Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit: Report on the Public Meeting December 13

Representatives from the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended this public meeting regarding the proposed Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on December 13th. While funding is always an issue with Suffolk County projects, there is a lack of adequate north-south transit options.  The BRT system would connect Stony Brook University and Patchogue with the Ronkonkoma Hub and the LIRR. The LIRR connection combined with a train station near the Brookhaven National Labs pulls together some key population centers. The proposed buses would be comfortable and make for a pleasant ride. And the proposed schedule calls for frequent departures.
 
Nicolls Road has a wide center median which would readily accommodate the additional lanes required for the buses. The attached exhibits show the alternatives current being considered.
 
Some might ask about a Smith Haven Mall connection. We believe that there would be normal bus service from the Ronkonkoma Hub to the Mall to accommodate this route.
 
Folks should send their comments to
LIinnovationzone@suffolkcountyny.gov

Pet Adoption Fees Waived During "Home for the Holidays" Promotion at Brookhaven Animal Shelter December 15 through January 15

The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate the holiday season with its "Home for the Holidays" promotion, featuring free dog and cat  adoptions from December 15 through January 15.  Each adoption includes free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal tests. Pictured is "Jalapeño," one of the adoptable pets looking for a home this holiday season.
 
Those who are interested in adopting a pet this holiday season should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit
http://www.brookhaven.org/animalshelter

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Public Hearing for Ronkonkoma Hub - December 20, 2016



This hearing is critical to the redevelopment of the Ronkonkoma Hub.  The County Legislature is deciding on the appropriations for the pump station.

This issue has recently become "political" and if the appropriations are not approved, then the entire project is at risk.  The project requires proper sewering to move forward.

It would be helpful if community members in favor of project attend the hearing and state their support of the project on December 20th and relay how important it is to redevelop the blighted area around the train station.
See notice below for Public Hearing number 2055; as noted, public hearings begin at 2:30.  The general meeting is held at William H. Rogers County Center in Hauppauge.
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Upcoming Events

1.  The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4th (tomorrow) at Raynor Beach County Park at 2:00 PM.

2.  The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be holding a Farmers Market on Sunday December 11th, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ronkonkoma Fire District Building (corner of Portion Road and Hawkins Avenue).  Vendors will be offering a variety of foods and other goods.  We expect to have additional Farmers Market events in 2017 - more info to follow.

3.  Suffolk County will be holding a public information meeting on December 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Suffolk Community College regarding the Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System.
 
Bus Rapid Transit is an innovative public transportation solution offering many of the advantages of a light-rail system but at a fraction of the cost – both for the passenger and to the municipality.
The transformation of Nicolls Road into a multimodal corridor will establish the first direct north/south connection between three Long Island Railroad lines; linking Brookhaven National Lab to Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College; connecting our Patchogue and Ronkonkoma Hub downtowns to Long Island MacArthur Airport; and creating an extensive hiking/biking network. The first public information meeting for Nicolls Road BRT will be held at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:00- 9:00P.M. 
 
4.  The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting on December 26th, 7:00 PM at Raynor Beach County Park.

5.  Their will be no regular meetings of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization in December or January.  Stay tuned for information regarding topics/guest speakers at meetings starting in February.

Upcoming Farmers, Craft, Artistry Market

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Farmers, Craft, Artistry Market

Sunday, December 11

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Ronkonkoma Fire District Building
(Corner of Portion Road and Hawkins Avenue)  

Vendors will be offering a variety of foods and other goods.

Ronkonkoma Hub Update

Several members of the community have recently asked us to provide an update on the Ronkonkoma Hub project since we previously shared that ground would be broken for Phase 1 in late 2016.  

According to Rob Loscalzo from Tritec Real Estate:

  • In July, Tritec purchased the fence company site on Mill Road and in August, Tritec purchased the World Gym site.
  • In early October, Tritec finalized the Phase 1 Site Plans with the Town of Brookhaven, and so far have received approvals from the following departments: Planning, Engineering, Highway, and Traffic Safety. The plans were then submitted to the  building department and Tritec expects to have a building permit before the end of the calendar year.
  • The Phase 1 Site Plans have received approvals from Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW) and Suffolk County Health Department. 
  • In September, the Council of Environmental Quality unanimously approved the pumping of waste to the Bergen Point Plant and made a recommendation to the Suffolk County Legislature to approve the pump station. Earlier this month the pump station plan was unanimously approved by the Suffolk County Legislature Environmental Subcommittee to be voted on by the full legislature. Last week, the full legislature voted to approve the pump station. The SC Legislature also voted unanimously to approve the inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Islandia to allow the forced sewer main to go through the street Right of Ways in the Village.  Tritec has  been working with the County Engineers to finalize the path through the development area.
  • On December 6, the Suffolk County Legislature Budget Committee makes its recommendation to fund the appropriations to build the pump station and forced sewer main. 
  • On December 20th, the Suffolk County Legislature will have a public hearing on the appropriations to fund the construction. 
  • After the Suffolk County Legislature approves the appropriations, the Suffolk County DPW will be able to go out to bid with the plans. They will notice the bid in the paper for 6 weeks, after which they will take 4 to 6 weeks to qualify the bids and another 4 to 6 weeks to negotiate a contract. After the contract is executed, construction will start on the forced sewer main and pump station. It is expected to take about 18 to 20 months for completion.
  • Tritec plans to mobilize on site this January, and depending on the weather, expects to start demolition and site work. The start of Phase I construction is planned for April 2017.
  • Tritec is aware of graffiti on a few buildings that have been purchased & are now vacant.  They have started the process to have the graffiti cleaned or repainted.  They have met with the police since the same vandal tagged other buildings in the area.

