claim the ban "only applies to [people] who have gone through ZERO vetting." No one with a valid visa goes through zero vetting, especially if they're from these countries. That's absolutely absurd. And all of the refugees who have valid visas (and are being denied anyway) have gone through years of vetting. YEARS.. and you are claiming this only applies to people who have gone through zero vetting. That's just plain false. Where do you get ...more
By SH_Res (341), Southampton on Feb 5, 17 8:26 AM
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Neely, if it is a religious test, how can Muslims from certain countries still enter the US?... of course... prior to the Ninth Circuit Court injecting itself into National Security policy. The answer is, Muslims are certainly permitted to enter the country.

SH, you'll notice in my post that I mention also those with valid documents are/were permitted to enter. The section you've noted was a misspeak of sorts. The basis for the misspeak is that we have to rely on US-based information in ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Southampton on Feb 6, 17 2:19 PM
Go ahead and cancel his entire congressional stint please?
By Brandon Quinn (103), Hampton Bays on Feb 3, 17 1:31 PM
Yeah! Put Bishop back in charge. He was awesome!
By razza5350 (1857), East Hampton on Feb 3, 17 4:11 PM
Bishop wasn't in charge? How do I say that in a way to communicate with you? I think we got a huge problem here.
By Genuin2 (6), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 6:18 PM
Rep. Zeldin's CD1 constituency has been asking for a town hall with him for months. Instead of complying, he has been sending his district director, Mark Woolley, who fields questions from angry constituents and does everything humanly possible to avoid giving them a substantive response. Zeldin's a coward for cancelling the Southampton town hall event, but he can't hide from constituents forever. #WhereIsZeldin
By LIRoses (4), East End on Feb 3, 17 7:35 PM
to even flow:

Quote:

"There’s a lot of evidence that someone is funding these protests.
An eyewitness in Austin, Texas ... etc."
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Plagiarized (Could a Right-Winger do otherwise) from "daisyluther.com". "Daisy" is (apparently) a cook and food canner who posts the extremist Right-Wing political blog from which even flow copied this cowplop.

Probably the LEAST credible reference ever posted on this ...more
By highhatsize (3288), East Quogue on Feb 3, 17 7:56 PM
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GO TRUMP ! MAGA
By Undocumented Democrat (1465), southampton on Feb 3, 17 8:14 PM
Wtf was he afraid would happen at a ticketed event at the Southampton LIBRARY??? Be a man. Taking questions from ALL of your constituents is part of your job Lee!

Oh, and for those idiotic comments about protesters being paid....I wish it were true. But the reality is that there are still good people willing to fight for justice thankfully. I know that may be a hard concept for you to understand!
By hamptonsfinds (1), sag harbor on Feb 3, 17 8:26 PM
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Representatives of local activist groups that recently rallied outside of an event that U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin attended in East Patchogue

According to Ms. Morris, the group had planned to attend a meeting at Rogers Memorial Library on April 13 as “community members with questions for our Congressional representative.

so they are local activists from patchogue AND community members from Soutahmpton? Did they vote for Obama in two states?
By fire11 (259), east hampton on Feb 3, 17 8:46 PM
There are no boundaries by town for any resident of Zeldin's congressional district, dumdum. This is supposedly government of the people, by the people, and for the people. If citizens choose to follow their representative around carrying pitchforks, that is their right, and their activity falls under patriotic civic participation. His job is to represent you and me. If he chooses to close his ears and make himself absent, he is derelict in his duty, and should resign if he refuses to carry ...more
By June Bug (1219), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 3, 17 9:09 PM
Project Free Knowledge has never made any plans to organize around the Rogers Memorial Library on April 13. This claim is one of many lies made by Zeldin's office in the past 48 hours. No advertisement for any such organizing efforts has been posted on the group's website, facebook page, or newsletter. Nor has it been an item on any meeting agenda ever. Project Free Knowledge serves members across Suffolk County and supports their efforts to secure transparent engagement and accountability from ...more
By AustinSposato (2), on Feb 3, 17 10:10 PM
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Dissent is patriotic, unless the GOP is at the helm...
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 3, 17 11:46 PM
Dissent wasn't too patriotic when Bishop discontinued town hall meetings either.
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Southampton on Feb 4, 17 12:21 AM
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The Tea Party members at Bishop's meetings shouted down the Congressman and anyone who disagreed with them. Their behavior was rude and prevented any civil discussion of events. Bishop, to his credit, still held his meetings even though he was getting knocked around. There is more to being a patriot than complaining that your taxes are too high. Engaging in honest discussion with your fellow Americans and respecting their right to disagree with you should be part of the deal.
By Neely (12), Westhampton Beach on Feb 4, 17 11:51 AM
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"Bishop, to his credit, still held his meetings"

