Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

Thanks to all of you to attended this hearing on October 5th.  However, the developer did not properly notify neighboring residents as well as the community in large, about the Planning Board hearing.  As such, the hearing will be re-heard on Monday November 9th, 4:00 PM at Brookhaven Town Hall.  Please plan to attend to ensure your voice is heard on this proposal.   You now have a second shot to address the Planning Board to ask for changes or to ask that they deny the proposed development as presented.  See notes below from our prior email to you for more information and why the civic organization has serious concerns about this developer's plans.

The hearing is number 9 on the Planning Board agenda; this is how it appears on the agenda:

9. Portion Properties LLC @ Ronkonkoma
Location: S/EC of Portion Road (CR 16) and Ackerley Lane
Description: To construct a 3,230 sq. ft. Office building (medical office) and associated site improvements, with parking variances.
Tax Map#: 0200 64900 0200 031001
Council District: #5
Log#: 15SP0013
Area: 2.157 acres
Zoning: J Business 4
School District: #5 Sachem CSD
Applicant Info: Scott Friedman c/o Portion Properties, LLC 500 Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 


Thank you!

Brookhaven Town Road Paving - Your Action Needed

Thanks to all of you who responded to our road paving request! The civic compiled a list of nearly 40 local streets that are in poor condition and submitted it to Councilmen LaValle and Foley; we asked them to forward the list to the Highway Department as there is no published e-mail address for Highway Superintendent Losquadro.

Now we need you to keep the pressure on. Please contact the Councilmen; their e-mail addresses are provided below. Please also contact the Highway Department, a link to an online contact form is provided. We need to make sure we get our fair share of tax dollars allocated to our poorly maintained streets and roads.

Thank you.

CouncilmanLaValle@brookhaven.org
CouncilmanFoley@brookhaven.org

http://www.brookhaven.org/Elected-Officials/Highway-Superintendent

Election 2015: Meet the Candidates on October 8th

The Executive Board has invited candidates for Town and County positions to the General Membership meeting on Thursday October 8th to meet with our members. The Board does not endorse any particular candidate or political party, but we do encourage our members to come to the meeting and ask our guests about the issues that are important to them.


The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the
Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

Brookhaven Town Road Paving - Follow Up

As you know, the last general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization was dedicated to a discussion of ROAD CONDITIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY. This was part of an ongoing effort by the civic to explore how roads are paved, how is it decided which roads will be paved, and how paving dollars are allocated by hamlet and by council district within the Town of Brookhaven.
Read more...

LR Historical Society Annex Opening

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Next Civic Meeting: September 10th

The next general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be on Thursday, September 10th, 7:30 PM at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum located at 328 Hawkins Avenue.

ROAD CONDITIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Please attend and share your road condition frustrations
Also: Ronkonkoma Hub Project Update
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Update on Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge Project


The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization reached out to Assemblyman Al Graf to get an update on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge over the Long Island Expressway.  Many of our members have asked the civic for news on this reconstruction as it seems to be moving at a slow pace with no end in sight.

According to the Assemblyman:

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. It has been delayed by a truck accident and inclement weather. The work is done from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. This is a much more involved project than the Ronkonkoma Avenue bridge: there will be a new structural bridge deck, new roadway approaches, wider shoulder lanes, a new sidewalk, improved traffic signals, and new landscaping. The New York State Department of Transportation appreciates the patience and cooperation of motorists during this important project.

We'll continue to pass along any additional information we receive on the status of this bridge work.

Health Officials Warn of Cyanobacteria Bloom on Lake Ronkonkoma (Brookhaven side)

Researchers from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services have confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) at Lake Ronkonkoma* off Pond Road, in the Town of Brookhaven.
Additionally, blue-green algae persist at the following locations:
Sagaponack Pond in South Hampton
  • Georgica Pond in East Hampton
  • Roth Pond, Stony Brook University
  • McKay Lake in Calverton
  • Fort Pond in Montauk
  • Kellis Pond in Bridgehampton
  • Wainscott Pond in Wainscott
  • Agawam Lake and Mill Pond in Southampton
  • Maratooka Lake in Mattituck.
  • Health officials ask residents not to use, swim or wade in these waters and to keep pets and children away from the area.

    Cyanobacteria are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers; however, they can become abundant, forming blooms in shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red. They may produce floating scums on the surface of the water, or may cause the water to take on paint-like appearance. Some species of cyanobacteria produce toxins that can cause health problems in humans and animals if exposed to large enough quantities.