Meeting Schedule for 2017

All meetings are at 7:30 PM, at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.


Thursday, February 9th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 9th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 13th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 11th: Annual Civic Meeting
Thursday, June 8th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 14th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 12th: "Meet the Candidates"
Thursday, November 9th: General Membership Meeting

If you use Google Calendar, you can subscribe to the Google's LRCO Meeting Calendar by clicking on this link:


Keep Ronkonkoma Clean Every First Saturday

Every first Saturday of the month volunteers like you help keep Lake Ronkonkoma clean.
Saturday, April 3, 9:00 AM
will be our next Portion Road & Hawkins Avenue Clean Up, weather permitting.
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Highlights from the Last LRCO Meeting



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
anonymous 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.
 

Hope to see you at a future meeting!  
If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following:

LRCO Community Survey Presentation

If you missed the last meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization, you missed a presentation on the results of our first community survey.
Click on Read more… below to see the presentation slides.Read more...

Additional Opportunities to Meet the Candidates

ABCO & Member Civics: Debate
Monday, October 17, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
1st District Congressional Candidates
Medford Firehouse, 171 Oregon Avenue, Medford

Centereach, Selden, Lake Ronkonkoma Civics:
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 PM
Centereach Fire House, 9 South Washington Ave, Centereach

Lake Cleanup October 15th, 9 AM

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Meet at Brookhaven’s Michael Murphy Beach on Lake Shore Road.

Ronkonkoma Street Fair Sunday, 9/4

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Lake Cleanup August 27th, 10 AM

Lake Ronkonkoma Clean Up

Summer Concert Re-cap

On August 4, 2016 the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization held its first summer concert at Raynor Park in Lake Ronkonkoma.   Presenting a mix of classical music and show tunes, the seven  musicians and a barbershop quartet provided excellent entertainment with their array of talents. Many in the crowd enjoyed the sing-alongs to "Sweet Summertime", "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".  Seven lucky members of the civic won gift certificates to Mamma LaRosa's, Chimichanga, Mesoyios, Flanagan's, and the Island Rock Diner.  Some in the crowd went to Gino's Pizza and the Island Rock Diner afterwards where they were given 10% discounts. We wish to thank both of them for their generosity and the diner for donating two gift certificates for our raffle.   Please see some pictures from the concert below.

We hope to see you at our upcoming concerts and events. If anyone would like to perform in our future concerts, please contact Fred at 631-338-6062

 
Thank you!


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Long Island's Hidden Past: Lake Ronkonkoma

A special lake, in the heart of Long Island, is featured in this month's Long Island's Hidden Past segment.
Three different tribes lived around Lake Ronkonkoma. To them, the lake was sacred, and used to do their hunting and fishing.
Formed by ancient glaciers, is Long Island's largest fresh water lake. 

http://longisland.news12.com/news/long-island-s-hidden-past-lake-ronkonkoma-1.12118139

Follow Up Regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge

The civic has received additional information regarding the bridge project that we'd like to pass along:
  • Crews have been working every day since the community meeting.
  • As was requested by the community, the number of left turn lanes from the North Service Road onto the bridge was reduced to one from two.
  • They are working on getting a left-turn signal on Patchogue-Holbrook Road & the North Service Road (northbound while on the bridge) to help move traffic along quicker.
  • They will be putting "Do Not Block the Box" pavement markings on the intersection with the South Service Road.
  • They have moved the detour sign on Patchogue-Holbrook Road BEFORE Union Avenue to give unfamiliar drivers the opportunity to take Union Avenue as an alternate.  
  • They have increased signage on the entrance ramps to the LIE before the bridge in each directions.

We will continue to pass on additional updates as received.  Thanks again to everyone who attended and provided practical and sometimes obvious solutions to some of the traffic impacts of this bridge project.

LRCO Community Survey is Closed

The LRCO Community Survey has just been closed out. We wish to express our sincere thanks to those who took the time out of their busy days to participate. Your responses will help us set priorities for future actions.
 
We are in the process of analyzing the information and will share what we’ve learned at an upcoming General Membership Meeting.
 
Enjoy the beautiful summer weather!
 
The LRCO Executive Board

LRCO Summer Concert August 4th

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LRCO Community Survey

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is always looking for new ways to ensure it is meeting the needs of the community.  We’ve prepared a brief survey as one approach.  It’s anonymous and may be followed up by future brief surveys from time to time.

Please follow the survey link below and share your thoughts so we may help make our community a place we want it to be.  And please share this with other members of the community - the more voices we hear from, the more effective this survey will be.
 

http://goo.gl/forms/b4jy4oUBxcUPDZtq1

Thank you!

Highlights from Meeting Regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge

As mentioned previously, the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has received many complaints about the status of the work on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge.  We arranged for a community meeting NYS Dept of Transportation to find out more information about when the project can expected to be completed.  

The meeting was held on June 27th at the Sachem Public Library.  Here are some highlights:
 
  • Approximately 50 members of the community were in attendance.
 
  • The bridge was in very bad shape, poorly maintained over the years.  The concrete platforms holding up the bridge were deteriorating. Some of the steel support beams needed repair. And the underpinning of the road surface was falling down.
 
  • The project has been affected by a series of delays mainly caused by accidents:  the bridge has been struck four times over the past two years by trucks.  These were serious accidents, one happened just before the work started, two significant hits subsequent to that, and one more recently.  The original completion data was June 2016 but that has obviously passed.  The contractor has an additional year (until June 2017) to complete the project, but has a financial incentive to be done before this winter.  No work can be completed during winter months.
 
