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Welcome to the Manor Park Civic!

The Manor Park Civic Association has been serving the community since 1983. The Association was formed over concerns that the Town of Brookhaven intended to expand the operations at Brookhaven Muncipal Airport and was already in the process of seeking to condemn homes in Manor Park for expansion of the airport. Ultimately, the Town was successful in taking only three homes to provide a buffer zone for the Airport. These buffer zones have been a source of concern for the residents of the area who must be constantly aware of activity at the Airport in order to ensure that the peaceful and small nature of the Airport is not destroyed by inappropriate development.

Oddly enough, this has been a recurring battle for the residents of Manor Park for the almost 25 years, as the Town seeks to ever increase its revenues from activity at the Airport at the expense of the quality of life of nearby residents.

Additionally, the Manor Park Civic Association is a strong and steadfast proponent of preserving the entire Mastic Woods. The 254 acre Mastic Woods surrounds Manor Park and has been the target of relentless development pressure and abandonment by elected officials for many years.

The Mastic Woods is home to the headwaters of the embattled Forge River and the residents of Manor Park were among the first to call for its preservation and restoration. President MaryAnn Johnston even filed a successful Article 78 to stop the Town from permitting a massive PRC to be built with a Sewage Treatment Plant at the headwaters of the Forge River, or as the Town proposed cesspool systems for the project located at none other than the Town owned Calabro Airport.

The Mastic Woods is second on the critical preservation list of the Long Island's Last Stand group and is now the subject of a Planning Steps Resolution by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning. The efforts of the Manor Park Civic Association were critical to convincing the developer to sell the Mastic Woods for open space preservation.

Manor Park continues to be an advocate for our residents and aims to preserve and enhance their quality of life now and for the future.

Election Debate Oct. 17, 2016
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Manor Park Civic Association is proud to co-sponsor the 2016 Congressional Candidates Forum to be held on October 17, 2016 at the Medford Fire Department, 171 Oregon Avenue, Medford (Corner of Rte. 112 and Oregon Ave).  Both of this year’s candidates, Lee Zeldin and Anna Throne-Holst, have agreed to participate. 

The purpose of the Forum is to provide the candidates an opportunity to educate the public about their individual positions on important issues and provide a side by side comparison of the candidates.  Audience members may submit written questions for the candidates, who will each have an opportunity to respond.  Questions may also be sent in advance to ABCO at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This event, which is open to the public at large and all participating ABCO members, will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 9:30 p.m.  Press coverage is expected as this is one of the few, if not only, one on one meetings of these two candidates.  The event will also be filmed for later showing on ABCO’s vimeo channel and linked to ABCO’s website (  

Library Update
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Monday, May 09, 2016
















April 13, 2016 Meeting
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Saturday, April 09, 2016


Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. A 104

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)




Sewer Treatment Plant Update

Solar Farm – Moriches-Middle Island Rd.

MMS Community Library

Please join us at our Spring meeting for the latest developments and discussion of several issues of concern, including:

The proposed Solar Farm to be located east of Cranford Boulevard on Moriches – Middle Island Road was the subject of hearing last month before the Town’s planning board.  Thanks to all our community members that testified at the hearing about their concerns with the removal of 70 acres of woods in a fragile environmental area.  Several additional issues have arisen since the hearing that we will address.

The Sewer Treatment Plant proposed by Legislator Kate Browning remains a threat to our community.  We are not included within the planned sewer district but will host the STP, which has now grown in size to 3 million gallons per day.  We submitted comments to the State concerning this proposal following the January meeting hosted by Suffolk County.  Other new developments will be discussed at this meeting.

The tax impact of the Community Library’s plan to build a $40+ million dollar new library at the old Links golf course is estimated to be a 70% increase over the current rate.  The Library Board has turned a deaf ear to the significant public opposition to this plan.  Along with other civic groups in the area, we have formally notified the Library Board of our concerns with the location and cost of this proposal. 

Modern planning emphasizes clustered downtown communities that include centrally located facilities.  The days of spending precious tax dollars to construct public buildings like libraries on far-flung campuses were over long ago.  Removing our Library to a park located behind a gated housing development makes little sense – and requires State approval.  Whether or not you believe a new library is needed, this plan does our community a disservice at a very high cost.

Please note our new meeting room at Dowling (Room 104A). 

Reminder - DUES FOR 2016 are still $20 per household.  Please help us continue to protect your community.  Pay dues at the meeting or mail to MPCA, P.O. Box 504, Moriches, NY 11955. 

Library Letter
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

                                                                                    February 22, 2016


Board of Trustees

Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library

407 William Floyd Parkway

Shirley, NY 11967


Re: Proposed Library Construction

Dear Board Members,

We write to express our continuing concerns with the proposed Library construction at the former Links property.

As we discussed at your January meeting, the Envision meetings resulted in a proposal with little support in the constituent communities.  It is our understanding that the preliminary design recently presented also was not well received.

For a number of reasons, it is clear that the current proposal has little chance of being approved by the voters.  We urge the Board to push the restart button on this entire process now to avoid wasting more time and money unnecessarily.

