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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.

April 9, 2014 Meeting
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201A

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

New Business:  Election of Officers

 

UPDATES: Airport Tree Clearing;  Sewer District;

The Meadows development;  LIRR Cleanup – East Yaphank

 

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

 

Dan Panico’s tree clearing plan at the Airport refuses to die.  That plan includes removal of all trees in certain residential areas and construction of a ring-road around the perimeter of the entire airport requiring the removal of forty additional acres of trees.  The Planning Board recently approved preliminary environmental study plans.  We have a better idea – don’t waste another dollar of taxpayer money on this unnecessary threat to our homes.

 

The latest proposal for the Montauk Highway sewer district is to use Hurricane Sandy funds for the construction.  Residential areas near the Forge River and in Mastic Beach have been tacked on to the original plan to qualify for state and federal funding.  But there’s been no change to the proposed location of the sewer treatment plant (STP) in our community, adjacent to the Mastic Fire Department substation at the Airport, despite the availability of public land within the proposed sewer district at the old golf course. 

 

The proposed mega-development at the northwest corner of William Floyd Parkway and the Expressway is moving forward despite a number of traffic and environmental concerns.  Now called “The Meadows at Yaphank,” this is the site of the old Parr Meadows racetrack and Breslin Realty’s planned “Willy World” project.  The current plan calls for over 800 housing units and a large commercial area located close to the Carmans River. 

 

For a number of years, the LIRR illegally dumped contaminated materials, including lead, asbestos and known carcinogens, alongside the tracks in an area just off River Road near the Carmans River in East Yaphank.  The MTA’s proposed solution is to cap the multi-acre site with concrete.  We agree with Town Supervisor Ed Romaine that the contaminated materials must be removed and have requested the DEC reject the MTA’s proposal and require removal of the materials. 

 

Reminder - DUES FOR 2014 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. 

 

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LIRR Cleanup
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

                                                                                                                                March 12, 2014

Department of Environmental Conservation

Division of Environmental Remediation

625 Broadway

Albany, NY 1233-7015

 

Attn.: Nathan Putnam

Re: Yaphank (LIRR); DEC site # V00384

Dear Mr. Putnam:

                I write concerning the proposed remedy at the voluntary cleanup site referenced above. 

I will first take this opportunity, however, to acknowledge your professional presentation at the March 6, 2014 meeting of the East Yaphank Civic Association.  Your obvious familiarity with the site, its environmental contamination and the proposed plan, together with your tactful responses to various questions and comments, was appreciated and helpful.

The proposed plan, which basically involves capping the site, is unacceptable to this community.  The better solution, according to the residents I have spoken with, is “Alternative 3,” by which the soil containing numerous contaminants would be removed from the site.  In this, we agree with the conclusion of Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine, as reflected in his February 7th letter (copy attached), that only Alternative 3 offers a safe, permanent and effective remedy.

Among those contaminants, lead was found at significantly high levels.  As you know, lead is associated with many human health risks, including ADHD, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  The consensus of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and others is that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children.  This area is already exposed to high levels of airborne lead due its proximity to Brookhaven Airport, where lead-based aviation gasoline is used exclusively.

As the DEC is aware, this contaminated site is located in an environmentally sensitive area.  Located near the Carmans River, groundwater flow reaches the river within several years.  The effect of the identified contaminants on the river flora and fauna, and up the food chain, has not been studied.  To risk the health of this waterway, after great local efforts to preserve the river, is unwise and unnecessary.

In contrast, removal of the contaminated soil eliminates the threat of future calamity to the river, wildlife and humans.  That removal should be accomplished in covered transport vehicles via roadway or rail so the contamination is not spread along the route.  As a suggestion, the contaminated soil should be returned to its place of origin.

Sincerely,

________________________________

RAYMOND G. KEENAN, President

 
Airport Tree Clearing
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The tree clearing plan at the Airport we have been fighting is back on the agenda!

The Planning Board will vote tomorrow, January 27th, on the original unmodified plan.  That includes complete tree removal in certain areas and construction of a ring road around the entire airport perimeter with the clearing of over forty additional acres of trees. 

The proposal before the Planning Board concerns the scope of the environmental study for the tree clearing project.  We have a better idea - save the Town money and scrap this unnecessary plan.  After two successful lawsuits against this plan, the Town has not produced any evidence the FAA requires any part of this project, as they have repeatedly claimed.

Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has said he does not support unnecessary tree clearing.  Councilman Dan Panico distanced himself from the plan during the recent election.  Although Election Day has come and gone, you have to wonder who is really running this Town. 

This fight is far from over.  We will continue to keep you informed of further developments.

Last Updated ( Sunday, January 26, 2014 )
 
Sewer Treatment Plant
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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Comments on Draft Feasibility Study – Mastic Shirley Sewer District – 9/2013

The final draft feasibility study varies slightly from prior versions, but retains the essential characteristic of the original plan: creation of sewer district as a gift to large commercial land owners and developers. 

Sewers are one of the tools that can be used to reduce pollutants that degrade our groundwater and waterways.  One drawback to sewers is the high cost – both in construction fees and annual operating expenses.  However, there are effective, economical on-site alternatives, such as those the Town of Southampton is currently testing. 

Unfortunately, no alternatives have been considered in preparing this plan.  The outcome of a feasibility study conducted by those having a vested interest in the construction of sewers is a foregone conclusion.  Rather than squander additional public resources, it’s time to “can this plan” and face our most immediate need: reducing residential pollution of our groundwater and waterways as quickly and cheaply as possible. 

Our greatest environmental challenge is restoring the health of the Forge River.  Any sewer plan that does not first address the low-lying parts of Mastic Beach and residential areas near the Forge River should be rejected.  Under the draft plan, homeowners within the proposed sewer district would be forced to subsidize sewer construction for commercial property owners – many of whom neither want nor need sewers.  Meanwhile, areas having the greatest impact on the Forge River would wait years for sewer funding to be found – if that day ever comes.

The final draft clarifies that no alternatives to siting the sewer treatment plant (STP) were seriously considered at any time.  The STP has been located north of Sunrise Highway along the service road at Brookhaven Airport in each iteration of the plan.  This area falls well outside the proposed sewer district and the closest homes – both north and south of Sunrise Highway – get to live with the sights and odors of a sewer treatment plant but get no benefit from the sewer district. 

The plan speaks of “26.4 acres of available land” at the Airport that the Town has apparently agreed to donate to the sewer district for the STP.  There is no mention of the State of New York’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 a sewer treatment plant.

If the Town does not utilize the site as intended, ownership of the airport land reverts to the State.  That is, the Town cannot simply donate this property at will.  At minimum, state legislation will be required to approve the transfer and the State may take the opportunity to check that other areas of the airport have not been transferred by the Town illegally. 

The draft plan contains no analysis of the hydrological impact of a 1.5 million gallon daily outflow in the STP area.  What is the effect of this significant discharge on areas on water tables down grade and in the adjacent community?  How will the large upgrade release affect annual flow rates in the watershed?

The proposed sewer district includes areas outside the Forge River basin.  Specifically, the westernmost portion of Phase I falls well within the Carmans River watershed, a much healthier river.  As written, the plan would add nitrogen and other pollutants from the Carmans to the already overloaded Forge River basin. 

The estimated cost of some thirty million dollars for very limited sewer treatment (nitrogen removal) aimed primarily at the “redevelopment of the Montauk Highway Corridor” simply ignores the real and present needs of the Mastic peninsula communities.  That necessity is evidenced by the impaired status and 303(d) listing of the Forge River by DEC, and far outweighs any desire to enhance economic development for restaurants along the highway.  These needs have been ignored too long and meaningful residential sewer treatment is long overdue. 

Montauk Highway is simply not a pressing area for remediation, when consideration is given to the rapidly failing eco systems on and around the peninsula and the limited financial resources available for construction.  The project must be constructed to state of the art standards designed to offer the maximum benefits to the largest segment of the population and serve residents across the largest geographic area.  Wasting money to sewer a largely ‘dry’ commercial strip along CR 80, in light of the facts on the ground, would be an enormous mistake as well as a disservice to the community at large.  A mistake once made that cannot be easily rectified or overcome.  The priority must be our residents and not some ‘pie in the sky’ restaurant strip being sold under the guise of as unrealistic economic development.

Furthermore, the STP should be located within the community to be sewered and must be centrally located on the peninsula so as to facilitate future expansion to the densely populated residential areas located to the south, east, west and north. 

 

Contact: Raymond Keenan, President  < This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it >

 
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