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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.

Sewer Treatment Plant
Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, January 24, 2016

SEWER DISTRICT MEETING

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Paca Middle School

338 Blanco Dr.

Mastic Beach, NY 11951

 

 

Required environmental review of the proposed Montauk Highway sewer district and sewer treatment plant to be built at the airport will be the subject of a meeting to be held by Suffolk County this Tuesday. 

 

This “scoping session” provides an opportunity for the public to identify potential adverse impacts of the proposed project to be included in the County’s environmental review.  

 

The cumulative impact of sewers and “growth-inducing” aspects of the project must be addressed by the County.  This is important because the Town has already rezoned land on both sides of the Montauk Highway corridor for high-density housing of up to 14 units per acre.  If sewers are built, apartments and more traffic will soon follow.

 

The impacts on existing conditions, community character, air, noise, groundwater and soil must also be considered.  Due to construction of the proposed sewer treatment plant at the airport, our area faces the most serious adverse impacts without any benefit. 

 

Although this meeting is limited to the required environmental review, it is critical that County officials hear from us.  Please attend if possible so the voices of those seeking to foist this sewer treatment plant on our community are not the only ones heard.

 

 
January 13, 2016 Meeting
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MEETING NOTICE

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

Dowling College, Rm. 120A

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

UPDATES:

 

MMS Community Library

Sewer Treatment Plant Update

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

The Community Library is forging ahead with plans to build a $40+ million dollar new library at the old Links golf course.  After holding three public meetings attended mostly by library trustees, employees and their families, the Library Board chose the only option that it actually considered.  The estimated tax impact would be a 70% increase over the current rate.

If approved by the voters, the new library would be constructed behind the housing development at the Links, approximately one mile south of the current location.  The single access road through the development to the library would run another one-half mile east of William Floyd Parkway. 

As significant community investments, libraries need to be centrally located and near major roadways, not buried behind a gated community.  Take a look at libraries in other nearby communities – Center Moriches, Longwood, Patchogue – all centrally located on main roads.  Whether or not you believe a new library is needed, this plan does our community a disservice at a very high cost.

We will provide an important update on the status of the Airport Sewer Treatment Plant proposed by Legislator Kate Browning.  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.  Plans to extend the sewer district to Mastic Beach (and farther) are already in the works.

Please note our new meeting room at Dowling (Room 120A). 

 

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. 

 
Burney Blvd. Burglary
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BURNEY BOULEVARD BURGLARY

We have been informed of a recent burglary on Burney Boulevard.  Apparently, the residents returned while the burglars were in the home.  The burglars escaped without being apprehended.

This incident may be connected to a recent spate of burglaries at the Whispering Pines/Colonial Springs condo complex on William Floyd Parkway north of the Expressway.  The condo burglaries follow a similar pattern in that a screen is cut and entry is made through an unlocked rear window or door. 

There was also a reported burglary recently on Dayton Avenue.  The Seventh Precinct has an active investigation into the condo burglaries which, because of the similarities, may be expanded to include these new incidents. 

Take a few minutes to make sure your home is secure – all windows and doors locked – when you leave the house or go to sleep.  Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you see something or someone suspicious. 

 
October 14th Meeting
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Manor Park Civic Association

 

MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

UPDATES:

Manor Park Sign Vandalized;

Manorville Community Ambulance;

7th Precinct Meeting;

Airport Sewer Treatment Plant

 

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

 

The “Welcome to Manor Park” sign on Moriches-Middle Island Road has been badly damaged.  The sign was constructed last year as an Eagle Scout project by local resident Matt Cunningham, who also landscaped the area.  If you have any information regarding this vandalism, we’ll be happy to pass it along to the 7th Precinct. 

 

We first learned at our July meeting that the Manorville Community Ambulance’s Station 1 on Moriches-Middle Island Road is no longer equipped with an ambulance.  According to Manorville Ambulance, the spare ambulance at Station 1 had been rarely used in past years.  All equipment is now stored at the South Street headquarters.  This change was not announced publicly. 

 

At the 7th Precinct’s community meeting in September, a good number of local residents raised the issue of a man openly dealing drugs from his home.  A steady stream of cars pull up to the house at all hours, deals are made and money is exchanged.  Purchasers have even mistakenly knocked on neighbors doors looking for the dealer.  The Inspector was aware of the problem, but could not provide much elaboration because it was under investigation.  The residents will return to the community meeting on October 15th for an update. 

 

There’s been no change in the status of the proposed Sewer Treatment Plant (STP) at the Airport since we learned in June that the size of the STP has been doubled and it will produce 3 million gallons of waste water each day that will be leached into the ground.  The new size confirms what we’ve suspected from the start: this will be a regional STP serving areas well beyond Mastic-Shirley.  There are no plans, however, to include our community other than as the site for this sewage facility.

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. 

 
Elected Officials
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Saturday, May 02, 2015

ELECTED OFFICIALS 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

www.schumer.senate.gov

tel. (631) 753-0978

fax (631) 753-0997

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

155 Pinelawn Rd. -Suite 250 North

Melville NY 11747

www.gillibrand.senate.gov

tel. (631) 249-2825

fax (631) 249-2847

 

 

Representative Lee Zeldin

31 Oak St. - Suite 20

Patchogue, NY 11772

www.zeldin.house.gov

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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MEETING NOTICE
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Monday, March 30, 2015

MEETING NOTICE

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

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

SPECIAL TOPIC:

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)
Written by Webmaster   
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
Written by Webmaster   
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

LETTER TO EDITOR OF THE ADVANCE IN RESPONSE TO LEGISLATOR BROWNING'S OPINION PIECE:

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
Written by Webmaster   
Friday, February 20, 2015

LETTER REGARDING RECENT ARTICLE IN THE LONG ISLAND ADVANCE:

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 

 

 

 
January 14, 2015 Meeting
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Thursday, January 08, 2015

MEETING NOTICE

Wednesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Dowling College, Rm. 201B

(Entrance on William Floyd Pkwy.)

 

UPDATES:

Moriches-Middle Island Road developments;

7th Precinct presentation;

MMS Community Library rebuilding

 

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

 

In addition to the proposed solar farm, there is a new plan to develop the industrial site on the corner of Moriches-Middle Island road and North Street.  The plan is to construct a garage with office space for Payless Cesspools.  No change of zone is required, but setback variances will be required.  The developer will present his plan and be available for questions.   

 

An officer from the 7th Precincts community outreach program is scheduled to give a presentation concerning policing and crime in our area.  For those who cannot attend the monthly precinct meetings, this is your opportunity to find out what is going on in our community.

 

As many of you know, the Library on William Floyd Parkway is in need of expansion and/or refurbishment.  The Library Board has scheduled 3 public meetings to receive community feedback regarding possible relocation and construction.  A member of the library administrative staff will attend our meeting to discuss what occurred at the first meeting and provide an overview of the issues. 

 

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. 

 

 
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