  • The concrete road deck of the southbound lanes of the bridge should be poured in July, and once that's complete they can start the second half.  Those southbound lanes should be paved in July 2016 with the walkway and side rail shortly thereafter.  The northbound lanes may be paved before year end depending on weather.  It’s likely that the walkway alongside the northbound lands and that side rail will be built in the spring and may entail some limited lane closures but this isn’t definite.
 
  • The contractor will have to pay penalties if work isn’t fully completed by year end 2016 and it seems that the penalties get even more serious if work isn’t fully completed by mid-year 2017.
 
  • We learned that as part of the repairs, the bridge is being raised six inches on one end and 18 inches on the other end.
 
  • The DOT will review the traffic patterns around the bridge to try to address community concerns. Assemblyman Graf will communicate the plans and the civic will relay any news on this that we learn.
 
Thanks to everyone who attended!

2016 Brookhaven Road Paving Update

Road paving is one of the most visible services we get from Brookhaven Town. The Civic has been working with the Town to raise awareness about the state of the roads in our community and increase transparency about paving plans.Read more...

Lake Ronkonkoma Closed to Bathing

Lake Ronkonkoma, in the town of Islip, is closed to bathing due to the finding of bacterial levels in excess of acceptable criteria.
 
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.

Suffolk County Activates Public Health Information Line

County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken announced today the activation of the Public Health Information Line: 631-787-2200. The Information Line is being employed to enhance continuing efforts to detect and prevent the spread of communicable illnesses in Suffolk County. The line is now available from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Read more...

ATTENTION: Upcoming meeting regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has received many complaints about the status of the work on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge.  As mentioned previously, we asked Assemblyman Al Graf to set up a community meeting with the NYS Dept of Transportation to find out more information about when the project can expected to be completed.  

The meeting has been scheduled for Monday June 27th at the Sachem Public Library, 6:00 PM.  Please be there to voice your concerns and urge the DOT and its contractors to complete this project soon!  Please share the flyer below with your friends and neighbors.  

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New Cyanobacteria Blooms in Lake Ronkonkoma

Recent sampling performed by SUNY Stony Brook has confirmed new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Lake Ronkonkoma off Pond Road in the Town of Brookhaven and Mill Pond in Southampton.

Currently, cyanobacteria blooms exist at the following Suffolk County locations:
  • Lake Ronkonkoma (Brookhaven side)
  • Mill Pond, Southampton
  • Maratooka Pond, Mattituck
  • Agawam Lake, Southampton

Due to these findings, health officials ask residents not to use or swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area.  
Extra precautions should be taken to avoid direct exposure to waters at the Brookhaven side of Lake Ronkonkoma and Agawam Lake, as levels of cyanobacteria and associated toxins are very high. 

Though blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers, they can become abundant, forming blooms mostly typically in shades of green but also in shades of 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.  

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 blue-green algae bloom that is in a body of water that does not contain a Suffolk County permitted bathing beach, contact the Division of Water at New York State DEC: 518-402-8179 between 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. or anytime via email at
habsinfo@dec.ny.gov

To report a suspected blue-green algae bloom at a body of water that does contain a Suffolk County-permitted bathing beach, contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at 631-852-5760 between 8:30 – 4:30 or by anytime via email at
scdhsweb@suffolkcountyny.gov

For a comprehensive list of affected waterbodies in NY State, visit the DEC’s Harmful Algal Bloom Notification Page at 
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.html

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

Highlights from the last LRCO meeting

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following updates:

1.  Members of Boy Scout Troop 9 were in attendance.  They were fulfilling a requirement for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.

2.  Anna Throne-Holst, Democratic candidate for Congress, addressed the membership, speaking about her background, experience and priorities if she is elected.  She is being challenged in a Democratic primary by Dave Calone.  A representative of Mr. Calone was also at the meeting.  The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 28th.


3.  Maria Barbara from County Legislator Cilmi's office was in attendance.

4.  County Legislator Tom Muratore was there and provided an update on the county budget issues and red light cameras.

5.  A representative from NYS Assemblyman Al Graf's office was there to discuss the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge project as well as the Assemblyman's efforts on the heroin epidemic.  The civic has asked the Assemblyman to set up a meeting between the civic and other community stakeholders and the NYS Dept of Transportation regarding the bridge project.  We will certainly pass on to the community any updates that we received.  Right now, they claim it will be finished in August.  However, to those of us who regularly travel over the bridge, that seems optimistic at best. 


6.  Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle and Chamber of Commerce representative Kevin Hyms spoke about the Hawkins Avenue revitalization project.
- 22 new street lights have been installed.
- New street trees have been planted.
- New drainage basins will be installed.
- Hawkins Avenue, from Division to Smith, will be repaved in the fall.
- Pedestrian countdown timers were installed at Division Street.
'In addition, other updates from Councilman LaValle:
- The parks department has cut the grass at Arrowhead Park.
- Shoprite is expected to open in 2017 (located at the old Waldbaum's on Portion Road).
- Five corners:  the signage at that corner (from the shopping center) is in fact allowed, a permit is in place.  The civic had asked the town if the unattractive & cluttered signs there were legal.
- The town will be paving streets on the Farmingville-Lake Ronkonkoma border, specifically Warren Avenue and some of the side streets there.
- The proposed roundabout for Five Corners is still in the planning phase.  The civic will be attending a presentation by the town's consultant.
- The town board passed a resolution requiring a new septic system be installed when any structure is built or re-built within 500 feet of protected bodies of water.

