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Jun 13, 2018 9:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Commuters Frustrated By Traffic Delays At Start Of U.S. Open

Traffic near the Francis S. Gabreski Airport on Tuesday. ELSIE BOSKAMP
Jun 13, 2018 4:18 PM

Commuters traveling into, out of and through Southampton Town have described the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club with one word: frustrating.

On Monday, the first practice day of the major golf tournament at the club, the snail-like traffic was all the patrons could talk about at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village, Library Director Liz Burns recalled. Her employees felt the burden, too.

“Employees are definitely impacted, no question,” Ms. Burns said. “Both those who live as close as Hampton Bays and those who live farther west.”

But she noted that the evening traffic was even worse.

When it was time to wrap up for the day on Monday, Ms. Burns said her employees didn’t know what to do. There was bumper-to-bumper traffic surrounding the library building, both on Coopers Farm Road and Windmill Lane.

The impacts continued to roll into Tuesday: Foot traffic in the building was much lighter, and she got word that the library’s book deliveries through a courier service with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport would be disrupted.

“Due to the golf traffic, there is a chance they will be canceling the deliveries to the East End,” Ms. Burns said. “At best, we will get the deliveries later in the day than usual.”

As Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman closed Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting, he pledged to work with state and county officials to ease the traffic burden on the region for the rest of the week.

“It seemed like the morning was getting better, but the afternoon was still a problem,” said Mr. Schneiderman, reflecting on Tuesday’s traffic.

Several commuters reported standstills and gridlock throughout Southampton Village on Monday and Tuesday nights. One driver, Miles Wortman, said it took him more than an hour to get off Moses Lane in Southampton Village to head west on County Road 39 during the Tuesday evening commute.

Practice rounds for the Open, expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the East End, began on Monday morning and ran through Wednesday. The tournament itself goes from Thursday through Sunday.

Mr. Schneiderman said he would work to ease the traffic as the excitement around pro golfers, like Tiger Woods, continued to skyrocket. “We are expecting the crowd to grow each day,” he said.

Tom Neely, the town’s director of public transportation and traffic safety, said he noticed an “ironic” turn of events during the Monday morning commute: Most people chose to avoid County Road 39, which is known to be clogged on weekday mornings, which sent the bulk of the traffic to secondary roads. On Monday morning, he noted, motorists reported the least amount of traffic on County Road 39.

Instead, most of the traffic appeared to be on Flanders Road coming south from Riverhead and on Montauk Highway, Mr. Neely said, which created a backup extending west beyond Hampton Bays.

In a phone interview on Monday morning from the Open grounds, as he stood next to Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki, Mr. Schneiderman said he heard reports that it took nearly two hours for some people to get to the golf club from Riverhead. “We’re looking at what’s causing the backup,” he added.

Additional traffic signals were set to blink yellow during the Tuesday morning commute. In addition to the temporary yellow blinking light on County Road 39 at Shrubland Road—where Suffolk County Police, with the ability to control the light, were stationed—and the traffic light at the Tuckahoe Road near the course intersection completely turned off, officials decided to blink more traffic lights to keep cars moving. On Montauk Highway, blinking lights were turned on at the St. Andrews Road intersection and the Tuckahoe Road intersection.

Various roads surrounding County Road 39 were closed ahead of the Open to limit the number of cars turning onto the main east-west vessel that cuts through the Hamptons.

Mr. Neely and Mr. Schneiderman both noted that there is typically heavy traffic headed eastbound on weekdays and said the increase in volume on Monday was similar to what was expected heading into the week of the U.S. Open.

“Overall, I think it went pretty well,” Mr. Schneiderman said on Monday afternoon.

“The first day, there is always a few little things,” Mr. Neely said. “But we are making a few little adjustments tomorrow.”

Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison said Wednesday morning that on Tuesday night it was taking drivers an hour to get from the movie theater on Hill Street to the St. Andrews Road intersection. So his department decided to try a different strategy: redirecting drivers up Coopers Farm Road in Southampton. “We’re trying to ease congestion as much as possible.” he said.

He added that he suspects that some of the traffic is due to the closure of Sebonack Road, and compounded by the typical heavy summer traffic.

“There’s really no traffic plan, per se,” Det. Sgt. Lamison said at the time.

