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Jul 18, 2016 4:14 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

‘Welcome To New York’ Signs In Montauk Removed By State

Some of the ‘Welcome to New York’ signs that caused a stir in Montauk earlier this month have been removed. Only one remains. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jul 19, 2016 4:02 PM

The phrase "Welcome to New York" will be seen much less in Montauk. Signs posted earlier this month were taken down over the weekend following complaints by New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

Mr. Cantwell said State Department of Transportation workers removed eight signs on West Lake Drive and Flamingo Avenue near the docks, but one remains. It is located at the intersection of the two roads, but will soon be replaced with a sign half its size.

The signs were erected three weeks ago as part of a statewide tourism promotion campaign by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, but residents and town officials were not made aware of them until they were put up.

"We contacted the state the day after the signs went up," Mr. Cantwell said Monday. "There were numerous phone conversations and we had a meeting in Riverhead with Senator [Kenneth] LaValle and representatives of the New York State Transportation Department."

Mr. Thiele said that the replacement sign at West Lake Drive and Flamingo Road will be 7.5 x 5 feet in size. He said that this was not the only offer of location to place this smaller sign.

"For us, we just thought about the bumper sticker that reads 'Montauk: The End.' We consider Montauk to be one of the ending areas of New York, not exactly the entrance," Mr. Thiele said.

"We're grateful that the state responded to our claims, but the remaining sign is out of character with Montauk and it should be removed," Mr Cantwell said.

Mr. Thiele and Mr. Cantwell said that they are still in the process of changing the location of the sign. He said he’d like to see the sign moved to the Montauk Airport.

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Sure, because all those thousands of people arriving from Block Island need to see a gratuitous plug.

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 18, 16 10:09 PM
Boat people?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 18, 16 11:17 PM
Is this really an issue???
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 16 11:55 PM
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if it was your residential neighborhood that these signs were placed in the middle of the night with no notice, some right on your neighbors' front lawns, then yes, I believe you would think it was an issue.
By tm (174), mtk on Jul 19, 16 12:02 PM
Do these neighbors live on private roads? Please... give me a break.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 20, 16 10:21 AM
Not so fast...They are only being replaced.The new signs will read:"Welcome to the End of New York"...
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 18, 16 11:55 PM
obama put them there to welcome refugees who are coming ashore to head west.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Jul 19, 16 10:23 AM
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