5.  An orchestra is being formed to present an evening of music at Raynor Park during this summer.  Musicians are needed; auditions are tentatively scheduled for July 9th at Raynor Park.  For more information and/or if you are interested, please contact Fred Wallenmaier:
6.  The civic will be placing a plaque in memory of Pat Duffield at Arrowhead Park.  Pat was a long-time member and board member of the civic and worked tirelessly on behalf of our community.  We'll let you know when the plaque is in place at the park.

7.  The next LRCO general meeting is not until September.  We'll continue to update you over the summer on events and issues important to the community.  Enjoy the summer and congratulations to all of the new graduates!

Squashing the litterbugs

The column below appeared in Newsday recently.  Given that members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization have spent countless days cleaning up after other people, we felt it was worth sharing the author's sentiments.  Since its creation, the civic has made it a priority to do its part to pick up roadside litter (along Portion Road, Hawkins Avenue and Railroad Avenue) and trash along the shores of the lake.  We hope that one day, we will no longer need to do so.


Squashing the litterbugs
May 22, 2016
By Michael Dobie  
michael.dobie@newsday.com

When we bought a house and moved to Long Island from the Bronx more than 25 years ago, there were certain things I was prepared for. Those quintessentially Long Island things.

I did not expect one of them to be litter. On my own property. In single-family-home heaven.
It’s not so bad in the winter, but now ’tis the season.

That’s not my imagination. The temperature rises, and the litter falls. A lot of it ends up on my lawn. Or, more precisely, on the planting strip outside the hedge and the fence.
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For Town of Brookhaven Residents - Special Recycling Event Schedule

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Next Civic Meeting: June 9th

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

We will be discussing the status of repaving town roads and the downtown revitalization grant project.

Civic meetings are open to members and non-members.

MUSICIANS NEEDED!

The Civic is working on an evening of music to be performed by local musicians in Raynor Park this summer.
If you are interested in joining the orchestra, contact Fred at
niecees0413@yahoo.com

Town of Brookhaven Residential Building Permit Requirements & Process



Also, here again are links to pamphlets detailing what is allowed and what requires a building permit:
As mentioned previously, the last civic meeting featured an in-depth discussion on the residential permit process in general, with a focus on decks & sheds as these commonly result in homeowners having to obtain approval after the fact and perhaps also having to appear before the Zoning Board.   Provided below is more in-depth guidance as provided by the Town of Brookhaven.  However, please contact the Town of Brookhaven Building Division directly for assistance with your specific situation.
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Shed Flyer

Please share this e-mail with your friends and neighbors who might benefit from this information.

Why do I need a Building Permit?
 It’s the law! The Town of Brookhaven Building Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and Brookhaven Town Code Section 16-3.

 
When is a Building Permit Required?
 A Building Permit is required for New Homes, Additions, Alterations, Manufactured Homes, and Accessory Structures. Accessory Structures most commonly include detached garages, sheds, decks, gazebos and swimming pools. “A permit shall not be required for minor repairs to existing plumbing systems.”
 
Alterations Requiring Permits: 
• Structural changes:
Extension
Moving internal wall
• Pool; both in ground and above ground
• Fences which meet certain criteria
Over 6 feet tall
Over 4 feet tall in front yard
• Fireplace or Wood burning Stove
• Deck more than 6 inches off ground
• External cosmetic changes if house is in an historic district
• Shed more than 144 square feet (12x12)
• Gazebo more than 144 square feet
• Accessory apartment
• Finished basement (see definition of basement)
• Garage conversion (to non garage use)
• New / Replacement HVAC system
• HVAC conversion to gas
• Solar panels
• Major plumbing system modifications
• Curb cut change – Highway Department
• Driveway apron change (decorative) – Highway Department
• Large garden structures, especially those which restrict a driver’s view
• Outside basement entrance
• Detached Garage
• Barn
Alterations not requiring Permits: 
• Kitchen Remodel
• Window replacement / remodel (except historic district)
• New or replacement roof / new or replacement siding
• Electrical system upgrade (i.e. new panel)
• Driveway and related work (note driveway must be hard surface, i.e. asphalt or concrete)
• Shrubbery and trees

Process: 
• Bring paperwork (architectural plans et al) to building department (1st floor of town hall – behind guard desk).
• Meet with initial reviewer / reviewer provides form package for completion / reviewer checks package to ensure it’s complete. Scheduled appointments are available through online system.
• Meet with permit examiner / if all is in order building permit is issued.
• Note: one of the forms is a structural affidavit – this will identify any missing permits / certificates of compliance. These need to be addressed as part of the permit issuance process.  The Town has access to aerial views allowing the Town to validate the structural affidavit.
• The building permit is good for one year. Extensions are available and may be requested on line.
• During building Town inspectors must be called in to review various stages of constructions. Details will be included in the building permit package.
• Once the construction is complete a final survey must be completed (by a licensed professional such as an architect).
• The final survey and certain other paperwork are submitted to the building department for issuance of a certificate of compliance. The other paperwork will be specified in by the building department and will include items such as a tax assessor statement.

Other matters:
• When there is existing work which was done without a permit, appropriate fees/penalties must be paid.  These fees are three times the standard fees.  Architectural plans are not required but appropriate descriptions must be provided to the Building Dept.
• Existing work done without a permit must be addressed prior to sale of property.
• The building department will research original certificates of occupancy and certificates of compliance and surveys, for a fee.