But he later denied saying that there was no plan, saying, “all the departments are working together to ease the congestion.”

Mr. Neely pointed out that the shuttle services from the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, and Agawam Park in Southampton Village appeared to be effective. He said he received reports on Monday morning that the parking lots in Westhampton and Bridgehampton were filling up quickly. And he personally used the Southampton Village shuttle to get to the Open himself.

“That one seems to be working pretty well,” Mr. Neely said. “That’s how I’m going to be getting to and from the course every day this week.”

But the strategy didn’t come without its hiccups.

Like Ms. Burns at the Rogers Memorial Library, Don Sullivan, the owner of the Southampton Publick House in the village, said on Tuesday afternoon that he heard a lot of complaints about the traffic from his customers—especially about the congestion the night before. “Last night—it was just a disaster,” he said on Tuesday.

However, the volume of people in the area wasn’t all bad news for Mr. Sullivan: “Business is up,” he noted.

In Hampton Bays, Schools Superintendent Lars Clemenson sent a reminder to parents on Monday morning through the district’s Facebook page to be patient about delayed buses because of the impending traffic. Students are taking Regents exams all week, beginning with English on Tuesday.

“The U.S. Open has all eyes on the East End (and seemingly all cars!),” Mr. Clemensen warned the school community on Monday. “Without question, traffic will be a headache tomorrow.”

The testing went seamlessly on Tuesday, Mr. Clemensen reflected later that day. He noted that most of his teachers live west of the school and are fluent with navigating the trade parade.

They did encounter one small road block, however. Mr. Clemensen said the Waze app, a GPS turn-by-turn navigator that works with user-submitted travel times and route details, was sending many drivers headed to the Open down the same secondary roads his teachers frequent to avoid traffic.

The best way to travel this week, it seems, is on the Long Island Rail Road.

As the LIRR officials prepared for the Open, between five to 10 extra express trains per day were added to the Montauk Branch to bring people to the massive event. They said the LIRR was expecting about 2,000 customers per day on Monday and Tuesday; after that the number of travelers was expected to grow to about 9,000 customers per day through Sunday.

Councilwoman Julie Lofstad of Hampton Bays was one of those customers. She said she is using the train to get to Town Hall this week. “I took the train and walked the last mile,” Ms. Lofstad noted.

LIRR President Phillip Eng agreed in a statement that public transportation would be critical to take advantage of this week.

“Like every big event in our region—whether it’s a concert, or a baseball, basketball, or hockey game—the LIRR is simply one of the best ways to get to and from the venue if you want to avoid traffic congestion,” LIRR President Phillip Eng said. “Quite frankly, without mass transit supporting this event, the U.S. Open Championship would not be able to take place on our beautiful East End.

“We encourage spectators to take advantage of the robust service plan we have in place to accommodate fans who want to enjoy the action.”

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Unusual?? Do you have any reporters west of the canal? This is a daily occurrence from April until August.
By eagleeye (48), Sag Harbor on Jun 11, 18 9:59 AM
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It was even worse than typical. It is impossible to get out of HB, an hour to get from my house near Squiretown over the canal. It is not faster to get off the highway and clog HB. Please stop.
By kkelly75 (26), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 10:14 AM
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Didn't see any larger amount? Just the same trade parade. OH WELL.
By knitter (1249), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 10:16 AM
Southampton Town Police Department needs to station officers at intersections in Hampton Bays. The cars continue to travel through red lights blocking anyone trying to turn onto Montauk Highway. There needs to be a larger police presence in Hampton Bays to control traffic, especially during the US Open. It will only get busier later this week into the weekend.

By 11946HB (6), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 10:27 AM
Stay home. Problem solved.
By even flow (657), East Hampton on Jun 11, 18 10:49 AM
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I'd love to; can you clear that with my boss? Almost three hours to get to work from HB to SH Village.

By MrsD (26), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 11:20 AM
There is no way it took you 3 hours to get from HB to SH Village. I don't believe that for a second.
By even flow (657), East Hampton on Jun 11, 18 2:55 PM
I'll bet you weren't in Hampton Bays this morning. It was a mess! We live east of the canal. My son's bus was 2 hours and 10 minutes late picking him up this morning!
By ddekas (1), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 3:56 PM
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Isn't it possible for the cops to have 3 lanes going eastbound on 39 or 2 lanes eastbound on Montauk Highway.