Moving forward, solutions to the Library’s pressing challenges must be designed with the MMS community in mind.  That appears to be one of the deficiencies in the current process.  This may require an incremental approach and/or result in a more modest proposal that our residents can support.

At the least, broader community input will be necessary.  If we can assist in any way in providing this feedback, please let us know. 

Thank you for your consideration.


John Sicignano                            Raymond G. Keenan

President                                                                                    President

Mastic Park Civic Association                                                 Manor Park Civic Association

Solar Farm
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Sunday, February 21, 2016





MONDAY MARCH 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Planning Board

Brookhaven Town Hall

1 Independence Hill

Farmingville, NY 11738



A hearing on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed solar farm to be constructed on Moriches-Middle Island Road east of Cranford Boulevard will be held by the Town Planning Board on Monday March 21, 2016. 


This hearing is required under NYS environmental laws (SEQRA) and provides an opportunity for the public to comment on the potential adverse impacts of the proposed project identified in the DEIS or omitted from the DEIS.  The impacts on existing conditions, community character, air, noise, groundwater and soil must be considered in the review.


The notice also recognizes that the existence of other solar farms in eastern Brookhaven requires a study of the cumulative impact of these projects.  Additionally, a new application for a solar farm on the 400+ acre AVR property on Moriches-Middle Island Road was recently filed with the town. 


We have requested a copy of the DEIS from the Town.  We will pass that along upon receipt.  Also, once the meeting agenda is published, we can approximate the time of the hearing.  Planning Board meetings begin at 4:00 p.m. and can run until 10:00 p.m.


Although this meeting is limited to the required environmental review, it is critical that Town officials hear from the community most impacted by this project.  Please attend if possible so that your voice is heard.

Elected Officials
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Saturday, May 02, 2015


Contact info

Councilman Daniel J. Panico

1 Independence Hill

Farmingville, NY 11738

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tel. (631) 451-6502

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine

1 Independence Hill

Farmingville, NY 11738

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tel. (631) 451-9100



Legislator Kate Browning

1120 Montauk Hwy - Suite G

Mastic, NY 11950

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tel. (631) 852-1300

County Executive Steve Bellone

P.O.Box 6100

Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099

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tel. (631) 853-4000



Senator Chuck Schumer

145 Pinelawn Rd. - Suite 300

Melville NY 11747

tel. (631) 753-0978

fax (631) 753-0997

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

155 Pinelawn Rd. -Suite 250 North

Melville NY 11747

tel. (631) 249-2825

fax (631) 249-2847



Representative Lee Zeldin

31 Oak St. - Suite 20

Patchogue, NY 11772

tel. (631) 289-1097

fax (631) 289-1268

State Senator Thomas D. Croci

250 Veterans Memorial Hwy

NYS Office Building, Rm. 2a-1

Hauppauge, NY 11788

(631) 360-3356

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Assemblyman Dean Murray; 1735 N. Ocean Ave., Ste. A

Medford, NY 11663

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Monday, March 30, 2015


Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)



Airport Sewer Treatment Plant


This meeting is open to residents of this community only

As you may know, construction of a sewer treatment plant (STP) has been proposed for the Airport located in our community.  The STP would serve the Montauk Highway business corridor and part of the residential area near the Forge River.  There are no plans to extend the proposed sewer district to this community.

The STP and leaching fields would be constructed on over 25 acres of land on the Sunrise Service Road.  Two large wooded parcels on either side of the Mastic Fire Department substation are to be cleared for the project.  Homes are located directly across the street from the STP along Maple Avenue, on the west side of the Airport. 

The STP will discharge 1.5 million gallons of treated fluids into the ground each day.  There are plans to extend the sewer district further south on the Mastic peninsula.  There is even a proposal to pipe sewage from Center Moriches to the Airport STP when sewers are installed there.

The proposal to build at the Airport has not changed since Ed Hennessy’s old Montauk Highway sewer plan was revived.  The Airport was the only site seriously considered.  In fact, three separate locations in the Manor Park area were studied although we have never been included in the plan. 

The STP offers no benefit to this area.  The proposed location on one of our busiest roads will have a negative impact on the entire community.  It will result in the loss of property values, especially for our neighbors close to the site. 

We invite you to join us to discuss this proposal and its effect on our area.  Unlike those pushing this plan, we welcome your feedback and involvement in developing a response from the entire community.  All voices will be heard and all options are open for consideration. 

Please share this information with your neighbors.

Reminder – MMS Library Annual Budget Vote – April 7, 2015. 

Reminder - DUES FOR 2015 are still $20 per household.  Please help us continue to protect your community.  Pay dues at the meeting or mail to MPCA, P.O. Box 504, Moriches, NY 11955. 


Sewer Treatment Plant (3)
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The following letter was sent to the Advance in response to Leg. Browning's latest editorial.

Legislator Kate Browning ironically complains the Tri-Hamlet area has been “neglected and ignored” at the same time she pushes a second rate sewer treatment plant.  Ms. Browning now acknowledges the STP is not state of the art as previously claimed. 