Stakeholders Meeting to discuss proposed changes to Suffolk County’s Sanitary Code, Construction Standards, and the upcoming Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan

In accordance with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's Reclaim Our Waters initiative and the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, Suffolk County is pursuing proactive measures to reduce nitrogen pollution of our waters. The county is currently testing several innovative alternative single-home wastewater treatment systems to evaluate their effectiveness at reducing the amount of nitrogen that leaches from typical wastewater systems that have been widely used in Suffolk County.
 
To accommodate the use of alternative-wastewater-treatment systems, changes are being proposed tothe Suffolk County Sanitary Code and Construction Standards. In concert with the proposed changes to the codes and standards, a Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan is being prepared that will provide recommendations for nitrogen load reduction goals and a recommended wastewater management strategy for all of the priority subwatersheds of Suffolk County. The stakeholders meeting will present the proposed changes to the Suffolk County Sanitary Code and Construction Standards and will present the proposed scope of work for the Suffolk County Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan.
 
When:                 12:30 -3:30 p.m., May 16, 2016; registration begins at 12:00 p.m.
 
Where:                Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, Babylon Student Center- Montauk Point Room, Selden, N.Y.
 
Registration:      Seating to this event may be limited. Please click on the link below to RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/subwatersheds-wastewater-plan-and-proposed-changes-to-sanitary-code-tickets-25207033917

MEMBERSHIP CONTEST!

If you are a member of the civic in good standing and you get a new family to join as a member by our June meeting (June 9th), you will win a $15 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. If you are not a member but join the civic as a paying member with a friend, you too can win a $15 gift certificate.
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LRCO Update

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following updates:

1. Ronkonkoma Hub update: Initial ground breaking is likely to commence in November, pushed back from this summer.
  • Tritec, the developer, does not plan to include Section 8 housing at the HUB.
  • The State budget included funding for commuter parking structures which will replace the parking north of the tracks. This is of critical importance to the project
  • The civic will form a committee to make sure Tritec follows through on their commitments to the community.

2. The next LRCO general meeting is scheduled for May 12. We’ll discuss the Land Use Plan and residential building permit requirements.

3. May 21 is the Great Brookhaven Cleanup Day. LRCO will participate with a clean-up effort at Lake Ronkonkoma. More details to follow.

4. The Lake Ronkonkoma Inter-municipal Organization (IO) had its first meeting recently. George Schramm and Dawn Hopkins, LRCO Board members, presented draft bylaws for consideration by the IO. This is an important step towards remaking the Lake into the community asset it once was and should be.

5. The Town Board passed a resolution sponsored by Councilman LaValle and co-sponsored by Councilwoman Cartwright last week requiring the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to attend semiannual meetings with the Law Department. The Law Department will review land use plans and recent town code changes. The intent is to encourage these board to make decisions consistent with community interests. LRCO strongly supports this resolution.

LRCO Update: Sachem School District News

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the Sachem School District. Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer, attended the last school board meeting and provided the following summary:

  • The school board voted not to pierce the tax cap reversing their previous direction. The state tax cap is 0.76%. The previous decision to pierce the tax cap was made before the State budget passed. With the additional school funding from the New York State budget, Sachem will stay within the Tax Cap. The budget is not finalized but while they discussed reinstating some of the cuts made over the past year, indications are that not all of the cuts will be reinstated. The next and final budget meeting will be Wednesday April 20.
  • The school board also voted to select the new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth E Graham. He replaces James Nolan who is retiring June 30. Dr. Graham presently works in the Long Beach school district as assistant superintendent of schools.

Suffolk County to Increase Rabies Monitoring

With a recent report of the capture of a rabid raccoon in Nassau County and out of an abundance of caution, Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced today that he has ordered increased surveillance of raccoons in the Towns of Babylon and Huntington, which border Nassau County.

“Suffolk County has an ongoing countywide rabies surveillance program that we will be enhancing in in those western towns in light of this new information,” said Dr. Tomarken. “We ask the public’s assistance.”

Reporting Guidelines:
  • Residents of all towns are asked to report raccoons that come into contact with humans or pets to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
  • Residents of the Towns of Huntington and Babylon are asked to report abnormally acting raccoons and dead raccoons.
  • In towns other than Huntington and Babylon, dead raccoons should be discarded in the garbage in a safe manner and with no direct physical contact with people or pets.

Residents are asked to report sightings to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services by calling 631-852-5900, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, call 631-852-4820.

Rabies Protection:
New York State and Suffolk County law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinating your pet not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people. It is very important to make sure that these animals, as well as livestock and horses have current rabies vaccinations. To further protect yourself from possible exposure to rabies:

  • Keep dogs, cats and ferrets on a leash and keep livestock confined in the evening.
  • Do not have contact with any animal other than your own.
  • Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near your home.
  • Do not touch dead or dying animals. Use a shovel, wear rubber gloves and double bag the
  • carcass, if you need to move them.
  • Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting in an unusual way.
  • Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.
  • Children should be advised to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or scratched by any animal.
  • To prevent the possible spread of the rabies virus, no one, including trappers and nuisance wildlife rehabilitators, should transport and relocate any wild animals at this time.

For more information on rabies, visit the New York State Department of Health website at http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/rabies/rabies.htm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/.

LRCO Update: Lake Advisory Board Meeting

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the last Lake Advisory Board meeting. Dawn Hopkins, civic vice president attended along with civic president George Schramm, and provided the following summary:

Besides members of the Lake Advisory Board, about twenty-five people attended the Lake Advisory Board meeting on March 9.

