Find us wherever you are!
Subscribe To Smithtown Matters
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter




Views and comments expressed in Letters To Editor are the opinions of the writer not Smithtown Matters.


Letter To Editor: Dear Congressman Zeldin


Dear Congressman Zeldin:

I remember Bill Carney well as back in those days we were both members of the Conservative Party of New York (to whom I fled  from the Democratic party ranks) and supported the Right  to Life of unborn children,  which had been struck down first by Gov. Rockefeller here in NY and then nationally by Roe vs. Wade.  
I worked with Bill when he ran for Congress the same year that Barbara Keating of Westchester, who was a prominent NY conservative, ran for governor under the newly formed Right to Life Party. Ms. Keating’s campaign garnished enough votes to make the Right to Life Party official on the ballots here in  NY and made it possible for Ellen McCormack to run for President of the United States on that  line.  The abortion issue was here to stay until all human life became protected by law permanently.
As much as I was grateful to Bill Carney and the issues he supported I am now disenchanted with the party sytem itself and the huge amounts of money spent on campaigns and the corruption engendered by the power that is wielded.  Bill was only a Congressman for one term, if my memory serves me correctly.  It was such a short time that I’m sure his name isn’t even familiar to most voters here now.  I was shocked to receive  your letter informing us of the renaming of the Smithtown Post Office.
We have a large and beautiful town here, and its name deserves to remain on the Post Office, not that of a person whose politics was barely noticeable in our town history.  I’m sorry but while you represent me on most issues, I believe this appears to be a cheap political move and departs from the tradition and pride that most places still bestow on their home towns by displaying the town’s name prominently and proudly on their post office.
Eileen Feather.  (Proud Smithtown resident for 46 years)


Lee Zeldin’s letter


Dear Eileen,

GREAT NEWS! The President just signed into law my legislation (H.R. 828), which renames the Smithtown Post Office the “Congressman Bill Carney Post Office” in honor of former NY-1 Congressman Bill Carney, who passed away nearly two years ago after he lost his final battle with prostate cancer.

Congressman Carney’s lifelong service to his country never went unnoticed. After attending Florida State University, Congressman Carney served in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1961-1964. After leaving the Army and working in the private sector, Congressman Carney was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature for three years before being elected to represent our Congressional District from 1979 - 1987.

Now, every time someone enters or drives near the Congressman Bill Carney Post Office, his legacy will live on forever.

It is an honor to represent you in the House, and I always enjoy hearing your thoughts on issues before Congress and how they affect our community on Long Island. Please do not ever hesitate to reach out to my office at (631) 289-1097. To receive email updates on important issues, please subscribe to my e-newsletter at Zeldin.House.Gov.

Best Regards,
Lee Zeldin
Member of Congress


Letter To Editor: I Am American, A Jew And A Democrat



According to Merriam-Webster,  LOYALTY implies complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country.  According to Godfather Vito Corleone, loyalty implies complete faithfulness to himself, his natural family, and his crime family.   So it is with Godfather Donald Drumpf*;  above all else, he values loyalty to himself, the financial fortunes of his natural family, and the political aspirations of his crime family (aka the Republican Party.)  In word and deed, Drumpf values loyalty to Vladimir Putin and other dictators above loyalty to our United States, our Constitution, our institutions, and our rule of law. 

My passport was issued by the United States.  I am not a citizen of Israel and I do not vote in Israeli elections.  I am a Jew, a Democrat, and loyal to the United States.  However, according to Godfather Drumpf, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty… . If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”   During and even after WW11,  the Drumpf family pretended to be Swedish for fear that their business might suffer if their German roots were made public.      He faked bone spurs to avoid military service in Viet Nam, guaranteeing that some other young man would be drafted in his place. He cheats business owners and workers out of the money due them.   His mantra has always been: “Me, Myself, and I.” Who is he to lecture anyone on loyalty?

In Drumpf’s warped brain, any Jew who votes Democratic is either disloyal or dumb.   Depending on self-identification, between 5.5 and 8 million Jews reside in the United States, approximately 80% of whom vote Democratic.   Jewish Americans have an average of 14.7 years of schooling, making them the most highly educated of all major religious groups in the United States.  That’s a lot of disloyal Jewish dummies.   Meanwhile, our Republican Jewish Congressional Representative, Lee Zeldin, remains silent in the face of this defamation.  We know where Drumpf’s loyalty resides, but where does Zeldin’s loyalty reside: with his traitorous pay-master or with his loyal American constituents?  

*Original family name

Ruth A Cohen

Lake Grove, NY


Letter To Editor: President Mocks Beto's Name What About Drumpf? 



Robert Francis O’Rourke was born into a family that has made the US home for many generations.     In his infancy, in order to distinguish him from a grandfather with the same name, the family gave him the nickname “Beto.”  Beto was a member of the El Paso TX City Council, served as a member of the US House of Representatives, and is currently a Democratic Presidential candidate.      

