Letters: On Shinnecock Casino & Covid Vaccines

To the editor, East End Beacon

As reported in Sunday morning’s Beacon, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman commented on the Shinnecock’s plan for a casino on the Nation’s reservation as follows:

“I cannot think of a worse location to build a casino. Montauk Highway, where the casino is being proposed, is already backed up in the morning and in the afternoon with traffic. I also have significant concerns regarding the environmental sensitivity of this location. A large gaming facility at this location would have devastating impacts on the region. A more appropriate site must be found.”

The Supervisor is concerned about traffic and the “environmental sensitivity” of the location.

Ironically the Shinnecock Reservation may be the only area on the east end that has not been subjected to environmental destruction. Hopefully Schneiderman will finally do something about the traffic on the east-west County Road 39 and on Montauk highway which he notes is “backed up in the morning and in the afternoon with traffic”.

The Supervisor says “a more suitable location” must be found for the gaming operation. After many years of rejection by town and state of possibly more suitable locations for a casino the Tribe decided to build on its own land. 

Mr. Schneiderman’s hypocricy is unlimited.

Anthony Ernst

To the editor:

Excellent story today on the sorry state of the vaccine roll-out by Suffolk County. It has been, as you say, mostly word-of-mouth and remains utterly confusing.

In contrast to the NY State site, the NY City site (below) is excellent, listing all facilities—public, such as Javits Center; hospitals; and almost every Walgreen’s in the five boroughs. Appointments come and go and then come back again, and they stay up. You can surf for hours to find the closest store to the zip code you enter, and the site will list everything in order of proximity.

First, however, you  must register by phone or computer with the institution or chain store in question. With Walgreen’s, signing up is a snap. With a hospital, you won’t be able to sign up if you have no previous medical history with the facility in question.

Final caveat: Walgreen’s will only register those 65 or older.

William Sertl

Letters to the editor may be emailed to editor@eastendbeacon.com or sent via U.S. Post to P.O. Box 665, New Suffolk, NY  11956. The Beacon will print all letters that are deemed to not be defamatory, obscene or advertisements, and may edit submissions for clarity and grammar.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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