Larry Farrell, community member, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the physical conditions around the Lake. Remnants of the bookstore that burned, fallen trees and debris scattered around the Lake were among the pictures that he showed. He wants to work on lake restoration in 2016.

Chart Guthrie, regional fisheries manager for the New York State DEC, reviewed his plan for development of the fishing access site on Victory Drive. A redesign of the bio-filtration system and an enlarged parking area were some of the ideas he presented. He stressed this was still in the design phase and it would be presented to the community for input. He cited numerous sources for funding the project. A number of neighbors from Victory Drive and Richmond Boulevard attended the meeting and some spoke about their concerns. The issue of vandalism was paramount and also that of parked cars at all hours of the day in the area. Chart pointed out he would have an access site steward from 7am until 4pm, weekends, holidays and some weekdays. The steward is recently mandated by State legislation on removal of invasive vegetation on boats going into and out of the Lake. The steward would also be charged with reporting incidents of concern. Chart also pointed out that there is a 24-hour DEC hotline: 877-457-5680.

George Schramm gave a history of the Memorandum of Understanding that created the Intermunicipal Organization which, for the first time, has Brookhaven, Islip, Smithtown and Suffolk County unified and committed to the health of the Lake.

LRCO Update: Friedman Property aka Ackerly Lane Office Building

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the Planning Board hearing for the proposed office building on Ackerly Lane near Portion Road. Dawn Hopkins, civic vice president attended and provided the following summary:

Numerous hearings have been scheduled and held on this application to build a dental practice facility on Ackerly Lane. Local residents have turned out in opposition to the development at each hearing.

Given the grading of the land and the size (2 stories) of the building, occupants of the new building would look directly into a neighbor's kitchen. There is a concern about adequate parking with neighbors worrying about people parking on the surrounding streets of Ackerly and Conway.

The Civic is also concerned with the encroachment of commercial business into residential neighborhoods. The Land Use Plan, developed by the community and the Town of Brookhaven, specifically underscores that commercial business belongs on Portion Road not in residential areas. Towards that, 66 neighbors in the Ackerly community signed a petition against this building being placed on a residential block.

The application has been placed on the Planning Board's decision calendar for March 21st.

LRCO Update: Sachem Budget

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the Sachem School District budget. Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer, attended the last school board meeting and provided the following summary:

The Sachem School Board has tentatively agreed to a budget that will result in a 1.99% property tax rate increase. The approval is tentative because the State budget and school aid amount is not yet final. The 1.99% property tax rate increase technically pierces the State tax cap and will therefore require a 60% approval rate in the district-wide budget vote. If there is no change in state aid, the level of services will be the same as in the current school year, but for the previously approved closure of two elementary schools and one middle school. If state aid increases, the Board will have the opportunity to revisit the level of services. Note that the State budget deadline is April 1st so this should be resolved shortly, if the State acts on time.

LRCO Update: Suffolk County Alarm Management Program

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed a briefing on this program by Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer:

Suffolk County passed legislation last year requiring residents and business with central alarm systems to obtain permits from the Suffolk County Policy Department by April 1, 2016. A brief brochure was recently mailed to all Suffolk County addresses describing the program and how to obtain a permit. The stated purpose of the program is to reduce the cost of police response to false alarms. After April 1, 2016, policy response to a false alarm will result in a fine. This fine is waived for those with a current permit. The permit costs residents $50 the first year and $25 in renewal years.

A copy of the brochure is provided below.

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LRCO Update: Town of Brookhaven Info

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on Town of Brookhaven issues. Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer, attended the last town board meeting and provided the following updates:

1. Councilmen LaValle and Foley, who together represent the LRCO community, have indicated that we should see more local paving in 2016 and 2017. Hawkins Avenue, which spans both council districts, will be paved in 2016 in conjunction with the downtown revitalization project. Councilman LaValle stated that additional streets will be paved in his district in 2016. These should include the South Howell and Crestwood Lane area. Councilman Foley advised that he is working off of the civic’s submitted street list and it has been submitted to the Town Highway Department.

The civic will continue to provide updates on progress towards getting adequate attention to our community’s streets.

2. Numerous people spoke at the Town Board meeting in support of Caithness II. Caithness II is a proposed 750 megawatt power plant to be located in Yaphank nearby the existing Caithness I power plant. PSE&G recently reported that projected demand on Long Island does not support Caithness II and the project was set aside. The Town stated that it is not on the Town decision calendar and that the Town had already given all requisite approvals. The speakers advised that they were requesting action by the Town Board as individuals in support of this project. There are many issues related to energy needs and the future of Long Island. While these were not discussed at the meeting, this is a high-stakes issue and is should heat up considerably in the near future.

SCPD March 2016 Community Meeting Invitation

Open invitation to March’s monthly 6th Precinct Community Meeting;

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 at 7PM at the Middle Island Fire Department, located at 31 Arnold Dr. Middle Island (directly off Middle Country Rd.). Please spread the word.

Respectfully,
P.O. Todd Bradshaw
Suffolk County Police Department
6th Precinct COPE Unit
400 Middle Country Road
Selden, NY 11784
Phone: (631)854-8689
E-mail: todd.bradshaw@suffolkcountyny.gov

Next Civic Meeting: March 10th

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

Please attend this informative meeting and invite others to come as well.

Thank you!

Sachem School District Preliminary Budget

The Sachem School Board met February 24, 2016. Among other agenda items, they discussed the upcoming Budget. The Board has recently been forced to make mid-year budget adjustments to deal with financial shortfalls. The Board also decided to close three schools for the upcoming school year to address the emerging financial stress.