The STP is designed to reduce nitrogen to 3-5 ppm, well above the range necessary to return our waters to sustainability.  The Town of Brookhaven wisely adopted a stricter nitrogen removal standard in the Carmans River watershed, which is far healthier than our impaired Forge River.  Why should this area settle for anything less?

Let’s be clear – Ms. Browning has never engaged in direct outreach with the Manor Park community regarding her plan.  It wasn’t until these letters began appearing in the Advance that her office forwarded the STP site plan to one of our members.  Homes directly across the street from the STP are conveniently air-brushed out of the site plan.

Despite hundreds of cleared acres of land at the Airport, this plan calls for the removal of 25 acres of the wooded buffer zone on a residential street and along one of the area’s busiest roads.  Those neighboring homeowners will not be in the sewer district and will get no benefit from the STP.  In fact their homes will lose value, but that’s of no concern to Ms. Browning.

As for advocating construction of an STP in someone else’s community, our Legislator has been doing exactly that for years.  Although given multiple opportunities, Ms. Browning again has failed to provide one example of an STP built outside a sewer district.  It’s no wonder this community continues to feel “neglected and ignored.”

Raymond Keenan

President, Manor Park Civic Association 




Sewer Treatment Plan
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015


In Legislator Kate Browning’s defense of her unprecedented push to construct a sewer treatment plant (STP) outside the proposed sewer district, several relevant facts have been omitted:  

The proposal to build at the Airport has not changed since the original Montauk Highway sewer plan was revived seven years ago.  The Airport was the only site considered and, in fact, three separate locations in the Manor Park area were studied although this community has never been included in the plan.  For Ms. Browning to say now that “nothing is set in stone” is disingenuous, at best.

The FAA wisely rejected proposals to place an STP at the Airport for the Beechwood property and for the original Montauk Highway plan.  However, the FAA has no role in the State’s revisionary interest in airport land – it’s not a federal issue and not aviation-related.  Ms. Browning now admits that the County is required to pay for the proposed Airport site in any event, as it would for any other parcel.

Ms. Browning is well aware of our long time opposition to the Airport site, which has been made public in the Advance, at meetings and elsewhere.  Apparently, there has been no need for public outreach since we are not voters within the proposed sewer district.  STP site plans/renderings have not been shared with the host community.

Newer technologies offer a dramatically more cost-effective solution to our pressing water quality issues.  Unfortunately, Ms. Browning’s feasibility study was conducted by a company with a vested interest in the construction of sewers, making the outcome a foregone conclusion.  Alternative treatment systems with lower monthly maintenance costs were never seriously considered.

There is nothing about this proposal that is “state of the art.”  It is a second-hand plan that relies on expensive and outdated technology.  We can and should be at the forefront in addressing the impairment of the Forge River and our bays, not 20 years behind the curve.  

Raymond Keenan

President, Manor Park Civic Association 





Sewer Treatment Plant
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Friday, February 20, 2015


The absence of community members should have been a tipoff to Senator Schumer.  (“Schumer: urges FAA approve airport land transfer to jumpstart sewer project”, February 12, 2015).  Nobody from the area was invited or even received notice of the politicians’ photo op pushing for construction of a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Brookhaven Airport.  So nobody told Schumer the surrounding community is adamantly opposed to this plan.

Why take seriously objections from folks receiving the benefits of a sewer district?  There’s the rub.  The STP site falls well outside the proposed sewer district and the closest homes – both north and south of Sunrise Highway – get to live with the STP but get no benefit from the sewer district. 

The low-lying parts of Mastic Beach and residential areas near the Forge River are most in need of sewage treatment.  Despite the availability of ample Town land close to these areas, the plan is to construct over six miles of pipeline to pump the sewage north of Sunrise Highway.  In terms the Senator can understand, that’s like piping sewage from Queens to your neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Our most immediate need is reducing residential pollution of our groundwater and waterways as quickly and cheaply as possible.  From the beginning, this plan was designed as a gift to large commercial land owners and developers along Montauk Highway.  Forge River areas were added as an afterthought to obtain funding. 

Sewers can be used to reduce pollutants that degrade our groundwater and waterways.  One drawback is the high cost – both in construction fees and annual operating expenses.  However, as Brookhaven Town’s recent approval of alternative treatment systems in the Carmans River shows, there are effective, economical on-site alternatives available. 

While the Senator is urging FAA approval of the land swap between the Town and County, there is no mention of New York State’s reversionary interest in the airport property.  When the State gave the land to the Town in 1961, it was to be used only as a landing strip for small airplanes or for “other public town purposes,” not for an STP. 

The Town cannot simply donate this property at will.  Ownership of the airport land reverts to the State if the Town does not utilize the site as intended.  Also, the FAA has twice rejected plans for an STP at the airport.

While there are better alternatives available, it is clear any STP should be located within the community to be sewered and centrally located on the peninsula to facilitate future expansion to the densely populated residential areas closest to the water. 

Raymond Keenan

President, Manor Park Civic Association 



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