Our current President mocks Beto’s name, claiming that it was adopted to make Beto appear Hispanic for political reasons. No doubt, Beto’s family cleverly decided his future political destiny when he was born. Now, what shall we make of the President’s name? How does “Drumpf” sound?   Drumpf is his original family name, and, oh yeah, they come from Germany, not Sweden, a pretense that, for business reasons, the family perpetrated during and after World War II.  It seems they were concerned that Jews might be reluctant to engage in business with a German family.

Tomorrow, August 9th, the President will attend an exclusive fund-raiser in the Hamptons with our Representative Lee Zeldin.  Now, I am wondering, which Donald will appear with Zeldin to collect the money: the Donald Trump from Sweden or the Donald Drumpf from Germany?  More importantly, which country will accept Donald if he leaves the US?* Will Donald Trump go home to Sweden or will Donald Drumpf go home to Germany?  Whichever he decides, he should definitely avoid relocating to El Paso.  

*We should be so lucky.

Ruth Cohen, Lake Grove NY


Letter To Editor: In Zeldinland, Donors Before Voters

To The Editor

                              IN ZELDINLAND, DONORS BEFORE VOTERS

Lee Zeldin, Republican Representative of District 1, never fails to email constituents with reports of  his public events after they occur, but rarely beforehand. His failure to fully engage with the public is consistent with his preferred one-on-one conversations and so-called town halls, where participants are not permitted to ask follow-up questions and, as occurred before the last election in one egregious meeting at the Portuguese American Center in Farmingville, were required to submit written questions which were edited and soft-balled before being read aloud.  

It is clear than in Zeldinland, things do not change.  On August 1st, I received this email from Zeldin: “Year after year, Bellport Day never disappoints, and this year was no exception! I had a great time talking with local residents about the issues most important to them and local merchants about their incredible businesses and how we can continue to help them stay and grow locally.”   

The email makes no mention as to which important issues he was referring, and how he plans on addressing them, so I sent an email asking for specifics.  Zeldin’s response was an email regarding Robocalls. On August 5th I spoke with an aide stating that I was interested in Rep. Zeldin’s remarks in Bellport, and that I had emailed a request for specifics, but received an irrelevant reply.    I was advised that a response would be forthcoming; I am still waiting.

Meanwhile, Zeldin continues to value donors over voters.  He displays disgusting fealty to Trump, who consistently denigrates non-whites, refugees, and immigrants (except for his wives and in-laws.)   In August 2017 White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis demonstrated in Charlottesville, Va, shouting Nazi slogans and chanting “Jews will not replace us.”  Trump, who evidently equates neo-Nazis with human rights advocates, commented that there were “very fine people on both sides.” Both sides of what? Fascism vs. Democracy?  Cruelty v. Kindness? Yet, Zeldin, who claims to be a proud Jew, continues to defend Trump.   

Now we learn that Trump will be joining Zeldin at a Hamptons fundraiser on Friday where “very fine” donors can buy tickets starting at $2,800.  Donors over voters. Very fine”, Zeldin, “very fine.”


Ruth A Cohen, Lake Grove 


Letter To Editor - Senator Flanagan: Licenses For Illegal Immigrants Is Wrong

Senator Flanagan: Licenses For Illegal Immigrants Is Wrong

Dear Editor:

     Last night, the Democrat-led Senate passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the so-called “Green Light Bill” to allow illegal immigrants to obtain New York State driver’s licenses.  This legislation is an outrage to law-abiding New Yorkers, as well as to new Americans that have taken the appropriate steps to become citizens legally.

     The overwhelming majority of New Yorkers oppose issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.  And yet, that is exactly what Senate Democrats did. 

     I adamantly opposed this legislation and voted against it.

    Just like their new law giving free taxpayer-funded college tuition assistance to illegal immigrants, providing driver’s licenses to those here illegally creates a strong disincentive for anyone to respect our nation’s immigration laws.  The college tuition provision also left hardworking New Yorkers like you paying the bill.

    Democrats have chosen to reward those who break the law by giving “undocumented” immigrants a key document: Now illegal immigrants can apply for standard driver’s licenses using foreign identification, making it nearly impossible for county clerks and employees at local Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) to verify authenticity.

     Another major concern is that many states, including New York, use their DMVs to enroll voters.  Since New York does NOT have voter identification laws like the majority of other states do, this bill increases the potential for voter fraud.

    The vast majority of other states throughout the nation do NOT issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and those that do demand substantially tighter proof of identification.  Some also impose requirements designed to encourage immigrants to pursue full, legal citizenship.

     In contrast, the “Green Light” proposal includes no such restrictions or requirements. This means that New York will soon have the most radical, open-ended law in the entire nation.

    Going forward, I will continue the important battle to restore common sense to our state government, and fight against flawed measures like this one that actually give people an incentive to break the law.



                                                                                                            John Flanagan