The financial shortfalls are substantially the result of years of reduced NY State School funding and unfunded State mandates. The actual amount of NY State school funding for 2016/2017 will not be finalized until the State finalizes its budget on or about April 1, but unfortunately preliminary funding projections are modest. While our local legislators are making every effort to provide additional funds, the Board needed to make preliminary decisions based on the preliminary funding projection.

The Board has tentatively decided to pierce the State property tax cap in order to properly fund the current level of school services. The State tax cap is 0.76% and the Board is proposing a 1.9% tax rate increase. The Board made this decision recognizing that the NY State tax rebate program refunding school property tax increases in Districts that stayed within the tax cap has ended and been replaced with a far more modest program. Thus the impact of piercing the cap is significantly reduced.

The Board fully intends to work with our State representatives to encourage additional State aid. Once the Board knows the final amount, final decisions about the proposed Sachem School Property Tax Rates, and the level of school services provided will be made. This should occur in the first weeks of April.

February Meeting: Ronkonkoma Hub Update


Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend last Thursday’s civic meeting:

  1. President George Schramm updated attendees on several local land use projects: proposed office building on the corner of Portion & Ackerly, Dunkin Donuts parking lot expansion, Wendy’s redevelopment and others.
  2. Rob Loscalzo and Jim Coughlan from Tritec Real Estate gave a presentation on the latest news on the Ronkonkoma Hub project. Residents in attendance asked many questions of the Tritec representatives:
  3. Several key properties have been purchased for Phase 1 of the project (eastern side of Mill Road); other parcels are in contract. They expect to break ground later in 2016.
  4. They are buying up properties from multiple owners for Phase 2 of the project (east of Hawkins Avenue).
  5. Phase 1 is primarily residential, with six buildings, 489 dwelling units, 1,000 estimated residents. Phase 2 is mixed use buildings: offices, retail, residential.
  6. Right now, the residences are planned to be 10% owner-occupied (condos) and 90% rentals. The rentals will include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, with studios starting at $1,350/month. There will not be an affordable housing component to the project.
  7. Phase 2 will have nine buildings as well as five parking structures (not for commuters). A major grocery store could be included here.
  8. Phase 3 includes more office and retails space plus a parking garage to replace the lost parking for commuters.
  9. Phase 4 focuses on some of the area between Hawkins Avenue and Mill Road.
  10. They discussed some of the architectural details of the buildings, including the use of arches throughout the project as well as French quarter style details in the residential buildings.
  11. See images below of Phase 1 and Phase 2.
  12. There was also discussion about the sewering. Right now, there will be a pumping station at the far east end of the project to hook up to the Southwest Sewer District.
  13. Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy was in attendance and engaged Tritec in specific questions on the project.

Hope to see you at the next civic meeting!

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Another Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

On Monday January 25, community members attended this Planning Board hearing to speak about the proposed office building at the corner of Portion Road and Ackerly Lane.

Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Vice President Dawn Hopkins along with nearby property owners addressed the Planning Board. The owners of nearby parcels spoke of their concerns about the amount of trash that currently accumulates on the property as well as the youths that congregate in the parking lot at night. Their fear is that this new building will create more of an opportunity for these behaviors. A significant concern was the placement and height of the proposed building that will allow the occupants to look directlyinto the kitchen and backyard of the house next door.

The civic pointed out that the required notice of property change to the community was incorrectly posted on public property (telephone pole) instead of the Friedman property. We also spoke to the lack of posting on Ackerly Lane where the proposed building would actually be built. As a result, the Planning Board determined there must be a correct re-posting done on Ackerly and Portion. The application will be reheard at the February 8 Planning Board meeting.

Sachem School Board votes to close Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools and Sequoya Middle School

Members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended the last Sachem School Board meeting, the main focus of which was the decision to close three schools to help address the district's financial difficulties. A summary of the meeting follows:

The Sachem School Board met Wednesday evening January 20, 2016 to make the final decision on school closings. The School Board had voted to propose closing Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools and Sequoya Middle School during their December 16, 2015 meeting. The next and final steps to finalize the proposal were a Public Hearing and then a School Board vote. The Public Hearing occurred Wednesday. Numerous people addressed the School Board members covering three basic issues.
Residents associated with Gatelot expressed their disappointment that Gatelot was selected. They cited comments in the report of the Facilities Study Committee Report from January 2014 stating that Gatelot should not be closed.
School nurses and parents expressed concern about nurse staffing after realignment.
Residents expressed concern about Administrative and Custodial staffing after realignment.
The School Board closed the Public Hearing and commenced the regular meeting. Item 9.3 was the resolution to close Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools and Sequoya Middle School. This resolution passed by a vote of 6 to 3. The school closings take effect with the school year starting September 2016.

The School Board and Administration advised meeting attendees that the vote does not decide staffing of Nurses, Administrative or Custodial personnel for the upcoming school year. Staffing will be determined during the budget process which will commence shortly.

The School Board and Administration also advised meeting attendees that they intend to make every effort to lease the closed schools and do not intend to sell them at this time. They pointed out that they leave the option open to reopen the schools at a later date if circumstances warrant.

New Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

There is a new hearing date for this proposed office building, at the corner of Portion Road and Ackerly Lane. The hearing will be on Monday January 25th at 4:00 PM. This hearing is number 4 on the agenda. The agenda reads:

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

We have previously communicated our concerns about the original proposal. In December, we met with a representative of the property owner to discuss those concerns and review a revised proposal.

​The building itself is much improved; the architecture matches the current office building at that corner and appears to be compliant with the Land Use Plan (LUP) for this part of the Portion Road corridor. [See images below.]