No, he didn't. In the midst of rowdy protests, the Town Hall meetings were canceled. It was in the midst of Congressional recess, and people were very angry in how Obamacare was handled. As we now know, the protests and crowd were correct... the public was lied to about Obamacare start to finish.

I can only summize, Mr. Zelden was concerned for the same reasons given recent national protests turned violent. The one big difference ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Southampton on Feb 5, 17 1:18 PM
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Who wants concealed handguns allowed in schools? Lee Zeldin does! H.R. 38, introduced yesterday and co-sponsored by Congressman Lee Zeldin, would allow an “individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone and in federally owned lands that are open to the public." Please call Rep. Zeldin’s office to voice your opposition to this insanity! 202-225-3826 (D.C. office ), 631-289-1097 (Patchogue office).

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/38
By LIRoses (4), East End on Feb 3, 17 9:46 PM
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The solution is more guns, and give them to the "right" people.

Yeah, that should work out well...
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 3, 17 11:50 PM
Actually, it's a reciprocity bill. The people you reference already have the guns.
Feb 4, 17 12:13 AM appended by Mr. Snerdley
Adding, interestingly there is no mention of "school zone" in the bill itself.
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Alexandria on Feb 4, 17 12:13 AM
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Thanks for the video. Not at all the "anarchist" type crowd the Alt- facts Zeldin crew seem to want to impute in peoples minds.Sad.
By Toma Noku (559), Southampton on Feb 4, 17 12:03 AM
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Zeldin, like the rest of the spineless GOP don't want to face the backlash of supporting Drump and so they will cancel or dodge any chance the public has to call them out on supporting a wannabe dictator!
By Rich Morey (288), East Hampton on Feb 4, 17 12:07 AM
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“The president’s hostility toward the rule of law is not just embarrassing, it is dangerous. He seems intent on precipitating a constitutional crisis. And now he is attempting to bully and disparage yet another federal judge — this one appointed by a Republican president and confirmed by a Republican Senate — for having the audacity to do his job and apply the rule of the law.”

~ U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 4, 17 6:45 PM
Maybe Zeldin should take to Twitter to bad mouth people who disagree with him like a 7 year old might do.. (oh wait, I think someone else I can think of does that..)
By Rich Morey (288), East Hampton on Feb 4, 17 12:09 AM
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like you just did?
By 27dan (2045), Shinnecock Hills on Feb 4, 17 9:31 AM
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He is not the voice or executor of constitutional doctrine.
By Genuin2 (6), Southampton on Feb 4, 17 12:08 PM
Hey Rich... the wave of deranged and increasingly violent left-wing opinions and demonstrations since Trump took office make it seem as if you didn't realize that this was going to last four years. What did you and Z think... Inauguration Day was going to just be a bad day for you, but then it would pass ?

Nope, this is going to be a long 8 years for you and your liberal compadres...

For the rest of us, it’s Christmas every morning.”

I think its fantastic to ...more
By joe hampton (2833), On Vacation on Feb 4, 17 1:59 PM
Well over half the country "doesn't like it".

