Bellport Village Elections,
Shame On You!
June 22, 2016
I’m writing this on Monday, June
20th, the day before the Bellport Village Elections, but it won’t be
published until Wednesday, June 22nd. I’m doing so because I don’t want to
have any effect on the voting tomorrow.
We started Bellport.com twelve years ago to celebrate all the wonderful
things about the South Country area of Long Island... Bellport, Brookhaven
Hamlet, and East Patchogue. There are plenty of places to find out about the
bad stuff - Newspapers, Radio and TV take care of that. We wanted to inform
the residents of the area about all the great things that aren’t being
reported on anywhere else. Well, in the past few days, we’ve now
unfortunately seen the worst.
My guess is that most of you received a mailing on Monday, June 20th, from
an anonymous source containing an article that had appeared in the South
Shore Press on Tuesday, June 14th. The timing of this mailing was clearly
designed to affect the Bellport Village Elections on Tuesday, June 21st.
Coming out the day before the elections was a clear attempt to say things
about a Candidate without giving him time to rebut those claims before
residents would be going to the polls. You now see why, for twelve years,
we’ve imposed a 48-hour Blackout period before Village Elections. We don’t
think it’s fair for Letters To The Editor to be sent in before an election
without allowing sufficient time for comment and rebuttal by all of those
This behavior, by those who sent out this mailing, is clearly wrong. It is
not representative of the vast majority of people living in the South
Country area. It should be denounced, in writing, by Letters To the Editor
to Bellport.com by those running for office: Joseph Gagliano, Steve Makin,
and David Smith. It should also be denounced, in writing, by the Village
Officials: Mayor Ray Fell and Trustees Mike Ferrigno, Leslie O’Connor, and
Bob Rosenberg who took the time and made the effort to send Bellport.com
Letters To The Editor in support of their chosen candidate. It’s time to,
“Stand up and be counted.” Tell everyone you, too, think this is wrong.
Why in writing? Because the residents deserve to know where the Candidates
and our Elected Officials stand.
We started receiving Letters To The Editor on this subject during our
48-hour Blackout period, but we chose not to publish them because of the
Blackout. We will now print those letters and any additional ones we
receive. You’ll find them on our Letters To
The Editor page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read the comments we receive on our
Letters To The Editor page.
Editor/Publisher, Bellport.com, LLC