By colleend (2), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 11:07 AM
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Part 1 of a 7-part expose.
By Pacman (126), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 11:08 AM
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ORGANIZERS:
PLEASE OPEN GATE 7 AT THE NORTH END OF TUCKAHOE ROAD TO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE ON THAT SIDE OF THE COURSE AND WERE TOLD LAST WEEK IT WOULD BE OPEN FOR THE OPEN!!! DRIVING AROUND TO PARK AT THE COLLEGE WHEN WE CAN WALK IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD. WITH THE AMOUNT OF EXTRA TRAFFIC FLOWING THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT THERE SHOULD BE A COURTESY PASS FOR RESIDENTS TO ACCESS CONVENIENTLY!!! Thank you in advance.
By foodwhiner (127), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 11:28 AM
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You apparently don't reserve food for your only source of whining. There isn't an entrance there because it's an exit for transportation units. There is no metal detector there. Your personal convenience isn't even of concern to your own family, why would the Trustees of the SGC care?
By SlimeAlive (837), Southampton on Jun 12, 18 3:14 PM
No I don't, and, actually there IS a rear-gate entry for pedestrians but the first day the door police were uniformed, but uninformed of the rear pedestrian gate, now known as gate 6. There is in fact a metal detector there. My personal convenience was in fact a concern of my family's as they were all with me and the 10 other people we brought to the course. Someone cared. We got through yesterday, and will continue to use the entrance the rest of the week.
Thanks, SHGC.
By foodwhiner (127), Southampton on Jun 13, 18 8:45 AM
The exits on Sunrise Hwy. for WHB, Quogue, and Hampton Bays should be closed from 7am-10am each weekday
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (504), southampton on Jun 11, 18 11:51 AM
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The town talked about having a dedicated bus lane. What happened to that? During past US Open's the traffic was managed with cops and cones, during morning and evening rush hour. It worked like a dream!!
By CNappi (3), East Quogue on Jun 11, 18 12:09 PM
The cops got confused and went chasing after Mr. Softee in Westhampton Beach for a cone.
By deepchanel (37), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 12:17 PM
A week of golf (zzzzzzz) causes major problems for thousands of people trying to get to work or wherever. Who needs this nonsense?
By country joe (25), sag harbor on Jun 11, 18 12:14 PM
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The local businesses would be a start
By Y2KBUG (11), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 12:34 PM
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Is that the waaaambulance I hear?
By johnj (815), Westhampton on Jun 11, 18 12:41 PM
Minor speed bumps? It took 3 hours from Hampton Bays to East Hampton. I don't find that minor.
By MD (21), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 2:59 PM
it's 3:30 in the afternoon on sandy hollow rd--the traffic headed south is in total grid lock--no one moving--maybe open up sebonac rd and traffic could divert down back roads to sunrise--no thoughts put into this regarding the working class folks
By schamus13 (7), southampton on Jun 11, 18 3:50 PM
Traffic was absolutely insane today.... 2 hours door to door from EQ to SH - who is reporting that traffic was fine..... really? Worst traffic plan EVER!
By momcat42 (1), East Quogue on Jun 11, 18 4:26 PM
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US Open = Sunrise closed. Golf. Making people mad since the 1400's.

The modern game originated in Scotland, where the first written record of golf is James II's banning of the game in 1457, as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery.
By Harbor Master (92), Sag Harbor on Jun 11, 18 4:53 PM
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hundreds of cops sitting in their cars picking their noses. Get out of your air conditioned car and direct traffic!
By chief1 (2452), southampton on Jun 11, 18 5:26 PM
...and Jay Schneiderman wants to be Suffolk County Comptroller..ROFLMAO...
By Toma Noku (612), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 6:45 PM
A complete joke our local county government. How was watching the practice round Jay?
By lirider (211), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 6:49 PM
traffic management gets a F . Still backed up tell USGA to forgot the next one
By Obserever (33), Southnampton on Jun 11, 18 6:53 PM
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My usual easy north / south commute from the Village to beautiful North Sea was a freaking nightmare today! Getting from Ox Pasture Road through town was challenging to say the least, Job's Lane was gridlocked with IDIOTS blocking the box at the Wind Mill Lane light . A normally 6 to 8 minute drive took over 35 minutes using every back road and bit of local knowledge possible. A question: is there actually a large enough benefit to the local economy that makes the Open worth it to the local folks?!
By bigfresh (3501), north sea on Jun 11, 18 7:07 PM
Nope
By cmac (138), East Quogue on Jun 11, 18 9:39 PM
We now have 5 traffic lanes on CR 39, if you count the center turn lane. This morning absolutely no traffic heading west. Where are the cops and cones. There could be at least 3 lanes eastbound for am and westbound in the pm. Has anyone given any thought to the children sitting on school busses? Why aren’t the police monitoring the main traffic intersections/lights in Hampton Bays. Major gridlock. It is 7.30 pm. Traffic still crawling through intersections in Southampton. Why have there been ...more
By LJFox (1), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 7:39 PM
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"Papers in the roadside
Tell of suffering and greed
Here today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news
Of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk"

