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Apr 30, 2018 1:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Security Measures Added To Southampton Town Hall This Week

Southampton Town Hall will employ a new security check point this week. AMANDA BERNOCCO
May 1, 2018 5:23 PM

Beginning this week, Southampton Town will phase in a new system that prompts visitors entering Town Hall to register at a security desk inside the lobby before being allowed access to the two-story building.

As of Monday, individuals visiting Town Hall now need to check in with a security guard, who will be posted at the desk to scan a visitor’s government-issued identification card before granting the individual access to the building. Town employees will be required to scan in using newly issued identification cards.

The town will accept the following forms of identification: a driver’s license or photo identification card issued by federal, any state or local government agencies; a school identification card with a photograph; a U.S. passport; an unexpired foreign passport; a permanent resident card or an alien registration receipt card; an unexpired employment authorization document that contains a photograph; or an unexpired foreign passport.

Measures will be taken to sign in undocumented immigrants without proper identification when necessary, officials said.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Steven Troyd, the town’s code compliance and emergency management administrator, said in a press release this week that the added security measures are a reflection of increased protection at government buildings nationwide in recent years.

“This new security checkpoint comes at a time when our country has experienced a number of violent incidents in schools and other workplaces,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “There has been no threat against Town Hall, but we must do our part to keep both the public and our employees safe.”

Mr. Troyd added to that sentiment. “Most, if not all, government buildings as well as our school buildings have all implemented a similar level of building access security,” he said. “The safety of the public and our employees is paramount.”

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For "undocumented workers", measures should be made to call ICE.

"Undocument Workers" SMFH they're ILLEGAL ALIENS.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 30, 18 3:21 PM
Will this person be armed? If not, its a waste of time.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 30, 18 3:22 PM
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What about security for those offices in Hampton Bays? Aren't those employees important?
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Apr 30, 18 3:31 PM
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Ok i will provide all the necessary documentation would my tax payment receipt meet the necessary documentation.I feel so safe knowing I am protected by armed guard.What do I need when i attend a PUBLIC Town Hall meeting?.Who would want to work at Town Hall ? you should be given hazardous pay,union reps express your fear and concerns for your members,we are so fortunate to such a dedicated workforce.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Apr 30, 18 3:48 PM
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Interesting that new security measures are being announced the week that new tax assessments are coming out...Check your mail today?...Just sayin'...LOL.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 30, 18 4:23 PM
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I saw a guy with a soda bottel standing in an alert and menancing manner in front of annex in HBs he said he was part of swat team,so rest easy we are secure here in this quaint hamlet
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Apr 30, 18 5:02 PM
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Is this legal?
By Agawam Yacht Club (69), Southampton on Apr 30, 18 5:03 PM
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What is the difference between an (illegal) alien, and an undocumented immigrant? I’m not comfortable having my license scanned. I don’t mind showing it a guard, but I don’t want it scanned. There is too much fraud happening. Therefore, when I show up without any documents, I expect to be handled in the same manner as an undocumented immigrant without proper identification. I’m not trying to be difficult, but it doesn’t make sense that citizens have to show documents ...more
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Apr 30, 18 5:32 PM
The barcode which is scanned on a government issued ID is like a checksum or a hash. It simply verifies the "document" is genuine. There should be no uploading of data or communication with data servers by the scanning device.

Stress "should not". Would the Press care to confirm such details?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 30, 18 8:03 PM
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LOL, no. It would highlight the invasion of privacy citizens will be forced to endure while "undocumented" cheap labor gets through with a nod and wink.
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Apr 30, 18 8:24 PM
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There should be NO scanning of anyone's ID just to enter Town Hall.
By Ebellitas (4), East Hampton on May 8, 18 5:56 PM
piss away more money
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 30, 18 6:44 PM
It's discrimination against American citizens.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 18 6:51 PM
This will get interesting when an American citizen is denied access but an illegal is allowed in. I thought that obtaining a government issued ID was too onerous to some so we don't need one to VOTE , but now need one to gain access to OUR Town Hall. ACLU anyone?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 1, 18 5:53 AM
Special "measures" are always taken for illegal aliens. Good luck to any one of us who tries to enter without "proper" identification.
By Hobie58148 (15), East Hampton on May 1, 18 6:27 AM
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Doesn't everyone have a drivers licence?
By summertimegal (97), southampton on May 8, 18 9:40 AM
What use is identification? Scanning for weapons is not a part of the security measures. Most incidents are "murder-suicides". The security measures will not prevent weapons in Town Hall, it will only identify the suspect "after the incident" who will probably commit suicide during the incident.
By A Great American (103), East Quogue on May 1, 18 1:40 PM
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By A Great American (103), East Quogue on May 1, 18 1:41 PM
I bet the people with offices furthest from the front door are happy about it, though.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on May 1, 18 1:45 PM
Does anyone else see the irony in that we have has the Town officials to enforce their own rules for OUR safety and health and quality of life and turned a blind eye and deaf ear, but now that they are concerned for THEIR safety, it is a whole other story?
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 1, 18 2:10 PM
Have you seen the way the treat people up there lately If they are concerned for their safety maybe they should fix a broken system and learn the meaning of customer service and civility.
By They call me (2826), southampton on May 1, 18 7:33 PM
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Maybe an ICE agent should be checking ID.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 1, 18 8:26 PM
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Here's a hypothetical situation. A person shows up at Town Hall to attend a board meeting in order to speak and they don't have the requisite ID, denying that person entry is in effect denying them their RIGHT to free speech. Will this stand up in court?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 2, 18 5:49 AM
Such negative chatter. Seeing that old school brings many memories. That building has been there since the late 1890's. I imagine that taking a bit more care of what is still standing can't hurt. I'm sure y'all can stand to spend a few more pesos for safety's sake!
By summertimegal (97), southampton on May 8, 18 9:45 AM
When I went to Town Hall last week the Town employees were friendly, competent, professional and quick.
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on May 8, 18 9:47 AM
Do not use you NYS PP with photo...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on May 8, 18 6:01 PM