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If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following:
1. The civic held its first Farmers Market on November 6th. There will be another one in December - details to follow. We expect to schedule additional ones over the next few months.
2. Dunkin Donuts is proposing the addition of a drive-thru; a public hearing is scheduled for November 17th at Brookhaven Town Hall. The civic will indicate its opposition to the Town Board as a drive-thru in that location is not in compliance with the land-use plan for Portion Road. In addition, the site is not configured properly for a drive-thru.
3. The proposed 2017 Brookhaven budget was discussed.
4. We received updates from Councilman LaValle's office regarding some outstanding issues.
5. There is another lake clean-up scheduled for November 19th.
6. Guest speaker Police Commissioner Tim Sini addressed the members in attendance and shared a tremendous amount of information. Some highlights:
- He discussed the opioid epidemic in Suffolk County. Year-to-date, there have been 259 fatalities, 30 in our local community. The SCPD has a multi-pronged approach to this crisis including prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement. - The SCPD has an
hotline that can be used to report drug dealing in your neighborhood. Call 631-852-NARC. - He discussed the Long Island Heroin Task Force. - He discussed drug prevention activities in the local schools. - Narcan training has been provided to all officers and first responders. There have been 550 saves YTD, including several "repeats". - Gang activity is an issue in several Suffolk County communities but is not significant in our area. - The SCPD has a full time traffic analyst who is monitoring traffic fatalities in Suffolk County. The issue is being addressed with enforcement and also communication to local governments if there is a road safety issue. 2016 fatalities are 27% lower than 2015 so far this year. - SCPD Shield is a program that partners with local businesses and also churches; it allows them to share information with the SCPD to assist in crime investigations. - The Commissioner discussed initiatives to increase efficiency in the 911 call system, including the ability to generate a police report over the phone by calling 631-852-COPS. - He discussed the new false alarm law (if the SCPD responds to three false alarms at your residence, you will be fined). So far, false alarm calls are down 30%. - 2015 had historically low crime rates; 2016 in on pace to be even lower. - We discussed the Police Explorers program for youth ages 14 to 20 that are interested in learning about a possible career in law enforcement. - Commissioner Sini encouraged the formation of Neighborhood Watch Groups. - He provided crime statistics specific to our area. We have a very low rate of violent crime. We have high rates of property crime and larcenies likely related to the opioid epidemic. - We discussed the prevalence of massage parlors in our community; some have been involved in human trafficking and prostitution.