First World problems.
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jun 11, 18 8:01 PM
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Taking “usual route” from Westhampton (6 am)to SH village on 27 this morning took 2.5 hours.
By fishcove (33), southampton on Jun 11, 18 8:05 PM
Bicycling from Hampton Bays was faster than cars at 8am, good exercise, non-polluting and stress-free.
By Non-Political (55), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 8:26 PM
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Tom Neely actually came out of hiding. His one showing of the past 10 years for the 90,000 dollars he makes each year. But this has been going on for over 20 and not one word from Bellone (his putting probably stinks) Jay, or any of the Town Board members. Oh it's because they're sipping champagne at the Open tents. Over these self serving bureaucrats.
By lirider (211), Hampton Bays on Jun 11, 18 8:27 PM
Neely and his co heart sit on their thumbs.
By knitter (1249), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 9:07 PM
"co heart"?
You must mean cohort.
By June Bug (2105), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 11, 18 9:19 PM
I vote for no more golf tournaments like this. Today was a disaster on the roads.
By scottso (16), southampton on Jun 11, 18 9:21 PM
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FAIL EPIC EPIC EPIC FAIL. 40 minutes from Shinnecock Hills to the village at 9:40 this morning. You can't get to CR 39 because there is no right turn from Hills Station Rd to CR 39 (didn't see that in the road closures) or any of the other north south roads (Tuckahoe Road closed, St Andrews Rd closed. By the time you make it to Tuckahoe Lane the easterly traffic has eased. 8:30 PM west bound CR 39, Montauk Highway bumper to bumper, Shrubland Drive backed up to Cold Spring Pond. This is day one. ...more
By longtimelocal (31), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 9:34 PM
I’m going to take the plane up tomorrow and take aerial pictures of the traffic mess just in case certain people forget how bad it will get - all summer long - if they do something crazy like try to close our local airport.
By localEH (287), East Hampton on Jun 11, 18 9:43 PM
That didn't pan out !
By AndersEn (149), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 9:49 PM
Disaster afternoon commute ! USELESS Suffolk county police car - driver on Facebook Lic CRB9
This is dangerous and unacceptable !
Then the diversion of traffic on windmill lane so you can’t access hill street? Wth ?
For all the infrastructure you set up this is a mess!
By lo-cal (56), southampton on Jun 11, 18 9:49 PM
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By lo-cal (56), southampton on Jun 11, 18 9:51 PM
Complete and total disaster for morning and pm commuting
By Lets go mets (326), Southampton on Jun 11, 18 10:15 PM
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It was huge delays on the evening commute. Traffic control gets a F again. These delays are causing huge costs in local business and employers and personnel not getting to work and home again. This is only seems to benefit the USGA. Maybe a few lawsuits will make it improve.
By Obserever (33), Southnampton on Jun 12, 18 6:53 AM
Not sure where Jay Schneiderman and Mr. Neely where but Southampton town and Southampton Village were gridlocked for the evening commute. Piss poor planning, no one could move, it was at a complete standstill. The officers couldn't even direct traffic because there was no where to go!!! The Town Chief needs to figure this out quick and Mr. Neely should be replaced!!!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Jun 12, 18 7:34 AM
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Say “No” to the next open.
By Draggerman (788), Southampton on Jun 12, 18 8:02 AM
The traffic was totally normal today. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at the people addicted to spending money on their homes. Trades are 95% of the rush hour traffic. They shouldn't hold the citizens hostage.
By even flow (657), East Hampton on Jun 12, 18 9:06 AM
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45 minutes from Blackman to burger king.
By knitter (1249), Southampton on Jun 12, 18 9:22 AM
You shouldn't be going to burger king.
By even flow (657), East Hampton on Jun 12, 18 11:45 AM
If only there were some affordable human-powered conveyance that was ideal for commutes of under twentyish miles and that didn't pollute and took up little space.
By Aeshtron (41), Southampton on Jun 12, 18 9:47 AM
...that can carry an air compressor and a 30-foot ladder
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3019), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 12, 18 9:55 AM
Here you go...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ72pL5E2sA
By VOS (1089), WHB on Jun 12, 18 1:50 PM
In the dark, cold, rain, snow, wind and ice for that matter.

