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.