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June 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This letter is in reference to our recent editorial.

Regarding Your Recent Editorial About the Car for Sale

A picture is worth a thousand words..but in your case you provide both... Thanks for helping the Bellport Village to be the greatest..

Joseph Gagliano
Deputy Mayor



June 18, 2018

Kate Browning for Congress

I urge all Democrats to vote in the primary election to be held on June 26th to select the Democratic candidate to oppose Congressman Lee Zeldin, an ardent Trump supporter.

In order to defeat Zeldin we must pick the most electable candidate of the five candidates running in this primary election. I believe that Kate Browning is that candidate because she’s a proven vote getter.

Kate Browning is a Shirley resident who won election six consecutive times as the Democratic candidate for County Legislator. In Kate’s last election before being term limited out she won 63% of the vote compared to Trump’s 55% in the same district. In polling conducted by the Democratic Party, Browning was rated the strongest candidate against Lee Zeldin.

We live in a swing district were Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Browning’s strength is that she can attract Independent and Republican voters, not just Democrats.

Kate’s husband is a police detective and she has two sons in the military. She has done so much for the South Country area as our County Legislator to earn our support.

Kate is already on the ballot for November’s General Election as the Women’s Equality Party candidate but needs the Democratic Party line as well to win.

Please vote on Tuesday, June 26th and send Kate to Washington to stop Donald Trump from ruining our country.

Larry Tierney
Brookhaven, NY



June 10, 2018

Driveway at Rooster Luncheonette

Several weeks ago I sent a letter to one of the Trustees regarding a public safety concern with the proposed opening of the Rooster Luncheonette on Station Rd. Knowing what a popular business this would be in the community I suggested improvements to the sight distance exiting the driveway. The business has recently opened and the rear parking lot, which will be utilized due to limited village parking, has an exit with limited sight distance obstructions that have not been addressed.

I’m bringing this to your attention as I was retained as a traffic consultant for the Meritage Restaurant by a previous Bellport Village Zoning Board Commissioner. As part of this study it was determined that the bushes on the north side of the driveway severely limited sight distance to southbound pedestrians, and vehicles. Presently the bushes have overgrown and require trimming. Since this study a UPS box has been installed this adds to the problem and needs to be relocated.

After speaking with the Village Clerk on June 5, 2018 he informed me that my letter and study was forwarded to him, however no action has been taken to date to rectify this situation. Being that the village paid for my services I feel obligated to forward my findings to the current board, as they still apply.

I respectfully ask you to look into this matter and see that it is taken care of by the appropriate village agencies as soon as possible. Thank you.

Pauline M Hazard
Bellport Village



June 2, 2018

Let's Send Kate to Congress!

Kate Browning served ably as our Suffolk County Legislator (3rd District) for 12 years. She was able to work effectively with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Kate has a demonstrated ability to win elections, having won 6 straight times in a majority Republican district that includes Lee Zeldin’s home town. Kate has strong name recognition and an excellent reputation in the Town of Brookhaven, where the majority of voters in the 1st Congressional District live. Kate’s life story will resonate with CD1 voters: She is a military mother and the wife of a NYC police detective.

Kate Browning is our best Democratic candidate to defeat Lee Zeldin in November!

Marc Rauch
Bellport, NY