By MoronEliminator (123), Montauk on Jun 12, 18 2:06 PM
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Wait to they put the ambulance barn on Windmill lane. The first road to lock up.
By Obserever (33), Southnampton on Jun 12, 18 9:54 AM
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The police have no trouble getting out.
By metsfan2 (132), southampton on Jun 12, 18 4:29 PM
Put all of the elected & appointed Southampton's Town officials on trial for gross negligence & incompetence. Seek a sentence of tar & feathering.
By pw herman (971), southampton on Jun 12, 18 9:59 AM
I have one question... are we the tax payers of Southampton Town footing the bill for all the extra cops and drones and helicopters that the are using for traffic and what ever else is needed for disgusting display of waste
By J. Totta (95), Sag Harbor on Jun 12, 18 12:24 PM
There is always a loud minority of people who don't like fun. This is a fine, local, representation of that bunch who would be against anything without a duck's unlimited endorsement or free pancakes.
By SlimeAlive (837), Southampton on Jun 12, 18 3:13 PM
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5 hours in the car trying to get to and from work can in no way be described as fun...although today was much better for me. I do appreciate that they seem to be trying very hard with lights, etc. If it runs as smoothly as it did this morning for the rest of the week I've got no complaints. I'll take an hour from HB to BH in the summer any day.
By kkelly75 (26), Hampton Bays on Jun 12, 18 4:22 PM
friends had 3 hour bus commute yesterday and a 2 hour bus ride. coming from Hampton Bays to work. unbelieveable
By xtiego (632), bridgehampton on Jun 12, 18 7:45 PM
Let's please not forget that when this all ends we'll still have traffic. This should be an eye opener for people who pay taxes and vote fools or do nothings for office.
By lirider (211), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 18 11:09 AM
Jay for County Comptroller?... He sure as hell has done nothing about the traffic problems in Southampton as Supervisor... He chose instead to waste time with the Tuckahoe road matter when he could have been addressing traffic problems. One would have thought that given his years of experience and political connections at the county level he would have been able come up with some solutions and funding.But no effort whatsoever was expended by Schneiderman.

