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Who the Hell Is “Brookhaven Right To Know?”

June 20, 2018

I could have published this Editorial before the Bellport Village Elections, but trying to affect the Village Elections isn’t the point. Instead, starting a dialog about sleazebag political campaigning seeping into Bellport Village politics is the point, so I’ve held the Editorial until after the Village Elections.

At Bellport.com, we have a policy of having a 48 hour “Blackout” period before Elections. That means that as of 5pm on Saturday, we will no longer publish anything having to do with the Elections to be held the following Tuesday. This year, we received a “Letter To The Editor,” which had nothing to do with the Elections, from one of the Candidates after the Blackout was in place. We held his letter until after the Elections so as to not give him an undue advantage of name recognition just before the Elections.

Why do we do this? It’s a well known dirty political tactic to publish dirt on your opponent at the last minute so there’s no time for a response. We won’t let Bellport.com be used this way. At least in the past, we were all supposed to be friends and neighbors. Even though we might be running against one another, the day after the Election we have to go back to being friends and neighbors so no one should do anything that would make the healing process harder to accomplish.

At 3:08pm, the day before the Village Elections, Monday, June 18, 2018, I received a phone call from what the phone company said was an “Anonymous Caller.” The caller identified herself as speaking for “Brookhaven Right To Know.” You can Click Here to listen to the message.

Brookhaven Right To Know? Who the hell are they? I’m usually on top of things going on in the Village and I’ve never heard of them. Have you? Why are they spending all that money on “Robo Calls” in a simple Village Election? Why are they doing it at the last minute so there can be no response? Does that mean all candidates will have to do the same in the future?

For many years, I think just about all of us have been proud that, at least as far as Village politics go, there are no Republican or Democratic politics, or the big money that comes along with them. Is this the beginning of the end? Are we now going to have Anonymous Caller Robo calls to deal with financed by some shady anonymous group behind the curtain?

We already have a situation where, in order to run for office in the Village, it’s much easier if you’re independently wealthy or retired. I don’t have any first hand information, but I suspect that, at least up until the current Elections, four out of five of our Elected Officials are millionaires. Does that make them bad people? No! But shouldn’t the Village Board be more representative of the Village’s residents? How many of you are millionaires? How about some younger people running for office? How about some middle income candidates? I agree that it’s time for change, but “Anonymous Callers” aren’t the change I had in mind.




If you have a comment and would like to respond to any of the above, we'd be glad to consider printing your response. Please send your comments to larry@bellport.com. You can read the comments we receive on our Letters To The Editor page.


Sincerely, 

Larry Sribnick
Larry Sribnick
Editor/Publisher, Bellport.com, LLC