Why does it always feel like "right wing" = juvenile delinquent?
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 4, 17 5:19 PM
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Thank you, Press, for following up on these apparently false allegations
By Neely (12), Westhampton Beach on Feb 4, 17 11:52 AM
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You know what else is awsome... I predict Iran is going to test Trump very soon by buzzing a USN ship with "Patrol boat" and promptly end up with a Mark 46 torpedo blasting it into dust !
By joe hampton (2833), On Vacation on Feb 4, 17 2:15 PM
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OK, I think I get it now, Im just surprised that was the plan again. Sorry for being a snowflake.
By Genuin2 (6), Southampton on Feb 4, 17 5:09 PM
"...and promptly end up with a Mark 46 torpedo blasting it into dust !"

That would be a waste of a perfectly torpedo. Artillery shell would send a better message.
By Harbor Master (79), Sag Harbor on Feb 4, 17 4:46 PM
If I pay a Catholic tax can I make this weird confused doctrine go away so the Americans can continue keeping America great? Are you guys so caught up in the destination you forget the journey? Or am I?

Im offended as a Catholic that gun boats in Iran are more important to you than spreading a peaceful doctrine... would you support more addition funds for that? If you cant tell whats happening in America, ARNOLD FOR PREZ. Putin just buddied up with our President and you cared about secure ...more
By Genuin2 (6), Southampton on Feb 5, 17 1:01 AM
If I pay a Catholic tax can I make this weird confused doctrine go away so the Americans can continue keeping America great? Are you guys so caught up in the destination you forget the journey? Or am I?

Im offended as a Catholic that gun boats in Iran are more important to you than spreading a peaceful doctrine... would you support more addition funds for that? If you cant tell whats happening in America, ARNOLD FOR PREZ. Putin just buddied up with our President and you cared about secure ...more
May 18, 17 1:01 AM appended by Genuin2
double post
By Genuin2 (6), Southampton on Feb 5, 17 1:01 AM
A Saudi, an Iranian, and an Iraqi are on a frozen lake, not talking to each other, so I thought I should go over there and break the ice....
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 5, 17 4:42 AM
Good point ... But still might be worth the money for effect
By joe hampton (2833), On Vacation on Feb 6, 17 5:34 PM
When Zeldin ran for office, he had made it clear that he supports Donald Trump.
Yet he won by a clear majority in an election. What do these protesters hope to gain? Respect the decision made by voters, or get another candidate that can get more votes than Zeldin. Meanwhile, show some respect for the election process and Grow Up!
By lightfoot (7), southampton on Feb 5, 17 1:38 AM
Just like the GOP did under Obama.

Spectacular advice. Do as I say, not as I do.
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 5, 17 6:23 AM
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What we hope to gain is a meeting with our congressman so that we can share with him our concerns on a number of issues. While most of us probably did not vote for him, he is still our representative in Congress and we want to be sure that he is aware of our positions on a number of issues. And, you know what? When we think he is correct on an issue we will let him know that too.
By Neely (12), Westhampton Beach on Feb 5, 17 9:17 AM
Zeldin is just a wannabe Trumpette. With his narrow mind with nary an original thought. Just have to watch Faux news to see his whole platform. By the way, he did not win the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton combined. Considering this is an East End web-site, all your posts convinced no one.
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 5, 17 7:56 AM
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Your post about unoriginal thoughts contains "Trumpette"and Faux News. You make those up?
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 5, 17 8:40 AM
The only thing that's unoriginal is narrow-minded right wing politics. At this time I would like to congratulate Barack Obama. Eighty two consecutive months of job growth. Two hundred twenty five thousand jobs going out. I won't forget to thank the Drumpf for his seven hundred bought and subsidized jobs by the Indiana tax payer, that will be replaced by a robot shortly. All of you right wing posters have prospered these past eight years, so give it up for liberal, democratic policies!!! The drumpf ...more
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 5, 17 1:22 PM
Not an original thought within 1000 miles of your rote post. Keep up the good work. You and your ilk carpet bombed Trump's ass right into the White House for the next 8 years.
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 6, 17 6:24 AM
All your ilk and your vote did was to send to the electoral college, twenty nine votes for Hillary Clinton. Thank goodness I live in an intelligent state. Keep up being a fear mongerer and cry-baby about how tough life is. That is some platform you have.Another right wing snowflake. If you thought the last eight years were tough, you would have never made through the Great Depression, World Wars, Korean War, Viet-Nam War etc. By the way, can you cut and paste another article from your right wing ...more
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 6, 17 11:58 AM
I had never heard of that site and had no clue what he was talking about. But why would that stop you from believing it?
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 6, 17 12:06 PM
As usual, you can't answer the question, how does Soros pay for the London protesters?
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 6, 17 4:36 PM
Hahaha. I'm waiting on the cancelled check. You don't have to believe Anything I say. We see what you write. You're a nut
By even flow (419), East Hampton on Feb 7, 17 7:41 AM
Where's your evidence?? Drumpf, Clownway, and Spicer are becoming an everyday embarrassment. Let me ask you, your 401K, stock portfolio ,better, same, or worse in the past eight years. You got a job? I'm not a nut, I'm part of the MAJORITY of Real Americans that don't share your white America vision for her.
By Mets fan (727), Southampton on Feb 7, 17 12:53 PM
With money.....
By Biba (338), East Hampton on Feb 7, 17 7:35 PM
You can't make this stuff up!