By Toma Noku (612), Southampton on Jun 13, 18 11:34 AM
He doesn't have to deal with traffic. He lives East. The other town board members aren't sitting in traffic either. He's schmoozing right now as we speak at the Open itself.
By lirider (211), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 18 12:34 PM
Here's a suggestion for the supervisor, police chief and town transportation director. Come out to Westhampton and get on the east bound Sunrise at between 5:45 and 7 AM to Bridgehampton. Stay off your radios and cell phones to the traffic control people and just endure the commute that all our workers are subject to daily. Than at 4 PM, do the same thing from Bridgehampton to Westhampton. No lights, no sirens - just enjoy the ride. Consider it research.
By roverton (42), Westhampton on Jun 13, 18 12:43 PM
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Remember this traffic when its election time and how our local politicians failed us! Ambulances, doctors and nurses can't get to the hospital to care for our residents. School buses can't get through to take kids to their regents exams this week. The PGA and our politicians have made it unsafe for us to live and work here. This is a major security issue for all of us. Get out and vote!
By ibscharlie (5), Southampton on Jun 13, 18 12:57 PM
Fake news. Take it somewhere else. Fox News perhaps.
By johnj (815), Westhampton on Jun 14, 18 8:58 AM
Go play golf somewhere else...we have enough real problems to deal with
By m50one (7), Flanders on Jun 13, 18 1:15 PM
The additional trains stop in Patchogue and Shinnecock. That's it. I was going to take the train from HB to work in SH village, but the only one is the regularly scheduled one that arrives at 10:19am. Apparently Ms. Lofstad can get to work at 11:00am, but this is not a solution for the Hamptons commuters who need to be at work at 8:00am or 9:00am.
By lauraj80ft (3), southampton on Jun 13, 18 1:41 PM
You know Lofstad stopped caring about the working people of Hampton Bays the second she got elected.
By Gillnetter (95), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 18 1:44 PM
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Another clueless board member. So out of touch.
By A Great American (31), East Quogue on Jun 13, 18 3:39 PM
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I live in Southampton and actually work up island so my commute is reverse, that being said THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR THAT MANY POLICE CARS !! IT IS COMPLETELY UNSAFE FOR POLICE CARS TO DRIVE UP THE MIDDLE OR SIDE OF THE ROAD WITH LIGHTS FLASHING JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET SOMEWHERE!! IF THERE IS NO REAL EMERGENCY WAIT IN LINE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE YOUR CAUSING PROBLEMS!!! Local residents were given parking passes to get to their own homes yet they can't get there due to all our side roads ...more
By mychildmatters (41), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 13, 18 2:02 PM
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And If there were no police at all, I'm sure you'd still be the first one on here yelling in all caps. It's not the police departments fault. It's your own fault and the PGA's fault. It's like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. There are 34,011 golf courses in the US. So why Shinnecock? Because the Hampton bourgeois insisted on it. That's why.
By DiseaseDiocese (110), Riverhead on Jun 13, 18 9:31 PM
“Overall, I think it went pretty well,” -Jay Schneiderman

“That’s how I’m going to be getting to and from the course every day this week.”-Tom Neely

“There’s really no traffic plan, per se,”- Det. Sgt. Lamison

“We’re looking at what’s causing the backup,” -Jay, again

“I took the train and walked the last mile,” -Ms. Lofstad
By Draggerman (788), Southampton on Jun 13, 18 4:33 PM
FYI, the US OPEN is returning to Shinnecock in 2026
By Non-Political (55), Hampton Bays on Jun 13, 18 9:33 PM
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Where is the SHV police chief, never hear from him?
By knitter (1249), Southampton on Jun 14, 18 11:13 AM
robust service plan!!!
haa.. all Politics . Getting pockets lined...
By Peconicgirl (1), Flanders on Jun 14, 18 12:31 PM
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By Peconicgirl (1), Flanders on Jun 14, 18 12:32 PM
Get rid of the railroad and make it an express way.
By yogi1 (10), on Jun 14, 18 2:52 PM
Get rid of the highway and make it a railroad ; )
By Aeshtron (41), Southampton on Jun 14, 18 9:49 PM
This afternoon's traffic from South Hampton to Hampton Bays at around 3:30 PM was literally the worst traffic jam I've been caugh in in my entire life, and I am over 60 years old. The BQE, The Cross-Bronx Express Way, The New York State Throughway, on the way to Woodstock, nothing compared. Tiger Woods had a bad drive, but mine was even worse - but tiger got payed, I did not.
By youpickit (1), South Hampton on Jun 14, 18 9:33 PM
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By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jun 14, 18 11:03 PM
Mo’ people . . .

Mo’ money . . .

Mo’ cars . . .

Mo’ problems!

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (252), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 18 6:50 AM
Apparently ASCII code is "inappropriate"...
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jun 15, 18 6:55 PM
Us Open at Montauk Downs???
By knitter (1249), Southampton on Jun 16, 18 1:55 PM
Great. Parking in Newport, ferry to the course
By VOS (1089), WHB on Jun 16, 18 9:48 PM
Ferry to Cold Springs, shuttle to shinnecock, Neely, you missed it.
Wish Neely was elected...
By knitter (1249), Southampton on Jun 17, 18 3:09 PM
Between the golfers whining the course, the sportscasters whining the wind, the business owners whining the loss of revenue and the locals whining about the traffic, why hold it here?
By SlimeAlive (837), Southampton on Jun 18, 18 8:28 AM
More whining . . .

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (252), Sag Harbor on Jun 18, 18 8:35 AM
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