    Contact with waters that appear scummy or discolored should be avoided. If contact does occur, rinse off with clean water immediately.  Seek medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur after contact: nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation; or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.

    To report a suspected cyanobacteria bloom at a body of water that contains a Suffolk County-
    permitted bathing beach, contact Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at 852-5760.

    To report a suspected cyanobacteria bloom that is in a body of water that lies within Suffolk County but does not contain a permitted bathing beach, contact the Division of Water at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: (518) 402-8179.

    For more information about cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), visit the Suffolk County website:
    http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/EnvironmentalQuality/Ecology/MarineWaterQualityMonitoring/HarmfulAlgalBlooms/Cyanobacteria.aspx 

    *Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip is open for bathing. Cyanobacteria have not been detected at levels warranting beach closure at Lake Ronkonkoma Beach this summer.

    Town of Brookhaven Planning Board Meeting - Ronkonkoma Hub Project

    On Monday, August 17th, the Brookhaven Town Planning Board held a hearing related to the Ronkonkoma Hub project. The hearing was regarding Phase 1 of the project: “Demolition of all existing structures and construction of 489 rental units consisting of 9 studios, 238 one-bedroom, 227 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom units consistent with the Town Board adopted Form Based code, and SEQRA Findings of June 24, 2014. Applicant is Master Developer of Ronkonkoma Hub. Plans also show proposed infrastructure and proposed County sewage pump station. Application also includes request for Planning Board covenant relief.”

    LRCO Vice President Dawn Hopkins attended the hearing and spoke in favor of the proposal. She discussed the civic’s involvement in the project since 2007 as well as the community’s involvement in the planning phases. She also discussed the reasons that Tritec was selected as the master developer of the Ronkonkoma Hub project. There were four speakers in attendance that supported the application and one opposed. A decision from the Planning Board is expected at the September 21st Planning Board meeting.

    These renderings of Phase 1 were provided by the master developer, Tritec.

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    Brookhaven Town Road Paving

    Members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization have expressed concern about the condition of our local roadways for some time. As such, the LRCO Board has been attempting to increase Town of Brookhaven Highway Department attention to the woeful state of our communities’ streets. While the Highway Department has not agreed to a meeting with the civic organization, we were able to obtain certain highway paving records through the Freedom of Information rules. Read more...

    Lake Ronkonkoma Beach Reopens

    Northport, Eatons Neck and West Sayville Beaches Close to Bathing
    Lake Ronkonkoma Beach Reopens

     
    Steers Beach in Northport, Prices Bend Beach in Eatons Neck and West Oaks Recreation Club Beach in West Sayville are closed to bathing due to the finding of bacteria at levels in excess of acceptable criteria. The beach closure for Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip has been lifted, as recent water samples meet New York State standards.
     
    According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
     
    For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822, contact the Department's Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit the
    Beach Monitoring page on the Suffolk County website.

    suffolkcountyny.gov    
    Facebook.com/SuffolkCountyHealthServices   
    Twitter.com/SuffolkCoHealth

     
    Contact: Grace Kelly-McGovern
    631-854-0095
    healthPIO@suffolkcountyny.gov

    No Civic Meeting in July and August

    There will be no General Membership Meeting in July or August.
    Next meeting: September 10th. Enjoy the summer!

    Sachem’s “Meet the Candidate” Night

    Sachem’s “Meet the Candidate” night, sponsored by the Sachem PTA Council, will be on Tuesday, April 28 in the auditorium at Samoset starting at 7:30 p.m. You’ll have a chance to hear from the individuals running for seats on Sachem’s Board of Education.

    Want to Help Your Community? Serve on Your Civic Board.

    There is a vacant Director position on the civic’s executive board. This position has been earmarked for someone who will manage our social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and also to work on increasing the profile of the civic in the community. If you have the needed skills or know of someone who does, please contact the civic: information@lakeronkonkomacivic.org We will be interviewing interested individuals over the next few months in order to find a community member who has these skills.

    Street Sign Clean Up

    The civic is once again compiling a list of street name signs and traffic control signs that are missing, vandalized or in generally poor condition. Send your list of signs to the civic; we will verify and forward on to the appropriate town departments for review and possible replacement.

    Members can share this information with the civic three ways:
    Bring the list to the next civic meeting
    Mail the list to the civic at P.O. Box 2916, Lake Ronkonkoma, 11779
    E-mail the list to information@lakeronkonkomacivic.org

    We are also compiling a list of streets in the community that are in need of paving or resurfacing. Please include that information in your correspondence to the civic. Provide us with the full street name. Note, this list is not for pothole repair, we are looking for entire streets that need serious attention. For pothole repair, please call 451-TOWN.

