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Southampton Supervisor Anna Thone-Holst addresses the media outside the county’s trailer for homeless sex offenders in Westhampton Beach Tuesday. Southampton Town hosts two large trailers within its borders, the one in Westhampton Beach and another in Riverside.
Southampton Town officials are charging that Suffolk County unhitched a souped-up trailer for homeless sex offenders under the cover of darkness late Monday in Westhampton Beach.
The trailer, located on county-owned land along Old Country Road, will likely replace a smaller trailer that has been there since 2007, officials said.
The county also operates a 20-person trailer in Riverside. Prior to Monday, both trailers were outfitted with cots and portable toilets, but no running water or cooking facilities. The trailer in Riverside was not replaced.
Town attorneys on Tuesday obtained a temporary restraining order that prevents the county from doing any more work to install the new trailer, or put it to use, until the town and county appear in State Supreme Court on May 20.
“To replace the existing trailers with larger, upgraded trailers complete with running water, toilers and showers certainly suggests a more permanent arrangement