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Trashed Bus Shelters Have Residents Seeing Red

Some say public officials aren't responding to concerns.

Dangerous piles of broken glass at two vandalized bus shelters in Riverside and Flanders have some residents crying out for help from public officials.

According to Brad Bender, president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Civic Association, two bus shelters in Riverside and Flanders were trashed two weeks ago, leaving shards of broken glass and dangerous conditions.

While the glass surrounding the Flanders shelter was cleaned up either Friday or Saturday, Bender said the Riverside shelter remains in ruins, unsafe for bus patrons in front of the child care center. "Play with the broken glass while Mommy waits for the bus. This is just blatant neglect," Bender said. "The town does nothing to protect the public from a hazardous condition."

Bender said he has called both Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Southampton Town Director of Transportation Tom Neely, with no response.

Throne-Holst and Neely did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Have you noticed similar problems and potentially dangerous quality of life concerns in the Riverside and Flanders area? Are you satisfied with Southampton Town's response? Tell us how you feel in the comments section.

sarah August 13, 2012 at 03:17 AM
we as area residents are always the last to get any kind of response from the government for riverside. they need to start treating us just like the rest of southampton, like actual people and not just the redheaded step child. our roads are in ruins, not enough police, speeding down the roads, like lake ave. we as residents need to start speaking up as a whole.
Nikki S August 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM
The whole attitude would change quickly if we actually were a threat to the politicians by being a voting force. They only respond to the betterment of their own nests. Instead of beautifying the circle (which is nice, but more important things are needed), we should be having a serious voting registration drive. I remember a few years ago, I was actually met with opposition to the idea by our very own civic leaders! So let's get used to being the ugly step child of SHT, because that's what we act like. So all the crying and complaining is being a child- because we do not actually have any power! Sorry folks, it's hard to hear the truth- we have to actually be responsible pro-actively- instead, we are always trying to put out a fire here and there, and complaining to deaf ears.
Maryann August 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The police reports each week are full of arrests for drugs, prostitution, and other quality of life issues from this area. There is never news about the neighborhoods who work together to beautify their areas. The people who are always available for Little League, scouts, volunteers at schools, ambulance and fire departments get little recognition or thanks. We definitely need more community involvement and we need to teach our children about pride in themselves, their families and their homes. NONE of these things take money, so let's not blame it on poverty. We as a community should be showing up in force at every Southampton Town meeting. We pay taxes! Remember "Taxation without representation"? That's us, folks!
Lisa Finn (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Maryann, I believe we have legions of young people doing great things -- so please, share any nes of Little League, Scouts, volunteers, etc., who are doing important work in your communities. I'm happy to write about all the good happening -- it's what gives our communities heart and character. Please email me at Lisa.Finn@patch.com with news of all these groups and events. Thank you. . . .
Walter S August 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I never miss a vote. What really amazes me that prior to this past election I had emailed our town supervisor about a few concerns, she emailed me back and took care of two things I had asked her about. It seems prior to an election is when you see results, after the election, forget about it. If she wants to help us up here she can, she has the power to do so. Crime is up all over, not just here but what bothers me is when I see the Southampton Police cars sitting up at the Getty station, sometimes three deep. We need more neighborhood patrols a few times a day. When I moved here in Flanders about thirty years ago, the first week I was here I was working in the yard and Policeman Bill T pulled up, introduced himself and was more than a gentleman. I would see him drive down the street a few times a day patrolling. I felt a bit more safe back then and he did keep an eye on our houses. I would like to see more of this, we are a small community, we should be on a first name basis with our officers and I do respect what they do. Does anyone remember the Rt 24 Bar? A few of our officers got beat up back then. Closing that was a no brainer. Sarah, years ago there was only one police officer for our sector, now there are three and there is backup when needed. I just feel patrolling the neighborhood streets, a police presence in the neighborhoods would be a big deterrent of crime.
Walter S August 14, 2012 at 01:03 AM
One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post. These Bus shelters should be using 1" thick Lexan and not glass. Lexan is not all that expensive and 1" thick is bulletproof, it'll never break and it is still see through. It is what protects the Pope.

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