    Next Civic Meeting: May 14th

    The next general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be on Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 PM at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum at 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    Guest speaker:
    Town of Brookhaven
    Ed Romaine EO

    The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the
    Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

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    Next Civic Meeting: April 9th

    The next general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be on Thursday, April 9th, 7:30 PM at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum at 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    Guest speakers:
    Town of Brookhaven Council Members


    Kevin LaValle EONeil Foley EO

    The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the
    Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    A Reminder From the Membership Committee

    Our fiscal year ends soon and that means it’s time once again to renew your membership.
    You can pay for your renewal online, safely and securely, by using your credit card or PayPal account. Just visit the Civic membership page:
    http://www.lakeronkonkomacivic.org/membership/membership.html

    You will be automatically transferred to a secure PayPal-hosted page where you can complete the payment for your membership using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa, or if you have a PayPal account, you can use that too. Your credit card information remains safe and secure with PayPal's encrypted website; the Civic does not store, nor have access to, your credit card data.

    Be A Hero

    ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A POLICE OFFICER?
    On June 13, 2015, the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service is offering an entrance examination for the position of Police Officer. This exam is offered once every four years. Download the flyer below or visit: http://apps.suffolkcountyny.gov/police/recruitment.htm
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    PSEG Long Island’s Three-Year Electric Rate Proposal

    If you missed the recent NYS Department of Public Service press release regarding the Notice of Informational and Public Statement Hearings concerning PSEG Long Island’s Three-Year Electric Rate Proposal, Director Julia Bovey outlined the Rate Setting process in the following video https://vimeo.com/120532557

    Brookhaven Special Recycling Events Schedule for 2015

    Includes e-Waste / Paper Shredding / Drug Take-Back. Download the schedule at: http://www.brookhaven.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=8144&PortalId=0&TabId=134

    Medford Meeting: February 25, 7:30

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    Brookhaven Special Recycling Collection on Saturday Town Announces Special Saturday Recycling Collection, Regular Garbage Collection to Resume on Thursday

    The Town of Brookhaven has added a special recycling collection on Saturday, January 31. The regular Wednesday collection was suspended so Town snow removal crews would not be impeded in the aftermath of the snow storm. The Division of Waste Management asks that residents do not place recycling cans on the street until Friday night because they could interfere with our continuing snow removal efforts.

    The Town will also resume regular garbage collection on Thursday, January 29.

    Town Announces Pre-Season Resident Parking Sticker Sale

    The Town of Brookhaven Department of Parks, Recreation and Sport, and Cultural Resources announces the pre-season sale of the 2015 Seasonal Resident Parking Sticker at selected locations throughout the town. This year resident seasonal stickers bought prior to Friday, May 22nd will be discounted.

    The price of the 2015 Seasonal Parking Sticker is $15.00 and is good for the entire 2015 season. If purchased before Friday, May 22nd the sticker cost will be $10.00. Resident Senior Citizen, Handicapped and Veteran's seasonal stickers will be $5.00 throughout the season.

    Stickers are available at the Town of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Office in Centereach, the Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center in Blue Point, the Port Jefferson Marina Annex in Port Jefferson, the Rose Caracappa Senior Citizens Center in Mt. Sinai, the Mastic Recreation Center in Mastic and Kaler's Pond Park in Center Moriches. Stickers will be available at the Mt. Sinai Marina in Mt. Sinai and the Holtsville Ecology Site starting March 7th.

    Click here for more information, including hours and directions:
    http://www.brookhaven.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=8241&PortalId=0&TabId=134

    Rail Yard Info Center Opens at Ronkonkoma Station

    LIRR customers and local residents are invited to visit the Mid-Suffolk Train Yard Information Center at Ronkonkoma Station on January 29 and 30. The Mid-Suffolk Yard project, which involves expanding the existing Ronkonkoma Train Yard, is a critical element in the MTA's efforts to improve the Main Line commute. Additional yard capacity is needed to support direct service to Grand Central Terminal when East Side Access is up and running. The yard expansion plan calls for the use of undeveloped property already owned by the LIRR on the south side of Ronkonkoma Yard. The Info Center, located opposite the Ronkonkoma Station ticket office, will be staffed by LIRR personnel ready to discuss the project in detail. The hours of operation are:
    • Thursday, January 29 from 1 PM to 9 PM
    • Friday, January 30 from 6 AM to Noon

    Click here for a recent Newsday article regarding this project:
    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/lirr-doubling-size-of-ronkonkoma-rail-yard-ahead-of-east-side-access-project-1.9835288