The LUP also suggests that a new building on this property be aligned with the existing commercial frontage along Portion Road, as is the existing building, as opposed to being placed on a residential side street (Ackerly Lane). Placing the building on Portion Road would also protect the residential properties on Ackerly and Conway.

However, should the building be placed on Ackerly, we would recommend the following protective measures:
Maximize the size of the buffer along the east, south, and west property lines
Within these buffers, use as much of the natural vegetation as possible supplemented with additional evergreen landscaping, such as Leyland cypress.
The buffer should also address the grade change across the properties and try to limit the visibility of the structure at the second floor level.
Use landscaping to disguise the retaining wall that’s visible from the street.

We are also concerned that proper noticing of this hearing has not been done; the required signs on the parcel itself have not been posted properly.

We encourage nearby property owners to attend Monday’s hearing to share their concerns and comments on this proposal with the Planning Board.

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Long Island Water Quality Hearings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) are embarking on a Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, that is part of a wide-range of actions necessary to restore Long Island’s drinking and surface water.
 
In connection, they are hosting three meetings to discuss the scope of this plan and are looking for input from stakeholders.
 
SUFFOLK COUNTY
Date: February 1, 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center - 260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Suffolk County Community College, Culinary Arts Center Multipurpose Room - 20 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
 
NASSAU COUNTY
Date: February 3, 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Hofstra University, North Campus, Sondra & David S. Mack Student Center - Multipurpose Room - Hempstead, NY 11549
 

RSVP to the NYSDEC by January 28, 2016 to LIwaterquality@dec.ny.gov.

 
It is important for the DEC and LIRPC to hear everyone’s views on what Long Island needs to do in order to restore water quality. Whatever you have to contribute is welcome! We hope to see you there.


Public Service Commission REV Information Sessions

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On January 26, 2016, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will offer information and the opportunity for public comment  on Long Island regarding the regulatory reforms proposed under “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comprehensive strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.
The information sessions regarding REV will take place at the Suffolk County Legislative Building, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and at the Nassau County Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public will be invited to submit comments immediately following these hour-long sessions.
“Through regulatory overhaul, REV is remaking New York’s utilities to encourage the cleanest, most advanced, and efficient power system operation,” said PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman. “We are seeking innovative ways to redesign state programs to support clean energy, accelerate market growth, unlock private investment and ensure that by the year 2030 half of the state’s energy needs are met by renewable resources.”
To this end, the Department of Public Service – the Staff arm of the PSC – filed a "White Paper on Ratemaking and Utility Business Models" (see attached) on July 28, 2015 (http:/www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/C12C0A18F55877E785257E6F005D533E?OpenDocument). The White Paper sets forth proposed reforms for the utility business model, the ratemaking process, and rate design. Comments from parties and the public will be considered by the PSC as it moves forward with the REV initiative. These hearings and forums are the latest in a series of REV-related public events designed to maximize public education about and participation in Commission decisions.  Previous events have included a symposium, a seminar series, technical conferences, Commission conferences, numerous webinars, prior public statement hearings and public information forums, and informal meetings with stakeholders and communities.  Notice of future events will be posted on the Commission’s web site.
In order to make comments on the record, it is not necessary to be present at the start of a hearing or to make an appointment in advance. Written materials will be accepted but they are not required of public speakers. Persons will be called to speak after completing a request card. The public statement hearing will continue until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made.
Disabled persons requiring special accommodations should call the DPS's Human Resources Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711. Individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English are encouraged to call the Commission at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this notice.
Other Ways to Comment
Internet or Mail: In addition to speaking at the formal hearings, members of the public desiring to comment may submit written comments by sending them electronically to the Commission’s Secretary at secretary@dps.ny.gov or by mail or delivery to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments should refer to Case 14-M-0101.
 
Toll-free Opinion Line: Comments may also be submitted through the Commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending cases from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should press “1” to leave comments for the cases referenced above.
 
Opinion-line comments are not transcribed but are summarized, with the summary reported to the Consumer Advocate and the Commission. Written comments may be accessed on the Commission’s website by searching Case 14-M-0101 in the input box labeled "Search for Case Number" and clicking on the “Public Comments” tab. Many libraries offer free Internet access.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
 
Under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), New York State is spurring clean-energy innovation and attracting new investment to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV encompasses groundbreaking regulatory reform to integrate clean energy into the core of our power grid, redesigned programs and strategies to unlock private capital, and active leadership in deploying innovative energy solutions across the State’s own public facilities and operations. REV will enable a dynamic, clean-energy economy operating at a scale that will stimulate opportunities for communities across the state to create jobs and drive local economic growth, while protecting our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.
Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY

Suffolk Drone Bill Public Hearing on January 21

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, pursuant to Local Law 29-2015, will hold a public hearing, in order to receive input from the public regarding the establishment of an unmanned aerial vehicle permitting process and regarding which County parks are appropriate to allow such permits to be utilized.
A public hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Media Room 182 of the H. Lee Dennison Building, located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788, at which time all interested persons will be heard.

Lake Advisory Board Meetings for 2016

SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATURE
LAKE RONKONKOMA ADVISORY BOARD


MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2016

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Wednesday March 9th, 2016

Wednesday May 11th, 2016

Wednesday July 13th, 2016

Wednesday September 14th, 2016

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM

Location
Clerk’s Conference Room at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building (Bldg. No. 20)
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, New York.

QUESTIONS?
Contact the 12th Legislative District Office
(Office): 631-854-3735