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A former Long Island Rail Road signalman was busted Thursday for allegedly lying about inspecting track and electrical connections at the site of a 2019 derailment that snarled travel Memorial Day weekend travel to the Hamptons, authorities announced.

Stuart Conklin, 63, of Ronkonkoma, claimed on federal forms to have walked the tracks and tested electrical connections at the site of the two-train crash — but video evidence showed otherwise, as The Post reported in 2019.

The Saturday morning derailment devastated Memorial Day weekend train service in Suffolk County. No one was injured, but the incident caused extensive damage to the tracks.

“It was an unconscionable betrayal to all New Yorkers for this signal inspector to allegedly claim a critical piece of Long Island Railroad infrastructure was safe when he didn’t even bother to look at it,” said MTA Inspector General Pokorny in a release Thursday.

Conklin will appear in Brooklyn federal court later Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to two years behind bars.

The former signalmen, who made $153,769 in 2018, tendered his resignation on May 31, 2019 — after being confronted with the allegations, along with evidence from a separate probe into his timesheets, a railroad source said.

“He basically made his own hours,” according to the railroad source, who said Conklin’s approach was an open secret among his colleagues.

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