February 26, 2017
We’d like to give you a great new way to contact your
elected representatives in Washington to let them know what you think, but
On January 28, 2017, Bellport.com covered a demonstration in East Patchogue
to protest the claimed unwillingness of Congressman Lee Zeldin to meet with
the leadership of several local groups in the First Congressional District.
Here’s a link to our coverage.
Since we published that article, we’ve read and heard several accounts of
the protest that don’t agree with our experiences that night, so to set the
record straight, here are some “facts,” rather than the “alternative facts”
you might have read.
It was a very cold and very dark night in a quiet residential area. Although
we weren’t there for the entire protest, we were there for almost two hours
and we were walking around right in the middle of the protest. There were
eight to ten Police Officers located in a position where they could look up
the street and watch the protestors and the arriving cars. At no time did we
see anyone kick or hit a passing car. At no time did we see anyone block the
path of a car. At no time did we see anyone shine a light in the faces of
passing drivers. While many of the protestors carried flashlights, they used
them to illuminate the signs they were carrying because there were no street
lights and it was pitch black out there. Were any of the protestors “bussed
in?” Well, there was one small school bus parked on the street. I don’t know
if any protestors arrived in it. Considering their proximity to the
protestors lining the edges of the street, the only real thing we saw out of
line was the speed at which some of the drivers were driving down the
Although we can’t claim to have been everywhere from the beginning to end of
the protest, we can tell you that what we saw was a group of concerned and
respectful voters who simply wanted their elected officials to hear them
when the more conventional methods of communication broke down.
Now, speaking of communication, have you been having trouble contacting your
elected representatives; Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,
or Congressman Lee Zeldin, to let them know what you think? Well, we have.
We never seem to be able to get through. So, we came up with what we think
is a great new idea. We’d like you to email your messages to us.
Please send them to:
your name, address, and phone number along with which of your elected
officials you’re directing your comments to. If you’d like, we’ll publish
your comments, including only your name, town and who you’re writing to,
here on Bellport.com. Next, we’ll print a hard copy of your message,
including all of your contact information, and hand deliver your message to
the appropriate representative’s office. Whether or not we publish your
message here on Bellport.com is completely up to you so please be sure to
let us know what you’d like us to do. We’ll publish any responses we get
from your elected officials, here on Bellport.com.
Let’s see if we can cut through some of the communication difficulties some
of us have been running into.
Editor/Publisher, Bellport.com, LLC