Turns out Trump appointed Bannon to the National Security Council

WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING HE WAS DOING THAT !!!

. . . because he had not been fully briefed on the executive order he was signing.

Who is running this ship?
By PBR (4801), Southampton on Feb 6, 17 11:36 AM
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The carnival barker, or the sideshow.

Who can really tell?
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 6, 17 8:47 PM
President Bannon has a nice ring to it.
By Mr. Snerdley (334), Southampton on Feb 6, 17 10:58 PM
We need a Presinator so we AS AMERICANS dont get Jedi Mind Tricked again.
By Genuin (26), Hampton Bays on Feb 6, 17 12:41 PM
Trump's Benghazi:

"Not only did the Yemen raid go so poorly that it left a Navy SEAL and over 20 civilians dead, they didn't even get their intended target: an Al Qaeda leader who is now taunting Trump for the failure"
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 7, 17 6:42 PM
...or the New York Times got it wrong, again.
By Duckbornandraised (150), Eastport on Feb 6, 17 11:00 PM
I don’t trust any media, tweet, or meme. I trust in my elected officials.
By Genuin (26), Hampton Bays on Feb 7, 17 6:56 AM
get your news for yourself dont get brainwased by the media
By Erin 27 E (828), hampton bays on Feb 12, 17 11:36 PM
In case you weren't sure that GOP = mental midgets:

Donald Trump’s ‘Unreported Terror Attack’ List Contains More Typos Than Actual Unreported Terror Attacks

‘Trump’s guys can’t spell for s***.’

07/02/2017 12:27 | Updated 4 hours ago

By Bob York
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 7, 17 6:20 PM
"Trump White House Official finally admits it. The only reason they are calling everything "fake news" is because most news stories do not present the dear leader in a flattering light. [crying and gnashing of teeth]"


WH official: We'll say 'fake news' until media realizes attitude of attacking the President is wrong

By Chris Massie, CNN
Updated 1649 GMT (0049 HKT) February 7, 2017

(CNN)Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday ...more
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 7, 17 6:31 PM
How Betsy DeVos Bought A Governor’s Race For Roy Blunt’s Son

By Randy Turner
02/03/2017 06:26 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago

A Huffington Post report Thursday revealed how much money Betsy DeVos and her family have contributed to the senators who are scheduled to vote next week on DeVos’ nomination as Secretary of Education.

Included in that number was Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, who according to the FEC records cited in the article received $33,100. That number ...more
By Mr. Z (9145), North Sea on Feb 7, 17 6:36 PM
Remnants, rolls, area rugs